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Indonesia Earthquakes - Emergency Frequency 2019 Emergency Net on 7.110 MHz. "A tsunami alert has been issued after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the northwest of Indonesia's Maluku Islands. The tremor was measured 83 miles from the port city of Ternate at a depth of 30 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

Nominations Open for 2020 Hamvention Awards The Dayton Amateur Radio Association has announced that nominations are open for the 2020 Hamvention awards. Nomination deadline is February 15, 2020.

RF-KIT Power Amplifiers RF2K-S RF-KIT Power Amplifier RF2K-S - THE Solid State 1,500 watt linear amplifier DX Engineering exclusive! Both kit and assembled versions offer exactly the same ground-breaking features that are pushing the envelope of present-day linear amplifier designs.

Still Time to Work TX7T in the Marquesas Islands The Marquesas TX7T DXpedition, sponsored by the Can-Am DXpedition Group, moved on to Hiva Oa on November 6. Operation is scheduled to continue until November 17, with the team heading home a couple of days later. Typically, three or four stations are on the air on CW, SSB, and FT8 on all of the 160 - 10 meter bands.

The J-Pole antenna is herewith fixed For what it's worth, the J antenna is now fixed. Details available in these two patents… It's still just a J-pole at the end of that day, but hey, I got tired of reading and hearing about all the various myths surrounding this eight decade old design and decided to drive the myths into ground once and for all.

5 element Long Boom 144MHz LFA-Q Super-Gainer Quad Style Yagi A 5 element Long Boom LFA-Q Super-Light Quad Style Yagi for 144 - 145MHz. The LFA-Q Packs a bigger punch than a traditional Yagi with MUCH MORE GAIN per metre of boom. If it is GAIN you want from a small boom, this is the antenna for you! Wow, Super compact boom!!

Mount Athos activity - SV2RSG/A Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, has been active as SV2RSG/A from the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou of Mount Athos. Activity has been on mostly 20 meters at various times between 1100-1830z. It is interesting that he is now signing with a "/A".

What is Green Eggs and Ham about? Who's in the cast? How can I watch? But now the story has become an animated children's series on Netflix, with more green eggs, ham, Sam and Guy than ever before… Green Eggs and Ham is based on the Dr Seuss children's story of the same name.

5H3EME & 5H3UA - Tanzania JULY 11, 2019 - K2BB, RT5A, US7UX, UT7UV, UU0JR will be active from Zanzibar as 5H3EME and 5H3UA during November 15-30, 2019. QRV on HF/VHF CW/SSB/Digi/EME. Participation in CQWW DX CW contest. EME activity on 50-144 and possibly 430MHz. More info here.

H40KT & H40TT - Temotu Grant KZ1W and Rob N7QT will be active from Pigeon Island OC-065, Temotu during November 14-26, 2019. QRV on HF bands. QSL via M0URX. WoW! TWO major DXpeditions in TWO months. That's amazing. Rob and crew have become some of the top DXpeditioners in the world:-).

Russian OTH Radar Now Reported to be "Everywhere" The latest International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the Russian "Contayner" over-the-horizon radar has been active in the 7, 10, 14, and 18 MHz amateur radio allocations. The OTHR transmissions have been 40 sweeps / second, FM on pulse, and 12 kHz wide.

AMSAT Says HuskySat-1 Paving the Way for Further Cooperation After deployment, HuskySat-1’s 1,200 bps BPSK beacon on 435.800 MHz should be active and decodable with the latest release of FoxTelem. HuskySat-1 is expected to run its primary mission for 30 days — testing a pulsed.

OC3CS - Peru A group of operators will be QRV as OC3CS from archaeological zone Cerro Sechin, located in the province of Casma, in the north part of Peru from November 29 to 30. Activity will be on HF bands using SSB and various digital modes with two stations. QSL via OA4O Bureau, Direct and LoTW.

VP6R Timelapse video. EY8MM DX-pedition to Pitcairn island. VP6R from Nodir Tursun-zade on Vimeo. DX-pedition to Pitcairn island. October-November 2019. Here We are at the Last Man Standing Set - Listen for KA6LMS on 20 Meters.

QSLs: W0ZAP, K3SEW The two QSL cards in this post are both very cool. I decided to go with W0ZAP's card first because it's such a nice, cheery photo on a cold, snowy day here in Ann Arbor. The second card is from Ron, K3SEW. I already have a card from Ron, but this card is much cooler.

CQ SERENADE! Music Words and music by the late Maurice Durieux VE2QS and VE2BR. Played by VE2QS and his orchestra. Produced around 1951.

The one decision Manuel Pellegrini got badly wrong that West Ham are paying the price for now The former midfielder points to a summer departure as a reason behind the Hammers' poor Premier League form.

MFJ-1924 Programmable Screwdriver Antenna Controller 10 Memories… Super Accurate… AutoPark… StallProtector… Super bright LEDs. Tuning your mobile screwdriver antenna couldn't be easier! Save ten favorite screwdriver antenna positions in memory and quickly return to any saved position. Up/Down buttons let you manually move the antenna to any desired position.

5T0AA - Mauritania Onno, PE5O will be active from Mauritania as 5T0AA during the CQWW CW contest. QRV from the station of 5T5PA. Before and after the contest he will focus on RTTY and CW, holiday-style. QSL via LoTW, eQSL.

The New SDRplay RSPdx receiver - First Impression: Excellent! "Today i have received the new SDR receiver from SDRplay, the RSPdx and was eager to turn it on and do some tests receiving on HF and VLF.

V63DX - Micronesia Sho, JA7HMZ will again be active from Pohnpei, F.S.M as V63DX between November 22-27, 2019. QRV on 160-6m. Activity during CQWW CW contest as V6A. QSL via H/c.

Ham Radio still important during Mendocino County emergencies During the Public Safety Power Shutoff in late October, many commonly used communication systems were greatly affected. The licensed amateur radio or "ham" radio community saw a sharp rise in participation at this time.

Windfall for Winterfest 2020! Sometimes things just drop in over the transom. But it's usually when the transom-owner is effective, organized and the opportunity coming along is looking for such a place to land. In short, those who are effective tend to get unsolicited opportunities.

ICON Satellite to Study Ionosphere Stargazer L-1011 jet carrying a Pegasus rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral. The rocket was dropped from the plane and then launched the…

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