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100 Watts and a Wire with Christian Cudnik, KSTH Officially Launches!

Posted: 30 Jun 2015 03:52 PM PDT


Fans of 'Ham Nation' may recognize Christian, KØSTH from his work as the

host of the "New Ham" segment.

'100 Watts and a Wire' is a program celebrating amateur radio through the

eyes of a 'new' ham. The show will feature topical conversation and

interviews, news and an entertaining look at the adventures of a ham trying

to figure it all out. We'll explore the interesting layers of this diverse

hobby and service. '100 Watts and a Wire' is perfect for those who are new

to ham radio, their ElmerÂ’s, the seasoned radio operator and the

technically curious crowd. You don't have to spend a fortune to get on the

air and have fun!

Join Emmy winner Christian Cudnik for an inside a look at the world of

amateur radio.

In this episode, we officially launch 100 Watts and a Wire! Join us for a

review of Field Day 2015, we explore the growth of the 100 Watts and Wire

Facebook group, and make a Special Announcement!



Wicker, Blumenthal co-sponsor S.1685, Senate version of Amateur Radio

Parity Act

Posted: 30 Jun 2015 10:45 AM PDT

Due to the lobbying efforts of the ARRL and licensed amateurs in

Mississippi, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has co-sponsored a Senate version

of H.R. 1301 with Richard Blumenthal, (D-CT) called the Amateur Radio

Parity Act of 2015. It is S.1685 and located here. This bipartisan effort

greatly increases the chances that this legislation will become law in the

near future. See the ARRL announcement here and Senator Wicker's press

release here. Stay tuned as these two bills are heard in their respective

Committees. Good work, ARRL!


The Ham Radio Deluxe Team is Growing Again!

Posted: 29 Jun 2015 03:23 PM PDT

Press Release

Ham Radio Deluxe News: The HRD Team is Growing Again!

Tampa, FL; Dallas, TX; St. Paul, MN — June 29, 2015

HRD Software, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of John Henry, KI4JPL

to the HRD Development Staff and Robin Moseley, G1MHU to the Support

Staff. Rick Ruhl, W4PC said, “As our product continues to reach more ham

shacks, the need to increase our staff in both development and support

became apparent. I'm thrilled to bring their expertise into the HRD family.”

John, KI4JPL has been a software developer since 1987, working for various

companies and most recently working with TEN-TEC developing rig firmware

and pc applications, as well as major parts of several other products. "I'm

looking forward to what I can do with HRD and help out with adding new

features and supporting the growth of another market leader," said John.

Robin, G1MHU joins the team from the UK where he has been doing software

support; training and hardware support for the past 17 years, and has most

recently worked for a speech recognition dictation company. Robin said, "I

have been using HRD since 2006, when I bought my first rig that could be

computer controlled. I am QRV 80m through to 70cm at the moment, currently

experimenting with 2m EME. I'm quite excited to assist our users to make

the most of this wonderful software."

With these additions to the team, HRD also sadly says goodbye to Jason

Boyer, N6EY. Jason has moved in to the education field and secured a

position as a science teacher where he is excited to bring science and

technology in to a high school, and hopefully ham radio as well. "Jason

was an amazing member of our QA and Support team and will be missed, but we

know he will be making a difference in the lives of young people in his

classrooms and we couldn't be prouder," said Rick, W4PC on behalf of the

entire team.

One final change to note regarding phone support hours that take effect

immediately. Phones will now be open for support at 5:00AM EST and stay

open until 7 PM EST Monday through Thursday and until 6:00PM EST on Friday.

As always, Ham Radio Deluxe is free to try before you buy for 30 days.

Purchase and download Ham Radio Deluxe 6.2 at

HRD Paid support: http://tickets.hrdsoftwarellc.com

HRD Peer Support Forum: http://forums.hrdsoftwarellc.com

HRD YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/hrdsoftware


Solar Storms Continue, as Power Grid Braces Itself

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 01:08 PM PDT

A third solar storm flared up Thursday, and power-grid operators are again

bracing themselves for a potentially damaging geomagnetic storm, according

to NOAA.The moderate storm conditions are expected to arrive on Earth

Saturday and continue until Sunday, said the agencyÂ’s Space Weather

Prediction Center.

ItÂ’s the third flare from the sun that has power companies and grid

operators bracing for the potentially disrupting space energy.

The first hit on Monday, and the second on Wednesday. Those storms were

graded “severe,” but ultimately proved to have minimal effects on the

interconnectivity of the electric system.

Worst-case scenarios have been feared with such solar activity, since a

geomagnetic storm knocked out power for million along the U.S. – Canadian

border in March 1989, through surges lasting just over 90 seconds.

Such interstellar power threats are not new. Telegraph networks were

knocked out by similar surges in 1859 and 1921, according to historical



ICQPODCAST in Friedrichshafen 2015

Posted: 28 Jun 2015 12:28 AM PDT

Series Eight Episode Fourteen - Friedrichshafen Review (28 June 2015)

In this episode of the ICQ Amateur / Ham radio Podcast, we start our review

of the Ham Radio Friedrichshafen event.

Interviews with

Paul Bigwood (G3WYW) from Yaesu discussing System Fusion -
https://www.yaesu.com/Michael Zwingl (OE3MZC) from OEVSV discussing the

groups proposal for a more modern radio operating system -
http://www.oevsv.atGraham Summerfield from BHI -
http://www.bhi-ltd.comWorld Radio Team Championship 2018 Announcement -
http://www.wrtc2018.de/Gerald (K5SDR) from Flex makes a product development

announcement - http://www.flexradio.com

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


Ham College episode 6

Posted: 26 Jun 2015 10:04 PM PDT

Ham College episode 6

June 30, 2015

Ham College episode 6 is now available for download.

Ham College, the new show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to

get into Amateur Radio.

In episode 6 we talk about and demonstrate diodes. More questions and

answers from the Technical class question pool.






field day on QSO Radio and w5kub.com

Posted: 26 Jun 2015 03:18 PM PDT

Have you every wanted to be on a powerful 100 KW shortwave station?We will

be doing a live video webcast from the studios of QSO Radio Show. The

program is" Field Day Live" The show will be on both the w5kub.com video

website and broadcast on WTWW on 9930 KHz. See host Ted Randall and other

special guests. Please call in to the broadcast at 615 813 0173 (or text)

and get on the shortwave station. Let the world hear how your field day

operation is going. See Ted in action in his studio. The show should start

around 2:00 PM CT (1900 UTC)


The ARRL Letter, June 25, 2015

Posted: 25 Jun 2015 12:42 PM PDT

The ARRL Letter

June 26, 2015

Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor

[Note: Clicking on the story links below will take you to the news article

as it appears in The ARRL Letter on the ARRL website.]

League Continues Efforts to Secure Senate Sponsorship for Amateur Radio

Parity Act of 2015States, Counties, Communities Recognize the Value of

Amateur RadioNew World Distance Records Set on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Ham

BandsOJ0B on Market Reef Logs Hundreds of 2 Meter Moonbounce, Meteor

Scatter ContactsARRL 2015 Hurricane Season Webinar Set for July 20ARRL

Offering 20 Percent Off on Select Antenna PublicationsOhio ARES "NVIS

Antenna Day" Concludes: The Truth is Up ThereEO-80 (QB50p2) FM Transponder

Testing is SuccessfulAMSAT-NA Announces 2015 Board of Directors

CandidatesARRL NTS Confers Special Service AwardsIn Brief...The K7RA Solar

UpdateJust Ahead in RadiosportUpcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division

Conventions and Events

League Continues Efforts to Secure Senate Sponsorship for Amateur Radio

Parity Act of 2015

ARRL representatives are continuing efforts on Capitol Hill to secure

sponsorship for a Senate companion bill to the Amateur Radio Parity Act of

2015 -- H.R. 1301. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND,

is optimistic that Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation will be active in

both the US House and Senate this summer. The proposed legislation, which

has bipartisan support, would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating

to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private

land-use restrictions.

"Progress has been made on a US Senate version of the bill," Henderson said

this week. "We've had some very positive feedback on the Senate side, and

we believe a companion bill will be submitted there soon."

Henderson stressed that when a companion US Senate bill is "dropped" --

submitted, in congressional parlance -- it will have a completely different

number than the current House bill, H.R. 1301. Once that happens, ARRL

members will be urged to contact their two US senators to encourage them to

cosponsor the Senate bill. Until then, he stressed, League members should

refrain from contacting any US Senators, because the only active bill is

the one in the US House -- H.R. 1301.

"You can't ask US Senators to cosponsor a bill in the US House," Henderson

said, "and you can't ask US House members to cosponsor a bill in the US


Henderson has been sorting through letters from ARRL members for

hand-delivery to Capitol Hill. He advised that letter writers must include

their name and address on their correspondence, because members of Congress

are interested in voters. He said letters that are not signed, that don't

include the constituent's address, or that are directed to the wrong Member

of Congress cannot be used.

Henderson has spent a lot of his time recently meeting with congressional

staffers and occasional US House members, in an effort to gain additional

cosponsors for the bill. As of June 25, there were 79 cosponsors of H.R.

1301, and Henderson said he anticipates a few more House members will sign

onto the bill soon.

The latest cosponsors of H.R. 1301 are Rep David Rouzer (NC) and Rep Janice

Hahn (CA).

"The bill is being well received," Henderson said, "and we anticipate a

mark-up session in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology,

and the Internet after the August recess, and following that, hearings will

be scheduled." US Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI, chairs the subcommittee that will

consider the bill.

Henderson said the Congress's upcoming August recess would be a good time

to meet with lawmakers while they are in their home states and districts.

He suggested contacting a House member's local constituent office to

arrange a visit. "It is not too early," he added. "Perhaps you could

convince the member of Congress to visit your club meeting." He also

recommended that those interested in following the trajectory of H.R. 1301

should sign up to receive the ARRL's free Legislative Update Newsletter.

ARRL members are encouraged to contact their member of Congress by writing

personalized, signed letters on paper, based on the sample letter available

on the ARRL HR 1301 web page. Letters should include the constituent's

address. Send letters to ARRL Headquarters for hand delivery to the

appropriate House members to: ARRL, ATTN HR 1301 Grassroots Campaign, 225

Main St, Newington CT 06111.

States, Counties, Communities Recognize the Value of Amateur Radio

Several US states, counties, and communities have taken the opportunity to

formally recognize the value of Amateur Radio and the occasion of ARRL

Field Day.

Connecticut Gov Dannel Malloy has proclaimed June 22-28 as Amateur Radio

Week. His proclamation noted that the ARRL is headquartered in Connecticut

and has been "promoting and advancing the art, science, and enjoyment of

Amateur Radio" for more than 100 years. Gov Malloy cited Amateur Radio's

public service contributions as well as its role in providing "a bridge

between peoples, societies, and countries."

Florida Gov Rick Scott has proclaimed June 21-27 as Amateur Radio Week in

his state. Scott cited Amateur Radio as a "critical communication link in

the event of a disaster," noting the services that Amateur Radio Emergency

Service volunteers provide in Florida's three ARRL sections. Gov Scott also

expressed appreciation for SKYWARN volunteers, many of them radio amateurs,

who serve as weather spotters to assist the National Weather Service.

Indiana Gov Mike Pence has declared June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week in his

state. Indiana Section Public Information Coordinator Joe March, KJ9M, said

Field Day-oriented public service announcements are airing on radio

stations throughout the Hoosier State. Efforts have been under way in

Indiana to disseminate media releases on Field Day.

Iowa Gov Terry Branstad has proclaimed June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Field

Week. He cited Amateur Radio's contributions in times of emergency and

natural disaster, and its role in moving forward radio communication and

the science of electronics. His proclamation also noted the role of many

radio amateurs as volunteer weather spotters. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the

home of Rockwell Collins Radio Company, where employees will take part in

a "Take Your Radio to Work Day" on June 26, with tours of the company's two

Amateur Radio club stations, N0CXX and W0CXX.

Kansas Gov Sam Brownback has recognized June 27-28 as Kansas Amateur Radio

Field Day and encouraged all with an interest in Amateur Radio to visit a

Field Day site. The governor's proclamation cited the role of Field Day in

emergency preparedness.

New Hampshire Gov Maggie Hassan proclaimed June as Amateur Radio Month. She

cited Amateur Radio's role in serving as "a bridge between peoples,

societies, and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas"

as well as its value in public service during emergencies and public

events. She encouraged New Hampshire citizens to recognize Field Day

weekend as a "demonstration of the radio amateur's skills and readiness to

provide self-supporting communications without further infrastructure


Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin has proclaimed the week of June 21 as Amateur

Radio Week and urged all Oklahomans "to pay tribute to the Amateur Radio

operators of our state." Fallin's proclamation cites ham

radio's "significant role in the development of worldwide radio

communication as well as its public service contribution. It notes that

Field Day "promotes the honing of radio amateurs' emergency preparedness

skills." Speaking with ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager Lloyd Colston, KC5FM,

Gov Fallin cited recent severe weather that Oklahoma has experienced in

recent months, including tornadoes and flooding.

Washington Gov Jay Inslee has proclaimed the week of June 21 as Amateur

Radio Week. He cited Amateur Radio's contributions to the public in times

of emergencies and disasters. "Amateur Radio operators deserve our

recognition and a salute for hundreds of jobs well done," the proclamation


Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker has proclaimed June 27-28 as Amateur Radio Week.

Gov Walker recognized Amateur Radio's public service role and Field Day

as "a 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration" of skill

and readiness to provide "self-supporting communication."

The Butts County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners has declared June 22-28

as Amateur Radio Week in the county.

Crossville, Tennessee, Mayor James Mayberry has proclaimed the week of June

22-28 as Ham Radio Week, in advance of Field Day.

In Idaho, the Kamiah City Council has proclaimed the week of June 22-28 as

Amateur Radio Week. The Council also waived the fee for use of the city

park for the Three Rivers Amateur Radio Club's Field Day operation. Local

broadcasters are airing Amateur Radio promotional announcements.

New World Distance Records Set on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Ham Bands

Two California radio amateurs -- one of them in Hawaii -- have set new

world distance records on the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz microwave amateur bands.

Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, operating from a radio-equipped rental car on the Big

Island of Hawaii, worked Gregory Campbell, W6IT, operating from Overbeck's

own fixed station near Orange, California, on both bands -- a distance of

more than 4024 km (2495 miles). The contacts blew away records that had

stood for more than 20 years, and more than doubled the previous distance

records for a two-way voice (SSB) contact at those frequencies, Overbeck

said, adding that most previous microwave distance records have been set

using CW.

"Ours was the first-ever SSB contact between Hawaii and the mainland on

2304," Overbeck noted. He said Chip Angle, N6CA, and KH6HME (SK) made the

first transpacific SSB contact on 3.4 GHz in the 1990s.

The record-setting contacts occurred on June 19 (June 18 in Hawaii) on 2.3

GHz at 0257 UTC and at on 3.4 GHz at 0300 UTC. W6IT was in grid square

DM13cs, while N6NB/KH6 was in BK29hq. According to the database of distance

records maintained by Al Ward, W5LUA, the old records were 3982 km, set on

by N6CA and KH6ME on July 14, 1994, on 2.3 GHz (CW) and on July 28, 1991,

on 3.4 GHz (SSB).

Overbeck flew to Hawaii carrying gear for all bands from 144 MHz through 10

GHz "in two large suitcases, plus a roll-aboard and a backpack" -- weighing

about 150 pounds in all. In Hawaii, he rented a small SUV and built a

rover-style station that included a rotating roof platform, constructed

using parts obtained from a home improvement store.

Overbeck said that when a tropospheric duct formed that could convey

signals thousands of miles across the Pacific, he drove around the slopes

of Mauna Loa -- 13,000 feet up --and selected several promising sites for

long-haul DX, "not necessarily the highest possible sites," he added. "By

Thursday, June 18, the duct seemed to be peaking," he said.

W6IT activated N6NB's fixed station and quickly worked N6NB/KH6 on six

bands, including 2304 and 3456 MHz for world records. Overbeck said he also

heard W6IT on 902 MHz and 5.7 GHz, but local, non-amateur interference in

California -- likely from Part 15 Wi-Fi devices -- prevented W6IT from

hearing N6NB/KH6 on those bands.

A video of the record-setting 2304 GHz contact between N6NB/KH6 and W6IT

(recorded from the Hawaii end of the circuit) is online.

OJ0B on Market Reef Logs Hundreds of 2 Meter Moonbounce, Meteor Scatter


The recent Market Reef OJ0B expedition resulted in 462 contacts via 2 meter

Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) and meteor scatter activity with stations on all

continents. The activity this month was a somewhat belated 50th anniversary

celebration of the historic first 2 meter EME contact in 1964. More than 50

hams from the US and Canada were among those that worked OJ0B on 2 meter

EME. The OJ0B activity shut down on June 15 after making more than 8200

contacts on all bands and modes.

Project leaders dedicated the activity to VHF pioneer Lenna Suominen, OH1NL

(SK), who had experimented with EME in the 1960s and made the first-ever 2

meter EME contact, as well as the first transatlantic (Europe-US) on any

band above 50 MHz, with Bill Conkel, W6DNG, in 1964. OJ0B used JT65B mode,

developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT. Former ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN,

was one of the lucky US stations to work OJ0B, and Harrison served as one

of the pilots for the activity.

All contacts have been uploaded to ClubLog and OQRS.

Suominen, an early VHF pioneer, was deeply involved in the science of VHF

communication and strongly believed that 2 meter EME contacts -- dismissed

by experts as being out of reach for radio amateurs -- were indeed

possible. His 2 meter EME contact with W6DNG in California proved the

skeptics wrong, scoring more than one VHF "first."

Market Reef (JP90nh) is located between Finland and Sweden. The Finnish

Lighthouse Society has been restoring the Market Reef Lighthouse there,

which is now fully automated. Dedicated quarters on the reef are available

for Amateur Radio operation, with power from generators and solar arrays.

-- Thanks to Martti Laine, OH2BH, and Jarmo Jaakola, OH2BN

ARRL 2015 Hurricane Season Webinar Set for July 20

The ARRL will host a 2015 Hurricane Season webinar Monday, July 20, getting

under way at 8 PM EDT (July 21, 0000 UTC). The approximately 90-minute

session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2015 Hurricane


Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to

attend this online presentation. Topics will include a meteorological

overview of the upcoming season; Amateur Radio station WX4NHC at the

National Hurricane Center: Who We Are and What We Do; ARRL Media and Public

Relations; the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN); the VoIP Hurricane Net, and ARRL

coordination and interface.

The program will include presentations by representatives of the National

Hurricane Center and WX4NHC, the VoIP Hurricane Net, the HWN, the Canadian

Hurricane Centre, and the ARRL. Webinar registration is open to all, but

should be of particular interest to radio amateurs in hurricane-prone

areas. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

Register online. -- Thanks to Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness


ARRL Offering 20 Percent Off on Select Antenna Publications

Summertime is antenna time! To celebrate, ARRL is rolling back prices on

some of the hottest antenna publications in Amateur Radio. Save 20 percent

on select ARRL antenna-themed publications when you order online through

July 31, 2015. No coupon code is necessary to receive the savings, and

discounted titles may be combined with one coupon code offer.

For a complete list of discounted publications, visit ARRL's "Antenna Books

Price Rollback" page online.

ARRL publications are available from the ARRL Store or from your ARRL

Publication Dealer, or call 860-594-0355 (toll-free in the US,

888-277-5289) to order. E-mail ARRL Publication Sales for more information.

Ohio ARES "NVIS Antenna Day" Concludes: The Truth is Up There

Ohio ARES NVIS Antenna Day on April 25 attracted participation from some

100 Buckeye State stations in an effort to determine which configurations

of near-vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) antenna offer the best results.

ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said that

while the results of the unscientific test were inconclusive, some

configurations did seem superior to others.

"The goal was simple: Try different antennas, see which worked," Broadway

explained. "Each station was responsible for providing accurate signal

reports, so performance could be evaluated. Results would be tallied and

digested in hopes of creating a short list of winners that ARES teams could

keep in their toolboxes."

Most operation was Field Day-style on 40 meters. "This was not a contest,"

Broadway pointed out, "so, groups gathered not only to test antennas, but

to cook out and enjoy each other's company." He said one group had so much

fun making contacts with their first dipole that they abandoned any further

antenna work and just had fun.

Groups most frequently deployed simple dipoles. End-fed and longwires were

popular too, as well as a handful of loops. A half-dozen antennas were

based on the military AS-2259 design -- crossed inverted Vs with about 10

feet of elevation in the middle. Other designs included antennas erected

above ponds, inverted Ls, and even a Moxon aimed straight up.

"For our operation, there just wasn't that much difference between the more

specialized NVIS designs and any good antenna," Broadway concluded. The

longwire was among those at the bottom of the list, with signal reports

uniformly 2 or 3 S-units below other choices, according to Broadway. "But

contacts were made, and communication took place," he added. "It's a very

portable antenna, too."

Determining the "best" antenna turned out to be harder. Dipoles -- flattops

or inverted Vs -- installed at lower heights in keeping with NVIS concepts,

provided reasonable reports, but erecting them at a low height didn't seem

to make much difference. If any antenna topped the list, it was those

fashioned after the AS-2259 configuration.

"These all performed very satisfactorily for their owners, and were

uniformly given good signal reports," Broadway said. "They weren't 40 dB

above the competition, but they were solid."

While the NVIS antenna experiment had inconclusive results, "we did prove

that our hobby can be a lot of fun, even for the old heads, when we get

back to some basics -- experimenting, equipment and team building, and

trying our stuff out," Broadway said. Concluded Jefferson County

participant Gregory Day, N8GD, "After 34 years, ham radio is still fun!"

Ohio ARES is planning an even bigger NVIS event next April, and will extend

an invitation to neighboring ARRL sections to join in.

EO-80 (QB50p2) FM Transponder Testing is Successful

AMSAT-Francophone has reported successful testing of the FM transponder on

EO-80 (QB50p2). Two 2U CubeSats, QB50p1 and QB50p2, launched in June of

2014 into a polar orbit at an altitude of approximately 420 miles. QB50p2

is equipped with a secondary FM transponder payload developed by AMSAT-F.

On June 16, the primary ground control station in the Netherlands activated

the transponder on QB50p2 for one orbit. AMSAT-F reports that CW telemetry

was received at the École Polytechnique near Paris, and the FM transponder,

with an output of 1.5 W, was activated, with strong signals heard on Earth.

Although the transponder was turned off at the end of that single orbit, it

is anticipated that it will be activated permanently within a few weeks,

possibly at the 500 mW or 1 W level.

EO-80 frequencies: 145.880 MHz, 1200 bps BPSK or CW telemetry; FM

transponder, 435.080 MHz (210.7 Hz tone) uplink; 145.840 MHz downlink (also

9600 bps FSK data).

QB50p1 (EO-79), also known as FUNcube-3, is equipped with a linear

transponder for SSB and CW. Initial testing was successfully completed in

April, and its transponder should also be enabled full-time in a few weeks.

-- Thanks to AMSAT News Service via Gerard Auvray, F6FAO, and AMSAT-UK

AMSAT-NA Announces 2015 Board of Directors Candidates

AMSAT-NA has announced the slate of candidates for the 2015 Board of

Directors election. The candidates are Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Jerry Buxton,

N0JY; Steve Coy, K8UD; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Mark Hammond, N8MH; EMike

McCardel, KC8YLD; Bob McGwier, N4HY, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO.

This year AMSAT-NA members will elect four voting members of the Board of

Directors. These seats will go to the four candidates who receive the

highest number of votes received. Two alternates will be chosen, based on

the next highest number of votes received.

Ballots will be mailed to the AMSAT-NA members by July 15, 2015. Completed

ballots must be received at the AMSAT office by September 15, 2015, in

order to be counted.

Ballots sent to AMSAT members living outside North America will go by air

mail. If you have not received your ballot package within a reasonable

period, contact AMSAT.

AMSAT urges members to review the candidate statements that will accompany

the ballot and to vote. Members may choose up to four candidates. -- Thanks

to AMSAT News Service

ARRL NTS Confers Special Service Awards

The National Traffic System (NTS) conferred its prestigious Special Service

Award upon two radio amateurs at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention® in May. The

Special Service Award recognizes volunteers for outstanding, selfless, and

lengthy service to the National Traffic System. The Pacific, Central, and

Eastern Area NTS committees determine award recipients. Award winners

receive the Special Service Award Plaque. Jim Wades, WB8SIW, the editor of

QNI -- An NTS Newsletter, announced the award winners at Dayton. Honored


Kenneth W. Jacobs, KD6PGI, Hood River, Oregon, for technical supervision

and migration support of the NTS Digital Network BPQ32 Modernization

Project. The BPQ32 migration provides the NTS with a modern, multimode,

packet-switching environment capable of seamless integration with all AX.25

and IP-based networks. According to the announcement, Jacobs "donated

countless hours consulting to NTS on BPQ32 migration strategy, environment

installation, operator support, and implementation of custom NTS

functionality in collaboration with developer John Wiseman, G8BPQ."

Joseph F. Tracey, KB3LNM, Finksburg, Maryland, for his development and

rollout of the NTSD Parser application, intended for use by ARES and other

radio operators originating messages to format ARRL Radiograms for

submission into the NTS Digital network via Winlink 2000. The software will

generate appropriate message headers and footers, based on address

information in each message, and place the messages in output files, sorted

by precedence. An NTS Winlink Target Station receives the messages and

delivers them via RF paths, typically within 1 hour.

Founded in 1949 by ARRL Communications Manager George Hart, W1NJM (SK), the

National Traffic System, more than 2000 traffic handlers strong, operates

more than 100 organized nets.

In Brief...

Work at ARRL Headquarters! ARRL has an opening for a receptionist at League

Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The individual in this position is

responsible for handling incoming telephone calls and messages; greeting

and attending to visitors, members, and customers; overseeing the operation

and presentation of the lobby greeting area; data entry, and handling other

clerical duties as needed. Applicants should have a high school diploma or

GED, and be proficient in Microsoft Office for Windows software, especially

Word and Outlook. An experienced radio amateur is preferred, and foreign

language proficiency is a plus. The complete Job Description and

application information are on the ARRL website.

Amateur Radio Added to Maritime Incident Response Team: The Tri-State

Maritime Safety Association (TMSA) serving New Jersey, Delaware, and

Pennsylvania, has added Amateur Radio to its Marine Incident Response Team

(MIRT). TMSA is teaming up with Audubon-Barrington (NJ) OEM Radio Club for

Amateur Radio support. The radio amateurs will use the TMSA MIRT bus, which

features five dispatch consoles, incident command area, and meeting area.

Amateur Radio operators not only will operate and maintain the vehicle for

MIRT but will have the chance to use it at Field Day and other public

events. It will make its Field Day debut at the club's Field Day site at

the Woodland School in Barrington, New Jersey. -- Thanks to Rick Tighe,

N2PHI, Camden County ARES PIO, via QRZ.com

Amateur Radio Volunteers to Support Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta: Amateur

Radio Volunteers will again support communication during the Peachtree Road

Race, an Atlanta 4th of July tradition for 46 years. More than 50 hams from

throughout the Atlanta area will provide radio communication before and

during the race to aid with organization and logistics. They will be

stationed at the start and finish areas and along the race route, providing

the primary communication network for race organizers and officials and

supplementing the public safety networks. The Atlanta Amateur Radio

Emergency Service (ARES) unit will provide a command post net control


The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, reports: This was a very active week for solar

flares and aurora. On Monday and Tuesday, the planetary A index was 55 and

76, indicating a geomagnetic storm.

It turns out that the magnetometer at Fredericksburg, Virginia, was knocked

out on 5 of the 7 days, so the mid-latitude A index we are reporting for

June 18-21 and June 24 are approximations -- or actually wild guesses --

based on magnetometers that were working.

Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 99.9 during the week of June

11-17 to 71.6 a week later. Average daily solar flux decline from 135.9 to

130.8. Average daily planetary A index rose from 12.1 to 24.4.

As Field Day looms, the current outlook from NOAA/USAF has solar flux at

100 on June 25-27; 105 on June 28-July 1; 115 on July 2, 125 on July 3-4;

120 on July 5-6; 125 on July 7-10, and 130 on July 11-20.

Predicted planetary A index is 25 and 8 on June 25-26, 5 on June 27 through

July 4, then 25, 15 and 12 on July 5-7, then 10, 5 and 8 on July 8-10, 18,

12 and 8 on July 11-13, 5 on July 14-17, 8 on July 18-19, and 5 on July


In Friday's bulletin look for reports from readers and an updated forecast.

Send me your reports and observations.

Just Ahead in Radiosport

Jun 26 -- NCCC RTTY Sprint

June 26 -- NCCC Sprint

June 27-28 -- ARRL Field Day

June 27-28 -- His Majesty the King of Spain Contest (SSB)

June 27-28 -- Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest

Jun 28 -- 10-10 Int'l Spirit of 76 QSO Party (CW, SSB, digital)

July 1 -- Canada Day Contest (CW)

July 1-2 -- CWops Mini-CWT Test

See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information.

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions and Events

July 4 -- Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

July 10-11 -- Northern Florida Section Convention, Milton, Florida

July 13-16 -- Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club Convention, The Villages,


July 17-19 -- Montana State Convention, East Glacier, Montana

July 23-26 -- Central States VHF Society Conference, Westminster, Colorado

July 24-25 -- Oklahoma Section Convention, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

July 31-August 2 -- Rocky Mountain Division Convention, Bryce Canyon, Utah

August 1 -- Great Lakes Division Convention, Columbus, Ohio

August 7-8 -- South Texas Section Convention, Austin, Texas

August 7-9 -- New Mexico State Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 7-9 -- Pacific Northwest DX Convention, Everett, Washington

August 15-16 -- Alabama State Convention, Huntsville, Alabama

August 16 -- Kansas State Convention, Salina, Kansas

August 21-23 -- New England Division Convention, Boxborough, Massachusetts

August 22 -- West Virginia State Convention, Weston, West Virginia

August 30 -- Western Pennsylvania Section Convention, New Kensington,


September 5-6 -- Roanoke Division Convention, Shelby, North Carolina

September 11-12 -- W9DXCC, Schaumburg, Illinois

September 11-13 -- Southwestern Division Convention, Torrance, California

September 12 -- Virginia Section Convention, Virginia Beach, Virginia

September 26 -- Washington State Convention, Spokane Valley, Washington

Find conventions and hamfests in your area.

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QSO Today Podcast - Episode 46 - Tony Parks - KB9YIG - SoftRock SDR creator

Posted: 24 Jun 2015 10:40 PM PDT

After a career in electronics engineering, Tony Parks, KB9YIG, returned to

ham radio, after thirty years, to find it very different than when he first

started in the 1950s. Upon returning in 2000, Tony discovered software

defined radio or SDR, where he saw an opportunity to build starter kits for

HF SDR receivers that became the Softrock SDR kits. Tony joins Eric, 4Z1UG

to discuss SDR and Softrock.

Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/kb9yig

Podcast Link: http://goo.gl/Oe5ARI

iTunes Store: http://goo.gl/CvLNmV

Stitcher: http://goo.gl/uhf1XZ


Video footage with Drones Quadcopters

Posted: 24 Jun 2015 04:45 PM PDT

These videos are awesome. New way to film your antenna farm using drones.

W2RE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLDoQDiQ6VQ

K3LR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA_NG-bVQuc

K4VV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5hz_xRCz4w

Does anyone else have any cool footage of ham antenna farms with drones. I

would like to see them

Bobby KC2UPN


Call in for Field Day LIVE on International Shortwave!!

Posted: 22 Jun 2015 09:31 PM PDT

Call in for Field Day LIVE on International Shortwave!

Saturday, June 27, 2015 on WTWW on 9930

Starting at 2 PM Central Daylight Time (7pm UTC) till ??

Call in at:


Promote The Ham Radio Hobby To The Entire World On A Powerful International

Shortwave Radio Station - WTWW BY Calling In From Your Field Location and

Tell The World about it. Put the members of your Field Day group on the air

by passing the phone around. Include special guests and your local city

officials. Let's catch the excitement from the young kids and teens that

are visiting your Field Day site. Lets talk to prospective Hams that have

gotten excited by watching your field day activities.

If you can't get through on the first try to this number - you can leave a

message and / or text to this number & we WILL call you during the live

show. You are welcome to leave a message by calling or texting ahead of

time as well!

Let's give the world a shout from Field Day 2015!



FUNcube-1 / AO-73 Glitch and Commanded Reboot

Posted: 22 Jun 2015 01:24 AM PDT

FUNcube-1 / AO-73 Glitch and Commanded Reboot

On Sunday, June 21, there was an

anomaly on FUNcube-1 that required the reboot of the satellite's MCU


After a bus freeze, the databus watchdog did kick in

as expected and rebooted the satellite. However, we did need to command

the satellite back on to automatic mode.

When we did so on the 20:00 UTC pass, it came back up

in the correct mode.

We envisage to switch back to autonomous mode either

tonight or tomorrow morning local time.

FUNcube is still happy and healthy. This is the 4th

reboot since launch, of which one was intentional. Thanks for your reports

and concerns.

On behalf of the whole team best 73s,

Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

FUNcube team

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Telemetry:

• Dashboard App http://funcube.org.uk/working-docume...try-dashboard/

• Data Warehouse Archive http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/

• Whole orbit data http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/wod.html?satelliteId=2

• AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.org/

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Space Weather Warning

Posted: 21 Jun 2015 10:29 AM PDT

Three CME's will impact Earth starting at 0000 UTC 6-22-15. The major CME

from last evening will reach Earth at 1400 UTC 6-22-15. This is a major

storm. All three are forecast to last well over 40 hours total. More

information from the SWPC should be posted on this Father's Day Holiday.

SWPC: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/



Latest episode of on line Ham Show TX Factor visits BBC HQ in London

Posted: 20 Jun 2015 01:31 AM PDT

TX Factor the UK online TV Show dedicated to Amateur Radio meets two hams

who work at Broadcasting House in London in the latest episode which also

features a visit to the shack of the editor of Practical Wireless, Don

Field G3XTT and a look behind the scenes at Icom UK.

View the latest show for free and catch up with all the previous shows at

You can also hear or weekly audio podcast of tge GB2RS News from the RSGB


Log4OM added features in the latest release

Posted: 19 Jun 2015 11:29 AM PDT

Log4OM provides more new features in it's latest release

As part of the continuous development of Log4om the latest release, version

1.22, contains a number of new features among which are:

The ability to attach scanned images of paper QSL's, audio/video files

(Recordings), text and other files to a QSO from QSO Edit window.

e.g.The user can now record a QSO using a Windows audio/video recorder and

save the resulting .wav, MP3 or video file to the QSO for future playback.

It is also possible to save a text file of a data exchanged, photos of the

users station, received SSTV images and received files to a QSO

To compliment this feature it is now possible to automatically download

received eQSL card images when updating the eQSL received status which

then automatically adds the received QSL image to the QSO record for future


Future enhancement of this feature will include automatic download

of images from internet call lookup web sites like QRZ.com. In the case of

QRZ.com this will complement our existing real time automatic QSO upload to

a users QRZ on line logbook.

In addition to our automatic real time QSO upload to QRZ users logbooks

Log4OM also provides real time upload of QSO's to Clublog, HRDLog, LOTW,

eQSL & HamQTH, it is to be hoped that eventually these on line sites will

also provide graphic file download facilities for us and other developers.

Version 1.22 includes many other new features including support for roll

label printers like the Brother QL570 and QL700.

The program can be downloaded free from our web site:


Log4OM is free to all radio amateurs and the Log4OM team provide free

backup and support via our forum, email, Skype and where required telephone

and Teamviewer.

The Log4OM forum is at


Terry G4POP

Log4OM Development Team

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