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On 19 May 2016 antennas were erected and the VHF SDR turned on to inaugurate the VO1FN/b TransAtlantic VHF Digital Beacon Receiver Site. This is a joint project sponsored in part by the Society of Nfld. Radio Amateurs, Baccalieu Amateur Radio Club and the Upper Trinity Amateur Radio Club.
Many attempts have been made from Newfoundland and Labrador to bridge the North Atlantic with a VHF amateur radio signal. The ultimate challenge is to complete a traditional two-way VHF QSO between Europe and North America. This milestone has never been achieved and would be a first in the history of radio communications. The prize would be the "glory", however fleeting, to those involved on both sides of the Atlantic and of course the Brendan Award sponsored by the Irish Radio Transmitting Society.
The most recent "Brendan Quest" attempt was staged by a large group of amateurs from Nova Scotia in summer of 2014 using call sign VC1T. Using a unique 33m long VHF "ultra-light" yagi and a complicated, high power station, digital signals (FSK441; JT65) were transmitted towards Europe from Pouch Cove NL. The signal was actually decoded in the UK by G4SWX. It was ultimately concluded however, that the signal was reflected from the ISS and hence the claim could not qualify under the Brendan Award rules.
New Project -
Interest grew in online discussions in continuing the VC1T experiment. An offer came from John MI0AAZ to donate a Raspberry Pi computer and SDR to the project. These discussions resulted in Frank, VO1HP, making his summer location and equipment in Freshwater, Conception Bay North, NL (47.7394N; -53.1831W) available for a receive only site to monitor VHF propagation and to listen for signals from established VHF beacon transmitters operating in Europe. The VO1HP site has an unobstructed view of the North Atlantic across the vastness of Conception Bay.
Frank approached VO1DM President of SONRA who in turn canvassed funding contributions from the other two clubs (VO1DM also made a personal donation).
This funding allowed the purchase of two InnovAntenna 5el LFA Q High Gain VHF yagis.
InnovAntenna, through Justin G0KSC, sponsored the project by donating the coax cable phasing harness and the power combiner unit.
The VO1HP site is providing the housing, AC power and high speed access networking as well as the site tower, PC and FunCube Dongle Plus SDR receiver.
The VHF Digital Receive site is now operational and ready for experimentation by beacon operators and well equipped VHF stations in Europe, The antennas can be rotated to point to stations that are located in southern regions of Europe.
For further info please contact: Frank VO1HP firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: DUBUS Magazine
The Shack Is Back....
May 24, 2016 by Lou Frenzel in Communique
Back in February 2015, Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy.
Many of us feared that we had lost a popular source of electronic products and parts. Well, in case you didn't get the memo, Radio Shack is alive and well as a new company. It did not come out of bankruptcy as is the usual case. Instead, Standard General, a New York hedge fund, bought the assets and brand and formed a new company under the ownership of General Wireless with the name Radio Shack. It retained about 1,700 of the original 4,000-plus stores. Roughly 1,400 of the 1,700 are co-branded with Sprint and the telecommunications giant will sell cell phones and subscriber plans on-site.
Radio Shack is now a greatly scaled-down company and more focused on building a new business model around its stores and a greatly expanded online presence. It will continue to sell popular consumer electronics items, but also will take advantage of the growing DIY/Maker niche. Look for a growing number of Radio Shack smaller electronic kits in stores in the months to come.
Radio Shack is also pursuing an educational approach to the hobbyist market. It plans to participate in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) movement in schools to introduce students to these technical fields. It will also offer in-store learning sessions and demos. I urge them to do even more educational projects like offering books, learning kits, and online webinars.
Dear HAM friends around the world,
It is our pleasure to announce a special event station in the Nijmegen region (South-East Netherlands), celebrating the 100th edition of the famous and internationally well-known event Four Days Marches. The callsign for this event is PA100FDM.
The Four Days Marches are a walking achievement event for four consecutive days, in which annually 46,000 walkers are participating. On those days, people from all over the world come to Nijmegen to walk in and around the city and its beautiful wooded surroundings.
Thousands of spectators are cheering on the walkers along the route every day. After four days of walking a glorious entry along the Via Gladiola awaits the walker followed by receiving their well-deserved Four Days Medal.
Special event station PA100FDM will be active during 28 days from June 28th to July 26th 2016 and is made possible by several amateur radio operators from the Nijmegen region.
The team of special event station PA100FDM is busy with the preparations of the activities. Please have a look on the corresponding website: http://www.pa2p.nl/pa100fdm/ .
Don't forget to sign our guestbook.
On behalf of the PA100FDM team
The New Zealand national amateur radio society the NZART have made the PDF of their Jan/Feb 2016 Break-In magazine available for download
Download Break-In from
New Zealand has just one class of amateur licence (1 kW RF output). There are no practical tests to take just a single 60 question multiple choice paper. 40 questions must be answered correctly to achieve a pass. All the questions and answers are made available online to assist memorizing.
NZART Exam Generator and Question/Answer bank
HamDisk Study Aid
NZ Amateur Radio Licence effective May 5, 2016: http://www.rsm.govt.nz/about-rsm/spectrum-policy/gazette/gurl/amateur-radio-operators