The battle continues between Radio Eritrea (Voice of the Broad Masses) and Radio Ethiopia, which is said to be jamming the Eritrean broadcaster with broadband white noise. The problem for radio amateurs is that the battle is taking place in the 40 meter phone band — 7.145 and 7.175 MHz — with the jamming signal reported by the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) to be 20 kHz wide on each channel. The on-air conflict has been going on for years; Ethiopia constructed new transmitting sites in 2008 and is said to use two or three of them for jamming purposes. The interfering signals can be heard in North America after dark. According to IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, Radio Eritrea is airing separate programs on each frequency. He said in the IARUMS September newsletter that telecommunications regulators in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have been informed, so they could file official complaints. Continue reading Broadcasters, Jammers Wreak Havoc on Amateur Radio Frequencies
For the third year in a row, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) were a featured component of the largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the US. The annual conference, held in mid-September, was organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council and hosted by the Tachi-Yokut Tribe at their Santa Rosa Rancheria in Lemoore, California. Radio amateurs were prominent among the conference presenters. Two ARRL San Joaquin Valley (SJV) Section groups, Fresno ARES/RACES and Tulare County ARES pooled resources and set up special event station N8V, with multiple operating positions on the lawn adjacent to the conference hotel.
Complete sets of ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) records for both modes are now available, thanks to the efforts of Trey Garlough, N5KO, and SS Manager Larry Hammel, K5OT. Records are available by category, by ARRL Division, and by ARRL Section. A complete list of winners by category — extending back to the first Sweepstakes in 1930 — also is provided. For statistics fans, the number of logs submitted each year and a cross-reference of call signs are also available.
The AlSat-1N and Pratham satellites, both carrying Amateur Radio payloads, have both been heard and identified following the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) PSLV-C35 mission launch on September 26. Reports are requested. Reports on AMSAT-BB indicate the Pratham CW beacon on 145.980 MHz is active.
The 3U AlSat-1N CubeSat was built in collaboration with the Algerian Space Agency, the UK Space Agency (UKSA), Surrey Space Centre (SSC) staff, and Algerian students as a technology transfer and demonstrator for Algeria.
by: Adam Wagner, StarNews Staff
Amateur radios and quick communication late Saturday helped emergency officials rescue a pair of people who were stranded on Trails End Road.
The man and woman had gone to check on their boat at the Masonboro Yacht Club and Marina when a tree and live power line fell across the road, stranding them.
They called a friend with a ham radio who, in turn, contacted Stephen Russ, an Amateur Radio Emergency Services volunteer who was stationed at the New Hanover County’s Emergency Operations Center. Russ kicked into action, walking over to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office representative stationed there.
Pacific Seafarer’s Net ( www.pacseanet.com)
Prepared by David Richer, WB6VGO–Net Relay
Pacific Seafarer’s Net Assists in Rescue of Sailors on Sinking Sailboat
On September 28, 2016 at approximately 0300 UTC, Charles Houlihan, KD6SPJ, a net relay station for the Pacific Seafarer’s net while monitoring 14.300 received a call for assistance from the captain of the Sailing Vessel (SV) Rafiki. The captain reported that the SV Rafiki, a 35-foot sailing vessel, was taking on water. Charles who was the captain of the SV Jacaranda and located at sea, contacted Randy VanLeeuwen, KH6RC also a net relay and located in Hawaii. Randy contacted the US Coast Guard Station to report the incident and provide Rafiki’s location, 230 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska.
Impulse Electronics Introduces New TERA DMR Commercial Radio
Online Battery, Power Source Retailer Adds TERA TR-7400 Digital DMR UHF 1024 Channel Handheld Commercial Radio to Their Store Lineup
This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire
Escondido, CA — (SBWIRE) — 10/04/2016 — Impulse Electronics is proud to add the new TERA TR-7400 Digital DMR UHF 1024 Channel Handheld Commercial Radio to their already stellar lineup of radio products, powerpole connectors/supplies/sources, fuses, wires, tools, and other electronic equipment. The TERA DMR commercial radio is designed for everyday rugged use and covers commercial and the amateur radio bands. It is available in UHF or VHF and includes multiple accessories. The waterproof radio is ideal for fire, search & rescue, EMS, police, sheriff, forestry, security patrols, business communications, schools, universities, and other organizations that have FCC licensed frequencies.
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This will be in conjunction with Pacificon, ARRL’s Pacific Division Convention. Make a contact with a skydiver and receive a one-of-a-kind QSL card.
WHERE: We will be conducting our Mission from Bay Area Skydiving, Byron Airport, Byron, CA.
Pacificon: Come by and visit us at our table at the Marriott. Look for us in the hallway next to the patio doors. Live streaming video and a GOTA station will be variable.
TIME: We hope to have our first jump sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 A.M.
California has upped its game in cracking down on distracted driving, and radio amateurs there are concerned that a recent revision to the state’s Motor Vehicle Code could affect Amateur Radio mobile operation. The old law, which included an Amateur Radio exemption, already prohibited motorists from using electronic wireless communication devices to write, send, or read a text-based communication while in motion, unless the device was configured for voice-operated and hands-free operation. The revised law does not exempt Amateur Radio.
Bennett Tindle N6WZ and Mike Moya KF6FGL will be presenting a program of an introductory to repeaters, what they are and how they work.
Friday October 7th, 2016 at 7:00 pm