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Friday, December 25, 2015
News for Friday 25 December
No 60m operation possible in VK
While the Amateur Service gained a new band at 5 MHz at the World Radiocommunication Conference last November, it won’t be available in Australia and many other countries for quite a while
Setting up a ham shack part 2
Randy Hall K7AGE has moved home so he is setting up a new amateur radio shack. In this video he strings up a Par end fed quad band antenna
PowAbeam Antennas website upgrade
Richard Mason G6HKS has just completed a major upgrade of the PowAbeam Antennas website
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
IOTA news from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club



News for Thursday 24 December
Announcing K6TU Remote – iPad client for FlexRadio 6000 series radios
Stu Phillips K6TU is please to announce the availability of the K6TU Remote iPad app for full control of the FlexRadio 6000 series radios
QSO Today Bob Heil K9EID
Bob Heil, K9EID, is no stranger to ham radio, as a pioneer in audio systems, not only for the rock and roll stars in the 60’s and 70’s, but for ham radio as well
Tony’s 10 Metre Band Report
Very poor during the week but lifted by a lot of weekend activity.

Quite a few IARU stations about plus VI9ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and J68HZ (St Lucia)

Pico balloon detected circumnavigating the earth
The Aussie solar powered pico balloon PS-56 that had a catastrophic GPS tracking failure, has been tracked by its weak CW signal, having encircled the southern hemisphere
Ham Radio operators convert to digital television
TV Technology reports some radio amateurs are now on-the-air using high definition digital TV
HamRadioNow: Digital ATV update
In this video Ken Konechy W6HHC presents an update on Digital Amateur Television and the DATV Express, an exciter board to transmit DATV
Growing sunspot crackles with flares
A new sunspot (AR2473) is growing rapidly in the sun’s southern hemisphere, more than quadrupling in size in the past 24 hours
Verulam Amateur Radio Club train school pupils
Pupils from Sandringham School, St. Albans have passed their amateur radio Foundation exam as part of preparations for the amateur radio contact with UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS planned for early January
33rd Chelmsford Amateur Radio Foundation Course
The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be holding their 33rd Foundation training course starting Thursday, January 14
‘Wireless and the Earthquake’ in Radio Times
The 1923 edition of the BBC Christmas Radio Times, available for download, includes articles by wireless operator F. A. Cobb and radio amateur William Le Queux 2AZ



News for Wednesday 23 December
ARISS postpones anniversary SSTV event
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Slow-Scan TV event set for December 26-27 has been postponed due to ‘complications in planning,’ ARISS has announced
Geosynchronous Ham Radio Payload interviews Hume Center Director of Research Bob McGwier N4HY about a geosynchronous satellite amateur radio payload which will aid disaster communications
ARISS is 15
15 years ago, on December 21, 2000, students at Burbank School in Burbank Illinois, U.S.A. lined up and readied themselves for a very historic event – the first school contact with the crew on the International Space Station
First Skills Night of New Year
The first Essex Skills Night of 2016 will be on Monday, January 18, hosted in Danbury by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS)

The Skills Nights are Inter-Club events attended by amateurs and SWL’s from clubs across Essex and beyond.

They provide an opportunity to try something new, share ideas, get help and advice, and socialise with others interested in the hobby

Spain gets new WRC15 5 MHz allocation for the next year
At the end of November, the existing Spanish 5 MHz permission came to a close. Following the result of the WRC15 decision on 5 MHz the Spanish administrator has now permitted access to the new allocation 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz, 15W max e.i.r.p. , 3 kHz max. Bandwidth using SSB and CW modes
RSGB Survey 2015 update – Last Chance!
Have you completed the RSGB’s Amateur Radio survey yet? You don’t need to be a member of the RSGB to have your say, and time is running out!



News for Tuesday 22 December
Ham radio activation of North Korea
The ARRL reports the first amateur radio operation from Pyongyang, N.Korea in 13 years took place on December 20
GlobalSET 2015 – Exercise Complete
The Global Simulated Emergency Test ( GlobalSET ) started on 18th December with a 24-48 hour timelimit for Emergency Communications Groups around the world to carry out an availability exercise, contacting their members to find out how many would be available within 1-12 hours
EO-79 transponder activation
On December 21, 2015 at 1038 UT, the EO-79 transponder was turned on for a prolonged period
Amateur Radio Roundtable
This week (Dec 22) on Amateur Radio Roundtable, Emmett Hohensee , W0QH, chief engineer of Radio Wavz will give us a report on the youth activities with the USS Batfish submarine and also a segment on setting up antennas
144 MHz band plan changes
The RSGB is now close to concluding on IARU-R1 Vienna conference proposals, the 144 MHz narrowband restructure is one of those
Ham radio in PC Pro magazine
In his Real World Computing column in Issue 256 (Feb 2016) of PC Pro magazine Jon Honeyball G1LMS gives an update on his return to amateur radio
Eire Spectrum Strategy Consultation
ComReg, the communications regulator in Eire, is consulting on the Draft Radio Spectrum Strategy for 2016 to 2018. Amateur radio in mentioned several times in the consultation document
Students learn Morse and ham radio
The Watertown Dail Times reports J.W. Leary Junior High School students are honing skills in Morse code and ham radio operation
How to use the SDRPlay RSP as a panadapter
SWLing Post contributor, Mehdi Asgari, writes: In this post, I will show you how to use an SDR as a panadapter for a commercial communications receiver



News for Monday 21 December
P5, North Korea
As reported last week, Dom, 3Z9DX, was expected to travel to North Korea sometime before Christmas to continue talks with government officials. Well, Dom has been in Pyongyang since December 16th, and is meeting with telecom officials and other representatives
FT4JA Juan de Nova DXpedition
Hi Friends – In three months, FT4JA will be on the air. The exact dates of the operation were confirmed both by the authorities and by our skipper
Chelmsford Talk – Meteor Detection using 2m Amateur Radio
On Tuesday, January 5, Peter Meadows M0ZBU will give a presentation to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) on Meteor Detection, the talk is open to all
Kids Day Jan 3
Kids Day on Sunday, January 3, is a fantastic way to introduce young people to the magic of Amateur Radio by getting them on the air!
109th anniversary of Reginald Fessenden’s first audio transmission
If you have a radio that will tune down to 486 kHz, listen on Christmas Eve as experimental station WG2FXQ takes to the air to commemorate the 109th anniversary of the Reginald Fessenden’s first audio transmission
Ham radio DX on very short antenna
Larry Shaunce WD0AKX has released a video showing what can be worked with a small amateur radio antenna
DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th December, through Sunday, 20th December there were 225 countries active
IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
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News for Sunday 20 December
17 US schools move forward to next stage of ARISS selection
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), US managing partners of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), are pleased to announce the schools/organizations selections for the second half of 2016
Look up and spot the station!
The International Space Station orbits 250 miles above Earth and travels about 17,500 miles per hour. The space station is visible in the night sky and looks like a fast-moving plane, but it is dozens of times higher than any airplane and travels thousands of miles an hour faster
Pico balloon launch from Bristol
Richard Meadows M0SBU brings news of the launch of a pico balloon on 434.600 MHz on Sunday morning, Dec 20
NASA orders second Boeing crew mission to International Space Station
NASA took an important step Friday to establish regular crew missions that will launch from the United States to the International Space Station with the order of its second post-certification mission from Boeing Space Exploration of Houston
CME impact could spark auroras this weekend
As expected, a CME hit Earth’s magnetic field on Dec. 19th, and a second CME may be approaching
PEARS National VHF/UHF Contest
The PEARS National VHF/UHF Contest is scheduled for 15 to 17 January 2016, which is during the period that produces the best propagation of the year in SA, such as all three types of Tropo, including Aircraft Scatter and the unpredictable Sporadic-E
Propagation Report from
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low to moderate levels
UK VHF/UHF Contesting Facebook Group
Andy 2E0IBF has started a new UK VHF/UHF Contesting group on Facebook
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News for Saturday 19 December
Ham radio now in T school syllabus
The Times of India reports the role of amateur radio in emergency communications has been included in the class 11 SCERT English textbook
MacLoggerDX Version 6.0 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.0 of MacLoggerDX has been released
News on RED and EMCD
The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) will replace the R&TTE Directive in June 2016. The RED sets out the requirements for radio equipment placed on the EU market
NASA astronauts to conduct spacewalk as early as Monday
Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim Kopra, KE5UDN of NASA are preparing for a previously unscheduled spacewalk outside the International Space Station on either Monday, Dec. 21, or Tuesday, Dec. 22
Ham radio in Spectrum Policy Forum report
The UK Spectrum Policy Forum have release the UK Spectrum Usage & Demand report, which covers amateur radio and other services
Propagation de K7RA
Australia’s Space Weather Services issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning at 2224 UTC on December 17. It read in part, “Two coronal mass ejections observed Dec 16 are expected to impact the Earth in sequence late Dec 18 to early Dec 19. Brief minor to major geomagnetic storm conditions may result
TX Factor GB2RS News Podcast
All the very latest Amateur Radio news is now available via the TX Factor GB2RS weekly podcast



News for Friday 18 December
ISS SSTV activity planned for late Dec. 2015
The ARISS Russia team is making plans to support a couple of Slow Scan TV (SSTV) events in the next few months on 145.800 MHz FM. The first session is being targeted for Dec 26-27 (subject to change) to celebrate 15 years of ARISS school contacts with the ISS crew
QSO Today – Murray Greenman – ZL1BPU
HF digital modes are synonymous with Murray Greenman, ZL1BPU, creator of MFSK, WSQ, DominoEX, MFSK16, FSK-Hell and S/MT-Hell, and most recently FSQ
Defence Minister is radio ham
Sweden’s Minister for Defence is radio amateur, Carl Anders Peter Hultqvist SM4HCF, he was appointed on October 3, 2014
Galileo’s dozen: 12 satellites now in orbit
The pace of deploying Europe’s own satellite navigation system continued to increase with yesterday’s launch of the latest pair of Galileo satellites, doubling the number of satellites in space within nine months
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
How The Teleprinter Works – 1940
Produced by the GPO Film Unit. Models are used to demonstrate the working of a teleprinter
The World Scout Bureau has received the National JOTA-JOTI reports from 25 countries
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News for Thursday 17 December
Tim Peake launch – Amateur Radio in the Media
Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS has already generated some media publicity for amateur radio
CQ WW survey responses released
The CQ WW Contest Committee conducted a survey of contesters from September 2 to 29, 2015.  Invitations were sent to everyone who had submitted a log in the 2014 CQ WW SSB and CW events
Tony’s 10 Metre Band Report
A fantastic weekend contest with over 9800 contacts reported on Saturday and over 9200 on Sunday. Lots of DX: J52HF (Guinea-Bissau), TZ9A (Mali), FY5KE (French Guiana), PJ2/NT6X (Curacao), PJ2T (also Curacao) and TO90R (Reunion Is) along with stacks more in the ARRL 10m contest
Ham radio at IMaRC Conference
The IEEE and MTT-S International Microwave and RF Conference (IMaRC) took place December 10-12 at the Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel, Hyderabad and amateur radio was there
Amateur Radio at AEMC 2015, Guwahati
The 5th biennial IEEE Applied Electromagnetics Conference
(AEMC-2015) is scheduled to be held during December 18-21, 2015 at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India
FrequencyCast podcast features Pi Zero
In edition 118 of the technology podcast FrequencyCast, radio amateur Kelly M6KFA sets up her first Raspberry Pi Zero
Medium Wave AM switch-off in Germany
Deutschlandfunk reports an era comes to an end when, on December 31, 2015, the last medium wave transmitters are switched off in Germany
AmateurLogic 85: 2015 Christmas Extravaganza
Mike, VE3MIC joins us to introduce some new ALTV products just in time for the holidays
SME-SAT video
The Surrey Space Centre in Guildford has released a ‘Softstack’ Integration time-lapse video of the SME-SAT CubeSat
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News for Wednesday 16 December
Tim Peake ISS school contacts announced
ARISS have announced details of the first of the school amateur radio contacts with UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI
Typhoon Melor Philippines
The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) last Saturday in view of the imminent traverse of typhoon Melor (locally called Nona) through the Philippine archipelago
K5P Palmyra DXpedition News
In about a month, the Palmyra Team will be assembling in Hawaii on the first leg of their journey to Palmyra and our excitement is growing! Palmyra ranks in the top ten of the Most Wanted List and #2 in Europe!
Amateur Radio advert in space launch!
The BBC Stargazing team requested people working in schools submit a range of video tasks on the day Tim Peake launched on a Soyuz rocket toward the International Space Station on Tuesday, 15 December 2015
North Korea DXpedition latest
Dom, 3Z9DX, is expected to travel to North Korea sometime before Christmas to continue talks with government officials
IOTA news from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
South Essex ARS Festive Social
On Tuesday the 15th of December, around 30 members and guests visited the South Essex Amateur Radio Society for the annual Christmas Social
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17 January Red Rose Winter Rally
7 February 31st Canvey Radio & Electronics Rally
12 – 14 February 70th Orlando Hamcation
14 February Mid-Cheshire RS Radioactive Fair
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