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.

  • Enter RSGB Club of the Year
    This year’s RSGB Club of the Year competition has just one category for entrants. As well as being open to clubs of all sizes, entries are welcome from all RSGB affiliated groups. The theme is Meeting RSGB Strategy 2022. Entries must be received by…
  • ARRL reaching out to newcomers
    The ARRL is launching a new Podcast that aims to answer questions and provide support and encouragement for newcomers to get the most out of the hobby…
  • DXCC Country/Entity Report
    According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 20th January, through Sunday, 27th January there were 218 countries active…
  • Nordics On The Air Finland 2019
    Nordics On The Air 19.-22.4.2019 in Finland – a YOTA sub-regional ham camp open for all youngsters
    This year, the annual Nordics On The Air ham youth camp will be held in Finland during Easter, the 19th-22nd of April. We invite all the Nordic youn…
  • ARRL Launching New Podcast Geared Toward New Radio Amateurs
    For those just getting started on their Amateur Radio journey, ARRL is launching a new podcast aimed at answering your questions, providing support and encouragement for newcomers to get the most out of the hobby. The podcast “So Now What?” will …
  • W1AW Continues Search for West Coast Qualifying Run Station
    Maxim Memorial Station W1AW is seeking a volunteer station on the US West Coast that can serve as another ARRL Qualifying Run CW transmitting station. The west-coast station shares in the transmission of a monthly Qualifying Run for the benefit of th…
  • The K7RA Solar Update
    The past week saw increased solar activity, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 5.3 to 19.6 and average daily solar flux from 69.8 to 74.5. We haven’t seen such strong activity since the beginning of last summer, when ARLP016 in 2018 rep…
  • A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted
  • Fifty years of news reading
    Victor “Ivan” Gracey, GI3WEM is stepping down as one of the GB2RS newsreaders for Northern Ireland after around 50 years of news reading. The RSGB would like to thank Ivan for his service to his fellow amateurs and wish him well in his re…
  • Beaches on the Air (BOTA)
    Sidney Friedman, ZS5SID has compiled a list of Blue Flag beaches in South Africa and submitted the list to Beaches on the Air…
  • Bouvet Island DXpedition – Fake news reports
    The Rebel DX Group have posted strong messages (on their FaceBook and Web pages) as well as a video about bogus news being reported on their planned operation to Bouvet Island. Here are their following posts/press releases which have been edited (due…
  • Vintage TV report on Amateur Television operation
    Arthur Bevington, G5KS and G6AFV/T, featured in this 1972 TV report about his amateur radio television station…
  • A large hole in the Sun’s atmosphere
    A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind in our direction…
  • The Doctor Will See You Now!
  • Radio hams prepared to help in emergencies
    ABC News 10 TV reports if there is a storm and the emergency communications system goes out, local amateur radio enthusiasts are prepared to help first responders…
  • WPT report now available from CEPT
    One area where the IARU and RSGB volunteers have been active is regarding concerns from wireless power transmission, or WPT. The latest development is the recent approval and publication of CEPT ECC Report-289 on high power WPT for electric vehicles,…
  • VDSL interference leaflet update
    The RSGB’s EMC committee has updated its advice leaflet number 15 on VDSL interference. This leaflet explains how to recognise VDSL interference and summarises the measures that people have found that helped to reduce the interference. It must be e…
  • Young Amateurs Radio Club Wants to Pair Youthful Contesters with Big Gun Stations
  • The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available
    Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list. …
  • AO-85 operations re-started – telemetry requested
    As of 1324Z on January 26, control operator N8MH reported via Twitter that AO-85 has been returned to transponder mode, but will likely be switching in and out of safe mode. The satellite is open for use as power permits …
  • Germany: 2018 ham radio license statistics
    Germany’s Federal Network Agency, BNetzA, has released the amateur radio licence and exams statistics for 2018…
  • OrigamiSat-1 granted FO-98 OSCAR number
    On January 18, 2019, OrigamiSat-1 was launched on an Epsilon launch vehicle from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center in Japan. The first satellite of the ORIGAMI (ORganizatIon of research Group on Advanced deployable Membrane structures for Innovative s…
  • Radio amateurs are always ready
    No matter what crisis situation, in the event of a failure of electricity and telecommunications networks, radio amateurs are the first to re-establish contact with the outside world…
  • Repeater Timeout kit launched
    Essex-based online store HAMtronics UK launched their new Repeater Timeout kit at the recent Langdon Hills Progression Night…
  • Why ham radio still has an enduring appeal
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC reports amateur radio is not just a hobby. In a crisis, amateur radio operators provide a lifeline…