Ham Radio News Feeds

  • IFFK Gets Ham Radio Support:

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a bid to establish a unified live communication channel that can relay information between the theatres screening the movies and the main venue of the festival Tagore Theatre complex during the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Kerala State Chalachitra Academy has associated with Activehams Amateur Radio Society, Kollam (AARS-KL). Around 20 volunteers including nine operators are on active duty across all nine theatre complexes screening the movies this year. The services offered by AARS-KL are entirely free of charges. This is also the first time that ham radio volunteers are being part of IFFK.

    12/10/2018 11:00 PM

  • Voyager 2 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space:

    NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has crossed into interstellar space, agency officials announced today. The milestone makes Voyager 2 humanity's second operating spacecraft in history to go interstellar after the Voyager 1 spacecraft did in August 2012. "One kind of feels like a lucky fluke," says Justin Kasper, a scientist involved in the Voyager missions from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "Two feels like we're becoming a society that's capable of exploring interstellar space."

    12/10/2018 10:59 PM

  • How to Choose a Two-Way Radio:

    Mobile phones and texting haven't replaced the convenience and simplicity of two-way radios. Their freedom from reliance on a cellular network to communicate makes them ideal for camping adventures and caravan road trips. As long as you are within the range the radio is designed for and have no obstructions, you can chat as much as you want -- for free. Two-way radios are available in three main formats: handheld units (walkie-talkies), base stations, or mobile units. Handheld units are designed for on-the-go communication such as hiking or keeping in touch during a day at Disneyland. A base station is set up at home and resides on a table or desk with an attached microphone and antenna that is placed on the roof. Mobile units are attached to your dash and have a plug-in antenna that is affixed to your vehicle. Two-way radios are usually either citizens-band, a.k.a. CBs, GMRS, or ham radios. They all operate on different frequencies, and have varying wattage outputs and ranges. Our handy guide explains the differences.

    12/10/2018 10:58 PM

  • Turkey Gets 60-Meters and 6-Meters:

    Turkey's telecom regulator, BTK, in a government gazette notice on 29 November 2018, released two new amateur radio allocations.

    12/10/2018 02:11 AM

  • Kolkata Scientists Develop Ground-Breaking Model to Predict Solar Cycles:

    Solar cycles can affect our daily lives in many ways, and Prantika Bhowmik and Dibyendu Nandi's model can now predict them ten years in advance. Bengaluru: Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, have come up with a path-breaking prediction for the solar cycle -- the repetitive 11-year period of activity after which the sun's north and south poles flip. Solar cycles affect numerous things in our daily lives, including space missions, global temperatures, radio communications, and more.

    12/10/2018 02:10 AM

  • Jefferson Intermediate Students, Pella Amateur Radio Club Launch Balloon:

    Jefferson Intermediate School's 5th grade science classes assisted in the launch of a device to attempt to fly around the world with the help of the Pella Amateur Radio Club this morning. Students partnered with local experts to fly a "pico-satellite" called a SkyTracker, which contains GPS and amateur radio technology and permits the students to track the path of the balloon flight, anywhere on Earth. The balloon was designed to lift the SkyTracker to about 30,000 feet and then stop. The balloon has since then caught the jet stream, which should carry it around the globe.

    12/08/2018 09:56 PM

  • Radio Club Celebrates Pearl Harbor Day:

    WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It was 77 years ago that over 2,000 people lost their lives in Hawaii. Friday, a local amateur radio club is remembering those for Pearl Harbor Day by using Morse code. The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club hosts the annual worldwide radio event on the U.S.S. North Carolina.

    12/07/2018 10:56 PM

  • 'Suspicious Package' at Post Office Was Ham Radio Equipment:

    A suspicious package found Thursday at U.S. Post Office on Southwest 34th Street was deemed non-threatening by law enforcement.

    12/07/2018 10:54 PM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #49 de K7RA:

    After nine days with no sunspots, sunspot group 2729 emerged on December 5. The sunspot number on that date was 16. Average daily solar flux for the week was 68.9, unchanged from last week. On Thursday, December 6 the appearance of 2729 continued, with a sunspot number of 17 and the sunspot area increasing from 30 to 50 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

    12/07/2018 02:00 AM

  • Ham Radio to Aid IFFK Volunteers:

    Thiruvananthapuram: This year, the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy has tied up with ham radio operators to ensure smooth conduct of the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). Around 22 ham radio operators have joined to coordinate volunteering and crowd management. They will help establish a live communication network between theatres and volunteer control room at Tagore Centenary Hall premises. Hundreds of youngsters have come forward for free volunteering this year.

    12/07/2018 12:30 AM

  • Radio Hobbies Give Unique Perspective on Wi-Fi:

    The winter months mean something special for the small subset of really weird people (including myself) who chase NDB signals in the Longwave spectrum. Wait- don't go! Let me explain- NDBs are Non-Directional Beacons used for aviation navigation and position marking, and the Longwave spectrum is generally anything below the AM broadcast band\& let's call it anything below around 520 KILOHERTZ. So what does this have to do with Wi-Fi that is way up the electromagnetic spectrum in the 2.4 and 5 GIGAHERTZ? A lot more than you might realize actually.

    12/07/2018 12:29 AM

  • How Google and Morse Code are Helping to Make Gaming More Inclusive:

    Google has teamed up with the clever folks at Adaptive Design Association:an organization that builds custom adaptations for children with disabilities -- for a 48-hour hackathon to design prototype games that turned learning Morse code into fun. These very modern children weren't learning Morse code for LARPing or historical reenactment, but because Morse code is an easy way for kids with varying degrees of physical ability to communicate, play, and create -- once they learn Morse code, of course.

    12/07/2018 12:28 AM

  • Prediction of Sun's Activity Over the Next Decade:

    The Sun's activity influences environmental conditions in space, adversely affecting satellites and space-based technologies such as telecommunications and navigational networks. The Sun is also the primary natural source of energy for Earth's climate. The Sun's activity level changes, but predicting these changes has been challenging. Now a team of two scientists from the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India at IISER Kolkata has made a prediction for the upcoming sunspot cycle which reveals the expected conditions in space over the next decade. Their research work appears today in the journal Nature Communications. Just like weather on Earth, there is weather in space. The Sun radiates light in various colours, including some that we cannot perceive such as UV rays and X-rays. A constant stream of charged particles consisting of electrons and protons also flows out from the Sun permeating the solar system. Sometimes the Sun releases vast magnetic storms that speed towards Earth at astonishing speeds. These space storms can cripple satellites, trip electric power grids and lead to large-scale telecommunication breakdowns. It has been known for some time that the cycle of sunspots controls all these aspects of solar activity and determines its influence on our space environment and climate. Astrophysicists have been attempting for decades to devise intelligent methods of predicting the future occurrence of sunspots.

    12/07/2018 12:27 AM

  • Foundations of Amateur Radio #183:

    The question that new amateurs most often ask after "What radio should I buy?" is "How do I get the best antenna?"

    12/07/2018 12:31 AM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #50:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by W9JJ, 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.

    12/06/2018 02:00 AM

  • Fox-1Cliff Launched Successfully, Now Designated AO-95:

    Satellite enthusiasts soon will have another "bird" to use. AMSAT's Fox-1Cliff CubeSat was successfully launched and placed into orbit this week. A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle carried Fox-1Cliff and several other satellites -- including other Amateur Radio payloads -- into space on December 3 at approximately 1334 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, following a 1-day launch delay. AMSAT said early on December 4 (UTC), several stations in Brazil reported hearing the voice beacon "Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode," confirming that the satellite was alive. Fox-1Cliff has been officially designated as AO-95.

    12/06/2018 02:00 AM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

    12/06/2018 02:00 AM

  • ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, to Keynote 20th Annual Ham Radio University

    ARRL's new CEO, Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will keynote the annual Ham Radio University (HRU), which will mark its 20th anniversary on Saturday, January 5, 2019, 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM. The event, which also serves as the ARRL New York City/Long Island Section Convention, takes place in the Hillwood Commons Student Center on the campus of Long Island University/Post campus in Brookville, New York. Michel will speak at noon.

    12/06/2018 02:00 AM

  • JOTA Reports 36 Percent Growth In Scout Participation for 2018:

    Scouting's Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2018 reports that total Scout participation in the annual fall event jumped by 36 percent from 2017. Each year, more than 1 million Scouts and Guides get together over the airwaves for JOTA, which takes place on the third weekend of October. Since the first JOTA in 1958, millions of Scouts have become acquainted via Amateur Radio, and contacts sometimes result in relationships that extend for many years.

    12/06/2018 02:00 AM

  • North American Collegiate Championship Adds NAQP RTTY for 2019:

    In something new for 2019, the Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) has announced an expansion of the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC), which takes place in conjunction with the North American QSO Party (NAQP). The inaugural event this past January only covered the NAQP SSB event. In 2019, the NACC will also cover the NAQP RTTY event. NCJ (National Contest Journal) sponsors the NAQP. The NAQP SSB runs from 1800 UTC on January 19 to 0600 UTC on January 20, 2019. The NAQP RTTY runs 1800 UTC on February 23 to 0600 UTC on February 24. The NACC format is generally the same as those for the NAQP, but there are some differences.

    12/06/2018 02:00 AM