Ham Radio News Feeds

  • Radio Lovers from Across the World go to Hamvention in Greene County:

    XENIA, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF) -- The world famous Hamvention took place at the Greene County Fairgrounds this weekend. Over 30,000 ham radio fans were expected to attend the national convention. Ham radio is used to talk with people from all over the world, especially in dangerous situations. This year's theme was 'Mentoring the Next Generation', to focus on introducing radio to the next generation of potential radio fans. Although, organizers of the convention looked to interest the new generation of ham lovers, ham radio has been in some families for years.

    05/20/2019 02:04 AM

  • Demo Showcases Diwata 2's Capabilities, Value in Times of Disasters:

    A demonstration of Philippine microsatellite Diwata 2's Amateur Radio Unit (ARU) was recently showcased by members of the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program which can be used in times of disasters where lines of connection are unavailable. The amateur radio unit (ARU) payload onboard the microsatellite Diwata-2 is a spaceborne module targeted for amateur radio communications and disaster/emergency response. Designed and manufactured in the Philippines, it features voice repeater and APRS text messaging capabilities. Because of the ARU, Diwata-2 is now designated by the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) as Philippines-OSCAR 101 (PO-101).

    05/20/2019 02:03 AM

  • Ham Fest Friendships, Traditions Continue:

    XENIA -- For many amateur radio operators, Hamvention is a reunion. It's where friends meet up for a weekend, or hams run into familiar faces that they see just once a year. Chuck Hill and Rick Snead are continuing that tradition this year, making the Greene County Fairgrounds their reunion site. The two Hamvention attendees -- plus two more in their group -- talk to each other on their radios at night from their homes in North Carolina. "It's just for fun," Hill, who has attended Hamvention for the last 24 years, said. "You come back up here every year and a lot of the people you see you've seen at other ham events in other states. And you see people that you haven't seen in a year but you know because you met them here."

    05/19/2019 04:00 AM

  • Ham Radio Operator Sports 'Hairtenna':

    XENIA -- Most amateur radio operators are known by their call sign. Not Kristen Andrews. The 27-year-old from Atwater -- about 20 miles east of Akron -- is known around Dayton Hamvention as Antenna Hair Girl. Think Marge Simpson with bleach blond hair and an antenna stuck down in the middle of the gel-laden quaff. "I do my hair up every year for this," Andrews said while posing for pictures with other hams. "I started doing it when we were at Hara Arena. I saw (a man dressed as) Cat in the Hat. I was like 'I've got to do something different.'" Mission accomplished. Using a tube of hair gel each day, Andrews carefully styles her hair straight up to cover the bottom part of the antenna. The rest of the antenna is adorned with her call sign -- KB30QV -- and some purplish lights.

    05/19/2019 03:59 AM

  • AmateurLogic 130 is Here:

    AmateurLogic 130: Echolink Pi is Back George completes the 2019 Echolink Pi/SVXlink project. Tommy discovers an interesting new online SDR. Mike, VE3MIC joins us with a really cool BlueDV-AMBE server project. Plus another Foreign Food taste test, courtesy of Kevin Mitchell, ZL1KFM.

    05/19/2019 04:01 AM

  • Bedford County Polling Places Covered by Hams:

    BEDFORD, BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) -- The Bedford County Emergency Management Agency will enhance its posture on Election Day to monitor for any incidents or events that could possibly impact the ability of citizens to vote during the election.

    05/18/2019 01:20 AM

  • Ham Radio Operators are 'Safety Net' During Storms:

    During tropical storms and other weather emergencies, a network of broadcasters often serve as a communications "safety net." There are three amateur radio clubs in Charlotte County: the Peace River Radio Association, the Englewood Amateur Radio Society and the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club. There are more than 30 amateur radio clubs in Southwest Florida and surrounding areas with almost 800 registered hams in the Federal Communications Commission database for Charlotte County, not including seasonal residents. Hams are licensed and monitored by the FCC. While the county uses many forms of communications -- landline, cell, satellite phones and government radio systems -- Mallet said amateur radio can fill the gap if those fail.

    05/18/2019 01:20 AM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #20 de K7RA:

    Sunspot activity continues, and this reporting week, the average daily sunspot number rose from 16.1 to 22.7, while average daily solar flux went from 73.5 to 75.7. The two sunspot groups that appeared on May 3 and May 6 are fading fast and rotating off the visible solar disc. Two geomagnetically active days occurred on May 11 and 14, when the planetary A index reached 25 and 36.

    05/17/2019 06:17 PM

  • Amateur Radio Newsline 2168 for Friday May 17, 2019:

    The following is a QST. After Hamvention, it's the Wireless Institute of Australia's turn. A much-loved podcast, the RAIN Report, is no longer in active production -- and a trio of SOTA activators operates briefly on Mount Etna. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2168 comes your way right now.

    05/17/2019 06:19 PM

  • Manassas Hamfest Fundraiser Returns June 15:

    MANASSAS -- The annual fundraiser known as Manassas Hamfest returns on June 15 this year. This year's Hamfest will be held at the Manassas Park Community Center from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although visitors occasionally arrive asking for recipes, Hamfest isn't about cooking. It's the annual fundraiser for the Ole Virginia Hams amateur radio club. There will be vendor tables offering a variety of electronic and computer components, kits, and test equipment for sale. And there will be several technical presentations, including one about assembling your own wireless weather station of interest to young students pursuing a STEM career path.

    05/17/2019 03:10 AM

  • Foundations of Amateur Radio #206:

    If you were asked to make an image of the Sydney harbour bridge and only use four dots, the viewer might struggle to determine what was the bridge, the sky, the water and the Sydney Opera House. Regardless of the number of colours available to you, the number of dots would not be enough information for most people. You might have a nice piece of art on your hands, but it might be ineligible for the Archibald prize. Even if you were allowed many colours, and just four dots, figuring out if the blue dot was water, sky, or the background of the Australian flag on top of the bridge might be just as complicated.

    05/17/2019 03:12 AM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #20:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HA0HW, M0GAE, 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.

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM

  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM

  • ARRL Invites Applications for Volunteer Monitor Positions:

    ARRL is now accepting applications from individuals interested in becoming part of the new Volunteer Monitor program, a joint undertaking of the FCC and ARRL. The program seeks volunteers who -- working under the direction of ARRL -- will monitor and survey the Amateur Radio bands both to detect improper activity and to recognize exemplary on-the-air behavior.

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM

  • FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee:

    An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application (regulatory) fee of 70 dollars for the 10-year term. This incorrect conclusion resulted from an incomplete reading of the May 7 FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the matter of the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal year 2019.

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM

  • Hams to Demonstrate Emergency Messaging Capabilities for Red Cross, FEMA:

    Just days ahead of the 2019 hurricane season, dozens of hams along the US East Coast will demonstrate Amateur Radio's ability to deliver messages without commercial power, infrastructure, or permanently established stations for officials of the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Thursday, May 23, event will take place in coordination with ARRL, during a joint meeting with Red Cross and FEMA officials in Baltimore. The demonstration will be a mock response to a simulated disaster scenario -- a major hurricane with mass casualties striking the east coast. Amateur Radio operators at portable stations from New England to the Carolinas will deliver messages to W1AW, which will then coordinate and deliver the information to officials attending the joint FEMA-Red Cross meeting in Baltimore.

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM

  • FCC Chairman Proposes Call Blocking by Default to Combat Robocalls:

    FCC Chair Ajit Pai is proposing action to help consumers block unwanted robocalls. He has circulated a declaratory ruling that, if adopted, would allow phone companies to block unwanted calls to their customers by default. In addition, companies could allow consumers to block calls not on their own contacts lists. A draft Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would propose a safe harbor for providers that implement network-wide blocking of calls that fail caller authentication under the SHAKEN/STIR framework, once it is implemented.

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM

  • So Now What? Podcast:

    Due to the ARRL National Convention at Dayton Hamvention beginning on Thursday, May 16, there will be no new episode this week of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. At Hamvention, the podcast team will doing some special guest interviews for an upcoming episode of the podcast. In addition, keep an eye on ARRL's social media feeds -- Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter -- for photos and video from Hamvention.

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM

  • Arizona Homeowners Association and Hams Agree on Outdoor Antenna Guidelines

    The Board of Directors of an antenna-restricted community in Arizona voted overwhelmingly in April to allow radio amateurs to erect certain outdoor antennas on their properties. Some 75 hams live in the 10,000-home Sun City Grand, a self-contained residential community for older adults in Surprise, Arizona. An article in the Grand Ham Newsletter by Gordon Bousman, NW7D, called it "a big win" and said the Sun City Grand community homeowners association (HOA) is believed to be the largest in the US to permit Amateur Radio antennas. The HOA board includes one radio amateur. The new antenna guidelines went into effect on May 9.

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM

  • First Ham Satellite OSCAR 1 Will Join AMSAT's 50th Anniversary at Dayton:

    A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio's first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT's Dayton Hamvention booth. AMSAT's exhibit will be in Building 1 (Maxim Hall) at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. OSCAR 1 (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) was launched into orbit in 1961, at the dawn of the Space Age. Built by a group of California-based radio amateurs for about $60, OSCAR 1 was the first nongovernmental satellite. It transmitted a simple "HI" in CW for nearly 20 days and was heard in 28 different countries. W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, recently had to troubleshoot a problem with ARRL's OSCAR 1 in preparation for its Dayton appearance in a special "OSCAR Park" display commemorating AMSAT's 50th anniversary. He said it was a "rather humbling" experience.

    05/16/2019 03:00 AM