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VOA video on portable ham radio and emergency communications

July 6, 2021

In this VOA Zimbabwe video, Raisa R1BIG explains how due to the antenna limitations at her apartment she operates portable amateur radio Amateur or ‘ham’ radio operators sometimes take their two-way radios to remote locations and talk to people around the world using battery power and portable antennas. As Mike O’Sullivan reports, they are making friends and […]

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Ham radio operators test the global system on Field Day.

July 6, 2021

Beginner radio aficionados, as they do every year on the fourth few days of June, assembled for Field Day in Bladen County at the “radio shack” of James T. Bryan. Novice Radio Relay League’s biggest yearly occasion regularly draws in excess of 40,000 members. The day carries attention to the study of beginner radio and […]

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Gordon Pettengill

Professor Emeritus Gordon Pettengill (W1OUN), radio astronomy pioneer, dies at 95

June 2, 2021

Gordon Hemenway Pettengill ’48, MIT professor emeritus of planetary physics in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), former director of the MIT Center for Space Research, and pioneer in radio astronomy, died peacefully at his home in Concord, Massachusetts, on May 8 of congestive heart failure. He was 95. Pettengill pioneered the […]

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MIR-SAT1, Mauritius first satellite to be launched on 3 June 2021

June 1, 2021

Space in Africa reports that Mauritius’ first satellite, MIR-SAT1, is booked to be dispatched on Thursday, 3 June, locally available a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket dispatching the CRS2 SpX-22 mission to the International Space Station at 5:29 PM (UTC). MIR-SAT1 (Mauritius Imagery and Radio – Satellite 1) was planned by a group of Mauritian Engineers […]

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EASAT-2 and Hades launch delayed again

June 1, 2021

EASAT-2 and Hades, the interchanges satellites for radio novices worked by AMSAT-EA, won’t be dispatched in June with SpaceX as arranged, as the FAA (the American Aviation Administration) has dismissed the permit to the integrator Momentus Space, On whose orbital exchange vehicle Vigoride was to be mounted the AlbaPOD ejector from Alba Orbital, inside which […]

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Linking La Crosse, Wisconsin and Ireland via Amateur Radio

June 1, 2021

La Crosse is a city on the Mississippi River, in western Wisconsin in the USA and this year in mid-August they will hold their sixteenth yearly Irish fest. What’s distinctive this year is that beginner radio is being brought into the program and the Riverland Amateur Radio Club is giving a solicitation to Irish novice […]

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Italy Special Event by U1GSC Amateur Radio Club

June 1, 2021

Individuals from the 4U1GSC Amateur Radio Club are currently dynamic as 4U29MAY from the UN Global Service Center in Brindisi, Italy, until June 30th. Action is to observe “Worldwide Day of UN Peace-managers” (May 29th) [http://www.un.org/en/occasions/peacekeepersday/]. They trust that the ’29MAY’ addition will help you to remember this day when they honor more than 4,000 […]

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Public invited to watch ham radio operators in action

May 26, 2021

The Madison County Amateur Radio Club will participate in a national emergency communications preparedness exercise on June 26-27. Known as Field Day, the exercise involves setting up and operating emergency radio communications using amateur (ham) radio to communicate with similar operations throughout the country. The club will conduct its Field Day operations at the Deercreek […]

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Bioenno Power 160 Watt

Portable Power Stations for Ham Radio

May 5, 2021

Portable power stations are the smaller, lesser-known cousin of generators and in Ham Radio power is everything. But when considering a portable power station you need to considered factors such as battery life, wattage, power output, the type of charging port (at least one USB port was a must!) the power station offered and more. […]

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Shortware Radio

Short waves and the Radio Amateur: Hams have a right to be proud of this hobby.

May 4, 2021

In the early day of radio, it was thought that only long-wave radio transmissions could travel long distances, and so radio amateurs – Know as ‘Hams’ – were allowed to broadcast short-wave transmissions. However, to the amazement of the professionals, it was found that short-wave transmission could be received over long distances. The usefulness of […]

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