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Florida Ham Hit with $25k Fine

Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on March 31, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability in the amount of $25,000 to a Florida ham who the Commission says repeatedly interfered with Sheriff's Department communications at the Brevard County Jail. According to the FCC, Terry VanVolkenberg, KC5RF, of Cocoa, Florida, was identified as the source of interfering radio transmissions on 465.300 MHz. The Commission says the interference included transmission of vulgar language, sound effects, previously-recorded prison communications and threats to take over the jail and shoot a deputy. The amount of the proposed fine is based on what the FCC terms "particularly egregious" misconduct. VanVolkenberg was given the usual 30 days to either make payment arrangements or file a formal appeal.

RAC Bulletin 2013-012E

Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on March 31, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

RAC Bulletin 2013-012E - RAC Section Managers reaffirm support of NTS



Section Managers representing all RAC Sections coast to coast concluded discussions recently regarding NTS (National Traffic System), and they confirmed ongoing support of NTS encouraging operators to continue to support NTS by passing traffic on a regular basis. NTS digital and Win link 2000 is the preferred system for ARES Units to remain interoperable and functional in a digital world and operators who have digital capability are encouraged to keep the system busy.


Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC

Radio Amateurs of Canada - Chief Field Services Officier



RAC Bulletin 2013-011E

Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on March 31, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

RAC Bulletin 2013-011E - RAC Completes First Phase of Review of Amateur Radio Exam Questions.



In December of 2012 Industry Canada put out a Request For Proposals (RFP) to update the amateur radio question bank. RAC responded and subsequently entered into a contract with Industry Canada in January 2013 to update the amateur radio question bank. RAQI was engaged by RAC to collaborate on the French language component of the contract.


This is an update on our project milestones with respect to this project which is of keen interest to all amateurs. Radio Amateurs of Canada, on March 13, 2013, delivered to Industry Canada a comprehensive and detailed set of recommendations to improve and modernize the question banks used for examinations to qualify radio amateurs in Canada.


The curriculum will not be changed by the review. Prospective hams still need knowledge of the same topics. However, changes were proposed to make all questions correct, clear, understandable and relevant to amateur radio in Canada today.


This required great attention to detail. The review team examined more than 3000 questions and 12000 answers used for the Basic and Advanced examinations in English and French and aimed for perfection in every one.


Technical and linguistic accuracy were equally important in the review. Changes included correcting factual errors, replacing obsolete language and examples, making questions and answers more clear and addressing current amateur radio practices and regulations. The team accomplished most changes through editing of existing questions but also recommended that some obsolete questions be deleted and proposed new questions. Comments from radio amateurs in response to the RAC bulletins on the question bank review aided the team in identifying where changes were needed.


The review also assessed the complexity of questions and recommended where questions in one exam might be more appropriate to the other. It recognized current trends in learning and assessment. Rote memorization is no longer important in a society where detailed information is at everyone's fingertips. Understanding principles and concepts and where to find information are more important today. Several questions were modified to recognize this approach. The overall objective is to remove unintended barriers to participation in amateur radio and provide the basis for fair examinations of required knowledge.


Industry Canada will review the proposed changes and respond to RAC in early April. The review team will consider this and develop further recommendations as required in the final phase of the review that will be completed in mid April. Industry Canada will decide on the final changes as a result of this process. Until that decision is made the existing examination material will remain in use.


Glenn MacDonell, Project Manager, Question Bank Update Project and Deputy Director Ontario North East, ([email protected]).


Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW

President, Radio Amateurs of Canada



100 plus years of amateur radio broadcast

Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on February 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Amateur radio began more than 100 years ago at Iowa State.

With its first transmission of Morse code in 1911, the event led to the existence of WOI radio and ultimately changed the history of broadcast.

The history of ISU amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is described as a technological revolution by Jeff Stein, who is an Iowa broadcasting historian, author and a former lecturer at Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.

“The fact that Iowa State was one of the first places to pay attention to this technology that ultimately revolutionized our lives in the 20th century is important because it shows that Iowa State has consistently been dedicated to being first in developing communication technologies,” Stein said.

For Wyatt Hagen, president of the Cyclone Amateur Radio Club, the significance of the radio history is great.

“I think it’s a big deal for the campus because it’s 100 years of the campus working toward and celebrating the early achievements that Iowa State made in developing radio communication,” Hagen said.

The communication systems were quickly evolving and Iowa State was one of the pioneers in the amateur radio development.

“The next step in the evolution was to see if you could send those dots and dashes, the Morse code, through the air — wireless,” Stein said.

The concept of ham radio started as an experiment done by a physics professor, “Dad” Hoffman, and the engineering department from 1911 to 1913 in hopes to send signals.

Iowa State received an amateur radio operation license from the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington in August 1912.

Consequently, the call sign 9YI was generated for the Iowa State amateur radio.

A call sign is used as an identifier for every radio station while communicating messages on-air.

Each radio station has their own globally unique call sign.

“9YI could actually reach hundreds of miles from central Iowa and, by 1913, 9YI was on a regular basis sending out weather reports by Morse code,” Stein said.

The 9YI call sign led to the birth of WOI, hence evolving into today’s WØISU and WØYI.

“Through Iowa State College’s efforts with 9YI, they could tap out on a schedule the Morse code, the dots and dashes flying through the air giving information to people who might be on the rural areas on the farm and not be near a wire-receiving station,” Stein said.

In November 1921, the ham radio sent music, which earned them a license to become WOI radio in 1922.

WOI radio is still owned by Iowa State.

This foundation of amateur radio as described by Hagen is “a stepping stone to new technology.”

The ISU amateur radio has set a solid foundation to radio as we know it today.

“The experiment in 1911, 1912, 1913 laid the foundation for the radio that we know today, absolutely,” Stein said.

The Cyclone Amateur Radio Club, which uses the WØISU and WØYI call signs, is a student-run organization that provides the facility for amateur radio and is open to anyone.

“It’s not specially an engineering club,” Hagen said.

The club participates in activities including civil services, sky warns, communication with people via radio across the world, contesting and developing new technologies.

“The fact that it has existed a 100 years means that amateur radio as itself must be something valuable; it didn’t just come and go, it’s been around,” Hagen said.


Posted by VA3MPM on January 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

New 10M antennas that fit NMO mounts


ORF/3730 Group can provide its members with an excellent 10M antenna.  The antenna consists of a Larsen NMO34 coil and a 64" whip. This combo puts the antenna bang on 28.9 MHz, with 1:1 VSWR.  The 64" whip gives good efficiency.   (This version works far better than the NMO27 with the 49" whip that Larson specifies for 10M use.)   The longer the whip, the better the efficiency.   The only thing better is an 8 foot whip, but not everyone has a convenient mount for that. The NMO34 coil will fit any NMO mount and is interchangeable with any  NMO mount antenna.    The antenna is only rated for about 200W, so QRO can't be used.  Use your 8' whip for that! 


Our version uses a W640 whip (65 inches) cut to resonance with the appropriate coil, NMO34 for 10M.  Maximum height will be approximately 70".  This longer whip lowers the resonance of the coils and matches 10M perfectly.  I cut my whip for 28.850 Mhz and this covers the entire 10M band with  a  < 2:1 VSWR at the band edges.   



Ed, VA3ES has  both and says "the 10M version works great!!!!"  He worked a VK2 from his car, with his little 10M portable H-T  all-mode, 8W PEP.  The VK gave him a 56 and Ed  gave him a 59.  Currently several ORF members are using this antenna, and are raving about its performance!


Price is approximately in the $100. range and is  available from  Professional Radio Service,  Sean Huntley, VE3HXP,  613-258-9094




New Ham Radio Resource

Posted by VA3MPM on January 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We have added a new section to the Resources page for Ham Radio sites.

The first link contains any information you could ever need for everything Ham. 


Posted by VA3MPM on December 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It is with regret that we announce the passing of a long time participant  on the 3730 round table net.

VE3OQM   "Old Queen Mary"  Passed on Dec. 24. 2012 

God Speed and final 73' Bob.

The VE3ORF/3730 Team

Winner of the Alinco DR-235 MK111

Posted by VA3MPM on December 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

VE3YCB is the winner of the Christmas prize for 2012.  The Alinco DR-235 MK111 220 MHZ mobile radio was donated by Professional Radio Service.  They are an Alinco dealer .  They can be reached @ 613 258 9094 . Thanks to Sean VE3HXP (Owner) for his more than generous donation.


Posted by Ed VA3ES on December 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


 A historic amateur radio station is going QRT forgood. Over the weekend of December 15th and 16th, station GB2BP will be makingits final transmissions from the famed Bletchley Park estate in the UnitedKingdom.

Bletchley Park has been the home of GB2BP as well asserving as the location of its sponsor the Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Societyfor the past 18 years. But both are being forced to vacate the estate due to achange in its status to a museum. This will mean that it will have scheduledopening and closing times after which there will be no public access.

 For those who are not aware of Bletchley Park'ssignificance, during World War 2 it was the site of the United Kingdom's mainmessage intercept center where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries weredecrypted. The most important of these were the ciphers generated by the GermanEnigma and Lorenz machines. The work done there is generally credited as one ofthe main reasons that the Allies won the war.

While GB2BP may no longer be in full time residence onthe Bletchley Park Estate it will re-appear occasionally as a special eventstation supporting public events at the new museum. (Southgate)

From Amateur Radio Newsline Dec 14, 2012



Interesting Reading

Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on November 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)




Morse Telegraph Club, Inc.

29150 Windsor Rd.

Culpeper, VA. 22701

"Morse Telegraph Club members play a key role in Spielberg's Lincoln"

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Members of the Morse Telegraph Club, an association of retired railroad and commercial telegraphers, historians, radio amateurs and others with an interest in the history and traditions of telegraphy and the telegraph industry played an important role in the production of "Lincoln."

According to James Wades (WB8SIW), International President of the Morse Telegraph Club, several members provided period telegraph instruments for use in the construction of the War Department Set. Most notably, Tom Perera (W1TP), Derek Cohn (WB0TUA), Kevin Saville (N7JKD), and Roger Reinke provided sufficient telegraph instruments to equip the sixteen operating positions portrayed at the War Department.

Jim Wilson (K4BAV) and his son, Matt Wilson had minor roles as Extras. Jim also worked with production staff and the actors to explain telegraph technology and the role of the telegrapher.

Jim Wades (WB8SIW) who was employed as a Technical Advisor for the production, worked with set designers over a period of months to develop the War Department telegraph scenes. Mr. Wades coordinated the process of procuring the necessary instruments and served as a historical consultant as the telegraph scenes were developed.

Nine of the sixteen telegraph positions depicted in the War Department were fully operational. These instruments could be operated in any combination through the use of a specialized computer program and terminal units custom built by Mr. Wades for the process. When necessary, a hand key could be inserted in the individual telegraph loops so messages could be improvised.

Mr. Wades worked with the producers to develop historically appropriate message traffic that fit the sequence of the script. However, as the movie was edited, the final product evolved into a more generic facsimile of Morse traffic. However, those with a background in land line telegraphy will hear the occasional snippet of message traffic in the audio track of the movie.

"We are very pleased that Mr. Spielberg and his staff took the time to treat the telegraph with dignity and respect," said Mr. Wades. "It is a pleasure to be associated with a high quality motion picture that can genuinely be classified as not just entertainment, but as a work of art," he added.

The Morse Telegraph Club was founded in 1943 to perpetuate the knowledge, history and traditions of telegraphy. Chapters are located throughout the United States and Canada. Members are actively involved in a variety of projects including presenting talks on the history of telegraphy to historical societies, schools, and Amateur Radio organizations. Chapters throughout the US and Canada have worked with public museums to build historically correct telegraph exhibits. Members also regularly demonstrate telegraphy at historical events throughout North America.

Complete coverage of the making of the telegraph scenes in "Lincoln" will be published in an upcoming issue of "Dots and Dashes," the official journal of the Morse Telegraph Club.