UK CubeSail Ham Radio Satellite | Southgate Amateur Radio News

UK CubeSail Ham Radio Satellite.CubeSail is an exciting, ground-breaking educational satellite project at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) that hopes to launch into a 680 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) from India…


Watch out for this interesting satellite from the Surrey Space Center in the UK.  The educational satellite will be launched into a low earth  sun synchronous orbit this December from a space facility in India.  A key feature of the "CubeSail" satellite is a 25 square meter sail which will "demonstrate the propulsive effect of solar radiated pressure"  and show "the deorbiting application of the sail as a drag augmentation device."  The satellite will provide beacons for amateur radio operators, most likely using a 9600 Bit/s AX.25 RC-BPSK downlink on 435.240 MHz.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Couple Questions about Ham – Page 2 – The Forums

True, however the Baofang’s are not type accepted for MURS.


An interesting, informative forum discussion concerning the use of the popular Baofang HTs for MURS applications.  The advice seems clear:  don’t do it. That would be a violation of FCC rules.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Amateur Radio Electronics V10 Home Study eBook: Clive W. Humphris M0DXJ: Kindle Store

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Amateur Radio Electronics V10 Home Study eBook: Clive W.


Clive W. Humphris (M0DXJ) continues his popular "Amateur Radio Electronics" home study course with Volume 10 just being published as an eBook on  His guide is informative, easy to understand, and gives you the basic electronics background you need to pass an Amateur Radio License test in the UK.  For amateur radio operators living in other countries, Clive’s book remains a valuable reference tool.  This book is worth adding to your library.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Desoto Times Tribune > News > Local > Reaching the world

enter site/page/section description here. (RT @jilly: Reaching the world – Amateur radio vital in disasters #hamr)


A nice follow up report on last month’s ARRL Field Day event from "The Desoto Times Tribune" newspaper.  Reporter Bob Bakken did a pretty good job of covering the Olive Branch Amateur Radio Club’s participation in the emergency communications exercise. The highlight of the club’s Field Day activity was a contact with astronaut Ken Wiseman (NA1ISS) on board the International Space Station.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Good 2M Antennas to start on?

Probably the Best Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Forum in the World. (Amateur Radio: Good 2M Antennas to start on?


An interesting, informative question from a ham-to-be on the best 2meter antenna to start his amateur radio experience.  The answer from a more experienced  ham is sincere, straight-to-the-point, and helpful.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Hilariously Useless Comments About Science from the US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is not composed of scientists. We’ve seen this before. But they do end up hearing a lot of cases that involve science, and are forced to describe the concepts and technology before them. They do not always rise to the challenge.


This article on the technological and scientific shortcomings of the U.S. Supreme Court is both humorous and, sadly, frightening.  Author Katharine Trendacosta does a good job of explaining  how Supreme Court Justices try to understand and rule on the rapid technological developments that are changing society.  Sometimes, their arguments involve convoluted arguments that could better be expressed with plain English.  Other times, their view reflects a scientific naivete that is simply astounding.  All of this could be funny until you realize the court’s decisions will affect science, technology, and even Amateur Radio.  Take the “Amateur Radio Parity Act 2014 (HR.4969)” for instance.  Legislators with little or no knowledge of physics, propagation, or basic communications technology will try to force the FCC into rewriting the rules regarding ham antennas on private property.  While many of us amateur radio operators consider this a good thing, considering the presence of TV antennas, satellite dishes, and even broadcast antennas on some privately-owned buildings, the average citizen has no interest in amateur radio and relegates hams into the same group as CB operators.  For many citizens outside the orbit of amateur radio, any amateur radio antenna is considered an “eyesore” that will reduce property values. I’ve seen this NIMBY (not in my backyard) attitude  on Hawaii Island where people oppose cell phone towers, while complaining about poor cell phone reception in their neighborhoods.  These people have no understanding of how communications systems operate, and, more frequently, just don’t care as long as the antenna isn’t near them.  So, when this kind of attitude results in lawsuits, amateur radio operators have to spend a lot of time educating  people who should know better.  I’m amazed that our judicial system functions as well as it does, considering the scientific ignorance that pervades daily life. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR … – ARRL

Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR …


The “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (HR.4969)  got a final send off during closing ceremonies of the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.  The bi-partisan measure would mandate the FCC to extend the “reasonable accommodation” clause of PRB-1 to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas.  Currently, PRB-1 applies only to state and municipal land-use ordinances.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).


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