Amateur Radio Stories:

Here is a recap of what happened in the web this week, through the eyes of the DXZone and other ham radio sources on the web.

  • December YOTA Month Activity Records More Than 80,000 Contacts
    More than 80,000 contacts went into logs at YOTA suffix stations and others participating in December Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Month, with most operations in International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1). The final tally included 46,989 on…
  • Tropospheric ducting event hits NBN fixed wireless services
    Australia’s WIA News report the NBN fixed Wireless Services in Northern Tasmania, South and East coast of Victoria suffered from a tropospheric ducting event in recent days and it is being handled as a major incident…
  • Update: Australian 2 x 1 contest calls
    “The item on the recent WIA news re: 2 x 1 contest calls was incorrect”, RASA President Glenn Dunstan VK4DU said…
  • VI25AJ astronaut contact a success
    The special event Amateur Radio station VI25AJ was active on the amateur satellites during the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree and on January 12 they had a contact with a former ISS astronaut…
  • SD contest logging software
    A little reminder that EI5DI has, over the past few years, developed some amateur radio software which may be of help to those seeking to carry out logging during HF Contesting…
  • Postage going up for U.S. and Canada
    The U.S. Postal Service announced new prices for 2019 and they come into effect Jan. 27, 2019. The Canadian Postal will also go up on January 14th…
  • US Islands Awards Program Announces 25th Anniversary Award, Recent Rule Changes
    The US Islands (USI) Awards Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is offering a commemorative award for both chasers and activators for contacts made between January 1 and December 31.To qualify, chasers must confirm 25 islands during…
  • Court Rules Excessive Antenna Application Fees Violated Reasonable Accommodation
    Long-pending Amateur Radio antenna litigation that ARRL helped to fund has finally borne fruit. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department has ruled in the case of Myles Landstein, N2EHG, that the Town …
  • Canadian op
    Chris/VO2AC, Frank/VO1HP, and Dave/VE9CB plan to operate the CQ WW 160m Contest from the Point Amour Lighthouse (WW Loc. GO11) in the south-eastern part of zone 2 as VO2AC…
  • AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program
    To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program. Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one of these special awards…
  • Fox-1 CubeSat model kits available
    Through the dedicated work of John Kludt, K4SQC, and Stefan Wagener, VE4NSA, AMSAT can again offer a 1:1 scale cardboard model of the Fox-1 CubeSat…
  • Space Symposium paper proposal submissions close on Tuesday
    Some interesting subjects will be presented at the 2019 AMSAT SA Space Symposium on Saturday 16 March 2019 in Gauteng. Added to the agenda this past week is: Application of Artificial Intelligence to identify radio signals…
  • QSO Today – George Zafiropoulos KJ6VU
    George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, is the the co-host of the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast, one of the more popular ham radio podcasts …
  • 5 GHz HAMNET meeting in Amsterdam
    Netherland’s Ham News site reports almost all the lectures at the next MikroTik Meeting for HAMNET users will be in the English language…
  • 4th annual RST special event
    Look for members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) to once again be active from different locations in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Greenland between January 15th and February 28th (some ops may be on earier or later)….
  • Announcing the 27th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner
    The North Coast Contesters are proud to announce:
    The 27th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio…
  • Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, is Radio Amateurs of Canada 2018 Amateur of the Year
    Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced that Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, is the recipient of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2018. “Gabor has demonstrated an intense commitment to diverse aspects of Amateur Radio, and in 2010 he was recognized…
  • December YOTA Month 2018 Final Report
    Another December came and went, and with it another edition of December YOTA Month did as well. We are happy to host an event which brings young people – licensed HAM radio operators and youngster who are new to the hobby and are making their fir…
  • Beacon on 2 200 m
    The Caboolture Radio Club in Australia reports the start of operation of a new beacon on the 2 200 m band…
  • Japanese Ham Receives License to Operate in Myanmar
    Akio Taguchi, JE2QIZ/AC7XZ, reports that he has received a license from the Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) Ministry of Transportation and Communication. His call sign there will be XZ2B. Taguchi explained that Myanmar only permits Amateur Radio op…
  • Your New Year’s Resolution – Learn Morse Code!
    Now is the time to start! Morse classes commence at Danbury Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday, January 17, 2019…
  • A collision in the asteroid belt
    Something violent just happened in the asteroid belt. Not far beyond the orbit of Mars, asteroid 6478 Gault appears to have been struck by another asteroid…
  • German satellite special event
    AMSAT’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated with the special event callsign DL50AMSAT…
  • SOTABEAMS introduces SOTA Tours
    The Summits on the Air award programme runs in many countries across the world with SOTA activators keen to explore. SOTABEAMS has introduced the concept of a “SOTA Tour”. This is a guided trip, giving overseas SOTA activators a stress-free way of ac…
  • Over-the-Horizon Radar Reported on 15 Meters
    The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that an over-the-horizon (OTH) radar located on Cyprus has been active on 21.170 MHz, which is inside an exclusive Amateur Radio allocation. “The Sovereign …