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  Amateur radio club explores communications at UT (Tennessee)
Posted by: News Man - 11-13-2017, 02:07 AM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

At a meeting early in February, Mikhail Kravchenko, senior in electrical engineering, showed his dongle to the other members of the Amateur Radio Club.
For those who do not know, a dongle is defined as “a small device able to be connected to and used with a computer, especially to allow access to wireless broadband or use of protected software.” Technically, a flash drive is a dongle, but Kravchenko’s was a chip that contained all software and hardware to interface with a wide range of communication channels, broadcast and television.


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  “Amateur Radio Roundtable” Connects Live with Heard Island DXpedition
Posted by: News Man - 11-12-2017, 02:00 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

The VK0EK DXpedition began operation on 40 meters on March 23 and was expected to soon start on 30 meters.

W5KUB’s “Amateur Radio Roundtable” webcast scored a live, audio-only interview on March 22 with the leader of the Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition, Bob Schmieder, KK6EK — marking possibly the first such event in ham radio news media history. The VK0EK DXpedition team is setting up and is expected to be on the air soon. When “Amateur Radio Roundtable” host Tim Medlin, W5KUB, spoke with Schmieder, he and the other 13 DXpedition operators had just arrived on Heard Island on the R/V Braveheart and were preparing to start moving equipment and personnel ashore. Earlier a scouting party determined where the DXpedition would set up its camp, gear, and antennas. The VK0EK team will be housed in inflatable air beam structures. Schmieder talked with Medlin for about 15 minutes over an Iridium phone, explaining that he could not do a video interview this time, because he was still onboard the Braveheart, and the necessary Inmarsat phone must be in a stable situation in order to be pointed at the satellite.


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  Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition Team Has Arrived, Operation Hours Away
Posted by: News Man - 11-11-2017, 01:31 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

The VK0EK DXpedition began operation on 40 meters on March 23 and was expected to soon start on 30 meters.

A VK0EK DXpedition “reconnaissance team” has arrived on Heard Island. Bob Schmieder, KK6EK; Arliss Thompson, W7XU; Bill Mitchell, AE0EE, and Dave Lloyd, K3EL, are on the island with several members of the R/V Braveheart crew to get the lay of the land. The DXpedition team plans to spend about 3 weeks on Heard Island, which is the fifth most-wanted DXCC entity, according to ClubLog’s DXCC Most Wanted List. Co-organizer Rich Holoch, KY6R, spoke with Schmieder via satellite telephone.


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  Radio Caroline - 36 years ago
Posted by: News Man - 11-10-2017, 11:06 AM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

On March 19, 1980, a violent storm broke out off the coast of Essex.
The ship's anchor chain broke, causing the vessel to drift for 10 nautical miles until she ran aground on a sandbank.

The ship began to take in water and after struggling for eight hours with portable pumps the four-man crew - including DJs Stevie Gordon and Tom Anderson - conceded defeat and were rescued by lifeboat.


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  UK to sell 750 MHz of radio spectrum
Posted by: News Man - 11-09-2017, 06:14 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

In the 2016 Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that 750 MHz of Public Sector radio spectrum would be released. The Amateur Services currently share much spectrum with the Public Sector
The Budget 2016 says:

1.253 Electromagnetic spectrum is a valuable and scarce resource. Budget 2016 announces a new government commitment that 750MHz of valuable public sector spectrum in bands under 10GHz will be made available by 2022, of which 500MHz will be made available by 2020. This builds on government’s previous 2010 commitment, and will deliver wider economic benefits by generating capital receipts and by supporting innovation in digital communications services and the development of new technologies.


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  Radio operators gather for Hamfest (West Virginia)
Posted by: News Man - 11-09-2017, 12:10 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

K8KT, better known as Karl Thompson when he’s not on the air, has been working the amateur radio since he was 5 years old in Wyoming County. He has a 120-foot antenna at his house and can type 40 words per minute in Morse code.

Thompson is a ham.

But so was everyone at the Emmanuel Baptist Church activities room on Saturday.

A ham is an amateur radio operator and the local hams were gathered for the 32nd annual Charleston Hamfest.


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Posted by: News Man - 11-08-2017, 08:30 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies



Dates- Operational 1 Sept to 28 Sept 2016. (When Operators Available)

Call-sign GB75ACO Air Cadet Organisation (Approved by Ofcom and HQAC Sqn Ldr D Pink)
QTH- 1132 Sqn ATC (Stalham) The Old Church School, Sutton Norfolk NR12 9SA
NGR O/S TG389243.
QRA; JO 02 SS. WAB TG32. World Wide Zone 14.


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  KiwiSDR BeagleBone Black Radio With Multi-User Web Interface (video)
Posted by: News Man - 11-08-2017, 12:53 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

BeagleBone enthusiasts that would like to transform their BeagleBone Black into a wide-band (0-30 MHz) SDR with a multi-user web interface, might be interested in a new piece of system called KiwiSDR which has been developed by Valent F(x) based in Salt Lake City.

The Valent F(x) KiwiSDR system comes complete with a software-defined GPS receiver, and has this month launched via the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign looking to raise $50,000 to make the jump into production.


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  Local, state officials urge weather awareness (Indiana)
Posted by: News Man - 11-08-2017, 06:08 AM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

Sunday begins Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, a time for Hoosiers to review their plans and preparations for possible tornadoes, floods and other dangerous events.

A test of communications, including Boone County’s tornado warning sirens, will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. EDT Tuesday, said county Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Martin. If weather requires a delay, the test will be during the same times on March 23.


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  Swap Net Listings For November 7, 2017
Posted by: W7RMG - 11-07-2017, 11:12 PM - Forum: Tuesday Night Weekly List - No Replies


W6YUY – GARY – RIDDLE – 541-530-7919
FOR SALE: Wilson TT-45 45ft crank up tower, tubular type, has base plate - $600.00 or trade for an Ameritron 811-H. Will deliver between Ashland & Eugene. Tower is on a trailer and ready to go. If you decide to pick it up yourself, the price is $500.00.

W7ETK – STEVE – CORVALLIS – steveaudio@yahoo.com
FOR SALE: Scanners, different makes, models, styles. Contact for more info.
FOR SALE: Assorted low amp power supplies, good for low current circuit designs or devices.

K7FIL - PHIL - MADRAS - 541-598-6486
FOR SALE: Alinco 580 Rapid Charger for dual band HT’s - $25.00.
FOR SALE: Double A (AA) battery pack - $10.00.
FOR SALE: 12V 1800mah nickel metal hydride battery. Phil bought it new but never used it and is not sure if it works. He will throw it in FREE of charge with the purchase of the other two items.

K7EZR - ROB - EUGENE - k7ezr@fastmail.com
FOR SALE: Two older laptops, 17 inch Dell and a 15 inch Toshiba, both have Intel core processors, DVD burners and currently loaded with Linux - $30.00 ea.

W7TVS - TRAVIS - JUNCTION CITY - 541-248-0219 call or text
FOR SALE: Icom IC-7000, MARS mod, includes stock mic, 100W LDG 100 Auto Tuner, external 7 inch screen, power cord, mobile mounting bracket and original box.
Travis wants to do a little upgrading. This is an excellent package deal for  - $750.00.

KI7HTP - DARRELL - ALBANY - 541-990-5206
WANTED:  Antenna fender  mount for a 1990 Chevy pick up.

WB8YPO - CHRIS - BROOKINGS - 541-469-3483 or wb8ypo@frontier.com
WANTED: Center console for a Chevy Tahoe that can hold 6 radios and a provision for a laptop. Chris is a storm chaser and needs this to properly set up his SUV.

Thanks to all who checked in and/or listed tonight.
Total amount of check ins (including listings) 28.
Got stuff to sell or want but can’t check into Swap Net? No worries! Just shoot me an email at the link below with your list and I’ll get it on the air for you. Just give a brief description about each of your items and include your contact information. Remember, ham radio items only but also can include computer gear, test gear and electronic parts.

“The Best Nets Are On PRA” ~ KA7RON

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