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AO-109 to Reenter Atmosphere in Coming Weeks

April 11, 2024

AMSAT's AO-109 (Fox-1E) CubeSat is scheduled to reenter Earth's atmosphere in the weeks ahead. The fifth generation Fox 1U CubeSat recently set a record for longest CPU uptime. Most Fox type satellites trigger system resets every few days or weeks while AO-109 has managed to operate continuously for over 18 million seconds or roughly 7 months since September 2023.

AO-109 features a 30KHz linear transponder for amateur radio use. See more information on AO-109's amateur radio capabilities.

Source: AMSAT open_in_new

ROC-HAM Radio Network Celebrates World Amateur Radio Day as W2W

April 10, 2024

By John (W2JLD)

  • World Amateur Radio Day 2024 – April 18th – 10:00AM EST / 14:00 UTC
  • EchoLink ROC-HAM Conference Server Node 531091
  • AllStar node numbers 2585, 47918, 47620, 53130 and 53131
  • DMR TGIF Talk Group 2585
  • Extended Freedom SIP Portal 2585

From 16th April until 20th April, 2024

If you hear (W2JLD) on 10 meters (28.405), 20 meters (14.313) or 40 meters (7.185) please check in with me and get yourself a special event QSL card.

Update: With a few days to go till World Amateur Radio Day 2024, we will be looking for volunteers to cover time slots. We will start at 10AM EST and go till 10PM. If you are interested in doing a 1 hour time slot or a 2 hour time slot, please by all means contact W2JLD or GW8SZL via email and leave your info and what time you’d would like to do and for how long. We could never do this special event if not for the volunteers whom take time out of their day to do this event.

In 2024 we are proud to announce that we have secured our original W2W Special event call sign, so make sure you stop by in 2024 and us celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.

World Amateur Radio Day 2024

This year IARU is very pleased to announce the theme of: "A Century of Connections: Celebrating 100 years of Amateur Radio Innovation, Community, and Advocacy."

IARU celebrates its centenary in 2025. Since its founding in Paris, France, IARU has worked tirelessly to promote innovation in amateur radio and to encourage the growth of the service in communities throughout the world. IARU has represented the Amateur Services at international and regional regulatory bodies by relying on our volunteers who come from many countries and communities.

Read more about World Amateur Radio Day 2024 from the IARU.

While 2024 will mark our 9th anniversary of this event, it also shows how much we as a group of like minded individuals who have made this hobby what it is today.

In 2015, I came up with an idea to recognize World Amateur Radio Day that no one else came up with while I was a net controller on another EchoLink conference and after leaving that conference it was moved to another EchoLink conference where it was welcomed with open arms and since 2015 the event has grown 10 fold. Now I have my own EchoLink conference, the ROC-HAM. The special event now has a permanent home, where I will continue doing what I started in 2015.

World Amateur Radio Day

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris. April 18th 2024 marks the 99th anniversary of the formation of the IARU in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was "in grave danger of being pushed aside," the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Read more about World Amateur Radio Day from the IARU.

For the History of the IARU please visit: http://w2pa.net/HRH/april-in-paris/

IARU, a federation of the national amateur radio societies of over 150 countries worldwide, is the global advocate for amateur radio through its Sector Membership in the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the U.N., and other activities.

No matter where World Amateur Radio Day is celebrated, be part of something that’s bigger than all of us.

This special event is put on to bring people together, celebrate, and explore the world of amateur radio. Have great fellowships, makes friends, learn new things, whether your special event is a large one or a small one its all about celebrating amateur radio. So make sure you stop by to one of the largest special events on VOIP/EchoLink on the ROC-HAM EchoLink conference node 531091 and on AllStar nodes 2585, 47918, 47620, 53130, 53131.

Let's make this special event huge, support "World Amateur Radio Day," and see if we can break the record. You have 12 hours to do so.

Last year we brought together over 500 ham radio operators, many of them from all over the world connecting via different modes, many from different cultures.

For more information, check out the ROC-HAM website.

Source: ROC-HAM Radio Network open_in_new

HamSCI Solar Eclipse QSO Party

April 8, 2024

Today, HamSCI kicks off two events as part of the HamSCI Festivals of Eclipse Ionospheric Science. Hams are encouraged to transmit, receive, and record signals over HF which will then be used by researchers to study the effects of the ionosphere during the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP)

The SEQP is a typical ham radio contest for those who wish to makes tens, hundreds or even thousands of CW, SSB and digital mode QSOs on 160-6 meters during the 2023 and 2024 American solar eclipses. Each QSO will become one of millions of data points which will help researchers answer science questions about ionospheric variability.

View SEQP FAQs and rules.

Gladstone Signal Spotting Challenge (GSSC)

The GSSC is a unique event for those who enjoy operating beacons (CW and digital), and the 'propagation study modes' of WSPR and FST4W, both transmit and receive. Signals generated and received during the GSSC will help researchers answer science questions about ionospheric variability.

GSSC FAQs and rules.

Source: HamSCI open_in_new

ROC-HAM Solar Eclipse QSO Party

April 3, 2024

By John (W2JLD) & Nate (N2FIX)

Roc-Ham Radio Network on course for an event that will be "out of this world"

Yes the solar eclipse!

With just over 5 days to go for an event that will take our breathe away.

We will be on YouTube Live April 8th 2024 for the Solar Eclipse operating W2E special event call here in Rochester, NY. We are directly in the path and will see total totality. A big thanks goes out to Nate/N2FIX and his fellow hams in Genesee county for helping us with this event and providing the YouTube Live feed.

Work us during the Solar Eclipse QSO Party

What is a Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP), and why is it being held?
The Solar Eclipse QSO Party is an opportunity for amateur radio operators (hams) to operate during the October, 2023 and April, 2024 eclipses, before, during and after they pass over North America. Using various modes (CW, voice, and digital), two-way transmissions (QSOs) made during the SEQP will contribute to scientific studies focusing on the ionosphere’s reaction to the eclipse. The studies should lead to a better understanding of the interactions between the Sun, the ionosphere, and radio wave propagation. That research should benefit hams, professional broadcasters, satellite operators, and many other users of radio spectrum.

When will the SEQP occur?
April 8, 2024; 1400-2400 UTC; is the official 2024 SEQP event period.

The SEQPs both start a few hours before the eclipses begins their transit across the US mainland, so baseline data can be gathered. (It is important to know how well the ionosphere is reflecting and refracting high frequency (HF) signals prior to the eclipses.)

They continue through the entire eclipse period, in order to study how HF propagation is affected by the eclipse (past experience suggests that ionospheric changes will be visible in the data).

They conclude a few hours after the eclipses transit beyond the US mainland, in order to observe and study the after effects of the eclipse (such as ionospheric recovery, if any).

You do not have to operate the full SEQP hour period, though that would be most welcome. If you only have an hour or two, try to schedule your operating when the eclipse path is nearest to your QTH.

That will raise the odds that your signals will be affected by the eclipse. Eclipse paths can be seen at https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/.

For more info on this event go to https://www.roc-ham.net/solar-eclipse-2024/

Special event qsl cards will be available.

All eyes will be on the skies!

Source: ROC-HAM Radio Network open_in_new

Ohio NVIS Day 2024

April 2, 2024

Ohio NVIS Day takes place April 27th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern.

The purpose of NVIS day is to construct and try various antenna ideas, all working as NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave) antennas. These antennas are low to the ground and provide coverage generally within a 400 mile radius- extremely important for regional HF communications in an emergency.

Additional details can be viewed via PDF on the Ohio Section ARES website.

Source: Ohio Section ARES open_in_new

Amateur Radio Operating Class Begins April 4th via Zoom

April 1, 2024

A free, weekly, 3-hour Amateur Radio Operating Class on Zoom will begin on Thursday April 4 and run through June 20 at 6:30 PM Eastern time. The presenters will be various experienced folks in the various subjects.

A detailed syllabus will be published before the classes begin. Attend them all, or any that you like, but you must register for the classes. To receive registration information, contact Rol Anders, K3RA, at rolandanderscomcastnet.

Subjects will include:

  • All About Operating–A general Introduction
  • Amateur Radio Organizations—Local to International
  • Ham Radio Awards
  • DXing-History and Tips from the Experts
  • QSLing-How to get that needed card for DXCC or WAS
  • VHF/UHF Weak Signal Work and Roving
  • Image Operating—Slow Scan and Fast Scan TV
  • Remote Station control over internet
  • Learning CW in the no-code era
  • Digital Modes—From RTTY to FT8 and beyond
  • Contesting—How to get started, tips for the beginner and intermediated contester
  • Logging Software—What’s available, how to use
  • Propagation—HF and 6 Meter Propagation during the next three years near solar maximum
  • Amateur Satellites—How to get started
  • Portable (backpacking) operation—Tips from an expert
  • Setting Up a Modern (or not so modern) HF Station
  • Lightning Protection and Grounding
  • Traffic Handling
  • Public Service, Emergency Communications

Source: K3NEM open_in_new

AMSAT-DL Publishes Geostationary Satellite Proposal

March 30, 2024

In response to the IARU and ESA request for feedback from the amateur radio community regarding a geostationary satellite, AMSAT-DL has published an extensive proposal for a Geostationary Microwave Amateur Radio Payload (PDF).

The 31 slide proposal explores positioning that would include eastern European countries and large portions of eastern North America with the western limit including Ontario and points east.

Additional considerations include hosted vs. non-hosted payloads, a Micro GEO platform, and upcoming European based launch systems as a delivery method to orbit.

The proposal goes into great detail on feasible frequency bands, transponders, and even draft frequency plans.

Source: AMSAT-DL open_in_new

Pirate Hunt DX Contest this Weekend

March 29, 2024

The Finnish DX club Sisä-Suomen Radioaktiiviset is organizing a DX contest encouraging participants to log pirate radio stations between March 29th and April 1st.

A certificate will be available. Pirate chasers can submit logs on the club's forum, Facebook, or email.

Arguing about rules will result in immediate disqualification.

Source: Sisä-Suomen Radioaktiiviset open_in_new

HamTV Returns to International Space Station

March 27, 2024

SpaceX CRS-30 recently returned the HamTV system back to the International Space Station after the system was sent back to earth for repairs in 2019. The Digital Amateur Television (DATV) equipment powering HamTV is typically used in conjunction with school contacts to send video and audio of the contact events to viewers on earth.

HamTV was originally operational in 2013 but failed 6 years later in 2019. With the equipment back on board the ISS, AMSAT expects the equipment to be operating in the coming weeks.

The British Amateur Television Club (BATV) has extensive documentation related to HamTV, including how to receive the DVB-S protocol transmitting from the ISS.

Source: AMSAT open_in_new

GNU Radio Conference 2024 Call for Participation

March 26, 2024

GRCon24 is calling for participants to submit projects, presentations, papers, and posters for GNU Radio Conference 2024. This year GRCon24 will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee September 16-20.

GRCon 2024 celebrates and showcases the substantial and remarkable progress of GNU Radio and its usage in a diverse field of applications and industries.

Source: GNU Radio open_in_new

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