Club Remote Station...

Category: Site Pages
Published: Sunday, 12 April 2020
Written by Super User

The remote club station is running and ready for testing.

Currently, KD8TUT, KW0RM, AD8BU, and N8SS are testing transmit. The radio is available to all Club members as a receiver while we are testing.

You'll need to download the client and create an account from here:

    https://www.remotehams.com/

    Once you have the client installed, start the RCForb client and login to the client (this is the account you setup on the remote hams site).

    Once the client loads: There will be a list of stations. Look for the W8MAI Club Station- double click the station listing.

    The current station is an Apache Labs ANAN 100D.

    Further Documentation will be available in the future, however, here are the software manuals:

    Getting Started: Remote Hams Documentation

 

ARRL News

Category: Site Pages
Published: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Written by Super User

05 March 2024

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
  • HAARP Needs Ham Help

     Amateur radio operators and radio astronomers are being asked to help monitor a new research project by the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).

    The project officially began on February 28, but it will run until March 3, 2024.

    Some examples of experiments planned for the project are the production of extremely low frequency (ELF) and very low frequency (VLF) emissions and stud...

  • Bob Heil, K9EID, Silent Key

    The man who defined the sound of live rock ‘n’ roll music and brought audio engineering principals into mainstream amateur radio use, Dr. Bob Heil, K9EID, has passed away at the age of 83. He was an ARRL Life Member and in the ARRL Maxim Society. A Facebook post from Heil Ham Radio paid tribute to their founder: “Bob fought a valiant, yearlong battle with cancer, and passed peacefully surrounde...

  • YLRL Celebrates International Women's Day with Special Event

    The Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) is hosting an International Women's Day YL Parks on the Air® (POTA) Party from 0000Z - 2359Z on March 8.

    International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year's theme is Inspire Inclusion.

    To celebrate the day, the goal of this special event is to activate any POTA park during the 2...

  • The K7RA Solar Update

    "ASWFC GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE WARNING ISSUED AT 2208 UTC/29 FEBRUARY 2024 BY THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE WEATHER FORECASTING CENTRE.

    "A filament eruption was observed at 28/0855UT from the solar
    southeast quadrant. The associated CME has been determined to
    contain an Earth-directed component, with an arrival to Earth's
    magnetosphere at 02/1100 UTC +/- 12 hours. G1 geomagnetic conditions
    are expected.

    "INCR...

  • Winter Season Section Manager Election Results

    On Tuesday, February 20, at ARRL Headquarters, ballots were counted for two Section Manager elections that were conducted this winter.

    ARRL members in Louisiana elected Houston Polson, N5YS, of Winnfield, to become the next Section Manager of the ARRL Louisiana Section starting on April 1, 2024. Polson received 200 votes, and incumbent Section Manager Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ, received 169 votes.  ...

  • Amateur Radio Operators Needed for Help with Solar Eclipse Project

    The Case Amateur Radio Club, W8EDU, the club station at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is asking for amateur radio operators to help with a research project centered around the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse.

    W8EDU club member Adam Goodman, W7OKE, said the project centers around studying the effects of the eclipse on propagation to better understand the recombination time of t...

  • Former Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson Division, Bill Hudzik, W2UDT, Silent Key

    Former Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson Division and ARRL Maxim Society Member William "Bill" Hudzik, W2UDT, has passed away at the age of 77.

    Hudzik served as Vice Director from 2011 to 2022, and he had previously been Section Manager of the ARRL Northern New Jersey Section.  

    Hudzik was first licensed in 1961 as WV2UDT, and he was active in VHF contesting at the time.  

    He quickly gained a reput...

  • The K7RA Solar Update

    "ASWFC GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE WARNING ISSUED AT 0237 UTC/22 FEBRUARY 2024 BY THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE WEATHER FORECASTING CENTRE.

    "A solar filament has erupted from the northwest solar quadrant and
    a component of the predominately westward associated CME is expected
    to arrive at the Earth during the second half of 24-Feb. G1 conditions, with the chance of G2 periods are possible during the second hal...

  • Highlights from 2024 Orlando HamCation

    Warm weather greeted the crowds of radio amateurs who attended the 2024 Orlando HamCation® from February 9 - 11. The convention hosted the ARRL Florida State Convention, but drew attendees from across the country, and some from even farther, renewing HamCation's place as the second largest US ham radio convention.

    HamCation is sponsored by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC). The convention wa...

  • Amateur Radio as Educational Tool Represented to Policymakers in Washington DC

    ARRL and Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) represented Amateur Radio at a symposium in Washington on February 1 at which the top domestic spectrum policymakers from across the federal government considered implementation of the National Spectrum Strategy (NSS) [PDF].

    ARRL ensures that Amateur Radio is represented at sessions such as this so that decisionmakers understand amateur radio'...

  • ARRL Headquarters Closed Presidents Day

    ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024, in observance of Presidents Day. 

    There won't be any W1AW bulletin or code practice that day. ARRL HQ will reopen on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 8 AM EST.

    There are several special operating events to mark the holiday. Visit the ARRL Special Event Stations datab...

  • The K7RA Solar Update

    Seven new sunspot groups appeared over the past week, February 8-14,
    two on February 8, three on February 10, and two more on February 13
    and 14.

    Then on February 15 three more sunspots emerged.

    Now this is a personal opinion, but from recent numbers I suspect
    that we may at the peak of Solar Cycle 25 or just prior to the peak.
    We won't know when the actual peak occurred until six months after.

    Averag...

  • Errata to the 2024 - 2028 Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool Released

    The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has released errata for the new 2024 - 2028 Element 4 Extra Class Question Pool, which goes into effect on July 1. The errata includes minor question changes, the removal of one question, and one modified graphic. These updates are reflected in the new downloadable files, dated January 31, 2024. The...

  • Veteran DXpedition Leader Bob Allphin, K4UEE, SK

    Prolific DXpedition leader, ARRL Maxim Society member, and former Chair of the ARRL DX Advisory Committee, Robert C. “Bob” Allphin, Jr., K4UEE, has become a Silent Key. Allphin passed on February 10 at the age of 79. His early life as the son of a United States Air Force (USAF) officer sent him to many corners of the globe. That set the tenor for a life in amateur radio spent operating from far...

  • Senators Roger Wicker and Richard Blumenthal Introduce S.3690 to Eliminate Private Land Use Restrictions on Amateur Radio

    On January 30, 2024, US Senators Roger Wicker (MS) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) introduced S.3690, the Senate companion bill to H.R.4006, introduced last June. Both bills reflect the Congressional campaign efforts byARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® to eliminate homeowner association land use restrictions that prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio Operato...

Southgate Amateur Radio News

Category: Site Pages
Published: Thursday, 12 March 2020
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Amateur Radio Daily

05 March 2024

An aggregate of Ham Radio related news.
  • ARDC Quick Hits

    Source: ARDC

  • Operators Wanted for World Autism Awareness Week

    The 2024 World Autism Awareness Week special event is seeking volunteer operators world-wide. A dozen plus callsigns will be on the air April 1 through 7.

    Interested volunteers can email hamradioevents [at] gmail.com with AAW 2024 - I Want To Help as the subject line.

    See the W2A QRZ page for more details.

    Source: W2A

  • Heil Sound founder Bob Heil Silent Key

    Founder of Heil Sound and avid champion of the amateur radio community, Bob Heil passed away according to the Heil Sound Facebook Page: “Bob fought a valiant, year-long battle with cancer, and passed peacefully surrounded by his family,”

    Heil was the inventor of the famous Heil Talk Box used memorably by musicians like Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Slash, Richie Sambora and others. He was invited to exhibit his innovations at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also was an active member of the amateur radio community.

    Heil was also a regular host of the Ham Nation podcast.

    Source: RadioWorld

  • Patagonia in 2024

    Patagonia in 2024

    By Jim Talens, N3JT

    Nina and I normally take our overseas trips these days in the form of organized tours to countries with large cities that feature great museums, have fascinating history – and where I know ham radio operators and can meet them astride the tour schedule. But Patagonia, which is essentially the southern part of South America consisting mostly of Argentina but also some of Chile, has little of any of those. It is a relatively desolate kind of place at first glance, with few cities, hardly any notable museums, and few hams. Sure, I have worked stations in Ushuaia (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina) and Punta Arenas (Chile) over the years, but not in recent months. So why Patagonia? Because it is reportedly filled with great natural beauty and the sorts of sights I could never experience elsewhere. Convincing Nina to go was a minor challenge because the tour description included Zodiac rides, hikes to glaciers and long mountain passes, and 4 days of possibly rough sailing through the fjords and waterways near Cape Horn. I could not understand why this did not attract her! What did convince her were the cool temperatures and her interest in seeing penguins, beautiful mountains, and glaciers. So off we went on January 7, 2024, flying nonstop from Miami to Buenos Aires, where our tour group of 21 would assemble and begin its adventure. I should mention here that a principal reason for preparing this article, apart from sharing our travel experience with others, is to record what we experienced for ourselves.

    This trip, organized by Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) for January 7-21, provided only two evenings free of organized activities, one in Ushuaia and the other in El Calafate, both within Argentina. All other evenings involved scheduled dinners with our 21-person tour group, one dinner with a local family in Ushuaia and the rest aboard our 200-passenger boat that would later take us to Cape Horn, into the Magellan Strait and through part of the Darwin Passage. In the weeks prior to departure, I tried to get in touch with several hams I had worked in these towns but schedules conflicted so we could not arrange any eyeball QSOs, though along the way I did spot two tribanders. More about that later.

    Neighbors delivered us midday to a Tri-Rail train station near our home in Boynton Beach. The last stop is the Miami International Airport, which apart from some walking at the airport turned out to be an efficient and cost-effective option over a taxi or Uber. Our 9-hour non-stop flight from Miami to Buenos Aires left at about 8:30 pm. Sleeping on the flight proved elusive. The plane was a Boeing 787 and I think they reduced the seat spacing so that only a small child can find a comfortable position for so long. I guess I must have dozed off because I only got through the first third of Barbi when I awoke with a leg cramp a few hours later.

    We arrived at our Marriott hotel in the early morning, too early to access a room and nap so we took a walk along the awakening avenues of downtown Buenos Aires. Adrenalin always fuels energy for the first day of such trips. By 5 pm the other members of our tour group had arrived, leading to the usual introductory meeting where each person notes how many trips they have made with OAT, their own backgrounds, and what they looked forward to seeing in Patagonia. There were 4 physicians in our group, which was unusual, and I was the only attorney (or engineer) among us. We began our acculturation with a tango lesson taught by a professional dancer and bandoneon player. I am not inclined to enjoy dancing, but this was actually rather fun. Soon, though, it was time for us to separate ourselves from our group and meet with Claudia, a museum tourguide we met in Buenos Aires 6 years earlier with whom I remained in contact. A featured cuisine in Buenos Aires is of course their beef, which is very tasty and half or less the cost we would normally pay. To illustrate, we chose a top restaurant in the city and ordered sizeable ribeye steaks, wine, sauteed vegetables, huge salads and dessert, all for about $90 including tip. Claudia could never afford such a meal so we were pleased to liven her culinary experience. I tend to be a mafist (a person who does not eat mammal meat) so this was quite the excursion in cuisine for me.

    The next day our group toured Buenos Aires, where I had been twice before, culminating in a dinner at a local family’s home where we discussed Argentine economic and political issues. OAT makes its trips adventures in a variety of ways, including meals with locals. There would be another such meal in Ushuaia. The dinner in Buenos Aires was at a neighborhood apartment and consisted largely of salad, meatballs, and mashed potatoes, with alfajores (a sweet cookie) for dessert, and of course Malbec wine. One cannot help but feel sorry for the people in a country that experienced 200% inflation in 2023 and has a history of horrid dictatorships marked by some 30,000 missing political activists (Desaparecidos), most of whose bodies have not been found. Because of the economy and corruption, massive demonstrations, and the leading generals’ incompetence in the Malvinas (Falklands) war, democracy was restored in 1985. But since then, there has been a succession of ineffectual leaders and a seemingly intractable economy. The recently elected president, Javier Milei, seems to produce a highly polarizing reaction among Argentines. From those we spoke with, mostly better educated people, Milei is a disaster. But the Peronistas did not have answers, either.

    The next morning, we boarded our Aerolineas Argentinas flight for a 3-1/2 hour flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern-most city in the world located. The city is the largest in Patagonia and sits along the Beagle Channel on the Isla de Tierra del Fuego. See Foto 1.

    Foto 1. Ushuaia, the southern-most city on the planet with a population of some 87,000.

    This was the beginning of our Patagonian adventure. We posed for photos in the dock area before a huge “Ushuaia” block structure, and later walked along the nearby Beagle Channel shore that consists of rounded, glacially-worn stones. A local guide provided us with more details about the Malvinas war, how ill-prepared the Argentine navy was, and the underlying reasons for starting the war (yes, for the generals in power to distract public attention from the Desaparecidos and the economy!). Some 600 Argentine soldiers died (and 255 Brits). Argentina remains less than pleased that Chile sided with Britain over this one, partly because Chile feared a possible Argentine attack for other reasons. Both Argentina and Britain have arguments for sovereignty over the Falklands but the British have been on the islands for the last 200 years. During the guide’s discussion we got our first taste of the strong winds that would characterize much of our Patagonia visit. Interestingly, the temperatures in summer do not go much below the mid 40’s (5C), and in winter rarely below 25 degrees (-3C), but the wind is worst during summer. We were then on our own until dinner so we visited the Maritime Museum, Prison Museum, Museum of Art, and 2 preserved early homes. The Maritime Museum had excellent displays of Patagonian birds and animals, dioramas of native cultures and history of the region, including stories about sea adventures like those of Shackleton. The Prison Museum was partially converted to art booths for sales and display. Some booths featured descriptions of notorious inmates with colorful histories.

    That evening we had our second local-family dinner, this one offered by a couple long resident in Ushuaia. Their home was quite lovely, with multiple rooms and great views. But this was just the warmup because Ushuaia was the embarkation point of our Ventus Australis boat trip of four days, taking us to glaciers and waterways most of us had only read about in featured adventure stories and in our tour catalog.

    We were delayed in departing the port at Ushuaia by several hours due to high winds that made docking the incoming Ventus Australis vessel risky. We all walked together to a restaurant about a mile away and had a nice dinner. It is interesting that I cannot remember hardly any of the meals of our trip with greater specificity than that they were good. I always chose fish or chicken, sometimes pasta, but regret to admit that I always ate the invariably very tasty desserts. Later I will describe the one dessert I clearly remember, and why. By the time our dinner was finished the Venus Australis had docked and we boarded. During the evening we sailed eastward in the Beagle Canal and then south through Murray Channel, and Nassau Bay toward Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America, where so many ships were lost over the centuries. See Foto 2. It is very rough water because of the convergence of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the winds that are funneled by the Andes. We were fortunate that the weather was not bad, but it was bad enough to prevent us in the morning from boarding the Zodiacs (rigid inflatable boat used to transport people from cruise ships to land) and standing on Cape Horn. I remember trying to walk down the hallway of the ship and essentially bouncing from wall to wall with the waves. Fortunately, Nina and I had Scopolamine patches and so were never seasick, which we most assuredly would have been. See Foto 4 (lighthouse at Cape Horn).

    Foto 2. Display in the ship’s quarterdeck showing our path aboard ship from Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile).

    Heading north again, we stopped at Wulaia Bay, where Charles Darwin stopped during his voyage with the Beagle. It is a stunningly beautiful area, lush with great views. The next day we took Zodiacs to two glaciers, Pia and Porter. There were 10 or 14 people aboard each Zodiac, and we approached quite close to the glaciers, different in their positioning in the mountains and the way they calved. Some glaciers are solely on dry land and so ice falls off them into the water; others are longer and extend into the sea, calving both from underneath and above. See Fotos 5, 6 and 7. We also visited the Condor Glacier, where we saw many condors. See Foto 8.

    Foto 3. View of Wulaia Bay, and the Ventus Australis.

    Foto 4. Cape Horn lighthouse from our ship.

    Foto 5. Walking towards Pia Glacier.

    Foto 6. A typical view to the majestic Atlas Mountains (not the Andes).

    Foto 7. Nina and Jim in front of a glacier. Either Pia or Porter, I cannot remember!!

    Foto 8. Andean condors.

    We made several additional stops at glaciers and overlooks, but of great interest was the stop on Magdelena Island in the Magellan Strait to see the Magellanic penguins. They are clearly not afraid of people and in fact will walk up and presumably challenge you as you get too close to their nests, though the path we had to follow is many feet away from the nests. There is no vegetation so they dig shallow burrows. See Fotos 9 and 10. Note that the penguins taste like chicken. (Just kidding; making sure you are reading everything!)

    Foto 9. Magellanic penguin on Magdalena Island, in the Magellan Strait.

    Foto 10. A penguin pileup.

    Our next stop in the Magellan strait was Punta Arenas, a city in Chile of about 125,000 people. It was the demarcation point of our sea voyage and the beginning of the final land portion of our tour, which would include visits to Torres del Paine National Park, Porto Natales, and El Calafate. Punta Arenas has a lovely, multiple-vessel outdoor museum (Museo Nao Victoria) featuring recreations of the Beagle (Darwin’s ship), the Chilean Schooner Ancud that claimed the tortuous Strait of Magellan for Chile, and a replica of the lifeboat that saved Ernest Shackleton’s team. See Foto 11.

    Foto 11. Replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s Nao Victoria.

    We left Punta Arenas and headed by bus north to Porto Natales, which borders Torres del Paine National Park, at its center the Cordillera del Paine, the series of tall mountains that give such majesty to the rivers, lakes, and overall landscape of this area. The park is a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonia Steppes. Our hotel was essentially a spa with a lovely indoor pool and fantastic views of the mountains. We hiked for about 90 minutes and saw a variety of wildlife, including condors, guanacos (cousins to llamas), rheas, crested caracara birds, and gray fox. See Foto 12. The Paine Massif consists of granite mountains that emerge suddenly from the Patagonia steppes and are capped by crumbling sedimentary rock. They are only some 12 million years old. The sedimentary rock and magma collided violently through tectonic motion and were thrust upwards, later worn to the current striking pattern by Ice Age melting.

    One thing we missed here (and elsewhere on the trip, actually) was a view of the southern sky at night. Most of the Milky Way is visible only from the Southern Hemisphere and I had looked forward to seeing that sky, but we were either too tired to stay up so late (remember, there are only a few hours of darkness at night that far south in summer) or there was cloud cover. We also visited a sheep farm, ate lamb chops, and watched shearing. Warming temperatures have led to reduced grass for sheep so that the future of sheep farming is at great risk in Patagonia. We stopped at Lago Pehoé, a beautiful place adjacent to a mountain river cascade. It is notoriously windy in that area and our visit was no exception. In fact, they closed the path to the overlook as we exited because winds were more than 60 mph. Several people had to crawl to safety, and one of our group (notably the tallest among us) fell, cutting his face in several places. Our final stop was El Calafate on the northern edge of Patagonia. The area is named for the indigenous Calafate bush, which is a small, tart berry that produces the best dessert I think I have ever had. It was so good I dedicated a photo to it! See Foto 13. It is much like tartufo, the Italian dessert that consists of a round scoop of vanilla ice-cream with a maraschino cherry in the middle, all covered with dark chocolate. This Patagonian killer-dessert is a step up from tartufo. It is made from calafate ice cream (with berries in it) covered by dark chocolate. It is not available in Buenos Aires or anywhere else outside Patagonia. The route to El Calafate required us to change buses at the Chilean-Argentine border. We were now in Argentina again.

    Foto 12. Torres del Paine Massif. A massif is a compact group of mountains.

    Foto 13. Calafate ice cream made from calafate berries (Magellan barberry, or berberis microphylla). I have a photo of the dessert untouched, but this gives you a better view!

    We went by bus a few miles west of El Calafate in the Los Glaciares National Park to see the Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine site some 200 feet above Lake Argentino. It was named after Francisco Moreno, a 19th-c Argentine explorer who played a role in resolving a border dispute between Argentina and Chile in this area. We watched calving (no, not the birth of cows!): large sections of ice falling into the sea; and we were able to walk along catwalks to see the glacier from different heights and angles. It was quite impressive. See Foto 14. We also took a horseback ride in the scenic area of our hotel. I even succeeded in picking a few calafate berries along the way from atop the horse. The woman riding the horse behind mine kept yelling at her horse to stop putting its nose up my horse’s butt, but her horse apparently was not fluent in English.

    Foto 14. Perito Moreno Glacier.

    The next day we headed to the airport and flew back to Buenos Aires. Several of us had luggage that weighed more than the 33-lb. limit for flights within Argentina, but our tour company paid the overage (which turned out be about $7 per person). The limit internationally is higher so that was no problem, of course. Include a few souvenir rocks from Patagonia and you can increase the weight of your suitcase easily! I am told they frown on smuggling Magellanic penguins into the luggage.

    We had one final day in Buenos Aires. Our tour included an excursion by boat in Tigre, part of the Paraná Delta adjacent to Buenos Aires. There are dozens of interconnected waterways featuring vacation homes and secluded residences accessible only by boat. We had no notion of this aspect of life in Argentina so close to Buenos Aires. Nina and I enjoyed a final steak dinner and headed to the airport for our overnight flight home.

    Now a word about ham radio during the trip: I saw two triband antennas, one in El Calafate and the other in Ushuaia, but no meetings ensued. We walked from our hotel to the house in Ushuaia where earlier I had seen a tower and beam from our bus, but nobody was home. The ham’s next- door neighbor greeted us and told us the ham was out, which I could tell because his car was gone! I left my card on the front door with my email address but never heard from him. The neighbor further noted that the ham’s wife just passed away and he was perhaps visiting his family. Between Google Maps and my walk, I think I found his call sign. The other antenna, in El Calafate, was on a street I recorded, but no El Calafate ham on QRZ.COM is listed with that street name. Nevertheless, a ham in El Calafate who was away at the time of our visit later told me his call sign. So it goes.

    Unfortunately, one of our group tested positive for Covid at the beginning of the trip. He wore an N-95 mask and ate at a separate table. We still were in close quarters in the bus and when walking, however. By the end of the first week there were 4 members similarly situated, some with no symptoms but testing positive, others coughing. By the end of the trip at least half were coughing, though Nina and I seemed to have it the worst (despite having all the inoculations plus RSV and flu shots). We wore our N-95 masks but at the Buenos Aires airport several people moved away from us in reaction to our prolonged coughing outbursts. We took what medications we could and survived the flight to Miami, where we walked to the Tri-Rail train, rode to our local station, and took an Uber home. We have since fully recovered.

    This trip was excellent, far more fascinating and fulfilling than we had anticipated. Part of that is due to the excellent program and tour-guides of the company we chose, but underlying it all is the land itself, filled with wildlife, desolation, beauty, glaciers, wind, and history. It is the “other part of the world” most people might never see, but should. Even if ham radio is not part of it!

    For some fotos of the trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5qDjHmVVN9zwn9p87

    February 1, 2024

    Source: N3JT

  • Nachugunta Island IOTA Expedition a Success

    A group of amateur radio operators successfully activated Nachugunta Island in an effort to promote emergency communications preparedness through engagement with local schools and ham radio operators world-wide.

    The expedition ran HF and satellite operations totaling 4,000 contacts from ham radio operators across the globe.

    Source: Press Information Bureau

  • AO-73 to Temporarily Pause Transponder Operations

    After a good period of transponder activity FUNcube batteries need a short rest. We plan to switch the transponder OFF between March 3rd to 15th subject to operational conditions. The satellite will be placed Safe mode and will still provide low power telemetry

    First launched in 2013, AO-73 (FUNcube-1) is a popular satellite among amateur radio operators taking advantage of its VHF to UHF transponder. The satellite also transmits telemetry data which is used as an educational component in schools.

    Source: AMSAT

  • HAARP to Transmit Experiments February 28 Through March 3

    The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will be conducting a research campaign February 28-March 3 UTC, with operating times specified in the table below. Operating frequencies will vary, but all HAARP transmissions will be between 2.8 MHz and 10 MHz. Actual transmit days and times are highly variable based on real-time ionospheric and/or geomagnetic conditions. All information is subject to change.

    These experiments will help lead to a greater understanding of the production and enhancement of ELF/VLF waves, as well as lay groundwork for future studies of satellite interactions with space plasma. For more information on ELF/VLF wave generation with HAARP, see the online HAARP FAQ at https://haarp.gi.alaska.edu/faq.

    Source: EI7GL

  • ARDC Testing VPN Service

    In an interview recorded at Hamcation 2024, ARDC discussed a VPN service currently in testing that would provide access to 44Net from essentially any VPN enabled device.

    John Hays (K7VE) showed a GL-iNet Puli (GL-XE300) portable LTE gateway capable of running the VPN.

    ARDC's VPN service is currently in testing utilizing the open-source WireGuard VPN protocol. A public beta is planned for later in 2024.

    Source: AA0Z

  • World Wide Patagonia DX Contest February 25th

    The World Wide Patagonia DX Contest (WWPDXC) takes place over a 24 hour period beginning at 00:00 UTC February 25th. Sponsored by Argentine amateur radio operators, all radio amateurs from across the world are invited to participate in this inaugural event.

    Multiple categories, certificates, and plaques will be available.

    Full rules are available on the WWPDXC website.

    Source: WWPDXC

  • Packet Digipeater on ISS is Active

    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) reports word from NASA that packet operations are once again functional. Since the report, several hams have confirmed packet activity.

    Source: ARISS

  • Brandmeister Adds TETRA Based Network

    Brandmeister recently integrated a TETRA based network to their flagship Brandmeister DMR network.

    TETRA improves upon DMR by utilizing 4 timeslots, full-duplex conversations, and superior voice quality.

    More details are available at https://tetrapack.online/.

    Source: Brandmeister

  • ESA Continues to Support Geostationary Satellite Project

    On Sunday February 4th, Frank Zeppenfeldt of the European Space Agency (ESA) gave a presentation at FOSDEM 2024 encouraging feedback from amateur radio operators on the subject of a potential follow-up geostationary satellite to QO-100.

    The satellite communications group of the European Space Agency (ESA) would like to support the collection of requirements, ideas and designs for a follow-up of [QO-100] in collaboration with IARU and various AMSAT communities. We would like to collect lessons learned and ideas on a QO-100 follow up, and trade-off some design together with amateurs, industry and ESA.

    A geostationary satellite proposal for portions of Europe and North America was proposed in late 2023.

    Source: FOSDEM

  • Potential for Canada to Ban SDR Devices

    Over concerns of devices such as the Flipper Zero that can record and replay wireless signals used for remote keyless entry in cars, Public Safety Canada is proposing a ban of such devices which could include software defined radios (SDR).

    Pursuing all avenues to ban devices used to steal vehicles by copying the wireless signals for remote keyless entry, such as the Flipper Zero, which would allow for the removal of those devices from the Canadian marketplace through collaboration with law enforcement agencies.

    Flipper Zero has requested evidence that their devices have been used in criminal activity, suggesting there currently is none.

    Source: RTL-SDR

  • Silver Comet Special Event Celebrates Club's 20th Anniversary

    The Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) of of Dallas, Georgia is celebrating their 20th year with a series of special event stations. 4 callsigns will be on the air between February 10th and 17th: W4RSC, W4R, W4S, and W4C.

    QSL cards and certificates available. More information can be found on SCARS' QRZ page.

    Source: Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society

  • Online Technician Course Scheduled February 16 - 17

    The Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay (EVCNB) is offering an online, two day Technician License study course February 16th and 17th.

    The class is scheduled over two sessions: Friday, February 16 from 6:30pm-8:30pm and Saturday, February 17 from 8:30am-4:30pm. This is an online Zoom class so you can take it from the comfort of your own home. The class uses a fast-paced “cram” style format. The success rate for the exam is over 90%.

    Sign up for this course at https://forms.gle/LgjJD88kFGv5etsX9.

    Source: EVCNB

  • FreeDV Seeks DSP Software Engineer

    The FreeDV project is looking to hire a DSP engineer! This person will be responsible for helping to develop the next generation of open source HF digital voice. Funding for this opportunity will be provided by the ARDC grant awarded to the project (thank you again!)

    Full job description and requirements available here [PDF].

    Source: FreeDV

  • Amateur Radio Software Award - Nominations Open

    The Amateur Radio Software Award recognizes Open Source software applications that promote ham radio. Nominations are currently open for the 2024 award and can be submitted here. Nominations are open until February 29th.

    The Amatuer Radio Software Award is in its fifth year. Past recipients were Anthony Good (K3NG) for Arduino CW Keyer, Jordan Sherer (KN4CRD) for JS8Call, David Rowe (VK5DGR) for Codec 2, and Stephen Loomis N0TTL and the GridTracker team for GridTracker.

    Source: Amateur Radio Software Award

  • Pluto Discovery 100th Anniversary Special Event

    Held each February leading up to 2030, (the year of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto) the Northern Arizona DX Association (NADXA) will operate special event callsign W7P. For 2024, the special event will take place February 10-18.

    Club members will be operating from Lowell Observatory and provide a unique QSL card each year.

    Source: NADXA

  • AO-92 Satellite Reaches end of Life

    Fox-1D (AO-92) was an AMSAT CubeSat satellite that operated for just over 6 years in orbit and proved to be a popular option for amateur radio satellite operators through its FM transponder. In addition to the transponder, the versatile satellite contained several payloads including an L-band converter, an experimental camera, and a MEMS GYRO experiment.

    With aging batteries, the satellite could no longer operate reliably and was mostly inoperable in recent months. The satellite reentered earth's orbit on February 3rd.

    Read more about distance records set with AO-92 and view a gallery of images captured from the experimental camera.

    Source: AMSAT

  • First Amateur Radio Station Transmits from Moon

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently landed two small probes, LEV-1 and LEV-2, on the surface of the moon. LEV-1 is transmitting Morse Code on 437.41 MHz utilizing the JS1YMG callsign provided by the JAXA Ham Radio Club (JHRC).

    Information about decoding the LEV-1 signal has been established by Daniel Estévez (EA4GPZ / M0HXM).

    Source: AMSAT

BARA Ham of the Year Recipients

Category: Site Pages
Published: Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Written by Tim Richards
Year Name Call Sign
2008 Annie Kaeding W8ALK
2009 Bill Wheeler W8JBA
2010 Gary Wallis KB8VIM
2011 Chuck Davis KC8YTA
2012 Matt Adrian KD8ZB
2013 Randy Kaeding K8TMK
2014 Ron Ackerman N8KBG
2015 Tim Richards KD8NOH
2016 Dan Utroske KF8Z
2017 Ken Jewell N8OL
2018 Bob Mann W8LHP
2019 Matt Severin N8MS
2020 Ron Warczynski K9RON
2021 Frank Lemanski AD8BU
2022 Ira Bilancio NX8I