OSCAR-11, also known as UOSAT-2, was designed and built by a team of engineers at the University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey, UK as the successor to OSCAR-9 / UOSAT-1 (see Hobby Electronics August 1981).
In what?s believed to be a first, a very low frequency (VLF) signal from a ham radio experimenter in New York was heard across the Atlantic. Bob Raide, W2ZM, was transmitting on 29.499 kHz under a Part 5 Experimental license, WH2XBA/1. His very slow-speed (QRSS) CW signal was initially detected in the UK just before 0000 UTC on March 3 by Paul Nicholson, an SWL, and later by Mike Dennison, G3XDV, and Markus Vester, DK6NM, in Germany. Nicholson also copied a 29.501 kHz transmission from Dex McIntyre, W4DEX, in North Carolina, operating as WH2XBA/4.
The ?Ham Video? transmitter aboard the International Space Station is scheduled to be installed on March 6, with commissioning to follow. The European Space Agency (ESA) postponed the installation and commissioning of the Ham Video system last month because NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG – who is handling the installation and commissioning – had other priorities. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station-Europe (ARISS-EU) Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, said that a couple of the commissioning steps now may be combined, to condense the process. Hopkins will also install the camera and support arm. Following installation the transmitter will be powered on just long enough to check cable and antenna connections.
CW promoter Nancy A. Kott, WZ8C, of Metamora, Michigan, died March 2. She was 58. Kott was the former editor of WorldRadio and WorldRadio Online magazines. She was an enthusiastic member of the FISTS CW Club – the International Morse Preservation Society and a regular presence at the organization?s booth at Dayton Hamvention.
The Preparedness Summit is the largest public health preparedness conference in the United States. The 2014 event will take place April 1-4 in Atlanta, with some 2000 preparedness professionals expected to attend the multidisciplinary event. This year, the Preparedness Summit is highlighting the importance of Amateur Radio, and special event station N4P will operate from the Exhibit Hall. N4P will be on the air from 1700 until 2330 UTC on Wednesday, April 2, and from 1500 until 2030 UTC on Thursday, April 3. Stations contacting N4P will receive a special QSL card. On VHF and UHF,
CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, has announced the appointment of David Chartock to head the company?s advertising department, effective immediately. Chartock, who is not a ham, arrives as the magazine charts new ground as a part-print, part-digital ?hybrid? publication covering the entire communications hobby, the CQ announcement said. As Editorial Director Rich Moseson, W2VU, explained, The main print and digital edition of CQ continues to focus on Amateur Radio, while the online-only CQ Plus supplement to the digital edition of CQ covers the full spectrum of hobby radio communications, from shortwave listening and scanning to broadcast band DXing and more.
Michigan radio amateur Dirk Esterline, KG8JK, is promoting participation in a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Special Event this summer to honor the contributions of the Depression-era government-sponsored work program, and he hopes to make it an annual event. The CCC came into being in the spring of 1933, during the first term of President Franklin Roosevelt, as one of several economic relief programs during the Great Depression of the 1930s. CCC camps often were established in woodland areas, because the CCC was specifically tasked with environmental conservation.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he plans to appoint Travis LeBlanc as acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. LeBlanc previously served as a top deputy and senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, overseeing complex litigation and policy matters on a broad range of issues, such as technology regulation, telecommunications, high-tech crime, cyber-security, privacy, intellectual property, and antitrust.
Those of you who know me are aware of my passion for amateur radio. What you may not know is that I am involved up to my ears in amateur radio PR activities. All of you that make your home in this little bit of heaven, known as Alabama, will recall a weather event of January 28th, 2014 when we received repeated, close couple, light dustings of snow that resulted in very slick roads, many stranded people and a somewhat embarrassed group of weather forecasters. In all fairness to the local meteorological crowd with egg on their faces, snow events are very difficult to forecast accurately.
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) reports that telecommunications regulator Industry Canada (IC) has released an updated Amateur Radio examination question bank – or pool – based on recommendations from RAC. IC also launched a new exam generator.