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4O3A Signature Division of Sky Sat Releases Firmware App for Antenna Genius
by on September 21, 2016
Sky Sat Communications founder and CEO Ranko Boca (amateur radio callsign 4O3A) today announced the official release of the Antenna Genius v3 firmware and Windows app, a free upgrade available for download starting today. V3 adds three, much-requested new features. Antenna Genius brings the antenna switch (also known as a coax switch) into the 21st Century routing up to thirty-two antennas to one or two transceivers with best-in-class port-to-port isolation (75 dB worst case), high power handling (3 kW at high duty cycle), plus the capability to be transceiver band-switched via legacy BCD or ‘pin to port’ lines as well as the 100 Mbps TCP/IP port. AG has support for the FlexRadio SmartSDR API - SmartSDR will directly control AG over LAN (and Antenna Genius is available in the FlexRadio online store). The 4O3A Genius product line - which includes Antenna Genius, Rotator Genius, and Interface Genius - is distinguished by its prioritization of TCP/IP over LAN for communication, both between 4O3A Genius line devices and with third party radio communications equipment and software. 4O3A Genius products ( were designed as network devices from the beginning, not as a ‘bolted on’ feature. Ethernet delivers faster data orders of magnitude faster than USB (and serial) protocols which means vastly more control capability and the ubiquitous nature of TCP/IP enables ‘access anywhere, anytime from almost anything.’

FCC Updates Notice on Amateur Radio Operation in CEPT Countries:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 20, 2016
The FCC has updated its Public Notice on Amateur Radio operation in European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) countries that have adopted certain recommendations regarding the US. The updated notice, in English, German, and French, includes some additional countries where operation is permitted. Licensees operating in CEPT countries must have a copy of the Public Notice, proof of US citizenship, and evidence of an FCC Amateur Radio license grant. These must be shown to "proper authorities" upon request.

Interesting QSO?
by Gary Altman, K4NNK on September 20, 2016
I suggest the establishment of several nets on D-Star each focused on a topic of interest such as entrepreneurship, farming, gardening, physics, photography, biotech, astronomy, ancient Greek history, and others to be suggested during our first on-the-air meeting. These are not intended to be nets of experts, but an opportunity to share interests: from beginner to experienced. If you think this is an attractive idea, please send me an empty email with the subject as follows: “net idea is good”.

Ham Nation Goes World Wide!
by Bob Heil, K9EID on September 20, 2016
Ham Nation which aires each Wednesday night at 8PM CDT on the TWIT network will begin simulcasting their HD internet show hosted by Bob Heil, K9EID and Gordon West, WB6NOA ,on the 150KW and 200KW short wave transmitters of WTWW located hear Nashville, Tn. WTWW, home of Ted Randall’s QSO show, currently has a variety of programming including the radio shows of Dave Ramsey and Art Bell. They are very proud to add Leo Laporte’s highly rated show, Ham Nation to their schedule. Night time frequency is 5085 while daytime transmissions are on 9930. You can learn more on WTWW.US web site.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on September 20, 2016
Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

Tuesday on Amateur Radio Roundtable:
by Katie Allen (WY7YL) on September 20, 2016
This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable, Katie Allen WY7YL is back and will give us a report on the new HRO store in Portland, OR and Marty Sullaway KC1CWF will talk about remote operations. Also joining us this week are Jim Wilson K5ND, and William Sterns NE4RD talking about Jamboree on the air.

Open House for Amateur Radio Enthusiasts:
by on September 20, 2016
Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency held an open house for aspiring ham radio operators on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Communications Center in Wiscasset. More than two dozen people attended the event, which featured demonstrations and discussions with experienced amateur radio enthusiasts. Amateur radio is also known as hobby radio, or ham radio, and certain sections of the radio bandwidth are set aside for amateur radio use. There are rules: The radio use cannot be commercial, and radio operators have to have a license and operate within the bandwidth assigned to them. The radio signals emitted bounce off the ionosphere, part of the Earth’s upper atmosphere, which contains high concentrations of ions and free electrons. This makes it an ideal place for radio signals, which are relatively large, to bounce back to Earth. Sometimes, ham radio operators are able to communicate with people on the other side of the Earth because of this phenomenon. For the purposes of emergency management, however, ham radio operators are essential, because they are able to communicate when other types of communication fail. “If cell towers go down, and the regular phone and internet systems don’t work in an emergency, ham radio operators can often still talk to one another,” said Randy Lewis, a radio operator in Kennebec County attached to the emergency management agency. “We have a phrase we use ... ‘When all else fails.’”

2016 DATV QSO Party:
by WIA on September 20, 2016
The 2016 DATV QSO party will be on again starting at 1000 UTC on Friday 23rd September. Friday night in Melbourne will be VK only with contacts to VK2, VK3, VK4 VK5 and VK7. VK3RTV will again be streamed in SD on U Tube courtesy of Ralph Parkhurst, VK3LL. Ralph will advise the link before the event. Outside the coverage of VK3RTV, this will be by far the best way to view the activities. We will also continue to stream VK3RTV on the BATC website which will give even more coverage.

Home Owner's Association:
by on September 20, 2016
Most new houses are part of homeowners associations, covenants, or have other restrictions on the deed that dictate what color you can paint your house, the front door, or what type of mailbox is acceptable. For amateur radio operators, that means neighbors have the legal means to remove radio antennas, whether they’re unobtrusive 2 meter whips or gigantic moon bounce arrays. Antennas are ugly, HOAs claim, and drive down property values. Thousands of amateur radio operators have been silenced on the airwaves, simply because neighbors don’t like ugly antennas. Now, this is about to change. The US House recently passed the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) to amend the FCC’s Part 97 rules of amateur stations and private land-use restrictions.

100 Years of Amateur Radio in Santa Cruz County:
by on September 19, 2016
In an era of mobile phones and social media, some people in Santa Cruz are celebrating a communications medium used in the county since 1916. The Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club noted its 100th anniversary at the Museum of Art and History in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday. The ham radio club, made up of licensed radio operators, is still going strong in 2016. Ham radios allow people all over the world to talk to each other without cell phones or the internet. And while they’ve been around a long time, ham radios can play a critical role in case of a natural disaster like an earthquake and all normal communications like cell phones fail or get overloaded.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #67:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on September 18, 2016
How to melt the coax in your station, or rather, how not to melt it. What causes it to happen, how do you deal with it and what should you be on the lookout for?

Volunteer Group Honored for Emergency Preparedness Efforts:
by on September 18, 2016
As the Tukwila Emergency Communications Team (TEC) nears its fifth anniversary, the volunteer group received recognition for its role in preparing the city for an emergency. King County Executive Dow Constantine awarded the TEC Team the sixth annual Executive's Award for Community Preparedness, given each fall to a volunteer organization that trains for and responds to emergencies. "There are people doing good work all around this county," Constantine said during the award presentation at the Tukwila Fire Department's headquarters on Sept. 15. "When we began planning for this year's award my staff brought me no small number of very worthy nominees, one of which will probably win next year. But this group rose above all of them. It is tremendously gratifying to be at the head of a county where people are not simply sitting and waiting for the government to come help, but they are pulling together as a community to help one another and join together with their local government to provide a safer place for all." The team consists of 20 volunteer emergency communications responders who work or live in Tukwila and provide the city with ham radio communication in an emergency.

Courtney Hails Bill That Bolsters Amateur Radio Operation:
by on September 18, 2016
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney on Tuesday announced that the bipartisan Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R. 1301) passed the House of Representatives on Monday with "broad support." The bill was introduced last year by Kinzinger with Courtney serving as the lead Democratic sponsor. The legislation directs the Federal Communications Commission to amend regulations that currently hamper the ability for many operators to effectively communicate with one another in certain areas around the country.

Ham Radio Group Demonstrates in Centralia for National Preparedness Month:
by on September 17, 2016
To mark National Preparedness Month, Centralia’s ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) group demonstrated their equipment and capabilities Tuesday for the Centralia City Council. “We are a disaster response team of volunteers,” said Bob Willey, of ARES. “We come out without pay when the need is there.” Willey, formerly of the Centralia Police Department, said the volunteers in ARES are all ham radio operators able to aid in communications during emergencies, when cell towers and phone lines aren’t working.

Learn Morse Code Online -- 20 Lessons:
by Mark Kleine (N5HZR) on September 17, 2016
You want to learn Samuel F. B. Morse's (shown here) most famous code. We want to help. The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) has developed, and is hosting a series of web pages, to help you learn Morse code in about twenty 30 minute lessons, and then continue to practice these skills for another 20 lessons.

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