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9G5GS - Ghana Matt 9G5GS will again be active from Sanzule, Ellembelle District, Ghana during April 14 to May 15, 2020. QRV on 15m to 160m, using mostly FT8 Fox/Hound and SSB. Also expect some SSB activity through the Oscar-100 geostationary satellite. LoTW now available, also QSL Direct via home call IZ4YGS.

Karren Brady says she will take same pay cut as West Ham players West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has revealed she intends to take the same proposed pay cut as the club's players, insisting "we are all in this together" during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ham radio operators serve important role AUBURN - While the internet, email and social media enable us to communicate with just about anyone, when the power goes out, so do those sources. Amateur ham radio operators, however, are still able to communicate and send messages on very limited power or even battery power with people around the world.

Amateur radio group pitches in to make face shields for healthcare workers When they heard of the PPE need, a Hastings based Amateur Radio group stepped in to 3D print shields for medical workers.

IC-9700 Firmware Update For example, listen for 8A1STAYHOME from Ind… Read more The EMCOMM III Portable antenna is a portable High Frequency antenna specially designed for short to long range portable and man-pack HF comm… Read more Ailunce HS2 is an ultra-portable full-frequency full-mode SDR radio.

The K7RA Solar Update A new sunspot appeared on the last day in March and the first days of April, with daily sunspot numbers of 12, 13 and 12. Total sunspot area increased on each day from 10 to 20 to 30 millionths of a solar hemisphere. Fortunately, this was a Cycle 25 spot, according to the magnetic signature.

To All ARRL Members and ARRL VEC Accredited Volunteer Examiners We know many examiners have canceled amateur radio license exam sessions to meet the requirements and recommendations of national and local government and of health officials. The health and safety of examinees and our Volunteer Examiners is first and foremost in any decision-making process.

Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown Spain's International Amateur Radio Union member-society URE has obtained temporary permission from the country's telecommunications regulator for unlicensed people to use amateur stations during the coronavirus lockdown.

Some Countries Permitting "STAYHOME"-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19 Pandemic Some countries around the world are allowing radio amateurs to use special "STAYHOME" call sign suffixes. For example, listen for 8A1STAYHOME from Indonesia, and A60STAYHOME/# call signs from the United Arab Emirates.

CWops club CW ops in actionGreetings to all my blog readers I think it's safe to say that a majority of you 6 months ago never thought we would be where we are today! Life is so fragile along with our environment my hope and prayer is that all of you stay safe.

Chameleon EmComm III Portable End Fed Antenna Review The EMCOMM III Portable antenna is a portable High Frequency antenna specially designed for short to long range portable and man-pack HF communications. The EMCOMM III Portable antenna is ideal for hiking, backpacking, and both tent and Recreational Vehicle camping.

Ailunce Hs2 Hf Vhf Uhf Sdr Transceiver Ailunce HS2 is an ultra-portable full-frequency full-mode SDR radio. The HAM-BOX mobile app we developed allows the mobile phone to easily control and play radio stations. Make the operation of the radio more convenient and fast, the radio adopts a full keyboard design, built-in Bluetooth module.

Circuit Board for Bare-Bones Ventilator Moves Toward Production with Radio Amateurs' Help Radio amateurs continue to play key roles in developing the electronic control system for an open-source / architecture, modular, low-cost human patient ventilator.

Local ham radio operators keep in touch Members of the Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club have overcome the social separation issue imposed during the coronavirus - they meet several times a day using their radios. The on-the-air meetings usually include some 20 to 30 participants who check in through a central network control operator and take turns sharing information.

V47JA - St Kitts John, W5JON will once again be operating from Calypso Bay, Saint Kitts, West Indies, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, from June 11 - July 2, 2020, and active on 6-160m, SSB and FT8. Radios: Yaesu FT1000MP, FT857D and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier.

Tributes paid after 'King' of Sheffield's amateur theatre scene dies Richard Foster, who has died at the age of 77, will be popularly remembered as a pantomime ‘king’ having spent over three decades at the heart of Sheffield's amateur theatre scene.

JTAlert 2.16.3 - Update - FT8 - FT4 Includes Callsign database file version 2020-03-30 Changes: - US State Scan: A popup warning that a new scan is needed will be shown.

RSGB contest committees launch 'Hope QSO Party' To help and support radio amateurs who are isolated at home and would appreciate contact with other people, the RSGB Contest Committees are launching a new six-week initiative starting on Monday 6 April, called the 'Hope QSO Party'.

Ham Radio Test Online! - First Recorded Technician License Completion Ham Radio Test Online - USA conducts first online ham radio exam - special thanks to W5YI for supporting this project.

Ham Radio Deluxe 6.7.0.269 FT4 Release WMV This video demonstrates the method for getting FT4 QSOs into Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook correctly, uploading them to LOTW, and downloading them from LOTW so the confirmations match.

Bill Bailey - seriously funny amateur naturalist On ABC Radio Monday to Friday at 11am On RN Monday to Friday at 3pm, Saturday at 4pm. Subscribe to the ABC listen newsletter.

Coronavirus: Call to dust off amateur radios and get talking in East Lancs A CALL out has been made for residents to dust off their old ham radios in a bid to tackle lockdown loneliness and to potentially play a key role in the battle to prevent coronavirus deaths.

ARES Members to Support Illinois Emergency Management Agency in COVID-19 Response Illinois ARES members are supporting the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's COVID-19 response activities as AuxComm Radio Operator volunteers. Illinois ARES will coordinate the number and location of volunteer amateur communicators with IEMA on an ongoing basis for the foreseeable future.

Ham Shack One does not need to spend a ton of money to have fun in Ham Radio. I am a testament to that. Looking at the picture above; what would you value this setup as?

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