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Summerside Amateur Radio Club

Tue Sep 30, 2014

This and That....

ISWL callsigns for October....

The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of October 2014:

GX4BJC/A - Operated from Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex, by George/G1IPU.
(/A WAB Square TM11 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
George will also operate as GX4BJC/P throughout the month.
If required, he will give his current WAB Square during the QSO.

MX1SWL/A - Operated from Walton-on-the-Naze, in Essex, by Herbie/G6XOU.
(/A WAB Square TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
Herbie will also operate as MX1SWL/P throughout the month.
If required, he will give his current WAB Square during the QSO.

ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual
operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL
info is on or or via

Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see for full details. The cards ARE welcomed for their awards.

Register Your JOTA Station....

Jamboree on the Air is now less than 3 weeks away, and stations are beginning to prepare for the biggest annual event in the Scouts calendar.

Over the weekend of 18/19 October over 500,000 Scouts around the world will make contact with each other through amateur radio.
Many local radio clubs assist the Scouts in their town by setting up stations especially for the weekend.

If you are involved with JOTA, whether as an individual, or with a club taking part, please register your station at

More information about JOTA can be found at the World JOTA website:

How goTenna extends RF to the mainstream & adds to every Ham's toolbelt....

goTenna is a totally new consumer RF product, in a world where innovation in the consumer RF world hasn't really occurred since...the Second World War. As such, there's a lot of misinformation on the web about what goTenna does and doesn't do, and even what its intended purpose is among Ham radio operators.

goTenna seeks to make tried and true RF technology accessible from a usability perspective to mainstream consumers. In this sense, what goTenna truly seeks to do is expand the number of people who can communicate of-grid, directly point-to-point, much as amateur radio users-highly-technically skilled folks known as "Hams"-have done for years.

goTenna should be viewed as a tool, like Ham radio, that will widen the appeal and access to decentralized communication. goTenna doesn't replace ham, and instead works alongside it to increase the user base and capabilities of the wildly practical and useful VHF spectrum.

I'm a Ham myself (callsign: KD2HDN), and it's pretty interesting to note that goTenna gives users various features that are not readily available to Hams:


There will not be a 4 meter band in the United States anytime in the near future if ever. At least it appears that way after the FCC acts to dismiss a rule making request filed by Glen Zook, K9STH, of Richardson, Texas, who had asked that such a ham radio band be created. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has more:

In his filing, Glen Zook, K9STH, had asked the Commission to allocate 70.0 to 70.5 MHz to the amateur radio service. This based on the migration of broadcast television stations to primarily UHF frequencies and there-by basically eliminating any probable interference to television channels 4 or 5.

In denying the request the FCC noted that there are still a trio of full power broadcasters and more than 100 low power television broadcasters currently using TV channel 4 in the United States. The regulatory agency also noted the likely re-farming of the broadcast television landscape after the upcoming incentive auction to free up UHF spectrum for broadband. This might mean numerous full power television stations being forced to relocate to the low band broadcast allocations that includes channels 4 and 5.

The 4 meter band is authorized in several ITU region one nations including the United Kingdom. Hams in North America have been experimenting with cross-band contacts by monitoring the 4 meters while using time coordination and other Region Two amateur service spectrum to try to make contacts. This is not unlike the so-called old days before I-T-U Region one had a six meter allocation. Back then, hams on this side of the Atlantic worked their European counterparts by returning their calls on what were informally known as the 10 meter to 6 meter calling frequencies.

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Mon Sep 29, 2014

Lusitania Radio Club Special Event Station EI100MFA....

The L.R.C. will be running a Special Event Station EI100MFA to mark the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on 7th May 1915.

The station will operate from 5th to 10th May 2015 from a site near the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, Co. Cork.

Source: IRTS

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History This Week....

Monday 29 September, 2014

1452 First printed book published, Johann Guttenberg's Bible
1608 Hans Lippershey offers Dutch gov't a new invention, the telescope.
1846 Dr William Thomas Green Morton first public use of ether.
1859 Lismore Post Office was opened.
1906 The second international conference on wireless telegraphy in Berlin adopted “SOS” as the international distress signal, replacing the call sign CQD.
1908 Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)
1913 US Federal Income Tax signed into law (at 1%) (Oh wish!!)
1936 Radio used for first time for a US presidential campaign
1952 First video recording on magnetic tape, LA, Ca

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Sun Sep 28, 2014

AmateurLogic.TV Bonus Episode: George Visits the Land of Radios....

George visits with the crew at Icom America for a fascinating tour of their new facilities. Up close interviews with different departments.
Find out how they do what they do.

George's Visit to the Land of Radios is now available for download:

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