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ARRL Audio News July 29, 2022

The Pop-Up Vertical 2.0
Basically, this antenna is a 23-foot wire fed through a 4:1 un-un transformer. This antenna can be easily used in portable operation, for operating all bands from 40-10 meters.
Johnnie Walker to join Boom Radio to celebrate the pirates
Johnnie Walker is to host a show as part of a range of special programmes on Boom Radio on Sunday 14 August in celebration of the era of the offshore pirate stations
Austria: International Youth Day
ÖVSV reports that on International Youth Day, August 12, young people in Austria will be permitted to send a greetings message via amateur radio
QSL cards and award for receiving SWSU satellites
On July 21 ten amateur radio CubeSats built by students at the Southwestern State University were deployed from the ISS. QSL cards and a diploma are available for receiving the SSTV, APRS and Voice messages
Sangamon Valley Radio Club to sponsor radio orienteering activities
Radio orienteering, also known as amateur radio direction finding (ARDF), is an international sport in which participants use handheld directional radio receivers, a compass, a map, and radio direction finding skills to search for transmitters operating in the 2-meter and 80-meter bands
Handheld SSB transceiver for 20m
Technical Reference/QRP Projects
A mid-power portable/handheld SSB transceiver for 14MHz
Tennessee Contest Group
The Tennessee Contest Group (a.k.a. TCG) is a group of Amateur Radio operators (hams) who enjoy operating in competitive radio sporting events or contests.
Field Day Inverted L
Inverted L antenna, even if not completely freestanding, it only requires one line to be lauched into a tree to support the end of the horizontal wire. This project is done with a 31-foot Jackite pole for a support and uses six 15-foot radials and one 33-foot radial.
Radio Caroline Fundraiser
The annual Four Day Fundraiser will run on Radio Caroline and Caroline Flashback until midnight, UK time, on Monday, August 15th, and on Radio Caroline North, live from MV Ross Revenge, until closedown on Sunday, August 14th
Isle of Man
The Point of Ayre Lighthouse is an active 19th-century lighthouse, sited at the Point of Ayre at the northeastern end of the Isle of Man
NASA Administrator statement on Chinese space debris
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released this statement regarding debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket
New Zealand: WLAN use in the 6 GHz Band
New Zealand has now made 5925–6425 MHz available for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) following similar action in the UK and Australia
ARISS contact is scheduled with scouts at the Swiss National Scout Jamboree in the Goms Valley, Urlichen Switzerland
The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the relay ground station
Radio broadcasting still crucial in Sarawak
The Borneo Post reports on the importance of radio broadcasting in Sarawak
Two new bands for Canadian amateurs
RAC reports On July 28, 2022, Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) released an update to a very important document for Canadian Radio Amateurs: 'RBR-4 – Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service'
CAT Interface for Yaesu FT-817 and FT-100
Radio Equipment/HF Transceivers/Yaesu FT-100
A Rig control CAT interface schematic suitable for both the Yaesu FT-817 and FT-100 transceivers.
SARL website
The SARL (South African Radio League) IT team would like to thank you for your patience while we sorted out some gremlins in the system
EU WRC23 agenda items consultation and RNSS/23cm band study
The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee, Barry Lewis G4SJH, reports on the response to the EU WRC-23 consultation and the CEPT RNSS/23cm band study
REF statement regarding 2024 Olympic Games
On July 22 France's National Frequency Agency ANFR announced the amateur radio 144/430/1240/2300 MHz bands would be used by the 2024 Olympic Games. REF has now issued a statement
QSO Today - Eric Anderson, AF7YQ
Eric Anderson, AF7YQ's ham radio interest led him to advanced degrees from MIT and to become Chief Architect and Camera software manager at Apple’s Advanced Technology Group
Software/Software Defined Radio
SDR++ is a cross-platform and open source SDR software with the aim of being bloat free and simple to use. Multi VFO, Wide hardware support (both through SoapySDR and dedicated modules), SIMD accelerated DSP Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, OSX and BSD), Full waterfall update when possible. Makes browsing signals easier and more pleasant, Modular design (easily write your own plugins)
Top Amateur Radio Websites - Issue 2224
Spy Numbers Recordings, SWR-Display, I5HGM KiwiSDR, KI7NEW Morse Code Trainer, Arduino Morse Code Trainer, 3D Printed Twin Paddle Cw Key, Attenuator control
Space traffic is boosting noctilucent clouds
Never before have so many rockets been launched. 2021 broke the all-time record, and 2022 looks to do it again
Portable 7-band End-Fed Half-Wave (EFHW) antenna
Stephan Schmid HB9EAJ has made available a PDF (in English) describing his portable 7-band End-Fed Half-Wave (EFHW) antenna
Ofcom Amateur Radio Callsign Database
The latest version of the Ofcom amateur radio callsign database is always available on their Open Data page
NASA announces astronaut Shane Kimbrough to retire
NASA’s Shane Kimbrough is retiring after 22 years, including 18 years as an astronaut. His last day with the agency is Sunday, July 31
Clacton Radio Club G3CRC closes down
A number of amateur radio clubs have closed down recently, the latest to go is the Clacton Radio Club in Essex
Ham Fest and Swap Meet delights radio enthusiasts
The New Jersey Antique Radio Club hosted its annual Summer Tailgate Swap Meet and Ham Fest last weekend, attracting radio aficionados and vendors who shared their collections and knowledge of ham radios
ARRL HQ Late Opening On Friday, July 29, 2022

ARRL Headquarters, including W1AW -- the Maxim Memorial Station, will open at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, July 29, 2022, so our staff can attend an offsite meeting in the morning.

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You and Your Tytera MD-380
Radio Equipment/VHF-UHF Handhelds/TYT MD-380
Getting started with a fun low-cost analog/DMR radio
Amatuer Radio meeting and license testing
The testing portion of the meeting will begin at 8AM. Attendees can take the amateur radio test for a Technician license or the upgrade tests for General or Extra certification
Denmark's EDR notes lack of availability of training
The June report from the Board of Denmark's EDR notes the problem with lack of availability of training courses and suggests maybe as many as 50% who pass the exam never become active
Germany: DARC meets with BNetzA
DARC reports on a meeting with representatives of the Federal Network Agency BNetzA which discussed the future of amateur radio exam questions and regulation of automatic stations such as HAMNET
American Legion post forms ham radio club
The American Legion reports their Tennessee post has formed an amateur radio club


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