07/13/2017 There’s no substitute for being there, and for elite contester and WRTC 2018 participant Tim Duffy, K3LR, and other competitors, this meant traveling to Germany, where WRTC 2018 will take place in 1 year, in part to prepare for the big show. Duffy said getting on the air from Germany during the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF Championship this past weekend provided an opportunity to test the waters, so to speak, by making sure that equipment works as it should, that propagation from Europe is understood, and that he and his team mate Sandy Raeker, DL1QQ/N0QQ, have a […]

WRTC 2018 Teams Prep for the Big Event in Europe

02/28/2017 Pointing out that World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) in Germany is only about 500 days away, the event’s all-volunteer Organizing Committee reports that while many necessary tasks are out of the way, much more work remains. So far, among other things, it has wrapped up the qualification process, drafted official rules for the WRTC 2018 competition, evaluated 160 possible station sites, selected and tested antennas and antenna-related gear, completed the first major round of testing, and inked several contracts with major sponsors. Probably the top priority at this point is to secure the remaining 40% of necessary […]

WRTC 2018: 500 Days and Counting!

The FCC has updated its Public Notice on Amateur Radio operation in European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) countries that have adopted certain recommendations regarding the US. The updated notice, in English, German, and French, includes some additional countries where operation is permitted. Licensees operating in CEPT countries must have a copy of the Public Notice, proof of US citizenship, and evidence of an FCC Amateur Radio license grant. These must be shown to “proper authorities” upon request. More information about CEPT can be found at, . The Public Notice can be found in PDF format at, […]

FCC updates notice on amateur radio operation in CEPT countries

Hundreds with portable gear had a marvellous time putting former marine navigation on air during the 19th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held last Saturday and Sunday. Organiser Kevin Mulcahy VK2CE says thank you to all who registered for the fun-event, with some them needing to avoid contests and keep out of inclement weather. Its final result of 471 from 45 countries was excellent, says Kevin, considering unsettled conditions in some areas of the world. Now expected on the ILLW.NET website are more reports of 2016 activity. At the end, Germany and USA both had 69 registrations, followed closely by […]

The annual lighthouse weekend was full of fun

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is on a little over a week away and the prestigious 400th registration goes to the Queenscliff White Lighthouse at the heads of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia. Joe Gonzales VK3YSP and his wife Julie VK3FOWL will be there like in previous years, and last year reported contacting many others including 38 lighthouses. Support has come from the Queenscliff Borough Council that made a site visit, and the Wireless Institute of Australia ‘Calling CQ’ brochures helped keep the inquiring public informed. Joe and Julie says they would not miss the opportunity of being […]

World’s premier portable activity scores 400 registrations

07/29/2016 US Department of Defense (DOD) Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) operators in the US, Germany, and Japan, will take part in an interoperability communications exercise in August. The exercise will take place on Monday, August 15, from 1200 UTC to 2359 UTC. The focus of the exercise is “to train during a simulated communications-constrained environment using radio-only communication capabilities,” MARS said. Throughout the exercise, MARS operators will reach out and attempt connect with Amateur Radio operators at the local and regional levels using HF, VHF, and UHF. For the purposes of this exercise, the use of the 60 meter […]

MARS Sets Interoperability Communications Exercise for August 15

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

Ham radio decline in Germany

06/27/2016 Yaesu Musen has announced that it will support World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) in Germany as the event’s prime sponsor. Yaesu Director Masao Mori, JA1COW, and WRTC 2018 President Christian Janssen, DL1MGB, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 25 at Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Yaesu, which marks its 60th anniversary this year, will donate all rotators for the WRTC stations’ antennas. “Yaesu is happy to get into such close contact with the WRTC 2018 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary,” Mori said. “We are looking forward to providing our long-standing experience in the […]

Yaesu Musen Signs on as Prime Sponsor of WRTC 2018

The European DX Foundation (EUDXF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, June 24-26. The EUDXF DX dinner is set for the evening of June 24 in nearby Tettnang. The European DX convention will take place on Saturday, August 27, and the EUDXF DX Award will be presented during the convention banquet. The EUDXF was active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest… Source link

The European DX Foundation Marks 30th Anniversary

The Haulbowline Lighthouse in Northern Ireland built in 1824 is this year’s prestigious 200th registration in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. The annual fun-event began in 1995 and is always held on the third weekend of August. Members of the Hilltop Amateur Radio Club in County Down, mainly operate portable, and have chosen the Haulbowline Lighthouse. The 34 metre high unpainted granite tower is on wave-washed rock, exposed only at low tide with a ‘half tide’ light for ships entering from the Irish Sea, showing that the tide was high enough for vessels to enter. Listen for its callsign […]

Northern Ireland lighthouse scores 200th entry