December YOTA event

Once again, it’s time for the IARU Region 1 December YOTA event when several youngsters from Member Socities will become active with YOTA as suffix in the call sign

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IARU Presents Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, with its Diamond Award

Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, received the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Diamond Award on November 9 in Geneva, Switzerland. The award was given “in grateful appreciation for many years of outstanding support for the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services.”

IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, presentedthe award to Matas, who served for many years as the president of the International Am…

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ITU-R Working Party 5A meets in Geneva

wp 5aA number of ITU-R Study Group 5 Working Goups meet in Geneva 6-16 November 2017. Working Party 5A (WP 5A) deals with the Land mobile service above 30 MHz (excluding IMT), wireless access in the fixed service and the amateur and amateur-satellite services. Working Group 5A1, under leadership of Chairman Dale Hughes VK1DSH is reponsible for the preparation of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) Agenda Item 1.1 considering an allocation of the frequency band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1. The Working Group consists of a mix of radio amateurs from all IARU Regions, administrators from all over the world and other interested parties like meteorologists and military.

Based on input documents -and there are lots of them- the meeting prepares the so-called CPM text, required for the Conference Preparatory Meeting to be held in February 2019. The CPM report forms the basis for decision taking at WRC-19.

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Roy Stevens G2BVN Memorial Trophy awarded to Wolf Harranth

Wolf Harranth

At the Region 1 Conference in Landshut in September, the panel convened to consider proposals to award the G2BVN trophy considered two cases. One has already been announced (Colin Thomas, G3PSM) but the second was not announced at Landshut as the recipient was not present.

IARU Region 1 is now pleased to announce that the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Tropy has been awarded to Professor Wolf Harranth, the CEO of DokuFunk Vienna.

Many know Wolf Harranth from the work he does managing the “DokuFunk” archive. DokuFunk collects and archives historic pieces, among them QSL cards. Wolf and his team do this with immense attention to detail and commitment. Numerous academic papers about radio, and amateur radio in particular, are based to a large extent on the invaluable information available only in the archive.

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Contest opinions sought by IARU

IARU Region 1 has a new contest working group that is responsible for organising future Region 1 contests. They want to know the opinion of the contester or the contest teams who send their log to the robot or to the national contest manager. They also want to hear from those who just give away […] Original Article

Breaking News: First ZS EME Record on 10 GHz (3 cm) 

On 22 October 2017 at 15:46 UTC, Alex Artieda, ZS6EME, recorded the first-ever Digital EME QSO with HB9Q on 10 GHz. This is the first Microwave EME QSO on such a high band from South Africa and operating the new digital mode QRA64D, while using only 50 Watts at the feed of his 1,5 metre dish. Later on 23 October Alex completed 10 more EME QSOs on 10 GHz.

Last but not least on 24 October, he was able to make the first-ever Digital EME QSO in 5,7 GHz (6 cm) in the RSA with PA3DZL at 11.56 UTC, and on the same day he completed 7 more QSOs on 5,7 GHz.

Hearty congratulations to Alex for his fantastic achievements and putting South Africa back on the world Microwave map.

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