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Ham Radio Enthusiasts Will Examine Kit Built Ham Radio Live via 'Skype':
by on January 31, 2015
The Fond du lac Amateur Radio Club will be holding their next meeting on Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. This meeting will be held in room A112, which is the World Link room on the Fond du Lac Moraine Park campus. The room is equipped with a very large projection screen which will be used for a "Skype" contact to the headquarters for Elecraft in Aptos, California, a company that produces high quality Ham Radios in kit form delivered around the world. The guest speaker for the event will be Eric Swartz, cofounder of the Elecraft company. Why would someone want to build their own Ham radio? Some enjoy building so much that they'll build a kit for others! Most would tell you that hand-assembling a modern transceiver offers a much richer experience than simply operating it. And when you're finished, you'll have a radio that you can understand, repair, and even modify. But these radio kits from Elecraft have performance and features you simply won't find anywhere else. New hams might be surprised to learn that just a few decades ago, most operators built at least some of their own equipment. Hands-on was the rule, not the exception. This aspect of the hobby has seen a renaissance recently, thanks to the efforts of kit-oriented clubs and small manufacturers. Elecraft was founded in the midst of this kit revival. Many electronic enthusiasts can remember buying everything from Ham Radios, to Thomas Organs, to test equipment, to computers, all out of the Heathkit catalog!

SSTV Transmissions Scheduled from the International Space Station:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 30, 2015
The Russian Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team plans to activate slow-scan television (SSTV) from the ISS on Saturday January 31, and on Sunday, February 1. The anticipated SSTV mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3-minute off periods between transmissions.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #5 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 30, 2015
Average daily sunspot numbers for the January 22-28 period rose from 61.9 on the previous seven days to 89.1. Average daily solar flux rose from 126.2 to 136.8 over the same period.

CQ-DATV 20 the Free ATV Magazine is Now Available:
by ian abel (G3ZHI) on January 30, 2015
CQ-DATV 20 the free ATV magazine is now available for download from:

Riversink Elementary Students Will Contact Astronauts:
by on January 30, 2015
Itís official! Riversink Elementary School in Wakulla County, Florida has been selected to host a live conversation with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits over our school. Our students will use amateur radio to connect to the space station for this unique opportunity! This event is coordinated through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, a cooperative venture of NASA, the American Radio Relay League, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation and other international space agencies that schedule radio contacts between astronauts and schools. The ARISS radio contact is one in a series of educational activities organized by Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office dedicated to improving STEM teaching and learning using the unique environment of human spaceflight.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #4:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 29, 2015
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 January 29, 2015
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARES, SKYWARN Volunteers Go On Alert for Massive East Coast Winter Storm:
by The ARRL Letter on January 29, 2015
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams and SKYWARN weather observers along the US Eastern Seaboard went on alert Monday, January 26, as a winter storm began working its way into the Northeast. The storm, which brought blizzard conditions to some areas, shut down transportation and kept residents at home in several states.

FCC Paperless Amateur Radio License Policy Goes Into Effect on February 17:
by The ARRL Letter on January 29, 2015
Starting on February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has routinely continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. That will stop next month.

Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund Gets Initial Boost from Hudson Division:
by The ARRL Letter on January 29, 2015
ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB -- acting on behalf of the members of his Division -- has presented ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, with an inaugural donation of $4500 to the new ARRL Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund. President Craigie received the contribution during the ARRL Board's Annual Meeting January 16-17 in Windsor, Connecticut. The check, from the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club, represented contributions from members at the 2014 Hudson Division Awards Luncheon on November 8. President Craigie generously matched the donation.

ARRL Board Elects Executive Committee, Hears Reports, Welcomes Visitors:
by The ARRL Letter on January 29, 2015
The ARRL Board of Directors has elected members of the Executive Committee. Chosen during the Board's 2015 Annual Meeting were New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI; Hudson Division Director Lisenco; West Gulf Division Director Dr David Woolweaver, K5RAV; Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, and Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK.

ARRL Board Names Award Recipients:
by The ARRL Letter on January 29, 2015
The ARRL Board of Directors has bestowed the 2014 George Hart Distinguished Service Award on David B. Colter, WA1ZCN, of New London, New Hampshire. The Board may grant the award to an ARRL member whose service to the ARRL Field Organization has been of the most exemplary nature. The award's namesake is George Hart, W1NJM, long-time Communications Manager at ARRL Headquarters and chief developer of the National Traffic System.

QRZ Logbook Now Offering Reciprocal Confirmation Credit and LOTW Download:
by The ARRL Letter on January 29, 2015
QRZ Logbook now recognizes contact confirmations from ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW). QRZ Logbook users now can download their contacts from LoTW directly into their QRZ Logbook. Contacts that exist in LoTW but not in QRZ Logbook will be added to your QRZ Logbook. LoTW automatically puts contacts made under a previous call sign into a user's current call sign account. QRZ will automatically put contacts into the logbook associated with the call sign used when the contact was logged.

RSGB Welcomes Proposed Crackdown On RFI-Producing Power Line Data Devices:
by The ARRL Letter on January 29, 2015
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has said it welcomes a recent initiative by telecommunications regulator Ofcom to combat interference from home power line data transmission (PLT) devices.

School Club Roundup is February 9-13!
by The ARRL Letter on January 29, 2015
School clubs are busily prepping their stations for The "Winter/Spring Term" School Club Roundup, which gets under way Monday, February 9 at 1300 UTC, and continues through Friday, February 13, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate no more than 6 hours in any 24 hour period (up to a maximum of 24 hours).

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