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C56DF - The Gambia Don, G3XTT plans to return to the Gambia for the CQWW CW contest with activity also before and maybe after the contest. QSL via H/c, Club Log OQRS.

J68MD - St Lucia Members of MARCO, The Medical Amateur Radio Council, Ltd. will be QRV from J6 St. Lucia, NA-108, from 18 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. Included in their plans are a MULTI-ONE operation using the call sign J68MD for CQWW SSB on 6 bands. Contest operators may include Jay, AA4FL, Bob K4RLC, Bruce KM2L, Diane N2HIW and Dave KN2M.

A new QSL card for KW1L A couple of weeks ago, my friend Paul, KW1L, sent me a scan of the QSL card below, and asked, "Any advice on how I can make the same QSL card as the attached file with my calls and address?" Paul had tried contacting N0IU to see where he'd gotten the QSL card, but found out that, unfortunately, Scott had recently passed away.

Pirates On US Navy Satellites - UHF SatCom Here we take a look at how to listen to the Brazillian Pirates on UHF SatCom.

Amateur Radio Is There When All Else Fails Our communications systems may seem robust, but past disasters have shown this isn't the case. Amateur radio groups around the country, and even in the State of Jefferson, are there to fill the gaps. Imagine there's been a natural disaster in your area.

WH0RU - Northern Marianas Harry, JG7PSJ will be active holiday-style from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands as WH0RU during September 15-22, 2019. QRV on 40-10m, CW/SSB/RTTY. QSL via LoTW, H/c.

OX3LX - Upernavik Island, NA-134 Bo, OZ1DJJ informs DX-World that he will be QRV from Upernavik Island NA-134 as OX3LX during from August 22 to September 5, 2019. This is not a DXpedtion but a business trip and only QRV when not at QRL. He will use an 11m fishing rod and 100W and try to be active on as many bands as possible.

Micah Richards says Aston Villa blocked West Ham and Sunderland moves West Ham United and Sunderland wanted to sign him when he was at Aston Villa, says Micah Richards. Micah Richards has revealed on BBC Radio 5 Live that Aston Villa blocked him from joining West Ham United and Sunderland.

KH8C - American Samoa Atsu, 5W1SA is again active from Pagopago, American Samoa as KH8C until August 26th, however he may have to cut short his time there. QRV on FT8. QSL via LoTW. Paper QSL via JF1OCQ.

2 Meter Sharing Proposal is on CEPT Conference Preparatory Group Agenda The final European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations Conference Preparatory Group meeting prior to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 gets under way on August 26.

QO-100 geostationary satellite talk at Hamfest 2019 Paul Marsh M0EYT gave a presentation titled 'All you need to know to get going on Es'hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite' at Hamfest 2019 in Dorset on Sunday, August 11. The 50 minute talk covered satellite information, software, hardware, dish alignment and was followed by a question and answer session.

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United Brighton and Hove Albion. West Ham United.

Australian Radio Amateur Reports First FT8 Contact on 122 GHz In Australia, Roland Lang, VK4FB, and Stefan Durtschi, VK4CSD, completed what is being claimed as the world’s first FT8 contact on 122 GHz. The distance spanned during the August 11 contact was 92.08 kilometers.

EX6QP - Kyrgyzstan A Polish team consisting SP6CIK, SP6OJK, SP9FIH, SP9FOW, SP9TCE and SP9HVW will be active from Kyrgyzstan as EX6QP during September 2-15, 2019. QRV on CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 using inverted L, phased verticals, Spiderbeams. QSL via SP6OJK.

DS2GOO/3 - Sapshi Island, AS-080 Hans, DS2GOO/3 will be active from Sapshi Island, AS-080 between 24th and 26th August. It's his family vacation, so casual holiday-style operating expected. He will take his IC-706MK2G, TS-570S and vertical antennas. QSL via his homecall.

Amateur Radio: Join the STEM Action! Join Burlington’s active and exciting Amateur Radio Community. Ham radio isn’t what it used to be! Mihai and his 15 year old son sign up for the Burlington Amateur Radio Club…

Ham Breakfast Kicks Off Unofficial Start To 2020 Governor's Race Missouri's two likely candidates for the 2020 governor's race have similar stances on gun reform measures needed in the state, but are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to abortion. Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway and Republican Gov.

FCC Staff Recommends Designating 988 as National Suicide, Mental Health Crisis Hotline The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau and its Office of Economics and Analytics have sent a report to Congress that recommends that the Commission considers designating 988 as a three-digit emergency code for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

Chinese Satellite Profiles Earth's RF Spectrum as Seen from Lunar Orbit The Chinese DSLWP-B satellite that had been in lunar orbit provided a profile of Earth's HF spectrum as seen from the moon. The microsatellite subsequently was crashed into the moon's surface after having completed its mission.

The FREE DX-World Weekly Bulletin #313 The latest FREE DX-World Weekly Bulletin compiled by Bjorn, ON9CFG.

Vp2vem & Vp2v/n5aq - B.v.i Jeff, K5WE, will be active as VP2VEM and Bill, N5AQ as VP2V/N5AQ from Tortola, British Virgin Islands beginning October 4 through October 13, 2019. They will operate all bands 160 through 10 meters, mostly CW with some RTTY, FT8, FT4, and SSB. Equipment will include K3 radios with 400 watt amps.

From my inbox: Nuts and Volts, Morse Code clock I get a lot of interesting things via email. Here are a few things that I think you might find interesting, too….Dan. Every year at Dayton, I pick up a copy of Nuts and Volts magazine. I feel kind of guilty about it, too. I always intend to subscribe, but I never seem to get around to it.

'Amateur' Questions Masculinity, Male Violence And Why Men Fight When Thomas Page McBee entered the ring, he became the first trans man to ever box at Madison Square Garden. At the time, he didn't even know this was a barrier he had broken. It was never a goal he set for himself when he first started training. For McBee, learning to box was about answering bigger questions.

Fldigi v4.1.08 now available The hard-working development team led by W1HKJ have announced the release of Fldigi v4.1.08. This maintaneance release of Fldigi brings several bug fixes, performance improvements and several new features.

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