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New digital modes changing complexion of bands and perhaps of Ham Radio


Big Island ARRL News, 04 November 2017, 0610 UTC, Post #360.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/new-digital-modes-changing-complexion-of-bands.htm#.Wf1ToWhSzIU

Author:  HQ, ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 04 November 2017, 0610 UTC.

Please click link to read the full article.

Comment:

Big changes are coming to the Amateur Radio Community, largely thanks to the proliferation of digital modes and other weak signal enhancing technologies.  HQ ARRL believes the “wave” of digital modes “has changed the atmosphere of the HF bands”, making it possible to contact stations even in the worst of atmospheric conditions.  Traditional modes such as CW, SSB, AM, and FM require more personal interaction and effort on the part of radio amateurs to maintain contact.

Some radio amateurs are wondering if FT8 and its digital cousins signal the end of one era and the beginning of a new, more minimalist age.

Joe Taylor (K1JT), who developed several early digital modes, believes that FT8 and its related platforms are really “a dividing line between…digital modes and more traditional modes.”  Taylor adds that FT8 is a special purpose mode that will supplement the traditional contest modes now in use:

“SSB and CW are general-purpose modes…They are good for ragchewing, DXing, contesting, emergency communications, or whatever. FT8 and the other modes in WSJT-X are special-purpose modes. They are designed for making reliable, error-free contacts using very weak signals — in particular, signals that may be too weak for the more traditional modes to be usable, or even too weak to hear.”

You can read the full ARRL article here:

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/new-digital-modes-changing-complexion-of-bands-and-perhaps-of-ham-radio.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

The ARRL Letter for November 2, 2017


Big Island ARRL News, 03 November 2017, 0325 UTC, Post #359

Source:

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2017-11-02

Accessed on 03 November 2017, 0325 UTC.

Editor:  Rick Lindquist (WW1ME).

Please click link to read the full article.

Here are the main topics discussed in the current edition of “The ARRL Letter”:

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRm)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

ARRL Contest Update for November 1, 2017


Big Island ARRL News, 01 November 2017, 0445 UTC, Post #359.

Source:

http://www.arrl.org/contests/update/?issue=2017-11-01

Editor:  Brian Moran (N9ADG).

Accessed on 01 November 2017, 0445 UTC.

Please click link to read the full edition.

Comment:

Here are the main topics discussed in the current edition of the “ARRL Contest Update”:

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local prints and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Big Island Hamfest rescheduled


Big Island ARRL News, 30 October 2017, 0600 UTC, Post #355.

Source:

E-mail from Steve Miller (AH6M).

Accessed on 30 October 2017, 0600 UTC.

Comment:

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest has been rescheduled.

Here’s the complete text of Steve’s message:

The Big Island Hamfest WILL NOT BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017 as announced.

 

THE NEW DATE IS JANUARY 13, 2018.

 

I regret if this has caused any inconvenience.  Scheduling conflicts and construction work at the Waimea Park have forced us to reschedule.  Please note that this new date is tentative and will be confirmed shortly with a new announcement.

 

 

 

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet / Ham Fest

The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will be Saturday January 13, 2018 at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).

 

There will be a 10.00 donation per table per seller.

A 5.00 donation per attendee at time of registration.

 

Schedule:

8:00am – breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe

9:00am – vendor setup

9:30am – Doors open to public. Be sure to get your raffle tickets for the “Big ticket items”

12:00pm – Guest speakers – Presentations in adjoining room.

1:00pm – VE testing (a good time to upgrade your license)

2:00pm – Event comes to a close

 

Guest Speakers this year:

 

(None scheduled as of yet)

 

Persons desiring to test for initial license or upgrade are asked to please bring a current drivers’ license or passport, a copy of their current FCC license or CSCE if applicable, and $15.00 in exact change (ARRL fee for 2016).

There will be surprise giveaways throughout the day.

Please note: This is a non-commercial event that promotes the trading of equipment and information between hams and the general public and to promote the open exchange of exploring Ham radio as a hobby.

 

Talk in 146.940 Maui Repeater, 147.32 Waimea, and 443.650 (100 Hz tone) Kona

This is an Island wide event, be sure to tell all your radio friends.

See you there!

 

For more information contact: Steve Milner – wh6n@arrl.net

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I will update this message as needed.  Once I get a final copy of this announcement, I’ll prepare a press release for our local media.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

HamRadioNow: EmComm Extra–Force of Two


Big Island ARRL News, 29 October 2017, 0050 UTC, Post #354.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/october/hrn-force-of-two.htm#.WfUhYGhSzIU

Reporters:  Jeremy Dougherty (NS0S) and Michael Smith (N5TGL).

Accessed on 29 October 2017, 0050 UTC.

Please click link to read the full story and to view the video.

Comment:

Hurricane recovery efforts continue in Puerto Rico where electricity and other public services are being restored slowly.  The damage to public service infrastructure was so severe that the island may not have full power and other basic amenities until 2018.  According to media reports, Amateur Radio operators played a vital role in restoring communications to the hurricane-ravaged island.  While all of this is good news for Amateur Radio and for the suffering residents of Puerto Rico, not all efforts resulted in favorable outcomes.

In this report from “HamRadioNow”, we get a slightly different perspective that may not have been reported in the media.  Jeremy Dougherty (NS0S) and Michael Smith (N5TGL) review their recent experiences on Puerto Rico–both the good news and the not so favorable news.  Jeremy and Michael spent three weeks as volunteers on Puerto Rico, mainly in the field, in areas that had “zero communications” with San Juan or the rest of the world.

According to the producers of “HamRadioNow”, this update is not your usual report:

“This is not the story you’ll hear on Ham Nation, and probably not the one you’ll read in QST. If there was a plan, it was barely a plan. And it fell apart immediately. There was a lack of leadership and coordination, and little understanding of what the hams would face once they left San Juan. Both Jeremy and Michael were frustrated, yet they carried on with the mission, improvising both their interaction with local authorities and the technology they had to work with. In some cases they had to battle bureaucracy to get the job done.”

“We probed Jeremy and Michael for details, and we got a lot. Jeremy in particular has a bitter story of his final experiences. That begins at an hour and fifty minutes in, so if you can’t listen to the whole program, skip down to that. And note that there are two sides (at least) to that story, and we’re only presenting Jeremy’s side here. HamRadioNow is open to presenting the counterpoint, or maybe you’ll hear that on another show.”

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Robert (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

 

The ARRL Letter for October 26, 2017


Big Island ARRL News, 27 October 2017, 0650 UTC, Post #353.

Source:    http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2017-10-26

Author:  HQ, ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 27 October 2017, 0650 UTC.

Please click link to read the full issue.

Comment:

Here are some of the topics discussed in the latest issue of “the ARRL Letter”:

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section