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  1. 02/26/2017Past ARRL Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX, of Hannibal, Missouri, died on February 25. He was 87. Although he had been suffering from cancer, Gordon had remained active on the air until his death. Licensed in 1947, Gordon was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. After separating from the service, he attended Purdue University, earning a bachelor’s degree in physics. An ARRL Life Member, Gordon served on the ARRL Board’s Membership Services Committee, including 2 years as chairman, and on its Administration and Finance Committee. He stepped down from the Board in 2000 at the age of 70. Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, later also served as Midwest Division Director. “Lew’s love for Amateur Radio touched so many, Ahrens said. “He was a strong advocate for Amateur Radio during his 6 years of service as the ARRL Midwest Division Director. And he served our country honorably in both the Air Force and the CIA. We will miss him greatly.” Gordon’s first love was DX contesting, and during his active contest years as W9APY, W4ZCY, and K4VX his station made several hundred thousand QSOs. Over the years he also mentored many young contesters, including three-time WRTC co-champion Jeff Steinman, then KR0Y, now N5TJ. Among the other budding contesters that Steinman enticed into the circle of K4VX operators was Dave Patton, NN1N, now ARRL Field Services Manager. “Jeff brought me into the group in 1985, after I returned from my active duty Navy stint,” Patton recounted, “and I am forever thankful to Lew and his wife Terry, NS0Z for opening their house and hearts to me.” The late Bill Fisher, W4AN, was another of Gordon’s contesting protégés. Patton said Gordon had a reputation in the contesting world for his high ethical standards, insisting that operators at his station abide by them, especially with respect to not exceeding the maximum legal power output. “His strength of character and contest skills led to his selection as Chief Judge at two World Radiosport Team Championship competitions,” Patton said. “I was proud to be a competitor when he was there, and we were sure that the scoring was the best it could be.” He was on the DXCC Honor Roll with 366 all time for #1 DXCC Honor Roll. He also held Worked All Zones (WAZ) on both phone and CW. In 1996 he was tapped for membership in the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, an honor he always felt topped all the others. Gordon was a life member of QCWA, the Eastern Iowa DX Association, and the Mississippi Valley DX and Contest Club. He also belonged to the Potomac Valley Radio Club and the Society of Midwest Contesters. Gordon has been published in QST, CQ, NCJ, and in several editions of The ARRL Antenna Compendium. He said recently that he’d rather be known for the antenna-design software he wrote — YagiMax — and for the various antennas he’s designed. YagiMax remains in use worldwide. Patton said Gordon ventured beyond contesting and DXing, equipping a local school with ham gear and teaching classes. “He licensed over 100 kids, and they all had tours of a real radio station,” Patton said. “Lew was one of our real true hams, and it goes without saying that he will be missed,” Patton said. View the full article
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  3. 02/24/2017Two satellites with Amateur Radio transponder payloads have been selected for future NASA launches. AMSAT reports that the TJREVERB CubeSat, developed by students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder. The University of Washington-Seattle’s HuskySat-1 has a 145/435 MHz SSB/CW transponder and was developed by students at the University of Washington in Seattle. The satellite will demonstrate plasma propulsion and high-gain telemetry, in advance of a larger CubeSat lunar mission. The launches are expected to take place in the 2018-2020 timeframe. The two CubeSat missions were selected as part of the 8th round of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). Both are eligible for placement on a launch manifest after final negotiations, depending on the availability of a flight opportunity. View the full article
  4. 02/24/2017Dan Ringer, K8WV, will become West Virginia’s Section Manager starting on March 1. He has been appointed to succeed Phillip Groves, N8SFO, who is stepping down for personal reasons after serving since July 2015. Ringer, an attorney who lives in Morgantown, will serve the remainder of the current term of office, which ends on September 30. An ARRL Life Member, Ringer serves as an Assistant Section Manager, Volunteer Counsel, and Local Government Liaison and is a past Assistant Roanoke Division Director. ARRL Field Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, made the appointment in consultation with ARRL Roanoke Division Director Jim Boehner, N2ZZ. The next new 2-year term for West Virginia Section Manager starts on October 1. Nominating petitions to run for this office are due at ARRL Headquarters on June 9. See April QST for more information. View the full article
  5. 02/24/2017At 0124 UTC on February 22 Australian Space Weather Services issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for February 22-24. “The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a recurrent coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity to active levels from 22 to 24 February with the possibility of minor storm periods on 23 and 24 February. Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 23-24 February 2017. Geomagnetic Activity Forecast 23 Feb: Unsettled to Active, isolated Minor Storm periods possible 24 Feb: Unsettled to Active” Spaceweather.com on February 22 issued a Solar Wind Advisory: “Earth is about to enter a stream of solar wind flowing from a hole in the sun's atmosphere. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Feb. 23rd as the solar wind speed quickens to 550 km/s or more. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras on Thursday and Friday nights. See updates and sightings at Spaceweather.com.” Over the past week, February 16-22, average daily sunspot number compared to the previous seven days increased from 17.6 to 19.1, while average solar flux increased from 75.1 to 78.5. Geomagnetic indicators were slightly higher, with average planetary A index increasing from 4.7 to 11.3, and average mid-latitude A index changing from 2.9 to 9. Predicted solar flux (on February 22) is 84 on February 23-24, 83 on February 25, 82 on February 26 through March 1, 78 on March 2, 73 on March 3-4, 72 on March 5-7, 73 and 74 on March 8-9, 75 on March 10-14, then 74, 75, 77 and 79 on March 15-18, 82 on March 19-24, then 80, 78 and 76 on March 25-27, 75 on March 28-29, 73 on March 30-31, and 72 on April 1-3. Predicted planetary A index is 18 and 12 on February 23-24, 8 on February 25-26, then 16, 24 and 20 on February 27 through March 1, 15 on March 2-5, 8 on March 6, 5 on March 7-14, then 10, 20, 15, 10 and 12 on March 15-19, 10 on March 20-21, then 12, 15, 20 and 18 on March 22-25, then 8, 30, 25 and 20 on March 26-29. Geomagnetic predictions are included as usual this week from F.K. Janda, OK1HH, but first is a shorter term forecast from Thomas Bayer of the Department of Geomagnetism at the Budkov Observatory. Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period February 24-March 2, 2017 Quiet: episodically Feb 25-26 Unsettled: Feb 25-Mar 2 Active: Feb 24-25, 28, Mar 1 Minor storm: possible Feb 24, 28 Major storm: 0 Severe storm: 0 Geomagnetic activity summary: We expect unsettled conditions during the next week. Tomorrow, Friday, February 24, we expect an active episode, unlikely minor storm event. The other active episode is probable at February 28-March 1. The activity is probable at active/minor storm again. The other days, we expect at most unsettled conditions. During the coming weekend, the activity can briefly decrease to quiet level, then, we expect at most unsettled conditions till the active episode mentioned above. Tomas Bayer RWC Prague Institute of Geophysics of the ASCR, Prague Department of Geomagnetism Budkov observatory (BDV) Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period February 24-March 22, 2017 Geomagnetic field will be: Quiet on March 7-8, 11-12, 15 Mostly quiet on February 25-26, March 6, 14 Quiet to unsettled February 24, March 9-10, 13, (21-22) Quiet to active on February 27, March 3-5, 16, 19-20 Active to disturbed on February 28, March 1-2, 17-18 Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on February 27-28, March 3-5, (6-8) Remark: Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement and/or lower reliability of prediction. F.K. Janda, OK1HH Jon Jones, N0JK, (editor of QST’s “The World Above 50 MHz” column) sent some notes on last weekend’s ARRL International CW DX Contest. (The Phone contest weekend will be on March 4-5, 2017): “The 10-meter band was like day and night between Saturday and Sunday of the ARRL DX CW contest. “I operated fixed mobile single band on 10 with a full size 1/4 wave whip both days. Saturday was nice and sunny, but almost a dead band. I found PJ2T and PJ4X, both weak with QSB, and worked them. I called XR2K for over an hour with no luck. That was it. Is this how 10 meters will be at solar minimum? “Ten meters was so much better Sunday. It was a flashback to how 10 was in the 2016 ARRL DX CW contest when the solar flux was around 100. I set up, turned on the radio and 100-W PY2NY was blasting in on 28.034 MHz. “Chile, Uruguay and Brazil were strong for hours. Caribbean and Central American contest stations were up and down the band. Not bad for a solar flux of just 77. “I worked PJ7AAA at 1856Z and he was running just an Elecraft K3 transceiver and a Buddipole antenna. I put XR2K in the log with one call at 1940Z and picked up the KH6LC multi-op at 1955 Z for Hawaii on what sounded like side-scatter. They were about 559, but hearing well. KH6LC said in their 3830 post: ‘We watched 10 meters all weekend and it paid off Sunday morning when it opened for us at 1715Z.’ KH6LC made 488 North American contacts on 10. “Ten meters folded for me around 2200Z. I dropped down to 15 and gave a very loud KH6LC (operator Fred, K6IJ) a contact and then worked A31MM. Fred made 1690 contest contacts from KH6LC on 15 meters. The solar flux was the same: 77 on both Saturday and Sunday. Why was 10 so much better on Sunday?” According to the ARRL DX Bulletin, the CQ 160 meter SSB Contest is this weekend. Check http://www.cq160.com/rules.htm for rules. For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical Information Service at http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of numbers used in this bulletin, see http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere. An archive of past propagation bulletins is at http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/. Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation. Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins. Sunspot numbers for February 16 through 22, 2017 were 23, 14, 13, 23, 25, 19, and 17, with a mean of 19.1. 10.7 cm flux was 74, 74.6, 76.6, 78.1, 80.7, 82.5, and 83.2, with a mean of 78.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 9, 20, 16, 10, 10, 4, and 10, with a mean of 11.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 7, 16, 11, 9, 8, 4, and 8, with a mean of 9. View the full article
  6. Mike, 2E0YYY, Andrew, VK1AD and Ed, DD5LP are planning another long path propagation SOTA Summit to Summit event for 11 March starting at 0630 UTC. Activity will be SSB or CW on 20 metres and going by the last action in October 2016, over 30 summits are expected to be active concurrently over Europe, Australia, New Zealand and possibly Japan. Check reflector.sota.org.uk for details. Category: Front Page News, GB2RS Headlines View the full article
  7. RSGB President Nick Henwood, G3RWF is writing a report on the implementation of the 2015 Review of Contesting. A questionnaire forms an important part of the input to this report, but there will also be feedback from clubs, groups and individuals as well as factual analysis of performance where possible. The questionnaire is now available on the RSGB website. It will be live until the 19 March 2017. All those interested in the future of contesting are urged to complete it. Whether or not you are a Member of the RSGB, the Society is asking for your help and input. Category: Front Page News, GB2RS Headlines View the full article
  8. The CRS-10 mission carrying vital amateur radio equipment to the International Space Station launched at 1439UTC on 19 February. Included was an ARISS Ericsson two metre VHF radio. This radio will replace the Ericsson radio that failed a few months ago. The VHF radio is used for school group contacts and amateur packet radio in the Columbus module. Once the Dragon vehicle is berthed to ISS, the Ericsson will be un-stowed and, at some point, installed in Columbus, replacing the UHF radio that is now supporting APRS packet and some school contacts. Category: Front Page News, GB2RS Headlines View the full article
  9. The RSGB Board proceedings for the 17 December 2016 meeting have been released and can be read on the RSGB website. The GM DX Convention 2017 will be held at the King Robert Hotel, Whins of Milton, Stirling, on 1 April 2017. Lectures include Chris, G3SVL speaking about the ZL7G Chatham Island DXpedition and SDR ‘with knobs on’ by John, G3WGV. The RSGB has added more from the RSGB 2016 Convention to the new video page for Members. They are freely available for you to download but please read the RSGB’s conditions of use first. Plans for YOTA 2017 are progressing and the Youth Committee had a chance to meet at Gilwell Park in early February, where they were able to see the layout of the site, including the shack. They also met some of the Radio Scouting team who will be helping out during the YOTA 2017 week in August. Some of the team have recorded vlogs to explain their role in the event, so look out for those over the next few weeks. You can help the RSGB to make YOTA 2017 event a great success by becoming a financial supporter. Any one who donates more than £15 receives a supporters’ pin—find out more at rsgb.org/yotasupporter. Category: GB2RS Headlines View the full article
  10. The GM DX Convention 2017 will be held at the King Robert Hotel, Whins of Milton, Stirling, on 1 April 2017. Lectures include Chris, G3SVL speaking about the ZL7G Chatham Island DXpedition and SDR ‘with knobs on’ by John, G3WGV. Category: Front Page News View the full article
  11. The Rainham Rally takes place on Sunday, 26 February, at The Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 5JB. The new venue is larger with on-site parking for 250 cars and is located a couple of miles from the M2, Junction 3. A talk-in station, GB4RRR, will operate on 145.550MHz. Doors open from 10am to 2pm with disabled visitors gaining access at 9.30am. Admission is £2.50. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and catering on-site. Details from Trevor Cannon, on 07717 678 795. Also on the 26th is the Pencoed Amateur Radio Club Table Top Sale at Pencoed Rugby Football Club, The Verlands, Felindre Road, Pencoed CF35 5PB. Tables will be £10 each—first come first served. Doors open at 8am for sellers and the setting up of tables. Buyers will be allowed in when the doors open at 9.30am. Entry fee £2. Hot food will be available in the morning and at lunch time. Hot and cold drinks will be available from the bar—non-alcoholic drinks till lunch time. Table bookings are through Madeline Roberts on 01639 767 056. The Lagen Valley ARS Rally and Hamfest takes place on 4 March in the Hillsborough Village Centre, 7 Ballynahinch Road, Hillsborough, County Down BT26 6AR. Doors open at 11am. All the usual traders are expected to attend. On 5 March the Exeter Radio and Electronics Rally will take place in America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PW. Doors open at 10.30am with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Bring-and buy book-in starts at 10.15am. Admission is £2 and there will be trade stands. Catering is available on-site. Details from Pete, G3ZVI on 07714 198 374. If you have any rally or event information you’d like to appear in future editions of GB2RS News, in RadCom and on the RSGB website, please email full details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk. Category: GB2RS Rallies and Events View the full article
  12. We start with clubs that have several events this week. Burton ARC has a club night on Wednesday. Thursday sees a net from 8pm on 145.575MHz, and there is a net next Sunday from 10am, also on 145.575MHz. Contact Mike Lewis, 2E0EZG, via email to info@Burton-ARC.co.uk. Wythall Radio Club has its net on 145.225MHz or GB3WL from 8pm tonight and next Sunday. Tuesday sees an RSGB update evening by John, G1JON, DRM52, from 8.30pm. Friday sees the regular nibbles night in the shack. Details from Chris, G0EYO, on 07710 412 819. Coventry Amateur Radio Society has its open net on Monday from 8pm on 145.375MHz FM and or 7.16MHz SSB ± QRM. Thursday sees an open net from 8pm on 50.175MHz SSB and on Thursday there’s visit to Coventry Model Railway Club. On Friday it’s hoc tempus vigilate. Contact John, G8SEQ, on 07958 777 363. Gloucester Amateur Radio and Electronics Society is having an informal and general operating evening on Monday. Saturday sees a Train the Trainers course with Cheltenham ARA. Contact Anne, 2E1GKY, on 01242 699 595, daytime. Leicester Radio Society has a Morse class on Monday followed by curry and naan or pies evening On Thursday the Foundation course continues. Details from Sandra Morley, G0MCV, on 0793 027 4044. RAF Waddington Amateur Radio Club has its net on 145.325MHz from 8pm on Monday. On Friday there’s a club night. Contact Bob, G3VCA, on 07971 166 250. South Birmingham Radio Society is spending Monday evening getting ready for the Wythall Rally. Tuesday sees the regular coffee morning in the shack from 11am. Thursday sees training classes with Dave Murphy, G8OWL and on Friday there’s a session sorting stock for the Wythall Rally. Contact Gemma Gordon, M6GKG, by email to gemmagordon.m6gkg@gmail.com. Salop Amateur Radio Society has its club CW net on Tuesday from 4.30pm on 144.070MHz. Wednesday sees the club net on GB3LH from 8.30pm. On Thursday there’s a natter night and committee meeting. For details, email salopamateurradio@gmail.com. Lincoln Short Wave Club is having a club night on Wednesday with G5FZ and G6COL on the air. Thursday sees the net on GB3LM from 8pm. On Saturday there’s a workshop & mentoring session, plus G5FZ on the air. For more information contact Pam Rose, G4STO, on 01427 788 356. On Wednesday South Kesteven Amateur Radio Society has its net on GB3GR. Friday sees a talk on operating portable and SOTA by David Gordon, G6ENN. Contact Andrew, M0NRD, on 0796 906 2859. Tamworth Amateur Radio Society has its net via GB3TA on Wednesday. On Thursday there’s a club night. Contact Richard, 2E0LLE, on 0787 521 7124. Nuneaton and District Amateur Radio Club has its net on Thursday from 9.30pm on 145.475MHz. Friday sees a pint and chat from 7.30pm at the Harvester, Nuneaton. Contact Neil Yorke, M0NKE, via email to info@ndarc.co.uk Now we return to the traditional listing in date order. On Monday South Normanton Alfreton and District Amateur Radio Club is having a natter night. Contact A. Lawrence, 2E0BQS, on 0115 930 7322. On Monday Stratford-upon-Avon and District Radio Society is running an FM deviation experiment with Harri, G1IEX. Contact Clive, G0CHO, on 01608 664 488. On Monday Sutton Coldfield Amateur Radio Society has a DMR open net on GB7FW slot/local2 from 7.30pm. Contact Robert Bird, via email to rob2e0zap@gmail.com. On Tuesday Loughborough and District Amateur Radio Club is having a practical evening. More information from Chris, G1ETZ, on 01509 504 319. On Tuesday Mid-Warwickshire Amateur Radio Society is holding a video afternoon with G4CYG and G7RYO. Contact Don, G4CYG, on 01926 424 465. On Wednesday Midland Amateur Radio Society has an open meeting with the shack on the air and training classes. Details from Norman, G8BHE, on 0780 807 8003. On Wednesday Telford and District Amateur Radio Society is holding a committee meeting, plus GX3ZME will be on the air. Details from John Humphreys, M0JZH, on 07824 737 716. On Thursday Hinckley Amateur Radio and Electronics Society is holding Intermediate and Morse training. Details from Bob, G8BFF, on 0792 876 9767. On Thursday Solihull Amateur Radio Society Club has its net from 8pm on 145.450MHz. Contact Paul, G8AYY, on 0121 628 7383. On Saturday Rugby ATS is looking at wire antennas, ununs and tuners. Contact Steve, G8LYB, on 01788 578 940. Category: News for England East Midlands, News for England West Midlands View the full article
  13. On Monday Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club is on the air and continues the Advanced course. Contact Nancy Bone, G7UUR, on 01914 770 036. On Monday Bolton Wireless Club is having a talk on the UKFMGW Repeater Group by Dave Wilson, M0OBW. For details, send an email to boltonwireless@gmail.com. On Monday Macclesfield and District Radio Society is having a fox hunt around Macclesfield with Greg, M0TXX. For details, email info@gx4mws.com. On Monday Sheffield Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. Contact David, G6DCT, via email to littlewood20@btinternet.com. On Monday Thornton Cleveleys Amateur Radio Society is having a talk on me and my oscilloscope by Keith, 2E0KMZ. Details from John E Rodway, G4FRK, on 01253 862 810. On Tuesday Blyth Radio Club has Morse training. Contact John, 2E0DCV, on 0191 237 1729. On Tuesday Chester and District Radio Society is looking at valves and things with Dave, G4JMF. Contact Bruce Sutherland, M0CVP, on 01244 343 825. Stockport Radio Society continues its Intermediate course on Monday. Tuesday sees a skills night. Details from Heather Stanley, M6HNS, on 07506 904 422. On Wednesday Denby Dale Radio Club has its Constructors’ Competition. Details from Darran, G0BWB, on 07974 423 227. On Wednesday Mid-Cheshire Amateur Radio Society is installing the aerials and winch to the mast. Contact Peter Paul Fox, G8HAV, on 07919 315 547. On Wednesday Sheffield and District Wireless Society is watching the RSGB HF propagation video. More information from Krystyna, 2E0KSH, on 07884 065 375. On Wednesday Wirral Amateur Radio Society is discussing what to do in this year’s National Field Days. Contact William Davies, G4YWD, on 07804 884 245. On Thursday Bishop Auckland Radio Amateur Club is holding training classes and a normal club night. Contact Gail, M3GBB on 0191 372 0473. On Thursday Ripon and District Amateur Radio Society is having a club night. More information from David Cutter, G3UNA, on 01423 860 778. On Thursday South Manchester Radio and Computer Club is looking at what every shack needs. Details from Ron, G3SVW, on 01619 693 999. On Thursday Spen Valley Amateur Radio Society is meeting for an Indian meal at the Karachi Restaurant, Neal St, Bradford. Details from Russell, G0FOI, on 01274 875 038. On Friday East Cleveland Amateur Radio Club is having a social pint and chat. For more information contact Alistair, G4OLK, on 01642 475 671. Category: News for England North East, News for England North West View the full article
  14. On Monday Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club is on the air and continues the Advanced course. Contact Nancy Bone, G7UUR, on 01914 770 036. On Monday Bolton Wireless Club is having a talk on the UKFMGW Repeater Group by Dave Wilson, M0OBW. For details, send an email to boltonwireless@gmail.com. On Monday Macclesfield & District Radio Society is having a fox hunt around Macclesfield with Greg, M0TXX. For details, email info@gx4mws.com. On Monday Sheffield Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. Contact David, G6DCT, via email to littlewood20@btinternet.com. Category: News for England North East, News for England North West View the full article
  15. On Tuesday Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on DV4 Mini by Marcus, MM0ZIF. Contact Graham, MM3GDC, by email to mm3gdc@btinternet.com. On Tuesday Livingston and District Amateur Radio Society is having an operating and training evening. Details from Cathie, 2M0DIB, on 01506 433 846. On Wednesday Glenrothes and DRC is having a club night. Contact Tam, MM0TGB, on 07753 526 498. On Wednesday Perth and District Amateur Radio Group having a normal club night, with discussion subjects covering Museums on the Air. Contact Ron Sratton, via email to mm3ygi@gmail.com. On Thursday Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society is holding a junk sale. Contact Fred Gordon, GM3ALZ, on 01975 651 365. On Friday Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club is having a normal club night. More information from Bob, GM4UYZ, on 01875 811 723. Category: News for Scotland North and Northern Isles, News for Scotland West and Western Isles View the full article
  16. We start with clubs that have several events this week. Horsham Amateur Radio Club has a fox hunt this morning. Thursday sees a junk sale. Details from Alistair, G3ZBU, on 07855 268 666. Radio Society of Harrow Club has its net on 1938kHz LSB from noon today and next Sunday. On Monday there’s a net starting on 145.500MHz 8.15pm. Friday sees a club night and talk. Contact Linda, G7RJL, via email to lcasey@imperial.ac.uk. Surrey Radio Contact Club has a net today and next Sunday on 1905kHz from 9.30am. Thursday sees a net on 70.300MHz from 8pm and on Friday there’s a net on 145.350MHz from 8pm. Contact John, G3MCX, on 020 8688 3322. Essex Ham has its net on GB3DA on Monday from 8pm, with chatroom and live audio feed at www.essexham.net. Saturday sees the Essex YL net on GB3DA at 8pm and next Sunday it’s the online Foundation course. Contact Pete, M0PSX, via email to news@essexham.co.uk. Bromley and District Amateur Radio Society has its net on Wednesday from 9pm, starting on 145.500MHz. Next Sunday sees the start of the Intermediate course. Contact Andy, G4WGZ, on 01689 878 089. Cambridge and District Amateur Radio Club has its club net on Wednesday from 8pm on 145.550MHz. Next Sunday there are nets from 8.30am on 144.180MHz USB, from 10.30am on 7.0875MHz or 3.620MHz LSB, and from 11.30am on 145.550MHz FM. Details from Peter, M0DVC, on 0744 304 6040. Coulsdon Amateur Transmitting Society has a net on Wednesday from 9pm on 70.425MHz. Next Sunday there are nets at 11am on 145.4MHz ± QRM and at 5pm on 3.7MHz ± QRM. Details from Mike Buckley, M1CCF, on 020 8654 2582. Crystal Palace Radio and Electronics Club has a net on Wednesday from 8pm on 145.525MHz ± QRM. On Friday there’s a talk on spectrum utilisation efficiency for 4G and beyond by Ian Clark. Contact Bob, G3OOU, on 01737 552 170. Southdown Amateur Radio Society has a meeting at the Hailsham shack on Wednesday, followed by a cafe meeting at 12.30. On Saturday there is also a meeting. Contact John, G3DQY, on 01424 424 319. Now we return to the traditional listing in date order. Today, Norfolk Coast Amateur Radio Society is operating pedestrian mobile on Cromer Pier. For details email Steve, G3PND, via info@norfolkcoastamateurs.co.uk. On Monday Braintree and District Amateur Radio Society has its net from 8pm on 145.375MHz. Contact Edwin, G0LPO, on 01376 324 031. On Wednesday Bracknell Amateur Radio Club has an open net from 8pm on 145.375MHz. Details from David, M0XDF, via email to M0XDF@alphadene.co.uk. On Wednesday Fareham and District Amateur Radio Club is having an informal meeting. Contact Chris Jenkins-Powell, G7MFR, on 07817 498 772. On Wednesday Norfolk Amateur Radio Club has its home construction competition. Contact Chris Danby, G0DWV, on 01603 898 308. On Thursday Cray Valley Radio Society has its annual construction contest, where entries are welcome from members and non-members. Details from Richard, G7GLW, on 07831 715 797. On Thursday Shefford and District Amateur Radio Society is holding its AGM. Contact John Burnett, via email to john@hobart-europe.co.uk. On Thursday Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club has a 2m FM open net from 7.30pm. Contact Gordon, 2E0ELI, via email to acorns@taarc.co.uk. On Friday Horndean and District Amateur Radio Club is having a natter night and social evening. Contact Stuart, G0FYX, on 02392 472 846. On Friday Mid-Sussex Amateur Radio Society is on the air. Contact Sue Davis, G6YPY, on 01273 845 103. On Sunday Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society is holding its Intermediate course practical, revision and exam. Details from Rob, G4LMW, on 01635 862 737. Category: News for England East and East Anglia, News for England South and South East, News for London and Thames Valley View the full article
  17. North Bristol Amateur Radio Club has its net via GB3BS from 7pm tonight and next Sunday. On Friday there’s a relax and chat evening plus stores maintenance. Details from Mat, G7FBD, via email to g7fbd@gb3bs.com. On Monday Bristol RSGB Group has a talk on Big Data by Dr Chris Budd, G4NBG. Contact Shaun O’Sullivan, G8VPG, on 01225 873 098. On Monday Weston-super-Mare Radio Society is having a construction, operating and natter night. Details from Martin Jones, G7UWI, on 01934 613 094. On Tuesday Exeter Amateur Radio Society has its net on GB3EW from 7.45pm. Contact Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756. On Wednesday Callington Amateur Radio Society is having a talk on phased vertical antenna arrays by G4BVB. Details from John, G4PBN, on 01822 835 834. Cornish Radio Amateur Club is holding a committee meeting on Wednesday and a main club meeting on Thursday. Details from Steve, G7VOH, on 01209 844 939. On Thursday Keith, G3MCD will be giving at talk about the GB3NC Repeater Group to the Dartmoor Radio Club. He will be assisted by Mike, G4WVD and John, G0VDU. All are welcome. On Thursday Dover ARC has EKC students presenting their design for the CANSAT National finals. Details from Aaron, 2E0FQR, on 07714 654 267. On Thursday Riviera Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. For details email rivieraarc@gmail.com. On Thursday Saltash and District Amateur Radio Club is having a club. Contact Mark Chanter, M0WMB, on 07810 548 445. On Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is looking at using an antenna analyser. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471. On Thursday Swindon and District Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on manufacturing for the masses by Dr Adrian Bowyer. Contact Jonathan, M0ZGB, via email to m0zgb@sdarc.net. On Thursday Yeovil Amateur Radio Club is having mini talks. Details from Rodney Edwards, M0RGE, on 01935 825 791. On Friday Thornbury and South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is holding a VHF net. Contact Mark, 2E0RKM, on 07776 292 813. On Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a club night. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to g6fsp@tars.org.uk. Category: News for England South West and Channel Islands View the full article
  18. On Thursday North Wales Radio Society is holding a general meeting. Contact Liz Cabban, GW0ETU, on 07760 190 355. On Friday Cleddau Amateur Radio Society is holding its AGM. Contact Heinz, MW0ECY, on 07748 047 008. Category: News for North Wales, News for South Wales View the full article
  19. Everyone is invited to come and join the members of NERC at this general meeting whether you are new to radio or intested in learning more about this exciting hobby. The presentation for this meeting is: TBA Presented by: TBA Meetings commence at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start at the Modbury West Community Hall, Capulet Crescent, Modbury. View the full article
  20. 02/23/2017The March/April 2017 issue of QEX will be arriving at mailboxes soon. In this issue . . . • David M. Drumheller, K3WQ, explains how to model antennas made from angle stock, wires cages, tape measures and other unconventional conductors. • Rick Peterson, WA6NUT, shows how FDMA technology can be used for new sound card modes. • Brian Machesney, K1LI, and Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP, use polar modulation to to implement a “linear amplifier”. And much more! If you're not a subscriber, you're missing some of the best Amateur Radio technical journalism available. Subscribe now at https://www.arrl.org/qex-subscription-form. Click here to see the table of contents for this issue and download a free sample article. View the full article
  21. 02/23/2017The just-concluded run of ionospheric investigations conducted from Alaska’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) observatory — quite likely the most powerful HF transmission facility in the world — revived the latent short-wave listener (SWL) lurking within most radio amateurs. Operating under Part 5 Experimental license WI2XFX, HAARP this month even aired some classical music as it conducted its first scientific research campaign since being taken over 18 months ago from the military by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, focused on two experiments — one called “airglow” that literally aimed to light up the ionosphere, and another to demonstrate the so-called “Luxembourg Effect,” first noticed on a 1930s Radio Luxembourg broadcast. Public engagement was part of his plan, and Fallen this week said the Twitter and e-mail feedback from his transmissions had been “fantastic,” and that his science campaign had become “quite an event.” “Thank you for making a difference and advancing Amateur Radio as well,” Doug Howard, VE6CID, tweeted. Another Twitter follower enthused, “You’re running the coolest DX station in the world.” Fallen said he also received “a lot of great waterfalls,” as well as video and audio recordings from hams and SWLs. Fallen started and stopped each experiment block with DTMF tones, transmitted in AM on or about 2.8 and 3.3 MHz, each channel fed with audio tones of different frequencies or, in the case of music, as a separate stereo channel. If the “Luxembourg Effect” is present, skywave-signal listeners would hear both channels combined on a single frequency; Fallen said the effect is easier to detect with tones. In addition to tones, he transmitted “a ‘dance track,’ a Pachelbel Canon arrangement, and a variation of ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat.’” Jeff Dumps, KL4IU, composed some of the music, and he arranged and performed all of it. The CW “airglow” artificial aurora experiment followed the Luxembourg Effect transmissions. All week, Fallen despaired that the “ratty” ionosphere and cloud cover were diminishing his hopes for success with the artificial aurora experiments. But on the last night, he tweeted, “Seeing artificial airglow with the spectrometer. Film at 11.” Fallen is now evaluating the results of his HAARP efforts. He said one listener posted “a most excellent” YouTube clip. He was not specific; several have been posted that document this week's experiments, including this one from Stephen Oleson, VE6SLP. Laurence Howell, KL7L, in Wasilla, Alaska, posted an audio file. “The miracle of crowd sourcing!” Fallen said. “If only the Luxembourg Effect was more pronounced, but it is in the 3,300 kHz recording.” Fallen has been working under a $60,000 National Science Foundation grant. “During campaigns, significant expenditures for fuel and personnel are required,” the grant abstract said. “Large start-up costs make HAARP experiments largely inaccessible to individual researchers unless multiple experiments and funding sources can be bundled together during a campaign of up to two-week duration.” According to the abstract, public participation would maximize “the broader impacts of the investigations.” “HAARP again...perhaps sometime this summer!” Fallen tweeted on February 23. He has posted additional information on his “Gakona HAARPoon 2017” blog. View the full article
  22. 02/23/2017A high-altitude Amateur Radio balloon, K2BSA-11, will be launched from the 2017 National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia. The balloon is expected to reach an altitude of 48,000 feet and will transmit on 144.390 MHz APRS. An onboard GPS/computer will shift APRS frequencies based on the balloon’s location around the globe. Carrying out the July 20 launch from the Summit Bechtel Reserve will be Bill Brown WB8ELK; Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT, and other members of the K2BSA Radio Scouting team. They are hoping that the balloon will circumnavigate Earth. View the full article
  23. 02/23/2017The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club in Athens, Texas, has purchased and distributed copies of Ham Radio for Dummiesby ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, to area schools and libraries. The book now is in its second edition. Financed in part by a grant from LDG Electronics, the club determined to place a copy of the book in nearly every school and public library in the tri-county area around Athens. Club member and former teacher Glenn Hughes, KF5CTG, took on the task of distributing the copies, visiting with librarians and school administrators as he made the rounds. The activity caught the attention of The Athens Review, which published an article about it on February 15. View the full article
  24. 02/23/2017As its Amateur Radio FM transponder satellite BY70-1 was poised to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, its developers, China’s Amateur Youth Space Program, said it will be mounting future missions. The 2U BY70-1 CubeSat was built by Beijing Bayi High School students. “We hope more amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near future!” the students said in a February 17 statement on the school’s website. BY70-1 was launched on December 28 but ended up in a lower-than-expected 524 × 212 kilometer orbit, which contributed to its brief orbital lifetime. “Satellite BY70-1 has completed all designed missions,” the students’ message said. They asked for reports, via e-mail, including audio or video clips, from those who were successful in using the satellite or who obtained satellite camera photos. They offered a QSL card in return for those who made a contact or souvenirs for those who copied telemetry or used the onboard camera. View the full article
  25. 02/23/2017The 30th annual North American Shortwave Association Winter SWL Fest will take place March 2-4 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia. The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes. Enthusiasts of everything from HF broadcasting, AM band broadcasting, VLF, scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are welcome. Visit the Winter SWL Fest website for registration information. View the full article