Monthly Archives: November 2015


11/30/2015 Volunteers from Florida’s West Panhandle District ARES recently supported communications for the inaugural Cottonmouth 100, an “Ultramarathon” 100-mile endurance run. Sixteen Amateur Radio operators from three Florida counties — Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa — took part in the event over the November 14-15 weekend. ARES volunteers used 2 meter simplex and one repeater — the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club’s 147.36 MHz Crestview repeater, W4AAV — in providing communication support at six aid stations as well as at the start and finish lines. The race, with 150 runners, took place in part of two counties in a wooded […]

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Volunteers Assist Cottonmouth 100 Run in Florida


11/25/2015 Midwest City, Oklahoma’s fourth annual Veterans Day Parade for 2015 was a success, due in part to the communication support that Mid-Del Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) volunteers provided. Amateur Radio met communication needs at multiple staging areas, along the parade route, at the incident command post, and for the reviewing stand. Working closely with the City of Midwest City Emergency Management Office Communications Coordinator and the Midwest City police and fire departments, the ham volunteers were able to cover the large area and a parade route of about 2 miles. The Midwest City Communications Coordinator is Scott Walsh, N5NYS. […]

Amateur Radio Provides Communication for Oklahoma Veterans Day Parade


11/24/2015 DX Engineering of Tallmadge, Ohio, has acquired the assets of InLogis and the exclusive right to manufacture and sell the Inlogis (formally Pixel) Active Magnetic Loop Antenna, model RF-PRO-1B. All manufacturing operations and equipment for the RF-PRO-1B have been moved from Golden, Colorado, to Tallmadge, Ohio. DX Engineering says it will serve all existing RF-PRO-1B customers with replacement or service parts and expert advice. The DX Engineering Active Magnetic Loop Antenna is a receiving antenna for HF with “figure 8” directivity and rotating capability, without occupying the space needed for a typical Beverage system. Source link

DX Engineering Acquires InLogis, Exclusive Rights to Make and Market Active Magnetic Loop Antenna



11/24/2015 Well-known contester and station builder Richard Strand, KL7RA, of Kenai, Alaska, died on November 20, after suffering a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. He was 69. A radio astronomer, Strand was an ARRL Life Member. KL7RA was a regular in the ARRL November Sweepstakes, handing out the relatively rare Alaska Section multiplier, and he had hoped to recover in time for the 2015 ARRL November Sweepstakes events. He also was active in DX contests. Strand was a Volunteer Examiner with the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club VEC, and he had been a contributor to The ARRL Handbook.  Source link

Well-Known Contester Richard A. Strand, KL7RA, SK


11/24/2015 Following its July 10, 2015, launch, the DeorbitSail satellite has achieved some, but not all, of its mission objectives, including contact with the satellite, solar panel deployment, and taking pictures of Earth. The satellite, a University of Surrey research project, carries a 1200 bps BPSK beacon transmitting on 145.975 MHz. DeorbitSail is a 3U CubeSat with a deployable sail to demonstrate rapid deorbiting. “[W]e have struggled to accurately determine the satellite tumble rate and get it under control,” said an update from DeorbitSail Project Manager Chiara Massimiani, and Surrey Space Center (SSC) Director and DeorbitSail Principal Investigator Guglielmo Aglietti. […]

DeorbitSail Satellite Unsuccessful in Deploying Sail


Something to be thankful for: The FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) electronic batch filing (EBF) system, which has had problems processing VEC license and examination session files since Friday, November 13, is expected to be caught up this week. Granting of applications was delayed as a result of a computer system snafu. “The backlog of files started processing and generating responses ye… Source link

FCC License and Examination File Processing System Getting Back on Track



11/23/2015 ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27. The ARRL Letter will not publish on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, November 27. In addition there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice on those days. We wish all our members a safe and enjoyable holiday! Source link

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on November 26-27


11/21/2015 ARRL Northwestern Division Director Jim Pace, K7CEX, and Vice Director Bonnie Altus, AB7ZQ, overcame challengers for their respective positions in the 2016-2018 election cycle. Ballots counted November 20 at ARRL Headquarters showed that Pace defeated challenger William Balzarini, KL7BB, 2190 to 654 votes, while Altus outpolled challenger Delvin Bunton, N7QMT, 2061 to 776 votes. Pace and Altus have been declared elected. The count took place under the supervision of a representative of CohnReznick LLP, the League’s independent auditor. Three tellers, appointed by the Ethics & Elections Committee, were New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI; ARRL Chief Financial Officer Barry […]

ARRL Northwestern Division Leadership Elected to New Terms


11/18/2015 The Plenary Meeting of the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva has approved an allocation of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis with a power limit of 15 W effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP). The November 18 decision on Agenda Item 1.4 was adopted on two back-to-back readings. Some Region 2 countries, but not the US, will be permitted up to 25 W EIRP. With this action, and despite conditions that are more restrictive than had been hoped at the start of the Conference, the Amateur Service has obtained its first new global HF […]

World Radiocommunication Conference Approves Global 60 Meter Allocation!



11/17/2015 The Essex Record Office in the UK has released a sound recording that includes the second part of a speech by wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, delivered at the unveiling of the Fisk Memorial at Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia. In the speech, Marconi forecast the impact that wireless communication will have on ship navigation and on the world economy in general. “Without long-distance communications, no country can make much headway,” he asserted. The Fisk Memorial commemorated the first direct wireless message sent from the UK to Australia in 1918. — Thanks to Southgate ARC  Source link

Recording of 1935 Marconi Speech Released