PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1090

Release Date: January 18, 2020 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Dave Wilson, WA2HOY, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fitte, NF2F, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Paul Kolacki, K2FX, George Bowen, W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by George Bowen, W2XBS. Running Time: 1:31:41 Download here: […]

Via the ARRL: AM Rally 2020 Gets Under Way on February 1

The fourth annual AM Rally operating event will take place February 1 – 3 (UTC). The annual AM Rally encourages all operators to explore amateur radio’s original voice mode by showcasing the various types of AM equipment in use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube rigs to the newest SDR-based transceivers. “Both new and experienced ops are discovering […]

Via the ARRL: Large-Scale DXpedition to Timor-Leste Planned for this Fall

The Lagunaria DX Group is planning a “large-scale DXpedition” to Timor-Leste (4W) in the October/November 2020 timeframe. “We currently have one team member in Timor-Leste negotiating with different ministries, companies, and accommodation facilities,” said team member Chris Janssen, DL1MGB. “Right now, we have positive feedback from all. We even already have a confirmed reservation for […]

Via HACKADAY: Why Do Resistors Have a Color Code?

One of the first things you learn in electronics is how to identify a resistor’s value. Through-hole resistors have color codes, and that’s generally where beginners begin. But why are they marked like this? Like red stop signs and yellow lines down the middle of the road, it just seems like it has always been […]

Via the ARRL: Barry Shelley, N1VXY, to Become ARRL Interim CEO

At its meeting this weekend, the ARRL Board of Directors did not elect Howard Michel, WB2ITX, as the ARRL Chief Executive Officer. Beginning Monday, January 20, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, will become interim CEO. Mr. Shelley was ARRL’s Chief Financial Officer for 28 years and CEO during 2018 before his retirement. The board has created a […]

Via HACKADAY: The RFI Hunter: Looking for Noise in All the Wrong Places

Next time you get a new device and excitedly unwrap its little poly-wrapped power supply, remember this: for every switch-mode power supply you plug in, an amateur radio operator sheds a tear. A noisy, broadband, harmonic-laden tear. The degree to which this fact disturbs you very much depends upon which side of the mic you’re […]

Via the ARRL: Iowa State Parks on the Air 2020 Celebrating Centennial of Iowa State Parks

Iowa State Parks on the Air (IASPOTA-2020) is under way and will continue through year’s end. The event is sponsored by the Great River Amateur Radio Club, with the support of Iowa ARRL Section Manager Lelia Garner, WA0UIG, and the Iowa Division of Natural Resources (DNR). According to Colin Wheatley, W9UPK, Iowa had the first state […]

Via the ARRL: Germany Special Event Recognizes Anniversary of SDR Development

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) this year is honoring 35 years of software-defined radio (SDR) technology with special call sign and special DOK. “In order to acknowledge the high importance of digital signal processing for communications technology in general, and amateur radio in particular, a special event station DL35SDR will be active from the […]

Via the ARRL: SAQ Alexanderson Alternator 2019 Christmas Eve Transmission Heard by More than 400 Listeners

The Alexanderson alternator 2019 Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz from SAQ in Grimeton, Sweden, was heard by more than 400 listeners. SAQ reported conditions were very good, with clear, dry weather, and the vintage transmitter functioned flawlessly. Lars Kålland, SM6NM, was at the key to deliver the Christmas message, his last as he is […]

Via the ARRL: YOTA Month Reported a Success in the Americas

For several years now, Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) has sponsored YOTA Month each December, primarily involving young radio amateurs in Europe and Africa. In December, youth-operated amateur radio stations in the Americas picked up the ball to contribute more than 12,000 contacts to the worldwide event. Eighteen operators aged 25 or younger deployed special event 1 […]

Via the ARRL: High Speed Telegraphy Competitions Set

The 17th International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) High Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship will take place August 20 – 24 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Europe’s HST Cup and Balkan HST Championships will take place May 8 – 12 in Elbasan, Albania. Although not an IARU-recognized event, this international competition is widely accepted by the HST community […]

Via the ARRL: Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Effort Continues, with Help from Ham Radio

In Puerto Rico, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers continue to operate from the American Red Cross distribution center in Yauco — one of the towns hit the hardest by the recent earthquakes and ongoing aftershocks on the island. The Red Cross requested assistance last week to identify undeclared refugee camps and to report on […]

Via the ARRL: Massachusetts Club Offers Support to Arecibo Observatory Following Earthquakes

Although not in the hardest-hit earthquake zone, Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory nonetheless has been affected by the recent spate of earthquakes and aftershocks. The landmark Arecibo radio telescope and ionospheric radar facility was a victim of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club (NVARC) have stepped […]

Via the ARRL: Tragic Drowning Cuts Short DXpedition to Rotuma

DXer Antoine “Tony” N’Yeurt, 3D2AG, reported over the weekend that his 11-year-old son had died in an accidental drowning in Rotuma. 3D2AG had been active in a DXpedition on Rotuma — the 58th most-wanted DXCC entity, according to Club Log. No details of the incident are available. N’Yeurt resides on Fiji but has operated from Rotuma and elsewhere in […]

Framingham residents successful in fight to halt ham radio tower construction. For now. (Massachusetts)

In a unanimous decision, the ZBA voted to vacate the building permit because, in its determination, the ham radio tower Framingham resident Mikhail Filippov wants to build doesn’t comply with local setback requirements as proposed. Filippov’s attorney says he’s waiting for the ZBA’s final opinion before he decides where to take the case next. FRAMINGHAM […]

via the RSGB: First Tunisian licences in six decades

The IARU reports that the first three authorisations to operate have been issued to three Tunisian amateurs. These are the first amateur permits issued since 1956. 3V8HB, 3V8MN and 3V1MB will soon be on the air from their homes, rather than being restricted to operating from a club station. Issuing individual authorisations to operate is […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1089

Release Date: January 11, 2020 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Dave Wilson, WA2HOY, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fitte, NF2F, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Paul Kolacki, K2FX, George Bowen, W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by George Bowen, W2XBS. Running Time: 1:37:15 Download here: […]

Via the ARRL: ARISS Next-Generation Radio System Ready for Launch

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) reports that its first Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit — serial number 1001 — has been delivered to NASA’s Johnson Space Center for launch in early March. The IORS represents the first major upgrade in ARISS equipment on the International Space Station since Amateur Radio gained […]

Via the ARRL: Free ARRL Events App Now Available for Apple iOS and Android Devices

The ARRL Events app, which will be featured at Orlando HamCation, is now available for both Apple iOS and Android devices. A web-browser version, optimized for nearly any browser or other mobile device type, is also available to view. Orlando HamCation 2020 takes place February 7 – 9 and has been sanctioned as the 2020 ARRL […]