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Homebrew Heroes Award to be Managed by Ham Radio Workbench

The ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast team has shifted ownership and management of the Homebrew Heroes Award to the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast.

“It makes better branding sense for their team to acquire and manage this awards program,” said Frank Howell, K4FMH, of the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast team. “Their episode-to-episode content clearly reflects the underlying principles of the Homebrew Her...

ARES Activates as Wind-Driven Year-End Fire Destroys 1,000 Colorado Homes

Nine Boulder County (Colorado) Amateur Radio Emergency Services (BCARES) volunteers turned out on December 30, 2021 as the devastating Marshall Fire roared through Superior and (portions of) Louisville, Colorado. Intense winds whipped a grass fire south of Boulder near Marshall into a massive firestorm that became too large and fierce for firefighters to battle.

“The only battle was evacuation, ...

Distance Challenge Special Event Set in Arizona

Bangladesh Amateur Radio League Founder Saif Shahid, S21A, SK

Saif D. Shahid, S21A/KF6WJZ/G1NWJ, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died on January 10. He was 73. Shahid was the founder and President of the Bangladesh Amateur Radio League (BARL), which was established after more than 12 years of hard lobbying and negotiating with government officials by Shahid and others. Until then, amateur radio operation from Bangladesh had been sporadic and of questionable l...

Amateur Operation in 3.45 – 3.5 GHz Segment Must Cease by April 14, 2022

The National Frequency Coordinator\'s Council (NFCC) is an organization comprised of and representing amateur radio frequency coordinators of the United States.
FGB-5000 Menu Transfer Manager
Software/Radio Programming
Useful memory and settings manager to backup and restore all the 177 menu setting of the FT-5000
Radio 2 Radio Blog
Radio 2 Radio broadcasts amateur & HAM radio news and current events from around the world.
Where to buy PowerFilm Solar Panels
Technical Reference/Alternative Power
Where to buy solar panels for portable operations. PowerFilm panels and Genasun charge controllers in North America or in Europe
Summer QRP Contest
The West Rand Amateur Radio Club reminds everybody that the Summer QRP Contest is on the air from 12:00 to 13:30 UTC on Saturday 22 January 2022 with CW and SSB activity using 5 watts or less
Proposed changes to aircraft and aircraft (transportable) radiocommunications licences
Ofcom has today proposed to improve the way we deliver licences that allow the use of radio equipment on aircraft
New batch of AstroPis relieve Ed and Izzy of duty on board the International Space Station
A new batch of AstroPi computers are up and running on board the International Space Station (ISS), set-up by ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer
80m AM Winter Contest
The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis G4SJH, reports on the work being done in defending the interests of the Amateur Services in the 1240-1300 MHz band
2022 IDXC cancelled
The following was announced on January 11th, on the IDXC Web page It is with regret that the 2022 International DX Convention in Visalia, California, has been cancelled
IARU-R1: 23cm Band and RNSS – Compromises need to be found
The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis G4SJH, reports on the work being done in defending the interests of the Amateur Services in the 1240-1300 MHz band
Reducing the Cable Mess
Operating Modes/Portable Operations
Optimizing the cable connections for cat control and audio input output by implementing the digirig mobile. A small audio and rig control interface, with a single USB cable supports most QRP radios requiring external audio and CAT control facilities
Top Amateur Radio Websites - Issue 2201
The Swiss Quad Antenna, Amplifier Technology: Tube vs. Transistor , Top Band on a Vertical Yagi, Iambic Keyer for Arduino, 35 Element Yagi Antenna for 23cm, 3 Element Yagi Calculator, ICOM ST-4002A GPS Programmer
Radio News service celebrates 53rd year
On Wednesday next January the 19th we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the IRTS Radio news service
ICQPodcast - Philip McBride (VA3QR) New RAC President
In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB) is joined by Chris Howard (M0TCH), Martin Rothwell (M0SGL), Frank Howell (K4FMH) and Bill Bares (WC3B) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode’s feature is a discussion with Phil McBride VA3QR, new President of Radio Amateurs of Canada
Update on Finland's WRC-23 preparations
Finland's amateur radio society SRAL reports on a recent meeting of the Finnish WRC-23 National Technical Preparation Working Group
USFWS Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument seeking public comments
As our NCDXF contributors know, our board members have activated many very rare entities, including most of the U. S. Fish amd Wildlife Service (USFWS) Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). The last such DXpedition was the 2018 Baker Island operation, KH1/KH7Z, which saw five NCDXF board members on the team led by Kevin, K6TD, and Don, N1DG
Coaxial Dipole Antenna
A distributed capacity coaxial dipole antenna. The antenna is very broadbanded with a very flat swr on all band when setup of the antenna is done at the proper lenght and height.
Chris, WA7RAR, posted the following on Hello from Beautiful Barbados -- Spending some time here to escape the cold, rain and snow of January in Oregon
International CQ Pride contest June 4-6
International CQ Pride contest will run through the first weekend of June to celebrate Pride Month in 2022
2022 SARL National Convention
The 2022 SARL National Convention will be held virtually on Saturday 9 April and Saturday 23 April 2022. On 9 April, the Amateur Radio Technology In Action Symposium and on 23 April, the Annual General Meeting and the SARL Awards and Trophies
Undersea volcanic eruption seen from space
Japan's Himawari-8 weather satellite recorded dramatic footage of volcanic exhaust emerging from the waves as well as an atmospheric shock wave rippling away from the blast site
Amateur Radio and After-School Program
The Fauquier 4-H Ham Radio Club provides local youth with opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math through amateur radio communications and electronics projects
QSO Today - Geoffrey Mendenhall, W8GNM
Geoffrey Mendenhall, W8GNM's early interest in electronics, germanium transistors, and later high power triodes led him to a career, as an engineer, designing, building, and managing broadcast transmitters projects for Gates Radio and later Harris Broadcast
Hadrian's Wall Special Event Station
We have just had the callsigns issued for two Special Event Stations to commemorate 1900 years since Hadrian's Wall was built, the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire and which was the inspiration for the Wall in George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones...
ARRL Audio News - January 14, 2022

Decoding hand-sent Morse Code with Arduino
Technical Reference/Arduino/Morse Code
Two easy to build microcontroller projects for machine recognition of hand-sent morse code
SARL Wednesday 80m Club Contest
The first leg of the SARL Wednesday 80 m Club Contest will run from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 19 January with phone, CW, and digital activity
China: 40th anniversary of partial resumption of ham radio
In 1982 amateur radio was partially permitted in China but it wasn't until 1992 that permission was finally granted to establish personal amateur radio stations in the home, since then 170,000 have become radio amateurs
Sasolburg ARC repeater
On 7 January 2022, the Sasolburg ARC changed the frequency of the Club repeater from 145,600 MHz to 145,6875 MHz. This was done in collaboration and on the proposal of the SARL’s VHF/UHF Manager
GB1900HA and GB1900HW - 1900th anniversary of Hadrian's Wall
This year radio amateurs will be operating special event stations GB1900HA and GB1900HA for the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian's wall


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