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EI13CLAN Challenge | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The first Club to try for the EI13CLAN challenge was Dundalk, which put up an excellent score over a 24 hour period (EI13CLAN Challenge | Southgate Amateur Radio News http://t.co/bqhzM41eZQ)...
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Here's an intriguing contest for Irish hams.  You could win an ICOM-756 pro.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Monday profile: Lowndes County man looking to put literature on airwaves - The Commercial Dispatch

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Chris Howard stands in front of his antenna in Lowndes County. Howard wants to create a Golden Triangle radio ...
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An interesting and enlightening story of amateur radio operator Chris Howard who has a new concept for radio--"Classic Book Radio"--programming consisting of the reading of public domain literature over the airwaves.  Chris already has a FCC license for a low-power FM station at 95.5 MHz.  All he lacks is money to buy the necessary equipment to get on the air.  As a former broadcaster, I can appreciate the challenge of getting a station on the air.  You need money and lots of time.  Contrary to what Chris envisions, he won't be able to do the project alone.   None the less, I salute him for trying to add some quality programming to the broadcasting mix.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Steady frequency: McKinney Amateur Radio Club tests service, gains youth

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Younger club members attracted to electronics, wireless integration.  (Amateur Radio: Steady frequency: McKinney Amateur Radio Club tests service, gains youth http://t.co/2oavdY4ZCe)...
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Exceptionally well-written article from "starlocalmedia.com.", focusing on last week's (28-29 June 2014) Field Day activities of The McKinney Amateur Radio Club.  Club spokesman, 18-year-old Mike Baker, said amateur radio is more than a hobby, because "we provide service to the city, state, and country."  Because of the relative inexperience of many younger members of the club, this Field Day centered on training and basic communications procedures.  The McKinney Amateur Radio Club had fun, but knew, deep inside, that what members were enjoying on a beautiful weekend could be used to save lives in the event of a disaster.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men | AmateurRadio.com

The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men | AmateurRadio.com | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
To quote Robert BurnsThe best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley,An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy! That sums up my weekend.
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Enjoyable post from Andrew Garratt (M6GTG).  It's not every day a famous poet (Robert Burns) has verse applicable to amateur radio. Andrew takes a few artistic liberties with Mr. Burns in describing how he finally was able to support his homebrew Moxon antenna...a plan that finally got the approval of his housing manager.  Sounds, familiar to those of us plagued by CC&Rs and HOAs.  In the end, creativity and determination win the day.  Good photographs and a well-written text are the highlights of this article.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur radio enthusiasts have a 'Field Day' in Surrey - Surrey Now

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Amateur radio enthusiasts have a 'Field Day' in Surrey Surrey Now SURREY — With cell phones, email and the Internet bringing the world to our doorsteps in just a few button presses or mouse clicks, one might think the fate of old school amateur...
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An excellent post Field Day Report from the Surrey, Canada, publication "The Now."  Many Canadian amateur radio clubs participated in the 2014 edition of Field day, 28-29 June 2014.  Among them was the Surrey Amateur Radio Club which amassed 1,510 unique contacts, nearly double the total it made last year.  The highlight of the event was John Schouten's (VE7TI) contact with Reid Wiseman (KP5LKT) aboard the International Space Station.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Making Plans for the Colorado 14er Event | AmateurRadio.com

Making Plans for the Colorado 14er Event | AmateurRadio.com | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
The Colorado 14er Event (Aug 3) is less than a month away so it is time to get ready. This event was born out of the basic observation that many hiking hams were taking along their radios (typically, a VHF/UHF handheld) ...
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Nice note from Bob Witte (K0NR) about the upcoming "Colorado 14er Event" on 03 August 2014.  The event is part of the larger Summits on The Air (SOTA) Program, "opening up over 1m700 summits in Colorado for ham radio activity."  The "14er" will focus on the 54 peaks in Colorado with elevations of 14,000 feet or more.  Bob advises climbers to train well, adhere to accepted safety standards, and provide backup communications.  For hams operating the event at home, you can contact the climbers on 2 meter FM, beginning with 147.42 MHz simplex.  The article provides a link to other FM and HF frequencies that will be used that day.  Good Luck!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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X108 20W transceiver | AmateurRadio.com

X108 20W transceiver | AmateurRadio.com | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
G1KQH informs me this Chinese transceiver is available for an introductory prce of £399.99. Personally I think this is MORE than I would expect. To me it still looks like a "back shed" design. I notice this supplier has sold out.
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A quick review by Roger Lapthorn (G3XBM) of the new Chinese X108 20 watt transceiver.  Roger doesn't think the new radio is worth the price, noting "To me it still looks like a 'back shed' design."  Roger adds that the "price is for the basic version without TCXO and noise blanker."  In Roger's view, the Yaesu FT-817ND is a better value "with cash back offers, and, to my mind, is a well-proven MF-UHF design."  Roger believes the Chinese aren't quite ready to compete in the low power segment of amateur radio.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Radio Technology in Action Symposiums - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Radio Technology in Action Symposiums
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The Johannesburg RTA will be held at the National Amateur Radio Centre on Saturday 23 August and the Pretoria RTA on 13 September at the Innovation Hub.
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If you'll be in South Africa in August and September, you may want to check out the "Radio Technology in Action Symposiums being held on 23 August in Johannesburg and on 13 September in Pretoria.  A limited number of registrations is available. For details, visit http://www.sarl.org.za/.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amazon.com: Superbat Antenna 433Mhz Omni 3DBi tilt-and-swivel SMA Male Plug Connector for Ham Radio: GPS & Navigation

saFind the largest selection of car electronics, GPS, MP3 players and their accessories at the lowest price at Amazon.com. (#3: Superbat Antenna 433Mhz Omni 3DBi tilt-and-swivel SMA Male Plug Connector for Ham Radio: Superbat Antenna ...

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This might make a good, temporary antenna for your HT or mobile unit.   I haven't used one of these antennas, so I can't give a fair appraisail of its quality.  The price seems cheap enough.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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ZS9HQ on-air from National Amateur Radio Centre - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

ZS9HQ on-air from National Amateur Radio Centre
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The call sign ZS9HQ was assigned to the South African Radio League by ICASA and will be operated from the National Amateur Radio Centre during the IARU HF Championships.
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The South African Radio League (SARL) has activated call sign ZS9HQ for the IARU HF Championships this weekend (12-13 July 2014).  The station will operate from the National Radio Centre during the international event.  SARL President Geoff Levey (ZS6C) needs South African hams to run the station during the contest.  You can reach Geoff at:  contest@sarl.org.za.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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New Ham Radio Regulations for Thailand - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

New Ham Radio Regulations for Thailand Southgate Amateur Radio Club Thailand's regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the new regulations to govern amateur radio that the agency has been working...
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The 247,000 licensed amateur radio operators in Thailand are getting some spectrum relief, a little more power output, and an easing of getting basic amateur radio equipment into the country.  Under the new regulations issued by Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the two meter band has been expanded to 146.5 MH; advanced class license holders will be allowed to boost power to 1,000 watts; entry class operators will be able to use 60 watts output in the 144 MHz band and 100 watts in the 28 MHz band; and additional spectrum in the 160 meter and 80 meter bands will be released.  Intermediate and advanced class licenses still require the passing of an 8-word per minute morse code test.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Local Amateur Radio Operators Have a 'Field Day' - Newport Beach Independent Newspaper

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Newport Beach Independent Newspaper Local Amateur Radio Operators Have a 'Field Day' Newport Beach Independent Newspaper Volunteers from NB Police Department's Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and NB Fire Department's Community Emergency...
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Thanks to CERT and RACES personnel, the recent ARRL Field Day held at Newport Beach, California was a great success. The event drew a large crowd last Saturday:Sunday (28-29 June ). Another example of excellent media coverage for amateur radio. Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.
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Lupinacci Recognizes Importance of Amateur Radio Emergency Service:

Lupinacci Recognizes Importance of Amateur Radio Emergency Service: | (RT @hamradio_dp: Lupinacci Recognizes Importance of Amateur Radio Emergency Service: #hamradio http://t.co/OMDxpJaWEE)...
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NY assemblyman Chad Lupinacci visited an amateur radio emergency station in Huntingdon, NY during the recent ARRL Field Day. He had high praise for the RACES team at the station and came away with better understanding how hams help their communities. Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.
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Succesful ARISS contact with DLR School, Neustrelitz, Germany - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

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Succesful ARISS contact with DLR School, Neustrelitz, Germany Southgate Amateur Radio Club This was a direct contact performed by Amateur radio ground station DN1BV, located in the school. The German ...
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Another great contact from the ISS. Hopefully, some of these students will enter scientific/technical careers . Russ, KH6 JRM.
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QRZ Forums

This is a discussion forum for amateur radio operators (Amateur Radio: Icom IC-706 MKIIG UHF/VHF/HF ham radio http://t.co/bjkK1Qp4DI)
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An interesting place to find out what's happening in the world of Amateur Radio.  Just enter a topic and join the discussion.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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http://www.zazzle.com/floralbyfred/gifts?cg=196481711788910656&rf=238304596697812645

RT @FotosFred: Gifts for the Amateur Radio Enthusiast found here! http://t.co/y9PD8qGrS6 From Florals by Fred #zazzle #gift #photogift #ham…
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If you need a gift for that special ham in your club or family, check out the items offered by www.zazzle.com.  The site contains quite a range of gift ideas.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Public health conducts emergency response Ham radio exercise

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Thursday, June 26, 2014, Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Public Health conducted a HAM radio communication exercise with health care coalition partners throughout the county simulating an event which disrupted normal lines...
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Days before the scheduled 2014 ARRL Field Day, amateur radio operators from the Ukiah, California area participated in an emergency communications exercise conducted by the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) on 26 June 2014. Thirty-five hams volunteered their expertise to man health care facilities, including area hospitals, during the simulated emergency exercise.  Public safety agencies participating in the exercise told the "Ukiah Daily Journal" that "HAM" Radio is a vital emergency tool in times of disaster if other methods of communication are not available."  Nice, positive article about amateur radio and the types of service it can give to local communities.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1925 – July, 4 2014

Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1925 – July, 4 2014

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1925 with a release date of July 4 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.
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Here's the latest update from the "Amateur Radio Newsline", report 1925.  Included in the report are these topics:

ARRL works with Congress to extend provisions of PRB-1.

Hams in Italy get temporary use of 70 MHz (4 meters) until 19 December 2014.

World Team Radiosport Championship to be held in New England, 12-13 July 2014.

Brendan Trophy attempt about to start (bridging the Atlantic Ocean on 2 meters).

Upcoming DXpeditions.

 

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Distant learning | AmateurRadio.com

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Here we go again. We have just started a new 6 month distant learning course for the advanced exam. Our recent in class success of 100% pass rate for the.
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Dan Trudgian (M0TGN) is using the social learning platform "Edmodo" to conduct a 6 month distant learning course for the UK advanced amateur radio license exam.  His success with a previous distant learning course was excellent, with 100% pass rate for the intermediate license test.  This seems to be an excellent way to present an amateur radio license course.  Universities and colleges have used some form of distance learning for many years.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Beckwith Chosen for Amateur Competition - Bartlesville Radio

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Beckwith Chosen for Amateur Competition
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Bartlesville resident and top amateur radio operator Mark Beckwith has been selected to compete in the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014.
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A great example of a radio press release supporting amateur radio and the World Radiosport Team Championship. The article features a short biography of Bartlesville, Oklahoma resident and amateur radio operator Mark Beckwith, who has been chosen to compete in the 2014 WRTC  from 09 July-14 July in 16 New England locations.  Beckwith has been a ham radio operator since 1971 and has been involved in community service activities for many years.  According to the radio press release, WRTC "evolved as a method of practicing emergency communications, but also serves as a laboratory for technology innovations and experimentation...."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham Radio Club Fox Hunt May 2014 K3YTL - YouTube

Ham Radio Club Fox Hunt May 2014 K3YTL #K3YTL (J'aime une vidéo @YouTube : "Ham Radio Club Fox Hunt May 2014 K3YTL" à l'adresse http://t.co/ZZgZ73TxbE.)...
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If you've never been on a ham radio "foxhunt", then this video from K3YTL will give you an idea of what's involved.  Some of these "foxhunts" can be quite exciting and challenging.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Antennas - i1wqrlinkradio over 10000 ham radio links

page containing amateur radio topic (Antennas - i1wqrlinkradio over 10000 ham radio links http://t.co/xYAM3ioGrl)
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A fascinating website specializing in "Antennas in the World" by PP7PY.  You could spend most of the afternoon looking at a wide range of completed and "in-progress" antennas.  Some of the "antenna farms" are quite impressive.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Meet Desmond Young, the Jimi Hendrix of HAM radio - Pensacola News Journal

Meet Desmond Young, the Jimi Hendrix of HAM radio - Pensacola News Journal | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Meet Desmond Young, the Jimi Hendrix of HAM radio Pensacola News Journal Last week, taking part in the National Association for Amateur Radio's annual "field day" at the Warrington Fire Station, the "key and paddle" transmitter Young was using to...
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Great Field Day story from the "Pensacola News Journal."  Eighty-seven-year-old Desmond Yong didn't let a malfunctioning transceiver stop his enjoyment of Field Day.  When he borrowed a rig from a fellow amateur radio operator, he found the rig had been set up for a left-handed operator.  Yong operates cw with his right hand.  Not to fear, however.  Yong, a veteran of the British Army in the 1940s, merely flipped over the rig and continued making contacts with his right hand...testimony to creativity and adaptation.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Youngsters On The Air and ERTC 2014 - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Youngsters On The Air and ERTC 2014 Southgate Amateur Radio Club YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) is a youth movement inviting fifteen European national youth teams to a selected rotating EU location every year to get together, learn from each other...
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An interesting article about the Youngsters On the Air Program (YOTA).  YOTA is working with the European Radio Team Championship (ERTC) to bring 15 European youth teams to Virrat, Finland for an opportunity to learn from each other and experience the many aspects of Amateur Radio.  This year, special event stations OF3ERC and OH2YOTA will be on the air celebrating the international meeting.  OH2YOTA will be operating from the YOTA site at Virrat, Finland.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Local enthusiasts take part in amateur radio field day - Newnan Times-Herald

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Newnan Times-Herald Local enthusiasts take part in amateur radio field day Newnan Times-Herald Every year, on the fourth weekend in June, thousands of amateur radio operators across the U.S.
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An excellent article covering the ARRL Field Day activities of the Bill Gremillion Memorial Radio Club. The club put 4 stations on the air and used 15 antennas to launch their signals. Club members launched their wire antennas with a potato gun. Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.
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Ham-radio operators compete on July 12 - The Sun

Ham-radio operators compete on July 12 - The Sun | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Ham-radio operators compete on July 12 The Sun Other nearby sites hosting the competition include Devens and Pepperell, said Don Montrym, of the Montachusett Amateur Radio Association. The goal is for ham-radio ...
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WRTC takes to air on the weekend of 12 July 2014 in various locations in Nee Egland. Solander Farms will hosting two teams this year. Great article on the multinational contest . Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.
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