NP4Z Puerto Rico

Felipe Hernandez, NP4Z will be active from Puerto Rico, IOTA NA – 099, in ARRL DX CW Contest, 16 – 17 February 2019.
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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
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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 activating summits in Scotland, England and Wales 

President’s review of 2018

I hope you had a great Christmas and let us all look forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. Sitting here contemplating the last 12 months and looking forward to the next year, a few things struck me. Firstly, what a great year 2018 has been – thanks essentially to our volunteers. With only […] 

AMSAT Announces 50th Anniversary Awards Program

AMSAT has announced its 50th Anniversary Awards Program, to help celebrate 50 years of keeping Amateur Radio in space. Satellite and HF contacts can help participants to earn one of these awards:

  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award
  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
  • AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

The 50th anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite …

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 operation from 20 MHz to 300 MHz at a power of just 25 W, and he plans to operate a “fishing rod antenna” from his hotel.

Because license fees in Myan…

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
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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 of LaGrange, New York, not only overstepped its state-granted authority by assessing excessive fees, but violated the limited federal preemption PR…

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 2019, as a club or individual, and activators must qualify or activate 25 islands in any combination, making at least 15 contacts for both new isl…

December YOTA Month 2018 Final Report

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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 first QSOs alike, and inspires them to be more active on the bands and shows them there are many people listening on the other side. For a better overlook on the past month we make sure to keep statistics; this is not to say that the joy isn’t in the experience, but rather to confirm it. This year as many as 44 participating stations made 82,938 QSOs in December, proving once again that neither the weather nor the holidays can keep a radio amateur away from the station. And while December YOTA Month is not a competition, for the truly devoted to catching as many special calls as they can, there were awards and in 2018 there were 1516 awards downloaded throughout the DYM period. Most active this December were II5YOTA with the whopping 8,387 QSOs made from their station, whereas the 28th of December proved to be the most active day for the participating stations as 5,326 QSOs were made on that day alone. The most popular mode remains SSB with 46,989 QSOs made in this mode, followed by 28,064 QSOs made in CW, while 40m (30,280 QSOs) and 20m (31,004 QSOs) were the preferred bands. You can find the respective charts under https://events.ham-yota.com/stats where a more detailed presentation might be entertaining for you, but while the numbers are important to keeping track of things, what has been the most important to us from the very first December YOTA Month and will keep being the prime goal for the future as well, is that it continues to be an event that is awaited with excitement and concentrates on bringing young people in a world they might have not known anything about, yet might find themselves mesmerised by. So to all of you who show them the way to their first QSOs, keep up the great job and we can’t wait to hear from you next December.