BARA Trunk Swap

Category: Site Pages
Published: Friday, 05 August 2022
Written by Frank Lemanski

We are pleased to announce the 2023 Blossomland Amateur Radio Association Trunk Swap is a go!

Where: Five Pines Ministries, 6597 Smith Rd, Berrien Center, MI 49102

Five Pines Logo

When: Saturday, September 23rd; Set-up at 8:00AM and sales from 9:00AM to 1:00PM

Cost: None, though donations are greatly appreciated!

Sell from your trunk, truck, or bring a table! Canopies are welcome.

Talk in on the 146.820MHz W8MAI repeater (neg. offset, 88.5PL)

Please see below for a map of the Five Pines ground for the areas that we will be using. The South Vendor area (basketball court) is for vendors selling from a table and should not be used for parking.

Stay tuned to this page for any future updates!

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:

    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



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

09 June 2023

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
  • The K7RA Solar Update

    Solar activity was up this week, with the average daily sunspot
    number increasing from 133.7 to 139, and average daily solar flux
    from 155.3 to 166.8.

    Average daily planetary A index stayed the same at 7.3, and average
    middle latitude A index went from 7.9 to 8.6.

    Predicted solar flux doesn't show any improvement, with peaks at 170
    on June 23-25 and July 20-21.

    The forecast shows solar flux at 168, 16...

  • 2023 SEA-PAC: Successful ARRL Northwestern Division Convention

    “Surf a Radio Wave” was the headline for the Pacific Northwest's largest amateur radio convention, SEA-PAC, which held its 41st event, June 2 - 4, 2023, in Seaside, Oregon. The convention hosted the 2023 ARRL Northwestern Division Convention.

    ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, delivered an inspiring keynote address at Saturday’s banquet. Goodgame spoke about current and f...

  • Gear up for 2023 ARRL Field Day!

    2023 ARRL Field Day is just 3 weeks away, on June 24 - 25. It's the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.

    More than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill, and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach,...

  • ARRL Foundation Accepting Applications for Grants in June

    The ARRL Foundation is now accepting grant applications from amateur radio organizations for eligible amateur radio-related projects and initiatives, particularly those focused on educating, licensing, and supporting amateur radio activities. To grow amateur radio's future, youth-based projects and initiatives are especially encouraged. The ARRL Foundation grants program accepts proposals on a...

  • ARRL Hudson Division has New Vice Director

    Ed Wilson, N2XDD, of Shirley, New York has been appointed Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson Division by ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR.

    Wilson succeeds Nomar Vizcarrondo, NP4H, who was appointed Director of the ARRL Hudson Division in March. Wilson will serve in the position for the remainder of the 3-year term that ends December 31, 2024.

    Having developed an interest in radio as a child, Wils...

  • Licensee Hit With $24,000 Fine for Jamming Net, Failure to ID: FCC

    An investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) results in a large fine against a California amateur radio license holder. A Notice of Apparent Liability Forfeiture (NALF) for $24,000 has been filed against Phillip J. Beaudet, N6PJB, of Burney, California. According to the filing, the penalty is for Beaudet “willfully and repeatedly interfering with the radio communications of t...

  • Museum Ships On-the-Air Weekend

    If you like ships and are an amateur radio operator, 100 ships will be on the air from June 3 - 4 for the annual Museum Ships Weekend event.

    Organizers stress that this is not a contest, but a fun event that begins at 0000Z on June 3, 2023, and runs through 2359Z on June 4, 2023.

    While operation on any amateur frequency is allowed, most ships will be operating in the general portion of the bands....

  • The K7RA Solar Update

    Average daily solar flux values dropped over the past week, but
    sunspot numbers were nearly the same, comparing May 25 to 31 to the
    previous week.

    Average daily solar flux declined from 161.2 to 155.3. Geomagnetic
    indicators were quieter, with average daily planetary A index
    declining from 17.1 to 7.3, and middle latitude numbers from 14.4 to

    Predicted solar flux is 160 on June 2, 155 on June 3-4...

  • ARRL Elected to Serve on SAFECOM

    ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® has been elected to serve on SAFECOM®. SAFECOM is a group of national thought leaders and officials within the emergency communications and response space that works to set standards used at every level. The program is managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security.


  • “He Touched So Many Lives” Chip Margelli, K7JA (SK)

    The airwaves are markedly dimmer this week, social media is filled with heartfelt tributes, and industry leaders are mourning. Longtime fixture of amateur radio Charles “Chip” Margelli, K7JA, passed away after a brief illness. Margelli was an ARRL Life Member.

    “The light and love of my life is gone,” Margelli’s widow Janet, KL7MF, posted on Facebook. “He enjoyed 60 wonderful years as a ham and 4...

  • The K7RA Solar Update

    Both average daily sunspot numbers and solar flux increased this week. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 118.6 to 133.4, while average solar flux went from 143.2 to 161.2.

    Geomagnetic indicators were more active. Average daily planetary A index went from 9.6 to 17.1, while average middle latitude A index rose from 9.6 to 14.4.

    Predicted solar flux is 150 on May 26, 155 on May 27 and 28,...

  • Section Manager Update: Austin Elected, Bigley Re-elected, Gendron Appointed

    The results of two balloted Section Manager elections held this spring were determined when the ballots were counted at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

    John Bigley, N7UR, incumbent Section Manager of the ARRL Nevada Section, was re-elected when he received 277 votes, and Jim Shepherd, W6US, of Sparks, received 177 votes. Bigley, of Las Vegas, has been serving as Section Manager since...

  • Dayton Hamvention® 2023 Wrap Up

    ARRL greeted attendees in its large exhibit area in the "Tesla" building. Traffic to the exhibit was brisk. Members and prospective members enjoyed meeting with dozens of ARRL program representatives and volunteers. The event hosted the ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention.

    While the final count is still a few days away from being completed, Hamvention spokesperson Michael Kalter, W8CI, said thi...

  • ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29

    ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® honors and remembers the ultimate sacrifice made by those who served in the U.S. armed forces. ARRL Headquarters will be closed Monday, May 29, 2023, in observance of Memorial Day. Many of the member services and information offered by ARRL are accessible on our website 24/7.

    There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions on Memori...

  • Gomez Nominated for Vacant FCC Seat, Two Commissioners Renominated

    President Joe Biden announced three nominees for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on May 22, 2023. The President will nominate Anna M. Gomez for a vacant FCC seat. Two sitting Commissioners, Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr, will be nominated for new terms at the same time.


    Gomez is an attorneywith decades of experience in domestic and international communications law and policy. Go...

Southgate Amateur Radio News

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

Amateur Radio Daily

09 June 2023

An aggregate of Ham Radio related news.
  • AMSAT at Hamvention 2023

    The Dayton Hamvention is coming May 19th-21st! AMSAT's presence includes several events throughout the weekend and in with eight adjoining booths in Building 1. Highlighting the exhibit will be:

    • SatPC32 software demonstrations
    • The AMSAT CubeSat Simulator
    • The AMSAT Youth Initiative / KidzSat
    • AMSAT Engineering staff question and answer table
    • OSCAR ground station for live satellite operations
    • Annual Membership sign-up and renewals
    • AMSAT President's Club recognition
    • AMSAT Board of Directors and Senior Officers Meet and Greet
    • AMSAT Store offering AMSAT trinkets, books and Arrow Antennas
    • And much more!

    The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers, and builders makes the whole experience a lot of fun. Meet or renew acquaintances, exchange operating tips, and find out what antennas, software and equipment other AMSAT members use. We currently expect many of AMSAT's senior officers and board members to be there too.

    More info at AMSAT.

    Source: AMSAT

  • Chasing Low-Power FM Stations

    Jock Elliott, KB2GOM, gives a great overview of what low-power FM is, and how you can "chase" these 100 Watt stations.

    Source: SWLing Post

  • SSTV Transmissions from ORBICRAFT-ZORKIY May 7-13, 2023

    Dear radio amateurs! We invite you to participate in the SSTV award program with the ORBICRAFT-ZORKIY satellite!


    • Start of SSTV transmission: 07 May 2023 00:00 UTC
    • End of SSTV transmission: May 13, 2023 00:00 UTC
    • Frequency of MCA "ORBICRAFT-ZORKIY"

    437.850 MHz GMSK 2k4 USP FEC, GMSK 4k8 USP FEC, GMSK 9k6 USP FEC, SSTV

    Telemetry of the MSC "ORBICRAFT-ZORKIY"

    Conditions: within 6 days, the satellite will broadcast 6 (six) different images in Robot 72 mode. To receive a diploma, at least 3 (three) of any images must be received and decoded. Each image must be received at least 70% and have an acceptable quality, the logo and call sign of the satellite must be distinguishable.

    More info at AMSAT.

    Source: AMSAT

  • Artemis 2 Astronauts Flying to the Moon Could Phone Home with Ham Radio

    Most of the astronauts aboard the Artemis 2 mission, which will send a quartet of people around the moon in late 2024, are certified ham radio (amateur radio) operators. There's high hopes in the community that the astronauts may call home from deep space, the president of Radio Amateurs of Canada told

    Source: ICQ Podcast News

  • Loss of AM in Cars - 1,300 AM Stations Could Be Left in the Dark

    The National Alliance of State Broadcasters Association (NASBA) is reporting insights it discovered after polling AM stations about the removal of over-the-air AM in new cars.

    The most telling survey result, according to NASBA, is that 8 in 10 of the radio stations responding listed their level of concern as 10 out of 10 when it comes to AM being eliminated in the car.

    Eight automakers have decided to drop AM radio from some of their models, mostly EVs, and have cited interference with AM radio reception caused by electric motors as the reason.

    Source: RadioWorld

  • Enhanced SKYWARN System Embraces GMRS

    Gary, AK4ZX, Director of the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club emailed me this morning and described an exciting endevour in which their club has created an enhanced SKYWARN network by incorporating both Ham and GMRS repeater systems. Even more intriguing is the club's embrace of GMRS users as an effort to expand the Ham Radio hobby. From Gary's email:

    Today, we begin a roll-out of an enhanced radio network to support Skywarn here in the Chattanooga area. The Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club (CARC) and the North Georgia GMRS (NGGMRS) Network have created a partnership to support a range of initiatives, including wider radio coverage areas (see map below), improvement of overall weather awareness, and to create new avenues for technological advancement. The CARC and NGGMRS have long recognized that Amateur & GMRS Radio are kindred spirits and natural partners for those that love radio. About 45 percent of NGGMRS members are also ham radio operators, which makes the 'connection' between ham radio and GMRS an obvious fit and is a near perfect path for GMRS users that so desire, to become hams. With that recognition, CARC and NGGMRS have established a strong partnership of mutual support to implement and strengthen non-commercial, non-government communications in service to its members and as a public service to the community at large...the greater level of support for Skywarn demonstrates that partnership.

    After months of work, the installation of seven new GMRS repeater sites which, combined with CARC ham radio repeaters, provide a wider and near seamless radio coverage for a large portion of the southeast Tennessee, northwest Georgia, and northeast Alabama, is complete. The unique licensing nature of GMRS creates opportunities for those that need radio communications options but do not desire to become a ham, as is the case in many ham radio families. The almost 900 members & individuals represented by NGGMRS, along with the population of ham radio operators in the area, provides a large base of "eyes & ears" for Skywarn purposes. Local Skywarn Controllers are fully onboard with the addition of GMRS to the stream of weather data provided by GMRS and Ham Radio operators and are now equipped with GMRS radios and are GMRS licensed too. Skywarn orientation sessions are also available.

    We are hopeful that we will see an overall improvement in the average number of Skywarn participants available on a day-in-day out basis, more quantitative & quality severe weather reporting, and a heighten sense of weather awareness. To quote one of the founding principles of the NGGMRS organization, 'If this network will one day, save one life, in a time of need, then it’s all worth the time, money, and sacrifice.' The CARC agrees with that philosophy.

    Source: Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

  • Global Radio Guide for Summer 2023

    "Larry Van Horn (N5FPW) helps break down exactly what the increased solar activity means for radio listeners on the high frequency (HF) shortwave bands. Think there are no shortwave broadcasters left to hear? Think that military and other utility communications have dried up on HF? Larry points you to the right spots on the band that prove otherwise.

    As one of the only remaining publications available with international broadcast frequencies and schedules, the Global Radio Guide puts everything a radio enthusiast needs."

    Source: SWLing Post

  • Bill to Replace Symbol Rate Limit with Bandwidth Limit Reintroduced to US Congress

    "Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced The Amateur Radio Communications Improvement Act (H.R. 3241) on May 11, 2023, to require that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eliminate the obsolete HF digital symbol rate limit with a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit."


  • 2023 AMSAT Field Day Rules

    The AMSAT Field Day 2023 event is open to all Amateur Radio operators. Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules for Field Day. The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all amateur satellites, both analog and digital. Note that no points will be credited for any contacts beyond the ONE allowed via each single-channel FM satellite. Operators are encouraged not to make any extra contacts via theses satellites (Ex: SO-50). CW contacts and digital contacts are worth three points as outlined below.

    Source: AMSAT

  • Juice’s RIME antenna finally deploys

    More than three weeks after efforts began to deploy Juice's ice-penetrating Radar for Icy Moons Exploration (RIME) antenna, the 16-metre-long boom has finally escaped its mounting bracket.

    On 12 May RIME was finally jolted into life when the flight control team fired a mechanical device called a 'non-explosive actuator' (NEA).

    Source: The European Space Agency

  • 102 Representatives Ask Carmakers to Keep AM Radio

    "More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives now are pressuring carmakers to keep AM radio reception in cars.

    These members, from both political parties, signed a letter led by Reps. Bob Latta and Greg Pence asking the car companies to retain AM radio.

    They also asked the 10 companies to 'provide the details and the value of all federal loan, grant and tax incentives your company has received in the last 15 years' and whether those subsidies could help the companies offset the cost to mitigate interference. And they asked whether the car companies plan to charge customers for 'subscription-like access to free AM/FM radio in any vehicles.'"

    Source: Radio World

  • Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society Eyes Wildfire Response

    "Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation were evacuated yesterday evening. As of 15 May at 4:00 PM, 15 buildings have been damaged by wildfire at the Kátł'odeeche First Nation. No buildings are known to have been damaged in Hay River. Evacuations for both communities are in effect.

    Fires remain out of control.

    Members are asked to monitor the VE8YK repeater in case evacuee amateur radio operators attempt to make contact. Members are also requested to check their equipment. The Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society is civil defence oriented as part of its mandate."

    Source: Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society

  • May 19th A Visit to the Sun and the Ionosphere

    This year and next will feature a solar eclipse in North America – a rare series of events not repeated in our lifetimes. Study of the Sun and the Earth will be the focus of much science that ham radio will participate, with the ionosphere of primary interest. Our collaboration with HAMSCI for the annual eclipse in October 2023 is a good example.

    Our May Kawfee Tawk is a basic introduction to the sun and its effect, and how the ionosphere works. We hear a lot of terms used in our hobby, such as sunspots, CME, K index, solar flux, etc., but what do they mean, and how can we understand them?

    This video program via Zoom will be held on Friday, May 19th, 2023 beginning at 7:30 PM EDT.

    Source: Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club [PDF]

  • Celebrate 100 years of Czech Radio by telling us where you listen to us

    "To mark Czech Radio's centenary, Radio Prague International is preparing a special show for you on Thursday 18 May. Listen to it and write to let us know where you heard it to receive a special Czech Radio QSL card made especially for the anniversary.

    Write to us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    In return, we'll send you a special QSL card issued to mark the centenary, which comes from a 1933 radio exhibition and shows where the first international radio transmissions from Czechoslovakia were received."

    Source: Radio Prague International

  • Contest University Livestream from Dayton

    Contest University happening at the Hope Hotel in Dayton, Ohio will begin livestreaming at 8:00am EDT on Thursday 5/18/2023.

    YouTube livestream and presentation schedule.

    Source: Contest University

  • Special Event Station 4U100QO on QO-100

    DX-Adventure is proud to announce a partnership with the United Nations Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC). On May 18, 19, and 20 they will make the very first QO-100 connections from the United Nations – Vienna International Center.

    During this activation, we will also be active on HF with the call sign 4U1A.

    Source: AMSAT-UK

  • New Kenwood TH-D75A Appears at Hamvention

    Source: Twitter

  • Tevel Satellites Added to ARRL Logbook of the World

    The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has recently added the Tevel satellites, numbers one through eight, to the list of acceptable satellites in its widely used Logbook of the World (LoTW) online system. Those who have made contacts using these satellites may now upload those QSOs to LoTW for possible confirmation, if the other station has done likewise.

    More information about the Tevel Satellites is available here from AMSAT-UK.

    Source: AMSAT

  • Belgium to get 40 MHz allocation

    The UBA proposes to grant the radio amateur service access to the frequency range 40.660 – 40.690 MHz under the following conditions:

    • On a secondary basis
    • For holders of a class A operating certificate (HAREC licence)
    • A power limit of 5 W ERP
    • A bandwidth limit of 3 kHz
    • On individual basis, after prior approval from BIPT
    • It is mandatory to keep a logbook in which all transmissions are noted

    This is an important development as Belgium now joins Ireland (EI), Slovenia (S5) and South Africa (ZS) with official amateur radio allocations on the 40 MHz band.

    Source: EI7GL

  • ARRL Hamvention 2023 Roundup

    The ARRL has compiled a summary of events for each day of Hamvention, 2023. The roundups feature updates on FreeDV, HamSCI, ARES partnerships, Logbook of The World, Volunteers on the Air, and more.

    Summary for Friday, May 19th

    Summary for Saturday, May 20th

    Summary for SUnday, May 21st

    Source: ARRL

  • Amateur Radio Daily on HamClock

    If you're a HamClock user and utilizing the RSS feature, you'll soon notice news items being populated from this very website! Amateur Radio Daily is pleased to be added as an additional news source on HamClock.

    HamClock is a "kiosk-style" application designed by WBØOEW that "provides real time space weather, radio propagation models, operating events and other information particularly useful to the radio amateur." HamClock comes with a very robust set of features and ham radio related data widgets that are all customizable.

    Thanks to WBØOEW for the add.

    Head over to the official HamClock website to learn more.

    Source: HamClock

  • CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest This Weekend

    The WPX CW Contest takes place May 27 and 28 and is based on an award offered by CQ Magazine for working all prefixes.

    CQ WPX CW Contest Dates

    • May 27 - 28, 2023
    • Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday
    • Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday

    Source: CQ

  • Indy 500 Special Event Station In Progress

    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club is operating a special event station, W9IMS, to celebrate the Indianapolis 500.

    The special event is running May 22 through May 28, 2023.

    W9IMS will operate SSB on or near: 3.840, 7.245, 14.245, 18.140, 21.350, 28.340, 50.140 and 146.52 simplex FM.

    Certificates will be available! See their QRZ page for more details.

    Source: QRZ

  • Fleet Week Special Event Station In Progress

    Fleet Week special event station W2F will be on the air May 24th through May 30th 2023.

    Radio Operators from in and around NY and NJ will be operating throughout the week from various locations to celebrate the annual visit of ships to NY Harbor.

    QSL cards will be available!

    Source: QRZ

  • Northern California DX Foundation to Offer Grants to Mitigate QRM

    The Northern California DX Foundation is preparing to offer $100,000 in grants to help mitigate deliberate interference in amateur radio activities.

    NCDXF will entertain grant proposals from individuals and/or groups that specifically outline their approach to identify bad actors. A group of directors led by Craig Thompson (K9CT) and Don Greenbaum (N1DG) will weigh the probability of success of these proposals as well as monitor the progress of the grantees.

    Funding is available for [research and development] as well as implementation of the technology. It is hoped that manufacturers will also assist us with equipment and resources.

    Source: Northern California DX Foundation