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ACMA Reports Increased New Radio Amateurs:
by WIA on October 22, 2016
The Wireless Institute of Australia which provides the ACMA services had 1,271 exams, made 1,119 callsign recommendations, and issued certificates of proficiency. In a break-down table, the ACMA reports an increase in new licences all amateur grades being issued in the 12 month period. These were the Foundation Licence at 397, Standard Licence Standard 108, and the Advance Licence at 89, with an overall increase of 45. The ACMA had a fall of 77 amateur licences on issue to 15,065 at June 2016, but reports a trend that each type of its 153,000 apparatus licences also declined in the last two years. The timing of the WIA reporting period produces some variation when compared to ACMA licence numbers, and is mostly due to some problems with the new computerised SPECTRA licence database system. Also there have been those who qualify through an assessment, obtain a WIA callsign recommendation, but have not been Granted an ACMA amateur station licence, due to non-payment of the invoice.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest, 23 October 2016:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on October 22, 2016
In the news this week we focus on radio nets with updates about the Shaver's Net, F-troop, the Southern Cross DX net, WICEN, the Australian Satellite Net and many others.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- Episode 72:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on October 22, 2016
Why do amateurs keep banging on about their antenna? What is there to learn that can't be described in the first 30 seconds of your on- air adventure?

ARISS Radio Failure Prompts Shift to Russian Service Module Ham Gear:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 21, 2016
The VHF handheld transceiver that the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has used to connect students worldwide with astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) for more than 16 years has begun to display an error message and is unusable at this time. While the ARISS technical team evaluates the best path to restore operation from the ISS Columbus module, ARISS contacts will be supported using the Kenwood radio in the Russian Service Module.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #43 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 21, 2016
Over the past reporting week (October 13-19) compared to the previous seven days average daily sunspot number declined from 55 to 31, while average daily solar flux dropped from 101.9 to 83.4.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2034, October 21, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on October 21, 2016
The following is a QST. Colorado wildfires keep hams vigilant. Three deaths shake the global radio community -- and schoolkids enjoy a radio roundup! All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2034 comes your way now.

MacLoggerDX Version 6.05 Released:
by Don Agro (VE3VRW) on October 21, 2016
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.05 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

Scouts Learn About Amateur Radio at JOTA Event:
by on October 21, 2016
Calls of “Special Event Station K7B Jamboree on the Air CQ CQ” rang across the lawn of the Old Logandale School on Friday and Saturday as Boy Scouts of all ages and ranks joined members of the Moapa Valley Amateur Radio Club for the 59th Annual Boy Scouts of America Jamboree on the Air-Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI). This international event is organized by the World Scouting Organization and is the largest Scouting event in the world with over 1 million Scouts participating across over 150 countries. It is held annually on the third weekend in October and its purpose is to use amateur radio to link Scouts across the world. The event was open to all Scouts, regardless of rank and included Girls Scouts. The MV Amateur Radio Club was available to help interested participants run the radios and make contacts across the world for several hours.

Amateur Radio Operators Ready to Ham It Up in Maricopa:
by on October 21, 2016
MARICOPA -- It may not cross everyone’s mind anymore in today’s technological world, but many people still use ham radios to talk across town, around the world or even into space -- and all without the internet or cellphones. Amateur, or “ham,” radio operators can still communicate even if there is no electricity -- a good mental note to make in preparation of that all-too-possible disaster scenario. For the first time, the Maricopa Amateur Radio Association is hosting the American Radio Relay League’s Arizona State Convention this Friday and Saturday at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle. Dubbed Copafest, this is a gathering of ham radio operators from all over the state. Copafest did take place last year as well, but this is the first year Maricopa is hosting the ARRL state convention.

Ham Radio: Definition, Origins, Goals:
by on October 21, 2016
Do you really know what ham radio is? Are you aware of amateur radio operators’ activity? Would you like to know more about this global hobby? Do you want to get involved in the DX process? If the answer is “yes”, this article is the best bet for you. Today we are going to answer some of the most important questions related to the topic as well as reveal essential DX information that you will hardly find anywhere else. Have you ever heard the term “ham”? You certainly have in case you are interested in the field of radio communication. The ham actually stands for operators who use DX radio stations to make remote contacts with each other. Pay attention that DX is not the same as CB. It means that you need to be licensed in case you want to use a ham radio. Otherwise, you will not be allowed receiving or transmitting signals in spite of the frequencies and bands.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #43:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 20, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KK9A, VE3ZF, W1UE, QRZ DX, 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.

Georgia Section Manager Changing on November 1:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 20, 2016
Georgia Section Manager Gene Clark, W4AYK, of Albany, has announced that he's stepping down at the end of October, after serving since October 2009. David Benoist, AG4ZR, of Senoia, has been appointed as Georgia Section Manager, effective November 1, to complete the current term of office, which extends until September 30, 2017.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on October 20, 2016
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Regulatory Issues Top ARRL Executive Committee Agenda:
by The ARRL Letter on October 20, 2016
FCC and regulatory matters will fill the lion's share of the agenda when the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meets on October 22 in Chicago. Topping the list of action items is a review of enforcement strategies -- a follow-on to discussions during the July 2015 meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors. This would include "ongoing consideration of revised plans and strategies for improved Amateur Radio enforcement, and actions to implement these." It also would address revisions to the ARRL Official Observer program.

Bidding Kicks Off on October 21 In Annual ARRL On-Line Auction:
by The ARRL Letter on October 20, 2016
Bidding in the 11th annual ARRL On-Line Auction begins on October 21 at 1400 UTC, and the auction will continue through October 27. During the past week, prospective participants have been able to view the nearly 300 items up for bid. Those planning to take part must register. Participants in past ARRL On-Line Auction events may use their previous log-in information.

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