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New Calendar Added!

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For those of you who didn't notice, I've added an ARRL Contest Calendar to our site. I am working to add more information besides date.

Members will be able to toggle individual menus soon.

UBA DX Contest 2015

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ubaThe UBA has the honour to announce that this contest will be challenged under the Patronage of the EC Commission, responsible for Communication, Information and Culture.
The 28th EUROPEAN UNION TROPHY will be awarded to the highest scoring Single Operator EU member station from both the CW and SSB competition.

1 – Purpose

To contact as many Belgian and other amateurs as possible and to provide a way to achieve the WABP and the EC Awards in the “UBA Contest”.

2 – Periods

SSB - January 31 – February 1, 2015 (starts every year on the last Saturday of January).

CW - February 28 – March 1, 2015 (starts every year on the last Saturday of February).

From 13:00 UTC on Saturday to 13:00 UTC on Sunday.


Participation in ARRL Centennial On-the-Air Events Exceeds All Expectations

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Attendance at the ARRL’s on-the-air Centennial celebration in 2014 was through the roof! Approximately 3.5 million contacts were recorded for W1AW portable operations and the Centennial Points Challenge during the Centennial QSO Party last year.

“The Centennial QSO Party was a huge success, and participation was way greater than anyone anticipated it would be when we were in the planning stages,” said Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, Assistant Manager, Field Services and Radiosport Department. As a result, the window for operators to apply and pay fees for awards they earned in the Centennial QSO Party is not expected to open until mid-March.

Fusaro said that while award certificates have been printed, the task of checking and double-checking the electronic logs and resolving any anomalies has put an unexpected burden on staff resources.


ARES, SKYWARN Volunteers Stand Down in Wake of Massive East Coast Winter Storm

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blizzard“Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) teams and SKYWARN weather observers along the US Eastern Seaboard went on alert Monday, January 26, as a winter storm began working its way into the Northeast. The storm, which brought blizzard conditions to some areas, shut down transportation and kept residents at home in several states. Eastern Massachusetts and the City of Boston may have been hardest hit, with record or near-record snowfall amounts and storm surge flooding in some coastal communities. ARES units on Cape Cod deployed to staff multiple shelters and the Multi-Agency Coordination Center, which serves Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties. A shelter was opened on Nantucket Island, after the entire island lost electrical power as well as most telecommunication services. Amateur Radio volunteers relayed this information to the National Weather Service (NWS) Taunton Office, home to WX1BOX, where operations kicked into high gear on Monday evening. Hurricane-force wind gusts were recorded on Nantucket Island and on the western edge of Martha’s Vineyard.”

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RSGB Welcomes Proposed Crackdowns

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rsgb“The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has said it welcomes a recentinitiative by telecommunications regulator Ofcom to combat interference from home power line data transmission (PLT) devices. The Ofcom “consultation” — similar to an FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making — has invited responses by February 16. The RSGB ElectromagneticCompatibility (EMC) Committee has lobbied Ofcom to assume greater authority in cases involving violations of EMC rules.

“These proposals make the regulations more resilient to evolving technology, when it causes undue interference to wireless telegraphy apparatus,” the RSGB said. “The proposed changes aim to catch apparatus that exceeds the permissible levels in service,” The RSGB said.”

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ARRL at 100: A Century of Ham Radio [ Video ]

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“Purchase at DVD at http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-at-100-A-Century-of-Ham-Radio/
Produced by: ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, (c) 2014. Narrated by Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, QST Managing Editor.http://www.arrl.org

The ARRL continues “To promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.” By being an ARRL member you not only reflect the commitment and enthusiasm of American radio amateurs, or “hams,” but also provide leadership as the voice of Amateur Radio in the USA. The ARRL is all of us working together…

* to defend our spectrum
* to help teach new hams
* to encourage your enjoyment with contests and activities
* to promote Amateur Radio in the media
* to advocate for hams in Washington and in international conventions
* to share the joy of creating new things, learning new things and realizing, “Hey, I can do that!”

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ARRL Headquarters will be closed Tuesday, January 27 due to severe weather.

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ARRL offices in Newington, Connecticut have closed due to the severe snowstorm that has struck the area. We will evaluate conditions on Wednesday morning and will be open if possible, although most likely with reduced staff. Monitor this page and the ARRL Facebook page for updates.

Upcoming Convention – HamCation(sm)

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School Club Roundup

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radiosportObjective: To exchange QSO information with club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Sponsored by the ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task Force and and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs.

Award certificates will be issued for the following US and DX categories:

Schools: Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, High School and College/University
Non-school Clubs


5 Year Old Passes HAM Radio Exam

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9newsKUSA- Armature radio, or ham radio as it's commonly called, can be a hobby for some and a mission for others.

"We coordinate with agencies like the Red Cross or the local sheriff, the weather service to give reports during emergency situations. We're the extra eyes and ears on the ground," ham radio operator Zeke Ragdale said.

It's something Ragdale has been doing for the last three years, and it's a hobby his 5-year-old son, Colton, has been watching. That was until Colton was old enough to read.

"I think Colton saw his parents using radios and talking to one another and wanted to become involved. So he took the FCC test and passed," Ragdale said.

At just 5 years old, Colton passed the test the FCC requires for anyone to operate the radios. That makes Colton among the youngest operators around.

"He was talking to people in Japan. He's too young to do everything we do, but we'll keep practicing with him," Ragdale said.

Colton got 93 percent of the test questions correct, which is impressive for most operators, but that score takes things to a new level when you're just a kindergartener.

"My friends can't believe I do radio. It took a lot of hard work," Colton said.

It's something Colton says he looks forward to doing every weekend. He does it as a hobby, but the biggest reason he said is "I really like to help people. I like it a lot."

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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Equipment for Sale (Texas)

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For those guys looking for equipment, this was posted by a friend of mine.

Robert Pack - Somerville, TX

A bit off topic but I know a lot of you guys are hams. Some of you may know that I have a multi-tower contest station here in Texas. Well, that station is being dismantled right now. Please, don't ask why....just know that I did not want this to happen but it did.

I have a lot of stuff that I am going to sell. Now I don't have much at all in the way of VHF/UHF equipment other than a little Radio Shack 2m mobile radio that puts out about 25 watts, but I will have some 2m yagis that I will get rid of. A boat load of coax will be available.

Several hundred feet of Rohn 45 tower. If HF is your thing, you name it, I probably have it. I am posting a few updates and such on the NX5M facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/NX5MContest .

If you have an interest in anything you can send an email to a temporary email address I have set up and that is bob.nx5m at gmail dot com. (NOTE there is a period between my name and call).

New Hambone College Website Online, Classes Soon!

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After a long wait, the Hambone College classes will resume soon. Currently we are looking for a Soldering 101 at the end of February, but we are still making arrangements. Currently, we are opening 10 seats, but that is likely to change. If there isn't enough room, we may hold another class very soon.

In addition, the Hambone College website has been rewritten (and is still in progress) to help students and teachers find materials and provide a simple alternative to sign up for classes. Online signups should be available soon, and I will be tweaking the look as we go.

Update: Now it is possible to register for classes on the website. still in testing, but we'll see how it goes.

The 2015 CQ World-Wide 160-Meter Contest

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K9DXCW: 2200Z January 23, 2015 to 2200Z January 25, 2015

SSB: 2200Z February 27, 2015 to 2200Z March 1, 2015


I. OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact other amateurs in as many U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and countries as possible utilizing the 160 meter band.

II. BAND USE: 1810 – 2000 kHz in ITU Region 1. 1800 – 2000 kHz in ITU Regions 2 and 3. All entrants are encouraged to spread out as much as possible, obeying frequency restrictions and power limits for their own country.Any violations of the ITU band use may result in Disqualification.


ARRL Board Okays Changes to DXCC Program, VHF and Above Contesting Rules

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The ARRL Board of Directors has tweaked the DX Century Club (DXCC) rules to clarify and expand their recognition of remotely controlled station technology. It also has added a rule that puts greater ethical responsibility on operators with respect to remotely controlled operation. In addition, the Board adopted changes to the ARRL VHF/UHF contest rules that are aimed at encouraging greater participation. The Board took the actions during its annual meeting January 16-17 in Windsor, Connecticut.

The DXCC Rules changes, which affect Section I, subsections 8 and 9, explain and extend how contacts with remotely controlled stations now may be applied toward the DXCC award. According to ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, the changes are subtle but significant. The modified rules make clear that contacts with legally licensed, land-based, remotely controlled stations count for DXCC, but the control point — the operator’s location — of a remotely controlled station no longer has to be land based; the operator can be literally anywhere.


Navassa DXpedition Team Poised to Offer “Once in 32 Years” Opportunity

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The K1N Navassa DXpedition team hopes to be on the air with up to eight stations in less than 2 weeks, offering a “once in 32 years” opportunity to work the most-wanted DXCC entity. It’s been 22 years since the last Navassa operation, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which is responsible for the island, will not permit another operation for at least more 10 years. The team said its exact departure date will not be determined until the last minute and will depend on the USFWS and on weather conditions. The team will arrive at its staging point a few days before the earliest possible departure window and will be ready for rapid deployment to Navassa.

“As soon as the USFWS has landed on the island and declared it is safe to proceed, we will start the helicopter flights and commence operations,” the K1N team said this week in a media release.