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JW2PG - Bear Island, EU-027 Look for Erling, LB2PG to be active from Bear Island, EU-027 as JW2PG starting mid-June 2019 and continuing until November. QRV on 80-20m; SSB.

PJ2/VA3ZC - Curacao Paul VA3ZC will be active from Curacao during June 9-16, 2019. QRV holiday-style as PJ2/VA3ZC using FT8 and slow speed CW on 20m, 30m and 40m. See for more info. QSL LoTW, home call, or bureau.

Weekly Propagation Summary - 2019 May 20 16:10 UTC Here is this week's space weather and geophysical report, issued 2019 May 20 0537 UTC. Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 13 - 19 May 2019. Solar activity was at very low to low levels, with low-level activity observed on 15 May due to a C2.0/SN flare from Region 2741.

RF-KIT RF2K-S Amplifier - Legal Limit Solid State PA Since the demand for assemblies has increased, it is unfortunate that we no longer have an option to package and send all of the individual parts. To make it easier for everyone, the B26-RF 2K+.amplifier will only be offered as a more complete kit.

R205NEW - Bogoslova Island, AS-205NEW A Russian Robinson team, led by R7AL, will be active as R205NEW from Bogoslova Island, AS-205NEW during June 14-18, 2019. QRV on HF bands, CW/SSB. QSL via Club Log OQRS. Website here. Note: RI0ZK activity from Komandorskie island AS-039 also planned on the way back to Petropavlovsk.

HF Clock / Satellite Tracker /Solar Index Touchscreen Terminal HFClock Internet Based Clock System - 9″ Tiger Maple Frame. The HFClockTM represents the industry's first highly integrated clock designed for use by amateur radio operators.

Legend Gianluigi Buffon makes plea over reported West Ham striker target Mario Balotelli According to reports Mario Balotelli is a potential summer target for West Ham United. Manuel Pellegrini has made Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez and Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic his prime targets. But contingency plans have been made, including Balotelli.

Comet CAA-500 MK2 Antenna Analyzer Preview Highly accurate analog cross needles display SWR and impedance simultaneously. Full color TFT LCD display screen provides graphic and numerical SWR along with total impedance with R and X values. Automatically graphs the SWR on the LCD display.

Bird Sitehawk, Antenna / Cable Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzer "This is the Bird43 that everyone knows, ON STEROIDS! LOL… I had no idea Bird came to this, so I wanted to share it with you. Something that would replace an Anritsu Sitemaster. In the palm of your hand. Dayton Hamvention 2019 has all these neat and amazing toys."

DX Engineering RT4500HD Heavy Duty Rotator SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are introducing the DX Engineering RT4500HD Heavy Duty Rotator — DX Engineering May 17, 2019.

Radio Amateurs to Demonstrate Emergency Messaging Capabilities for Red Cross, FEMA Just days ahead of the 2019 Hurricane Season, dozens of hams along the US East Coast will demonstrate Amateur Radio's ability to deliver messages without commercial power, infrastructure, or permanently established stations for officials of the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

West Ham weekly round-up: £26m-rated Cuellar and £20m-rated Ceballos linked; Reece Oxford could leave for £3m West Ham signed off in style last weekend. The 4-1 win away at Watford ensured the Hammers finished in the top-half. Now, attention turns towards transfers as the summer window opens. Here are the latest West Ham transfer rumours, as of Friday 17th May.

The $50 Ham: Dummy Loads, Part 2 In the last installment of "The $50 Ham" I built a common tool used by amateur radio operators who are doing any kind of tuning or testing of transmitters: a dummy load. That build resulted in "L'il Dummy", a small dummy load intended for testing typical VHF-UHF handy talkie transceivers, screwing directly into the antenna jack on the radio.

SDRuno release V1.32 due out in the coming weeks "This weekend at Hamvention Andy, Mike and Steve from SDRplay will be showing an early version of Diversity reception running in SDRuno with an RSPduo. The RSPduo gives users the ability to implement receiver diversity as it contains two independent tuners that are phase and time synchronous.

Elecraft K4 - Price list! Size: 4.5"H x 13.5"W, 10" D. Weight: Approx. 10 lbs. Supply Voltage: 12-15 VDC. Current: ~2 A RX, ~18-23 A TX. Frequency Range: 100 kHz - 54 MHz. Stablility: +/ - 0.25 ppm. Modes: CW, SSB, AM, FM, Data. LCD: 7" color; touch and mouse control. Text modes: CW, PSK31/63, RTTY.

RigPi RigPi MFJ-1234 Station Server, Remote Ham Radio @Hamvention "Our first look at the brand new RigPI Remote station server called the MFJ-1234. This little beauty allows you to connect and control almost any radio remotely with your iPhone, Android, iPad and PC/Laptop / Desktop. We go to talk with Howard the creator on Thursday before the start of HamVention 2019.

How a little-known Kerala amateur footballer PR Jacob's recommendation gave birth to the 'back-pass rule' "For your information, an experiment in this respect will be put to test by FIFA during the U-17 World Championship 1991 next August." Jacob's suggestion to improve the game, by introducing a "back-pass rule", post a low-scoring 1990 World Cup where defenders played it safe by passing the ball to their goalkeeper, was going to be tested out.

5W0H - Samoa CX2AM, CX3AN, CX3DDB, CX4CR and CX8FB will be active from Upolu Island, Samoa as 5W0H during June 1-10, 2019. QRV on 80-6m. QSL via EB7DX.

Elecraft K4 - High Performance Direct Sampling SDR A direct-sampling SDR you'll love to use. Our new K4 harnesses the latest in signal processing while retaining the best aspects of the K3S and P3. The resulting user interface makes the technology transparent, allowing you to focus on working the world.

First Ham Satellite - OSCAR 1 - will Join AMSAT's 50th Anniversary Celebration at Dayton A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio's first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT's Dayton Hamvention booth. AMSAT's exhibit will be in Building 1 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. OSCAR 1 was launched into orbit in 1961, at the dawn of the Space Age.

Contesting & Propagation Tools, Bud Trench, AA3B, Presents - Part 1 "AA3B PRESENTATION ON PROPAGATION TOOLS: Bud Trench AA3B was the featured speaker on May 10th at the Fair Lawn Senior Center. His topic: “Using Propagation Tools for Contesting and DXing.” Bud Trench has made over.

The FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application fee of $70 for the 10-year term.

Flamengo's Gustavo Cuellar responds to £26m West Ham rumour West Ham United have been linked with a move for Gustavo Cuellar. Flamengo midfielder Gustavo Cuellar has told Globo Esporte in Brazil that he is 'waking up every day thinking about Flamengo' rather than a move to West Ham United.

NL0H/P - St Lawrence Island, NA-040 Henry, NL0H, will travel on business to St. Lawrence Island, NA-040 during May 16 to 20. He will bring a rig and wire antennas. Unfortunately, there is a CME expected to produce some serious geomagnetic disturbances between May 16-18. He will attempt to be on 20m and 30m SSB and FT8 as much as propagation conditions and workload will allow.

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