IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee Chair Jim Linton, VK3PC, SK

The chair of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, Jim Linton, VK3PC, of Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia, died on February 22 of thyroid cancer. For many years, Linton was a consistent and reliable source of news and information regarding Amateur Radio disaster response activities in IARU Region 3 and was a regular contributor to Southgate Amateur Rad…

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IARU Secretary Presents ARRL Antenna Book CD During Visit to Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba

On February 2, former ARRL CEO and current IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, and his wife Linda, KA1ZD, paid a courtesy visit to the National Headquarters of Cuba’s Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba (FRC) in Havana (easy to spot, he said, because of CO2FRC’s 80-foot tower with an 8-element log periodic antenna for 14 – 30 MHz and wire antennas for the lower bands).

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EC Meeting 2018

The 2018 EC Meeting will be held from 16-18 February 2018 at the DARC Headquarters in Baunatal Germany. The agenda shows a large number of topics including:

  • Actions from the 2017 General Conference
  • Financial Matters
  • Reports of EC group, Working Groups, coordinators, International Secretariat, IARU Regions 2 and 3
  • Spectrum and Regulatory Matters
  • Youth programme
  • Future and growth
  • The new IARU website
  • Capacity building
  • Member Society and associated issues
  • Future events
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Youth Contesting Program (YCP) 2018

In 2018 the Youth Contesting program of IARU R1 will be continued. Young members are invited to take part in a contest from one of the following stations:

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• ES5TV: ARI International DX contest (5-6 May 2018)
• 9A1A: CQ M International DX contest (12-13 May 2018)
• EC2DX: His Maj. King of Spain contest (23-24 June 2018)
• 4O3A: CQWW RTTY contest (29-30 September 2018)

• A44A Oman (CQWW 160m contest SSB February 2018)
(applications closed)

Are you interested? Here you will find more information and also the application link.

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Emergency Communications Meeting at HamRadio 2018

1-3 June beings the largest gathering of Radio Amateurs in Europe and also the largest gathering of Emergency Communicators at HAMRADIO 2018 in Friedrichshafen.

IARU Region 1 will be hosting a meeting for Radio Amateurs interested in Emergency Communications in Room Rom on Friday 1st June between 1200-1530 local time.

The Working language for this meeting will be English and further details will be published closer to the event.

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New IARU Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Named

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Executive Committee has named Dennis Stice, WI5V, of Oklahoma City, as the new HF Beacon Coordinator for the region. Former Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Bill Hayes, WJ5O, stepped down on January 19, after 10 years in that position.

IARU R2 President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, praised Hayes for his service. “During this period Bill, has advise…

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SARL Amateur Radio Today reaches out to Africa

The South African Radio League (SARL) produces a weekly programme “Amateur Radio Today”, one hour of focus on amateur radio and the technology that drives it. It is broadcast on Sunday at 08:00 UTC on 7 205 and 17 760 kHz AM on power full transmitters by Sentech from the Meyerton broadcast site. The prime target is Africa and the Near East, although transmissions are heard in other parts of the world. It is also broadcast on 7 082 kHz LSB from Durban, South Africa. There is a repeat broadcast on Mondays at 16:30 UTC on 4 895 kHz AM.

Every week we cover Happenings on the HF bands, VHF and Satellite News as well as activities in South Africa and International News. Coming up in the next few weeks, we will look at – Tutorials on the Amateur VHF, UHF and Microwave bands, a three-part series on “Amateur Radio as a Vehicle for Technology Literacy” and Cycle 24, propagation and the weather.

Reception report and comments on the programme are invited, the e-mail address is . The programme is also available for download from the front page of the SARL web site at http://www.sarl.org.za Please promote the programme in your country. We also invite you to send us news about amateur radio and technology in your country. We would very much like to do interviews about amateur radio in your country. Send an e-mail to artoday@sarl.org.za. The Interviews are done on Skype.

Join us in front of your radio every Sunday or Monday evening.

73, Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, SARL President

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Indonesian Pirates on 7 MHz Heard in Europe

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) December newsletter reports that many Indonesian “pirates” were heard on December 30, 2017, in the 7.000 to 7.040 MHz range, USB/LSB, active in 5-kHz increments, “laughing, singing, and talking.” Signals were reported to be “rather strong in Europe.”

Adding to the mix were Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) rad…

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Indonesian pirates on 7 MHz

The new IARU Region 1 Monitoring System free newsletter reports many Indonesian pirates were heard on December 30 in 7000-7040 kHz USB/LSB
For the full article, http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/january/indonesian-pirates-on-7-mhz.htm

ROARS invites 2 youngsters to join A44A in CQWW 160m

We are happy to announce that ROARS (Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society) is inviting 2 youngsters to join the A44A contest team. These 2 young radio amateurs will have the opportunity to join the CQ World Wide 160-Meter contest in SSB or CW in the beginning of 2018. The contest will take place at the ROARS stations (A47RS).
We are delighted to inform that ROARS will cover flight cost and accommodation for both youngsters.

Apply here as soon as possible if you are interested in taking part. A participant must be under the age of 26 years.

Soon we will announce more news about the Youth Contesting Program (YCP) of 2018.

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IARU addresses new radio spectrum pollution threat

High Power Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) for electric vehicles is seen as having a significant potential for interference to radiocommunications. Addressing this threat requires an increased commitment of resources by potentially affected radiocommunication services, including amateur radio
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New IARU Region 2 Intruder Watch Coordinator Named

Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, takes over as the International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) Monitoring System Coordinator on January 1. The Region 2 Monitoring System has been inactive recently.

Licensed at age 16 in 1979, he represents the third generation of radio amateurs in his family that began with his grandfather, LU2BJ, in 1927, and that he hopes will cont…

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Ulrich Bihlmayer, DJ9KR SK

DJ9KRIt is with great sadness that we report the death of Ulrich Bihlmayer, DJ9KR, who passed away on 16 December 2017 after a long illness. Uli served in the DARC Bandwacht for 45 years of which 26 years as Coordinator. At the 2005 IARU Region 1 General Conference Uli was appointed deputy coordinator of the lARU Region 1 Monitoring System. Together with IARUMS coordinator Wolfgang Hadel DK2OM, he led a team that grew from 5 to 24 members. Being a polyglot, Uli specialised in broadcast intruders and pirates on telephony.  Uli was presented the IARU Region 1 medal in 2011 before he stepped down from the IARU Monitoring Service in 2012. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.


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Emergency communications activation in Slovenia

Tilen S56CT has reported the activation of Radio Amateurs in Slovenia on Saturday 9th December after heavy snow caused damage in a small region in Slovenia, Zasavje, affecting about 20000 citizens. Electrical power lines were down and consequently internet and phone networks. A lot of roads were also blocked due to fallen trees.

A large part of the major town, Trbovlje lost electrical power, including the 112 Emergency Call receiving station. Calls from the public were transfered from Zasavje region to the Call receiving station in Ljubljana. Slovenian call centers are also dispatch centres, so this increased their workload dispatching teams outside their normal area.

A few hours after the breakdown operators from the regional Emergency Communications group S50ATR (Trbovlje) organised themselves to offer help with redundancy communications between the centres in Trbovlje and Ljubljana. The Centre in Trbovlje was very happy to accept the help, so Matjaz S57MK and Roman S56HVF immediately went to Trbovlje with enough charged radios for the professional communications, Winlink through a connection to a local radioclub which had a Satellite internet connection and reliable electricity. Also communication through the FM/DMR repeater system was established and has served as a link between Trbovlje and Ljubljana. In Ljubljana the S50ALJ regional team has also been activated to assist the 112 centre  in Ljubljana using the S55DHF FM/DMR wide coverage repeater.

Zasavje region is known for its mountainous terrain and difficult radio coverage. Amateur Radio provides 3 repeater locations in that region along with a packet radio node on a TV tower, Satellite internet at the radio club S59DOR in Trbovlje and of course HF with Pactor, Winmor, etc. for Winlink.

All good examples of the diversity that amateur radio can bring to emergency communications.

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