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Interested in Radio & Electronics ? 

Get started right away, by acquiring a Short Wave or VHF receiver and listening to the activity on the amateur bands but if you want to transmit and talk to people then you will need a valid Amateur Radio Licence to achieve the full enjoyment of Amateur Radio.  This includes experimenting with antennas and much more.

WADARC has a team able to provide Foundation and Intermediate Licence tuition so if you are interested please contact our training team by sending an email with your details to the link at the bottom.

We hope to be starting an Intermediate Licence Course very soon, with other exam possibilities to follow.

If you would like to find out more, please send an email to explaining your interest.


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Bouvet Island DXpedition news : They are on their way!

Monday 25th March 2019

If you missed our special bulletin, the 3Y0I team is now on their way to Bouvet Island aboard the "Atlantic Tuna". They left Cape Town, South Africa, on March 19th, at approx. 0600 UTC.

As this was being written, The 3Y0I team is over halfway there. Look for them to sign E51DOM/mm on their way there and back from the island. They are expected to travel to Bouvet in about 7 days, possibly around March 26th, late local time.

Their landing on the island will be "strictly dependent on weather conditions" upon their arrival. So, their estimated date, as 3Y0I, on the air might be about the last few days of March. REMEMBER, this is subject to change due to sea and weather conditions – safety first!

The 3Y0I team plans to stay on the island for at least 2 weeks, with an option to extend the stay to 3-4 weeks, if weather and other factors permit.

On March 21st, Stan Strzyzewski, SP8S, posted a very large press release (listed as Press Release #1 and titled "Welcome Roaring Forties!"), which contains a brief satellite conversation with Dom, 3Z9DX, the 3Y0I leader.
It details the sea conditions that the 3Y0I team is currently enduring, a brief description about the planning of this operation over the last three months, and the weather and the team's planning for a safe landing on Bouvet. To read the complete press release, go:

Just a reminder, that the 3Y0I DXpedition's band plan ­ frequencies
(160-6m) and modes (CW/SSB/FT8) can be found at:
QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW or via 3Z9DX.

The "Atlantic Tuna" can be tracked at the following Web sites:

Let us hope the 3Y0I has a safe trip there (and back) as well as a safe landing on the island. For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages:
3Y0I Bouvetoya Web site:
Rebel DX Group Web site:
3Y0I_JA Support Team Web site: (For JA stations)
3Y0I Bouvetoya on Facebook:
Rebel DX Group on Facebook:
Bouvetoya Twitter:
For LOW BAND OPERATIONS, please read the following at:

Source: OPDX

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New edition of ham radio newcomers podcast

Monday 25th March 2019

'The New Ham Radio Starter Pack' is the focus of the new (March 21) episode of the 'So Now What?' biweekly podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers

The ARRL report:

ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and ARRL Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, co-host the podcast. Presented as a lively conversation, with Patnode representing newer hams and Carcia the veteran operators, the podcast will explore questions that newer hams may have and the issues that keep participants from staying active in the hobby. Some episodes will feature guests to answer questions on specific topic areas.

Listeners can find “So Now What?” on Apple iTunes, Blubrry, Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. Episodes will be archived on the ARRL website.

Full ARRL story and links for Apple iOS and other devices are at

Direct MP3 link

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How to get into DMR … without a radio!

Monday 25th March 2019

Are you a licensed ham who is interested in Dstar or DMR – but without the cost of expensive radios?

Here are three steps you can take to accomplish the task. This applies to the three most popular protocols.

It begins by acquiring a special USB Dongle that contains an analog to digital and digital to analog IC chip reffered to as an AMBE3000. They sell for about $100 but that’s still only 1/4 the cost of an Icom IC-51HT or DV4HOME V2 SDR.

Because only licensed hams are permitted on each system, registration is required.

For Dstar go to:
(Login then click REGISTER, it takes 10+- days).

For DMR registration go to:

You can confirm your DStar Registration later at:

For software I recommend the free BlueDV Windows client:
(note: expand the BlueDV-09548-preBETA.ZIP and RUN the contained .MSI installer).

and here for the latest changes to build 9548:

When you plug in the ThumbDV it should create a new “virtual” serial port. Look under Control Panel, Device Manager, Com & LPT . You must note the new COM port# it creates and use that COM# when setting up the BlueDV setup software. Also remember the ThumbDV™ Dongle works at 460800 baud (older models are at 230400).

Be aware that BlueDV build 9548 is BETA, although the Dstar and DMR operations are very stable, Fusion has yet to be fully implemented, currently limited to receive only.

I quote from David, the author: “Press CTRL+1 to activate C4FM (Fusion) on BlueDV but it currently only works in receive mode. I find BlueDV software to be superior to WinDV.

As always, install any software you download online at your own risk. Every computer configuration is different and not all software will be compatible with all systems.

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DXCC Yearbook

Monday 25th March 2019

The 2018 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading at the following URL.

The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2018 Annual List, as well as the 2018 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers.


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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 25th March 2019

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th March, through Sunday, 24th March there were 225 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KH0, KH2, KH6, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, XZ, YA, 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).


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 25th March 2019

Island activities:

EU-008. Operators Steve/2E0EFP, Glen/G0SBN, Chris/GM3WOJ, Graham/M0GAE, Bob/M0KLO and Callum/M0MCX (all members of the Tynemouth ARC) will be active as GS0NWM from Mull Island (WAB NM73) between May 17-24th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via M0URX direct or via OQRS.

EU-065. Operators Christophe/F4ELI, Andy/F4ELK, Stef/F5UOW, Derek/F5VCR, Dick/F6DXE and Jean/ON7ZM will be active as TM5BZH from Ouessant Island (DIFM AT-001, WLOTA LH-0208) between May 25th and June 1st. Activity will be on CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via F4ELK, direct
or by the Bureau.

EU-120. Fred, ON6QR, will be active as M/ON6QR from Wight Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-OP/DXpedition entry. QSL via his home callsign.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <> 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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FCC adopts new rules for spectrum above 95 GHz in branded 'Spectrum Horizons' initiative

Sunday 24th March 2019

The FCC has adopted new rules to encourage development of new communication technologies and expedite the deployment of new services above 95 GHz. The action was the latest move in the Commission's "Spectrum Horizons" branded initiative.

The rules can be found online in PDF format at, .

"This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands especially ripe for new development," the FCC said in announcing the March 15 move.

Prior to its "historic" decision last week, the FCC had no rules for authorizing communication above 95 GHz other than by radio amateurs or through experimental operations. Under current rules, specific Amateur Radio allocations exist at 122.25 - 123.00 GHz; 134 - 141 GHz; 241 - 250 GHz, and at frequencies above 300 GHz, and limited experimentation has taken place in this region of the radio spectrum.

Among radio amateurs active in that region of the spectrum is Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, in Virginia - who has made at least one contact on every available Amateur Radio band. He earned the first-ever ARRL VUCC awards for 122 GHz, 134 GHz, and 241 GHz, and even went so far as to make the first contact on a less-than-1-millimeter band, 322 GHz. "Many world DX records were made as well along the way," he said last spring. "The most rewarding one for me was 114 kilometers [about 71 miles] on 241 GHz."

In announcing adoption of the new rules for spectrum above 95 GHz, the FCC cited "substantial opportunities for innovation on these frequencies, especially for data-intensive high-bandwidth applications as well as imaging and sensing operations."

The new rules create a new category of experimental licenses for using frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 GHz. "These licenses will give innovators the flexibility to conduct experiments lasting up to 10 years, and to more easily market equipment during the experimental period," the FCC said. The FCC action also makes a total of 21.2 gigahertz of spectrum available for use by unlicensed devices. The Commission says it selected "bands with propagation characteristics that will permit large numbers of unlicensed devices to use the spectrum, while limiting the potential for interference to existing governmental and scientific operations in the above-95 GHz bands, such as space research and atmospheric sensing."

The FCC said study of these uses could ultimately lead to further rulemaking actions and additional licensing opportunities within the Spectrum Horizons bands.

At the invitation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, well-known academic researcher, entrepreneur, contester, and DXer Theodore "Ted" Rappaport, N9NB, delivered remarks prior to the Spectrum Horizons vote.

The docket for the proceeding, ET Docket No. 18-21, incorporates the terminated 2013 Petition for Rule Making RM-11795, submitted by James Whedbee, N0ECN, of Missouri. Whedbee has asked the Commission to create rules for the operation of intentional radiators in the band 95 - 1,000 GHz under Part 15.

Source: ARRL

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EURAO Party - Spring 2019: Meteor Scatter on 6m

Sunday 24th March 2019

The European Radio Amateurs' Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: " Meteor Scatter on 6m".

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 May 25th and 26th, 2019, 00:00-24:00 UTC.
Read more

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NASA on the Air

Sunday 24th March 2019

In a surprising and touching turnout, tens of thousands of people around the world turned on their ham (or amateur) radios to participate in several 'NASA on the Air' events held over the past year.

"This was a beautiful thing," said Kevin Zari, head of the amateur radio club at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Zari especially loved the event photos tweeted by people from different countries.

Radio clubs from 10 NASA centers and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, all supported the yearlong event.

Ham radio operators tuned in from all 50 U.S. states and 56 countries across six continents to chat with NASA personnel. "There were times in our log where we had 20 contacts a minute - it was that quick. And there were other more relaxed times, where we were able to just sit and talk," said Zari. "I don't know how many times people said, 'We thought NASA was gone. We thought NASA was dead.' So we educated people around the world."

The NASA on the Air event wrapped up with three special opportunities for people to use their radios to download images from the International Space Station. This was done in coordination with Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), an international consortium of amateur radio organizations and space agencies. ARISS encourages young people to explore science, technology, engineering and math through the use of ham radios, and their program works to connect students worldwide with astronauts onboard the space station.

For the final three events, cosmonauts on the station transmitted several NASA on the Air images from space. Participants could compete to collect images and upload them to a website for credit. Over 34,600 uploads were received from 18,619 participants.

The reaction to NASA on the Air was so positive, NASA Radio Clubs plan to activate NASA on the Air for special anniversaries in 2019 and beyond (e.g. 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11).

Follow @NASARadioClubs on Twitter or join the NASA on the Air (NOTA) group on Facebook for notifications of future activities.


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Bloemendal shortwave station's final transmission

The South African Radio League report Sentech will close its Bloemendal Shortwave Broadcasting station on 30 March, which means that today's Amateur Radio Today will be the last programme to be transmitted on the 7 and 17 MHz broadcast bands.

Amateur Radio Today will however still be available on 7 082 kHz from Durban and on many repeaters around South Africa and from the SARL home page on

Sentech inherited South Africa's Bloemendal shortwave radio station near Meyerton when Radio RSA was closed down. Radio RSA started its broadcast on 1 May 1966 and by 1976 the station transmitted for 36 hours a week in twelve languages including English, French, Portuguese, and Afrikaans. The service was discontinued in 1992. The only transmission that survived the close down was a broadcast into Africa, renamed Channel Africa. The SABC also transmits Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) on shortwave to the Northern Cape. Sentech also took over the sponsorship of Amateur Radio Today.

To increase coverage on HF in the Southern African area the SARL is looking at transmitting the programme on 7 MHz from more locations like the Western Cape, Free State and Gauteng to compliment the 7082 kHz transmission by Louis, ZS5LP from Durban. The frequencies being considered are in the band between 7 100 and 7 200 kHz. On Monday evenings 80 metres is also under consideration.

Radio Amateurs willing to offer their services on Sundays at 10:00 CAT and/or on Monday evenings on 80 metres are invited to send their contact details to

The SARL could not make this announcement earlier as Sentech was unable to confirm their planned close down and requested the SARL not to announce the closure earlier.

The South African Radio League

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Big sunspot AR2736 crackling with flares

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Sunspot AR2736, which hurled a CME toward Earth yesterday, is growing larger and crackling with C-class solar flares.

The active region now sprawls across more than 100,000 km of the solar disk and contains multiple dark cores as large as Earth, making it one of the biggest sunspots in recent years.

Visit to watch a movie of the growing spot and to find out what makes it so explosive.

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ESEO satellite commissioning starts

Saturday 23rd March 2019

On Monday, December 3, 2018, the 50kg ESA Education Office satellite ESEO was launched by Space-X on the Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express mission
Following the launch from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, ESEO separated from the launch vehicle and automatically activated the periodic transmission of its telemetry beacon. However, by the time out of a predefined period, having not received commands from the ground station, the spacecraft automatically entered into safe mode.

Artist impression of ESEO flying over Europe

Some initial communications issues were experienced by ESEO in receiving commands from the ground stations in Forli’ (Italy) and Vigo (Spain), but they were resolved when the ESEO team of the Observatory of Tartu offered the possibility to use a ground station in Estonia. This is capable of transmitting with higher power, for a temporary contingent use. The Estonian ground station has been configured to be operated remotely by the ESEO MCC team, which involves students of the University of Bologna.

ESEO then started executing the commands transmitted from ground.

ESEO has now completed the LEOPS  (Launch and Early OPerationS) phase of its mission, reaching the platform nominal mode and has begun the process of commissioning the whole satellite: firstly the platform functions, with the payloads functions following.
As part of this commissioning process, but subject to the successful completion of other preparatory tasks of the platform subsystems commissioning, it is anticipated that initial testing of the AMSAT communications payload will be carried out within the next few weeks.
AMSAT-UK will endeavour to provide some advance notice of these tests being undertaken, but the first step will be activation of the 1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon on 145.895 MHz. The telemetry format matches previous FUNcube missions and data from this beacon will be forwarded to the FUNcube Data Warehouse using any of the FUNcube dashboards. However, to see the decoded values and graphical displays, please download the dedicated ESEO mission dashboard which is available at
The payload has, additionally, a high speed, 4800 bps BPSK data format downlink and also a Mode L/V FM transponder both of which will be tested.

Further information about ESEO can be seen at

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WIA stops selling books

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Australia's national amateur radio society, WIA, will stop selling books as companies like Amazon offer a superior service. WIA now provide a 'curated list' of recommended books

The Weekly Board Comment on WIA News for March 24 reads:

Hello this is Justin VK7TW WIA Director and President.

I start off by congratulating all those amateurs who participated in the John Moyle Memorial Field day. I saw some very impressive club stations on social media who were making contacts throughout the weekend. Remember – get your logs into the contest manager Denis VK4AE – paper logs date stamped or postmarked no later than 12th April and electronic logs no later than midnight 21st April 2019.

It was great to hear from our new WIA Director Harry Edgar VK6YBZ in last week’s Board comment. It is fantastic to have a VK6 on the Board and one who comes very well qualified for the role. Harry has thrown himself into the role and is aiming to visit VK6 clubs as a representative of the WIA and understand what amateurs really want from their national representative body. On ya Harry!

A reminder if your club is wanting a representative from the WIA Board to come along and present what is going on in the WIA then please let us know by emailing

This may be in person or can be virtually via a skype session if your club has a broadband connection.

The WIA Bookshop has undergone a makeover thanks to Marc VK3OHM and the bookshop is now truly online. If you browse the already huge range of books in the book store you will now find that there are links to four large online chains offering new, second-hand and e-books at reasonable prices and sometimes free shipping. The WIA very quickly realised that the bookshop could not compete with the multi-national giants. So, the business model of the bookshop has changed.

The bookshop is now a "curated list" of recommended books. At the bottom of each page there are links to allow you to purchase these books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository & Booktopia. These are referral links, so if a purchase results from someone following these links, the WIA will receive a small consideration. There is no additional cost to you.

You will need to create an account at these sellers should you wish to purchase, but that is a small price to pay for wide choice, low cost and speedy delivery. It also means the end of differential pricing for members and non-members - everybody gets the cheap price!

We are no longer constrained by having to carry physical stock. The current list of books on offer is now being reviewed to ensure that it has the best of the current offerings. If you like, it will become the recommended reading list. If you have any suggestions as to what should be offered in the bookshop, please let Marc know at

There are a couple of criteria.

1) It must have an ISBN.
2) Any suggested book must be normally carried by at least 3 of the 4 currently offered vendors.
3) We are not trying to build a list of every AR book on the planet. We are trying to build a list of "best of breed", i.e. those seminal books that 'everyone should have'.
4) The book must be good value for money.

Again a huge thank you to Marc for all the work he has put into the update to the WIA Bookshop and we look forward to your suggestions..

This has been Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News.

The new WIA Books list is available to all. not just members, at

Source WIA News

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New QRM Guru site from RASA

Saturday 23rd March 2019

The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) has announced the availability of the site that aims to help resolve radio interference issues

New Zealand's NZART reports:

This is an innovative web delivered resource that allows amateurs to investigate, identify and hopefully resolve the most common issues that affect the hobby, that is increasing Interference.  

Chris VK3QB
one of the developers of this resource said, "For the first time and in one place, provides a coordinated set of resources and self-help for amateurs to find out about QRM issues and techniques in resolving them."

He continued " is built on a knowledge base platform which is scalable and provides a more effective way to store and search for information.  It is interactive in that its further development will require engagement from amateurs who have their own stories to tell and hopefully solutions to interference issues and so the website will continually develop and will be of interest to all amateurs world-wide"

The site is accessed by getting on line to and clicking "start here". is a project of RASA and has been designed as a free resource for all, in the spirit that is Amateur Radio. Please send questions or feedback to

Source NZART Infoline News Bulletin

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Maritime Radio Day 2019

Saturday 23rd March 2019

As part of the MRD2019 activity, callsigns GB0GKA (operated by Tony, G3ZRJ) and GB0GKB (operated by Larry, G4HLN) will be representing Portishead Radio/GKA, the UK's long-range maritime radio station which closed in 2000.

Other coast radio stations (DAN, PCH, WCC, IAR and quite a few others) will also be represented.

The event starts at 1200z on Sunday 14th April and finishes at 2200z on Monday 15th April.

More details here:

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Canadian artist to use HAARP to transmit SSTV

Friday 22nd March 2019

Concordia transmission artist Amanda Dawn Christie will use the world’s most capable high-power, high-frequency transmitter HAARP in Alaska to send art around the world and into outer space using Slow Scan TV

Concordia News reports:

In the shadow of Mount Sanford, surrounded by Alaskan wilderness, you’ll find the most powerful radio transmitter on earth.

On this remote site, scientists use a unique tool called the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI) to create radio-induced aurora, also known as airglow. But it’s never been used by a Canadian artist to transmit art — until now.

The IRI’s human-made northern lights inspired interdisciplinary artist Amanda Dawn Christie to create Ghosts in the Air Glow: an upcoming transmission art project that will use the IRI to play with the liminal boundaries of outer space.

“I was so fascinated by these airglow experiments — and the relationship between the ionosphere and radio communications — I felt compelled to create an artwork specific to the site and its history,” says Christie, assistant professor in Concordia’s Department of Studio Arts.

She will be embedding her own encoded SSTV images, audio compositions and propagation tests into IRI experiments from March 25 to 28.

Read the full story at

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Special event call EI-100-YXQ marks 100th Anniversary of first voice transmission across the Altantic

Friday 22nd March 2019

On Tuesday the 19th of March 2019, the Marconi '100 Years Celebrations' in Ballybunion marked the 100th anniversary of the first voice radio transmission across the Atlantic.

The first voice transmission across the Atlantic in an East to West direction took place between the former Marconi Radio Station in Ballybunion, County Kerry in Ireland and Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in Canada. The historic event occurred on 19th March 1919 and used the call "YXQ".

Marconi’s daughter Princess Elettra, her son Prince Marconi & his wife Princess Victoria were also present to mark the anniversary.

More info...

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New HackSpace magazine available for download

Friday 22nd March 2019

Issue 17 of the free magazine HackSpace features Long-range radio communications made easy with LoRa

This issue includes:

• Long-range radio communications made easy with LoRa
• Adafruit (Limor Fried AC2SN) Feather M0 RFM96 LoRa Radio 433 MHz
Jo Hinchliffe MW6CYK describes how to lay out a simple PCB in KiCad
• Go further together by Dr Lucy Rogers M6CME

Download the free PDF of HackSpace issue 17 April 2019 from

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Geomagnetic storm warning for March 23

Friday 22nd March 2019

NOAA forecasters say that moderate G2-class geomagnetic storms are possible on March 23 when a coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field

SpaceWeather reports the solar storm cloud was hurled in our direction by an explosion in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2736 on March 20. During G2-class storms, auroras may be seen in northern-tier US states as far south as New York and Idaho.

AR2736 stretches across more than 100,000 km of the solar surface and contains multiple dark cores larger than Earth. Moreover, it has a complicated magnetic field that is crackling with C-class solar flares.

See Space Weather at

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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 22nd March 2019

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AC8W, KK9A, W2TT, WB0TEV, 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.

GEORGIA, 4L. Luc, F5RAV will be QRV as 4L/F5RAV from March 26 to April 2. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest. QSL direct to home call.

UGANDA, 5X. Members of the Italian DXpedition Team are QRV as 5X3C until March 25. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They are active as 5X3E using FT8. QSL direct to I2YSB.

SENEGAL, 6W. Elvira, IV3FSG is QRV as 6W/IV3FSG from Thies, near Dakar, until April 16 while working for the Informatici Senza Frontiere organization. Activity is in her spare time on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and possible digital modes. QSL via IK3GES.

JUAN FERNANDES ISLAND, CE0. A group of operators are QRV as XR0ZRC from Robinson Crusoe Island, IOTA SA-005, until April 3. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to R7AL.

NORTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Dagmar, DM7PQ and Rainer, DL1AUZ are QRV as E51NPQ and E51AUZ, respectively, from Manihiki Island, IOTA OC-014, until March 25. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using only CW. QSL to home calls.

NIEU, E6. Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E6AF until April 25. Activity is on 160 to 15 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY. Hartwig, DL7BC is QRV as TO2BC near Cayenne until April 2. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, with some RTTY and PSK, and with CW on request, depending on operating conditions. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

BONAIRE, PJ4. John, KK9A will be QRV as PJ4/KK9A from March 24 to 31. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. He will be active as PJ4R in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL both calls via WD9DZV.

BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV will be QRV as V31VP from the Maya Hill Lodge from March 28 to April 2. Activity will be on the HF bands, with an emphasis on 160 and 80 meters using slow CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This includes being a Single Op/All Band entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

TURKS AND CAICOS, VP5. John, AF3K and Ross, W2TT will be QRV as VP5/AF3K and VP5/W2TT, respectively, from Providenciales, IOTA NA-002, from March 26 to April 2. They will be QRV as VP5P in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL via operators' instructions.

BERMUDA, VP9. Operators KG8CO, W8KA, KB8TXZ, N8LI and AC8W will be QRV as home calls/VP9 from March 28 to April 2. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being QRV as VP9I as a Multi/2 entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest, QSL via operators' instructions, and VP9I via LoTW.

MEXICO, XE. Special event stations 4A3MAYA, 4B3MAYA, 4C3MAYA, 6E3MAYA and 6F3MAYA are QRV until March 24 to mark the Equinoccio Maya 2019. Activity is on the HF bands, 6 meters, and various satellites. QSL via bureau.

MYANMAR, XZ. Yuki, JH1NBN is QRV as XZ2C until March 28. Activity is on 15, 12, 10, and 6 meters using 25 watts. QSL direct to home call.

VANUATU, YJ. Chris, VK2YUS will be QRV as YJ0CA from Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, from March 26 to April 2. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 15 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.

The North American SSB Sprint Contest, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, FOC QSO Party, UK/EI DX CW Contest and the UBA Spring 6-Meter Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray, SKCC CW Sprint and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for March 27.

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 March 2019 QST, page 88, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

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The Space Weather Woman

Thursday 21st March 2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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Greece: Interference from LED Lighting

Thursday 21st March 2019

The Greek national amateur radio society RAAG report on the problem of radio interference from polluting LED lighting

A Google translation says:

According to repeated and intense protests from colleagues from various parts of the country on the marketing of pollutant LED lamps, there are phenomena of intense interference in the range of short and VHF waves.

Based on the above, besides our members, interference is certainly created to other primary users of the spectrum, which is the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense, ELAS, Ministries, Embassies, etc.

As the phenomenon is becoming uncontrollable due to the introduction of inappropriate products from Asian countries with a fictitious CE marking, we draw the attention of colleagues immediately to denounce every case that comes to their perception, either directly in the local regions or in the e -mail to address this phenomenon immediately.

It should be noted that for economical reasons, several municipalities within the country may replace all their light bulbs with economic LEDs. If for any reason they are getting the wrong products, the situation will be difficult to reversal and therefore, in order to avoid the devastating consequences, it is necessary to get quickly informed and to take immediate action to avoid such anomalies without delay.

To see and hear the sound of interference from LEDs you can go to this link

Based on the current "Greek Frequency Band Distribution Regulation", the law provides radio amateurs with protection against interference with frequency bands assigned to them on a primary basis.

We also recall that under the legislation, the products available in Greece must follow and comply with the provisions of Joint Ministerial Decision 50268/5137 / 13.07.2007 (B 1853) "Adaptation of Greek Legislation to Directive 2004/108 / EC on Electromagnetic Compatibility ".

In the event of a complaint, paragraphs 11 and 8 of article 40 of Law 4070 of 2012 are applied or it is considered that there is a case of ex officio control, so that paragraph 6 of article 40 of Law 4070 of 2012 is applicable. Moreover, according to article 2 of Law 2690/1999 (Code of Administrative Procedure), the administrative bodies are obliged to carry out on their own initiative the provisions stipulated by the provisions in force within any specific time limits, otherwise within a reasonable time.

Source RAAG

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New 47 GHz and 122 GHz records set

Thursday 21st March 2019

WIA Records Keeper John Martin VK3KM has announced that there have been two new microwave records set in Australia

David VK5KK and Wayne VK5APN have set a new mobile record for the 47 GHz band.

47 GHz Mobile between VK5KK and VK5APN on the 11th of March 2019 over a distance of 20.8 km.

Keen microwave enthusiasts in VK2 have a set a VK2 122GHz record.

Matt VK2DAG and David VK2JDS have set a new VK2 state record for the 122 GHz band.

VK2 Home/Portable between VK2DAG and VK2JDS on the 16 March 2019 over a distance of 0.1 km.

The full lists of current and past records are on the WIA web site at

Congratulations to all involved.

Source WIA

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FCC cites amateur service rule violations

Thursday 21st March 2019

ARRL reports on further developments regarding the case of alleged unlicensed FM broadcasting on 95.7 MHz

An FCC Enforcement Bureau Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NoUO) issued last fall to a California Technician-class licensee for alleged unlicensed FM broadcasting on 95.7 MHz now has been upgraded to a Notice of Violation (NoV) that cites violations of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules.

The March 15 NoV sent to Daryl Thomas, KE6MWS, of Carmichael, also specifically acknowledges Thomas as an Amateur Radio licensee — something not done in last November’s NoUO. The FCC Enforcement Bureau warned that it could progress to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), “if warranted.”

An FCC Enforcement Bureau agent who monitored transmissions on 95.7 MHz from “Amateur Radio station KE6WMS” in the FM broadcast band on January 31, 2019, observed violations of §97.103 — not operating in accordance with FCC rules; §97.113(b) — prohibited transmissions, i.e., broadcasting, and §97.301 — operation outside frequency bands authorized for Amateur Radio. The FCC ordered Thomas to respond in writing within 20 days, explaining each violation and actions taken to correct them and prevent their recurrence.

Last October 10, an Enforcement Bureau agent responded to a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on 95.7 MHz in Carmichael. The agent confirmed by direction-finding techniques that a signal on 95.7 MHz was emanating from a residence, and Thomas subsequently admitted that he was the operator of this station, the FCC said in the NoUO. The agent measured the field strength of the signal and found that it exceeded the maximum permitted level of 250 µV per meter at 3 meters, established for unlicensed operation in accordance with FCC Part 15 rules.

Although the FCC last fall had cautioned Thomas that transmitting without a valid radio station authorization or in violation of the Commission’s RF radiation limits was contrary to federal law and must cease, the transmissions apparently continued into this year.

Source ARRL

Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NoUO)

Notice of Violation (NoV)

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Earth-directed solar flare

Thursday 21st March 2019

A new and rapidly growing sunspot, AR2736, announced itself this morning with a C4-class solar flare.

The Earth-directed explosion sent minor waves of ionization rippling through Earth's upper atmosphere and caused a shortwave radio 'brownout' over parts of Europe and Africa.
Moreover, the explosion hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space, which might deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field later this week.

Visit for updates.

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Low-bands with the upcoming Bouvet Island Expedition

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Now that the 3Y0I team is on their way for their true adventure, it is time to look at some of the elements of their upcoming activity, specifically on low-bands.

On Monday, OH2BH had a detailed discussion with DXpedition leader Dom, 3Z9DX, and their low-band specialist Tack, JE1CKA, to understand their location and their options to produce an efficient 160/80m signal while considering their challenging environment.

Dom has detailed experience on the zodiac landing on Bouvet while Tack, JE1CKA,- a WRTC-rated contester and seasoned DXpedition operator - is now in charge of the low-bands. Tack has excellent field knowledge for creating powerful low-band signals.

See JE1CKA at -

Their camp will be located some on the glacier at 100 ft. next to their landing area in the South-East corner of the Island with open view to EU/JA but mountains to the NW (USA) at a distance of eight (8) kilometers.

They will be running 1.3KW with each of four (4) stations, CW, SSB, FT8 plus one for a CW/FT8 combo.

When dealing with several unknown factors including high wind situations, they will have four options for 160/80m:
1: Running simple dipoles at the glacier,
2: Running slopers from the glacier edge to the landing beach, about 100 ft. lower,
3: Running 18m long fiber masts as verticals and Inverted-Ls and,
4: Three element wire beams for 160/80M slightly above glacier.

In general, with the current conditions, the high-volume bands are expected to be 20/30/40 meters. It is assumed that 160/80 would bring a long awaited opportunity to catch these much needed band-pointers. On high bands they will have three fixed beams for EU, NA and Asia along with several multi- band verticals.

JE1CKA himself will focus on 160/80 operations and will do CW exclusively for most of the operation.

3Y0I will use specialized observers for the 160/80 operations from three main focus areas. Martti, OH2BH (EU), Wayne, N7NG (NA) and Yasu, JR1AIB (Asia), will carefully follow the proceedings, and Martti will communicate potential adjustments via Satcom to the expedition venue.

This is a historical undertaking, likely under very severe conditions with no DX Foundation support nor involvement.

Dear Fellow DXers: It’s time to include 3Y0I team in your prayers for their safe landing and happy return. They are going late in the season but are professionally prepared. Their success will be exclusively in the hands of Mother Nature as always. We are all wishing the 3Y0I team and the M/S Atlantic Tuna a safe journey.

For the 3Y0I team:
Martti, OH2BH, Wayne, N7NG, and Yasu, JR1AIB

3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update, dated March 19th). The following was posted on the 3Y0I Web page [edited]: The 3Y0I DXPEDITION HAS BEGUN --

The 3Y0I Bouvet Island Expedition has officially begun. The MV Atlantic Tuna, with the Team aboard, departed for Bouvet Island on March 19, 2019, at approx. 6:00 UTC.

If everything goes well, we should reach Bouvet in 7 days around March 26th. Landing on the Island will be strictly dependent on weather conditions met upon arrival. ***Estimated*** launch date of 3Y0I on the air might be about last days or March. This information may be subject to change (sea and weather conditions – safety first!)

The Team plans to stay at the island at least for 2 weeks, with an option to extend the stay to 3-4 weeks, if weather and other factors permit.

We will sign as E51DOM/mm on way to and back from the island.
You may track our vessel at:
* https://www.marinetraffic

* ttps://
(should be operational later today)


Stay tuned for further updates and cross fingers for us. History has begun!

PS. NOTE: the Team will NOT monitor DX clusters nor personal email boxes during the DXpedition.


For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following
Web pages: (seems to be back online) (For JA stations)


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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada responds to petition about interference

Wednesday 20th March 2019

On June 6, 2018, Martin Bérubé of Louiseville, Quebec initiated a petition involving a radio station that was 'generating interference on purpose'.  The petition attracted 1,135 signatures and was presented to the House of Commons on January 30, 2019. 

The Government of Canada tabled the following response on March 18, 2019.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) was informed of the individual’s conduct in December 2015 by a group of Amateur Radio operators from Quebec. The individual was operating an Amateur Radio station without proper authorization and was known to insult, threaten and impersonate other Amateur operators.

As the individual disregarded ISED’s written and verbal warnings, the department took action to enforce the Act.  Due to repeated offences, ISED carried out three searches of the individual’s residences and issued seven notices of violation totalling $2,500 plus fees.

On October 17, 2018, the individual was found guilty of these seven violations of subsection 4(1) of the Radiocommunication Act, pursuant to subsection 10(1) of the Act, by Justice of the Peace Annie Vanasse at the Trois-Rivières Courthouse.

ISED also called upon a federal prosecutor to obtain an injunction against the individual. This injunction is currently at the interlocutory stage. ISED understands that the individual has not been heard on Amateur Radio since August 8, 2018. ISED is closely following this case.”

The text of the petition and the Government Response can be found at the following link:

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
Radio Amateurs of Canada

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AMSAT-DL QO-100 Up and Downconverter kit modifications announcement

Wednesday 20th March 2019

AMSAT-DL has recommended a modification to their QO-100 Upconverter and Downconverter kits which were shipped prior to March 1 to improve performance of the uplink SSB transmit signal and address reduced gain of the downlink wide-band DATV reception.

Refer to AMSAT-DL's post at:

Kits being shipped currently will already have the modification.
The changes primarily affect the wide-band DATV signal so the users of the narrow-band CW/SSB only operations are less affected.

Users able to perform the modification themselves will find the instructions posted at:

For users unable to make the modification themselves AMSAT-DL says instructions for exchange of the old kits will be published soon.


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Ham radio geostationary satellite transponders on Hackaday

Wednesday 20th March 2019

The popular Hacker and Maker site Hackaday has an article by Dan Maloney KC1DJT about the new Es'hail-2 / QO-100 amateur radio geostationary satellite transponders

Dan notes:
For reception, a dish in the 60-cm to 1-meter range will suffice, depending on location, with a decent LNB downconverter. Pretty much any SDR will do for a receiver. An alternative to assembling the hardware yourself — and the only way to get in on the fun for the two-thirds of the planet not covered by the satellite — would be to tune into one of the WebSDR ground stations that have been set up.

The British Amateur Television Club and AMSAT-UK, located at the Goonhilly Earth Station, have set up an SDR for the narrowband transponder that you can control over the web. I used it to listen in on a number of contacts between hams the other night.

Read the post at

A signal has been sent through the QO-100 transponder using the digital mode OPERA and just 2.5 milliwatts to a 60 cm dish on 2.4 GHz

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The unseen world of ham radio

Wednesday 20th March 2019

The Dispatch reports on a vast, unseen world: Amateur radio operators using old and new technology to communicate globally

Allen McBroom AG5ND stands in the backyard outside his home west of Starkville pointing up toward the sky.

"You see that?" he asks.

Barely perceptible against the dusk-darkened tree line stretches a 102-foot long, 14-gauge wire, narrower than a pencil.

"Over the past two weeks," McBroom continues, "I've talked to people from as far away as Japan and South Africa through that antenna."

This was part of what McBroom called "the 10-cent tour of a 25-cent radio station," a tour that ended in an office in the back of his house where considerably more than a quarter's worth of amateur radio equipment sat ready to use.

From McBroom's transceiver radio hub, he can conceivably talk to someone at the United Nations headquarters, the Vatican, the International Space Station or any of the thousands of other amateur radios around the world. All it takes is looking up what frequency they're broadcasting from, turning a few knobs and hoping someone there responds.

"It's a vast world that goes on unseen by the average person," said McBroom, who is one of about 20 members of the Magnolia Amateur Radio Club in Starkville. "... But any little interest you may have, somebody's (talking about it) on here."

Read the full story at

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Building a magnetic loop antenna

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Antennas come in many shapes and sizes, with a variety of characteristics making them more or less suitable for various applications.

The average hacker with only a middling exposure to RF may be familiar with trace antennas, yagis and dipoles, but there’s a whole load more out there. [Eric Sorensen] is going down the path less travelled, undertaking the build of a self-tuning magnetic loop antenna.

[Eric]’s build is designed to operate at 100W on the 20 meter band, and this influences the specifications of the antenna. Particularly critical in the magnetic loop design is the voltage across the tuning capacitor; in this design, it comes out at approximately 4 kilovolts. This necessitates the careful choice of parts that can handle these voltages. In this case, a vacuum variable capacitor is used, rated to a peak current of 57 amps and a peak voltage of 5 kilovolts.

The magnetic loop design leads to antenna which is tuned to a very narrow frequency range, giving good selectivity. However, it also requires retuning quite often in order to stay on-band. [Eric] is implementing a self-tuning system to solve this, with a controller using a motor to actuate the tuning capacitor to maintain the antenna at its proper operating point.

If you’re unfamiliar with magnetic loop builds, [Eric]’s project serves as a great introduction to both the electrical and mechanical considerations inherent in such a design. We’ve seen even more obscure designs though – like these antennas applied with advanced spray techniques.

Read the full article

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NASA mission reveals asteroid has big surprises

Wednesday 20th March 2019

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface. Bennu also revealed itself to be more rugged than expected, challenging the mission team to alter its flight and sample collection plans, due to the rough terrain. 

Bennu is the target of NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission, which began orbiting the asteroid on Dec. 31. Bennu, which is only slightly wider than the height of the Empire State Building, may contain unaltered material from the very beginning of our solar system.

This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on January 19 was created by combining two images
taken on board NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Other image processing techniques were also applied, such as cropping
 and adjusting the brightness and contrast of each image. Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

“The discovery of plumes is one of the biggest surprises of my scientific career,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson. “And the rugged terrain went against all of our predictions. Bennu is already surprising us, and our exciting journey there is just getting started.”

Shortly after the discovery of the particle plumes on Jan. 6, the mission science team increased the frequency of observations, and subsequently detected additional particle plumes during the following two months. Although many of the particles were ejected clear of Bennu, the team tracked some particles that orbited Bennu as satellites before returning to the asteroid’s surface.

The OSIRIS-REx team initially spotted the particle plumes in images while the spacecraft was orbiting Bennu at a distance of about one mile (1.61 kilometers). Following a safety assessment, the mission team concluded the particles did not pose a risk to the spacecraft. The team continues to analyze the particle plumes and their possible causes.

“The first three months of OSIRIS-REx’s up-close investigation of Bennu have reminded us what discovery is all about — surprises, quick thinking, and flexibility,” said Lori Glaze, acting director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “We study asteroids like Bennu to learn about the origin of the solar system. OSIRIS-REx’s sample will help us answer some of the biggest questions about where we come from.”

OSIRIS-REx launched in 2016 to explore Bennu, which is the smallest body ever orbited by spacecraft. Studying Bennu will allow researchers to learn more about the origins of our solar system, the sources of water and organic molecules on Earth, the resources in near-Earth space, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

The OSIRIS-REx team also didn’t anticipate the number and size of boulders on Bennu’s surface. From Earth-based observations, the team expected a generally smooth surface with a few large boulders. Instead, it discovered Bennu’s entire surface is rough and dense with boulders. 

The higher-than-expected density of boulders means that the mission’s plans for sample collection, also known as Touch-and-Go (TAG), need to be adjusted. The original mission design was based on a sample site that is hazard-free, with an 82-foot (25-meter) radius. However, because of the unexpectedly rugged terrain, the team hasn’t been able to identify a site of that size on Bennu. Instead, it has begun to identify candidate sites that are much smaller in radius.

The smaller sample site footprint and the greater number of boulders will demand more accurate performance from the spacecraft during its descent to the surface than originally planned. The mission team is developing an updated approach, called Bullseye TAG, to accurately target smaller sample sites.

“Throughout OSIRIS-REx’s operations near Bennu, our spacecraft and operations team have demonstrated that we can achieve system performance that beats design requirements,” said Rich Burns, the project manager of OSIRIS-REx at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “Bennu has issued us a challenge to deal with its rugged terrain, and we are confident that OSIRIS-REx is up to the task.” 

The original, low-boulder estimate was derived both from Earth-based observations of Bennu’s thermal inertia — or its ability to conduct and store heat — and from radar measurements of its surface roughness. Now that OSIRIS-REx has revealed Bennu’s surface up close, those expectations of a smoother surface have been proven wrong. This suggests the computer models used to interpret previous data do not adequately predict the nature of small, rocky, asteroid surfaces. The team is revising these models with the data from Bennu. 

The OSIRIS-REx science team has made many other discoveries about Bennu in the three months since the spacecraft arrived at the asteroid, some of which were presented Tuesday at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Conference in Houston and in a special collection of papers issued by the journal Nature. 

The team has directly observed a change in the spin rate of Bennu as a result of what is known as the Yarkovsky-O'Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack (YORP) effect. The uneven heating and cooling of Bennu as it rotates in sunlight is causing the asteroid to increase its rotation speed. As a result, Bennu's rotation period is decreasing by about one second every 100 years. Separately, two of the spacecraft’s instruments, the MapCam color imager and the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES), have made detections of magnetite on Bennu’s surface, which bolsters earlier findings indicating the interaction of rock with liquid water on Bennu’s parent body. 

Goddard provides overall mission management, systems engineering, and the safety and mission assurance for OSIRIS-REx. Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona, Tucson, is the principal investigator, and the University of Arizona also leads the science team and the mission’s science observation planning and data processing. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the spacecraft and is providing flight operations. Goddard and KinetX Aerospace are responsible for navigating the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA’s New Frontiers Program, which is managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

To find out more about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit:

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JVCKENWOOD UK appoints Martin Lynch & Sons as sole UK Distributor

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Established in 1990, Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd (ML&S) is Kenwood’s largest Ham Radio distributor/retailer in the UK and from April 2019 becomes its sole UK distributor for Kenwood Amateur Radio products.

The business, which has earned more ‘Kenwood Amateur Radio Dealer of the Year Awards’ than any other, invested in a new 6000sqft office and showroom centre close to Heathrow Airport and major motorway links in 2015 and has grown to become one of the largest and most dynamic names in the UK Ham Radio market.

Mike Atkins, Director, Communications Division, JVCKENWOOD UK, comments: “We are committed to the Amateur Radio Market where we have been a major driver of technological and product advances since 1958. The appointment of Martin Lynch as sole distributor for the UK reflects the continued support and commitment from Martin and his excellent team over the years, while the specific focus and increased flexibility they bring, I’m confident, will prove to be of great benefit to UK retailers and the Ham Radio community alike”.

Managing Director Martin Lynch commented “I’ve been selling Kenwood transceivers since the late seventies and witnessed incredible products including the TS-830, TS-930, TS-940, TS-950, TS-990 through to their current benchmark performance transceiver, the TS-890S.

"Kenwood continue to design and manufacture equipment that is respected around the world by serious operators who value performance and reliability. My team and I are delighted to have achieved this appointment for sole distribution through our hard work promoting and supporting the Kenwood brand.”

For more information:

12 Priestley Way, London NW2 7BA

ML & S Martin Lynch & Sons
Wessex House
Drake Avenue, Staines
Surrey TW18 2AP
Tel: +44 1932 567 333
Contact: Dan Lynch - Operations Director

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ICQ Podcast - UHF/VHF Weekender Transceiver Kit Review

Tuesday 19th March 2019

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL 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 review of the UHF/VHF Weekender Transceiver Kit by Martin M1MRB.


We would like to thank our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -

News stories include:-

• Radar makes 5 MHz Band 'Useless'
• Neil G0WPO - SOTA Mountain Goat
• Free Foundation Training Books for Australian Amateur Radio Students
• Radio Ham Takes on Department of Justice
• ITU Strengthening Emergency Telecommunications in the Americas
• GQRP Club Founder the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, SK
• State of the Hobby Survey 2019
• BYLARA Launches New Bulletin Publication
• RSGB AGM Online Voting

The ICQ Podcast can be downloaded from

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Short Contest Callsign NoV revision

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Ian G0FCT has reported on the VHF and UHF Yahoo Group that Ofcom's amateur radio Special Contest Call Notice of Variation has been updated

Ian G0FCT writes:

In consultation with Ofcom, the RSGB has reviewed the SCC NoV.
The main revisions are:

1. The validity of SCC NoV granted since 1st January 2019 has been extended from three years to five years

2. Contest entries up to five years old may now be used in an application
for a SCC NoV

3. The list of qualification contests has been expanded to include the
Commonwealth Contest, the RSGB DX Contest and the 1st and 2nd RSGB 1.8MHz Contests

If you would like to apply for a SCC NoV, please read the notes on the RSGB website and complete the application form at the
bottom of this page. If you have any questions, please email them to

VHF-UHF Yahoo Group

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Springtime cracks are opening in Earth's magnetic field

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Studies show that March is the most geomagnetically active month of the year. The reason is springtime.

Researchers have long known that around the time of the vernal equinox "cracks" tend to form in Earth's magnetic field. Solar wind pours in to energize magnetic unrest. Such a crack opened this weekend, sparking spectacular Northern Lights.

Read today's edition of to learn more about the phenomenon

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FCC invites comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement proposal

Tuesday 19th March 2019

The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL's 2018 Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.

Interested parties have 30 days to comment. The Technician enhancement proposals stemmed from the recommendations of the ARRL Board of Directors' Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initiatives and gauged member opinions in 2016 and 2017.

"This action will enhance the available license operating privileges in what has become the principal entry-level license class in the Amateur Service," ARRL said in its Petition. "It will attract more newcomers to Amateur Radio, it will result in increased retention of licensees who hold Technician Class licenses, and it will provide an improved incentive for entry-level licensees to increase technical self-training and pursue higher license class achievement and development of communications skills."

Specifically, ARRL proposes to provide Technician licensees - both present and future - with:

* Phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz.
* RTTY and digital privileges in current Technician allocations on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.

The ARRL petition points out the explosion in popularity of various digital modes over the past 2 decades. Under the ARRL plan, the maximum HF power level for Technician operators would remain at 200 W PEP. The few remaining Novice licensees would gain no new privileges under ARRL's proposal.

ARRL's petition points to the need for compelling incentives not only to become a radio amateur in the first place, but then to upgrade and further develop skills. Demographic and technological changes call for a "periodic rebalancing" between those two objectives, ARRL maintained in his proposal. The FCC has not assessed entry-level operating privileges since 2005.

The Entry-Level License Committee offered very specific data- and survey-supported findings about growth in Amateur Radio and its place in the advanced technological demographic, which includes individuals younger than 30. It received significant input from ARRL members via more than 8,000 survey responses. "The Committee's analysis noted that today, Amateur Radio exists among many more modes of communication than it did half a century ago, or even 20 years ago," ARRL said in its petition.

Now numbering some 384,500, Technician licensees comprise more than half of the US Amateur Radio population. ARRL stressed in its petition the urgency of making the license more attractive to newcomers, in part to improve upon Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, "that inescapably accompanies a healthy, growing Amateur Radio Service."

ARRL said its proposal is critical to develop improved operating skills, increasing emergency preparedness participation, improving technical self-training, and boosting overall growth in the Amateur Service, which has remained nearly inert at about 1% per year.

The Entry-Level License Committee determined that the current Technician class question pool already covers far more material than necessary for an entry-level exam to validate expanded privileges.

ARRL told the FCC that it would continue to refine examination preparation and training materials aimed at STEM topics, increase outreach and recruitment, work with Amateur Radio clubs, and encourage educational institutions to utilize Amateur Radio in STEM and other experiential learning programs.

Source: ARRL

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You're listening to Quantum Radio

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Researchers at Delft University of Technology have created a detector that enables the detection of a single photon’s worth of radio frequency energy.

The chip is only 10 mm square and the team plans to use it to explore the relationship of mass and gravity to quantum theory.

The chip has immediate applications in MRI and radio astronomy. Traditionally, detecting a single photon at radio frequencies is difficult due to the significance of thermal fluctuations. At lower frequencies, cryogenic cooling can reduce the issue, but as frequency increases the fluctuations are harder to tame.

The trick requires a qubit that samples the radio frequency energy. While the radio source is at 173 MHz, the qubit is at 1 GHz, allowing a fine time resolution. Coupling of the two is via an LC circuit that uses a Josephson junction which, of course, requires very cold temperatures.

The paper is pretty math-heavy and we haven’t seen a lot of activity around homemade Josephson junctions. However, if you have access to niobium and liquid helium, this lab experiment looks like you could try it. Or watch [Sumner Davis] do roughly the same thing during a lecture at Berkeley. Keep in mind that dealing with liquid helium is much more difficult than liquid nitrogen.

It won’t help you with junctions, but you can make some relatively high-temperature superconductor material yourself. It turns out that the super cold junctions have a lot of applications in creating very precise voltage references.

Read the full article

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Rev George Dobbs, G3RJV, Funeral Notice

Monday 18th March 2019

The funeral of Rev George Dobbs, G3RJV, SK, will take place at St Aiden's Church, Sudden, Rochdale, OL11 3EL on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 13:30

The family have requested family flowers only and asked that anyone wishing to make a donation should make it to the Alzheimer's Society.

To assist with that, a tribute fund has been set up here:

73, Steve, G0FUW

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Tribute posted by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society

George Dobbs G3RJV Silent Key

This week's Irish Radio Transmitters Society News report:   It is with great sadness that we report the passing of one of the truly great radio amateurs last Monday.

Rev. George Dobbs G3RJV was founder of the GQRP Club in 1974 and was the driving force behind it ever since. He had recently been suffering from Alzheimer's and was in residential care.

SPRAT is the quarterly magazine of the GQRP Club and George as editor was also one of its regular contributors over the years. He also wrote many QRP books and contributed to amateur periodicals over the years as well as organising the annual G-QRP Conference.

George was no stranger to Ireland as he was a Celtic scholar. He was the main speaker at the Celticon QRP Conference held at the Marino Institute of Education in 2000 and he also gave a QRP presentation at the Lough Erne Radio Rally in 2010. He was an enthusiastic, passionate and inspirational speaker. QRP operating and constructing owes a great debt of gratitude to George for putting it where it is today. He will be sadly missed.

We express our sympathy to his wife Jo and family. A big 72 and 73 George. You leave a great QRP legacy as you join another great QRP author Doug DeMaw W1FB. Rest in Peace.

Irish Radio Transmitters Society

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AmateurLogic 128: Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi

Monday 18th March 2019

George runs the full Windows 10 Pro (not IOT Core version) on the Raspberry Pi.

Emile visits the W5DDL Hamfest in Rayne, LA.

Tommy builds an Arduino Battery Monitor/Alert.



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Bouvet DXpedition News

Monday 18th March 2019

The following was posted on the 3Y0I Web page, dated March 14th:

"3Y0I INITIAL PLANS EXTENDED -- A short but essential update this time. An important decision to our DXpedition plans has been taken today, which will reflect in extending the initial 3Y0I plans.

"We decided to take more provisions than initially planned. So did we regarding the fuel. More than 90,000 diesel liters has been fueled up (approx. 1 liter = U$1 = $90,000 we paid from our private money).
That's all because if weather permits, we plan to stay up to 3-4 weeks at the island itself (excluding sailing and landing time), giving much more chances for ATNOs all over the world. We are loading very list gear to the vessel.

"We have already installed and tested our maritime station from our ship.
We'll be signing as E51DOM/mm on way to and from the island on HF bands.
As these preparations are bringing to a close, we will announce our departure and estimated on-the-air dates very soon.
Stay tuned and cross fingers, please! 73!"


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South Orkney Islands DXpedition

Monday 18th March 2019

After their successful VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition, the Perseverance DX Group ( is pleased to announce their intention to activate South Orkney Islands, currently ClubLog #16 most wanted.

Planning has begun for an expedition in Feb/Mar, 2020.

A team of experienced DX and Contest operators will operate from Signy Island for up to 15 days. The process of obtaining landing permission is underway. The callsign will be announced at a later date.

The team will sail from Punta Arenas, Chile, aboard RV Braveheart.

Seven operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters, SSB/CW/Digital.

The team includes: Dave/K3EL, Les/W2LK, Steve/W1SRD, Ricardo/PY2PT, Gene/K5GS, Arliss/W7XU, Heye/DJ9RR, Laci/HA0NAR, Mike/WA6O, Vadym/UT6UD, Walt/N6XG and Rob/N7QT.

Additional details will be released as they develop. Donations may be made via the website.

Please direct your questions to:

73, South Orkney 2020 Team


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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 18th March 2019

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th March, through Sunday, 17th March there were 226 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y,

A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD9, 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).


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 18th March 2019

Island activities:

EU-038. Marcel, PD5MVH, will once again be active as PD5MVH/p from Ameland Island between March 16-30th. Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters using CW, SSB and JT65. He also plans to be in the UK/EI DX CW Contest (March 23-24th) using the callsign PD38EU. QSL for both callsigns via PD5MVH, direct or by the Bureau. Check out for more details.

EU-048. Christian, F5OHH, will be active as F5OHH/p from Groix Island between now and March 23rd. He plans to activate from various locations (3 lighthouses, 4 WWFF references, 2 castles).
Operations will be on 80/40/20/15 meters. QSL via F5OHH, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. For more details, updates and his complete schedule of operations

EU-048. The Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM4G from Groix Island (DIFM AT 012) between April 13-20th. Team members are Franck/F4GBD, Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Fabrice/F5NBQ, Bertrand/F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD/OS0S. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via ON4ZD, direct, by the Bureau or use as much as possible Clublog's OQRS.

NA-150. (Reminder) Cezar, VE3LYC, will be active as VE3LYC/KL7 from Little Diomede Island, Alaska, between March 18-26th. Activity will be on 40-17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:

SA-005. (Reminder/Update) The RRC operators Vasily/R7AL, Vladimir/RK8A, Aleksei/RL5F, Leonid/RW9JZ and Wlodek/SP6EQZ are now active as XR0ZRC from Robinson Crusoe Island (WW Loc. FF06oi), in the Juan Fernandez Islands (CE0Z) group, until April 3rd.
The DXpedition Pilot will be Victor, UA3AKO. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via R7AL, direct, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <> 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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Denis G3UVR clocks up another 1,000 points !



Saturday 16th March 2019

Congratulations to Denis G3UVR who has started off 2019 in grand style in the 2.3GHz UKAC contest held on the 20th February earning top place and 1,000 points. 

All points earned by Club Members are normalised and added to the club total. 

In 2018 WADARC finished in an enviable 5th place out of 118 Clubs in the UK. 

If you would like to join the successful contest group of members and generate even more points for WADARC .. no matter where in the UK you now live,  please speak to Denis at any Club meeting or D & W or email

Well done Denis .. great result.

More details on our UKAC Contest page.

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ARRL supports no change to Table of Allocations for 45.5 - 47 and 47 - 47.2 GHz bands

Saturday 16th March 2019

The FCC has opened a brief window for public comment on recommendations approved by the World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC). Comments are due March 18 on International Bureau Docket 16-185.

The FCC said the short comment period was necessary to allow time to finalize the US position for submission to the upcoming meeting of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).

The Public Notice can be found in PDF format at, .

Addressing WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.13, which serves to identify spectrum above 24.25 GHz that may be designated for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), ARRL has recommended no change in the 45.5 - 47 and 47 - 47.2 GHz bands, with hopes that commenters will agree. The 47 - 47.2 GHz band is allocated to the Amateur and Amateur Satellite services.

ARRL and other no-change proponents point out that no sharing and compatibility studies were performed between IMT-2020 systems and the relevant incumbent services in the 45.5 - 47 GHz and 47 - 47.2 GHz bands, although sharing and compatibility studies for a number of incumbent services were required under Resolution 238 of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).

"In the absence of ITU Radiocommunication Sector studies, the only sustainable conclusion is that it has not been demonstrated that the incumbent services in either band - the Mobile-Satellite Service, the Radionavigation Service, and the Radionavigation-Satellite Service in the 45.5 - 47 GHz band, and the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services in the 47 - 47.2 GHz band - can be protected, as required by Resolution 238," asserts the proponents of View B, which sides with no change to the current allocations.

"In this regard, the View A proposal to identify mobile spectrum in the 45.5 - 47 GHz band for the terrestrial component of IMT, and to allocate spectrum in the 47 - 47.2 GHz band to the mobile service and identify the same for the terrestrial component of IMT, is fatally flawed. The absence of studies in the responsible ITU-R task group leaves the proposals unsubstantiated and incapable of adoption."

View B proponents, including ARRL, are urging the FCC to accept the proposals of the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) for no change to the Table of Allocations in the 45.5 - 47 GHz and 47 - 47.2 GHz bands.


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FCC moves to open 95 GHz to 3 THz

Saturday 16th March 2019

The FCC is creating a new category of experimental licenses for use of frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz

The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules to encourage the development of new communications technologies and expedite the deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz.

This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands especially ripe for new development.

There are substantial opportunities for innovation in these frequencies, especially for dataintensive high-bandwidth applications as well as imaging and sensing operations. Prior to this decision, the Commission had no rules for authorizing communications above 95 GHz, other than by amateur operators or through experiments of limited duration and scope.

To enable innovators and entrepreneurs to most readily access this spectrum, the Spectrum Horizons First Report and Order creates a new category of experimental licenses for use of frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz. These licenses will give innovators the flexibility to conduct experiments lasting up to 10 years, and to more easily market equipment during the experimental period.

The item also makes a total of 21.2 gigahertz of spectrum available for use by unlicensed devices. The Commission selected bands with propagation characteristics that will permit large numbers of unlicensed devices to use the spectrum, while limiting the potential for interference to existing governmental and scientific operations in the above-95 GHz bands, such as space research and atmospheric sensing.

The First Report and Order provides unprecedented opportunities for new experimental and unlicensed use in the frequencies above 95 GHz and will help ensure that the United States stays at the forefront of wireless innovation. Moreover, study of these uses could ultimately lead to further rulemaking actions and additional licensing opportunities within the Spectrum Horizons bands.

FCC Announcement

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St Patrick's Day Award

Saturday 16th March 2019

Ireland's South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be active in the St Patrick's Day Award which takes place 12 noon on the 16th March to 12 noon on the 18th March UTC.

The club will be active from 5pm on the Friday evening till 5pm on the Saturday evening. The location of the station will be the Copper Coast Drive View car park on the R675 Tramore to Bunmahon road just up from Kilmurin cove For more info contact John EI3HQB

The club will also be holding a Radio Foxhunt on Monday the 18th of March 2019 in Kilbarry Nature Park, Waterford at 12pm sharp.
Kilbarry Nature Park is located just outside the city on the Tramore Road just past the Waterford Regional Sports Centre Eircode X91 X2XY.
This is a fun event open to everyone young an old, licensed or SWL.

Please note this event will be dependable upon weather conditions.  For more info contact any SEARG committee member.

For anyone that wishes to find out more about the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group and their activities you can drop them an email to “info /at/ searg /dot/ ie” or please feel free to attend any of their meetings. You can check out their website, join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Ofcom confirms approach to recovering costs for satellite filing work

Saturday 16th March 2019

Ofcom has just published a statement on recovering the costs for its satellite filing work from industry.

A satellite filing is a tool satellite operators use to get international recognition of the spectrum access and orbital positions they need for their satellites. Ofcom manages the satellite filing process for organisations registered or headquartered in the UK (including British Overseas Territories and crown dependencies).

Ofcom’s work in this area has, in effect, been publicly funded historically. However, Parliament has put in place legislation to allow Ofcom to charge industry for this work, which brings it into line with how our other functions are funded.

Following a consultation, we have today decided we will be recovering the costs of our satellite filing work from industry, and the charges they will have to pay.

The charges will apply from 1 April 2019 onwards. Existing filings received on or before 31 March 2019 will not incur charges for any part of their management

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Amateur radio in UK Spectrum Policy Forum report

Saturday 16th March 2019

The UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) have released the report Valuing the impact of radio spectrum use on the UK economy which features amateur radio

The SPF report contains input from Graham Murchie, G4FSG (previous RSGB Chair) plus Steve Thomas, M1ACB and Murray Niman, G6JYB.
He outlined shortage of practical skills in the radio arena and gave examples of where RSGB is encouraging development of these skills.

Tony Lavender, Chair of the UK SPF Steering Board and author of the report at Plum Consulting, comments:
“Spectrum use already contributes billions to the UK economy. However, Government want to double its financial contribution by 2025 during a time that the spectrum use landscape is and will continue to transform. Therefore, industry feel Government should provide an update to their UK Spectrum Strategy. This update should develop a more holistic review of the impact of spectrum on the UK economy which they can act on if need be and industry can learn from.”

Download the report from

UK Spectrum Policy Forum


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FCC requesting comments on two ham radio license proposals

Friday 15th March 2019

The ARRL reports the FCC has invited public comments on two separate proposals on amateur radio licensing

One is the ARRL’s 2018 Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. Interested parties have 30 days to comment. The Technician enhancement proposals stemmed from the recommendations of the ARRL Board of Directors’ Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initiatives and gauged member opinions in 2016 and 2017.

The ARRL is proposing Technician holders have 200 watts PEP output in the additional allocations.

RM-11828 - Expanded Technician HF allocations

Read the full ARRL story at

The USA Technician license may be considered the equivalent of UK Foundation. Short one-day training courses are available and the license currently permits 200 watts output in part of four HF bands and holders have full access to all amateur bands from 50 MHz up to the Terra-Hertz region with up to 1,500 watts PEP output.

The other proposal is RM-11829, asking the FCC to create a “Tyro” license class that would require a minimal online examination as well as mentoring by an Amateur Radio licensee of Technician class or higher. A “tyro” is a novice or a beginner. The petition was filed in August of 2017 by Gary A. Hampton, AD0WU, of Longmont, Colorado.

RM-11829 Tyro License proposal

Read the full ARRL story at

The Tyro license has echos of the US amateur radio Communicator Class license proposed in 1974 (FCC Docket 20284) for operation in the 220 MHz band.

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AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary

Friday 15th March 2019

2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

To help celebrate, we are sponsoring the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.

Full details are available at

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Keyless chaos in Joondalup as drivers mysteriously locked out of cars

Friday 15th March 2019

9 News in Perth say more than 100 have been stuck in recent days, all within 150 metres of the Lakeside shopping centre.

Staff at the nearby Ultratune have tried to help where possible, trying various creative methods to try to get people into their cars and back on to the roads.

Authorities are trying to locate the disruptive signal.

Lakeside management have now put a security guard in the carpark while they try to figure out the problem. It is not believed to be a criminal act but rather an internet router or other wireless device recently installed in the area that is causing disruption.

Centre management have now identified the signal but investigators are still trying to locate the device it's coming from.

Australia Media and Communications Authority investigators were walking around the car park and scanning shops, but believed the signal was not actually coming from the Lakeside site.

They were doorknocking to ask who had installed a new device recently and were hoping the issue would be fixed within hours

For the latest VK6AS from NewsWest
" Despite VK6 having no resident radio inspectors an ACMA team was dispatched and were spotted prowling the centre as if on an amateur fox hunt. Speculation was rife but it now seems, that the fox that was causing the issues was an LIPD buzzer device being used at a pharmacy. There is no direct confirmation of this but it does appear that shoppers are no longer having any problems.

Andrew VK6AS. "


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Intermediate Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs on Kindle

Thursday 14th March 2019

The Syllabus 2019 edition of the RSGB Intermediate Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs is now available in the Amazon Kindle electronic format

The new book, written by George Smart M1GEO, David Mills G7UVW and Roger Bleaney M0RBK, is for exams from September 2019 onwards.

Read the RSGB announcement at

You can buy the Kindle book at

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Radio hams help isolated settler

Thursday 14th March 2019

IARU Region 2 reports on a short story with a happy ending

There are only a few times in life when radio amateurs have an opportunity to be truly helpful to someone, but when it comes, we embrace it avidly and put all our effort so that our experience and skills can benefit those that really need them; that is the spirit that moves and encourages us, which we try to instill in the new generations.

Allow us to introduce Don Martin; he is a settler that lives south of Cochrane (Lake Vargas), an idyllic albeit completely isolated location.

Don has a small government-issued radio that allows him to communicate with Cochrane and with his “neighbors”; he uses it to somehow break that isolation. However, one day the radio broke and Don was no longer able to communicate through it.

An acquaintance of Don learned about this and thought that maybe the radio amateurs could help. He called Radio Club de Chile…it was a difficult task, knowing what was wrong, making a diagnosis from so far away… However, a communications bridge could be established and after questions and answers were exchanged back and forth, we were able to diagnose the fault and provided instructions on how to solve it.

Last night, Don was able to re-establish communication with Cochrane and is happy and thankful to all those that participated, and we are more than happy that we were able to serve and proud to be radio amateurs!

From Radio Club de Chile

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The Space Weather Woman

Thursday 14th March 2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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Request to change Radio Faza’s ‘key commitments’

Thursday 14th March 2019

Ofcom is today consulting on a request submitted by Radio Fiza, broadcasting as ‘Radio Faza’ to communities in Nottingham, to change its ‘key commitments’.

A community radio station’s key commitments form part of its broadcasting licence. They include the character of the service, its required programming and accountability to its target community.

The licensee intends to reach a broader audience and describe Radio Faza as a station “for the South Asian and Eastern European communities of Nottingham”. The changes, if approved, would enable the station to broadcast in several additional Eastern European languages and Bengali and add Eastern European music to its playlists.

We are minded to allow these changes, but are seeking views from interested or affected parties before we make our final decision.

The consultation closes at 5pm on 15 April 2019.

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Tongan op

Thursday 14th March 2019

Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tonga.

This time he will activate Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between March 16-27th.

The QTH is Nuku'alofa (from a seaside cottage), in the capital of Kingdom of Tonga. As it is a business trip, Masa will enjoy ham radio during his spare time.

Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.

His equipment is an IC-7300 (w/100W) into a vertical antenna.

QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct (SASE w/1 IRC), ClubLog or LoTW.

For more details and updates, visit his Blog page at:


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EIDX Group in Togo

Thursday 14th March 2019

Members of EIDX Group will be active as 5V7EI from Main Street, Togo, between March 14-26th.

Operators mentioned are Dave/EI9FBB (Team Leader), Jeremy/EI5GM (Co-Leader), Declan/EI9HQ, Pat/ EI9HX, Enda/EI2II, Thos/EI2JD, Alain/EI2KM, Niall/EI4CF, Jim/EI4HH, Norbert/DJ7JC, Heye/DJ9RR, Alain/F5JTV, John/F5VHQ, Jamie/M0SDV and Gabi/YO8WW.

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Suggested frquenices are:
CW - 1818, 3518, 7018, 10118, 14018, 18078, 21018, 24898 and 28018 kHz
SSB - 3768 (QSX Dw/3800+NA), 7118, 14218, 18158, 21218, 24958 and 28518
RTTY - 14088, 18108 and 21088
FT8* - 1840 (QSX 1908 for JA), 3577, 7053, 10133, 14083, 18108, 21088,
24918 and 28078
* F&H mode, except 160m

They plan to have up to 5 stations on the air.
This is the same group that activated 9N7EI and 7Q7EI earlier in 2018.

QSL via M0OXO OQRS, direct, by the Bureau (OQRS) or LoTW (3 months after operation).

For more info and updates, watch:


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Ham radio demonstrated at Make Munich

Wednesday 13th March 2019

DARC reports amateur radio was demonstrated to the 10,000 Makers who attended the Make Munich event

A Google translation reads:

The 5th Make Munich as the largest self-makers festival in southern Germany is history - and the radio amateurs were back! With more than 10,000 visitors, a new visitor record was recorded in two halls. And many of them also came to the booth of the radio amateurs of the district of Upper Bavaria. Self-built radios based on software defined radio (SDR) from the Erding local authority (C25) aroused great interest.

These are absolutely the industry standard, are open source and self-developed. So a real Maker project, as it belongs to this event. There was a large participation both in the acquisition of the Morse diploma and in the practice fox hunt in the hall. Big and small participated.

Another highlight was the live demonstration of wireless contacts via the geo-stationary amateur radio transponder QO-100 released on the communication satellite Es'hail-2 in mid-February.

The portable station was set up in the HAM MOBIL in front of the hall, with which the listeners followed the radio conversations in several demonstrations.

From now on radio contacts from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from the east coast of South America to Indonesia can be made at any time of the day or night via this transponder.

To all helpers and contributors to this again very successful appearance of the radio amateurs in the public I thank especially at this point in the name of the district Oberbayern.

Text: Alfred Artner, DJØGM, Public Relations Officer District C


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FT8 growing as DX mode in era of waning propagation

Wednesday 13th March 2019

ARRL report on a survey by Club Log's Michael Wells G7VJR that shows significant growth in the use of WSJT FT8 during 2018

Wells reported that operators from some 270 DXCC entities were active on FT8 in 2018. “It’s quite a showing for FT8,” he allowed, pointing out that the figure is close to the computed 287 active DXCC entities.

Wells posits that FT8 may be the only way to stay in the hobby for operators living on small lots and confronting stringent zoning regulations.

Read the ARRL story at

Proportion of modes used on the air – 2018 update G7VJR

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RF Connectors-101

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Within amateur radio we use many different types of RF connector or coax cable connector, whatever you want to call them. Everything from the familiar UHF connector through BNCs to N-types and many more.

Many rigs using bands up to 2 metres and sometimes 70cms widely use the UHF connector. Other applications use BNC connectors, and there may be a few other applications where N-types, SMAs, or even other types of connector are used.

It is often difficult to know what the different characteristics of all these connectors are, and which one is best for which application if one is left with a choice.

To help overcome this, we have put together a set of pages about a variety of different RF connectors

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Greece latest newcomer to 60m

Wednesday 13th March 2019

A ministerial decision dated 26 th February 2019 published in the government gazette of 5th March 2019 introduced a new Frequency Allocation Table, which authorizes amateur radio use of 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, on a secondary basis at 15W EIRP under the ITU 60m amateur allocation decision of WRC-15.
(Government Gazette and National Frequency Allocation table in Greek)



Paul Gaskell  G4MWO
The 5 MHz Newsletter

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Neutron radiation detected on commercial airplane flights

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Want to experience space weather?   Just step on board an airplane.
Flying above 30,000 feet can expose passengers to potentially significant doses of cosmic rays.

We have just conducted a new survey of radiation on flights over 5 continents and, using bubble chambers, detected an abundance of deep space neutrons.

Learn more about this biologically effective form of cosmic radiation on today's edition of

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Island activities:

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

EU-013; GJ/MJ, Jersey: Kazu/JK3GAD operates as MJ0CFW from the 15th to 17th. During the Russian DX Contest he will be using MJ5Z. QSL via M0CFW (d/B), LoTW.

EU-038; PA, Noord Holland/ Friesland/ Groningen Province group: Marcel/PD5MVH will be signing his call /p from Ameland between March 16 and 30. He also plans to participate in the UKEICC Contest (March 23/24) as PD38EU. QSL via PD5MVH, ClubLog, LoTW, eQSL.

EU-048; F, Bretagne (Morbihan) group: Christian/F5OHH activates Groix Island as F5OHH/p between the 16th and 23rd from various locations (3 lighthouses, 4 WWFF references, 2 castles). QSL via F5OHH (d/B), eQSL.

NA-150; KL, Little Diomede Island: Cezar/VE3LYC will be active from Little Diomede Island as VE3LYC/KL7 between the 18th and 26th. QRV on 40-17m on CW and SSB. QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

OC-138; VK4, Queensland State (Torres Strait) group: Taka/JA8COE activates Thursday Island as VK4/JA8COE from the 14th to 17th. QSL via JA8COE, ClubLog OQRS.

SA-099; PJ2, Curacao Island: Andreas/DK5ON will be active from Curacao Island (WLOTA 0942) between the 14th and 30th as PJ2/DK5ON on 80-6m, including 60m, on CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. He is also going to participate in the Russian DX Contest, using the clubstation PJ2A's antennas. QSL via DK5ON (d/B), LoTW, ClubLog OQRS.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club e-mail:

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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Slides from HFIA Meeting in San Diego

Tuesday 12th March 2019

The HF Industry Association met on February 14 in San Diego, California and the presentation slides from the meeting are now available

Among the presentations are:
- Evaluation of the propagation characteristics of 48 kHz wide contiguous bandwidth HF channel
- Measuring Performance of messaging protocols for HF Radio
- Australia's Project Phoenix, Defence High Frequency Communications System

The presentations given at the meeting in Bristol, UK on September 5, 2018 are also available. Among them is a summary of the International HF-XL (wideband HF communications) trials held in June 2018 on a path between the United Kingdom and France. File sizes of up to 2 Mega Bytes were transferred using a data-rate of 52,800 bps in the 5 MHz band.

The HFIA site requires you to register in order to gain access to the presentations, see

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How ITU is strengthening emergency communications in the Americas

Tuesday 12th March 2019

In recent years, the increasing number of disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and floods has highlighted the urgency of establishing strong telecommunication systems, which are essential if medics, firefighters, police and others are to provide effective relief during emergencies

In the aftermath of disasters, alternative telecommunication systems are often needed to replace normal systems that have been damaged or destroyed. ITU membership has recognized this need: For many years, emergency telecommunications has been a priority in the Americas Region.

In 2018, ITU teamed up with regional telecommunications bodies in the Americas such as la Comision Regional Tecnica de Telecomunicaciones (COMTELCA), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to set up an alternative telecommunication system for use in times of emergencies. The system does not rely on conventional means of communication such as the Internet, but rather on amateur radio systems.

The benefits of Winlink

The alternative telecommunications system used is known as Winlink, a worldwide email service that uses radio pathways and is capable of operating completely without the Internet.

Winlink is well-known for its role in emergency and disaster relief communications, providing its users email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins. The system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed volunteers.

It has a proven track record for emergencies. As recently as 2017, Winlink was extensively used in the aftermath of the high-impact hurricane season in the Caribbean and also after the earthquake in Mexico.

Nodes are an important part of the Winlink system. A node is a point of connection within a network. They are the major centers through which Internet traffic is typically routed.

ITU and partners: from ideas to action

The commitment to develop a cooperation mechanism for the implementation of projects on the use of ICTs for emergency and disaster situations in the region was officially formalized in 2017 in Argentina with a letter of intent signed by ITU, CITEL, COMTELCA and CTU.

At the beginning of 2018, ITU started to implement the project using Winlink in cooperation of IARU and the ‘Federación Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE). ITU and FMRE worked in collaboration with COMTELCA to define the specifications of the equipment.

COMTELCA brought the Central American Integration System for natural disaster prevention, mitigation and response (CEPREDENAC) to the table.

The role of governments

Governments have played an important role in project implementation. This was necessary for effective coordination among telecommunications authorities, organizations responsible to respond to emergencies and radio-amateur associations.

Governments have also provided some equipment and carried out preliminary work to start operations. National partnerships were built among relevant entities, to procure the needed equipment, deliver trainings, and increase awareness of Winlink.

The project has built and strengthened synergies among different entities at the national, regional and international level and helped highlight the role of amateur radio systems in disaster management.

ITU stands ready to expand this project in all beneficiary countries, and counts on the cooperation of IARU and FMRE to bring this solution to the whole Americas region.

By Miguel Alcaine, Representative of the ITU Area Office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Source IARU Region 2

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The March 2019 Communicator

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Several interesting projects this month, plus Amateur Radio News from the South West corner of Canada and elsewhere.

You will find Amateur Radio related articles, profiles, news, tips and how-to's.

You can download it as a .PDF file directly from

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Rev. George Dobbs G3RJV Silent Key

Monday 11th March 2019

Some very sad news....
I’ve just heard that Rev. George Dobbs died early today from pneumonia that wouldn’t respond to antibiotics. He was suffering from Dementia too.

A great friend...I attended his retirement service and party in Rochdale a few years ago. His church was absolutely packed!

George was founder and Hon. Sec. of the G QRP Club. QRP was something he remained totally passionate about and enthused many people in the hobby to enjoy.

RIP George!


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Bouvet Island DXpedition news

Monday 11th March 2019

OPDX report: The following was posted on the 3Y0I Web pages, dated March 7th:

"The 3Y0I Team re-assembles in Cape Town, while operators return to South Africa. Meanwhile, the rest of the team members who are currently in ZS, finalize the very last vessel preparations. Stay tuned for further news coming soon."

Also posted on March 8th, on ( "A COUPLE OF BITTER WORDS"

Read that article here

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Switzerland ham radio license total

Monday 11th March 2019

Switzerland's national society the USKA has published a report on their annual delegates meeting which includes the 2018 license and membership figures

At the meeting on February 23, 2019, the USKA announced that the regulator OFCOM had reported Switzerland had 4,877 Amateur Radio licenses, comprising 4,414 HAREC (HB9) and 463 Novice (HB3), at the end of 2018.

The USKA reports a slight decline in membership, year-end total was 3,070. 2018 saw 86 people join but 119 members did not renew.

Download the AGM report from

USKA in Google English

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Monday 11th March 2019

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 3rd March, through Sunday, 10th March there were 227 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E3, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T31, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, XZ, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, 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).


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IOTA News from OPDX

Monday 11th March 2019

Island activities:

EU-016. Operators Zeljko/9A3DF, Branko/9A3ST, Kiko/9A4WY, Marin/9A5M, Neven/9A5YY and Emir/9A6AA will be active as 9A2L from Susac Island (Croatian Island reference CI-109, Lighthouse Kanula CLH-047 and ARLHS CRO 064) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via 9A3DF.

EU-067. Jacques, F6HMJ, will be active as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios Island between May 14-28th. Activity will be mostly on CW with some SSB on 80-10 meters with a dipole and IC-706MKIIG. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-123. Gordon, MM0GOR, will once again be active as MM1E from Great Cumbrae Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Bands/SSB-Mode/DXpedition/High-Power entry.
QSL via MM1E, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

NA-077. Mikhail "Mike", VE7ACN, will be active as VE7ACN/VE2 from Anticosti Island (CISA QC-001, GRID FN79tt or FN79ru), Quebec, Canada, between August 21-31st. Activity will be holiday style on 80-15 meters (depending on the propagation) using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, direct or bureau to VE7ACN. For more details and updates, watch:

OC-130. Operator Ireneo/DU9XL, Roldan/DU9XM, Ernesto/DU9CA, Ronnel/DU9WH, DU9YS and DW9DDX will be active as DX9EVM from MindanaoIsland, Philippines, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Single/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via DU9CA.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <> 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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New IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available

Sunday 10th March 2019

IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports the Russian OTH Radar “Contayner” caused severe problems on 14 MHz. Sometimes three signals were active at the same time, each with 14 kHz bandwidth and splatter

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 February 2019 newsletter can be read at

Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)

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CME glancing impacts possible on March 11th

Sunday 10th March 2019

Yesterday, tiny sunspot AR2734 surprised forecasters with a long-duration solar flare.

The blast hurled not one but two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) into space. Neither CME is heading directly for Earth.

Nevertheless, glancing blows are possible on March 11th, prompting NOAA forecasters to issue a watch for G1-class geomagnetic storms.

Visit for the full story

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March GEO Newsletter available for download

Sunday 10th March 2019

The March PDF of the weather satellite publication GEO Newsletter 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 is How to Receive X-Band Weather Satellites by Jean-Luc Milette

Download the March 2019 GEO Newsletter from

Group for Earth Observation

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Reunion Island

Sunday 10th March 2019

Croatian operators from the Radio Club Marjan (9A1CBM) and Radioclub Kastilac (9A1CIG) will use the special callsign, TO19A, between April 27th and May 8th.

Operators mentioned are Tom/9A2AA, Livio/ 9A7Y, Mladen/9A2NA, Ante/9A8RA, Jerko/9A3EME, Jakša/9A3CJW and Rolando/ 9A3MR.

Activity will be on various HF bands, but with a focus on the low bands. Individual trips to the mountain peaks on the island are also planned and SOTA references are actively involved. As the expedition is located in the national park area, the connection will be valid for the WFF reference FFF-0011.

The QSL Manager will be Tom, 9A2AA.

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Wormwood Scrubs 434 MHz balloon launch today

Saturday 9th March 2019

Medad Rufus reports two balloons with 434 MHz transmitters built by Imperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (ICSEDS) will launch from Wormwood Scrubs, London on Saturday, March 9

On the UK High Altitude Society reflector Medad posted:

This is a launch announcement for the launch of ICSPACE6 & 7 from Wormwood Scrubs, London, UK. We have had some success with the launches of our previous pico balloons and we hope it works 100% this time.

The hardware is nearly identical to the previous launch; only software changes made. The winds are expected to take it towards the Netherlands/Belgium and further east into Germany.

Here is the information about the balloons to be launched today:

Callsign: ICSPACE6
RTTY: 434.600 MHz USB
50 baud 745 Hz shift ASCII-8 no parity 2 stop bits
Launch time aim: 10:40 am on March 9
Transmits 10 pips before transmitting message. 30s gap between each transmission

Callsign: ICSPACE7
RTTY: 434.250 MHz USB
50 baud 745 Hz shift ASCII-8 no parity 2 stop bits
Launch time aim: 11:40 am on March 9
Transmits 10 pips before transmitting message. 30s gap between each transmission when below 3000m. Above 3000m, it will transmit with a gap of 60 seconds.

We appreciate all listeners for our flights. I hope this flight goes well.

Here is information about the launch of ICSPACE4 & 5 four weeks ago.

Source UKHAS Groups IO

Real-time balloon track can be seen at

You can listen to the signals online with the Farnham WebSDR

Useful High-Altitude Balloon links

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UK radio ham to give Deep Space talk in Belgium

Saturday 9th March 2019

Belgium's national society the UBA reports UK radio amateur Paul Marsh M0EYT will be giving a talk to the ON Microwave Group in Zillebeke

A Google translation reads:

The "ON Microwave group" presents:  Deep Space Tech-Talk Presentation with Paul Marsh from UHF-Satcom.

This presentation day will explain how to receive spacecraft RF downlinks from 8.4 GHz up to about 40 GHz and detect the DX signals from space. We have the honor to welcome Paul Marsh M0EYT (UK) in Belgium-Ypres. Paul is one of the pioneers or deep space reception in Europe and his website is world famous.

When: Saturday 20 April 2019
➢ Timing: Start presentation 10h00 - 12h00 and from 14h00-16h00
➢ Where: IEPER - Verbrandemolenstraat 5, 8902 Zillebeke, Belgium
➢ Organization: by Ronald Supply ON7FLY and the "ON Microwave group"
➢ Subscription: by e-mail to

73's ON7FLY

Source UBA

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IARU attends ITU Conference Preparatory Meeting

Saturday 9th March 2019

IARU delegates from around the world attended the ITU Conference Preparatory meeting for WRC 2019, which took place in February 2019

IARU Region 1 says:

This report covers the CPM19-2 meeting in Geneva which was held between 18/2/2019 and 28/2/2019. The purpose of the meeting was to revise the ‘Draft CPM Report’ which contains the initial negotiating positions for work at WRC-19.
It is important that the amateur service influences development of the text so that the interests and needs of the amateur service are reflected as much as possible.
The CPM report is a complex document of approximately 700 pages and it covers all of the WRC-19 agenda items; the CPM is more-or-less the conclusion of the continuous work on all these agenda items over almost 3 years since the previous WRC.
This short report only focuses on what are thought to be the main issues for the amateur service at WRC-19, noting that other issues may arise before and during WRC-19.

The specific amateur item for WRC19 is agenda item 1.1 covering a possible 6 m allocation in ITU-R Region 1. Sub-working group 5A (SWG5A) chaired by Dale, VK1DSH from Australia, was assigned the task of revising the CPM text for this agenda item.
Over several days of meetings, the draft CPM text was revised using material from input contributions submitted by ITU members including IARU and text developed during the WP5A/SW1 meetings.
The end result was four methods going forward to WRC-19 which may be used to address the agenda item. The methods span from a 4 MHz primary allocation through a mix of primary and secondary allocations to several secondary allocations ranging from 200 kHz to 2 MHz in addition to the “no allocation at all” alternative. The meetings were challenging because of strong opposition to a reasonably sized and primary allocation by a number of administrations and ITU members.

Agenda item 9.1.6 covers Wireless Power Transmission for Electric Vehicles (WPTEV) and the current status is that it’s likely that no changes will be made to the Radio Regulations. This situation doesn’t remove the threat to the amateur service; it more likely means that the focus of the amateur service efforts will need to move to Regional Telecommunications Organisations and to standards organisations including CISPR (which sets emission limits).

Agenda item 1.16 covers RLAN spectrum and might impact the 5650 – 5850 MHz amateur band. One of the proposed methods overlaps the amateur allocation above 5725 MHz and if this method is adopted by WRC-19 then there may be issues for the amateur service.

Agenda item 1.13 covers new spectrum for IMT in the bands above 24 GHz. The band most likely to be impacted is our primary allocation 47 – 47.2 GHz and potentially our allocations around 77 GHz. No sharing studies of the 47 GHz band were conducted during the study period; however, even if the 47 GHz band escapes attention at WRC-19 it may very well come up as an agenda item for WRC-23 so we will need to be prepared to defend the band in the future.

It is important to remember that although this was the CPM set out to present all possible solutions (methods) to the various agenda items, the WRC can make its own decisions regarding band allocations irrespective of agreed CPM methods. It is therefore important for IARU to fully participate in negotiations at WRC-19 to obtain the best possible outcome for the amateur and amateur satellite services.

Source IARU Region 1

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NASA coverage for next Space Station crew launch and docking

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are set to join the crew aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, March 14.

The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts. This launch will also mark the fourth Expedition crew with two female astronauts. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA astronauts Nick Hague, KG5TMV and Christina Koch, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, are set to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft at 3:14 p.m. EDT (12:14 a.m. March 15 Kazakhstan time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a six-hour journey to the station.  

The new crew members will dock to the Rassvet module at 9:07 p.m. Expedition 59 will begin officially at the time of docking.

About two hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open and the new residents will be greeted by NASA astronaut Anne McClain, station commander Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX of Roscosmos, and David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI of the Canadian Space Agency. The current three-person crew just welcomed the first American commercial crew vehicle as it docked to the station on March 3, amidst a busy schedule of scientific research and operations since arriving in December. 

Coverage of the Expedition 59 crew’s launch and docking activities are as follows (all times EDT):

Thursday, March 14:

A full complement of video of the crew’s pre-launch activities in Baikonur will air on NASA TV in the days preceding launch.

The crew members of Expeditions 59 and 60 will continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the humanity’s only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory.

McClain, Saint-Jacques, Hague and Koch also are all scheduled for the first spacewalks of their careers to continue upgrades to the orbital laboratory. McClain and Hague are scheduled to begin work to upgrade the power system March 22, and McClain and Koch will complete the upgrades to two station power channels during a March 29 spacewalk. This will be the first-ever spacewalk with all-female spacewalkers. Hague and Saint-Jacques will install hardware for a future science platform during an April 8 spacewalk.

Hague and Ovchinin are completing a journey that was cut short Oct. 11, when a booster separation problem with their Soyuz rocket’s first stage triggered a launch abort two minutes into the flight. They landed safely a few minutes later, after reaching the fringes of space, and were reassigned to fly again after McClain, Kononenko and Saint-Jacques launched in early December. This will be Ovchinin’s third flight into space, the second for Hague and the first for Koch. Hague, Koch, and McClain are from NASA’s 2013 astronaut class, half of which were women—the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected for a class.

Check out the full NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:

Keep up with the International Space Station, and its research and crews, at:

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter at:

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WIA Position on outcomes of the Approach to Market for Examination Services

Friday 8th March 2019

In a letter from the President of the WIA on behalf of the WIA board a detailed look at the pricing of the new examinations is analysed.

As a result of the negotiations between the AMC bid team and ACMA procurement we see it has resulted in the “headline” entry price to the hobby of Amateur Radio rising:

$75 to $115 (Foundation Assessment, Practical Assessment & Callsign Recommendation) for adults - an increase of over 140%, (WIA’s proposal was $49)

$40 to $115 (Foundation Assessment, Practical Assessment & Callsign Recommendation) for youth - an astonishing 285% increase. (WIA’s proposal was $27)

The WIA board and the Education Group is horrified by the existential risk that this creates for the hobby of Amateur Radio, especially given the widespread community support (at both a local and international level) for attracting younger participants to the hobby.

The only rational conclusion the WIA can draw is that the AMC, parties to the AMC bid and those involved in the ACMA procurement process have weighted political, commercial and personal factors ahead of their customers’, the community and the hobby of Amateur Radio.

The WIA, as the only Amateur Radio organisation that is demonstrably committed to furthering the hobby, remains committed to resolving this situation for the benefit of members and the community they represent.

Full 'unabridged' story on this link:-

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Space meeting streaming via ham radio geostationary transponder

Friday 8th March 2019

The 2nd Amateur Radio Space meeting at Nanterre, Paris, March 9-10, will be streamed live via the Digital Amateur TV transponder on Es'hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite

The AMSAT-Francophone and Electrolab have deployed a ground station to operate the QO100 transponder in DATV.

The "broadcast DATV" team led by Yannick Avelino and with the support of Evariste F5OEO has developed the station that will broadcast live the conferences of the second amateur radio space meeting March 9-10, 2019. The team was in contact with AMSAT-DL and AMSAT-UK for permission to operate the satellite during these days.


Meeting information and Schedule of talks

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Radio amateurs to launch balloon at Young Researchers Congress

Friday 8th March 2019

On March 21, an APRS balloon transmitting on 433.000 MHz, callsign DL9II-11, will launch from the Youth Hostel Münster on the occasion of the 20th Young Researchers Congress

A Google translation of the DARC report reads:

On the 21st of March, a weather balloon of juFORUM e.V., in cooperation with OV Heidelberg (A06), will be launched from Youth Hostel Münster (Westfalen) Aasee on the occasion of the 20th Young Researchers Congress.

The weather balloon carries a probe with two cameras as well as scientific measuring technology consisting of a pressure and a temperature sensor as well as a Geiger-Müller counter tube. The GPS data is transmitted in APRS format.

The mission is led by two students of the University of Heidelberg, Sebastian and Vincent, and supervised by OM Dietmar, DL9II.
Flight altitude maximum: 35,000 m, duration of flight: 3 to 5 hours.

Call sign of the probe: DL9II-11. Frequency: 433.0 MHz. Expected range: 200 to 300 km. Data format: APRS. The probe will also be on display at The operator team is happy to help you with your location.
The salvage team is available at 0157-37922378. This is reported by Michael Schörnig, DH7IF.

Source DARC

Deutsches Jungforschernetzwerk - juFORUM e.V. is a network by and for young scientists and other people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

APRS Tracking site

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St. Patrick's Day Special Event

Friday 8th March 2019

Members of the West Tyrone Amateur Radio Club which is based in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, will activate the special event station, GB1SPD, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the weekend of March 16th and 17th.

The station will be operational from approximately 0930-1800 hrs Saturday and from 1000-1600 hrs on Sunday.

Depending on band conditions, they will be operational on the following bands and modes: CW - 20m
SSB - 17/20/40/80m
PSK31 & FT8 (bands not provided)
2 meters & Echolink.

QSL cards will be sent out to all contacts

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Change of address Canadian Incoming QSL Bureau

Friday 8th March 2019

RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau

Effective May 1st, 2019 the address for the RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau for Canada will be as follows:


The Incoming Box 51 at Saint John, NB will be forwarded for a few months to allow for the bureau change notifications to be received by worldwide bureau's.

Please acknowledge of receipt of this notification.

Len Morgan, VE9MY

RAC Incoming QSL Bureau Manager.
Mar 4th, 2019

Radio Amateurs of Canada

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WFF Israeli DXpedition to Ghana

Friday 8th March 2019

Members of the Accra Amateur Radio Club from Israel, will be active as 9G2DX between March 9-20th.

Operators mentioned are Dov/4Z4DX, Shimon/4Z1SH, Zvi/4Z1ZV, Zeev/4X5ZS and Haim/9G5AF (4Z9BDD).

This is being called a WFF Israeli DXpedition to Ghana (9GFF-0007/0004). Activity will be various HF bands.

QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

Look for more details to be forthcoming.


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Somalian op

Friday 8th March 2019

Ali, EP3CQ, who works for United Nations in African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), in Mogadishu, is once again active as 6O1OO between now and March 24th.

Activity will be limited to his spare time on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and FT8.

Last time he suggested everyday between 1800-2000 East Africa Time (EAT) and on the weekend (Friday and Saturday) between 1400-1800.

Equipment is a Yaesu 857D into ATAS 120A, Tarheel Little II (currently active), and Sandpiper MV-10.

QSL direct to: Ali Solhjoo, Via Siacci 12, Rome, 00197, Italy.
QSL cards will be replied on a quarterly basis. IRC's are not accepted.

Flash news will be posted via Twitter: @ep3cq


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Joint action plan on nuisance calls

Friday 8th March 2019

Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office have today published an update on our joint action plan to tackle nuisance calls and text messages.

The update highlights progress made during the course of 2018 in a number of areas. This includes:

Joint action between Ofcom and the ICO has seen the proportion of people with a landline receiving nuisance calls fall by more than a quarter since January 2016. But further work is required to maintain that progress and ensure people are better protected. So today’s update also sets out our future priorities for the coming year.

Advice for consumers on how to protect themselves against unwanted calls and messages is available on our website.

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Out of This World Auction sponsored by ARISS

Thursday 7th March 2019

The ARISS-US team (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) will auction two very unusual items in its first-ever auction!

Picture yourself as the winning bidder and proud owner of a unique JVC Kenwood TS-890S signed by astronauts! Or, you could be top bidder on a special astronaut-signed 6-volume boxed set 2019 ARRL Handbook !

Bidding starts April 8th at 12:00 UTC and ends April 14th at 22:00 UTC. 

You could own this one-of-a-kind beautiful Kenwood TS-890S; your ham station would boast the only Kenwood in the world showcasing astronaut signatures.

Your top bid on the limited edition boxed-set 2019 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications would mean your bookshelf includes astronaut signatures among your book collection.

JVC Kenwood, a proud supporter of ARISS, generously gave a brand new TS-890S for ARISS to auction.  They first offered the radio for sale in the US in the last half of 2018. Kenwood has been a super supporter of ARISS for years, and it was the company’s idea for this radio, with astronaut signatures, to be an exclusive that just one ham operator could own! The company hopes you’ll be a bidder who wants to support ARISS.

The limited edition 2019 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications sold out fast once ARRL posted their ad. It was the first time that ARRL divided the Handbook into volumes, which nestle in a hard slipcase. ARRL, an ARISS sponsor along with AMSAT and NASA, saved back one boxed set to give ARISS for the fund-raiser auction.

When you bid in this auction you could be the crucial person who helps ARISS launch its new custom-built higher-power radio system in 2019 with its voice repeater and improved packet APRS and SSTV capability that thousands of hams enjoy. The new system will replace the aging, problematic units currently on the ISS. You may be the winning bidder who helps ARISS continue introducing ham radio to thousands of students, teachers, parents, and whole communities—and inspiring students about science, technology, engineering, math, and radio! 

Don't forget; set yourself a reminder: bidding starts April 8th at 12:00 UTC and ends April 14th at 22:00 UTC.

Be the winning bidder for one or both of these two exclusive offerings and you’ll own a rare article that makes your ham station a classic! More auction details will soon be posted at including that winning bidders will be responsible for shipping costs and for handling any required customs paperwork. ARISS thanked JVC Kenwood and ARRL for their generous support.

And if you don’t do auctions, please contribute a donation to help ARISS launch its new radio system into space—look for the Donate button near the top right corner of the page. Thank you! 


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.
For more information, see

Also join us on Facebook: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

Follow us on Twitter: ARISS_status

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Microwave Roundtable in Cardiff

Thursday 7th March 2019

The Cardiff University Amateur Radio Society have arranged an impressive line up of talks for the Microwave Roundtable on Saturday, March 16

This one day event is a mix of talks, measurements, and socializing about activities in the GHz frequencies. It is taking place in the Queen’s Building 5 The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AA.

Further details are at

Cardiff University Amateur Radio Society

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ARRL launches Podcast for Newcomers

Thursday 7th March 2019

A new ARRL podcast aimed newcomers to Amateur Radio will launch on Thursday, March 7. 'So Now What?' will alternate new-episode weeks with the 'ARRL The Doctor is In' podcast

The ARRL announcement says:

“So Now What?” will focus on answering questions and providing support and encouragement for new licensees to get the most out of the hobby.

Co-hosting “So Now What?” will be ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and ARRL Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q. The podcast will explore questions that newer hams may have and the issues that keep newcomers from remaining active.

“So Now What?” will be sponsored by LDG Electronics.

“No other podcast is really aimed at this segment of the Amateur Radio community… that is being underserved, that is not getting the answers to the many questions they have,” said ARRL Communications Manager David Isgur, N1RSN, who will serve as the podcast’s executive producer.

Topics to be discussed in the first several episodes include getting started, operating modes available to Technician licensees, VEC and licensing issues, sunspots and propagation, mobile operating, contesting, Amateur Radio in pop culture, and perceptions of Technician license holders.

So What Now? podcast

Read the full ARRL story at

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Ask Hackaday: Earth's magnetic field shifting rapidly but who will notice?

Thursday 7th March 2019

Just when you though it was safe to venture out, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an unexpected update.

Magnetic North is on the move — faster than expected. That’s right, we know magnetic north moves around, but now it’s happened at a surprising rate. Instead of waiting for the normal five year interval before an update on its position, NOAA have given us a fresh one a bit earlier.

There are some things that we can safely consider immutable, reliable, they’ll always be the same. You might think that direction would be one of them. North, south, east, and west, the points of the compass. But while the True North of the Earth’s rotation has remained unchanged, the same can not be said of our customary method of measuring direction.

Earth’s magnetic field is generated by a 2,000 km thick outer core of liquid iron and nickel that surrounds the planet’s solid inner core. The axis of the earth’s internal magnet shifts around the rotational axis at the whim of the currents within that liquid interior, and with it changes the readings returned by magnetic compasses worldwide.

The question that emerged at Hackaday as we digested news of the early update was this: as navigation moves inexorably towards the use of GPS and other systems that do not depend upon the Earth’s magnetic field, where is this still relevant beyond the realm of science?

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West Malaysia

Thursday 7th March 2019

A team lead by Mansur/9M2VBC which will include operators Engku/9W2VWT, Jalee/9W2VGR, Khairil/9W2WPZ, Mohamad/9W2JMW, Abdul/9W2DQM and Herry/9W2HXP.

They will be active using the special callsign, 9M19TEA, thanks to the support of Kelab Rekreasi and Komunikasi Radio Cameron Highlands crew.

Team members will begin to arrive March 27th,and begin to set up the antennas and stations to operate between March 28-30th.

Activity is to promote interesting places in Malaysia to the radio amateurs of the world. This year the Cameron Highlands (WW Loc. OJ14CG) was chosen and is a highland area and resort in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. Cameron Highland is located at 1,829 meters above sea level and temperatures range from 10 ° C to 20 ° C.

Operations will be focused on the low bands, but will also be on the WARC-79 and higher bands.

All QSL cards are 100% sure via OQRS, direct or by the Bureau!
The 9M19TEA log will be on ClubLog during the DXpedition.

The DXpedition's Web site is at:


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Spring Field Week by IG Hamspirit

Thursday 7th March 2019

IG Hamspirit, a group of German amateurs, holds its Spring Field Week from March 7 to 14 at the lake Dreetzsee.

Ops are DL7AG, DL7KM, DH2SN, DO5DGH, and others signing their homecalls /p from the following WWFF references on HF (CW, SSB, FT8): DLFF-0057 - Nature Park Feldberger Seenlandschaft DLFF-0129 - Nature Park Uckermaerkische Seen

The group also uses the callsign DL50AMSAT in the context of satellite activities.


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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Thursday 7th March 2019

Island activities:

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

AS-157; 3W, South China Sea Coast Centre group: Jacek/SP5APW operates from Phu Quy Island between the 10th and 16th as XV9JK on 20 and 17m (SSB), and 30 & 40m (FT8). QSL via SP5APW (d/B), ClubLog.

NA-001; C6, Great Bahama Bank group: Dom/M1KTA will be active from Eleuthera between March 8 and 16 as C6AKT on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10m (CW only), and during the Commonwealth Contest. QSL via CLubLog OQRS, LoTW, M1KTA (d/B).

NA-016; ZF, Cayman Islands: Colin/G4CWH is going to pay the ZF1A club station another visit and operate as ZF2CA between the 6th and 11th. QRV in the Commonwealth contest and before and after on 160-10m (CW, SSB). QSL via G4CWH (d/B).

NA-073; V3, Corozal/Belize District group: Iain/G4SGX plans to participate in the Commonwealth Contest as V31GX and remains active after it for two more days on the low bands (CW). QSL via G4SGX (d/B), ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.

SA-005; CE0Z, Juan Fernandez Archipelago: Members of the Russian Robinson Club (Vasily/R7AL, Vlad/RK8A, Aleksei/RL5F, Leo/RW9JZ, Wlodek/SP6EQZ, and Marco/CE1TBN) activate Robinson Crusoe Island (DICE ICE-004, WLOTA 0153, CEFF-0003, WW Loc. FF06ai) from March 9 until April 3. QRV as XR0ZRC on 160 to 10m (all modes) with 4 rigs. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, R7AL.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club e-mail:

RSGB IOTA website

Check-out the latest IOTA News bulletin from OPDX

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The Space Weather Woman

Thursday 7th March 2019

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov

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Ham radio to feature in MagPi magazine

Wednesday 6th March 2019

RaspberryPi magazine MagPi will feature articles on Amateur Radio Projects in issue 80, available for Free download from March 28

The Raspberry Pi computer board has long been a favourite with radio amateurs who have used it for a diverse range of activities such as Slow Scan TV, Satellite Tracking, Digital ATV, VHF FM and HF SSB.

It is not yet known which projects will be featured in MagPi but be sure to keep an eye out for issue 80.

You can follow MagPi magazine on Twitter at

Free PDF of the current MagPi, issue 79, is available at


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Ham radio at Titan Missile Museum

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Randy Hall K7AGE has released a video of his amateur radio operation from the Titan Missile Museum, Green Valley, Arizona

He says there is a large discone antenna at the site that you can connect your radio to and operate. Randy worked 23 stations on 20 meters. Lots of fun.

Watch Titan Missile Museum Operating

Titan Missile Museum

Green Valley Amateur Radio Club

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DXCC Most Wanted

Wednesday 6th March 2019

The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of February 21st. The list contains 340 entities.

The following are the top 10 entities:

1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)
2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island
3. FT5/W Crozet Island
4. BS7H Scarborough Reef
5. CE0X San Felix Islands
6. BV9P Pratas Island
7. KH7K Kure Island
8. KH3 Johnston Island
9. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island
10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island

Four changes this month. Scarborough Reef (BS7H) and San Felix Islands
(CE0X) switched places in the 4th to 5th position. Kerguelen Island (FT5/X) and Peter 1 Island (3Y/P) switched places in the 9th to the 10th.

The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:


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Potential interference from Wireless Power Transfer systems

Wednesday 6th March 2019

The SARL made a presentation to members of the SABS Technical Committee, TC-73, on the potential interference that Wireless Power Transfer systems for the charging of electric vehicles may cause on the HF bands.

The committee discussed the possible implications and supported the SARL call to place the matter formally on the agenda of Work Group 1 which will further review the potential of interference and report back at the next meeting of TC-73 which will be held at the end of May.
The May TC-73 meeting will formulate South Africa's official position when the matter is discussed at the CISPR meeting in China in mid-October this year.

Hans van de Groenendaal who made the presentation said that he was encouraged by the positive support during the discussion.

While the number of electric vehicles in South Africa is currently low, the potential of a rapid increase is great. Shell recently announced that it will be installing charging facilities on a large number of their forecourts and two major motor vehicle manufactures have already installed charging system in their showrooms.

Some discussions in CEPT suggest that the existing spurious emission limits for inductive SRDs are appropriate but these were developed on a wholly different set of assumptions about duty cycle, location and whether victim and emitter share the same frequency.
These standards are not appropriate for WPT which has a high duty cycle with power up to 22 kilowatt, located in residential areas and its harmonics are likely to be spread across a band of frequencies.

The South African Radio League

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IECRO Ireland Radio Club

Wednesday 6th March 2019

A number of events will be taking place within the club over the coming weeks.

New members will receive basic training during the club's weekend long meeting of 9th and 10th March.

Anyone who wishes to attend any of the weekend sessions, can book a place by emailing “ireland /at/ iecro /dot/ com”

From the 11th - 15th March, some members will be attending a seminar hosted by IECRO UK. During the event, they will be active under the callsigns MW0IPN and MX0IPN.

The dates of the clubs April meeting are still to be confirmed.
All current members are very welcome to attend.

IECRO: International Emergency Communication Registry of Operators

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Youngsters on the Air Bulgarian camp announced

Wednesday 6th March 2019

The Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) program is an IARU Region 1 initiative aimed at engaging youngsters in amateur radio, as well as supporting amateurs under the age of 26.

The YOTA program is jointly led by Lisa, PA2LS and Tommy, ON2TD, and organizes a number of projects, including YOTA Month, the IARU Youth Contesting Program, and the YOTA summer event—which is held  in a different IARU Region 1 country each year.

The 2019 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) summer camp will be held in Bulgaria, close to the capital city of Sofia. The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) will be hosting the event, which will take place from 11-17 August 2019.

Find out more at:


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IOTA News from OPDX

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Island activities:

AF-118. (Update/New IOTA) Toufelaz, CN8QY, is planning to lead a team to activate Los Farallones Island, Morocco, between July 25-30th. Callsign will be 5C9A.
Operators mentioned are Zidane/CN8CE, Toufelaz/CN8QY, Hamid/ CN8HDZ, CN8PA/CN8PA, Ferti/CN8RAH, Leopoldo/I8LWL, Bruno/IK2PZG, Simon/IZ7ATN, Col/MM0NDX and Jonathan/MM0OKG. They are looking for support. QSL Manager is I8LWL. They will also use ClubLog. Details are on and now on the Web page at:

EU-011. Members of the Cray Valley Radio Society team will once again activate St. Mary's Island in the Isles of Scilly during the IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/24HRS/High-Power entry signing M8C. The team will be there between July 24-30th.
In the past the team has operated on all HF bands prior to the contest using their callsigns/P, but there was some mention of the callsign G3RCV being used. QSL Manager has not been announced for this year.
Watch for updates.
Operators mentioned this year are Nobby/G0VJG, Chris/G0FDZ, Giles/M0TGV, Toby/M0TBS, Graham/G4FNL, Ed/GM0WED and Martin/M0MDR.

NA-014. Mikhail "Mike", VE7ACN, will be active as VE7ACN/VE9 from White Head Island (CISA NB-010, GRID FN64pp), New Brunswik, Canada, between April 5-11th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-15 meters (depending on the propagation) using mostly CW with some SSB.
QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, direct or bureau to VE7ACN. For more details and updates, watch:

NA-081. Mikhail "Mike", VE7ACN, will be active as VE7ACN/VE1 from Bell Island (CISA NS-044, GRID FN74tf), Nova Scotia, Canada, between March 22-28th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-15 meters (depending on the propagation) using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, direct or bureau to VE7ACN. For more details and updates, watch:

NA-127. Mikhail "Mike", VE7ACN, will be active as VA7XW/VE1 from Long Island (CISA NS-007, GRID FN64ug), Nova Scotia, Canada, between March 28th and April 4th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-15 meters (depending on the propagation) using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, direct or bureau to VE7ACN. For more details and updates, watch:

NA-150. Cezar, VE3LYC, will be active as VE3LYC/KL7 from Little Diomede Island, Alaska, between March 18-26th. Activity will be on 40-17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:

OC-138. (Update) Taka, JA8COE, will be active as VK4/JA8COE from Thursday Island (not Horn Island as first announced) between March 14-17th. Activity will be on various HF Bands. QSL via JA8COE. For more details and updates, watch:

OC-207. Operators Ed/4F1OZ and Gil/4F2KW will be active as DX1CC from Arena Island, Philippines, between April 12-15th. They are members of the Philippine DX Chasers Club. Activity will be on 30/20/17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via EA5GL or ClubLog.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <> 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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UWE-4: First NanoFEEP thruster ignition

Tuesday 5th March 2019

At 09:59:00 UT on February 26, one of the UWE-4 CubeSat NanoFEEP thrusters, developed by TU Dresden and Morpheus Space, was successfully ignited

This is the first time an electric propulsion system has been activated on board of a 1U CubeSat in space.

A voltage of more than 5kV has been produced by the power processing unit causing a thruster emitter current of 40µA. For this very first firing a duration of 30s was intended.

Primary mission: accomplished!

Within the next days experiments with the propulsion system for a characterization of the thrusters will be conducted.

Thank you very much for your support! Especially the directly injected messages into our server using the decoding tool by Mike DK3WN help us a lot with our daily operations!

Kind regards,
The UWE-4 Team

UWE-4 435.600 MHz

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Justin McAllister’s simple, post-apocalypse-friendly antennas

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Watch Justin McAllister’s presentation on simple antennas suitable for a zombie apocalypse and two things will happen: you’ll be reminded that everything antennas do is amazing, and their reputation for being a black magic art will fade dramatically.

Justin really knows his stuff; there is no dangle-a-wire-and-hope-for-the-best in his examples. He demonstrates that it’s possible to communicate over remarkable distances with nothing more than an off-the-shelf radio, battery pack, and an antenna of simple design.

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Local commercial radio: approved areas in Scotland and Wales

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Ofcom has today published its decision on areas in Scotland and Wales from which local commercial radio stations can broadcast local programmes.

Local commercial radio stations are required to produce a minimum number of hours of locally-made programmes. They can broadcast this content from within the licensed area itself, or from studios based within an area approved by Ofcom.

The new approved areas are:

• Northern Scotland;
• Southern Scotland; and
• Wales

These new approved areas give radio stations in Scotland and Wales greater flexibility in how and where they produce their programmes. But our guidelines make clear that local news, traffic and weather information must still be delivered, irrespective of where a studio is based.

The changes we are making to rules around ‘localness’ are designed to strengthen the ability of local commercial radio stations to keep producing high-quality, locally relevant services.

A statement setting our decision in full is available

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Bouvet Island DXpedition news

Tuesday 5th March 2019

OPDX report the following was posted on the Rebel DX Group's Web page, dated February 20th, and "maybe" taking place now or soon:

"Atlantic Tuna Sea Trial --- For those tracking our vessel; some-time in the next 10 days you will be tracking the two to three day sea trial of our ship the 'Atlantic Tuna' (formerly BYR).

The SAMSA surveys are in their final stages, and after a complete refit of the Atlantic Tuna we’re now at the stage of proving the vessels sea worthiness. Remember, this is a sea trial so when you see the Atlantic Tuna leave the Cape Town harbor don’t jump to the conclusion we’re on our way to Bouvet just yet.

IF the sea trial goes as expected, we will announce our departure date on ( and (, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

You may track the Atlantic Tuna from our page: "

For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages: (For JA stations)

Source: OPDX

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Worked All Postcodes

Tuesday 5th March 2019

The Worked All Postcodes app and site are now all functional and ready for use

Details as follows

Worked all Postcodes
The challenge is simple
Work as many postcodes as possible
Maximum Power 10 watts RF output
Any Mode
70MHz (4 metres)
144MHz (2 Metres)
430MHz (70 cms)
1296MHz (23 cms)

This is for fun and designed to increase activity on the above bands

You may use the apps at any time any mode but all contacts must be simplex and not via repeaters or gateways!

Simple awards will be given for working postcodes as follows
30 plus Bronze
70 plus Silver
120 plus Gold
Worked all post codes Platinum

A contact is a unique call signs in unique postcode

Logging will be first two characters of a post code with a few exceptions such as Channel Islands and BT postcode

Apps are available on Google Play for Android, App store for Iphone/Ipad You can also use the website

Sign up and join the fun

This scheme will be self-policing and awards software generated.

Chris Taylor G0WTZ

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2.5 milliwatt OPERA signal via Es'hail-2

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Markus Vester DF6NM successfully used the digital mode OPERA to send a 2.5 milliwatt signal through the 2.4 to 10 GHz amateur radio transponder on the Es'hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite

Graham G0NBD writes about the contact on Digital Radio Groupsio.

On March 3, 2019, Markus started using 250 milliwatts of OPERA on 2.4 GHz into a 60 cm dish pointing at Es'hail-2. The downlink signal was received via the AMSAT-UK and BATC 10 GHz WebSDR at Goonhilly in Cornwall by Peter Knol PA1SDB.

Markus then reduced power to just 2.5 milliwatts and the signal was still receiveable.

See Digital Radio Groupsio post at

OPERA was developed by Jose EA5HVK and can be downloaded from https://rosmodem.wordpress

Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live

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March issue of Radio ZS PDF available

Tuesday 5th March 2019

The South African Radio League (SARL) site reports the PDF of the March issue of their magazine Radio ZS is now 'available for everybody to read'

Among the articles in this issue are:
• QO-100 geostationary satellite amateur radio transponders
• Charging electric cars is not without its challenges
• Magnetic Motion
• The Classic Rain-Gutter Loop Antenna — is it any Good?

Download the magazine at


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Vienna Wireless Power Transmission paper

Monday 4th March 2019

Don Beattie G3BJ has submitted a paper on the threat posed by Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) for discussion at the IARU Region 1 Interim Meeting in Vienna, April 27-28

The detailed 20 page paper notes the "IARU engaged with discussions in CEPT and ITU on WPT in 2017. This was probably too late, and since then we have been fighting to gain control of the debate."

The paper warns: "Given the planned density of WPT-Electric Vehicle systems, there will be a widespread and serious impact on radio communications operating in the vicinity should spurious emissions, measured at 10m be at the limits set in ITU-R SM329-12 (which broadly corresponds to the limits of CEPT ERC Rec 74-01)."

Download VIE19 C7-005 Wireless Power Transmission – an Overview

Other papers for the conference can be found at

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Ham College 50

Monday 4th March 2019

Ham College episode 50 is now available for download.

General Amateur Radio Exam part 21. Decibels and Power. S units. Amplifier Classes.



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Radio Mi Amigo to go offshore 30 May to 2 June

Monday 4th March 2019

Five years after their success with  Mi Amigo 40 in Ostend, the Mi Amigo team set their sails for the beautiful Belgian seaside resort of   Blankenberge, to organise a week of transmissions, "live from the ship CASTOR". 

This will happen from Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June during the Blankenberg Havenfeesten"MI AMIGO 45".

The Mi Amigo40 ship being used in 2019 is the  Castor,  an identical sister ship of Radio Caroline's Ross Revenge tender,  'Bellatrix' and of the Greenpeace ship the 'Sirius'.

Details here:

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ICQ Podcast - Amateur Radio author Don Keith (N4KC)

Monday 4th March 2019

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Bill Barnes N3JIX and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is an interview by Frank Howell (K4FMH) with Amateur Radio Author Don Keith (N4KC)


We would like to thank Richard Boley and Dino Papas (KL0S) along with our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit -

News stories include:-

• Cricket World Cup Amateur Radio Marathon
• Comments Wanted on Amateur Radio Related Petition for Rule Making
• Radio Hams Transfer Crypto Currency on 40m Band
• Golden Globe Sailing Race - Penalty Given for Ham Radio Use
• Carole Perry (WB2MGP) is First Recipient of Award Named in Her Honour
• Tate Gallery Features Ham Radio Art
• St Patrick’s Day Special Events Station GB1SPD
• VeroRoute
• Highest Ever SOTA Activation

The ICQ Podcast can be downloaded from

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RAC website may be slow depending on browser

Monday 4th March 2019

Radio Amateurs of Canada say: It has been brought to our attention that depending on the platform you are using (mobile, tablet or desktop), the RAC website may be slow both in loading and in navigation if you are using Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer browsers. 

If you are experiencing a slow response, we would appreciate it if you would please consider switching to the latest version of the Google Chrome browser as this seems to be the optimal browser for the RAC website.

Additional information:

The technical issues described above may be a result of recent changes to the WordPress website program that we use to create the RAC website.
In late January 2019, WordPress changed to a new Gutenberg WordPress editor. We have taken steps to install the plugin to disable the Gutenberg editor, but unfortunately as core platform updates have progressed it has slowed the response time even more. 

The Gutenberg WordPress editor is a new webpage builder that is being designed to integrate with the WordPress core. With Gutenberg, content is added in blocks of various types from the WordPress backend instead of PHP or HTML coding.

If you install the Chrome browser on your desktop, you will need to modify your Pop-up Blocker. To do this, click on the three dots at the top right corner of Google Chrome and then navigate to “Settings”, go to the “Privacy & Security” setting under the “Advanced” tab at the bottom of the screen, select “Content Settings”, and then go to “Pop-ups and redirects”. Go to “Allow” and then “Add” the URLs for the RAC website “” and “”.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this issue. It may take some time to completely convert the website to block content coding.

Paul Burggraaf, VE3PRB
RAC Assistant Webmaster
Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Radio Amateur Young Ladies Voices of the World needed

Monday 4th March 2019

Let your voice be heard in a special music composition by Neli Pantsutaia for the Royal Danish Academy of Music festival taking place in Finland on 9 March 2019 the day after World Woman's Day.

Neli would like all young ladies who are radio amateurs to send a recording of their voices. The recording is simple, all you need to do is to record CQ CQ, your call sign and your name. Save it in MP3 and send it to or send a WhatsApp voice note to 0045 91564744. The piece will be performed live by Petra Larson OZ7PR and Inger Lundin OZ7AGR of Denmark.

The project is part of PULSAR 2019 which asks what it is that new music translates. Morse code is intrinsically a translation, Morse is communication, but also rhythm and music. This connection is explored in the project ON/OFF.

Can this technologically primitive method of communication be seen as a parallel to the revival of the LPs and cassette tapes within the field of music? Radio Amateurs in live contexts, mimes, dancers, performers, and musicians are integrated in installations and musical works at two ON/OFF events, the opening concert on Thursday 7 March, and the concert and related activities on Saturday 9 March.

The tower of the radio house will function as a landmark for PULSAR 2019. During the festival, it will beam blinking signals in Morse code as a luminous musical work. If you need assistance call Anette Jacobs at 073 199 9032.


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Canada: Amateur radio statistics

Sunday 3rd March 2019

It is reported that The Canadian Amateur (TCA) magazine published by the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) contains an update on the number of amateurs as at December 2018

According to a tweet by KE9V TCA magazine says: 
"During the period from October 2013 until December 2018, the number of people authorized to operate Amateur Radio in Canada grew from 63,317 to 70,198, continuing a growth rate more than twice that of the population as a whole"

While the figure is presented with a positive spin some may be concerned it hides an underlying problem that affects many countries - a long-term decline in the number of active amateurs.

In 2000 Canada was one of the first countries to make amateur radio "license-exempt". The license was abolished and replaced by an authorization to operate which lasts for 125 years from the holders date of birth.

This means the statistics will continue to show the many thousands of Canadian amateurs who've died since 2000. Additionally all those who took up the hobby but then decided to give it up to pursue a different interest will still be in the figures.

An RCA submission to IARU said that in 1999 they had 6,573 members and there were 45,000 individual amateur radio licenses in Canada. It may well be the real total of active amateurs is now significantly less than it was 20 years ago.

Questions and Answers on Canada's Authorization Certificates

AH0A amateur radio statistics for some other countries

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Education grants for SSA affiliated clubs

Sunday 3rd March 2019

To address the sharp decline in new radio amateurs, Sweden's national society, the SSA, is to give grants to affiliated clubs that implement a planned and pre-announced training program

A Google Translation of the SSA announcement says:

The number of new radio amateurs has declined sharply in 2018.
A prerequisite for a positive development is education and trial execution. In order to motivate clubs to organize training and carry out trial work, the SSA Board has decided as follows:

When a club, which is a member of the SSA, has implemented a planned and pre-announced training program, which has been completed with a formal trial order, a grant of SEK 3000 (£245) is paid. This applies regardless of the number of students and regardless of their test results. This offer applies to courses that are completed in 2019. Also courses that have already begun.

• Distance training with a specific course program established by the club qualifies the club for grants.
• Testing after self-study is not qualifying
• Re-testing is not qualifying.

Send a copy of the invitation to education and course program to the office, and to for advertising if it has not already been done.

In connection with certification, Jonas, SM5PHU will check whether the conditions for grants are met.

Jonas informs the relevant club chairman and requests an invoice for training support.

Board of Directors

Source SSA

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Celebrating 100 years of WWV

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Welcome to the WWV Centennial Celebration!

We’re glad you’ve joined us to help celebrate the World’s oldest continually broadcasting radio station, WWV, as it turns 100 this year.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) are working together to organize the event.

NIST will focus on the plans for Tuesday, October 1, when they will host a recognition ceremony and an open house at the radio station north of Fort Collins.

NCARC will operate a special event amateur radio station, call sign WW0WWV, on the WWV property starting September 28 and going 24-hours a day through October 2. The goal is to make as many U.S. and world-wide contacts during the 120-hour period as possible, using multiple bands and multiple modes on at least 4 simultaneous transmitters. The effort will require hundreds of volunteer operators.

The 100th anniversary is an occasion to celebrate radio and our understanding of the EM spectrum, and an opportunity to help people everywhere appreciate what radio does in their everyday lives.

Please check back here often for updates. This website will have the most current news and information.

The following notes and summaries are in reverse chronological order, newest near the top.

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Foundations of Amateur Radio #195

Saturday 2nd March 2019

All the power in the world and not enough battery!

The transceiver you use to get on air and make noise needs power to operate. The traditional voltage for our amateur equipment is 13.8 Volts. Why not 12 Volts you ask. The short answer is chemistry, but let's move on, there is lots to cover.

Generally that 13.8 Volt is specified with a +/- symbol and some percentage. For my radio it's 15%, which means that if I plug it into power that's somewhere between 11.7 Volt and 15.9 Volt, I'm good to go.

Then when you look a little closer at the specification you'll see that my radio draws 22 Amp. That's a whole chunk of juice that needs to come from a power supply. Of course that means that you'll also need to deal with 22 Amp fuses, wire capable of dealing with 13.8 Volt at 22 Amp, and connectors that won't melt when you do that.

If you look closer again, you might notice that 22 Amp is when you're using the radio at maximum power, that is, 100% duty cycle and 100% power, and only during transmit, in the case of my radio, 100 Watts for HF.

So, if I'm using a digital mode, AM or FM, at 100 Watts on HF, my radio says it will draw 22 Amp at 13.8 Volts.

Those numbers aren't correct of you're using CW or SSB. A rough number to work with for CW is 40%, that means if you're doing CW for a minute, that's the equivalent of key down at a 100% for 40 seconds and key up at 0% for 60 seconds.

SSB is roughly 4 times as efficient as AM, about 25% duty cycle, but realistically it's more like 20%, since your power consumption depends on how much you're yelling into the microphone. If you take long breaths, 0% power, whistle into the microphone, 100% of SSB, or 25% of overall power.

Now all this gets even more interesting if you consider that you're not just transmitting all the time. If you're only transmitting half the time, you need to take your power consumption down another 50%, so SSB might be 10%, CW only 20% and the digital modes 50%, from the perspective of the power supply.

So you want to go portable and need batteries. Batteries don't come in 13.8 Volt versions. So 12 Volts. Get the number of amp hour and you're good to go right?


Your battery doesn't just run at 12 Volts and then all of a sudden stop, it runs down, you've seen it in a torch or a Walkman when the tape got slower and slower. A 26 Ah battery should give you 26 Amp for an hour at 12 Volts, but if you actually do that, you'll need to buy a new battery, because you'll have destroyed the one you just exhausted.

All of this then starts a conversation about chargers, which incidentally might put out 14.4 Volts. You might turn to solar panels, which at peak power operate at something like 18 Volts, then you stumble into the world of PWM vs MPPT solar converters or charges. Then there's the joys of over and under current, battery discharge rates, continuous versus intermittent charging, different battery types, battery safety, storage, weight, out-gassing and more fun than you'll want to know about on your morning commute.

And I haven't even talked about battery isolation, HF interference from chargers and inverters, the differences between powering your radio straight from a battery or via a DC to DC converter, using 240 Volts, or if you're in the USA 120 Volts in the field, generators, compatibility with others and how much all this might cost and if you need to invest in lotto tickets to pay for this experience.

One tool I stumbled across in my travels is the Four State QRP Group website which has the W1PNS / WA0ITP / AB8XA Battery Life Estimator, which in a single web page gives you the ability to say what mode you'll be using, for how long with what battery size and how much radio draw and it'll tell you how much more battery you'll need to get the job done. Very handy for a contest that you're hoping to operate portable from a battery.

This all to say that power is a very deep rabbit hole and it will take you some time to figure out where your use pattern puts your requirements and budget.

Here be dragons.


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DARC to participate in Germany's largest Maker event

Saturday 2nd March 2019

On March 2-3, radio amateurs will promote the hobby at 'MakeMunich', a major trade fair for the Makers and Do-It-Yourself scene in the Bavarian state capital

A Google translation reads:

At the 5th event of this kind, more than 10,000 technology-savvy, environmentally conscious, creative and innovation-minded visitors from all over Germany and neighboring countries are now expected in the Bavarian state capital in addition to 150 exhibitors. The DARC district of Upper Bavaria (C) is also involved with its own booth.

Because amateur radio is all about DIY, about electronics and communication technology. In several lectures will be informed about the use and research of the entire radio spectrum, about antenna technology and fault measurement technology. The OV Erding will present the "Charly-25" SDR project, a test model of the MOVE-2 will be on display and the visitors will be demonstrated live among other things a connection on the new Es'hail-2 satellite.

The event will take place in the Zenithhalle Munich, Lilienthalallee 29, 80939 Munich. Opening hours are March 2 and 3 from 10am to 6pm.

Further information can be found on the event website

This information from Rainer Englert, DF2NU, OVV of Munich South (C18).

Source DARC

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Revised version of amateur radio exam syllabus available

Saturday 2nd March 2019

A new version of the 2019 RSGB Syllabus for the three Amateur Radio exams is now available for download

You can download the PDF from

The new syllabus is expected to apply to exams taken from September.

For now the existing easier syllabus is still in use. If you're thinking of upgrading you may wish to book a course before the new exams come into effect.

You can find a training course near you at

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A month without sunspots

Saturday 2nd March 2019

The sun has just passed an entire calendar month with no sunspots.

The last time this happened, in August 2008, the sun was in the nadir of a century-class Solar Minimum.

The current stretch of blank suns shows that Solar Minimum has returned, and it could be as deep as the last one.

Visit for more information and current sunspot counts.

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70th Anniversary of FM in Europe

Saturday 2nd March 2019

According to an article in our German sister publication Reflexion, Thursday marked 70 years of the first FM transmitter to go into service and on air in Europe.

The transmitter to which this accolade belongs is in Munich. 
München Freimann officially started service on the afternoon of 28 February 1949 just ahead of a VHF FM transmitter in Hamburg which came on air the following day.

Andrew Tett

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DXCC Country/Entity Report

Saturday 2nd March 2019

According to the AR-Cluster Network for for the week of Sunday, 17th February, through Sunday, 1st March there were 240 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T31, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, XZ, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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).


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Highest-ever SOTA activation

Friday 1st March 2019

The highest referenced peak in SOTA - Summits on the Air, at the time of writing, is Aconcagua LUM/PH-001, 6962m ASL, in the relatively new Argentina (Mendoza) association.

This was activated on 16th February 2019 by Tom Rudzinski SQ9FVE, operating as LU/SQ9FVE.  Tom is an experienced and skilled mountaineer, and as required for such an undertaking, planned the expedition carefully including all necessary support.

The climbing to the summit began some 13 days ahead of the activation, and included several camps and acclimatisation strategies. 

The actual activation took place at 1747 UTC and comprised five QSOs on 2m FM, all with Argentinian chasers located around 90km away.

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BYLARA's new Bulletin launch

Friday 1st March 2019

BYLARA is delighted to produce its first all colour 'Bulletin', coming out each month throughout it's 40th Ruby Anniversary Year and beyond...

Here's the March issue for your delectation...!!

Please, do share away with you local clubs and societies, especially amongst the YL's you know...

Don't forget, the newsletter deadline for your articles and stories is coming up for the 15th March.

You can send your articles to

Kind Regards

Krystyna 2E0KSH
BYLARA Publicity Officer


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2019 State of the Hobby Survey

Friday 1st March 2019

Dear Friend in Amateur Radio,

Dustin N8RMA here - I am once again hosting the State of the Hobby Survey for 2019!  If you haven't looked at the results from 2018, I highly recommend you head over to my blog and check it out.

I am very excited about this year, given the fantastic participation we had in 2018 - largely in part to promotion on the part of people like you. I hope this year can be even better!

The 2019 State of the Hobby Survey will go live tomorrow, March 1st and be live during the whole month of March, expanding from the two week window I did previously. Again I ask for your assistance in spreading the word about this survey and previous results with your respective audiences.

This year, due to request, I am opening up my availability for podcasts and blogs who may want to interview me about the survey and results. If this is something you are interested in, feel free to reach out to me and we will work it out.

Again, HUGE thank you for the assistance last year and I look forward to working with you again here in 2019!

Dustin N8RMA

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Clear, honest information before you buy broadband

Friday 1st March 2019

Broadband shoppers must be told how fast their new service will be, before they sign a contract, under new Ofcom protections from today (1 March).

The new Code of Practice is part of Ofcom’s work to promote Fairness for Customers, which ensures people get a fair deal and are treated well by their providers. The Code means broadband firms will always have to give customers a minimum guaranteed speed at the point of sale.

If a customer’s broadband speed then drops below the promised level, companies will have one month to improve performance, before they must let the customer walk away – penalty-free. This right to exit also applies to landline and TV packages bought at the same time as broadband.

Broadband providers must also be upfront with customers about what speeds to expect during peak times.

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Earth's magnetic field is shaking in response to a solar wind stream

Friday 1st March 2019

A fast-moving stream of solar wind is engulfing Earth today, with speeds near 600 km/s (1.2 million mph).

This is causing minor geomagnetic storms, bright auroras around the Arctic Circle, and vibrations in our planet's magnetic field that amateur scientists can detect using backyard sensors.

This unsettled space weather could continue through March 1st as our planet moves through the unusually wide stream.

Visit for updates.

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