Monthly Archives: March 2016


The RSGB says the results of the online amateur radio survey carried out by President John Gould G3WKL will be available in May The Society says the results have now been analysed and they will inform the Board’s review of the Society’s strategic vision and goals. A summary of the key findings will appear in the June edition of RadCom [published May 21] and a presentation version will be made available to affiliated clubs in due course. In September 2015, Essex Ham spoke to John Gould G3WKL to find out more about the amateur radio survey http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/rsgb-survey-2015.html A follow-up interview […]

UK ham radio survey results


03/30/2016 Contesting clubs in Canada and New England have joined forces to invite non-hams, new hams, and even old timers to discover HF radio in the 21st century firsthand, by getting on the air and operating remote stations. Beta test “Discover the HF Experience” events will take place in April, with the debut on April 2 in Manitoba. A subsequent special event in Massachusetts will take place on April 10, using the call sign K1K. A major rollout is expected at Dayton Hamvention® in May, with four operating positions at ARRL EXPO. The “Discover the HF Experience” concept stresses that […]

“Discover the HF Experience” Aims to Dazzle Technicians, Newcomers


H.A.L. School, Lucknow, India, telebridge via W6SRJ The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-04-08  08:17:46 UTC 26 deg Proposed questions generated by the H.A.L. School students: 1. Is the atmosphere of Mars suitable for living?2. Did you ever see aliens in space?3. Have you measured the temperature outside of space station during space walk?4. What are your three favourite things about being in spaceship?5. What challenges have you faced in space? 6. How is the atmosphere of Mars?7. Did you find any adjustment problem […]

ARISS school contact at H.A.L. School, Lucknow, India



03/29/2016 Raymond L. Collins, ex- K7EQB/W6GLN, the president and co-founder of Telewave Inc, died on March 15. He was 83. Collins co-founded Telewave in 1972 to supply custom-built filtering and power monitoring devices for the broadcast industry, which were not widely available at the time. Over his 44-year career at the helm of Telewave, Collins’ gained a reputation as a tireless worker, motivator, and innovator. He grew up in the rural Yakima Valley of Washington, where he built and operated his own amateur gear, including a kilowatt amplifier. He worked for several local radio stations in the 1950s, among them […]

Telewave Co-Founder, President Raymond L. Collins, ex-K7EQB/W6GLN, SK


In comments filed on March 23 on its Petition for Rule Making (RM 11759) seeking changes to 80 and 75 meters, the ARRL has told the FCC that its primary objective is to ‘rebalance’ the bands by correcting a 10-year old FCC error. “ARRL’s proposal is not fairly viewed as a proposal to take anything away from anyone,” the League’s comments assured. “It is more properly viewed as the effectuation of a fair, equitable, and efficient ‘band plan’ looking forward for the foreseeable future that balances everyone’s needs, and which remedies a plainly unfair plan, imprudently created in the 2006 […]

ARRL tells FCC to restore balance of modes on 80 and 75 meters


03/28/2016 The ARRL Awards Committee has voted to delete Kingman Reef (KH5) from the DXCC List, effective March 29, 2016. Kingman Reef will be added to the Deleted Entities List on March 29, 2016. The total number of entities on the List will drop from 340 to 339. The deletion process is described in DXCC Rules Section II DXCC List Criteria, Part 5(a) Deletion Criteria. “An entity may be deleted from the List if it no longer satisfies the criteria under which it was added. However, if the entity continues to meet one or more currently existing rules, it will […]

Kingman Reef (KH5) Deleted from DXCC List



The Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought support from ham radio operators, who were applauded for their service during the earthquake in Nepal, in the upcoming Assembly elections in Bengal The Deccan Herald reports: Amateur operators with high frequency radios will provide communications support to EC officials in areas with negligible or zero mobile telephone network. In a letter to Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA, secretary of West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur), the poll panel has asked for support during the six-phase polls in Bengal, starting from April 4. Ham radio operators will use their radio transmitters to create a […]

Election Commission seeks support from Radio Hams


03/28/2016 In comments filed on March 23 on its Petition for Rule Making (RM 11759) seeking changes to 80 and 75 meters, the ARRL has told the FCC that its primary objective is to “rebalance” the bands by correcting a 10-year old FCC error. “ARRL’s proposal is not fairly viewed as a proposal to take anything away from anyone,” the League’s comments assured. “It is more properly viewed as the effectuation of a fair, equitable, and efficient ‘band plan’ looking forward for the foreseeable future that balances everyone’s needs, and which remedies a plainly unfair plan, imprudently created in the […]

ARRL Tells FCC to Restore Balance of Modes on 80 and 75 Meters


03/28/2016 The popular QST “The Doctor is In” column soon will also be available as a podcast! “ARRL The Doctor is In” will debut on Thursday, April 7, and subsequent new episodes will be posted every other Thursday. The podcast will feature QST columnist and technical whiz Joel Hallas, W1ZR, with QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, serving as the host. Each 20-minute program will be available from Apple iTunes and Stitcher — the two largest podcast distribution platforms (search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”) — and episodes will be archived on the ARRL website. DX Engineering is […]

“ARRL The Doctor is In” — the Podcast — Debuts on April 7



This Tuesday, March 29th at 8 PM central (0100 UTC Wed), we will have a live video interview with the Heard Island DXpedition Last week we were successful with a live audio interview. Video has been tested and this week you will see them on location. I’m hoping for the active volcano in the background with penguins standing all around. This will be the first time any DXpedition has had a live video connection to a ham radio show. Also this week Rich Moseson, W2VU from CQ will be with us in addition to some other surprise guests. Watch Amateur […]

Heard Island DXpedition live on W5KUB