News for Friday 15 February
Space Station Slow Scan TV Event Feb 15-17
ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events from the International Space Station on February 15-17
Foundations of Amateur Radio #193
Modern Tools for a Modern Hobby
The hobby we call amateur radio is enormous. One amateur called it a thousand hobbies in one and that just about sums it up for me. Being bored inside this hobby is not an option, because there is just so much to do and see
Radio Ham lone yachtswoman
At 16:33 GMT on 14th February 2019, radio ham Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS reached another milestone that no other seventy-year olds have. The 76-year old passed the longitude of Cape Agulhas 20°00´E, in her yacht SV Nereida. She never saw the most southern tip of Africa, 330 miles to the North, as she ploughed on towards Australia and New Zealand
SSO-A Solar Sails deployed - may be visible to naked eye
The solar sails on the SSO-A mission 'Free Flyer' deployers, launched December 3, 2018 with many amateur radio satellites, are believed to have deployed and may now be quite bright to the naked eye
Essex Skills Night Monday
Skills Night takes place at 7pm on Monday, February 18 in Danbury Village Hall, Essex, this free event is open to all. Hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Training Team, Skills Nights are Inter-Club events attended by amateurs and SWL's from across Essex and beyond
Former Colorado Section Manager Tim Armagost, WB0TUB - SK
Former Colorado Section Manager Tim Armagost, WB0TUB, of Colorado, died on February 4 after a lengthy illness. An ARRL Life Member, he was 75
Big activity on the sun
Sunspot numbers remain very low as Solar Minimum continues. Nevertheless, there is some big activity on the sun today. Really big
DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

 

News for Thursday 14 February
Tony's 10m Band Report
Yet another dull week with little to shout about.

On Monday, an historic winter storm pounded Hawaii with hurricane force winds, massive waves, and snow in some unusual places

At the 10,023-foot summit of Maui's Haleakala volcano, many world-class telescopes were frozen solid
FCC invites comments on Amateur Radio-related Petition for Rule Making
The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or activation
'Hello CQ, Hello CQ it's International Radio Day'
Pete Wood M7PNW writes in Design Spark about his journey from kid with a Walkie Talkie to Dad with a new hobby
VOA White House Bureau Chief to speak on 'Covering the White House and the World' at VOA Museum March 6
Steve Herman is a native Cincinnatian and attended elementary school here, but he’s traveled the world throughout his journalism career

Now the White House Bureau Chief for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C., Herman will speak on “Covering the White House and the World” on Weds, March 6
Radio hams to distribute radios
Radio amateurs in West Bengal planned to distribute radio sets free of charge on World Radio Day, February 13
 
Radio hams transfer Crypto Currency on 40m band
CryptoVibes reports amateur radio was used to send Bitcoin from Toronto to Michigan on 7.077 MHz using the digital mode JS8Call
The Space Weather Woman
The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

 

News for Wednesday 13 February
First ham radio geostationary satellite transponder active
The geostationary amateur radio narrowband transponder on the
Es'hail-2 / QO-100 satellite was made available for amateur experimental use on Tuesday, February 12
Radiocommunications Agency tightens supervision of wireless devices
The Netherlands national amateur radio society VERON reports the Radiocommunications Agency (AT) is tightening supervision of 'smart' wireless equipment
EF50: The tube that changed everything
From today’s perspective, vacuum tubes are pretty low tech. But for a while they were the pinnacle of high tech, and heavy research followed the promise shown by early vacuum tubes in transmission and computing
PY0F, Fernando de Noronha
Marenga PU0FDN, Ville PY2ZEA/OH2MM, and Renner PY7RP are going to pay Fernando de Noronha a visit for the ARRL DX CW contest
IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

 

News for Tuesday 12 February
Student from Saint Paul's School Rajkot receives ISS SSTV
14-year-old Snehal Vagadia VU3WHO successfully received his first Slow Scan TV image from the International Space Station on February 10
Space Station SSTV decoder setup for Raspberry Pi
David Honess M6DNT has written an article describing how to receive ISS Slow Scan TV images using just a Raspberry Pi computer and an RTL-SDR USB dongle
France: Mandatory ham radio ERP declaration
In France radio amateurs have to declare to the regulator ANFR their Effective Radiated Power (ERP) if it is higher than 5 watts
Austria World Radio Day
Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC) [4U1A] will be active with special callsign 4U0R from the Vienna International Center, Austria, for the 'World Radio Day'
Upcoming ARISS contact with Faith Christian Academy, Orlando, FL
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Faith Christian Academy, Orlando, FL on 14 Feb

 

News for Monday 11 February
Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live
The BATC and AMSAT-UK 10 GHz Narrowband WebSDR and Wideband Spectrum Viewer for the amateur transponders on the Es'hail-2 geostationary satellite are now available on line
ANATEL publishes regulations on exposure to electromagnetic radiation
Brazil's national amateur radio society LABRE reports the communications regulator ANATEL has published regulations on human exposure to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields
Romania: Law details level of ham radio fines
Romania has adopted a new law defining sanction measures relating to radiocommunication, including amateur radio
AO-85 turned off due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition
At 1114 UTC February 6, 2019, AO-85 was commanded OFF until further notice, due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition as noted by Mark Hammond, N8MH, control operator
KG4AKV's SpaceComms YouTube Channel - Building a Groundstation
John Brier, KG4AKV, has updated his SpaceComms YouTube channel with three videos showing how he built his amateur satellite ground station at his QTH
Is August now Lighthouse month ?
For some reason or other August seems to have become the international weekend for lighthouses. Countries all over the world have become involved in one or another of lighthouse activity
Have you tried RTTY?
Almost everybody is operating the new-fangled digital modes, here is a chance to operate the original digital mode!
DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the AR-Cluster Networkfor the week of Sunday, 3rd February, through Sunday, 10th February there were 209 countries active
IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

 

News for Sunday 10 February
Es'hail-2 / QO-100 Teleport Inauguration Day - February 14
Following the successful launch of Es'hail-2, the new Es'hailSat teleport will be inaugurated on February 14, 2019
Philippines ham radio Class D seminar
In 2018 'Gadget Addict' was invited by the Philippine Amateur Radio Association to make a video of their one-day seminar to get the 50 watt 144 MHz Class D amateur radio license
Cricket World Cup Amateur Radio Marathon
The RSGB is organising an International Amateur Radio Marathon on the HF bands to celebrate the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup which is being held in England and Wales between 30 May and 14 July 2019
QSO Today - Richard Dillman - W6AWO
Richard Dillman, W6AWO, is the founding member of the Maritime Radio Historical Society, where they preserve the skills, traditions, and folklore of maritime telegraph operators, from the California Bay Area coastal station, KSM

The “Summer of Love” brought Richard to California, in the Sixties, to pursue broadcast engineering and a 30 year career with Greenpeace
New IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available
IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports the Russian coastal radar “Sunflower” located East of Vladivostok is audible at night on 3716 kHz (center)
Toledo man reflects on 50 years in radio business
The Toledo Blade interviews radio amateur Jerry O’Reilly W8JOR. What other people might call a museum, Jerry O’Reilly calls a hobby. Mr. O’Reilly has been fixing, building, and collecting radios for nearly his entire life
Uganda DXpedition - callsign update
The Italian Dxpedition Team (IDT) will be using the following callsigns for their DXpedition to Uganda between March 13-25th: 5X3C (not 5X0T) for CW,SSB and RTTY, 5X3E (not 5X0X) for FT8
A trans-Neptunian comet is approaching Earth
In only a few days, newly-discovered Comet Iwamoto will split the orbits of Earth and Mars, making a relatively close approach to our planet visible through small telescopes
AMSAT VP leads Villanova University CubeSat Club
Villanova University's College of Engineering has formed a new student organization this year — the CubeSat Club
Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

 

News for Saturday 9 February
WIA hands-over exams to UTAS/AMC
Australia's WIA News report the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) have congratulated the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC) in being selected by the ACMA as the preferred provider for the delivery of amateur radio examination, callsign management and associated services
ARRL Board gives the go-ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative
ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs
NKOM now issuing PDF license documents
Norway's communications regulator NKOM now issues PDF's to radio amateurs instead of the old license letter and plastic license card
VERON reports 2018 membership number
The Netherlands amateur radio society VERON reports the number of members fell by 0.8% (52) in 2018
QSL cards from the former Portuguese possessions in Africa and Asia
This page aims to be the most complete repository of QSL cards from stations of the former Portuguese possessions in Africa and Asia
Ofcom guidance on operating in other countries
Ofcom have released a revised version of their guidance document 'Advice to UK radio amateurs operating in other countries'
VK6WIA NewsWest
This week’s theme is history. We have items on an early radio club in the Perth Hills, a search for German aviators and a story on 'number stations'
Propagation de K7RA
Solar wind pushed geomagnetic indicators higher last week (on February 1-2), and average planetary A index rose from 7 (for the seven days ending January 30) to 11.6 on January 31 through February 6


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