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2 meter band in danger: CQ solidarity

NEWS BROKE - Tuesday 11th June  2019

This week a headline has alerted the global radio amateurs community:-

 France plans to kick us all out of the popular 2 meters band (144-146 MHz in Europe).

The spark that has triggered the alarm is the presentation of a paper on this matter at the CEPT meeting next week (See further articles below).

Spontaneously, an immediate reaction has begun to spread: let's occupy the 2 meter band on Saturday, June 15, 2019, between 20:00 and 21:00 UTC.

EURAO supports this protest action and encourages all hams world wide to show their dissatisfaction with this disgusting attempt, joining the event with QSOs in repeaters, direct and in any mode.

IARU asks its Member Societies to draw this information to the attention of their members, and to refrain at this time from making speculative public comments about the situation until further progress has been made in regulatory discussions. IARU is also ready to discuss this issue with other societies not in IARU membership.

Source IARU Region 1
https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/88-news/1864-wrc-23-agenda-items

1240-1300 MHz band discussed by CEPT WGFM and CPG/PTA
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/05/31/1240-1300-mhz-band-discussed-by-cept-wgfm-and-cpg-pta/

The RSGB WRC-19 Special Focus page has been updated with information concerning the background for WRC-19 and the latest on concerns regarding WRC-23 proposals for 144 and 1240 MHz bands
RSGB WRC-19 Special Focus page
https://rsgb.org/main/news/special-focus/wrc-19/

Please Sign the following petition

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/2-metre-amateur-band-must-be-kept

Let our voice reach the highest spheres!

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Historic trans-Atlantic contact made on 144 MHz

Tuesday 18th June  2019

A historic contact was made on Sunday the 16th June 2019 when the Atlantic was spanned for the first time on 144 MHz.

D41CV on Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa managed to work FG8OJ in Guadeloupe on 144.174 MHz using the FT8 digital mode.
The distance was an incredible 3,867 kms.

To put that into context, the distance from the west coast of Ireland to Newfoundland is 3,000 kms.

Tropo prediction maps show a path right across the Atlantic and suggest that even more incredble contacts may be possible.

More info here...
https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2019/06/historic-trans-atlantic-contact-made-on.html

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ARRL files interim report with FCC in 'Symbol Rate' proceeding

Tuesday 18th June  2019

ARRL has filed an interim report with the FCC in order to report on its efforts to find common ground regarding issues surrounding the 'symbol' or 'baud' rate proceeding,

FCC Docket WT 16-239 (the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WT 16-239, which stemmed from ARRL's rulemaking petition RM-11708).

The NPRM can be found online in PDF format at, https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/0728122180423/FCC-16-96A1.pdf .
The ARRL interim report can also be found online at,
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/10612301212113 .

ARRL highlighted that the public benefits from the FCC's "fairly flexible" regulation of Amateur Radio. In particular, innovative developments in digital technology, including WSJT-X, were cited.

Noting that more than 1,400 comments in total have been filed in this and on a related rulemaking petition (RM-11831), ARRL pointed out that, as in other Commission-regulated areas, adapting current regulations to rapidly evolving technology presents challenges that may require adjustments to, or clarifications of, the governing regulations. Making such adjustments can be a challenge to ensure that valid regulatory purposes continue to be served without stymieing technological change and innovation in the process.

While a June 11 meeting organized by ARRL had to be reset to accommodate the invited parties, ARRL has re-affirmed its commitment to protecting the interests of all amateurs. ARRL said it will continue to pursue its efforts to address and reconcile differing opinions expressed in the two matters now pending before the FCC.

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Next sunspot cycle may be 50% lower

Tuesday 18th June  2019

NASA report research now underway may have found a reliable new method to predict this solar activity

The Sun's activity rises and falls in an 11-year cycle. The forecast for the next solar cycle says it will be the weakest of the last 200 years.
The maximum of this next cycle – measured in terms of sunspot number, a standard measure of solar activity level – could be 30 to 50% lower than the most recent one. The results show that the next cycle will start in 2020 and reach its maximum in 2025.

The new research was led by Irina Kitiashvili, a researcher with the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in California’s Silicon Valley. It combined observations from two NASA space missions – the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory and the Solar Dynamics Observatory – with data collected since 1976 from the ground-based National Solar Observatory.

Kitiashvili’s method differs from other prediction tools in terms of the raw material for its forecast. Previously, researchers used the number of sunspots to represent indirectly the activity of the solar magnetic field. The new approach takes advantage of direct observations of magnetic fields emerging on the surface of the Sun – data which has only existed for the last four solar cycles.

Read the full story at
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/solar-activity-forecast-for-next-decade-favorable-for-exploration

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Bouvet Island DXpedition news

Tuesday 18th June  2019

In a recent press release Bob, K4UEE says:
The deadline for requesting a partial 48% refund of your financial contribution to 3YØZ has now passed (March 15, 2019).

A large number of you reponded favorably to the refund option and either requested a refund, donated their refund to either the 3Y0Z team, NCDXF, INDEXA or GDXF (German DX Fndn.) The process was orderly and I thank you for your cooperation. These were very unusual circumstances.

Any plans for the 3Y0Z team to attempt a return to Bouvet are currently "on hold" as we want the Rebel DX Group to be free to complete their efforts to activate Bouvet. We wish them good luck and a safe, successful mission.

Vy 73,
Bob-K4UEE, 3Y0Z
Co-leader and Chief Financial Officer

OPDX

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Ham radio promotional video available for download

Tuesday 18th June  2019

The ARRL has made the 'What is Amateur Radio?' video and PowerPoint Presentation available for free download

Download the video and PowerPoint from

http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

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Could a new licence counter threats at VHF and above?

Monday 17th June  2019

Concerns have been raised recently by IARU Region 1 about potential threats to the amateur radio 144 MHz and higher bands

Activity levels in 144 MHz and the higher bands have plummeted in the past 20 years. Increasingly we are seeing commercial interests seeking to gain access to what some might regard as "little used" amateur spectrum.

Several countries have already adopted an Entry Level Licence requiring some 7 hours training (roughly half that required for 2019 UK Foundation), the results have been encouraging. The entire course and a straight-forward 20 question 30 minute test could be completed in a single day instead of the two full days plus one evening typically required for UK Foundation courses.

Entry Level Licences are set to meet the requirements laid down in ITU Recommendation M.1544 which defines the minimum levels of operational and technical knowledge for a person wishing to operate a station in the amateur services.

Such a licence could permit operation at low power, say 10 watts, on all amateur bands above 50 MHz. Such licences would transform activity levels on these bands.

2018 Could a new Entry Level Licence boost VHF/UHF activity?
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/june/could-a-new-entry-level-licence-boost-vhf-uhf-activity.htm

You can download ITU Rec M.1544 from
https://www.itu.int/rec/R-REC-M.1544-1-201509-I/en

IARU-R1 say WRC-23 Agenda Items may impact 144 MHz and 1240 MHz bands
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/06/11/wrc-23-agenda-items-144-1240-mhz-bands/

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The smallest Hacker camps are the most satisfying

Monday 17th June  2019

Jenny List G7CKF writes on Hackaday about CampGND in Aberdeenshire which featured the special event amateur radio station GB1GND  

If you’ve ever been to one of the larger camps, you may have encountered the Scottish Consulate village. The Scottish hackerspaces come together with a characteristic irreverent humour, and from where I’m sitting they really get that hacker camps are about having fun.

CampGND is their start-of-season shakedown, at which they assemble what is in effect the Scottish Consulate village on a farm in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire for a weekend of fun and hacks.

Read her Hackaday article at
https://hackaday.com/2019/06/15/the-smallest-hacker-camps-are-the-most-satisfying-and-you-can-do-one-too/

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SARL to hand-over YOTA Flag and key at Friedrichshafen

Monday 17th June  2019

It is almost a year ago that the SARL (South African Radio League) received the YOTA Flag and the official Morse key and hosted what is described as the best IARU Youngsters on the Air summer camp event in South Africa.

On 21 June, SARL President, Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL and Koos Fick, ZR6KF, SARL Youth coordinator will hand over the Flag and Morse key to the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) team who will be hosting the 2019 event.

The SARL presented the week-long programme, from 8 - 15 August 2018, at the Kopanong Conference centre outside Benoni. Young people were involved in building a radio transceiver kit, launching and tracking a high-altitude balloon with radio equipment on-board to explore near-space, hone their communication skills using multi frequency amateur radio stations and other technology, and communications-based activities.

Exploring near-space with a high-altitude balloon had not before been presented at a YOTA event before. This was a first for the 2018 group of young radio amateurs. The young people visited a game farm and local electronic manufacturing companies. One of the projects was the assembly of a dual band 2 m/70 cm handheld Yagi which they soon turned towards the heavens to work satellites. The Yagi kit was locally put together and subsequently developed into a commercial product of which close to 250 have been sold and are now available from AMSAT SA.

While at Ham Radio in Germany, Nico will also attend the IARU Region 1 International meeting hosted annually by the DARC, the Region 1 Emergency Communications meeting and workshop and visit the RSGB Stall to look at the online exam system that has been developed. YOTA will have its own booth this year and Koos will attend the Youth meetings and participate in all the youth activities planned for the event.

South African Radio League

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 17th June  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-June, through Sunday, 16th-June there were 203 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/c, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y,

A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 17th June  2019

Island activities:

AF-019. Franco, IK4YCQ, is now active as IG9/IK4YCQ from Lampedusa Island until June 9th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-036. Jacques, CT2IXX, is now active as LA/CT2IXX/p from Hitra Island until July 12th. Activity will be holiday style (mainly weekends) on various HF bands using SSB only. QSL via CT2IXX, direct or by the Bureau. Watch his Blog for updates at: http://ct2ixx.blogspot.com

EU-038. Jan, PA2JJB, will be active as PA6TXL from Texel Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). He will be on the island between July 18th and August 10th. QSL via PA2JJB.

EU-049. Operators Alex/SV8QG, Pantelis/SV8DCY, Kostas/SV8DCW, Periklis/SV8DTD, and Fotis/SV8RMA will be active as J48GEO from the Geo-Park on Lesvos Island (GIOTA NAS-014, WLOTA 0165) during the month of June. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or direct. NO Bureau. See QRZ.com for more info.

EU-119. Look for RI1ON to be active from Morzhovets Island sometime in July 2019. QSL via RN1ON. No other details were provided.

EU-123. Doug, GM0ELP, will be active as MM3T from the Isle of Bute (IOSA CL02, SCOTIA CS19, WLOTA 1883) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/CW-Mode/12-HRs/Assisted/High-Power entry. QSL via MM3T.

EU-129. Operators Norbert/DL2RNS, Rainer/DL2RVL, Heiko/DL1RTL, Georg/DL4SVA, Ron/DG2RON and Olaf/DL7JOM will be active as DK1A from Usedom Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as Multi-2 entry. QSL via ClubLog.

EU-137. Lars, SM6CUK, will once again be active as SA6G/7 from Ven Island between June 10-14th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using mostly CW on or near the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via SM6CUK, by the Bureau, direct, ClubLog or LoTW. NO eQSL.

EU-192. Operators Tom/SM3DMP, Ulf/SM3RAB and Tomas/SM3WMU will be active as SF2CW from Kataja/Inakari Island (an island shared by Sweden and Finland) between July 1-3rd. Per QRZ.com: 

"The island has been activated twice by two separate expeditions from the Finnish side of the border. Both activations were performed during the winter under arctic conditions, both weatherwise and radiowise. A great number of EU-stations were worked, but not many contacts were made with NA, SA, AS and OC. We will try to make up for that during this summer time expedition....

"If You are an EU and have this IOTA worked before (OH10X or OH8AA), we ask You not to work us, at least not day 1 or 2. Main target is those parts of the world that had problems with the previous expeditions due to the winter time conditions."

Their working conditions will be a TS-590SG for CW and an IC-7100 for SSB with one or possibly two amps. Main bands will be 30, 20 and 17 meters. Maybe some 40m. Antennas will be verticals located very close to the water edge. The water being the brackish Gulf of Bothnia. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or direct via SM3DMP. For more details and updates, watch QRZ.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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RASA calls for 1 kW for VK

Sunday 16th June  2019

The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) has written to the Australian Government radio regulator seeking an increase in output power from 400W to 1kW for advanced class amateurs.

RASA Secretary, Dr. Andrew Smith, VK6AS, produced a research/ background paper on how the issues of higher power at HF and EMR/I/C limits are managed in other countries.

The paper concludes that:

• there is no health or occupational health reason preventing power limits for (Australian) Radio Amateurs in the HF/VHF/UHF bands to be increased; and

• there is little or no evidence that suggests that an increase in power will increase complaints of RFI.

The complete executive summary and paper may be found at:
http://vkradioamateurs.org/%EF%BB%BF1-kw
-for-advanced-licencees/

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AmateurLogic 131: Interesting Things at Hamvention

Sunday 16th June  2019

Another excellent adventure at Dayton Hamvention. Some of the sights and sounds that make this a very special event. Emile’s WWII Museum PT Boat event. A tour of Mendelson’s Surplus in Dayton. There is no place else like this in the world.

2:23:03

Download

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Youngsters On The Air at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen

Sunday 16th June  2019

Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, Lisa Leenders PA2LS, reports their will be a Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) booth at Friedrichshafen June 21-23

The IARU Region 1 report says:

Are you ready for a different fair?

For the first time ever the IARU 1 youth committee will have its own YOTA booth in Friedrichshafen! Yes, you got it right! It will be an adventure full of fun and meetings, sharing of experiences and activities and much more among the youngsters.

Look for us at Halle A1, booth A1-594 (directly next to the big DARC booth).

Furthermore, we recommend not to miss our events during the fair:

On Friday June 21st from 15:00 to 16:00 the South-African YOTA team will hand-over the YOTA flag as well as the official YOTA morse key to the Bulgarian team as start of the upcoming YOTA 2019 summer camp. It will be held near Sofia this August. This event takes place at the main stage.

On Saturday June 22nd – Youth Meeting from 10:00 to 12:00 in room Liechtenstein.
The program for the youth meeting is:
– Introduction and the upcoming YOTA program in 2019 (by Lisa, PA2LS)
– YOTA in Japan (by Riku, JR2KHB)
– Subregional Camp Finland 2019, NOTA (by Kati, OH2FKX and team OH)
– Subregional Camp Germany 2019 (by Philipp, DK6SP)
– Subregional Camp Italy 2018 (by Silvio IZ5DIY)

You will also have the possibility to join our daily lottery at our booth and win our awesome YOTA merchandise hoodies at 3:30pm every day.

IARU Region 1
http://iaru-r1.org/

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Record setting noctilucent clouds

Sunday 16th June  2019

If you've never seen a cloud of frosted meteor smoke, now is the time to look. 2019 is shaping up to be the best year for noctilucent clouds ... maybe ever.

This past week, the electric-blue clouds appeared in the USA as far south as Joshua Tree CA (near Los Angeles) and Albuquerque NM, breaking old records for low-latitude sightings.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.

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144 and 1240 MHz on WRC-19 Special Focus page

Saturday 15th June  2019

The RSGB WRC-19 Special Focus page has been updated with information concerning the background for WRC-19 and the latest on concerns regarding WRC-23 proposals for 144 and 1240 MHz bands

RSGB WRC-19 Special Focus page
https://rsgb.org/main/news/special-focus/wrc-19/

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FT8 used in June VHF Contest

Saturday 15th June  2019

The ARRL Letter reports on the observations of WSJT-X Developer Joe Taylor K1JT on using the popular digital mode FT8 in the June VHF contest

The ARRL say:

WSJT-X developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has tentatively concluded that there are good reasons to use both FT4 and FT8 in ARRL VHF contests. The latest beta version of FT4 was not available for the event, but Taylor noted that FT4 will be available for future contests.

(the current -rc7 beta version will not be usable during ARRL Field Day either). Taylor, who was active in the VHF event over the past weekend, made the remark in a post to the Packrats reflector. Taylor reported making 433 contacts (21 dupes) in 152 grids, all, by and large, on FT8.

"Most of the time there was enough sporadic E and tropo-scatter to keep things busy using FT8," Taylor observed. "In this event, meteor scatter using MSK144 was not, score-wise, time efficient."

Taylor said he operated from home only on 6 meters and only on digital, "mainly to see how FT8 plays in a June VHF Contest." He operated for 21 of the contest's 33 hours and left his receiver running on 50.313 MHz when not in the shack.

"During the contest period, I decoded 45,375 transmissions from others in the 4 kHz window starting at 50.313 MHz," Taylor recounted. "That's an average of about 11 decodes per 15-second receive cycle."

Taylor said he seldom, if ever, found that a single 3 or 4 kHz window was "too crowded" with activity. "There were nearly always some open spots, even with nearly everyone in the first 2.7 kHz of the window," he said.

Taylor also speculated as to how the twice-as-fast FT4 might have fared, being 4 dB less sensitive than FT8 and having an 80 Hz bandwidth instead of FT8's 50 Hz bandwidth.

"My guess is that something like 80 - 85% of my QSOs could have been completed using FT4, most of them in half the time than it took in FT8," Taylor said.

Source The ARRL Letter
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2019-06-13

The ARRL Letter archive, holding copies dating back to 2000, can be seen at
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter

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ECO 2018 Report published

Saturday 15th June  2019

The CEPT Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) has tweeted that the ECC’s permanent office, the ECO, has published its Annual Report for 2018

The CEPT ECC considers and develops policies on electronic communications activities in European context, taking account of European and international legislations and regulations.

The European Communications Office (ECO) provides advice and support to CEPT to help it to develop and deliver its policies and decisions in an effective and transparent way.

The 2018 ECO Report notes:

"We also continued to lead the activities of the WG FM Forum Group dealing with Amateur Radio Issues. This is consistent with our role as the focal point for the CEPT regulatory framework on amateur radio aspects, dealing with certification and licensing matters."

Download the ECO Annual Report from
https://www.cept.org/files/7179/ECO%20Annual%20
Report%202018_Hi%20Res.pdf


Previous reports are at
https://cept.org/eco/eco-in-brief/eco-annual-report

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NEXUS transponder to be active for Friedrichshafen

Saturday 15th June  2019

The amateur radio linear transponder (SSB/CW) on the NEXUS (FO-99) satellite will be active during the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio event June 22-23

Extract of a post by Hoz Ueda JA0FKM/1 of JAMSAT:on the AMSAT Bulletin Board:

We FO-99(NEXUS Team) will QRV and Transponder on this schedules
This is Hamradio day DL. Please use FO-99 Transponder.
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/nexus/
We will get house keeping data.and study next step operation.

Friedrichshafen UTC+2
Day    AOS        LOS          Max Elev
6/22   12:38:28   12:47:20    10.39
6/23*  12:16:59   12:26:57    16.81
*Not sure TRP on because of command transmit EL very small asn difficult

Thank You Regarding

Hoz_Ueda(JA0FKM/1)  / JAMSAT

The full email can be seen at
https://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2019-June/073599.html

NEXUS Fuji-OSCAR 99 CubeSat
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/01/30/nexus-fuji-oscar-99/

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Ham radio satellites to deploy from ISS

Friday 14th June  2019

Masa JN1GKZ reports three BIRDS-3 satellites with amateur radio payloads will be deployed from the International Space Station during the morning of June 17, 2019

The BIRDS-3 1U CubeSat satellites are NepaliSat-1 (Nepal), Raavana-1 (Sri Lanka) and Uguisu (Japan).

The three satellites operate on same frequency:
437.375 MHz CW beacon and 4800bps GMSK

Watch the live streaming of the deployment starting at 0835 GMT June 17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrw3cMw10nQ

More information is on the BIRDS-3 Project site
https://birds3.birds-project.com/

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LimeSDR mini satellite ground station

Friday 14th June  2019

Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ / M0HXM has written about using a LimeSDR Mini as the basis for a ground-station for the amateur radio transponders on the geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 / QO-100

This satellite includes two linear (also called “bent-pipe”) transponders, one of which is 250 kHz wide and is intended for narrowband modes, such as single-sideband analogue voice, text-based digital modes, and telegraphy. The other is 8 MHz wide and is intended for DVB-S2 and other wideband digital modulations and experiments. The satellite covers one third of the world’s surface (from Brazil to Thailand) and represents the first ever amateur radio payload in geostationary orbit. It also provides an incredible platform for experimenting with different communication schemes.

The downlink of the satellite is on the 10 GHz band, so an inexpensive satellite TV LNB can be used to receive and down-convert the signal to an intermediate frequency of around 700 MHz, where it can be easily processed by SDR or conventional radio receivers. The uplink to the satellite is on the 2.4 GHz band. Many people are using an upconverter to translate a signal from around 430 MHz to 2.4 GHz. However, using a LimeSDR it’s possible to generate the 2.4 GHz signal directly.

Read the article at
https://www.crowdsupply.com/lime-micro/limesdr-mini/updates/field-report-limesdr-mini-satellite-ground-station

Es'hail-2 / QO-100 information
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

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The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Friday 14th June  2019

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

CYPRUS, 5B. Special event station 5B19CWC is QRV to celebrate the Cricket World Cup which ends on July 14. QSL via 5B4AJT.

GHANA, 9G. Matteo, IZ4YGS is QRV as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi until July 2 while here on work assignment. He is active in his spare time during his evenings on 160 to 6 meters using mostly FT8 and SSB. QSL direct to home call.

CHILE, CE. Special event station CB2E is QRV until July 2 to mark the total solar eclipse on July 2. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and FT8. QSL via bureau.

SPAIN, EA. Members of the Radio Club La Baells will be QRV with special calls EG3PTA, EG3PTP, EG3PTT, EG3PTU and EG3PTM from June 15 to 23 to support the touristic and cultural endeavors of the Bergueda region. Activity will be on 160, 80, 40 and 20 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL all calls via EA3RCI.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Gildas, F6HMQ is QRV as FG/F6HMQ and TO1T until June 25. QSL to home call.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Satoru, JI1DFO is QRV as PJ8SK until June 15. Activity is on 40 to 17 meters using FT8. QLS to home call.

SAINT MARTIN, FS. After his Sint Maarten activity, Satoru, JI1DFO will be QRV as FS/AG5CR from June 16 to 18. Activity will be on 40 to 17 meters using FT8. QSL to home call.

THAILAND, HS. Members of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand are QRV with special call HS10KING until July 31 to celebrate the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. QSL via bureau.

SVALBARD, JW. Christian, EA3NT and Col, MM0NDX are QRV as JW/EA3NT and JW/OJ0Y, respectively, from Longyearbyen, IOTA EU-026, until June 16. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL JW/EA3NT via M0OXO and JW/OJ0Y via M0SDV.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Tony, JA6CNL is QRV as KH0N from Saipan, IOTA OC-086, until June 17. Activity is on the HF bands using FT8. This includes being an entry in the All Asian DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

NORWAY, LA. Jacques, CT2IXX is QRV as LA/CT2IXX/p from Hitra Island, IOTA EU-036, until July 12. Activity is holiday style mainly during his weekends on various HF bands using only SSB. QSL to home call.

GREENLAND, OX. Bo, OZ1DJJ is QRV as OX3LX from Nuuk City until June 21. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands, with a focus on 160, 80 and 60 meters. QSL direct to OZ0J.

PALAU, T8. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be QRV as T88PB from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from June 15 to 23. Activity will be mainly on 6 meters using FT8. This includes being an entry in the All Asian DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Operators Vasily, R7AL, Vladimir, RK8A and Albert, UB9WLJ are QRV as R205NEW from Bogoslova Island, IOTA AS-205, until June 18. This is a new island activation. QSL via Club Log.

MICRONESIA, V6. Hatu, JA1XGI will be QRV as V6K from Kosrae Island, IOTA OC-059, from June 17 to 24. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club station VK9XX has been active on 20 meters around 0900z. QSL via operator's instructions.

FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8. Special event station VP8HDM will be QRV on June 15 and 16 from the Historic Dockyard Museum in Stanley, IOTA SA-002, during the International Museum Weekend. Activity will be on 40 to 17 meters. QSL direct to VP8LP.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
ARRL SSB Kids Day, All Asian DX CW Contest, Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge, International Museum Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, SMIRK Contest, Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest, ARR BPSK63 Contest, IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest, AGCW VHF/UHF CW Contest, West Virginia QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the WAB 50 MHz Phone will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for June 17.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for June 19.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from Canada's parks and historic sites.

Please see June QST, page 86 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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2 meter band in danger: CQ solidarity

Thursday 13th June  2019

This week a headline has alerted the global radio amateurs community: France plans to kick us out of the popular 2 meters band (144-146 MHz in Europe).

The spark that has triggered the alarm is the presentation of a paper on this matter at the CEPT meeting next week (See yesterday's article further down).

Spontaneously, an immediate reaction has begun to spread: let's occupy the 2 meter band on Saturday, June 15, 2019, between 20:00 and 21:00 UTC.

EURAO supports this protest action and encourages all hams world wide to show their dissatisfaction with this disgusting attempt, joining the event with QSOs in repeaters, direct and in any mode.

Please Sign the following petition

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/2-metre-amateur-band-must-be-kept

Let our voice reach the highest spheres!

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Make: Magazine closing down

Thursday 13th June  2019

Maker Media publishers of Make: Magazine, which has carried a number of amateur radio articles, is ceasing operations

The ARRL reports:

Maker Media, which published Make: magazine and produced Maker Faire, has laid off its staff and is terminating operations due to financial problems. Maker Media CEO and founder Dale Dougherty confirmed to TechCrunch that the company was ceasing operations and that it had laid off all 22 employees, citing financial difficulties with publishing a magazine and the lack of corporate sponsorship.

“I started this 15 years ago and it’s always been a struggle as a business to make this work,” Dougherty told TechCrunch. “Print publishing is not a great business for anybody, but it works…barely.”

Launched in 2005, Make: became a major publication covering the “Maker Movement,” which embraced do-it-yourself and tinkering, involving everything from 3D printing, electronics, robotics, metal and woodworking, and Amateur Radio, among other pursuits. The company launched its first Maker Faire in 2006 in San Mateo, California, and had licensed the name to hundreds of exhibitions around the world.

Dougherty said he hoped to keep the company’s archives online and is working to keep Maker Faire from going under entirely. As of June 12, the Make: website was still active.

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/make-magazine-going-dark

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Global Map of Lighthouses

Thursday 13th June  2019

With the ILLW (International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend) coming in August, here's a map of all the lighthouses across the globe.
WARNING: Large Image (19149 x 11585).

 

Here's how I created it.

Enjoy.

73, de Onno VK6FLAB

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The Space Weather Woman

Thursday 13th June  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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WRC-23 Agenda Items may impact 144 MHz and 1240 MHz bands

Wednesday 12th June  2019

IARU Region 1 notes that there are two proposals under discussion in Europe as possible future Agenda Items at WRC 2023, which potentially could impact important amateur radio frequencies

IARU Region 1 says:

The following sets out the current IARU position on these proposals.

A proposal from France to consider the band 144-146 MHz as a primary allocation to the Aeronautical Mobile service, as part of a broader consideration of the spectrum allocated to that service.

The band 144-146 MHz is allocated globally to the amateur and amateur satellite services on a primary basis. This is one of the few primary allocations to the amateur service above 29.7 MHz and as such is an important and widely used part of the amateur spectrum with a vast installed base of users and operational satellite stations.

IARU views with grave concern any proposal to include this band in the proposed study. It will be representing this view energetically in Regional Telecommunications Organisations and in ITU to seek to obtain assurances that the spectrum will remain a primary allocation for the amateur services.

A proposal to study the amateur allocation in the 1240-1300 MHz (“23cm”) band following reported cases of interference to the Galileo navigation system.

IARU is aware of a handful of cases where interference to the Galileo E6 signal has been reported. In all cases these have been resolved by local action with the full cooperation of the amateur stations concerned.

IARU does not want the amateur service to affect the operation of the Galileo system in any way. Joint studies have been carried out to assess the true vulnerability of the system and, based on these, IARU regards the proposal to initiate an Agenda item for WRC-23 as premature.

The IARU position is that proper technical assessment of the issues involved should be made in the relevant CEPT study group. Proper account needs to be taken of the operational characteristics of the amateur service in order to develop sensible and proportionate measures that will facilitate the continued utility of the band for amateur experimentation whilst respecting the primary status of the GNSS service.

IARU is ready to cooperate fully in any studies and shares the objective of reaching a secure and permanent solution to the issues of sharing in this band. 

IARU asks its Member Societies to draw this information to the attention of their members, and to refrain at this time from making speculative public comments about the situation until further progress has been made in regulatory discussions. IARU is also ready to discuss this issue with other societies not in IARU membership.

Source IARU Region 1
https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/88-news/1864-wrc-23-agenda-items

1240-1300 MHz band discussed by CEPT WGFM and CPG/PTA
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/05/31/1240-1300-mhz-band-discussed-by-cept-wgfm-and-cpg-pta/

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Sweden's SSA responds to Radio Spectrum Use consultation

Wednesday 12th June  2019

The consultation on Radio Spectrum Use in the Future held by Sweden's Ministry of Enterprise and Energy closed on June 5, 2019

The report proposes usage fees for radio spectrum. Sweden's national amateur radio society the SSA says "Use that is exempt from the permit requirement is also proposed to be free in the future, and in cases where amateur radio is subject to a permit, the annual license fee is estimated to be between 0 and 1500 SEK."

The report's Summary, which is in English on pages 25-33, notes:

Spectrum management needs to be modernised so that radio spectrum can provide as much benefit for society as possible and meet the future needs of society in terms of radio usage.

The Inquiry’s proposal on spectrum usage fees must, however, be viewed as a key proposal in order for several of the other proposals to be implemented successfully.

It is proposed that the legislative amendments enter into force on 1 January 2021 but that the rule on spectrum pricing and payment of usage fees be implemented on 1 January 2025 to give affected companies, government agencies and other actors time to adjust to the new regulation.


The SSA consultation response notes:

The report describes amateur radio as a hobby with a recreational or skills development purpose. The report notes that amateur radio rarely will displace alternative use and that this must be taken into account when calculating the cost of permits.

The SSA wishes to draw attention to the societal benefit that the amateur radio service constitutes. There are many examples of prominent innovators, whose interest in radio technology and radio communication was brought about amateur radio, which later led to a choice of professional career in the academic world or in the business world.

Amateur radio has significantly contributed to the success of the Swedish telecom industry. The financial the value of this contribution is impossible to put a figure on, but should not be underestimated. Amateur radio is also one recruitment base for important functions in emergency preparedness and defense.

It is important that amateur radio also have access to frequencies in the future, not just in those parts of it radio spectrum that is considered commercially unattractive, but to a reasonable extent also within commercial interesting parts of the spectrum.


Report by the Investigation Committee on Radio Spectrum Use in
the future - Frequencies in the service of society
https://www.regeringen.se/48f69e/contentassets/31481aaa019044
fda6f70c47569a715d/sou-2018_92_webb.pdf


Read the SSA story and link to their response in Google English at
https://tinyurl.com/SwedenSSA

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WOLFWAVE Upgrade

Wednesday 12th June  2019

The WOLFWAVE advanced audio processor already has bandpass filtering, noise reduction and age-related hearing correction.

In a major upgrade, SOTABEAMS has added an effective Morse decoder that can decode signals from 1 to 100 words per minute.

In another new addition, professional musician Chris Rolinson, G7DDN, has composed a "startup" sound for WOLFWAVE, based on "WW" in Morse code. Chris' composition can be heard here: https://clyp.it/lw5qoigs

WOLFWAVE users can all benefit from the upgrades at the firmware page
http://www.wolfwave.co.uk/firmware

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Teaching wireless communications at University of Southampton

Wednesday 12th June  2019

An IEEE Spectrum article describes how the University of Southampton uses the USRP and LabVIEW to change the way it teaches wireless communications

The University of Southampton has been looking at new and innovative ways to teach the principles of wireless communication at a time when there is significant interest in wireless technologies.

Most electronics education worldwide teaches wireless communications with a typical focus on  communications theory. At the University of Southampton, educators have taken a different outlook in teaching students the practical aspects of communication technology to better prepare them for their careers in industry.

Students focus on the rapid prototyping of a wireless communications system with live radio frequency (RF) signal streaming for a practical approach to communications education. With this approach, students gain a valuable experience in manipulating live signals for a greater understanding of wireless communication and the associated practical challenges.

Read the article at
https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/university-of-southampton-uses-the-usrp-and-labview-to-change-the-way-it-teaches-wireless-communications

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Radios on the Beach

Wednesday 12th June  2019

SEA-PAC hamfest took place May 31 to June 2 at the Seaside Convention Center, Oregon. Randy Hall K7AGE has released a video of the beach portable activity

After hours at the SEA-PAC hamfest in Seaside Or, amateur radio operations take their equipment out to the beach and operate.

Watch Radios On The Beach at the SEA-PAC hamfest

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New proposals to help defragment the 3.4-3.8 GHz band

Wednesday 12th June  2019

Ofcom has announced revised proposals to help defragment the 3.4-3.8 GHz band, following next year’s auction of 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum

The 3.4-3.8 GHz band is one of the primary bands for 5G in Europe. In the UK, companies currently hold blocks of spectrum in different parts of the band. This means that unless they trade their current holdings, the band is likely to remain fragmented after the forthcoming spectrum auction.

5G is likely to perform best using large, contiguous blocks of spectrum. So after considering responses to our December consultation on the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz auction, we have set out revised proposals for measures to help defragment these airwaves.

Our new proposals include:

Introducing a negotiation phase during the assignment stage of the auction, where winners of 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum will have the opportunity to agree the assignment of their spectrum between themselves. We are seeking views on whether these negotiations should require unanimous agreement from all winning bidders, or just a partial set of bidders.

Putting restrictions in place for the assignment stage, so bidders that win less than 20 MHz of 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum can only bid for their spectrum to be at the top or bottom of the band.

We welcome stakeholders’ views on these proposals by Wednesday 10 July. We will then publish our final decision on the upcoming award of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz band later this year.

Further information at
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/defragmentation-spectrum-holdings

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LED and power saving lamps

Wednesday 12th June  2019

The SARL (South African Radio League) is starting a project to list LED and power saving lamps that can be safely be used in your house and radio room without causing interference.

You may ask why not the other way around. The simple explanation is that the SARL cannot publish negative comments about a product unless scientific testing has proved that a product creates interference.

We can however recommend products that are compatible with amateur radio. Send us detail of products you can recommend as interference free. Include a photograph. The e-mail address is artoday@sarl.org.za.

South African Radio League

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 12th June  2019

Island activities:

IOTA QRGs
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

EU-026; JW, Spitsbergen Island: Christian/EA3NT and Col/MM0NDX will be active from Longyearbyen/Svalbard between June 12 and 16 as JW/EA3NT and JW/OJ0Y on HF (CW, SSB, digital modes). QSL for JW/EA3NT via M0OXO, CLubLog; JW/OJ0Y via M0SDV, ClubLog.

AS-205; R0X, Bering Sea Coast North group: Vasily/R7AL, Vladimir/RK8A, and Albert/UB9WLJ are planning the first activation of Bogoslova Island (RRA RR-12-04, WW Loc.: RP61fc) for June 14 to 18 with the callsign R205NEW. QSL via ClubLog OQRS. https://rv6ali.wixsite.com/as205new/expedition

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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How to find hidden cameras in your Airbnb, and anywhere else by Stephen G7VFY

Tuesday 11th June  2019

In recent months there’s been a number of alarming reports of Airbnb hosts installing hidden cameras in their properties but not disclosing them to the guests staying there.

Back in January Fast Company reported on a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who discovered two hidden cameras recording him and his family in an Airbnb. And just last month The Atlantic reported on a New Zealand family who was renting an Airbnb in Ireland and found they were being live-streamed from a hidden security camera.

Unfortunately, these aren’t isolated incidents and in response to increasing reports of guests finding hidden cameras in their Airbnb rentals, Airbnb says they are cracking down on hosts who don’t disclose hidden cameras in their property listings.

Yet just because Airbnb has a policy forbidding hosts from hiding cameras in their property without informing their guests, that’s no guarantee all hosts are complying. So if you don’t like the idea that you could possibly be being spied on in the comfort of your Airbnb or wherever else you’re staying is there anything you can do besides taking the host at his word that there are no cameras on the property? Thankfully, yes.

Keep an eye out for any odd-looking gadgets Let’s start with the most basic deterrent: keep your eyes open for any odd-looking gadgets in your Airbnb. Gadgets that look bulky or out of place in their surroundings may contain a hidden camera.

A camera disguised as a USB plug. Admittedly, it’s not the easiest thing to spot a gadget containing a hidden camera that looks out of place, because cameras have become so small, they can be hidden in virtually any device and ones anyone can buy on Amazon. Here’s just a small sample of the types of devices you can buy on Amazon with cameras hidden in them: alarm clocks, wall clocks, smoke detectors, plants, mirrors, light bulbs, speakers, and even USB wall plugs.

Still, if you see an alarm clock in a bathroom or some other place you wouldn’t expect one to be, that could be a tip-off that something is amiss. Similarly, if you see any devices, such as a USB wall plug pointed directly at a bed or shower, something could be up.

When trying to visually spot gadgets with hidden cameras, keep an eye out for devices that have a clean, unobstructed line of sight.

Use a flashlight to check for camera lenses Another trick to use to visually spot hidden cameras is the flashlight trick. A hidden camera necessitates that its lens is embedded in a regular object. Usually, that lens is made of glass and the object it’s hidden in is made of plastic or other non-glass materials.

Glass is generally more reflective than other materials, so the lenses of hidden cameras can be rather easy to spot if you shine a light around a room. The small camera lens should be more reflective than the surface of the surrounding object.

So it’s worth giving your Airbnb a once over with your smartphone’s flashlight. Turn out all the lights in the Airbnb and activate your flashlight. Slowly do a few sweeps of every room looking for any small, bright flashes of light relative to the surrounding area. If you spot any coming from an object, examine it more closely. You may have just found a hidden camera.

Use Wi-Fi-sniffing apps to check for smart devices. Unfortunately, the above visual checks of an Airbnb aren’t always enough to spot hidden cameras, even for the keen-eyed person. The good news is there’s an even better way to identify hidden cameras.

Virtually all modern hidden cameras, especially the types like the ones listed above, use wireless technology to connect to the router in the Airbnb so they can stream the footage over the internet where the host can view it remotely. But the very fact that these devices are covertly using a wireless signal to stream footage online makes them vulnerable to detection.

Smartphone users can use apps like Fing (available for both iOS and Android) that can display all the wireless devices connected to a Wi-Fi network. So after arriving at your Airbnb and connecting to the host’s wireless network, whip out Fing and give that network a scan. It’ll show your device and any other connected to that same network.

While Fing and similar apps can’t always identify what types of devices are connected (is it a hidden camera or just a wireless printer?) the app can display the MAC address of the connected device, which can give you a hint as to what the connected device is. Simply enter the MAC address of any identified gadget at MacVendorLookup.com to see who the manufacturer is and white type of device the MAC belongs to.

Read the full article at:
https://medium.com/fast-company/how-to-find-hidden-cameras-in-your-airbnb-and-anywhere-else-d1de793f7ddc

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France's REF calls for meeting with regulator

Tuesday 11th June  2019

On June 5. REF President Jean-Louis Truquet F5DJL called for a meeting between France's Amateur Radio Associations and the regulatory authorities

A Google translation of the REF post reads:

The REF wishes to make known the following proposals as they have been sent to other amateur radio associations.

Please find below the copy of the message which was sent on 05/06/2019 by mail:

A number of nominations to CMR23 for Frequency Request or Sharing Study have been submitted very recently, they pose a definite risk for the experimental and educational use of some of our amateur radio bands. As many associations have informed us, the REF is clearly unfavorable to these requests, which are currently the subject of no structured consultation of the French amateur radio community by the administration.

A number of regulatory amendments that were the subject of a public consultation in 2018 are still not published more than 12 months after this consultation and some decisions of the 2015 WRC are still not applied in France, a unique situation in Europe.

The REF therefore wants the organization in the near future of a meeting between associations and the Directorate General of Enterprises (DGE), the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Post (ARCEP) and the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) enabling a positive and responsible dialogue on these aspects, both regulatory and spectrum management, so that we can progress faster and more efficiently.

To this end, the REF is in favor of one or several inter-association preparatory coordination meetings this summer, and suggests that the objective is to finalize a proposal document at a final meeting organized at the latest on the occasion of the HAMEXPO fair. October 12th at Le Mans.

Your suggestions, comments and comments are welcome. Only our ability to demonstrate our cohesion to act can restore a balanced relationship that benefits the entire amateur radio community.

With my 73
Jean-Louis Truquet F5DJL
President Réseau des Emetteurs Français (REF)  


REF in Google English
https://tinyurl.com/FranceREF

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Petition calls on Ofcom to issue Vanity Call Signs

Tuesday 11th June  2019

Rob Styles M0TFO has started a petition on change.org calling on Ofcom to allow radio amateurs to be issued with Vanity Call Signs

The petition says:

The FCC in the USA offers amateur licensees the opportunity to request a specific call sign for a primary station and for a club station also known as a vanity call signs, A Vanity call sign is a call sign that the licensee wants assigned in place of an existing call sign.

A small fee to cover administration costs by Ofcom may apply and restrictions on certain call signs.

Sign the petition to allow vanity call signs to be requested by UK amateur radio operators from Ofcom.

The petition is at
https://www.change.org/p/ofcom-ofcom-to-offer-vanity-call-signs-to-uk-amateur-radio-licence-holders

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France proposes 144-146 MHz for Aeronautical Mobile Service

Tuesday 11th June  2019

The next meeting of the CEPT WRC-19 Conference Preparatory Group takes place June 17-21 in Prague

France has submitted a paper with the subject Agenda Item 10 revised proposal for an agenda item for new non-safety aeronautical mobile applications.

The paper says:

"The list of bands that are proposed for study of possible new allocations to the aeronautical mobile service on a primary basis is revised by adding the band 144-146 MHz, the bands 5000-5010 MHz and 15.4-15.7 GHz being maintained."

"The decisions of previous conferences have introduced some restrictions to the use and have imposed constraints on the development of aeronautical mobile applications within some existing mobile allocations traditionally used by the aeronautical mobile applications.

At the same time, the number of manned and unmanned aircraft equipped with sensors has grown significantly in the past 20 years together with the need of bidirectional low to high data rate communications.

Aeronautical applications like fire surveillance, border surveillance, air quality and environment monitoring, traffic monitoring, disaster monitoring, terrain modelling, imagery (visible, infrared, radar, meteo), video monitoring require non-safety communications between various types of aeronautical platforms.

Consequently the need of non-safety data communications between various types of aeronautical platforms increases and so the need for new frequency bands."


Download PTA(19)090 France_Proposal on non-safety aeronautical mobile applications at CPG PTA # 7 - 17-21 June - Prague under Meeting Docs
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/cpg-pt-a/client/meeting-documents/?flid=5624

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144 MHz DX - FT8 signal received over 5102 km path

Tuesday 11th June  2019

The VHF DX site Many More Miles on VHF (MMMonVHF) reports that on June 9, 2019, D41CV in Cape Verde was received on 144 MHz FT8 in Austria a distance of 5102 km.

PSK reporter shows that at least a dozen Italian stations have received/worked D41CV using  the digital mode FT8
https://www.mmmonvhf.de/es.php?year=2019&month=06&day=09

Many More Miles on VHF
https://www.mmmonvhf.de/index.php
https://twitter.com/MMMonVHF

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AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites

Tuesday 11th June  2019

Most hams know about the ARRL Field Day event each June, and most who have participated in an ARRL Field Day in recent years are aware that a satellite contact will gain 100 bonus points for a participating station. However, all may not be aware that there is a parallel event sponsored by AMSAT that is geared exclusively to satellite operation.

The AMSAT Field Day 2019 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 sat- ellites, 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. Satellite digipeat QSO’s and APRS short-message contacts are worth three points each, but must be complete verified two-way exchanges. The one contact per FM satellite is not applied to digital transponders.

The use of terrestrial gateway stations or internet gateways (i.e.
EchoLink, IRLP, etc.) to uplink/downlink is not allowed. Complete rules and scoring details may be found at:
https://www.amsat.org/field-day/

Certificates will be awarded for the first-place emergency power/port- able station at the AMSAT General Meeting and Space Symposium in the fall of 2019. Certificates will also be awarded to the second and third place portable/emergency operation in addition to the first- place home station running on emergency power. A station submitting high, award-winning scores will be requested to send in dupe sheets for analog contacts and message listings for digital downloads.

You may have multiple rig difficulties, antenna failures, computer glitches, generator disasters, tropical storms, and there may even be satellite problems, but the goal is to test your ability to operate in an emergency situation. Try different gear. Demonstrate satellite operations to hams that don’t even know the HAMSATS exist. Test your equipment. Avoid making more than ONE contact via the FM-only voice HAMSATS or the ISS, and enjoy the event!

AMSAT website
http://www.amsat.org

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UK vanity call sign petition

Tuesday 11th June  2019

Sign the petition to allow vanity call signs to be requested by UK amateur radio operators from Ofcom.

https://tinyurl.com/y3pyuxdy

73 Rob M0TFO

Yes a very slim chance, but I'm up for trying.

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AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2019 second call for speakers

Monday 10th June  2019

AMSAT-UK is very happy to announce the 2019 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held October 12-13 at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ

We invite speakers, to cover topics about Amateur satellites, CubeSats, Nanosats, Space, High Altitude Balloons and associated activities, for this event. Those wishing to speak should contact Dave, G4DPZ, dave at g4dpz dot me dot uk

The weekend event attracts an international audience that ranges from those involved in building and operating amateur radio satellites to beginners who wish to find out more about this fascinating branch of the hobby.

We will be including a roundup of a number of new live and potential spacecraft projects that are under investigation and/or development.

Details of the event can be found here:
https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/


73
Dave Johnson, G4DPZ
on behalf of the AMSAT-UK Committee

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IARU-R1 Vienna interim recommendations released

Monday 10th June  2019

IARU Region 1 has released the interim recommendations made at the Vienna meeting held April 27-28, 2019  

Among them are:

VIE19_C5_Rec_08 - As proposed in the document (VIE_C5_27):

1. PSK31: Remove specific assignments at 432.088, 1296.138, 2320.138 MHz – enabling all MGM to have equal priority (noting that PSK31 at 144.138 was removed at Landshut)
2. 70cms/EME: Remove the EME CW-only segment in 70cm to create a merged block for all activity at 432.000-432.100 MHz - simplifying the band plan and enabling EME to also use MGM
3. 2.3GHz: Remove Telegraphy ‘Exclusive’ at 2320.000-2320.150 and enable MGM as well (or adopt the all-modes approach in the broader RSGB Microwave Paper)
4. EU Frequency Footnotes: Update all information/references to the latest CEPT ECA definitions/changes for 70MHz, 3.4, 5, 10, 76 GHz.
Votes: 17 in favour, 1 Abstention

VIE19_C5_Rec_06 - To modify the 70 cm Bandplan by deleting the 20 kHz Bandwidth entry and change footnote (m) by deleting “in those countries that have the full 10 MHz allocation” and adding “by staying in the segment”. Furthermore, to add a footnote for the LORA usage as proposed.
Votes: Carried unanimously

Download VIE19_Interim Recs C4-C5-C7 from
https://vienna.iaru-r1.org/conference-documents/general/

Download Vienna C7 Minutes from
https://vienna.iaru-r1.org/conference-documents/c7/

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ICQPodcast - EQUINOX review and 40 years of BYLARA

Monday 10th June  2019

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is a double feature, a fictional book featuring amateur radio called Equinox and 40 years of BYLARA.

ICQ AMATEUR/HAM RADIO PODCAST DONORS

We would like to thank Phil Stephenson (K0PWS) and our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

News stories include:-

• ARRL Considering Move of Corporation from CT to DE
• Number of Radio Amateurs in France
• 175th Anniversary of Morse Code
• New Ham Radio Regulations in Belgium
• Sheffield & District Wireless Society - 100 year anniversary
• SARL Youth Sprint and World QRP Day
• Germany Permits 50 MHz Ham Radio Contest Operation
• Sharon White to Step Down as Ofcom Chief Executive

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from http://www.icqpodcast.com

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Huge outbreak of noctilucent clouds

Monday 10th June  2019

The best season for noctilucent clouds in years is underway, and last night it intensified with a huge display over the United States.

Bright tendrils of frosted meteor smoke were sighted glowing in the night sky over states as far south as Oregon. The apparition may be a side effect of solar minimum.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.

Noctilucent Clouds are Earths highest.  Seeded by meteriods, they float at the edge of space more than 80 km above the planets surface.  The clouds are very cold and filled with tiny ice crystals.  When sunbeams hit those crystals, they glow electric blue.

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Ofcom sets annual licence fees for UK Broadband’s 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHZ spectrum

Monday 10th June  2019

Ofcom has today set the annual licence fees that will apply to UK Broadband’s spectrum in the 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands.

UK Broadband, which is owned by Hutchison 3G UK Limited (Three), holds licences for 40 MHz of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band, and 80 MHz in the 3.6 GHz band.

In December we consulted on the annual licence fees UK Broadband should pay for access to this spectrum. After careful consideration of responses, we have today decided that the fees for both 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum will be £0.435 million per MHz, expressed in April 2018 prices.

We are today making the necessary regulations to set these fees. The new fees for 3.4 GHz spectrum will apply from 31 July 2019, while the fees for 3.6 GHz spectrum will be phased in until June 2020, from which time the full amount will apply.

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Ham radio equipment donation in Dominica

Monday 10th June  2019

Dominica News reports four amateur radio handheld transceivers have been donated to the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD)

Members of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) who have received amateur radio training, will now be able to apply the knowledge they have gained.

Four handheld amateur (ham) radios were handed over to the DAPD on Monday by two Swedish members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc. (DARCI) who have joined the DAPD.

During an interview with DBS radio, Executive Director of the DAPD, Nathalie Murthy said she is thankful to DARCI for their donation.

“It’s one thing to do the theory but its anther thing to do the practicals and without such devices that won’t be possible so we want to extend a big thank you to the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc. (DARCI) for considering us and ensuring that the program that we followed now we are able to implement it practically,” Murphy stated

She added, “After you have had the training and you have been certified as an amateur radio user, you have to get your license and this is issued by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and our applications are before them.”

Read the full story at
https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/dapd-receives-donation-of-four-amateur-radios/

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PW contest used to publicise ham radio

Monday 10th June  2019

Andy G7UHN used the June 9 Practical Wireless magazine 144 MHz QRP contest to promote amateur radio to passers-by

After the event Andy Tweeted:

"Back home after Practical Wireless 2m QRP contest. I made 28 contacts across 12 squares and gave away 4 leaflets about ham radio to curious passers-by. I feel pretty good about that"

You can download Andy G7UHN's leaflet in PDF or MS Word formats from
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DqfBEq54DRmQIFvoscY
7IepRNqAtCR6JbLrDMEt8lBk/

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May IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available

Monday 10th June  2019

The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a new kind of Over The Horizon Radar (OTHR) has been operating in the amateur radio 14 MHz primary allocation

The new OTHR operates across 14140-14150 kHz

Parameters: FMOP – 30 sps – 40 sec blocks every 10 minutes

Location: Far East

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 May 2019 newsletter can be read at
http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2019/news1905.pdf

Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
https://www.sigidwiki.com/wiki/Category:Military

Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at
http://peditio.net/intruder/bluechat.cgi

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at
http://www.websdr.org/

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)
https://www.iarums-r1.org/

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 10th June  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd June, through Sunday, 9th June there were 213 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/c, 3DA, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y,

A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E3, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5,
VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 10th June  2019

Island activities:

AF-019. Franco, IK4YCQ, is now active as IG9/IK4YCQ from Lampedusa Island until June 9th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-036. Jacques, CT2IXX, is now active as LA/CT2IXX/p from Hitra Island until July 12th. Activity will be holiday style (mainly weekends) on various HF bands using SSB only. QSL via CT2IXX, direct or by the Bureau. Watch his Blog for updates at: http://ct2ixx.blogspot.com

EU-038. Jan, PA2JJB, will be active as PA6TXL from Texel Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). He will be on the island between July 18th and August 10th. QSL via PA2JJB.

EU-049. Operators Alex/SV8QG, Pantelis/SV8DCY, Kostas/SV8DCW, Periklis/SV8DTD, and Fotis/SV8RMA will be active as J48GEO from the Geo-Park on Lesvos Island (GIOTA NAS-014, WLOTA 0165) during the month of June. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or direct. NO Bureau. See QRZ.com for more info.

EU-119. Look for RI1ON to be active from Morzhovets Island sometime in July 2019. QSL via RN1ON. No other details were provided.

EU-123. Doug, GM0ELP, will be active as MM3T from the Isle of Bute (IOSA CL02, SCOTIA CS19, WLOTA 1883) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/CW-Mode/12-HRs/Assisted/High-Power entry. QSL via MM3T.

EU-129. Operators Norbert/DL2RNS, Rainer/DL2RVL, Heiko/DL1RTL, Georg/DL4SVA, Ron/DG2RON and Olaf/DL7JOM will be active as DK1A from Usedom Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as Multi-2 entry. QSL via ClubLog.

EU-137. Lars, SM6CUK, will once again be active as SA6G/7 from Ven Island between June 10-14th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using mostly CW on or near the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via SM6CUK, by the Bureau, direct, ClubLog or LoTW. NO eQSL.

EU-192. Operators Tom/SM3DMP, Ulf/SM3RAB and Tomas/SM3WMU will be active as SF2CW from Kataja/Inakari Island (an island shared by Sweden and Finland) between July 1-3rd. Per QRZ.com:

"The island has been activated twice by two separate expeditions from the Finnish side of the border. Both activations were performed during the winter under arctic conditions, both weatherwise and radiowise. A great number of EU-stations were worked, but not many contacts were made with NA, SA, AS and OC. We will try to make up for that during this summer time expedition....

"If You are an EU and have this IOTA worked before (OH10X or OH8AA), we ask You not to work us, at least not day 1 or 2. Main target is those parts of the world that had problems with the previous expeditions due to the winter time conditions."

Their working conditions will be a TS-590SG for CW and an IC-7100 for SSB with one or possibly two amps. Main bands will be 30, 20 and 17 meters. Maybe some 40m. Antennas will be verticals located very close to the water edge. The water being the brackish Gulf of Bothnia. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or direct via SM3DMP. For more details and updates, watch QRZ.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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ITU-R Study Group 1 discusses Wireless Power Transmission

Sunday 9th June  2019

IARU Region 1 reports the May/June ITU-R Study Group 1 meeting, together with its Working Parties has just completed its 2019 meeting in Geneva.

The IARU-R1 site says:

IARU was represented for the whole seven days of meetings by Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ.

The meetings spent a large amount of time discussing the emerging Wireless Power Transmission technologies and their applications. 
Work was advanced on Reports on WPT at 100-148.5 kHz for low power charging of portable devices, for WPT for electric vehicles (WPT-EV) at around 20, 60 and 85 kHz and for “Beam” WPT for remote charging.

All these technologies have the potential for harmful interference to radiocommunication services if not carefully managed, particularly the harmonics of the WPT systems. IARU has submitted formal studies on the impact on the amateur service and these have been incorporated into one completed report and will inform a new Recommendation being developed on emissions from WPT.

IARU is advocating proper emission limits to protect radio services and is working with other spectrum users and administrations which share its concerns.

The ITU meetings discussed the emerging CISPR proposals for WPT-EV emission limits, where there is a level of concern that they fall short of providing the necessary protection to radiocommunications services.

Source
http://www.iaru-r1.org/

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IARU at Ham Radio 2019

Sunday 9th June  2019

IARU will be at Ham Radio 2019 in Friedrichshafen from June 21-23, 2019

The IARU Region 1 website says:

We will be at stand A1-599 in the main hall.

At the stand, we are available for a few informal discussions on important amateur radio matters. If you are at Friedrichshafen, please come and see us, to discuss IARU initiatives on the future of amateur radio.

We are going to take some great meetings and events, here is the program :

• On Friday from 12:00 to 16:00, in Conference Center Est,  IARU Region 1 EMCOMM Meeting.

• On Friday from 14:30 to 15:00, in Main Stage, IARU Region 1  VHF & Up Prizing Ceremony for all IARU Region 1 2018 Contest.

• On Friday from 15:00 to 16:00, in Main Stage, YOTA Flag Handover : the South-African YOTA team will hand-over the YOTA flag as well as the official YOTA morse key to the Bulgarian team as start of the upcoming YOTA 2019 summer camp.

• On Friday from 16:00 to 18:00 in Room Liechtenstein, IARU Region 1 International Meeting.

• On Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30 in Room Schweiz IARU Region 1 Monitor System Meeting.

• On Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 in Room Liechtenstein, IARU Region 1 International Youth Meeting (YOTA)

• On Saturday from 14:00 to 15:90, Greg G0DUB will be available at IARU booth to discuss Emergency Communications.

Follow our website and social media accounts to be updated on the program:
Facebook page :  https://www.facebook.com/iarur1/
Twitter account : https://twitter.com/IARU_R1/

Source
http://www.iaru-r1.org/

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Norfolk operates GB19AUS for the Cricket World Cup

Sunday 9th June  2019

Members of Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) have been operating GB19AUS (Australia) as part of the Cricket World Cup celebrations.

At the club’s recent “Radio Active” event, held on National Field Day (NFD) on 1 and 2 June, GB19AUS was given an airing, making more than 500 contacts.

The latest session was held on Thursday 6 th June at Chris G0DWV’s well-equipped QTH and featured Julian 2E0DJR operating RTTY on 17/20/30/40 and 80 metres, making almost 200 contacts. Malcolm G3PDH and G0DWV, did a combination of 20/40 CW, SSB and FT8 on 20/40/80 and 160 metres, adding a further 350 contacts.

Malcolm G3PDH kicked off on 20 CW at noon, while Julian spent all his time on RTTY and had fun, running 400W to beams on 17m, 20m and 40m.

Activity on 80m and 160m for the call sign had been low and it was suggested by the co-ordinators that they try to activate these bands. After Malcolm left, Chris G0DWV moved to SSB/FT8 on 40/80/160m up until midnight when he finished.

Chris said: “Conditions could have been better and there were times when calling for a few minutes resulted in no response – then you were spotted by someone and it went mad!

“There were other times when it was a wall of callers (80m SSB) or a continuous stream of data on RTTY and FT8 with no spotting.

“It is easy to operate with the callsign and even with a limited station you would have fun. Julian would encourage anyone to have a go and says it has rekindled his interest in the hobby after last weekend’s Radio Active NFD and GB19AUS.

NARC says it will activate the call sign again in the near future as the Marathon runs from 30 May to 14 July 2019. Other activations of GB19AUS have been undertaken by G4CJC, G3PDH, M0NKR, G3SVK, G4FAL and M0DHP.

Special UK and international call signs are active on nine HF bands using SSB, CW and Digital modes. The UK is activating 31 special call signs with 11 for the cricket grounds in England and Wales and 10 for the tournament teams.

There are also call signs for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. All UK call signs start with the prefix GB19.

GB19AUS activity is being coordinated by Peter M0RYB (doc.lock@fast-mail.net).

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WIA VP highlights crisis facing ham radio

Sunday 9th June  2019

"The amateur community has felt a heightened awareness that the hobby of Amateur Radio is in the grips of a material existential crisis unlike the hobby has seen before whereby extinction is a very definite possibility..."

Australia's WIA News carries this weekly board comment from  WIA Vice President Aidan Mountford VK4APM:

Before I begin, and on behalf of the board, I would like to thank all those who were involved in the delivery of yet another successful WIA annual conference in Sydney.  The Waverley Club and AR New South Wales put on a fantastic show that was well received by all with whom I have spoken.

Gatherings like this, by their very nature, are often marred by conflicting points of view.  At times, in the not so distant past, this has resulted in clear division within the community.  This year, however, there appeared to be a level of solidarity amongst those who were present.

It would appear that over the last 12 months the amateur community has felt a heightened awareness that the hobby of Amateur Radio is in the grips of a material existential crisis unlike the hobby has seen before whereby extinction is a very definite possibility - not today, even tomorrow, but in a decade or two.

There are two themes that resonated across the WIA conference weekend that are critical to resolving this crisis.

The first is community:

Our survival will be determined, in no small part, by the ability for the amateur community to pull together and support each other in the road ahead.  Over the past 10 years an enormous amount of effort has been expended fighting battles internal to the hobby both at local club , state and national levels.  It is time for the ego-driven self-serving behaviors of the past to end.

Imagine what could be accomplished if this energy was directed towards ensuring the survival of the hobby by giving the youth of today the same opportunity to learn about the magic of radio and electronics and allied sciences that we all did.

The second is change:

We live in a time where change is the only constant and the rate of change is ever increasing.  The opportunity to reinvent ourselves is enormous, however, If amateur radio is to survive, we must change, the hobby must change and the WIA must change.  Change is neither easy or painless.  We must accept that those things that worked in the past will not work in the future.  We must all focus on the things that matter - that is, the survival of the hobby.  We do this by demonstrating that we deliver value to the communities in which we live and operate thereby cementing our hobby's rightful place in tomorrows society.

The board of the WIA has worked tirelessly over the 12 months I have been a director to lay the foundations for this change.  The feedback from the convention is that our community is ready for change.

The only question that remains is whether we collectively prepared to do what needs to be done..

And with that, it's over to you

This is VK4APM

Source WIA News
http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/display.php?file_
id=wianews-2019-06-09

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Possible CME impact sparks geomagnetic storm

Sunday 9th June  2019

A dense cloud of plasma brushed against Earth's magnetic field on Saturday, June 8th, sparking a minor G1-class geomagnetic storm.

The gaseous material may have been the flank of a slow-moving CME that left the sun on June 3rd. NOAA forecasters have issued a watch for more G1-class activity on June 9th as Earth's magnetic field continues to reverberate from the glancing blow.

Visit Spaceweather.com for updates.

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Digital Activity Days 'Russian DOMINO 2019'

Saturday 8th June  2019

Dear Fellow Radio Amateurs,

Russian Digital Radio Club invites to celebrate our national holiday the Day of Russia to play with colleagues in 'Russian DOMINO'.

We announce the Digital Activity Days «Russian DOMINO 2019» for all amateurs of digital modes from 15:00 UTC on Tuesday 11th June till 20:59 UTC on Wednesday 12th June, 2019 on 9 HF bands in DominoEX8 and DominoEX4 modes. Our Days of Activity is open to SWL.

We recommend everybody to work in the following frequencies:

1.840-1.843; 3.583-3.590; 7.043-7.050; 10.142-10.145; 14.105-14.110; 18.104-18.106; 21.105-21.110; 24.922-24.926; 28.070-28.074.

Read more rules about our game:
http://www.rdrclub.ru/dni-aktivnosti-rtsrk/375-12-june-russian-domino

The prize - a real Russian dominoes - will be raffled between participants who have taken the first a place in each subgroup.

Diplomas in electronic form will be reawarded with all participants of Digital Activity Days who would work 10 QSOs (SWL) in Domino modes.

The pendant with trade marks RDRC will be raffled between the members of the Russian Digital Radio Club.

It is necessary to send adif-file (.adi) from logbook till 23:59 UTC on June, 17th for summarizing the results to the address: 01-10(at)rdrclub.ru

We remind, that now we shall not send certificates on yours email's. All certificates for contests and days of activity, since 2019, are loading on site AWARDS CENTER OF RDRC:
http://awards.rdrclub.ru/certificate/

So, who did not take long ago in hands a dominoe? Join our campaign!

-73!
Russian Digital Radio Club

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Must-see movie of Jupiter's Great Red Spot unraveling

Saturday 8th June  2019

Today's edition of Spaceweather.com highlights a unique movie of the planet Jupiter.

Based on images from nearly a dozen amateur astronomers around the world, it shows the Great Red Spot, a storm system wider than Earth, apparently unraveling.

The storm's sudden decay is happening as Jupiter approaches Earth for a close encounter on June 12th.

Visit Spaceweather.com for observing tips

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Emergency Communications meeting at HamRadio 2019

Friday 7th June  2019

June 21-23 brings the largest gathering of Radio Amateurs in Europe and also the largest gathering of Emergency Communicators at HAMRADIO 2019 in Friedrichshafen.

IARU Region 1 reports they will be hosting a meeting for Radio Amateurs interested in Emergency Communications in Room Rom on Friday, June 21, starting at 1200 local time with the following preliminary programme (times may change).

1200-1215 Greg G0DUB Welcome and short Region 1 report.

1215-1240 Mike SP9XWM and Cris SP7WME - Polish use of new technology in exercises

1240-1300 Open Discussion - What use can we make of Satellites and other new modes for Emergency Communications. Discussing Low Earth Orbit as well as Geostationary satellites, HF conditions and weak signal message modes ( e.g. JS8call ).

1300-1330 Alberto IK1YLO - Film : 6 minutes about NEIFLEX ( North East Italian Flood Exercise ) European Exercise of 5/9 June 2018 followed by
an update on their national DMR project.

1330-1340 Ron 4X1IG - 'Contest as a drill'

1340-1400 Oliver DL7TNY - Introduction to AREDN data networks

1400-1430 Open Forum. Any remaining questions and guidance for new groups.

1430-1530 Greg G0DUB - How would we respond to a power grid failure.
A short exercise.

The Working language for this meeting will be English.

Source IARU Region 1 http://iaru-r1.org/

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Latest FT4 beta release 'Leaps and Bounds' better

Friday 7th June  2019

ARRL say user reports have been favorable in the wake of the release of another new beta version of the FT4 protocol by the WSJT-X Development Group this week.

Release Candidate 7, WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc, which is now available for testing, is not compatible with any previous FT4 releases.

A short mock contest session to wring out the contesting features of FT4 took place on June 4.

“Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s FT4 mock-contest practice session — and especially to those who provided useful feedback. It is much appreciated!” said developer Joe Taylor, K1JT. “Everyone likes the 7.5-second T/R sequences, which provide operators with significantly more human interaction time than in previous revisions of FT4. Users also appreciated the sensitivity improvements and a larger range of acceptable time offsets (DT).” DT represents the combined clock difference for the transmitting and receiving computers, he explained.

Based on data compiled by Steve Franke, K9AN, Taylor said that it appears developers have the WSJT-X timing behavior under good control on all supported platforms, and the range of measured signal-to-noise values extended down to –21 dB.

“I operated for about 3 hours using 100 W and a dipole,” Taylor recounted. “I copied transmissions from 263 unique call signs and made 143 QSOs in 29 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 15 DXCCs.”

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/new-ft4-beta-release-leaps-and-bounds-better-than-earlier-iterations

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New remote QTH on hamsphere 4.0

Friday 7th June  2019

A lot of activity in this moment on hamSphere 4.0 because of new remote QTH in exotic QTHs like American Samoa, Solomon island, Caiman Islands and 7 other rare DXCC.

It is very interesting to work a pile up like during a real DX expedition!
We echange QSL cards direct via this virtual Ham radio via internet.
Of course we need to work with the propagation and VOACAP, antenna is only a 3 elements YAGI but we have already work the 10 new RM on few bands.

Il you like to try HS4 it is possible to have a free trial for 1 month, even you are only a SWL you can work on HS4 with a call like 26HS for England, the amateur radio can use her calls.

If you would like to see some QSL cards received from RM activitions you can go to my blog
https://hamspheref0duw
.blogspot.com/2019/06/soon-on-air.html

Thank you and hope to have a QSO with you soon on virtual ham radio via internet http://hs4.hamsphere.com/download

Frank FØDUW
on HamHphere 3 and 4.0 since 2012

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Sharon White to step down as Ofcom Chief Executive

Friday 7th June  2019

The Ofcom Board has announced that Sharon White is to step down as Chief Executive.

Sharon is leaving to become Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership.

She is expected to leave Ofcom around the turn of the year.

Sharon joined Ofcom in March 2015 from HM Treasury where she was Second Permanent Secretary.

Lord Burns, Ofcom Chairman, said: “Sharon has been an outstanding Chief Executive for Ofcom and will be missed by the whole organisation.

“Under Sharon’s leadership, Ofcom has helped to deliver ultrafast broadband, widespread 4G mobile and now 5G, and became the first independent regulator of the BBC.”

“She leaves Ofcom as a regulator with a relentless focus on the consumer interest; making sure people and businesses can get the best out of their communications services.”

Sharon White said: “It’s been a huge privilege to lead Ofcom at a time when reliable, affordable communications have become essential. I will leave behind an organisation that is dedicated in its mission to make communications work for everyone.”

The Ofcom Board will now begin the process to appoint a successor

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CubeSat Developers Workshop - talks now available

Friday 7th June  2019

Videos of talks given at the 2019 CubeSat Developers Workshop held at Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA during April 23-25 are now on YouTube

Schedule of presentations

http://mstl.atl.calpoly.edu/~workshop/archive/2019/Spring/2019-CDW-Schedule.pdf

Watch the videos at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCENz0fNHsDR8Kz3jM6C_VWw/videos

PDF Slides are in the CubeSat Developers Workshop Archive
http://mstl.atl.calpoly.edu/~workshop/archive/

CalPoly CubeSat
https://twitter.com/CalPolyCubeSat
http://www.cubesat.org/mailinglist/

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New Beta version of FT4 now available

Thursday 6th June  2019

The ARRL reports the WSJT-X Development Group has released another new beta version of the FT4 protocol now available for testing in WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7

Changes, improvements, and bug fixes that have been made since WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 include:

• T/R sequence length increased from 6.0 to 7.5 seconds
• Symbol rate decreased from 23.4375 to 20.8333 baud
• Signal bandwidth decreased from 90 Hz to 80 Hz
• Allowable time offsets –1.0 < DT < +1.0 second
• TX 4 message with “RRR” now allowed, except in contest messages
• Audio frequency now sent to PSK Reporter
• Third decoding pass added
• Improved sensitivity: Threshold S/N is now –17.5 dB
• Improved S/N calculation
• In FT4 mode, Shift + F11/F12 moves transmit frequency plus or minus 100 Hz

Release candidate WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7 will be available for beta-testing through July 21, 2019.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/new-beta-version-of-ft4-now-available-mock-contest-session-just-ahead

Download WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7 from near the bottom of the page at
https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html

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New from TenTec The Omni 7 Plus Hamvention 2019

Thursday 6th June  2019

New From TenTec The Omni 7 Plus Hamvention 2019

For those asking, price starts at $2,699.00 and goes up from there by adding more filters or factory calibration.

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Practical Wireless 144MHz QRP Contest

Thursday 6th June  2019

The Practical Wireless 144Mhz QRP Contest takes place on Sunday 9th June from 09:00 to 16:00 UTC.

Use ssb, cw, fm or am in the 144 MHz band.

Full rules are in the June issue of Practical Wireless.
A summary can be found at
http://www.pwcontest.org.uk/

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EURAO Party - Summer 2019: premiering FT4

Thursday 6th June  2019

The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: 'premiering FT4'.

Remember this is not a contest, it is just a radio meeting with a few simple 'rules', better to call them recommendations.

The party will be held the weekend July 27th and 28th, 2019, 00:00-24:00 UTC.

Read more

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Ofcom preparing to make more spectrum available for sharing

Thursday 6th June  2019

Ofcom is planning to make more spectrum available for shared use in the 8 GHz and 26 GHz bands, while continuing to take account of the needs of existing users in both bands.

Shared spectrum in the 8 GHz band

As part of our work with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on the Public Sector Spectrum Release Programme, we have identified 168MHz of spectrum between 7.9 GHz and 8.4 GHz across a range of locations that could be made available for shared use. 

Our proposed sharing arrangements will protect MOD users whilst making a significant amount of spectrum available to others. We believe this will be attractive to meet demand for fixed wireless links to support a range of services, including: broadcast infrastructure; backhaul for fixed and mobile networks and low-latency infrastructure for specialist applications.

We are aiming to make the spectrum available as quickly as possible and will provide guidance on how to apply for access to the band on a first come, first served basis and details on the licence terms in due course.

Shared spectrum in the 26 GHz band

We also intend to make 2.25 GHz of spectrum from 24.25 GHz to 26.5 GHz available. We are planning for this spectrum to support 5G indoor applications, sharing access with the existing fixed-wireless services and satellite earth stations that operate in the band. We will provide further details in our statement on Enabling Opportunities for Innovation, which we expect to publish this summer.

Changes to the 1.4GHz band

Ofcom also intends to make the 1492-1517 MHz band available for future wireless broadband services in order to comply with EU Decision 2018/661. We have written to existing licensees in the 1492-1517 MHz band to notify them of our proposal to clear the band by 31 December 2022. Licensees have until 17 June 2019 to respond to Ofcom’s notice should they wish to do so.

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The Space Weather Woman

Thursday 6th June  2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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New Zealand: Updated Table of Radio Spectrum Usage

Thursday 6th June  2019

Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) has recently published a new issue of ‘Table of Radio Spectrum Usage in New Zealand (PIB 21)’ - Issue 10  

This incorporates a number of minor amendments from Issue 9.1, including a number of modifications to Management Rights in the VHF and SHF bands.

In conjunction with this revision, RSM has updated its interactive table version of PIB 21 on the RSM website. This interactive table provides an easy-to-access format directly on the website.

Table of Radio Spectrum Usage in New Zealand
https://www.rsm.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/documents/pibs/ff001f5055/table-of-radio-spectrum-usage-in-new-zealand-pib-21.pdf

Search the table of radio spectrum usage
https://www.rsm.govt.nz/about/publications/pibs/pib-21#search

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A daytime meteor shower is underway

Thursday 6th June  2019

Radars in the northern hemisphere are pinging with activity as one of the strongest meteor showers of the year takes place in broad daylight.

The source of the shower is sungrazing Comet 96P/Machholz. Although the meteors are emerging from a radiant point near the glaring sun, it may be possible to see a few of them before sunrise on June 7th.

Visit Spaceweather.com for observing tips

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Ham College 53

Wednesday 5th June  2019

General Amateur Radio Exam part 24. Solid State devices part 2, Standing Waves part 2.

1:03:33

Download

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MagPi magazine ISS SSTV article

Wednesday 5th June  2019

The Raspberry Pi magazine MagPi have published a guide to receiving amateur radio Slow Scan TV pictures from the International Space Station. These are expected today and tomorrow June 5-6

The MagPi magazine @TheMagPi tweeted:

"The ISS will be transmitting a new SSTV image tomorrow [Wednesday] and Thursday!
In honour of this, we've updated our guide on how to receive and decode these transmissions. It now includes a fallback mode in case there are any issues like last time."


Read the article at
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/pictures-from-space-via-ham-radio/

The Russian MAI-SSTV event from the ISS is expected to take place on 145.800 MHz FM using PD-120 on Wednesday, June 5 from 12:00-16:00 GMT and June 6 from 11:30-15:30 GMT, see
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/05/24/iss-slow-scan-tv-june-5-6/

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Kuwait arrives on 60m

Wednesday 5th June  2019

The Kuwaiti telecom regulator, CITRA, has released the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz to Kuwaiti 9K2 licensees

https://citra.gov.kw/sites/En/Documents/National%20Frequency%20Plan.pdf

under ITU Footnote 5.133B, which in the case of Kuwait means a maximum power of 15W EIRP.

The first Kuwaiti ham on the new band was Muhammad, 9K2NO, operating FT8, who is looking forward to working more stations.

Cheers,

Paul Gaskell  G4MWO

Editor,

The 5 MHz Newsletter

https://www.dropbox.com/s/koz6msf74mtk76t/5%20MHz%20Newsletter.pdf?dl=0

and its archive

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9si2gq8dnz73uy9/AACCZty4t4wQa
F1mot3cA3d9a?dl=0

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Two new Lighthouses for ILLW

Wednesday 5th June  2019

It is interesting to receive entries for lighthouses that have not participated in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) and this week two were submitted. One from Trinidad & Tobago, a country which hitherto has had only one lighthouse in the event and one from South Africa located on a rock some distance from the mainland. Both should prove challenging for the operators to set up stations but I am sure they will be well rewarded by those who will be keen to make contact.

In Trinidad & Tobago:-

Chacachacare lighthouse was built in 1897. It is active with a focal plane 251 m (825 ft); white flash every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) round tower with lantern and gallery, painted white, lantern red. The original Fresnel lens, removed in 2007, was unfortunately broken while being transported to Port-of-Spain.

The lighthouse, one of the highest in the Americas, is built atop a steep mountain with a spectacular view of the Dragon's Mouth. The island, site of a leper colony from 1922 to 1948, is now uninhabited except for periodic visits from the lighthouse service staff. Located on the island of Chacachacare on the east side of Boca Grande, the widest Dragon's Mouth strait, off the north western most tip of Trinidad. Accessible only by boat. 

 

In South Africa:-

Roman Rock, built in 1861, is active with a focal plane 17 m (56 ft); quick white flash every 6 s. 14 m (46 ft) cast iron tower with flared top, lantern and gallery, mounted on a circular stone pedestal. Entire lighthouse painted white. The tower was prefabricated in England, but it took four years to build the base on a wave swept rock in False Bay.

The lighthouse was extensively renovated in 1992, and the original lantern was replaced with a modern lantern and light. In 2015 the power supply was upgraded and the light strengthened. Located on a rock in False Bay about 2 km (1.6 mi) east of the Simonstown Dockyard Light. Accessible only by boat; visible distantly from Simonstown.

Entries for this year’s event have passed 200 which is on track for a final total of around 500 by the 3 rd full weekend in August.

Kevin vk2ce

https://illw.net

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June GEO Newsletter available for download

Wednesday 5th June  2019

The June PDF of the GEO Newsletter weather satellite publication produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

The Group for Earth Observation's aim is to enable amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch in the near future. Membership of GEO is free.

Among the articles in this newsletter Francis Bell G7CND writes about GEO's attendance at their first rally of the year. The rally was organised by the South London Amateur Radio and Computer Group at Kempton Park, West London.

Download the June 2019 GEO Newsletter from
http://www.geo-web.org.uk/geoquarterly.php

Group for Earth Observation
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GEO-Subscribers/
https://twitter.com/GEOWEBUK
https://www.facebook.com/groupforearthobservation

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 5th June  2019

Island activities:

IOTA QRGs
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

AF-019; IG9, Pelagie Islands: Franco/IK4YCQ operates holiday-style as IG9/IK4YCQ until June 9 on 40 to 10m. QSL via homecall (d/B).

AS-157; 3W, South China Sea Coast Centre group: R9LAJ, R9LR, UA9KDF, and UA9LDD activate Hon Tre Island as XV9DF until June 15 on 40-10m (CW, SSB, FT8). QSL via M0OXO.

EU-012; GM/MM, Shetland: Peter/MM0NQY operates as GB2DAW during the Dementia Awareness Week until June 9 from the Shetlands. QSL via MM0NQY (d).

EU-036; LA, Sor-Trondelag/ More og Romsdal County North group: Jacques/CT2IXX is currently active as LA/CT2IXX/p until July 12 from Melandsjoen/Hitra Island on HF (SSB only). QSL via CT2IXX (d/B).

EU-137; SM7, Skane County: Lars/SM6CUK operates as SA6G/7 from Ven Island between the 10th and 14th on 40 to 10m (CW). QSL via SM6CUK (d/B).

NA-018; OX, Greenland: Bo/OZ1DJJ will be operating as OX3LX during his spare time between June 11 and 21 from Nuuk City. He also plans to visit Kook Island (IOTA NA-220). QSL via OZ0J, ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.

SA-099; PJ2, Curacao: Paul/VA3ZC is going to operate holiday-style as PJ2/VA3ZC between the 9th and 16th. QRV on 40, 30, and 20m on FT8 and CW. QSL via homecall (d/B), LoTW.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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New ham radio regulations in Belgium

Tuesday 4th June  2019

Belgium's national amateur radio society, the UBA, has published details of the May 24 decision of the BIPT Council on amateur radio frequencies, powers and transmission modes

A Google translation reads:

On May 27, 2019, the Decision of the BIPT Council of May 24 concerning the frequencies, powers and transmission modes that may be used by the radio amateurs was published on the BIPT website.

This is an amended version of the Decree of March 20, 2019, which was revoked on March 27, 2019 following an objection from the UBA.

The new Decree meets the objections that many holders of a Basic license had against the Decree of March 20.

Changes to the Basic licence (ON3) [equivalent to 2002 UK Foundation] compared to the Decree of March 20, 2019
1. The maximum power on HF is increased from 10 W to 25 W. On VHF and UHF, the maximum power is retained at 50 W. To offer holders of a basic license sufficient choice in the purchase of transmitting equipment, equipment with a maximum power of 100 W.
2. At 80 m, the frequency range has been extended from 3500-3750 kHz to 3500-3800 kHz (the full 80 m band).
3. At 40 m the frequency range has been expanded from 7000-7100 kHz to 7000-7200 kHz (the full 40 m band).
4. At 20 m, the frequency range has been extended from 14000-14150 and 14250-14350 kHz to 14000-14350 kHz (the full 20 m band).
5. At 15 m, the frequency range has been extended from 21000-21150 and 21320-21450 kHz to 21000-21450 kHz (the full 15 m band).

The access to the full "classic" HF bands is very good news from the contesters and DX hunters among our ON3s.

Access to the 6 meter band is no longer there, this can possibly be revised after the World Radio Conference of 2019.

Changes for the CEPT Novice license (ON2) compared to the Decree of March 20, 2019
1. Access to the full 160 m band (1810-2000 kHz) with a maximum capacity of 100 W.
The requested access to some SHF (GHz) bands with limited transmission power is not permitted for the time being because BIPT first wants to conduct a market investigation into the availability of "ready-made" transmission equipment (self-building of transmission equipment is not allowed for holders of a CEPT Novice license). The UBA is willing to participate in this market research, in the hope that BIPT will subsequently revise its decision.

Changes to the HAREC license (ON1) in comparison with the Decree of March 20, 2019
1. The maximum power in the frequency range 1850-2000 kHz has been increased from 10 W to 150 W.

The full Decree is available on the BIPT website
https://www.bipt.be/public/files/nl/22813/2019-05-24_RAM-besluit.pdf

At our General Meeting on May 3, we had already lifted a tip of the veil, and the responses from the ON3s present were positive. We hope that in this way we have convinced our members (and also non-members) that we (UBA) also take the interests of the ON3s to heart, contrary to what some quatongs claim.

UBA in Google English
https://tinyurl.com/BelgiumUBA
 

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CAS-7B (BP-1B) amateur radio satellite now ready for launch

Tuesday 4th June  2019

CAS-7B (BP-1B) satellite is an amateur radio satellite combined with educational. Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) is working the project with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), one of the most famous aerospace universities in China


CAS-7B / BP-1B undergoing test

The university provides support in launch of the satellite, there are many teachers and students from this university are participating in the development and testing of the satellite.

With the help of CAMSAT, the university has established an amateur radio club (call sign: BI1LG), many students are the members, they are learning amateur radio satellite communication and experience endless fun.

Because of the orbital apogee and the size and mass of the satellite, the orbital life of the satellite is expected to be only one week, up to a maximum of one month, which will also provide with an opportunity for hams to track and monitor satellite entering the atmosphere.

The CAS-7B (BP-1B) is scheduled to be launched at the end of June 2019. The launch will use a new launch vehicle from a small commercial rocket company. This is the first launch of this launch vehicle, and there is a large possibility of failure, if the launch fails, we will have another launch later this year.

Satellite Name: CAS-7B/BP-1B
• Architecture: 1.5U Cube-satellite with flexible film ball
• Dimensions: 263Lx140Wx105H mm with 500 mm diameter flexible film ball
• Mass: 3kg
• Stabilization: Pneumatic resistance sail passive control

Orbit:
• Orbit type : LEO
• Apogee : 300km Circular orbit
• Inclination : 42.7º
• Period : 90.6min

Payload:
• VHF Antenna: one 1/4λ monopole antenna with max.0dBi gain is located at +Y side
• UHF Antenna: two 1/4λ monopole antennas with max.0dBi gain are located at –Z and +Z side
• CW Telemetry Beacon: 435.715MHz 20dBm
• V/U FM Transponder Downlink: 435.690MHz 20dBm, 16kHz bandwidth
• V/U FM Transponder Uplink: 145.900MHz 16kHz bandwidth

CAMSAT CAS-7B (BP-1B) News Release PDF with Telemetry Format
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/camsat-cas-7b-news-release.pdf

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Germany permits 50 MHz ham radio contest operation

Tuesday 4th June  2019

The DARC reports German radio amateurs are permitted to take part in Contest Operating in the 50 MHz band from May 1 until September 30

A Google translation of the DARC post reads:

With the order No. 64/2019 amateur radio service; Terms of use for the frequency range 50.08-51.00 MHz, the current Order No. 36/2006 is updated. The period in which the contest is not allowed to compete in the future is limited to the period from October 1 to April 30. German radio amateurs can therefore participate in contests in the 6-m season from the beginning of May to the end of September.

With Communication 287/2019, the Contest Prohibition previously contained in Communication 34/2016 is now limited to the frequency range 50.03-50.08 MHz not included in Appendix 1 of the AFuV, thus allowing for contests above 50.080 MHz. The other provisions mentioned in the notification 287/2019 to 31.12.2019, such as waiver of operational notification and telephone availability, continue to apply until the end of the year 2019. The same applies to the permitted frequency range 50.03-51.00 MHz.

This is reported by Ulrich Müller, DK4VW, from the DARC Department for Frequency Management in the Wuerttemberg Round Award No. 23/2019.

Source DARC
https://darc.de/

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Sheffield & District Wireless Society - 100 year anniversary

Tuesday 4th June  2019

Special Event Amateur Radio Station GB0SWS and GX5TO

As part of our celebration of the founding of our Society one hundred years ago, Sheffield & District Wireless Society is, over the coming months, providing hands on experience of Amateur Radio to the wider community. This is part of our ongoing programme of promoting this exciting technical pursuit to people of all ages

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Sheffield & District Wireless Society will be at the Heeley Festival, Heeley City Farm, Sheffield, from 10.0am to approximately 4.0pm and, by installing two temporary radio stations and aerials, will literally put the Festival and Sheffield on the Short Wave and VHF radio airwaves for the day.

We will use a Special Event callsign, GB0SWS and the society’s callsign GX5TO. The HF station will be on the 40 (7140kHz) , 20 (14.208MHz) and 15 (21.200MHz) metre bands subject to propagation conditions There will also be a datamodes station on the 30m band using FT8 and other datamodes.

The event is open to all members of the public and there will be much of interest to young people. Where appropriate, visitors will be actively involved as much as possible, e.g exchanging on air greetings messages, listening and logging callsigns heard on amateur radio receivers, receiving simple Morse tuition, etc. The latter may particularly interest young visitors. In addition there will be a static display of posters, photographs, continual video display of amateur radio activities and examples of radio equipment covering the whole of our 100 year period.

Hidden Transmitter Hunt:
Weather permitting, it is proposed to hold a Hidden Transmitter Hunt in during the afternoon of our Special event. Members of the Society will invite members of the public to accompany them, in pairs, in the search for the tiny hidden transmitter, using small hand-held receivers

QSLs:
Special QSL Cards will be sent to other amateur radio operators who make contact with us. For more information about QSLs and the event please visit QRZ.com and search for GB0SWS.

For further information about the Society, please email the Society Secretary, Peter Day, G3PHO at: sdws@g3pho.org.uk

History:
The Sheffield & District Wireless Society is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. Recent searches of archive material on the internet and in old radio magazines have discovered many fascinating facts about the Society, the most important one at the moment is that it came to life on the 20th June 1919, just one hundred years ago, when radio was in its infancy, before the days of valves, transistors, TV, the BBC, the internet and a few years after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 when spark gap transmitters and the Morse Code played such an important role in helping to rescue survivors!

We believe Sheffield was home to many amateur radio operators just before Word War 1 but the war itself must have prevented those operators from forming a hobby club or society during that troubled period and so it was not until the war ended and the government passed the legislation require, that those interested in making their own radio sets and transmitting to other enthusiasts were able to form local clubs around the country. From archive photographs found in old magazines of the period, it seems that our Society members were largely affluent and learned men who could afford to buy components and other materials to experiment with and build their own transmitters and receivers.

Archive studies have shown that SDWS flourished between 1919 and sometime up to the early1930s. after which a new group, the Sheffield and District Short Wave Club (later to become Sheffield Amateur Radio Club) took over the reins of promoting this absorbing pursuit to the less affluent members of the Sheffield community. Today, both organisations exist side by side in the city. SDWS was reformed in 2013 and now has over 200 members, some of which live outside the Sheffield Region including overseas countries such as Brazil, the USA, Canada and India.

We meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings at the Rutland Hotel, Broomhill, Sheffield. The first Wednesday of each month is usually a formal lecture or organised activity.

https://www.facebook.com/sheffieldwireless/
http://sheffieldwireless.org

SHEFFIELD & DISTRICT WIRELESS SOCIETY IS AFFILIATED TO THE RADIO SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN, OUR NATIONAL SOCIETY WHICH REPRESENTS THE 70,000 RADIO AMATEUR ENTHUSIASTS IN THE UK.

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Britain’s biggest broadband and phone firms to put fairness first

Monday 3rd June  2019

The UK’s biggest broadband, phone and pay-TV companies have committed to put fairness at the heart of their business, by signing up to Ofcom’s new Fairness for Customers commitments.

Ofcom has developed the commitments to strengthen how companies treat their customers.

They aim to help ensure people are always treated fairly by their provider – whether they are signing up to a new deal, trying to fix a problem or switching to a new company.

A news release is available, which sets out the commitments in full

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Lightsail-2 scheduled for launch June 22 - Beacon on 437.025 MHz

Monday 3rd June  2019

LightSail is a citizen-funded project from The Planetary Society.
This cubesat will be propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit. LightSail 2 is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy on June 22, 2019, and we will attempt the first, controlled solar sail flight in Earth orbit.

LightSail 2 will ride to space aboard the Department of Defense Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission which will send 24 spacecraft to 3 different orbits. LightSail 2 itself will be enclosed within Prox-1, a Georgia Tech-designed spacecraft originally built to demonstrate close-encounter operations with other spacecraft. Prox-1 will deploy LightSail 2 seven days after launch.

After a few days of health and status checks, LightSail 2's four dual-sided solar panels will swing open. Roughly a day later, four metallic booms will unfurl four triangular Mylar sails from storage.
The sails, which have a combined area of 32 square meters [344 square feet], will turn towards the sun for half of each orbit, giving the spacecraft a tiny push no stronger than the weight of a paperclip.
For about a month after sail deployment, this continual thrust should raise LightSail 2's orbit by a measurable amount.

LightSail 2 will fly in a 24-degree inclination, 720 km, circular orbit.
At latitudes of 42 degrees north it will reach a maximum elevation of 10 degrees above the horizon.

Lightsail-2 has been issued an experimental radio license WM9XPA and transmit on 437.025 MHz. A morse beacon will transmit the callsign every 45 seconds. A packet beacon will transmit AX.25, FSK 9K6 bps data.

Beacon information is available at:
http://tinyurl.com/ANS-153-Lightsail-Morse-Beacon
Documentation of the downlink telemetry data structure is posted at:
http://tinyurl.com/ANS-153-Lightsail-Telemetry

Thanks to The Planetary Society and ANS for the above information

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 3rd June  2019

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th May, through Sunday, 2nd Jun there were 209 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/c, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5W, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y,

A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E3, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TK, TR, TU, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

OPDX

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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 3rd June  2019

Island activities:

AS-006. Vladimir, UA0LCZ, will be active as R66IOTA from the Island of Popov (WW Loc. PN52UX), Asiatic Russia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode entry.  He will be on the island between July 23-31st. Suggested frequencies are: 3507, 7007, 10107, 14017, 18077, 21017, 24897 and 28017 KHz. QSL via UA0LCZ, by the Bureau or direct: Vladimir Miroshnichenko, P.O.Box 41-21 Vladivostok-41, 690041, RUSSIA.

AS-204. (New IOTA/Update/Reminder) Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) [operators Vasily/R7AL, Igor/UA3EDQ, Vlad/RK8A and Albert/UB9WLJ] have arrived at the island and will be active as R26RRC from Paramushir Island until June 7th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters, using VDAs and Vertical antennas with 2x PA (600 watts each). QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (strictly preferable).

EU-112. Members of the Invoker Team (Emil/DL8JJ, Paul/G4PVM and Col/MM0NDX) will be active as MS0INT from Shiant Isles, Scotland, between August 24-26th. This is Europe’s 5th most wanted IOTA. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.

EU-123. Col, MM0NDX, hopes to be active as MM0NDX/p from the Isle of May (WW Loc. IO86re) for about 3-4 hours on June 5th. This depends on clam seas. Activity will be 20 and 6 meters only.

NA-055. Mike, W2IY, will once again be active from Mount Desert Island (USI ME-021S, WLOTA 1129, Hancock County, Maine) [possibly his last time here] during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op entry. Outside of the contest, activity will be holiday style. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

OC-133. Saty, JE1JKL, will once again be active as 9M6NA from Mohammed's, 9M6MO, QTH on Labuan Island, East Malaysia, between July 11-16th. His focus will be on 6 meters FT8 (50.313 and 50.323 MHz), and also FT8 (F/H) on 50.318 MHz. He will also participate in IARU HF Championship (July 13-14th). QSL via ClubLog's OQRS only for Bureau and direct QSLs. All the logs are promptly uploaded to LoTW.
Visit Saty's home page at: https://jsfc.org/je1jkl/9m6na.html

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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Dollar-for-dollar match on your ARISS donation

Sunday 2nd June  2019

During the ARISS Forum at the Hamvention, it was announced, that between now and June 17, that an anonymous donor will equally match one dollar for each dollar donated up to $10,000.

Here is an excellent opportunity to get the most from your donations to the ARISS FundRazr. The FundRazr Project was initiated to raise
$150,000 towards the ARISS Radio Upgrade on ISS.

To date 90 contributors have donated $24,840 to the campaign, about 17% of the goal. $10,000 of your dollars, donated now, will raise that total to $44,840, including the matching funds.

It would be great if we could actually achieve one-third of our goal ($50,000) by mid-June.

Please donate today at
https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_6ruVeeeNzOa6ruVeeeNzOa

ANS

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Having a field day with amateur radio buffs

Sunday 2nd June  2019

Simi Valley Acorn reports this Field Day the Ventura County Amateur Radio Society, Simi Settlers Radio Club and Southern California Contest Club will be demonstrating the science, skill and service of ham radio

The event is free to the public.

For over 100 years, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary radio stations in public locations during Field Day. Over 35,000 people at thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2018.

Many amateur radio operators provide free public service to their communities during times of disaster. Operators are able to relay public safety and emergency messages independent of telephone, cellphone and internet networks.

Field Day shows the ability of ham radio to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location.

Anyone may become a licensed amateur radio operator. About 725,000 licensed hams live in the United States.

Read the full story at
https://www.simivalleyacorn.com/articles/having-a-field-day-with-amateur-radio-buffs/

Amateur Radio Field Day runs for 24 hours during the weekend of June 22-23
http://www.arrl.org/field-day

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5 and 70 MHz - What is the WIA asking ACMA

Saturday 1st June  2019

Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, from the Spectrum Strategy Committee, reports on the WIA response to the ACMA

Last month, the Australian Communications and Media Authority – the ACMA – released their “Five-year spectrum outlook 2019-23”, in what the Authority calls a consultation draft.

The WIA has submitted a detailed response to the ACMA’s draft work plan, covering all key topics of interest to the Australian radio amateur community, which include:

advancing access to the 5.3 MHz – or 60 metre band – allocation, after talks with the defence department, the WIA has submitted a proposal to provide some limited access that avoids or mitigates interference to incumbent services.

amateur licence tenure and fees framework – based on models used in other countries, where amateurs have low fees and long licence tenure.

The WIA reiterated that the radio amateur community requires:

-- individual licences bearing a unique callsign

-- certainty of licence tenure

-- an equitable framework of transaction costs – that is, fees

-- certain and continuing access to frequency bands throughout the radiofrequency spectrum, and

-- continued participation and representation in spectrum management processes.

For those interested in the 70 MHz band, the Institute has put forward a proposal to enable conducting experiments through the use of Scientific licences obtained by the Institute which then authorises individual amateurs to conduct experiments.

Check out the WIA’s response to the ACMA’s latest work plan on WIA News on the website, wia.org.au and the full text of this item in news dated May 19, 2019
http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/display.php?file_
id=wianews-2019-05-26


Source WIA News
http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/display.php?file_
id=wianews-2019-06-02

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A huge blue cloud is circling the north pole

Saturday 1st June  2019

A huge blue cloud of frosted meteor smoke is pinwheeling around the Arctic Circle.

The phenomenon, driven by planetary wave activity, is kickstarting what may be one of the best seasons for noctilucent clouds in years.
Sky watchers in the USA have already seen these strange clouds even though the season is just beginning.

Visit Spaceweather.com for the full story and observing tips

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The Whiskey Rebellion

Saturday 1st June  2019

On June 8th if you hear the call W-3-W - or Whiskey Three Whiskey - you may want to get into the 'spirit' and key your mic.

The relevant spirit here is good old American moonshine and whiskey -- and the call sign you'll hear is from the special event station of the Mountain Amateur Radio Club in Maryland.

The club will be marking the 225th anniversary of the Whiskey Rebellion, the infamous uprising by farmers in the Appalachian Mountain region who were pushing back against taxation of alcohol imposed by the then-new American government.

Whiskey operators expect to be on 75, 40 and 20 meters SSB as well as other bands, depending upon conditions.

WIA

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The June 2019 Communicator

Saturday 1st June  2019

The June 2019 Communicator is now available.

Stories, Projects, News, Views and Reviews at http://bit.ly/SARC19-06.

This month just short of 60 pages of projects, news, views, and reviews from the SW corner of Canada.

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