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WEEKEND EDITION: Enjoy the summer, it's slipping by....
Inside the world of pirate radio
The BBC TV show Newsnight reports that pirate radio is still going strong
despite the rise of internet radio
Watch Inside the world of pirate radio
We begin with breaking news out of Washington State, where the largest wildfires
in the state's history have left three dead, consumed more than half a million
acres and destroyed at least 200 homes. The fires surrounding the central
Washington town of Twisp, where three firefighters died, were considered among
the hardest to contain. Amateur Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, spoke
with two hams in the Town of Twisp -- Dave Corrigan, KB7SVP, and Police Chief
Paul Budrow, KG7PTU - about how a collective of relatively new hams in the
police department, working with hams in the community, has allowed residents to
help one another by keeping those all-important channels of communication open.
In another example of radio amateurs performing critical services under daunting
and dangerous circumstances, a team of British hams stepped in to help restore
order and assure public safety after an air show demonstration turned deadly.
Fourteen were injured and as many as 11 died perhaps more, according to news
reports -- after a Hawker hunter aircraft, doing a demonstration for thousands
of spectators on Saturday, Aug. 22, crashed into cars traveling on a busy road
near the Shoreham Airport grounds. The South Sussex RAYNET group joined with
members of the South Kent RAYNET, to assist emergency services, directing people
and equipment where needed. The RAYNETS are part of their respective counties
Radio Amateur Emergency Network. At the time of the crash, they had already been
on site, providing communications support to the event's organizers.
(SOUTHGATE, CNN, TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER)
OHIO HAM CENSURED:
Ohio radio amateur Daniel R. Hicks, K-B-8-YOU-Y-Z (KB8UYZ), is being charged by
the FCC with malicious interference with other radio operators communications
and failure to properly identify, subject to a combined fine of $8,000. The
agency said that, beginning last year, the Cincinnati ham's actions disrupted
activity primarily on a number of VHF repeaters. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau
issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture on Aug. 20, citing
complaints dating to April 2014. Tom Delaney, W8WTD, speaking on behalf of the
Greater Cincinnati Local Interference Committee, said the interference was
initially described as a nuisance but later escalated into racist and obscene
remarks. The enforcement bureau's initial investigations did not succeed in
locating the source of the transmissions but according to the FCC, ongoing
disruptions prompted a return visit some months later and verified Hicks address
as the source. The NAL document said the agent heard several recorded messages
for about 90 minutes, with the station identifying itself with another
licensee's call sign.
Delaney told the that short transmissions, sent across several repeaters, used
he called a "sophisticated" synthesized voice. The proposed fine is $7,000 for
malicious interference, with an additional $1,000 for failure to identify
BOSTON ON THE MOVE:
Hams are hitting the road in Boston to assist with two important public events
for the benefit of that city's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The first event, the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk, steps off on Sunday, September
27. The all-day trek, along the 26-mile route, follows the same path as the
Boston Marathon, with hams providing administrative communications as well as
emergency communications for medical tents and the sweep vehicles deployed to
them. Hams are needed to operate on 2 meters and 440. To participate, send an
email to Bob at W-A-ONE-EYE-D-A at arrl.net (WA1IDA@arrl.net).
Just a few weeks later, on Sunday, Oct. 11, the Boston Athletic Association's
annual Half-Marathon, which also raises funds for the cancer institute's Jimmy
Fund, will set out along the Emerald Necklace in Boston. Amateur radio
volunteers are needed to provide communications at medical and water stations
until early afternoon. Registration can be done on the athletic association's
website. For questions, contact the ham radio team's captain, Brett Smith, of
the Boston Amateur Radio Club, A-B-ONE-R-L, (AB1RL), at email@example.com.
(BOSTON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB)
Registration for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend can be described
in one word: Shining. Organizers say the numbers topped 500 this year: A total
of 506 registrants from 32 countries took part in the annual event on August 15
and 16, and the greatest participation was seen in England, Australia and
Germany. Other nations showing increased growth in participants included Canada,
Cuba, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Scotland.
In the United States alone, there were 70 lighthouses and lightships registered
for the event. Thirteen sites were registered from Cuba, which has been
normalizing its relations with the United States. Although the numbers were
good, organizers said that 2014 was still the best year, when 544 entrants
signed up to operate.
The next Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will be held on August 20 and 21 in
2016. The event is off to a good start: It already has 30 registrations.
TENNESSEE SET TO PARTY:
Tennessee is ready to get this party started, and on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, all
antennas around the world will be rotated in the direction of that state or so
the hams there have been hoping. The Tennessee QSO Party, organized by the
Tennessee Contest Group, operates in CW, phone and digital modes as well as
VHF/UHF. And yes, there will be party favors. The contest group awards plaques
and certificates for different categories, as well as magazine subscriptions and
even radio kits. For more information visit the QSO party's website at tnqp.org
RELIVING HAMS HEYDAY IN INDIA:
India's world class science museum, the Visvesvaraya (VIZ-VEZ-VER-AYAH)
Industrial and Technological Museum in Bangalore, is marking its 50th year with
special exhibits, one of which pays tribute to ham radio's popularity in that
city. In addition to new displays of a meter gauge steam locomotive engine and
Nobel Prize milestones, the museum devotes space to the history of amateur radio
in India. The museum has had a radio station on the premises since the 1970s,
when licensed amateurs were a rapidly growing community in the region, and many
hopeful hams took classes, and then their licensing exams, at the museum.
The display includes transmitters and other equipment that is now considered
hard to come by. Museum curator Madan Gopal tells the Bangalore Mirror the
acquisition of those radios was quite a feat for its time. "Back then, even to
import an international magazine on science took at least three months and we
had to seek several clearances from the government. You can only imagine how
hard it was to import a transistor."
The museum, which is part of India's Ministry of Culture, draws 1 million
HOMEBREW SWEET HOMEBREW:
Elsewhere in India, hams from the South India Amateur Radio Society were marking
a historic first: Hams from the South India Amateur Radio Society gathered on
Aug. 22 and 23 for a home-brewers meetup and field day at the YMCA Camp in
Yelagiri, not far from the capital city of Chennai. The focus was on
home-brewing but activities eventually moved into a night of chasing DX using
some of the hams own home-brew antennas. There was also a bit of Elmering, with
the help of Dev Rama Prabhu, VU2DEV, from Bangalore.
Two home-brews projects were in the spotlight: OM Prabin, VU3MJF, from
Bangalore, shared the creation of his transmitter and another ham from
Bangalore, OM Sudhindra Rajaurs, VU3PWT, spoke about the automation system he
designed and built.
Of course, the gathering wasn't complete without at least one more important
project befitting the occasion: a good strong cup of tea home-brew, of course.
(SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO NEWS)
WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?:
With this month already gone, the ARRL is already looking toward next August,
specifically to spark new interest in its August UHF Contest. The ARRL's Ad Hoc
Subcommittee on VHF and Above Revitalization is asking the amateur community to
suggest ways to boost involvement in the annual late-summer competition and want
input no later than October 1. The committee is seeking details about hams
involvement on the UHF/VHF bands and thoughts on how to increase participation
in the contest. Submit ideas, suggestions or other comments via email to
THE POLITICS OF RADIO:
Election season is in high gear in the ARRL's Northwestern Division, where both
the current director and vice director face challengers. James Pace, K7CEX,
presently the director from Centralia, Washington, is being challenged by
William Balzarini, KL7BB, of Auburn. Meanwhile, Vice Director Bonnie Altus,
AB7ZQ, of Sheridan, is facing rival Delvin Bunton, N7QMT, from Vancouver,
Washington. The election is for the term running from 2016 to 2018. Ballots will
go into the mail on Oct. 1 to all division members in good standing as of Sept.
10. Only paper ballots will be used. Winners will be announced on Nov. 20. All
other remaining division office-holders were unchallenged and have been declared
HUNGARY PUTS 5MHz TO THE TEST:
Hungarian radio amateurs can now apply for permits to operate in the band from
5350 kHz to 5450 kHz, on a secondary basis. The National Media &
Infocommunications Authority, Hungary's telecommunications register, is granting
the three-month permits largely for propagation research, with support from the
Hungarian National Amateur Radio Society.
The temporary permits, which are renewable, permit power of as much as 100 watts
with a maximum bandwidth of 3kHz. Although the permits are issued by the
telecommunications register, hams apply through the amateur radio society, which
is coordinating the details. The band already has a CW beacon at 5357 kHz, using
the call sign H-A-7-S-OH (HA7SO).
(SOUTHGATE ARC NEWSLETTER)
THE WORLD OF DX:
Pedro, OH-N-7-W-P (ON7WP), has been operating as C5WP in Buntu, Gambia where he
is working with the private charity group, Smile Gambia, supporting a small
remote village in the central part of the nation. He is focusing on WARC band
operation but will also be active on 6 meters. He is hoping for 40 and 80 meters
as well until he concludes his operations on Sept. 1. QSL directly to his home
address in Belgium.
David F-ZERO-C-R-S (F0CRS) and Freddy F-FIVE-EYE-R-O (F5IRO) will be in French
Guyana for the next four months, active on the HF bands, CW and PSK. Both
operators can be sent QSL cards via F5KIN.
The Manx Kippers will be on the air from the Isle of Man, on 80 through 10
meters, during SSB Field Day on Sept. 3 and 4, using the call sign
G-D-ZERO-E-M-G-SLASH-P (GD0EMG/P). If time permits, they will try to be active
on 30 meters as well. Send cards to M-ZERO-B-E-W (M0BEW).
The Amateur Radio Club at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is
marking its 50th anniversary and using a special call sign for the event. They
will take part in the Scandinavian Activity Contest on SSB from Sept. 24 to
Sept. 25 using the call sign SA50L. QSLs should be sent via S-K-ZERO-B-U (SK0BU)
Alan Rovner, K7AR, is heading to Rarotonga Island (IOTA OC-013) where he will be
on the air from Sept. 24 to Sept. 29 as E-FIVE-ONE-A-A-R (E51AAR). He will be on
80 meters through 10 meters, participating in the CQ Worldwide RTTY contest on
Sept. 26 and 27. Send QSLs via his home call sign, K7AR, Logbook of the World,
or the Online QSL Request System.
K2HVN returns to Iceland, and is operating as TF/K2HVN between Aug. 31 and Sept.
7, holiday style. He'll be on 30 meters through 10m, using CW and SSB. Send QSL
cards via his call sign. He is not accepting Logbook of the World or eQSLs.
(OHIO PENN DX NEWSLETTER, DXCOFFEE)
KICKER: 10 YEARS AFTER KATRINA;
As this newscast goes to air Hurricane Katrina was coming ashore in Buras, LA
and later on the Louisiana-Mississippi border exactly 10 years ago. It was
a storm that claimed, by some estimates, at least 2,000 lives, and forever
changed the shape of life for tens of thousands more, including mine. We
lived in Chalmette, about a 10 minute drive from the New Orleans Superdome in
2005. I evacuated my family to Little Rock, Arkansas for what we thought
would just be a long, unscheduled weekend trip, like so many other storms
before. Two weeks later we departed for our then-weekend home in Picayune,
Mississippi, 50 miles northeast of New Orleans. That has been our home for
the last 10 years. While in Little Rock Bill Pasternak asked me to file a
report. He said just say what you want. I picked up a microphone and
just started talking. No script, no editing, just my thoughts while the
flooding was unfolding. There was no cell service, only this new fangled
thing called texting. Finding satellite maps online was tedious at best,
but I had a Yaesu FT-817 that I had bought just the week before at the
Huntsville Hamfest. That little radio allowed me to get on the local
repeaters and, more importantly, listen to what was happening back in New
Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Here is that report:
TUESDAY EDITION: Wow, summer is on the way out and fall is on
the way. You better get your antennas up if you have any to get up before
winter. We are installing a new tower at the local club with new 2 and 6 meter
beams and a new 220 antenna on the other tower for our 220 repeater. .....For
those of you whose refrigerator is connected to the
internet....Booze arrives at
at it's best....watch what you eat from
Innovative IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver launched at Tokyo
Ham Fair 2015
Icom Inc. had a huge amount of interest on its stand at last weekend's Tokyo Ham
Fair 2015 with the unveiling of the IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver.
The launch, which caught most people by surprise, saw the manufacturer introduce
a new base station transceiver incorporating the latest RF direct sampling
system, a first for an Amateur radio transceiver*.
The IC-7300 transceiver, an aesthetically, attractive looking base station,
features a 4.3 inch touch screen colour TFT LCD screen with a high performance
real time band scope.
A first for an Amateur radio transceiver, the IC-7300 uses a RF Direct Sampling
System, a technology normally seen in Software Defined Radios. RF signals are
mostly processed through the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array), rather than
by physical devices enabling high performance real-time spectrum scope in a
The IC-7300 includes a built-in integrated wide-frequency Automatic Antenna
Tuner making ideal for field operation. The radio provides 100 watts output
power on HF/50MHz bands and 50 watts on 70MHz (European versions only).
Icom Inc. has produced a pre-release leaflet for the IC-7300 which you can
download from this page. This information is preliminary and a full document
will be made available nearer to the product's launch. So far, we have no
details about pricing and availability
WEEKEND EDITION: I finally got my ass out of Rockport on
Saturday and enjoyed the day at Boxboro Hamfest. I managed to sell some excess
stuff and run across a few dozen ham friends. I setup nect to Cobra antenna run
by Joe-K1JEK manned with Roger- K1PV ( the million dollar man). Roger has spent
more money on Medical exams, tests, and prescriptions than I have earned in my
lifetime. Thankfully he was alive and well and smoking a cigar. Antenna sales
are brisk as Joe has just bought a new camper with 7 foot headroom, I loved it.
on my left was a Rusisan named Igor selling beautiful morse code keys made in
the Ukraine. Igor has an accent that was so thick you could walk on it.....and
JEK was all over his accent all day.....The main hall was 75 percent full with
vendors, remember when you could not get a spot? The flea market section was
fairly full but I though attendance was average to below average. Word has it
that they are going to run the event every year now, not every other. I think it
is a bad idea as it will possibly have an effect on New Hampshires NearFest but
time will sure tell. The usual amount of peculiar people in the ranks in great
outfits.....where the hell do these people come from?
Yes those are ears sewn to the baseball cap....
What's with the Doctors outfit?
Ham radio numbers fall in Korea...real trivia...
The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) has submitted a report to the 16th IARU
Region 3 conference which will take place October 12-16
They say the total number of amateur radio stations has fallen from 45,999 in
2009 to 35,944 in 2015, a drop of 22%.
In July 2013, a new Fourth Class Amateur Radio License was introduced to promote
the hobby in Korea. To obtain this licence it is necessary to participate in
eight hours of lectures designed to introduce amateur radio to beginners.
Holders are permitted to use 10 watts output on the VHF/UHF bands. In the two
years since its introduction 5669 people have taken the new licence.
Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse
Beacon Network in Research Project
A Virginia Tech undergraduate researcher and radio
amateur has used Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN
and Reverse Beacon Network (RBN
data to study how solar flares impact HF radio
propagation over the entire dayside — the time Earth
is in sunlight — with communication loss related to
both flare intensity and distribution. Carson
Squibb, KM4MBQ, recently summarized his findings in
Ionospheric Response to X-Class Solar Flare Events
Observed with Reverse Beacon Network High Frequency
Communication Links.” As most HF operators
understand, higher-intensity flare events can cause
complete signal loss on HF, while weaker flares may
only partly inhibit radio propagation.
We begin with breaking news. Fire swept through the
Colorado home of well-known contester, Chuck Cullian, K-ZERO-R-F (K0RF), on
Tuesday, Aug. 18, gutting the home and leaving the Boulder County radio amateur
and his family homeless. Local media accounts and the Boulder County Sheriff’s
Office reported that the damage was extensive, but no injuries were reported.
A fellow ham, George Schultz, W-ZERO-U-A, told the ARRL that he has operated
often from Cullian’s shack, which occupies two bays of the ranch style home’s
six-bay garage. He said fire officials believe the blaze originated in the
laundry room, possibly the clothes dryer. Latest reports said the Red Cross was
assisting the family in finding temporary shelter.
(Boulder County Sheriff, ARRL, Times Call of Colorado)
FILTERED OUT FOREVER
For many radio amateurs, it’s the end of an era: Rockwell Collins, which
designed and manufactured mechanical filters for more than two generations of
hams, has discontinued the filters’ production.
The company posted on its website: QUOTE “Over the past several years, we have
seen a dramatic reduction in demand for narrowband analog filters. Due to this
and other economic reasons, Filter Products will be discontinuing its mechanical
filter products in the near future.” ENDQUOTE.
The company acknowledged that the filters have since been eclipsed by digital
signal processing, and this was a significant factor in its decision. Highly
popular mainstays for many hams, the mechanical filters were valued for being
able to achieve bandwidths of between 0.05 percent and 5 percent, with input and
output transducers converting the electrical signal to and from mechanical
vibrations. Rockwell Collins has not yet announced a date for the final
A HEALTHY DOSE OF HAM RADIO
A Mississippi hospital administrator has come to believe that the best remedy
for some emergencies may well be a reliable prescription of ham radio. Harold
Murphy, assistant safety director for the George Regional Health System, expects
to improve on the hospital system’s emergency response abilities by tapping into
radio communications. The system operates two hospitals, two nursing homes and a
number of medical clinics and other health-related centers.
Murphy’s extensive career as a safety professional, both in hospitals and as a
volunteer firefighter, has landed him the thick of earthquakes, mudslides, ice
storms and tornadoes. His skills were especially tested recently in Hurricanes
Katrina and Ivan. He said recently, QUOTE “Throughout all of my experiences, one
thing stands out – the integral piece in the response process: communication.”
Toward that end, Murphy has thrown himself wholeheartedly into his new
management strategy: This past spring, he got his technician’s license, then
wasted no time upgrading to general class. He’s still studying, and hopes to
pass his next test no later than December.
The Wireless Institute of Australia is advising applicants who are awaiting
reciprocal license recognition to wait just a little bit longer. The institute
put all applications on hold earlier this year, pending a review process. They
are now anticipating word soon from the Australian Communications and Media
Authority, which needs to issue its findings on the review process.
The institute recently said progress was being made, stressing that these
reciprocal licenses are different from the free visitors’ licenses that are
issued to permit amateurs visiting Australia to operate for as long as 90 days
while in the country.
The wireless institute has said that the changes are being driven by
modifications of overseas standards of Amateur License levels.
(Wireless Institute of Australia, Southgate Amateur Radio News)
FIELD DAY WITH A TWIST
In Ireland, radio amateurs are gearing up for Field Day which, this year, offers
new options for hams who’d rather not lose sleep over the contest. Instead of
operating overnight, they have other options.
On Sept. 5 and Sept. 6, Single Sideband Field Day will proceed as always, but
this year hams can register for a restricted 6-hour section which the organizers
hope will draw more operators. Although hams still need to register for the
24-hour open and restricted sections, the 6-hour portion of Field Day does not
require registration. For more details and to see the rules, visit the website
at triple-w-dot-irts-dot-ie-slash-contests (www.irts.ie/contests)
For those who can’t wait until Field Day, Sunday Aug. 30 will provide more
immediate gratification: hams in Ireland will compete in a Two Metres Counties
Contest, which offers opportunities to operate from portable as well as fixed
locations, as well as from activated locations for the Summits on the Air
(Irish Radio Transmitter Society)
SCHOOL’S OUT – SCHOOL’S BACK IN
Even though it's back-to-school season for students around the country, some
public school teachers and other educators returned to the classroom already
this summer. They enrolled in ARRL's Teachers' Institute on Wireless Technology
where ARRL's team of trainers taught them how to be more effective radio science
instructors for their returning young students. Let’s hear from Larry Kendall,
K6NDL, one of the institute’s instructors, who spoke recently with Amateur Radio
Newsline's Hap Holly, KC9RP, about how and why he teaches these teachers how to
teach – everything from robotics and electronics to satellites and weather.
(00:01) “The interesting part of this for me is. . . .the important thing is the
content, the presentation.” (01:24)
Kendall told Holly that the institute, already planning for next year, meets the
challenge of teacher enrollment by doing some effective communication of its
own, this time off the air:
(01:25) “Each year, around January, the League puts out a very nice color
brochure . . . .through the mail and through the Internet.” (TO END)
To hear Kendall talk more about the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology,
check out this week’s RAIN Report, available on demand from therainreport.com;
via Twitter at hashtag therainreport; and via iTunes.
Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard
on bulletin stations around the world, including the Cuyahoga Falls Amateur
Radio Club repeater W8VPV in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST YHOTY
Just about one week ago, the Huntsville Hamfest was setting records, and setting
the amateur radio community on course for a weekend of prizes, fellowship,
forums and yes, even a little foolishness. Huntsville lived up to its
reputation, whether you were there in person, or watched from afar via live
One special event that has called Huntsville home for over 20 years now is the
Newsline Young Ham Of The year award, now renamed in honor of Bill Pasternak,
WA6ITF. It was my very special privilege to present the 2015 award to Anna
Veal, W0ANT. Due to an audio glitch we don't have any of Anna's remarks
but we do have some words from our corporate sponsors CQ Communications, Yaesu
and RadioWavz antennas. First up, Charlie Payne from CQ: (audio)
Next up, RadioWavz: (audio) And finally, Chris Wilson from Yaesu:
(audio). The good news is they found an 817 so Anna went home with her
radio. Next it was my turn, and it was emotional: (audio).
Again, our unending thanks to corporate sponsors Yaesu, CQ, RadioWavz and
HeilSound, and to the Huntsville Hamfest for giving us a home for the last
20-odd years. We hope to be there another 20 and beyond. Mark your
calendars for the 3rd weekend in August and we'll introduce you to another
very special young person doing amazing things with amateur radio.
A SHINING BEACON
British radio amateurs now have a new UHF beacon to guide them: On Sunday,
August 9, at 1225 UTC, GB3LEU became operational, transmitting on 432.490 MHz.
The beacon, which is near Markfield, Leicestershire, is operated by the
Leicestershire Repeater Group. The beacon keeper, Geoff, G3TQF, welcomes
comments, reports and suggestions from hams. The beacon was established with
assistance from the Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee and the
Propagation Studies Committee of the Radio Society of Great Britain. Comments
can be sent via the repeater group’s website, triple-w-dot-leicestershirerepeatergroup-dot-org-dot-uk.
THE POLITICS OF RADIO
Election season is over in the various ARRL Sections, and the office-holders now
have a few weeks to prepare for the start of their 2-year terms on Oct. 1.
In the Sacramento Valley Section, a new manager takes office: Dr. Carol Milazzo,
KP4MD, of Citrus Heights, California, who is presently Assistant Section
Manager. She was the only nominee for the position.
In the Los Angeles Section, David Greenhut, N6HD, was re-elected 601 to 213,
over challenger Philip A. Minch, K6MUG. Greenhut has been section manager since
Other incumbents, who ran unopposed will stay on as section managers: Mark
Tharp, KB7HDX, in eastern Washington State; Monte Simpson, AF7PQ, in western
Washington State; Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, in San Francisco; Jack Ciaccia,
W-M-ZERO-G (WM0G) in Colorado; Gene Clark, W4AYK in Georgia, and Lee Cooper,
W5LHC in South Texas.
DX UP FRONT
In Turkey, members of GITRAD -- the Giresun Radio Amateurs -- and TCSWAT -- the
Special Wireless Activity Team -- will be on the air between Aug. 28 and Sept. 4
for the Victory Day celebrations, using the special call sign T-C-THIRTY-A-Z-B
(TC30AZB). The group will work on all HF bands on all modes. Immediately after
the event, logs will be uploaded to E-Qsl and Logbook of the World, and the
operators ask that no hardcopy QSL requests be made. Victory Day, on Aug. 30, is
celebrated as the final step to Turkey’s modern day independence.
THE WORLD OF DX
CY0, SABLE ISLAND
Aaron, VA1AXC, is staying active and on the air as C-Y-ZERO/VA-ONE-A-X-C
(CY0/VA1AXC) on Sable Island (NA-063) until September 23rd. He is concentrating
only on SSB on 20 meters. You can find him operating around 2300 UTC. Direct QSL
via J-E-ONE-L-E-T (JE1LET) only.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Milan, OH-K-1-D-W-C (OK1DWC), is still operating from the Rarotonga Islands as
E51DWC and he plans to stay until at least through September. While working on
getting RTTY in operation, Milan is active every day on SSB and CW and can be
found on 160-10 meters. QSL information is on QRZ.COM.
Members of the Algerian Amateur Radio Union will be active as 7-U-OH-A-R-U
(7UOARU) between September 1st and 30th to celebrate the creation of the
Algerian Amateur Radio Union. Operators will be using CW, SSB and digital modes
on all HF bands. For information about the award that is available, see QRZ.com.
Send QSL cards via SM4VPZ.
NH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
And finally, despite his best intentions to operate as N-H-ZERO-D-X from Saipan
between Oct. 24th and 25th, Koji, JL3RDC, has had to scrap his plans. Typhoon
Soudelor, which left the area a major disaster, has collapsed the radio room
Koji had planned to use. There is no other information about any alternate
(Ohio-Penn DX newsletter, TCSWAT, Irish Radio transmitters society, DX coffee)
WEDNESDAY EDITION: I guess it is time to work on the
page, I am tanned and relaxed and have not lifted a hammer all summer. Boxboro
Hamfest this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, weather looks loke it will be
good enough to make a go of it......It is sad that TenTec and Alpha are on the
way out of business. I personally own gear from both and they are nice units.
The Alpha is refined and the TenTec Omni V7 has its quirks like all TenTec
equipment and the appearance leaves a lot to be desired....but on top of
performance they were built in the USA. I am glad TenTec finally dropped their
prices to make an attempt at staying in business but sorry it lessened my gear
resale value. I also wonder if I should sell my Omni V7 while the getting is
good.....I don't think TenTec will be in business in another year. The problem
with USA stuff is engineering costs and manufacturing setup doesn't justify the
amount of ham gear sold.....so the Japanese gear wins, cheaper labor and
engineering, and they sell greater quantities...I wish we could find the answer
before we lose more icons in American ham radio gear.
THE RANGER RIDES AGAIN....Rick-K1BQT
ideologues who represent big business in Washington say we need huge
government cuts to rescue America from debt. But, in reality, Wall
Street loves debt because it's a highly marketable and richly profitable
commodity. What they hate are federally sponsored social programs that
preclude the private sector from getting their hands on your money.
Privatizing resolves that issue.
For Wall Street, privatizing is the elixir of the
gods. However, for folks on the receiving end, it's almost always bad
medicine. Sooner or later, added fees, hidden charges, deductibles,
exceptions, cherry-picking, and fine-print exclusions undercut what you
get for your dollar. And, don't forget corporations are mandated by law
to skim liberal amounts of profit off the top to "enhance shareholder
value". They may tell you competition lowers costs, but after
deregulation, most companies prefer to conspire, "partner", or merge
rather than compete. In the end, all privatization really does is change
the address of the tax collector and alter the manner of collection. So,
get ready for sticker shock when Taxation Incorporated comes to town!
With this disquieting though in mind, it's fair to
ask each candidate running for office where they stand on privatization.
Would they prefer to slash non-profit programs intended to serve the
public good, or would they make a Herculean effort to streamline and
improve each one to work more effectively?
I have my personal bias on this matter. In my
book, when a candidate for "public office" advocates "privatizing"
responsibility, it's tantamount to admitting he or she isn't up to the
demands of serving the public and might prefer sipping drinks at a
corporate fundraiser. Certainly not a person I'd hire to do the people's
work! Hope you agree.
Rockwell Collins to End Mechanical Filter Production
“Over the past several years, we have seen a
dramatic reduction in demand for narrowband analog
filters,” the company
on its website. “Due to
this and other economic reasons, [Rockwell Collins]
Filter Products will be discontinuing its mechanical
filter products in the near future.”
Collins makes two different types of mechanical
filters, many of which have found their way into
Amateur Radio products and applications. In a
mechanical filter, input and output transducers
convert the electrical signal to and from resonant
mechanical vibrations, respectively.
“For frequencies between 100 kHz and 700 kHz, we
create filters made from rods resonating in a
torsion mode,” the company explained on its website.
“For frequencies below 100 kHz, we use flexure mode
Collins has made mechanical filters for more than
6 decades, and their initial application was in
telephone circuits. The filters gained favor for
Amateur Radio use because of their excellent
selectivity, especially in IF applications. It is
said to take about 12 weeks to manufacture a single
Art Collins, W0CXX (SK), founded Collins Radio
Company in 1933 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That same
year Collins supplied the equipment to establish
communication with the Byrd South Pole expedition.
Over the years, Collins produced a line of Amateur
Radio equipment, and its products remain popular
among radio amateurs and collectors. Rockwell
International purchased the company in 1973, and
Rockwell Collins was spun off in 2001. Today, the
company has focused its market on electronic
communications, avionics, and in-flight
entertainment systems. — Thanks to Mike Morris,
WA6ILQ; Rockwell Collins
ARRL Teachers Institutes Chalk Up Another Successful
Educators from several states expanded their
electronic horizons this summer in three ARRL
Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology
sessions. The 2015 ARRL Education & Technology
offered two introductory (TI-1) and one advanced
(TI-2) Teachers Institute sessions this summer.
am the only teacher in my building who teaches Ohm’s
Law and basic electricity, along with breadboard
circuits, because of what I learned at the first
TI,” one advanced student commented afterward. “From
this TI, I feel like I have ‘upped’ my game.”
The expenses-paid Teachers Institute sessions
offer educators a professional development
opportunity that equips them with training and
resources to explore a variety of applications in
radio science and wireless technology and — in the
advanced seminar — remote sensing and data-gathering