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RSGB 2018 Convention Booking Now:
by RSGB on April 25, 2018
Bookings for the RSGB 2018 Convention are now open. The event takes place from 12 to 14 October 2018 and there will be topics to cater for all tastes and at all levels across five lecture streams. The event also includes a buildathon, a construction competition and an opportunity to visit the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park during the day on Friday, 12 October.

King's High School ARISS Contact on BBC TV:
by on April 25, 2018
On April 19 student Eleanor Griffin led the live question and answer session between King’s High School and Warwick Preparatory School (GB4KHS) and astronaut Ricky Arnold KE5DAU on the International Space Station (NA1SS). King’s High School strongly encourage their girls to develop their interests both inside and outside the classroom. This culture of empowerment led one of their girls, Eleanor Griffin, to apply to ARISS Europe (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) for a highly prestigious link-up to the International Space Station.

Ham Talk Live! -- BONUS: WMPLOTA:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on April 24, 2018
Thursday night (4/25) at 7 PM Eastern, there's a BONUS mini episode of Ham Talk Live! before our regular show this week. WMPLOTA fever is crossing the globe! We originally scheduled a full bonus episode about Wal-Mart Parking Lots on the Air, but due to an illness we had to postpone the episode. But, I will have a mini episode about WMPLOTA with what you need to know to participate! And, we will follow up later with a full call-in show soon.

Visitors Tune Into Amateur Radio Stations at Parma Radio Club's Earth Day:
by on April 24, 2018
PARMA, Ohio -- A couple of slender, temporary towers stood in a grassy field at Stearns Homestead April 21 while members of the Parma Radio Club operated some amateur radio stations from the adjacent parking lot. Hal Rogers, a Parma resident and club president, shifted the dial on a digital receiver and was able to pick up another operator in Arizona. This was the sixth year that the Parma Radio Club has hosted its Earth Day event at Stearns Farm. Their equipment was powered by energy from the sun. A large solar panel was located outside the historic Stearns farmhouse. He said despite the popularity of cell phones, the internet and other high-tech methods of communication, amateur radio remains popular. "It's easy to contact other operators around the world," Rogers said, noting that it's not necessary to have an internet connection. A radio signal is relayed through the air and bounced to a receiver.

Do Ham Radios Really Slow Wi‑Fi?
by on April 24, 2018
Your reader’s letter (April 8) claimed the neighbour’s ham radio aerial affects his wi-fi. This is highly unlikely. The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) suggests that neighbours work together: the operator keeps a record of when he is transmitting, the reader of when he is having wi-fi problems. This will identify whether it is the transmitter at fault or (as is more common) the modem.

Ham Talk Live #112 -- HV Youth Forum:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on April 23, 2018
Thursday night (4/26) at 9 PM Eastern, Hamvention Preview continues with the Youth Forum! Carole Perry, WB2MGP and her young guest Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII (one of the speakers at the forum) will be here to preview the instructors forum and youth forum for 2018. Mason will talk about his DXpedition experiences, and his upcoming presentation.

Caister Calling... Radio Hams Enjoy International Marconi Day:
by on April 23, 2018
The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club held the International Marconi Day event on Saturday and saw 116 other radio amateurs in 23 countries contacted. Notable contacts were made with stations in Italy, Ireland, Weston-Super-Mare and Poldhu, Cornwall – home of the Marconi Centre from where the inventor made the first transatlantic transmission in 1901. The radio club was based at Caister Lifeboat to commemorate the village’s original Marconi Wireless Station, which was set up in 1900. Its original purpose was to communicate with ships in the North Sea and the Cross Sands lightship.

P.E.I. Ham Radio Operators Celebrate Marconi Day in International Event:
by on April 23, 2018
Sitting in the Marconi Museum in Cape Bear, P.E.I., George Dewar fiddles with the knob on his radio, trying to get a clear signal to communicate with people, some of whom are thousands of kilometres away. Dewar and his friend Bernard Cormier are taking part in a 24-hour worldwide event to celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi, the person who pioneered long distance radio transmission. The event is organized annually by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club in the U.K. To register, groups must transmit from a location that has a connection to Marconi. Over the course of 24 hours, those groups attempt to make contact with each other.

Binghamton Amateur Radio Association Celebrates Marconi Day:
by on April 23, 2018
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Over a dozen amateur radio enthusiasts celebrated International Marconi Day, to honor the 144th birthday of Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi. Marconi pioneered the first amateur radio and experimented with wireless communication in Binghamton. Members of the Binghamton Amateur Radio Association, or BARA, connected with Marconi fans around the world through their ham radios. Allen Lutins, former president of BARA and organizer of the event, said it’s the second year that Binghamton is participating in this global celebration.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Celebrate Marconi Day at Museum:
by on April 23, 2018
CHILDREN and parents turned out and tuned in to help transform one of Oxford’s museums into an amateur radio station. The Museum of the History of Science at Broad Street became a pop-up communications hub for the day on Saturday. Together with the Oxford and District Amateur Radio Society, the museum invited youngsters and their families to celebrate the birth of radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi at the free educational day. Mr Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer who was known for his work on long-distance radio transmission as well as his development of ‘Marconi’s law’ -- the relation between antenna heights and signaling distance of radio transmissions.

Phone from Home: Salado Students Call Astronaut:
by on April 22, 2018
SALADO -- “NA1SS, this is K5LBJ, over. NA1SS, this is K5LBJ, over,” 12-year-old Morgan Morreale said, and on the fourth “ring,” astronaut Scott Tingle picked up. A small group of students at Salado Intermediate School contacted the International Space Station by radio in front of an all-school assembly Tuesday morning, the culmination of a year-long science and technology program organized by teachers Colleen Gilchrest and Laura Tomlin. The students chosen to speak with Tingle, a U.S. Navy captain and engineer, read out questions that they had written followed by questions submitted by their schoolmates. “How do you all get along in space, even though there are people from all over the world, over,” Morgan asked. “We get along with a lot of patience and a lot of tolerance,” Tingle replied. “We train together ... we get to know each other and each other’s families pretty well.” Gilchrest said she first learned about Amateur Radio on the International Space Station when she and three other teachers attended a conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in February 2017.

Radio Amateur Interviewed on BBC:
by RSGB on April 22, 2018
James Patterson, M1DST -- a member of Swindon and District ARC -- was interviewed recently on BBC Wiltshire about amateur radio. He discussed whether it still has a place now we have modern technology and the internet.

British Island Waterways On the Air:
by RSGB on April 22, 2018
British Island Waterways on the Air (BIWOTA) is on the weekend 25 to 27 August 2018. The event is open to all boaters, cyclists, walkers and other users of the canals, towpaths and riverbanks for work or recreation.

Clare Ham Radio Enthusiasts Promote The Wild Atlantic Way:
by on April 21, 2018
The Wild Atlantic Way is being promoted overseas through a unique initiative involving HAM radio enthusiasts across Clare. The project, which is funded by Clare Tourism and Clare County Council’s Community and Tourism Department, involves ham radio operators exchanging postcards depicting scenes of Clare locations along the Wild Atlantic Way with other overseas operators whom they make contact via radio and Morse code.

John Lindsey: Discovery of Radio Waves Eventually Gives Rise to Hams:
by on April 21, 2018
In a burst of brilliance in 1864, James Maxwell theorized that electromagnetic -- radio and light -- waves could travel through free space without the mythical “ether” or “quintessence.” A few years later, Heinrich Rudolf Hertz -- the unit of cycles per second is named for him -- was able to prove electromagnetic waves could propagate through free space, which confirmed Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism. In fact, for many years radio waves were called Hertzian waves. “Radio” is not an acronym or hyphenation but is derived from the word “radiation” or “to radiate.” Waldo Warren coined the word and it was adopted by the U.S. Navy in 1912. You see, the electromagnetic spectrum contains radio waves, microwaves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, X-rays and Gamma rays. Those are all forms of electromagnetic radiation. The waves travel in interesting ways across our sky, in outer space and even into the earth and oceans. Since the early 1900s, no other group has made a greater contribution to radio communications than our treasured amateur or so-called ham radio operators. Even though they are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, they are called amateur radio operators because the FCC has set aside certain noncommercial radio frequencies for their utilization. Amateur radio operators have a distinguished history of public service as well as emergency communications.

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