International Amateur Radio Union - Region 1
ARISS contact planned with Space Kamp, Noordwijk, the Netherlands PDF Print E-mail
Written by ON4WF   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:50

An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with Space Kamp, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The event is scheduled Tuesday August 26, 2014 at 11:36 UTC. It will be a telebridge contact operated by IK1SLD in northern Italy.

Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.

The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

The Amicale Space Camp is addressed to 25 children aged 8-13 years old of different European nationalities. It is addressed to children of the European Patent Office staff and takes place in Noordwijk (Stay Okay hostel) from the 25th to the 29th of August 2014. All camp activities are designed to entertain children, stimulate their creative and manual skills, and teach them about science and space. The contact with the International Space Station will be a key activity in the programme as it gives the children the opportunity to talk with an astronaut and understand that space is an international endeavour.

Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows:

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:38
 
December YOTA month! - 2014 edition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa, PA2LS   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:27

yotalogoAfter having last year the first edition of December YOTA month! it’s time for a new one. During the whole month of December several countries will become active with YOTA as suffix in the call sign. The idea for this is to break the ice for some youngsters and take the microphone in the hand. As seen over the years the YOTA-group is growing fast and every week more youngsters are asking to participate. Let us all make Youngsters On The Air popular in HAM radio and let us all help to put youngsters on the HAM radio train!

Would you like to participate? Have a look at this document and do not forget to register before 24 November. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:14
 
IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter July 2014 available PDF Print E-mail
Written by DK2OM   
Friday, 08 August 2014 10:18

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter July 2014 is now available.  Click here!

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014 05:49
 
ERTC 2014 Final results PDF Print E-mail
Written by OH2BH   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:18

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ETRC 2014 (European Radiosport Team Championship), the youth version of WRTC 2014, was held in Virrat, Finland one week after the Boston WRTC event with 15 three-person youth teams seated in one room in front of their computers and connected to the global Amateur Radio simulator over the internet, all in Virtual Reality. Once again, the latest technology was utilized in Amateur Radio for the benefit of Amateur Radio’s future and by Amateur Radio operators themselves.

In total, ERTC 2014 activated hundreds of young people and licensed radio amateurs in full harmony within the participating 44 countries. ERTC 2014 was a huge success bringing youth and seasoned hams together around the same fireworks in the spirit of international Amateur Radio.

But Mother Nature added to the excitement as a thunderstorm knocked off electricity in the area and power was restored only 5 minutes prior to the start of the contest. It was a Le Mans type of hectic start leaving many teams in the starting grid. The Head Judge, Hans, PB2T, President of IARU Region 1, ruled the first 22 minutes out to give a level playing field to those slow in booting their contest machines and putting their racing helmets on.

When the dust had settled, the following three teams stood on the podium with their medals:

GOLD MEDAL, CZECH REPUBLIC:  Sarka Vavrova, OK2SVA (21); Jindrich Kostal, OK1NOR (24) and Jan “Honza” Dohnalek, OK1JD (20)

SILVER MEDAL, ITALY;: Nicola Tonci, IZ6TSA (20); Gabry Iuliani, IT9RGY (26) and Orazio Intagliata, IT9DBF (25)

BRONZE MEDAL, ESTONIA: Keijo Kapp, ES1XQ (17); Tauri Helimets, ES5HTA (18) and Keven Mekk, ES6AXS (18)

As Silver and Bronze teams were less than three multipliers apart, the fact that the S/W platform (HamSphere 3.0) used in the contest logged all QSOs into the system, gave the organizers full confidence in verifying each station and their exchange. Only seven (7) multiplier uniques were found in the database and they did not affect the final rankings.

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT ERTC CONTINENTAL WINNERS

Europe: Gaudentas Mozura, LY3BHY

Asia: Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR

South America: Jairo Ramos Sansone, PU3JAI

Oceania: Eko, 91HS576 (Central Java, Indonesia)

Africa: Tarek Zeidan, SU1TZ

North America: ARRL Centennial, W100AW*

*W100AW was activated by Martti Laine, OH2BH as part of the ARRL Centennial celebrations in Hartford, Connecticut. Thanks (K1ZZ) and congratulations to the American Radio Relay League.

YOTA 2014 & ERTC 2014

ERTC 2014 was part of a European wide youth gathering known as Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) which is held every year in different European Union countries under EU and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) sponsorship with the aim of bringing youth together in the spirit of cultural exchange and learning from one another in all segments of Amateur Radio, science and electronics. This year fifteen EU countries were represented. ERTC also brought young people together globally over the internet, using Amateur Radio simulation software on a shared platform - all in the natural hangout of today’s youth.

HAMSPHERE (HS) PLATFORM

HS is an Amateur Radio (AR) simulation software package giving a hands-on opportunity to youngsters who wish to experience AR in its natural setting while still busy with their studies and not able to take a ham exam or to invest in actual AR equipment. HS coexists with real AR with true propagation science, QSL collection and a variety of contest formats and related equipment. It offers an experience which will encourage young people to study for a ham license and thus enter our wonderful world of Amateur Radio. The latest breakthrough in the simulation software features real-time propagation and system integrated logging, instant QSLing and awards.

ERTC 2014 PATRON

The  ERTC 2014 event was honored to have Professor Rumen Gechev, LZ1MS of WRTC 1990 fame as patron of this first-ever Amateur Radio-like WRTC simulation over the internet. Rumen himself finished  4th in 1990 in  the first WRTC held in Seattle, WA. He has subsequently proceeded with life with a highly impressive career as Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and currently as Professor in Economics and Sustained Development at the  University of National and Word Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria,  adding to his Visiting Professor duties at many leading universities. Rumen has  not lost interest in Amateur Radio and he was active during ERTC 2014 giving an LZ multiplier to many participating youth teams – including his own Team Bulgaria.

SCORES OF TOP SIX ERTC STATIONS

TEAM                         CALL            CONTACTS   MULT   ACCURACY          SCORE

1: Czech Rep.             OJ45OK             157                61           0.1%                 430.172

2: Italy                         OJ78IT               166                60           0.5%                 397.914

3: Estonia                    OJ56ES              159                57           0.1%                 382.838

4: Slovakia                  OJ37OM            138                60           0.7%                 350.584

5: Croatia                    OJ349A              154               41           1.0%                  341.682

6: UK                           OJ54UK             142               48           0.6%                  325.185

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PICTURES, CLARIFICATIONS, TEAM & TECHNICAL INTERVIEWS etc:

YOTA 2014: Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, IARU R1 Youth Coordinator

ERTC 2014: Martti Laine, OH2BH, ERTC Coordinator

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 19:45
 
ARISS contact planned with ESA Space Camp, Fleetwood, UK PDF Print E-mail
Written by ON4WF   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:40

An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with ESA Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, UK. The event is scheduled Tuesday July 29 at 14:01:13 UTC .It will be a telebridge contact operated by W6SRJ in California.

A video from the event will be webcast at: Http://www.batc.tv/streams/arissuk/

The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

This annual camp is organized by the ESA Space Camp Committee takes place in a different European country each summer for 2 weeks. This year the camp takes place between 27 July and 10 August where 185 young space explorers aged 8 to 17 will meet each other in the UK at Rossall School. The children come from the following ESA establishments (UK, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany). This will be the 20th Space Camp organised by ESA. This year the children will also be involved in celebrating this milestone with marking 50 years of ESA. Children, their parents and educators from the area will join the ESA campers on this special celebration day. Rossall is a boarding school situated on a beautiful 160-acre site, there is plenty of room for extensive sports and cultural facilities, including a swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, as well as a fitness room and a climbing wall.

The ESC 2014 programme will feature a balanced mix of sports such as flag rugby, lifeguarding, kayaking and martial arts. The theme for camp will be ‘Reach for the Stars!’ Well-equipped IT labs, classrooms and an on-site planetarium will be instrumental in setting up a space education programme that will keep the children motivated with new and exciting hands-on activities and educational tasks involving space-related themes, as well as learning about the culture of the host country. As with all ESA Space Camps, there will be specific emphasis placed on socialisation and respect among the participants. We hope to make the camp a really unique experience for juniors and teenagers who are in the process of becoming citizens of a multicultural society. This ARISS contact will mark a highlight in the space education programme as children will be learning about many aspects related to man’s endeavours to reach for the stars!

Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:19
 
GAREC 2014 next month in Alabama USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB   
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:28
The ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association are proud to announce that the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will return to Huntsville, Alabama August 14-15, next month! The conference will be held in connection with the 2014 ARRL Southeastern Division Convention/Annual Huntsville Hamfest. The Huntsville Hamfest will be held on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, at the Von Braun Convention Center in Huntsville.

The conference will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communications. All interested Amateur Radio operators and professionals are invited to attend.

In 2005, the first Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference was organized on the initiative of Seppo Sisatto, OH1VR in Tampere, Finland. Following the success of this event and the increased interest in international and regional cooperation on emergency communications, GAREC conferences established themselves as annual events.

For each conference, an organizing committee works together with a local host, and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) representatives participate in the event. In its 2009 meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand, the IARU Administrative Council defined the relationship between GAREC and IARU by adopting the following recommendations contained in the Statement of the GAREC-2009 Conference: "GAREC 2009 recommends that GAREC conferences should continue to be held in locations throughout the world to the extent possible and should maintain the character of GAREC as an informal meeting among representatives of IARU member societies and of Amateur Radio emergency communications groups within or outside of the respective National IARU Member Society, serving as a forum for the exchange of experience and as an advisory body for the work on emergency communications of the IARU." http://www.iaru.org/garec.html

Source - ARRL ARES E-Letter

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 04:29
 
Another Typhoon threatens the Philippines. PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB for VK3PC   
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:24

Typhoon Matmo (Henry locally) is centred east of the Philippines and expected to continue to intensify over the next few days to threaten Taiwan, China and south-west islands of Japan.

Philippines Amateur Radio Association Chief Operating Officer,  Thelma Pascua DU1IVT said the typhoon comes less than a week after Typhoon Rammasun and immediately follows a DU-Simulated Emergency Test.

Thelma DU1IVT said: “I have again requested our National Traffic System Chairman, Jojo Vicencio to activate the Ham Emergency Radio Operation (HERO) network on 7095 kHz.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 04:31
 
5 MHz and even more 5 MHz PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:20

As a result of representation from the national society URE Spain has gained an extension of the use of several 5 MHz frequencies. Due to expire at the end of June 2014 permission has now been granted to use 5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430 and 5439 kHz until 30th November 2015 with a power of 100W PEP.   Frequencies are thought to be USB dial frequencies.

The Andorran Society URA reports that permission has been granted the use of 5275-5450 kHz until a decision is made at WRC-15.   Permitted power is 100W PEP using CW and SSB with transmission bandwidths not to exceed 3 kHz.

Portugal now has the use of a channel at 5380.5 kHz in addition to those at 5288.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5 kHz.   This is thought to align with the Spanish channel listed as 5382 kHz.

Member Societies are asked to notify either PB2T or G3PSM of any developments concerning 5 MHz.

Written by Colin Thomas, G3PSM

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 18:53
 
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