IARU Region 1 General Conference, IARU Administrative Council to meet in Bulgaria. Post #4499.

Source:  http://www.arrl.org.


Representatives of the countries comprising IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia) will gather this month for the Region 1 General Conference.  The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) will host the meeting 21-26 September in Albena on the Black Sea Coast.  Regional general conferences are held every three years.

Article excerpts:

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will raise the issue of malicious QRM, especially in the wake of international interference to well-publicized DXpeditions that have attracted huge pileups.  In its formal paper, the RSGB said, “It is now time for all Region 1 Member Societies to treat malicious QRM as a major and urgent priority and to take positive action against this form of anarchy that threatens the future of Amateur Radio.”  The RSGB also will recommend that Region 1 appoint an Amateur Radio Observation Service (AROS) network.

The topic of transnational Amateur Radio remote-controlled operation will also come up for discussion.  A recommendation from the Irish Radio Transmitter Society (IRTS) would mandate the incoming Executive Committee to set up a working group of individuals experienced in radio regulatory affairs “to examine the questions of transnational remote-controlled operation and to establish under what conditions such operations might be regulate.

IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders (PA2LS) has submitted a proposal to form a Region 1 Youth working group, which would be responsible for Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) activities in addition to promoting Amateur Radio youth activities within the region.  Leenders will recommend that IARU Region 1 become the “main funder” of a week-long YOTA summer camp, where youngsters take part in Amateur Radio activities.

The IARU Administrative Council will meet 27-28 September 2014, following the Region 1 General Conference.


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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Page last updated on: Wednesday, September 17, 2014


IOTA News from the

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

17 September, 2014

Island activities:


CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz

SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

AS-200; JA5; Shikoku’s Coastal Islands: Take/JI3DST will operate as

JI3DST/5 from Shodo Island between Sept. 20 and 22. QRV on 40-6m in

CW, SSB, and RTTY. Dates depend on wx conditions. QSL via h/c


EU-001; SV5; Dodecanese: Fred/PA1FJ operates as SV5/PA1FJ/p from

Karpathos Island (MIA MGD-013, WLOTA 1570, GIOTA DKS 016) between

the 18th and 27th. QRV on HF in CW, SSB, and digital modes with an

FT817 and a Buddistick antenna. QSL via h/c (d/B).

EU-023; 9H; Malta group: Jose/EA5IDQ activates Malta holiday-style

as 9H3JA from the 18th to 25th on 40-10m in SSB and digital modes.

QSL via h/c (d/B), OQRS.

EU-032; F; Poitou-Charentes Region group: Operators Christine/F4GDI, Jean Michel/F4EWP, Pascal/ F8CGL, Lionel/F5HNQ, Nelly/F4HHR, and Didier/F1PPH will be active as TM32O from Oleron Island (DIFM AT-025, WLOTA 1369). QRV from Sept. 21 to 26 on 80-10m. QSL via F6KFI (d/B). http://tm32oleron.blogspot.de/

EU-038; PA; Noord Holland / Friesland / Groningen Province group:

Dieter/DK1AW, Juergen/DL2AMT, Lutz/DL3ARK, Peter/DL4AMK, and

Mar/DL5ASE pay a visit to Texel Island (WLOTA 0043) and operate as

PA/homecalls between the 19th and 26th. QRV on 160-10m in CW, SSB,

RTTY, and PSK; they also plan to activate PAFF-012 and PAFF-074.

QSL via homecall. http://www.dxclub.net

EU-053; OJ0; Market Reef: Pasi/OH3WS will get on the air as OJ0W

between Sept. 13 and 20 during his free time on the Reef. QRV on

40-10m. QSL via OH3WS (d/B).

EU-088; OZ; Kattegat group: Bernd/DL8AAV operates with the call

OZ0AV from the 15th to the 27th holiday-style from Laeso Island

(DIA NK-003, WLOTA 2820) on HF in CW and SSB. QSL via DL8AAV (B),

eQSL.EU-110; 9A, Istra group: Operators Walter/I3VJW,

Ampelio/IK3JBP, Mauro/IK3SCB, Flavio/I3JRF, Marco/IW3ICK,

Roberto/IZ3JKI, Cale/IW3ILP, and Luca/IU3BXI are going to activate

Porer Rock (IOCA CI-090, MIA MC-313, ARLHS CRO-014, CLHA CLH-111)

as 9A/IQ3VO from Sept. 18 to 21. QRV with two stations on 80-10m in

CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, and JT65A. They also plan to work on 6m in

CW, SSB, MS, JT65A, and EME. Skeds for EME and MS via ON4KST’s

website. QSL via IQ3VO (bureau preferred, direct also ok).


EU-136; 9A; Kvarner group: Ede/HA5BWW, Pista/HA5AUC and Karl/HA7PC will get on the air from Rab Island (IOCA CI-096, MIA MC-330, WLOTA 2198) between the 22nd and 29th signing 9A/homecalls. QRV mainly in CW and SSB. QSL via homecalls (d/B).

EU-138; SM7; Blekinge County group: Fred/SM7DAY is currently active

as SM7DAY/p from Senoren Island until the 20th. QRV on all HF bands

in CW and SSB. QSL via h/c (d/B), OQRS.

OC-150; YB9; Tenggara Barat Islands and OC-022; YB9, Bali Island:

Gabor/HA3JB, member of the International Police Association, is

going to operate from Lombok (OC-150) and Bali (OC-022) between

Sept. 25 and October 7 as YB9/HA3JB. QRV on HF in CW, SSB, and RTTY

(including the contest). QSL via h/c, OQRS.


SA-003; PY0F, ZY0F; Fernando de Noronha Archipelago: Andre/PP6ZZ

gets on the air from Fernando de Noronha (DIB OC-01, DFB OC-03,

PYFF-016, WLOTA 1208, ARLHS FDN-001, WW Loc HI36TD) between the

18th and 25th as PY0FF. QRV on 80-10m in CW, SSB, and digital

modes. QSL via W9VA (d), LOTW, ClubLog.

Compiled by Friedrich, DL4BBH

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

RSGB IOTA website

via IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club | Southgate Amateur Radio News.


There is some choice DX material in this list, especially EU-001, SV5 (Dodecanese), EU-023, 9H (Malta), and AS-200, JA5 (Shikoku Coastal Islands Group).  I hope propagation favors your location.

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Preparing for the Propagation Winter

Preparing for the Propagation Winter (http://www.eham.net/articles/32973).

It is common knowledge now this will be one of the lowest sunspot cycles of many Amateurs time in radio. Following is a summary of where we are, where we are headed in this cycle, and what we can expect in future cycles and why. Whether you are a DXer, Contester or just a casual operator, what our Sun is doing will affect tremendously how we spend our time, money and resources toward this hobby.

We are all familiar with the typical sunspot cycle duration 11 years plus or minus. There is a much larger cycle however with the sun…decades of high and low solar activity spanning 75 to 100 years – encompassing several sunspot cycles. All of us today have had the fortunate experience of being in Ham Radio during one of the highest periods of solar activity 1950 to 2009. The graph below courtesy of K9LA shows a bar graph of all solar cycles with the exception of 24, which will fall in well below the top of cycle 23. Link:


Clearly, there are periods (decades) of high solar activity, followed by decades of low solar activity. A rough interpretation would be 4 up cycles and 3 down. This large “Macro Cycle” of the sun is basically 75 to 100 years. Another link shows how low cycle 24 is compared to other cycles:

Here is a recent graph showing the past two cycles including cycle 24.

Here is the link for those who wish to read the article in it’s entirety.


Clearly the trend is down. Focusing in on our current sunspot cycle reveals other unique features and confirms the downward direction. It seemed to take “forever” for cycle 24 to get off the ground…normally we see solar flux values climbing above 100 on average 18 Months after a cycles bottom – it took cycle 24 2 1/2 years to accomplish this (Feb. of 2011) One of the key indicators of a cycles strength and intensity is how it starts. [Slow starts will usher in a weak low cycle, strong fast starts produce strong high cycles, as there are no exceptions] That same year we had a faint peak November of 2011, and as an author of the 2014 ARRL DX Contest put it: “A Micro Peak” this year. The peak being defined as highest average monthly solar flux of 170 set February of 2014. (This has been the first sunspot cycle where the second peak was higher than the first) Subsequent to that Month, average Monthly solar flux has declined month after month, with a slight rise in July. The Average Monthly Solar Flux is what we as Radio Amateurs should keep our eye on – the smoothed sunspot number is a “lagging indicator” and averages what happened 6 Months ago. Watching it is akin to focusing on the hot dog vendors at a Football game instead of watching the play on the field.

The driving force behind all of this is not so much the number of sunspots, but the magnetic size and complexity of the sunspot groups. Astronomers Livingston and Penn at have measured the strength of sunspots clearly showing a decline in complexity and strength since 1995. Graph and link follow:

Drawing from the graph, magnetic strength of the sunspots needs to be at least 1,500 Gauss to form spots. The conclusion is with the present trend, sunspots will disappear by late 2015 or 2016. Drawing from recent activity in cycle 24, the main driver of our peak in 2014 was not the number of sunspots, but the increase in size and magnetic complexity vs what it has been from the beginning of cycle 24. (Basically we had a pause in the downtrend of declining sunspot strength) {We’ll take it!} Cycle 24’s downward trend is ratified by other factors: 1. Clustering of sunspots toward the center of the sun, wide swings in monthly highs and lows, slow continuous month to month declines in solar flux values, and the average number and size of sunspots is on the decline. What does this all mean and what can we expect? Our last really good Fall season of HF propagation will soon be upon us, take advantage of it…we will be lucky to see good 10/12 Meter propagation this Fall, and 2015 will probably be the last year for good high band propagation: 17,15,12, and 10 Meters. We will quickly “ratchet down” and the low period of the cycle (solar flux values of 70-80) will be reached much sooner as we will have much lower highs from which to fall. See graph below:

Keep in mind Cycle 23 ( a low but normal cycle ) took 5 years to fall from it’s high in late 2001 to it’s low period in 2006, cycle 24 may not be in a free fall, but it’s decline will occupy a much shorter time span.

Looking our even further, unless the trend in lower macro solar activity is shorter, or the decline in the magnetic strength and complexity of sunspots reverses itself, cycle 25 will even be lower…. graph below:

I personally wish it were not so…however in my business on key thing I have always remembered: ” Pay attention to what the Market is telling you, rather than what you think it should do.” In this case it’s data…the data is telling us we are heading toward a much much lower period – this cycle, cycle 25 and possibly cycle 26. This has happened before; it’s just that none of us today were alive to experience it. This is coming, just like a Tsunami after a mid ocean earthquake – there is a building consensus and others will join the chorus when “it is safe for them to do so” Remember the low years of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010? They will seem like a walk in the park compared to what is coming.

Randy W7TJ

via Preparing for the Propagation Winter.


This fascinating article first appeared on 04 September 2014 on http://www.eham.net/articles/32973.  According to Randy Crews (W7TJ), amateur radio operators are headed for some poor propagation in the years ahead.  With that in mind, it may be prudent to explore the lower HF bands (160, 80, 60, and 40 meters), where conditions aren’t so bad. Some ambitious hams are also exploring the possibilities of 630 meters (around 472 kHz).  I see more antenna articles on this interesting band every week.  Once the FCC firms up its rules for this band, we can explore the frequencies where early contacts once took place.  A good book to read for this area would be Clinton De Soto’s “200 Meters and Down,” a volume that explores the early days of amateur and commercial radio in the traditional “radio basement” of wavelengths longer than 200 meters.  Even though propagation on 20 through 10 meters will not be optimum, expect some good days on 20 meters and a few interesting openings on 10 meters.  You just never know when the upper HF bands will be open…be ready!

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Radio Enthusiasts from 25 Countries Compete in Borovoye » The Astana Times

BOROVOYE – More than 300 amateur radio enthusiasts from 25 countries gathered in Borovoye Sept. 6-13 for the 17th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championship.

ARDF, also known as “fox hunting,” is a radio-based discipline that originated in Denmark and England after World War II. Competitors use maps, compasses and radios with directional antennas to find five transmitters (“foxes”) in the woods or in rough terrain in the shortest amount of time. Participation requires physical and mental skill.

Akmola Region Deputy Akim (Deputy Governor) Nurlan Nurkenov and ARDF Vice-President Ole Karpestad of Norway spoke at the competition’s opening ceremony.

The largest delegation of competitors in this competition was from China, with 64 participants. The Russian delegation had 40 participants, the Czech Republic 37, Kazakhstan 30 and Japan 25.

In the end, Russia took gold, Ukraine won silver and the Czech Republic won bronze. Lithuania and Kazakhstan took fourth and fifth places respectively.


This story ran in the Thursday, 18 September 2014 edition of “the Astana Times–Bringing Kazakhstan to the World” newspaper.  Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) has become quite popular throughout the world.  This past July, over 50 ARDF teams participated in the World ARDF Championships in New England, where the United States took the Gold Medal.  Congratulations to the amateur radio operators in Kazakhstan for organizing a well-run and popular contest.


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Radio Hams can encrypt, in emergencies, according to Ofcom. Post #4494.

Source:  “The Register” (UK), dated 15 September 2014.


Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed license conditions for UK amateur radio operators.

Article excerpt:

UK regulator Ofcom is looking for radio hams‘ opinions about proposed changes to spectrum and amateur licensing.

In exchange for giving up some spectrum, hams are getting access to new spectrum in the 470 kHz and 5MHz bands that the Ministry of Defense is happy for them to use.  Users of that spectrum will have to quit if the Ministry says they’re causing interference.

Access to these bands has been made available by way of compensation after an April Ofcom decision to withdraw spectrum in the 2350-2390 MHz and 3410-3475 MHz bands (access remains in the  2310-2350 MHz, 2390-2400 MHz and 3400-3410 MHz bands.).

The 2350-2390 and 3410-3475 MHz bands will be auctioned off.

Recognizing the role of amateur radio users in emergencies, the consultation proposes changing the license condition that state that hams can only communicate with other hams.  Where a license-holder is participating in a rescue operation (for example as part of the Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network, RAYNET) he/she will be allowed to talk to others, such as rescue teams involved in an emergency operation.

Ofcom also proposes permitting encryption for hams involve in RAYNET operations.  Currently, encryption is forbidden, which creates a problem if an incident commander asks for encryption.

The consultation also seeks comment on Ofcom proposals to add license conditions that ensure that a callsign assigned to an amateur radio club remains with that club; a relaxation of the requirement that amateurs are automatically revoked if they don’t revalidate their licenses every five years; and the relaxation of the demand that users transmit their callsigns every 15 minutes.


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Webinar on Radio Scouting is coming.

Jim Wilson (K5ND) will present a webinar on “Radio Scouting”, including information on the upcoming Jamboree on the Air.  The presentation will be given on 18 September 2014, 0100 UTC ( Wednesday evening, 17 September 2014, for U.S. timezones). Registraion is required:  http://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/381716898.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Transmitter Noise | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Transmitter Noise | Southgate Amateur Radio News.

Those thinking about buying a new rig should first consider the issue of “transmitter noise.” Jim Brown (K9YC) has compiled an interesting study on transmitter noise, which can be downloaded as a pdf. Jim rates several popular transceivers. Some of the resultes may surprise you.

Please click on the link to see the article.

Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).


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