Shortwave’s Newest Broadcaster Takes to the Air at 7:00 pm Eastern on Oct. 31


Shortwave’s Newest Broadcaster Takes to the Air at 7:00 pm Eastern on Oct. 31

(Hollywood, FL) Oct. 21, 2014 – Global 24 Radio LLC announced today that its inaugural broadcast will go live at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31 (0000 UTC November 1), with a line-up of new and well-known programs and around-the-clock English language programming. The broadcast can be heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 9395 kHz on WRMI broadcasting from Okeechobee, Florida.

“We’re very excited about launching Global 24 and the important contributions it will make to shortwave radio listening – as both a medium worth preserving and a vital part of the modern media mix for so many listeners around the world,” said Phil Workman, general manager of Global 24. “Our broadcast will appeal to dedicated shortwave listeners (SWL) all over the world looking for breaking news, opinion and music.”

Global 24 aims to revitalize the shortwave medium by bringing general interest news and entertainment into sharper focus for listeners looking for high quality programming on a daily basis. Regular listeners will be informed, entertained and engaged in an ever more complex world.

According to Jeff White, general manager of WRMI, “Global 24 represents another step in the long overdue commercialization of shortwave radio. We are excited to be working with them on their ambitious program to engage and entertain a global audience.”

Additional press releases in coming days will announce our broadcast schedule, our Listeners’ Club, contests, sponsors, our web store, staff and much more. Follow us on Twitter at @Global24Radio or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/global24radio. Visit our website: http://www.global24radio.com to join our email newsletter for the most current updates.

- See more at: http://about.global24radio.com/for-i….qVBdeD04.dpuf

via Shortwave’s Newest Broadcaster Takes to the Air at 7:00 pm Eastern on Oct. 31.

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International, commercial shortwave broadcasting is not quite dead.  According to KC1APY, a group called Global 24 Radio LLC will launch a commercial shortwave radio station on Friday, 31 October 2014 (0000 UTC, 01 November 2014).  The station will feature “a lineup of new and well-known programs and around-the-clock English language programming on 9395 kHz over WRMI from Okeechobee, Florida.  While that location is excellent because of good ground conductivity, I trust the station will be using a decent antenna, such as as Sterba Curtain, to launch the signals.  At the very least, the station will serve as a good beacon for 30 meter signals.  I hope the station will air some amateur-radio related shows.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a “Clean Sweep” is Coming Up!


ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a “Clean Sweep” is Coming Up!

TAGS: arrl contests, ARRL November Sweepstakes, clean sweep, contact arrl contest, CW event, Old Timers, operating event, paper logs, SSB event, Sweepstakes Operating Guide, UTC Saturday

10/22/2014

In a few short days, operators across all 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sections will take to the airwaves to compete in the first of two ARRL November Sweepstakes events. Always a fall favorite “Sweeps” is the longest-running “domestic” contest. The CW event is November 1-3, while the SSB event is November 15-17. The action on both weekends gets underway at 2100 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday (Sunday evening in continental US time zones).

As veteran Sweeps hands already know, the exchange for this operating event is a bit more involved than it is for most other contests. Strange terms such as “precedence” and “check” — while very familiar to old timers and traffic operators — may seem confusing at first to newcomers. The exchange goes like this: Call sign of the station worked, consecutive serial number (NR) starting with 001, precedence (PREC) — a letter that indicates your operating category; see the rules), your call sign, check (CK) — the last two numerals of the year you were first licensed, and the two- or three-letter abbreviation of your ARRL or RAC section (SEC).

In your log, for example, if WW1ME works W1MSW, the log entry might look like this:

W1MSW 015 A WW1ME 65 ME.

All popular logging programs include a template for ARRL November Sweepstakes. Be sure to use the latest version of your logger.

It may seem difficult and complicated at first, but once you get into the swing of Sweeps, it will start coming naturally. That’s also where it starts being fun.

The 2014 ARRL November Sweepstakes Operating Guide contains a collection of Sweepstakes information and links to help both newbies and old timers to understand the rules, operating techniques, and log-submission guidelines.

The holy grail of Sweepstakes is to earn a “Clean Sweep” by working at least one station in all 83 sections. Attain this elite level and you qualify to purchase a highly desired Clean Sweep mug for your accomplishment!  Also, the Sweepstakes certificate of every op making a Sweep will include a “Clean Sweep” sticker. Making at least 100 QSOs, qualifies the operator for a Participation Pin. Section and Division recognition awards for each operating category also are available. Details are on the ARRL November Sweepstakes web page. Be sure to read the rules for all ARRL contests too.

Logs are due 15 days after the event is over. CW Sweepstakes submissions must be received by 0300 UTC Tuesday, November 18, 2014. SSB logs are due by 0300 UTC on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. ARRL still accepts paper logs, but electronic Cabrillo logs submitted via e-mail (CW) (SSB) are preferable. Send paper logs to ARRL November Sweepstakes, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Those logging on paper also may want to consider WA7BNM’s online Cabrillo converter, which lets the operator manually enter the logging data to create a Cabrillo file. Submitting logs electronically enhances the quality of the log-checking process and permits more rapid publication of results.

ICOM is the Principal Awards Sponsor for ARRL November Sweepstakes events. For more information about ARRL November Sweepstakes, contact ARRL Contest Branch Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW.

 

via ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a “Clean Sweep” is Coming Up!.

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In a few short weeks, the ARRL CW and SSB November Sweepstakes will be here.  The November “Sweeps” are the two oldest domestic ARRL contests.  The press release contains the basic procedures, format, and the files that will be accepted (Cabrillo file preferred). The CW portion of the event will be held 01-03 November 2014, while the SSB part of the contest will run between 15-17 November 2014.  This would be a great opportunity to test  your contesting skills and collect some QSLs for your WAS (Worked All States) Award.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Events, check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015


KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

TAGS: Additional details, air, amp, announcement, DX community, dxcc entity, KP1-5 Project, KP1-5 Project team, Navassa Island, news release, percent, primary reason, remainder, Vice President Glenn, Wildlife Service

10/22/2014

The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

“Our experienced team of 15 is complete and is ready for the challenge,” said an October 22 KP1-5 Project news release from President Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Vice President Glenn Johnson, W0GJ. “The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.”

The announcement explained that January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month. Weather is unpredictable in January, however, and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat.

“For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned,” the team’s news release said. “Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point, and as many as 10 round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation. Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this No 1 ranked DXCC entity.”

The KP1-5 Project said it will be working with USFWS over the next few weeks, and, as details firm up, it will release additional details. The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50 percent of the DXpedition’s tab. “We are hopeful the DX community at large will fund the remainder,” The announcement concluded.

 

via KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USWFS) has granted an amateur radio operation on Navassa Island (KP-1) sometime in January 2015.  The DXpedition will be organized and partially funded by the KP1-5 Group, headed by President Bob Allpin (K4UEE) and V.P. Glenn Johnson (W4GJ).  Johnson said, “The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before th DXpedition comes on the air.”  Access to the island will be via helicopter.  The operation has a narrow 14 day permit, subject to the “weather window” and mission requirements fo the USWFS.  Navassa Island is one of the “hottest” DX entities on the DXCC list. Please consider helping underwrite the operation in any way you can.  This opportunity may not happen again for a long time.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Cq ww dx contest crimea statin discrimination!!!!!


CQ Reconsiders, WILL Recognize All Crimean Stations

From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces@contesting.com]

On Behalf Of Randy Thompson K5ZD

Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:40 PM

To: ‘Contest Reflector’

Subject: [CQ-Contest] CQ Reconsiders Policy on Crimea in CQ Contests

The following will be released on the CQ Newsroom later this evening.

Please pass the word to contesters in your region.

CQ Reconsiders Policy on Crimea in CQ Contests

In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests.

As CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, explained, “a large portion of the contesting community felt that we were unfairly denying our fellow amateurs in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Since the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a policy regarding Crimean stations in its award and contest programs, we will amend our policy to be consistent with the ARRL’s DXCC policy.”

“Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated. If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee.”

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Originally Posted by W3WN

“Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated. If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee.”

A wise decision. Thank you!

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I am glad to the wise solution of “CQ Contest” committee and to the guide of the “CQ” magazine for “The Crimean problem”.

AMATEUR RADIO – OUT OF POLICY!!!

73! Alex UN7LAN

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CQ Magazine has reconsidered its position on “The Crimean Problem” relating to contests involving Ukrainian  and Russian operators.  The change of heart now aligns CQ Magazine with that of the ARRL and many contesters.  It’s a shame that politics has to enter the realm of Amateur Radio, but that’s the world we have now.  The goal is to get amateur radio operators on the air in a good natured contest, regardless of what license and callsign they now hold.  I think the compromise supported by contesters, the ARRL, and CQ Magazine will allow the competition to continue as it was intended.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are update daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

HamRadioNow: Digital Amateur Television from the DCC


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from the 2014 ARRL & TAPR DCC

Episode 168: DATV-Express Exciter Update

Episode 169: DVB-T for Amateur Radio

Most of the world has switched to digital for television broadcasting. Amateur Radio in the US is not required to use digital (plain old analog’s still fine by the FCC for us), but hams have discovered some (of the usual) advantages to digital, like being noise-free, and being able to adjust the bandwidth/spectrum used.

Here are a pair of talks from the DCC. First, in Episode 168, Ken Konechy W6HHC reviews progress on a digital ATV exciter board and software that a group of hams is working on called DATV-Express. The board is just becoming available. It’s open-source and software-defined. While it will run many modes, Ken’s group has focused on DVB-S, the “Satellite” version of the DVB standard.

Then in Episode 169, Mel Whitten K0PFX reviews how easy it was to get on DATV using off-the-shelf equipment and the DVB-T (Terrestrial) version of DVB. This is a somewhat less technical, ‘introductory’ talk, so I’ll put the video for that one here, and if you want to dig deeper into the DATV-Express, just go to the HamRadioNow web site for Episode 168.

Here’s Episode 169: DVB-T for Amateur Radio

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via HamRadioNow: Digital Amateur Television from the DCC.

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Thanks to Gary Pearce (KN4AQ) for these two fascinating programs on Digital television for amateur radio operators.  Great presentations from Ken Konechy (W6HCC) and Mel Whitten (K0PFX).  These presentations were given at the 2014 ARRL and TAPR DCC conference.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Gets Underway on Thursday, October 23


Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Gets Underway on Thursday, October 23!

TAGS: arrl handbook, ARRL On-Line Auction, auction benefit arrl, credit card information, Deb Jahnke, ham radio, new hams, product review, Tim Allen

10/21/2014

Bidding for the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction will get underway at 1400 UTC on Thursday, October 23. More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST “Product Review” articles and road tested by the ARRL Laboratory team. In addition to other miscellaneous transceivers and accessories there are more than 100 vintage books.

“We also have a number of one-of-a-kind pieces, including a hard-cover 2014 Centennial edition of The ARRL Handbook, imprinted with ‘Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW’ to honor our founding president, plus another hard-cover 2014 Centennial Handbook bearing the number 100,” said ARRL Sales Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ. “You’ll also find unique items, such as an autographed script from the popular television series ‘Last Man Standing’ starring Tim Allen. Ham radio has been mentioned in several episodes, and now Tim Allen is licensed for real.”

Proceeds from the On-Line Auction benefit ARRL educational programs, including activities aimed at licensing new hams, strengthening Amateur Radio’s emergency service training, offering continuing technical and operating education, and creating instructional materials.

Bidding in the 2014 auction will end at 0300 UTC on October 31 (the evening of October 30 in US time zones). Check items in which you have an interest, as bidding end times for each item are staggered.

If you have participated in a previous ARRL On-Line Auction, you may use the passwords used on this site before. Your ARRL website user ID and password will not work on the auction site. Check your ARRL user profile to ensure that all address and credit card information remains the same.

Newcomers to the ARRL On-Line Auction must first register in order to participate

via Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Gets Underway on Thursday, October 23.

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Get your credit card and checkbook ready…here comes the Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction, beginning at 1400 UTC, Thursday, 23 October 2014.  Over 230 items, books, projects, kits, and radio-related equipment will be on the auction block.  Good luck!

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

ARRL Headquarters Systems Down for Maintenance Wednesday Evening


ARRL Headquarters Systems Down for Maintenance Wednesday Evening. Beginning at 6 pm tomorrow evening 2200 UTC on Wednesday, October 22nd, ARRL Headquarters systems will be taken down to perform maintenance functions.This will impact operations of Logbook of The World, Online DXCC, the Centennial websites, and e-mail coming in and out of the building. E-mail sent to ARRL HQ will be queued for delivery once the systems are restored to operational status.The systems will be down for approximately 3 hours. Access to the ARRL website will not be affected.Thank you for your patience as we upgrade certain key components of our infrastructure.

via ARRL Headquarters Systems Down for Maintenance Wednesday Evening.

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The maintenance shutdown will affect The Logbook of the World, Online DXCC, Centennial websites, and email into and out of ARRL Headquarters.  Downtown should last about three hours.

For the latest in Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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