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Hambone - Tech Class

David Kerl is planning an 8-week Tech Class to start Saturday August 27th, to be held at the ARC of Volusia.
Reserve your spot by email today.
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Portable Ops – Meet at DQ

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Since Art will not be leading us this week, how about a change of venue?

Lets gather at the DQ (Dairy Queen) on Ridgewood Ave. and Ridge Blvd, (just south of the usual Wendys) on the West side of the street at 11:30 AM

The 5 buck lunch is well worth it.

Hope to see you all there Wednesday AM


Geomagnetic storm in progress

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Unexpectedly, a CME struck Earth's magnetic field during the late hours of July 19th.

The impact sparked a minor G1-class geomagnetic storm that could intensify in the hours ahead as Earth passes through the CME's strongly-magnetized wake.

Visit for updates.


STRONGEST FLARE OF 2016: Sunspot complex AR2565-AR2567 erupted on July 23rd, twice, producing two strong solar flares in quick succession. The first @ 0211 UT registered M5 on the Richter Scale of Flares. The second @ 0516 UT registered M7.6, making it the strongest flare of 2016 so far. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast:

Pulses of radiation from the two flares ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere, causing a blackout of shortwave radio transmissions over the Pacific side of Earth.These maps from NOAA show the frequencies and territories affected. People who might have noticed the fading signals include ham radio operators, mariners and aviators.

The explosions hurled an impressive CME into space: movie. The cloud is not heading directly for Earth. However, there is a slim chance it could deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field in the days ahead. NOAA analysts are modeling the CME to evaluate this possibility. Stay tuned for updates.

D-STAR QSO Party 2016

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D-Star QSO Party 2016

Icom Inc. will be holding once again a D-STAR (Digital Amateur Radio) QSO party this year.

The global event will take place between September 23rd at 0.00 and September 25th at 24.00 (UTC).

The format of the party will be the same as in previous years with the goal of encouraging D-STAR operators to communicate with as many other operators across the world via D-STAR repeaters.

The provisional schedule is as follows:

25/07/16 - Contest rules updated on D-STAR Party website
01/08/16 - Log reporting update
10/08/16 - Contest prizes announced
23/09/16-25/09/16 - D-STAR QSO PARTY
21/11/16 - Announcement of results

For more information visit the D-STAR QSO PARTY 2016

For more information about D-STAR please visit our microsite:

Lafayette Science Museum to host ham radio course

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)— The Lafayette Science Museum is offering a course to help those wanting to receive an FCC technical class license for ham radio operation.

The Lafayette Science Museum with the support of the Acadiana Amateur Radio Association will offer an 8-week ham radio course every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with classes starting August 9, 2016.

According to a news release, after the successful completion a test, students in the course will be awarded an FCC technical class license for ham radio operation.

The Course is open to anyone and lasts up to 8-weeks depending on the progress of each student.

Course material will be $20 and a $15 FCC fee at the time of testing.

Radio amateurs will discover a richly rewarding high-tech hobby that has many different appeals to different people. Whether it is the ability to talk to local friends over the radio waves using a hand-held transceiver (HT), communicating digitally with packet radio to exchange personal messages or vital information in an emergency, talking to other hams anywhere in the world, or engaging in contests with other Radio Amateurs over the airwaves there is something for everyone.

LSM is offering this course as a way to promote ham radio to the youth of South Louisiana. This course is recommended for kids and adults 10 years and older.

If you would like to sign up for the class click here.

Ham Radio Operation in Turkey

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“There is no ham radio license revoked in Turkey and ham radio operators are operating normally. The reports on ham radio licenses being revoked by The Supreme Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) are unconfirmed and speculative. RTUK is not a regulatory body of ham radio. We believe that it is against ham radio ethic to share unconfirmed information, especially in this sensitive time. We would like to remind every ham radio operator to avoid sharing unconfirmed news and speculation.

President TRAC (IARU-Member Society of Turkey)”

Future FAA Rules Could Affect Some Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structures

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Yet-to-be-developed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules stemming from the recent passage in Congress of H.R. 636, the FAA Reauthorization Act, could pose additional marking requirements for a small number of Amateur Radio towers. The bill instructs the FAA to enact rules similar to state-level statutes now in place that are aimed at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorological evaluation towers (METs) set up in rural areas. In the wake of fatal crop dusting aircraft collisions with METs, often erected on short notice, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended in 2013 that states enact laws — sometimes called “crop duster” statutes — requiring marking and registration of METs. While some state crop duster laws exempt ham radio towers, the federal legislation does not. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said, however, that the list of exemptions in the federal legislation restricts application of the new rules to a very small subset of Amateur Radio towers.

“The FAA Reauthorization Act has very little application to Amateur Radio antennas. We will have a good opportunity to address the final FAA rules through the normal rulemaking process,” Imlay said. “We’ll be meeting soon with FAA officials to learn their intentions as well as to advance our own concerns to the agency. Uniform federal regulation is beneficial to hams, because it eliminates a patchwork of state statutes that can impose significant constraints on ham antennas in rural and agricultural areas.”

The FAA Reauthorization Act gives the FAA 1 year to issue regulations requiring the marking of towers covered by the new legislation. Marking of towers covered by the legislation will be in the form of painting and lighting in accordance with current FAA guidelines.

The law covers towers that are “self-standing or supported by guy wires and ground anchors;” are 10 feet or less in diameter at the above-ground base, excluding concrete footings; are between 50 feet above ground level at the highest point and not more than 200 feet above ground level; have accessory facilities on which an antenna, sensor, camera, meteorological instrument, or other equipment is mounted, and are located outside the boundaries of an incorporated city or town or on land that is undeveloped or used for agricultural purposes.

Imlay said the law excludes towers erected adjacent to a house, barn, electric utility station, or other building, or within the curtilage (enclosed area occupied by a dwelling, grounds, and outbuildings) of a farmstead, among other exclusions. He said “undeveloped” land refers to a defined geographical area where the FAA determines that low-flying aircraft routinely operate, such as forested areas with predominant tree cover below 200 fee, and pasture and range land.

The FAA will develop a database containing the location and height of each covered tower, but Imlay noted that the database contents may only be disclosed for purposes involving aviation safety.

“We do not anticipate that a significant number of Amateur Radio antennas will be subject to these rules,” Imlay said, “but we need to monitor the FAA rulemaking process carefully to head off requirements that could put the cost of installing and maintaining affected structures out of any reasonable reach.”

ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, Steps Down

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Saying it was time that the ARRL Central Division had younger leadership, Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, of Saint Charles, Illinois, has resigned from the League’s Board of Directors. He has been succeeded by Vice Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, of Batavia, Illinois.

“I’m 77 years old, and I still have pretty good health, despite my slow recovery from a shingles attack that hit me last December,” Isely said in a public announcement. “However, it’s time that you have a younger Central Division Director.” Isely and Carlson were re-elected last year without opposition, and Isely expressed confidence that Carlson would “do a better job” in the Director’s chair.

Isely tendered his resignation during the July 2016 ARRL Board of Directors meeting over the weekend in Windsor, Connecticut, and acting on Carlson’s nomination, Isely’s Board colleagues elected him as an ARRL Honorary Vice President.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking with many of you over these many years, and, from time to time, there will be future opportunities for this activity,” Isely’s announcement concluded.

During his time on the Board, Isely served as a member of the ARRL Executive Committee and on the Board’s Administration and Finance Committee. He chaired the CEO Search Committee after former ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, announced his retirement in 2015. Isely also has been among the ARRL Board members to promote the Amateur Radio Parity Act on Capitol Hill.

The ARRL Central Division Director since 2001, and an ARRL Foundation director and officer from 2007 until 2014, Isely is a graduate of the University of Missouri and a retired US Navy and American Airlines pilot. He’s an ARRL and an AMSAT Life Member and has been a radio amateur since 1977. Isely helped organize the National Frequency Coordinators’ Council and served 4 years as a director.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is expected to soon announce a successor to Carlson to fill the now-vacant Vice Director’s seat. The ARRL Central Division is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

T30AR – Tarawa, Kiribati

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Tony, 3D2AG currently on Tarawa OC-017 as T30AR from 18th to 25th JUly 2016. QRV on HF bands, mostly CW. Please note that QSL information for T30AR operation is via 3D2AG only.

First UK contact in 122 GHz band

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The first UK contact in the 122 GHz band took place Sunday, July 17 at 1345 UT between Roger Ray G8CUB/P and Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ/P, both stations located at Hackpen, Wiltshire (IO91CL)

In the UK Microwave Group Yahoo Group Chris G0FDZ writes:

The distance was 120m and the CW reports were 599 both ways.
An earlier attempt at 5km failed for a two way QSO. As well as signals on 134 GHz, of which only a very weak one way QSO was possible on that band, only the merest hint of a signal on 122 GHz was heard. The 122 GHz band is noted for its high signal attenuation due additionally to atmospheric oxygen as well as water vapour attenuation.

The weather during the contest gave high humidity, and absorption of all millimetre wave frequencies was considered by many to be high. Although signals over the short distance were very good an attempt will be made soon over 1.5kms. Power levels were 70uW for Chris G0FDZ and 300uW for Roger G8CUB. One feature of G0FDZ’s system was the use of a slab type mixer which has been recently developed to make millimetre wave mixers easier to construct.

With a QSO being achieved on this band it means that every allocated UK band has now has had at least one contact.

A full report on the QSO and progress will appear in the UK Microwave Groups Scatterpoint newsletter, and photos and video will be available soon.

Issues of Scatterpoint before 2015 are available for free download, see

UKuG membership is free to students under 21

Cuban lighthouse operation

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Members of the DX Group Cuba (GDXC), Havana Contest Group (HCG) and a eastern RC of Havana will activate T42R from the lighthouse castle of the Morro Havana (CU-002), Cuba (NA-015), during the 2016 International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 20-21st).




Earth-sized sunspots are moving across the face of the sun right now

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After some relatively quite weeks, the sun has awakened again with a large group of sunspots moving across the Earth-facing side of our closest star.

The dark sunspots are active regions of the sun that can shoot out solar flares, radiation spewed out from the sun's surface which can sometimes unleash large bursts of solar plasma out into the solar system.

SEE ALSO: Solar Flare Disrupts Communications on Earth

 According to space scientist Karl Battams, the larger sunspots are about the size of the Earth, and the regions stretch across a part of the sun equal to the diameter of 16 Earths.

The sun has been somewhat quiet recently, without many active regions cropping up on the star's Earth-directed side. This has led to misleading headlines that the sun has gone "blank."


Tonight’s Testing Session yet another success

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3 testees, 2 new hams, on a general and a new extra.  Tryin' to keep it real.


Tom "Wolfie" BIlello, NW0LF

VE Liaison

Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association

Ofcom propose using Ham Radio band for Wi-Fi

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Ofcom is consulting on plans to put Wi-Fi across Amateur and Amateur Satellite spectrum in the 5 GHz band

The Ofcom consultation document implies that amateur satellites in 5 GHz only operate in very Low Earth Orbits. This is false, radio amateurs have sent 5 GHz payloads into far higher orbits. Examples are the Venus orbiter Unitec-1 which operated on 5.840 MHz and AO-40 which is in a 58,836 km High Earth Orbit (HEO). The 5 GHz band will also be used by the Geosynchronous Phase-4B payload and the HEO Phase-3E satellite both of which are currently under construction.


Aussie radio operator off air and fined $1500

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In a Wollongong local court last week, Magistrate M Stoddart fined Dan Morris $1500 and ordered that his FM broadcast equipment be confiscated, after Morris pleaded guilty to operating a radiocommunications transmitter without authority.

Regulator ACMA brought the action after it discovered Morris was broadcasting a reggae station without a licence into the suburbs of Wollongong.

“The transmitter was operating on 99.4 MHz in the commercial FM broadcast band, with a transmitter output power in the order of 150W,” according to an ACMA spokesperson.

Morris acknowledges what he did was against the law, but says he was serving the needs of a specific community with his broadcasts.

After trying unsuccessfully to get involved with the local community station, then unsuccessfully applying to the ACMA for a licence, Morris took matters into his own hands, getting hold of a transmitter and going to air anyway.

Read more at:…/wollongong-pirate-radio-oper…

Our thanks to Graham, VK4BB for the above information

New CQ World Wide DX Contest Director restructures contest leadership

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Newly-appointed CQ World Wide DX Contest Director Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, has announced a restructuring of the contest committee's leadership as his first formal act.

Zwiebel is changing the director's position to a "triumverate," with Scott Robbins, W4PA, joining the committee and Bob Naumann, W5OV, re-joining the committee as co-directors. The change has the full support of CQ management.

"We will all share the various tasks of 'Director' and we all will provide backup or contingency coverage for each other for most, if not all, aspects of CQWW Committee leadership," explained Zwiebel, adding, "We are all equals."

Robbins and Naumann are both veteran contesters and are well-known in the amateur radio community. Robbins was Ten-Tec's Amateur Radio Product Manager for 12 years before purchasing the Vibroplex Company in 2009. Naumann - who previously served on the CQWW Contest Committee for 20 years - is Sales Manager of DX Engineering and worked previously for Array Solutions.

For additional details, see Zwiebel's complete announcement on the CQWW DX Contest blog at…/restructuring-the-cqww-contest-committee…/.

Sixth Youngsters On The Air Will Feature Contact with the ISS

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The sixth Youngsters On The Air (YOTA), which gets under way on July 16, will feature an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with astronaut Jeff Williams KD5TVQ on the International Space Station. The ARISS contact on July 18 will be a telebridge event via VK4KHZ.

More than 100 young radio amateurs — ranging in age from 15 to 25 — from 30 International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member societies — including an IARU Region 2 team from the US — are in the Austrian mountains for the week-long event. Participants not only will be enjoying Amateur Radio, they will be optimizing their skills in electronics and contesting and will make new international friends.

The Austrian Amateur Radio Society OeVSV, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, is hosting the YOTA 2016 summer camp near Salzburg.

Listen for OE2YOTA, which will be on air on various bands and modes. YOTA 2016 continues until July 23. — Thanks to YOTA 2016 and IARU Region 1

Thailand to be Active on 6 Meters during CQ WW VHF

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Thailand radio amateurs will be permitted to operate on 6 meters from 1701 UTC on July 16 until 1659 UTC on July 18, when the CQ World Wide VHF Contest takes place. Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) granted the permission, in response to a request from the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand. In 2014, the NBTC authorized Amateur Radio operation in principle on 6 meters, but the military was strongly opposed and filed a lawsuit against the regulator. NBTC has granted permission in the past for special events.

Posted on door at Skycraft in Orlando

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FCC’s OET Clarifies Emissions Compliance Testing for RF LED Lighting Devices

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The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has clarified that all RF LED lighting devices falling under Part 15 rules as “unintentional radiators” must meet conducted and radiated emissions limits set forth in those rules.

“Operation of Part 15 unintentional radiators is subject to the condition that no harmful interference is caused,” the OET reminded, in a knowledge database paper released on June 17. “Manufacturers and users should therefore note that lighting devices are required to cease operation, if harmful interference occurs.”

The OET said radiated emissions measurements must be performed at least from 30 MHz to 1000 MHz to adequately demonstrate compliance with Part 15 (§15.109). Its guidance, the OET continued, applies to RF LED lighting devices that, in the past, have been considered to operate on frequencies below 1.705 MHz. Previously, devices operating between 9 kHz and 1705 kHz had to be tested only for radiated emissions up to 30 MHz, where no specified radiated emissions limits exist, and were exempt from testing from 30 MHz to 1000 MHz. The OET said it recognizes that routine radiated emissions measurements are needed under Part 15, based on the highest frequency generated or used in the device.


Sporadic E Provides Some Excitement on 2 Meters

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July 12 brought exciting times to VHF enthusiasts, when strong E skip propagation and a maximum usable frequency (MUF) approaching 200 MHz opened things up on 2 meters. Often a good indicator of favorable propagation above 6 meters is changing conditions on the FM broadcast band.

Signals of distant FM stations overtaking those of the local stations can be a useful indicator that favorable propagation may be on its way for 2 meters. On July 12, stations in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest were the primary beneficiaries on 2 meters. Tropospheric propagation may also have been in play for some contacts.

YOTA Austria is about to start

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This Saturday, July 16, the 6th Youngsters On The Air week will take place and will feature a contact with astronaut Jeff Williams KD5TVQ on the International Space Station

Over 100 youngsters from 30 member societies, including an IARU Region 2 team from USA, will travel to Wagrain in the Austrian mountains. This edition will be organized by OeVSV which is proudly celebrating their 90th anniversary.

The youngsters will be having a lot of fun with amateur radio, there will be many workshops, they will be optimizing their skills in electronics and contesting and will make new international friends. To name some activities from the exciting program: SOTA, COTA, propagation in an ice cave, homebrew HF antenna and using the same antenna in the mountains as a SOTA station, HAMNET, working with a Raspberry Pi and making a WSPR beacon out of this or use it with DV4mini for digital voice and the famous intercultural evening where everyone brings food and drinks from their home country. On Monday 10:25 UT there will even be a Telebridge (via VK4KHZ) ARISS contact with astronaut Jeff Williams KD5TVQ, which will give the youth an unforgettable experience. All this is only a small selection of the program.

More info and real live updates of the event are available here

If you would like to make a QSO with one of the youngsters, listen for OE2YOTA which will be on air on most bands in several modes.

IARU Region 1

ACMA spectrum planning forum

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will be hosting a spectrum planning work program to update industry on its current spectrum planning projects and ongoing activities, to held on Monday 18 July in Australia's mainland Capital, Canberra.

The forum will highlight recent work including expiring spectrum licences, mobile broadband, IoT, government spectrum use, TOB planning, radio licence areas and digital television planning, as well as TV reception investigations.

The ACMA — through its Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch — is responsible for national radiofrequency planning for broadcasting and radiocommunications services, the regulation and coordination of satellite networks and the filing of satellite networks with the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R).

The seminar will take place at the ACMA Canberra office but will also be videoconferenced to the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane ACMA offices.


New European Table of Frequency Allocations

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A new edition of the European Table of Frequency Allocations in the range 8.3 kHz to 3000 GHz has been released

The table is maintained by the CEPT Working Group Frequency Management (WG FM). Much of this work is carried out by the CEPT European Communications Office (ECO) on behalf of WG FM and a fully searchable electronic version of the European Common Allocation (ECA) table can be found on the ECO Frequency Information System site at

Among the changes the EUxx footnotes have been renamed to ECAxx and the new Amateur Radio secondary allocation at 5351.5 kHz - 5366.5 kHz has been included.

Download the ECA Table PDF

FCC Finds a Fix for Amateur Radio Application Batch Processing Problem

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It’s taken a couple of weeks, but the FCC has resolved a computer programming problem that had affected its ability to accept and process batch-filed Amateur Radio applications, resulting in a backlog for the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) and others taking advantage of automated processing. The FCC information technology staff had been attempting to fix the glitch affecting the Universal Licensing System (ULS) Electronic Batch Filing (EBF) system, since it first cropped up on June 28. At first, the problem affected the processing of all Amateur Radio and commercial license applications, said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, who alerted the FCC IT Department.

By June 30, it appeared that the FCC had corrected the broader problem, but the EBF remained unable to process ARRL VEC’s automated, batch-filed applications and exam sessions. VECs that were manually logging in to upload their files were unaffected. ARRL and FCC IT staffers put their heads together to get to the bottom of the blockage.

“The FCC IT staff was astutely attentive to the problem every step of the way as they worked with our IT department to find a solution,” Somma said. “We appreciate the specialized service we received.”

ARRL’s IT Department and the ARRL VEC confirmed on July 14 that the problem had been fixed, the backlog of more than 1200 applications and 300 exam sessions cleared, and the flow of automated, batch-filed applications and exam sessions able to resume.

Free SKYWARN Spotter Training Class July 22

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Free SKYWARN Spotter Training Class. July 22 9am-11am VCEOC


Amateur Radio Parity Act Receives Favorable House Energy and Commerce Committee Report

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An amended version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, received a unanimous favorable report on July 13 from members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill now will go to the full House for consideration. Before reporting the bill out of committee, the panel first voted to accept the amended language “in the nature of a substitute.” Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said the substitute bill represented “a good balance” following months of meetings, hard work, and compromise, and he recommended the measure to his colleagues.

“The amendment guarantees that even in deed-restricted communities, Amateur Radio operators are able to use an effective outdoor antenna,” Walden said. “Without an effective antenna Amateur Radio operators are severely limited, so this amendment ensures that amateurs are free to pursue their passion wherever they live.”


Ham Radio Outlet to Acquire Some AES Employees, Re-Open Milwaukee Location as HRO Branch

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Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) has announced plans to hire an unspecified number of Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) employees, when AES shuts down its four locations in late July. In addition, the current AES Headquarters store in Milwaukee will become HRO’s newest location later this summer, following renovation. On July 1, AES announced that it was going out of business and ending retail operations at its Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Cleveland, and Orlando locations. With the approval of AES management, HRO senior managers visited each AES location to interview staffers in hopes of “acquiring some of the Amateur Radio retail employee talent in each of the current AES locations,” an HRO news release said.

“Together with this interview process, HRO examined what it would take to perhaps acquire one or more of the AES store locations. At the time of these interviews, many opportunities were explored with current AES senior management,” the release continued. “We are very excited to announce that HRO was successful in providing offers of employment to a number of soon-to-be-former AES employees, and that to some, we have offered positions that involve HRO-sponsored and funded relocation.


Ham radio decline in Germany

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Gerrit Herzig DH8GHH has made available Licence Statistics and Exam Information which shows Amateur Radio in Germany has been declining since 2002

The IARU Region 1 website reports the 5th International Youth Meeting took place during HAM Radio 2016 at Friedrichshafen. Youth, youth coordinators, youth workers and interested persons from at least 12 countries joined the meeting.

In the meeting there were three lectures:

- La Radio è Giovane: YOTA the Italian way - Silvio Gaggini IZ5DIY, Alex Carletti IV3KKW…/uploads/…/07/YOTAItalia.pdf

- (Statistics) about the success of ham radio training in Germany - Gerrit Herzig DH8GHH…/Statistics-Ham-Radio-Education-in…

- HAM Radio training in the Berlin area - Lars Weiler DC4LW (no slides available)

In 2002 there were about 80,000 radio amateurs in Germany, by 2015 this had fallen to 67,349.

By 2010 the numbers joining the hobby had slumped so much there were only 379 candidates for the Class E exam (equiv UK Intermediate) and just 147 taking the Class A exam (equiv UK Full).

To combat the decline the DARC made available a free online training course on their website and has become more active in education and youth work.

The figures for 2015 show an improvement with 590 candidates taking the Class E exam with 325 for the Class A exam.

It is hoped that a new Entry-Level Class K? licence may be introduced.
IARU Region 1

SOTA activations and ARAM Contest next weekend in Portugal

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A group of friends are planning a multi-band activation on Serra do Socorro, Portugal on the 16th of July, Saturday, on PMR (446Mhz), CB (11m), VHF, UHF, HF, 6m, DMR, D-Star and maybe 23cm (1.2Ghz).

During the whole day the team will be activating the SOTA spot CT/ES-007 - Serra do Socorro, participate/contribute whenever and if possible on the 12th A.R.A.M VHF/UHF 2016 contest but, above all, hanging out and making some radio!

We invite all those interested in embarking in this adventure to pick up their cool-box and a light brunch/lunch/snack, go up the hill and show up or, be aware of the spots and participate from your shack, summit or portable/mobile.

According to the activity plan of Portuguese Ham Association ARLA, on this day Miguel Andrade (CT1ETL) will be activating the sota spot CT/ES-003 - Serra da Arrábida so we have the possibility of making some Sota 2 Sota contacts.

To all of you who are thinking on participate, on site with us or through contacts to the summit, the gesture will be thoroughly appreciated.

Please share this information with your friends, groups, social networks and associations.

Best Regards from Portugal

João Costa, CT1FBF


New ISS Crew Increment with Two Radio Amateurs Arrives on Station 16

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, astronaut Takuya Onishi, KF5LKS, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos officially joined their Expedition 48 International Space Station (ISS) crew members on July 9 at 0626 UTC, when the hatches opened between their Soyuz MS-01 and the space station. There now are four radio amateurs onboard the ISS.

Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, of NASA, and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka, RN3FU, and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos greeted the newcomers. Rubins, Onishi, and cosmonaut Ivanishin replaced Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, KE5UDN; Flight Engineer Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, and Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, who returned to Earth in mid-June after a little more than 6 months in space.

Later this summer, Williams and Rubins are scheduled to install the first of two international docking adapters, soon to launch to the ISS. The adapters will allow commercial spacecraft to dock to the station in the near future when transporting astronauts as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi are scheduled to remain aboard the station until late October. The trio launched early on July 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, traveling to the ISS onboard an upgraded Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft on its maiden voyage. Williams, Skripochka and Ovchinin will return to Earth in September.

Volusia ARES agenda for July’s meeting this weekend

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This Saturday July 16 at 3PM will be the VAREs monthly meeting. You can find direction here.

Here are just a few topics we will be covering.

  1. Field Day results
  2. Coke Zero Results
  3. MS150 in October
  4. Some website updates
  5. August special guests

I hope everyone had a good holiday and I look forward to see you Saturday.

Karl Martin EC

ARRL Training Webinar, “Contesting as Training for Public Service,” Set for July 24

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A free ARRL Training Webinar, “Contesting as Training for Public Service,” hosted by Ward Silver, N0AX, will take place on Sunday, July 24, 8 until 10 PM EDT (0000-0200 UTC on July 25). All are invited to join the audio-slide presentation online or via telephone.


ARRL CEO, Emergency Preparedness Manager Visit FEMA

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ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, recently visited Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to further explore areas of cooperation and partnership, in line with the Memorandum of Agreement that ARRL and FEMA signed in 2014.…/Public%20Serv…/FEMA/FEMA-ARRL-2014.pdf

During the June 29 visit, Gallagher and Corey met with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ. FEMA Chief Technology Officer Ted Okada, K4HNL, also attended the meeting.

Afterward, Gallagher said, “Administrator Fugate’s detailed knowledge of Amateur Radio is impressive, and his support for the Amateur community is very encouraging.” Gallagher went on to say that he was most impressed by Fugate’s observation that “any mode of RF that will connect across the continent is valuable; we don’t have enough backups to the public switched network.”

FCC Amateur Radio Application Processing Problem Continues

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A computer programming problem affecting the FCC’s ability to accept and process automated, batch-filed Amateur Radio applications since late June still has not been fully resolved. The FCC information technology staff has been looking into the issue, which is affecting the Universal Licensing System (ULS) Electronic Batch Filing (EBF) system. When the issue first cropped up on June 28, it initially affected the processing of all Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) and commercial license applications, ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said. She alerted the FCC IT Department, and, by June 30, the FCC appeared to have corrected the broader problem and resumed processing of most Amateur Radio VEC and commercial applications and exam session files. But the EBF still has been unable to process ARRL VEC’s automated, batch-filed applications and exam sessions.

Somma said the problem apparently stems from the fact that the ARRL VEC the only VEC to use an automated file upload program; other VECs manually log in to the FCC website to upload their files. She puzzles as to why a program that has “worked for us for years” suddenly has gone awry, but said she’s encouraged that the FCC is actively investigating the issue with the assistance of ARRL staff.

The FCC worked with the ARRL IT staff on a temporary solution that would permit ARRL VEC to upload its exam session and application backlog manually. Somma said the ARRL VEC tried manually uploading 229 backlogged files to the FCC, but that proved unsuccessful.

Somma said the FCC had made resolution of the problem a top priority and marshaled resources to address the issue. She said she has been in contact with the FCC daily to inquire about progress.

Somma said that as of July 12, the ARRL VEC had more than 1200 applications and nearly 300 exam sessions in the queue and awaiting FCC processing.

“As soon as the FCC staff discovers and corrects the EBF system problem, we will immediately file the backlog via the automated system, which would take only a day or so to release,” Somma estimated.

Portable Ops — Too Darn Hot!

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Once again we are at the mercy of the elements. Can't hardly breathe in this heat.

My suggestion: Cancel Reed Canal in favor of nice, cool Wendy's (or any other place if you wish to opine)

I'm up for anywhere cold.


Silent Key – DJ6QT – Walter Skudlarek

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CQ Contest Hall of Famer, WRTC Competitor, DXer Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT, SK

Well-known contester and World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) competitor, official, and supporter Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT, of Hirzenhain, Germany, died on July 5. He was 77 and had been a radio amateur since 1958.

Skudlarek was a member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame as well as a founding member of the Rhein-Ruhr DX Association and active member for more than 50 years, serving at various times as president. He was a member of the RRDXA Hall of Fame.

Skudlarek was a competitor at the very first WRTC in 1990 in Seattle, as well as in 1996 in San Francisco, and 2002 in Helsinki. He served as a referee at the WRTCs in 2000 (Slovenia) and in 2006 (Brazil) and was looking forward to WRTC 2018 in Germany.

His history of DXpedition operations dates from 1979, and he operated frequently from Madeira. A frequent Dayton Hamvention® visitor, Skudlarek also was an honorary member of the Frankfort Radio Club, the North Jersey DX Association, and the Araucaria DX Group.

“The RRDXA has lost an engaged competitor and internationally recognized contester and Dxpeditioner,” said an announcement on the RRDXA website. “Our thoughts are with his family. We will always honor his memory.”

Christmas Party Tickets are now on sale!

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For those looking to spread the cost across the year, we have just printed the first set of tickets for the Christmas Banquet and will be available at the next regular meeting, or call the number at the top of the club site for more information.

This year, we will be going to

Duff's Buffet
2400 South Ridgewood Avenue
South Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Our price this year is $18 per person, which covers buffet, beverage, dessert and door prizes.

More information to come...

AES update

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Based on what I'm hearing, Ham Radio Outlet will be purchasing the remaining equipment at AES, so there isn't likely to be a sale..

If you hear of one, please let us know at


Amateur Electronic Supply Closing after 59 Years in Business

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Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) will close its doors at the end of July after 59 years in business. No reason has been given for the decision to close the business. AES has been a premier player among Amateur Radio equipment retailers for decades, as well as a major presence at Dayton Hamvention® and other events. Various media outlets were informed of the closing in a brief e-mail message on July 6, but word of the closing has not yet appeared on the retailer’s website or Facebook page.

“It’s with great sadness that I have to tell you that Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) will cease operations at the end of this month,” AES National Sales Manager Tom Pachner, W9TJP, said in an e-mail. An employee at the Milwaukee headquarters store, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed that the message was legitimate. It’s believed that the AES staff was notified before the July 4th holiday weekend. In addition to the Milwaukee store, AES operates outlets in Cleveland (Wickliffe), Las Vegas, and Orlando.


Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) Going Out of Business

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Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) has announced that it is ceasing operations as of the end of July, 2016.

The Milwaukee-based retailer has four locations around the country, including Milwaukee; Cleveland (Wickliffe), Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida. It has long been the nation's second-largest ham radio dealer, after Ham Radio Outlet. No reason was given for the decision to close the business.


AJ4MQ: Confirmed through Amateur Radio Newsline.