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ARNewsline Report 1933 -- August 29 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on August 29, 2014
A ham radio floater balloon makes two trips around the world; an IARU Region One official says 23 centimeters is in jeopardy; Moldavia joins the CEPT universal licensing system; International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend sets a new record and a Morse sprint will honor the memory of the late Nancy Kott, WZ8C. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1933 coming your way right now.

Fontana Students Talk to Space Station Astronaut via Ham Radio:
by fontanaheraldnews.com on August 29, 2014
The cafeteria at Dorothy Grant Elementary School in Fontana is usually full of laughter and talking as students eat their lunches; but on Aug. 27, the room was so quiet that one could easily hear a pin drop. That's because the students were waiting anxiously to take part in a rare event that would allow them to make contact, via amateur radio, with an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station. However, making the connection was proving difficult because there was no response when Eric Archer, an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, repeatedly stated: “NA1SS, NA1SS Copy, K6DGE Fontana California, over." But finally, after several unsuccessful attempts, German astronaut Alexander Gerst’s voice was heard on the speakers, loud and clear -- signaling the first ever K6DGE radio contact with the International Space Station as it passed from the western horizon to the east. Wasting no time and under the direction of Archer and Charlie Sulfana, a mentor assigned to Grant School by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Yesenia, a chosen student, asked Gerst why he decided to become an astronaut.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #35:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 28, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Major ARRL 2nd Century Campaign Gift from JA1BK Will Support DX Log Archive
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
A major donation from noted DXer Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to the ARRL Second Century Campaign will support "The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK." Earnings from the generous gift will fund the creation and management of a DX Log Archive Program for paper DX logs of rare and significant DXpeditions that took place predominantly in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The archive also would include pre-1950 paper logs, as well as those from rare operations, and logs kept by long-time residents of very rare entities.

FCC Proposes to Fine CBer $14,000 for Not Permitting Station Inspection:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
The FCC continued this month to demonstrate that it's serious about enforcing its rules and regulations, proposing to fine a Florida Citizens Band operator $14,000 for failing to allow FCC agents inspect his station.

US-to-VK Transpacific Reception On 630 Meters Reported:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas. While the approximately 8710 miles covered is not a distance record nor a "first" for that part of the spectrum, it does represent the sorts of accomplishments that the Amateur Radio community in the US might come to enjoy if a band at 472-479 kHz ever becomes a reality.

Balloons Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Still Circling the Earth:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
Three plastic foil-envelope balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads and launched from the UK by Leo Bodnar, M0XER, remain aloft and continue to circle the Earth. The oldest, identified as B-63, was released on July 8 and became the second of Bodnar's balloons to circumnavigate the globe. The first to do so, B-64, went up on July 12 and had completed one lap around the Northern Hemisphere by July 31. Air currents have carried the balloon within 9 km of the North Pole and within 10 km of its launch site. The last balloon to make it around the Earth was B-66, which Bodnar released on July 15.

W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate to Tennessee, Oregon on September 3:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Arizona and Maine (Maine is the last state to activate). Operations will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, September 3 (the evening of September 2 in US time zones), to Tennessee (W1AW/4), and Oregon (W1AW/7). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories.

2014 ARRL Field Day Logs Received List Available for Review:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
The ARRL "Logs Received" page now contains all 2014 ARRL Field Day logs received to date (scroll to bottom of page), including logs submitted via e-mail, web applet or on paper.

W1AW/8 to Take the Snowball's Chance this Fall:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
It will be hell for W1AW/8 in Hell, Michigan, on October 18 -- the Saturday of Michigan's second week in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party spotlight. Hank Greeb, N8XX, is organizing a team of operators to operate W1AW/8 in Feld Hell mode on 80 through 10 meters from Hell. He has recruited a couple of volunteers so far but could use more, he said this week.

K5SDR, Will Be ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Banquet Speaker:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, will be the banquet speaker at the 2014 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), September 5-7 at the Austin Marriott South in Austin, Texas. His presentation will be, "Accidental Company, the Making of FlexRadio."

Summits-On-the-Air Activity Weekend Is September 13-14:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
North America Summits on the Air (SOTA) Activity Weekend 2014 is a casual event in which summiting radio amateurs (called "activators") use tiny battery-powered radios to work home-based operators (called "chasers"). This year's event, September 13-14, is aimed at introducing SOTA to newcomers. There are no rules regarding power levels, modes, or bands.

ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to KEYNOTE W9DXCC 2014:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the banquet speaker for the 62nd annual W9DXCC, September 19-20, 2014, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

World DATV QSO Party Is August 29-30:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
Greater participation is expected this year in the only global on-the-air gathering of digital Amateur Radio television (DATV) enthusiasts. The annual event, which originated in Australia and now is in its fourth year, begins Friday, August 29, at 1000 UTC in Australia and internationally on Saturday, August 30, at 0001 UTC.


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