Foundations of Amateur Radio – Episode 155

How to find other Amateurs on Air

Where are all the Amateurs is a question that I am asked regularly by new entrants into our community. The journey most new amateurs go through and the one I followed starts with becoming interested, getting a license, buying a radio, setting it up and then turning on your radio. If you’re lucky you are at this point surrounded by other amateurs, hopefully in a club setting, or you have a friend nearby and you’re off and running.

The reality is likely that even after a successful first on-air adventure, you’ll be on your own in your shack asking yourself where everyone went.

I’ve talked in the past about picking the right day, for example, a Wednesday is likely to have less people on air than a Saturday, but that’s only part of the story.

One of the things that had never occurred to me until a while after I became an amateur is that listening is a really important way to find other amateurs.

Let’s start with some things that might not have occurred to you. (more…)

ARRL Field Day

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 40,000 Radio Amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations
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Montana ARES Group Activated in Advance of Anticipated Flooding

[UPDATED 2018-05-26 @ 2320 UTC]The Billings, Montana, Director of Emergency Services has activated the Yellowstone County Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) group (YARES) to support radio communication for sand bagging stations and for possible river-level spotters over the next 5 days. The call came in advance of an anticipated significant flood event — “possibly the largest ever recorded,” Yellowstone County ARES Emergency Coordinator Ron Glass, WN7Y, told ARRL.

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South Africa gets 100 kHz on 60 Metres

On Friday 25 May, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60-metre band as well as channel 5 290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project. The National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 is a nearly 300-page document which covers the entire radio frequency spectrum. The Frequency Plan is in Government Gazette 41650.  The SARL will carefully consider all the amateur allocations and ensure that a band plan is in place.

The spectrum 5 350 to 5 450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio amateurs on a shared non-interference basis, the SARL Council is working on the 60 m band plan using Recommendation LA17_C4_REC_02 from the 2017 Region 1 General Conference as basis. Council will publish the band plan as soon as possible and then operation on 60 metres can start.

In addition, the channel 5 290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue to use this frequency. Due to licensing issues the SARL has kept low key on the 5 290 kHz beacon project. “We now can go full steam ahead”, Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, the SARL Regulatory Manager said. “There are no longer any restrictions and no application for use of the 60-metre band is required.”

Commenting on the 100 kHz 60 metre allocation, SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL said that the SARL has worked on this for a long time. “Clearly our persistent interaction with ICASA has paid dividends. This is however not the end of the road as in the new band plan power on 5 MHz is restricted to the WRC-15 agreement of 15 watts e.i.r.p

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West Central Florida Section ARES Keeping Close Eye on Alberto

ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES® has gone to a Level 3 activation (standby) at 1800 EDT due to the issuance of Tropical Storm Warnings in advance of Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto for coastal areas of WCF Section counties and for all of Pinellas County, which is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and Old Tampa Bay.

“At this time our respective ARES groups are in stand-by mode, but w…

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LHS Episode #229: The Weekender X

In this episode, we wrap up our Hamvention 2018 experience and move on to upcoming contests, special events, Linux distributions to try, Open Source conferences to attend, beer, whiskey, food and all the things that make life worth living. Thank you to everyone who donated to our cause, visited our booth or otherwise contributes to or listens to our program.

73 de The LHS Crew

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