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Boost LGA contacts for challenge

Travelling along the Hume Highway headed for the Wodonga Regional Park VKFF-0773 for SOTA activity also means an opportunity to work up to seven different Local Government Areas.

Chinese Over the Horizon Burst Radar

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports a mysterious “foghorn” — a Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) burst radar — is operating in Amateur Radio bands.

Brenda Edmonds VK3KT LMWIA (sk)

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Brenda Edmonds VK3KT. She died on Sunday February 12, aged 86. Although small in stature, the well-humoured and knowledgeable Brenda was a giant in many WIA roles.

VOA turns 75

The Voice of America 75th anniversary was February 1, 2017.

A 15-minute shortwave broadcast was transmitted into Germany from a small studio in New York City on February 1, 1942, introduced by “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Victorian Government Award 2017 Challenge

This operating award encourages on air activity by communicating with, and from, the 79 Local Government Areas in the State of Victoria. The unique opportunity from Amateur Radio Victoria is the Victorian Local Government Award Challenge held during the 2017 calendar year.

CQ CQ CQ Aeronautical Mobile

The carrier QANTAS is testing the National Broadband Network satellite on its aircraft to prove viability of the service. Air travellers on a few QANTAS jet routes domestically will benefit from a proof-of-concept experiment for nine months.

Emergency vehicles may silence car radios

Three Swedish students have invented a program that jams FM radio reception in cars to warn that there’s an approaching ambulance or fire engine. It seems that in newer vehicles radio entertainment doesn’t do emergency services any favours with their sirens not being readily heard.

ARRL recreates historic transcontinental relay

The naming of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is traced back to the cross-country, station-hopping relay of a message back on January 27, 1917.

The message handling method was important with the first Amateur Radio transcontinental traffic for the ARRL Headquarters, addressed to ARRL President Hiram Percy Maxim.