Netherlands 5 MHz Ham Radio Band Active

From 1st April 2017, the  Netherlands State Gazette has announced that Dutch radio amateurs will have the new 5 MHz band agreed at WRC-15 

The World Radio Conference 2015 allocated 5351.5-5366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service with a maximum permitted transmission power of 15 Watts EIRP.

The Gazette notice also removed the cross-band and duplex restrictions on 50.45-52.0 MHz and 70.0-70.5 MHz.

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EI6YXQ for International Marconi Day

The Kerry Amateur Radio Group based in Co. Kerry Ireland will participate as an Award Station in this year's International Marconi Day event on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

The station will be set up at Colaiste Brhreanainn on the site of the former Marconi Station at Ballybunnion, Co. Kerry, Ireland by the Expeditionary Radio Team of the radio club.

Operation by club members for the full duration of the event from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC on 22nd April is planned. Two HF SSB stations are planned for this year on the site as well as a HF data station.

The special event callsign EI6YXQ will be used to commemorate the original callsign of YXQ used by the Marconi Station in Ballybunnion which made world history by achieving the first transatlantic voice radio transmission in March 1919 to the Marconi Station located at Louisberg, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland in the East to West direction. The number 6 is used in the callsign as a tribute to the late John O’Carroll EI6AH who organised the event for many years over two decades ago welcoming many amateur radio operators through the doors and always making sure that everyone had a cup of tea and plenty to eat. The welcome extended by John and his family was legendary, embodying the spirit of amateur radio and friendship.

A page for EI6YXQ has been set up in addition to having a special QSL card printed for the event. The QSL card can be seen on the page. We intend to upload the log of contacts to the page also and access permitting we will endeavour to post updates from the station over the course of the event.

The Kerry Amateur Radio Group are looking forward to working as many stations as possible as well as having an enjoyable weekend at the station on this historic site.

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40th Anniversary of Ham Radio Club

On 17 April 1977, twenty two radio amateurs met at the Hillsboro Farm Bureau Conference Room to form the Highland Amateur Radio Association (HARA) 

Today, there are nearly 100 HARA members and more than 150 ham radio operators in Highland County, OH.

One of the original members was John Levo W8KIW whose interest in radio goes back to a day when he was in junior high school and hanging out with his dad and other farmers at the Faris Implement Store in New Vienna. 

One day [I] went into the store and heard a lot of people talking about the new (WSRW) radio station in Hillsboro. That got my interest. I went home and turned it on and heard stations from all kinds of other places and got hooked on radio – big.
— John Levo W8KIW

It was 1963 when Levo took a class in Blanchester that gave him his ham radio license.

On 22 April 2017, HARA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a dinner at the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church. Levo said an invitation is extended to current members, past members, former licensed hams, and others interested in amateur radio and radio communications.

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Sunnyvale Ham Radio Outlet Closes

Sunnyvale Ham Radio Outlet has signed off after 26 years as a hub for Silicon Valley’s amateur radio community 

Due in part to rising rent in the city, the outlet at 510 Lawrence Expressway chose to close its doors and merge operations with its Oakland location, according to shop employees.

Some of the costs associated with operating in the Sunnyvale location have absolutely skyrocketed, and the traffic and parking availability in our current Sunnyvale location has become seriously problematic.
— Steve Gimore National Sales Manager, Ham Radio Outlet

Steve Gilmore, national sales manager for Ham Radio Outlet, stated on the store website that changes needed to be made to its Northern California locations.

The store inventory will be packed up and sent to Oakland. Employees have been offered jobs there, but Kelly said none have accepted an offer yet.

“This is depressing. It’s like the end of an era. It’s like your best friend moving away,” Gregg Lane said.

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April 2017 ARRL Contact eZine Available

The April issue of the ARRL's CONTACT! monthly e-zine for Public Information Officers (PIOs) and others is available.

Covered in this issue

  • • 2017 Field Day PSAs
  • • World Amateur Radio Day April 18!
  • • ARRL McGan Award Nominations due May 19
  • • New Public Information Officers
  • • In the News: AA0AW & W0NWO
  • • 8 Common Hashtag Mistakes
  • • From the Home Office

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