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Student satellite hardware developments at Surrey Space Centre – Dr Chris Bridges (M0IEB)

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5 Elements wire yagi for 80m

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There were a lot of questions on wirebeam yagi on 80m. Here is a diagram. This is used on RL3A, K1LZ and similar on EW6W

Source:

Roman Levichev

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WRC-19 Day 9 and 10: Satellites, 50 MHz and 1240-1300 MHz

14 hours 23 sec ago

The RSGB have released a report on days 9 and 10 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019.

The report covers Satellites, HF (7 MHz), a proposed 50 MHz band for the Amateur Service only (not Satellites) and Future Agenda Items including the 1240-1300 MHz band where a number of countries wish to restrict (or remove) amateur radio operation to “protect” GNSS servces. Both the European Galileo (due for completion 2020) and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith (QZSS) (due for completion 2023) GNSS systems have downlinks that transmit across 1260-1300 MHz.

Read the RSGB report at https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/2019/11/10/wrc-19-day-10-halfway-there/

Read the RSGB WRC-19 updates at https://rsgb.org/main/blog/category/news/special-focus/wrc-19/

IARU Region 1 WRC-19 Week 2 report https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/174-news/latest-news/1914-wrc-19-week-2

IARU WRC-19 News http://www.iaru.org/news–events

CEPT ECC Report covers the key Agenda Item 1.1 on a 50 MHz Amateur Service band in ITU Region 1 – but not for the Amateur-Satellite Service
https://www.cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/introduction/weekly-report-from-wrc-19

Source:AMSAT UK

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Russian OTH Radar Contayner now everywhere

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 06:10

The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the Russian Over-The-Horizon Radar Contayner has been active in the 7, 10, 14 and 18 MHz amateur radio allocations

The OTH radar transmissions have been 40 sps, FMOP and 12 kHz wide. Additionally IARUMS reports there has been a significant increase in Russian military traffic using F1B, PSK and OFDM in the 7, 10, 14 and 21 MHz bands.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 October 2019 newsletter can be read at
http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2019/news1910.pdf

Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
https://www.sigidwiki.com/wiki/Category:Military

Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at
http://peditio.net/intruder/bluechat.cgi

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at
http://www.websdr.org/

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)
https://www.iarums-r1.org/

Source:http://www.southgatearc.org/

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Two Online Competitions to win Icom Prizes!

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:30

“We have two online competitions giving you the chance to win Icom prizes.

You can enter both competitions by clicking on the links below:

Win an Icom 16GB USB Stick!
Click here to enter!

Win an Icom IC-M25 Buoyant Marine VHF! – Icom / YBW Competition
Click here to enter!

Good luck!

 

Please note
1. Competitions close on 18th December 2019 & 5th May 2020 respectively.
2. UK, EIRE, Isle of Man & Channel Islands only.

Full terms & conditions can be found here.

Icom UK Marketing – marketing@icomuk.co.uk 

Source:https://icomuk.co.uk/

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Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:08

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IARU and Amateur Radio are Reaching “an Inflection Point”

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 08:11

Participants at the 45th meeting of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) in late September discussed the organization’s role in advancing amateur radio going forward. The IARU released a summary record of the meeting this week. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, who chaired the AC meeting in Lima, Peru, observed that the IARU and amateur radio are reaching what he called “an inflection point.” He asserted that amateur radio is changing, but the IARU and its member-societies are not.

Ellam’s remarks prefaced a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges to be overcome if the IARU and amateur radio itself are to remain relevant. After several hours of discussion, AC participants agreed on four top-level headings to identify the challenges that must be faced:

  • What is amateur radio?
  • The roles of IARU and its member-societies
  • Recruitment into amateur radio
  • IARU finances

The AC also agreed that it is essential to involve younger people from outside the Council in determining how to address these challenges, and the three IARU regions were asked to identify individuals who “could take ownership of these topics.”

A small working group was named, consisting of IARU Region 2 Vice President Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK; Region 2 Area A Director George Gorsline, VE3YV, and IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ. Using topics discussed to develop a starting point, the panel will aim to have a draft version of a plan by mid-December to address the challenges that would serve as a basis for further discussion.

IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, and the Mideast) has been a leader in marshalling interest among next-generation radio amateurs, sponsoring Youngsters On The Air (YOTA), and other youth-related activities, including a summer camp each year attended by young radio amateurs from around Region 1. IARU Region 3 noted at the Council meeting that it plans a Youth on the Air activity in Thailand next October and expressed the hope that Regions 1 and 2 can participate.

In other matters, based on a suggestion from Fred Matos, W3ICM — a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) spectrum manager — the AC agreed to change the objective of the IARU HF World Championship contest to read as follows: “To support amateur self-training in radiocommunications, including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs around the world, especially IARU member-society headquarters stations, using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands.”

According to an AC meeting document, Matos’ rationale is that the objective of an IARU-sponsored activity should tie directly to the ITU Radio Regulations.

In a related matter, the Council agreed to indicate to ARRL, which administers the competition, that it would favor relaxing rules for multioperator, single transmitter, mixed-mode entries — which the AC views as more restrictive and punitive than those that apply to most other contests — without affecting scoring and adjudication. Under current rules, multioperator, single transmitter, mixed-mode entries must remain on a band and mode for at least 10 minutes before changing bands or modes, and violating the band change rules will reclassify the entry as a check log. The IARU event is held each July.

To keep informed on IARU happenings, subscribe to the ARRL-IARU online group, moderated by IARU Secretary Dave Sumner, K1ZZ.

Source:ARRL

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The K7RA Solar Update – 11/08/2019

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 07:22

Two new sunspot groups appeared this week, on two consecutive days, each lasting for only a day, with a daily sunspot number of 11 and 13 on Friday and Saturday of last week, just in time for ARRL CW Sweepstakes. Both sunspot groups had a magnetic polarity signature indicating Solar Cycle 25 and appeared after 4 weeks of no sunspots.

Spaceweather.com reported both appearances as region AR2750, yet NOAA reported a new sunspot group on each day, shown as a one in the New Regions column: ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/indices/DSD.txt

Perhaps that is true, and the new appearances on each day were both counted as part of AR2750.

Solar flux was higher over the past reporting week (Thursday through Wednesday, October 31 through November 6) with average daily solar flux rising from 68.5 to 70.4.

Average solar flux as reported in this bulletin hasn’t been as high since ARLP020, back in May, when it was 75.7: http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP020/2019. Note there were sunspots during that week also.

Geomagnetic indicators were low this week, with average daily planetary A index declining from 16.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index softening from 13 to 2.7.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on November 8, 68 on November 9-15, 67 on November 16-19, 68 and 70 on November 20-21, 71 on November 22-30, 70 on December 1-6, 69 on December 7-19, and 70 on December 20-22.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on November 8-9, then 10, 12 and 8 on November 10-12, 5 on November 13-19, then 15, 25, 18, 12 and 10 on November 20-24, 8 on November 25-26, 5 on November 27 through December 16, then 15, 20, and 18, on December 17-19, 12 on December 20-21 and 5 on December 22.

At ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/forecasts/45DF/ NOAA reported a solar flux forecast of 96 for December 16-18 in their predictions on their November 1-5 forecasts, but when I asked about this they told me that the US Air Force had transposed digits from 69 to 96. By the November 6 forecast, this was all corrected. Drat! I was hoping for those higher numbers. My contact at NOAA told me he wished the flux would be 96, or even better, 196!

Even during days with no sunspots, there was notable HF propagation recently, with the Pitcairn Island expedition making HF contacts across the Americas, even on 10 meters.

F.K. Janda, OK1HH sent us his geomagnetic activity forecast for the period November 8 until December 3, 2019.

Geomagnetic field will be
quiet on: November 13, 18-19, 29-30, December 1
quiet to unsettled on: November  8-9, 11, 15, 27-28
quiet to active on: November 10, 12, 14, 16-17, 25-26, December 2-3
unsettled to active on: November 20, 24
active to disturbed: November 21-23

Solar wind will intensify on November (8-9,) 13, 21-26, (27-29)

Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.

Stevie, MI0GTA, commented from Ireland on November 4 about working DX, even with low solar activity. “I thought you might like to know I worked 15 new DXCC countries on 15 meters during the CQWW CW DX Contest, Chile, India, South Africa, Afghanistan were some of the best I worked.

“I use an M0PLK delta loop antenna at 11 meters above ground with 350 W from my old Yaesu FL2100Z amp. The rig is an Icom Pro-III. Even today I worked WQ7X in Phoenix, Arizona.” Check out Stevie’s QRZ.com page for details on his collection of ham radio related maps.

David Moore sent this, on an overlooked piece of the solar dynamo puzzle, a particular form of magnetic instability: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191028104142.htm

Here is the latest video from Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW: https://youtu.be/Rm520CkqoLM

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers, email the author at k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical Information Service at http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of numbers used in this bulletin, see http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for October 31 through November 6, 2019 were 0, 11, 13, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 3.4. 10.7 cm flux was 71.2, 70.7, 70.7, 69.4, 70.8, 70.4, and 69.3, with a mean of 70.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 7, 4, 2, 2, 4, 5, and 5, with a mean of 4.1. Middle latitude A index was 5, 2, 1, 1, 4, 2, and 4, with a mean of 2.7.

Source:ARRL

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A new world record on 630 meters ?

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 06:19

SARL News report that Eric Tichansky, NO3M and Roger Crofts, VK4YB, are claiming a new world distance record on 630 meters (472 to 479 kHz). They worked each other on 14 October at 10:32 UTC using the JT9 mode.

Eric said the contact represented the culmination of 2 years of effort around every equinox since September 2017. “Hopes were wearing thin as we were moving away from the recent equinox on 23 September,” he said.

“Even when the path may have been open over the past 3 weeks, either end would be plagued with QRN.” He said that while the opening that facilitated the record-breaking contact was not comparably as strong as past openings, “something special was obviously at play.”

The contact covered 14 979 kilometres, topping the previous record of 13 441 kilometres set by Roger Crofts, VK4YB and Kenneth Roberson, K5DNL, by nearly 1 538 kilometres.

Eric said his transmit antenna is a 20,5 metre top-loaded vertical and the receive antenna is a full-sized eight-circle array comprised of short vert icals. The transmit/receive at VK4YB is a linear-loaded vertical.

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Fri, 11/08/2019 - 06:11

Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, now a University of Scranton physics and electrical engineering professor, has won a $1.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study weather effects in the ionosphere by leveraging a network of amateur radio stations. Frissell is perhaps best known within the amateur radio community as the founder of HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation initiative. The Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments (DASI) project will be implemented over 3 years. As principal investigator, Frissell — a space physicist — will head a collaborative team that will develop ground-based space science observation instruments and software. His research effort will recruit multiple universities and radio amateurs to operate a network of personal space weather stations.

“I’m very excited,” Frissell told ARRL. “This grant is extremely exciting for both ham radio and ionospheric research. Perhaps more than the money, it means that the NSF is recognizing the good work that we, as hams, are doing and the contribution we can make in the future.”

Frissell said the grant demonstrates that the scientific community is taking amateur radio seriously. “This is great for ham radio, as it provides yet another avenue for us to contribute to the art and science of radio in a meaningful way,” he said.

The space weather equipment will be developed at two levels of sophistication — one at a low-cost, easy-to-use level for radio amateurs, and another, more complex version for university partners that will allow the collection of additional data.

“The equipment and network allows us to measure and characterize ionospheric and geomagnetic short-term, small-scale variability on a large geographic scale in order to understand the response of the ionosphere to sources from above (space weather) and below (atmospheric forcing),” Frissell explained in his grant proposal. “By designing personal space weather station variants at multiple price points, open sourcing the hardware and software, and directly engaging with the ham radio community, this project maximizes the chances of widespread adoption of this system.” Frissell intends to focus his recruitment efforts through HamSCI and TAPR.

Frissell says measuring and better understanding modulations in the ionosphere is important, because these changes can affect Earth- and space-based radio signals, which can, in turn, affect satellite communication, GPS systems, HF radio, and more. In his earlier study, “Modeling Amateur Radio Soundings of the Ionospheric Response to the 2017 Great American Eclipse,” published in Geophysical Research Letters, Frissell measured changes in the ionosphere during the solar eclipse, using data collected by participating hams who engaged in the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP). His new initiative expands this model and will develop new equipment to collect and analyze additional data.

Collaborators in the NSF-funded DASI project include William Engelke, AB4EJ, and Travis Atkison of the University of Alabama; David Kazdan, AD8Y, and Soumyajit Mandal, AC8WY, of Case Western Reserve University; Hyomin Kim, KD2MCR, of the New Jersey Institute of Technology; Phil Erickson, W1PJE, of MIT’s Haystack Observatory, and Scott Cowling, WA2DFI, of TAPR and Zephyr Engineering.

A graduate of Montclair State University and Virginia Tech, Frissell joined the faculty at the University of Scranton this fall, after a stint on the New Jersey Institute of Technology faculty.

Frissell told ARRL that the 2020 HamSCI workshop will take place March 20 – 21 at the University of Scranton. He’s also hoping to take advantage of the opportunity the grant provides to establish a ham radio club at the University of Scranton.

Source:ARRL

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YOTA PA team announced!

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:13

Meet the team of young RSGB Members who will be heading out to the Netherlands (from 12 to 15 December) for the 2019 YOTA Winter camp.

 

Winter YOTA camp – Let’s go PA!

This December, we’ll be sending a team of young RSGB Members to the YOTA Winter camp taking place in the Netherlands.

Meet the team:

Charlie, 2E0FMZ

I’m an 18-year-old radio amateur from Lincolnshire although I’m mostly heard in Cambridgeshire as I attend college there. I am passionate about radio and have mostly spent my time on VHF/UHF as I don’t have a HF-capable radio. However, I have had HF operating experience at my local club LSWC/G5FZ.
I am very interested in the science behind ham radio and can’t wait to get my full licence and an HF radio. I want to try out SSTV, as well as eventually learning CW. I’m looking forward to learning new skills at this year’s Winter YOTA camp and put my existing skills to good use.

 

Joe, MW6MQW

I am a 17-year-old A Level student from Caldicot. I got into the hobby through the RAF Air Cadets not really knowing what I was getting myself into. However, the bug bit me and here I am!
I really enjoy operating using digital modes, including PSK31 and SSTV. My particular interest at the moment is experimenting with packet radio as I can link it with my interest in programming. I am greatly looking forward to the Winter camp and meeting like-minded people.

 

Lucy, M0LEJ
I am an A Level student studying Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. I was first introduced to amateur radio in 2016, when I studied for the foundation licence as part of a small group at St Richard’s Catholic College. The same year, I was fortunate to participate in the ARISS contact with Major Tim Peake.
I became fascinated by amateur radio and determined to learn more. Subsequently, I introduced my Granny to the hobby, and we both went on to obtain the full licence. I can’t wait to expand my practical experience at the YOTA camp.

 

Thomas, 2E0NUK
I am 16 years old and have been into amateur radio for two years. I first got hooked when I went to spectate at a field event with my dad to find out about how radios work and to see people talking to other amateurs all over the world.
What interests me the most about amateur radio is the fact that it gives you the ability to talk with people from around the world by transmitting and receiving over HF. I also have an interest in the technological side of radio and am fascinated with the components and the process of building your own radio.

 

Zach, 2E0IPZ
I am a 16-year-old A Level student based in Hertfordshire. I achieved my foundation licence at the age of 10 after discovering amateur radio through my guitar teacher. I have held my intermediate licence for three years.
I have learned about using Automatic Packet Response Systems and through doing a project at school I even managed to bounce signals off the International Space Station and translate them once they returned to earth. I am a member of the school radio club where we try to encourage more young people into radio.

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Well-Known Contester, DXer Paul Newberry, N4PN, SK

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 08:02

Well-known contester and DXpeditioner Paul H. Newberry, Jr., N4PN, of Macon, Georgia, died on November 5 after suffering a massive heart attack. An ARRL Life Member, Newberry turned 82 on November 1.

A major ARRL November Sweepstakes participant and perennial high-scorer, Newberry was first licensed in 1953 and operated under a long list of call signs, both foreign and domestic, and was on the air from more than 100 countries.

“I am sure like many people, we worked Paul this weekend in Sweepstakes CW,” said Ed Sawyer, N1UR, who, in a CQ-Contest post, called Newberry one of his inspirations in contesting. Sawyer said Newberry was a determined contester who enjoyed every minute of it, and was “the consummate professional on the air.”

Newberry was at 340/384 confirmed in the ARRL DXCC Mixed Standings. He was a member and past president of the Georgia Contest Group. He also belonged to the Alabama Contest Group, the Florida Contest Group, the South East Contest Club, and the Southeastern DX Club (SEDXC) and was a member of the SEDXC Hall of Fame.

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ICOM 2019 P25 CAP

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 07:55

 

 

What is P25?

P25 is a standard for the manufacturing of interoperable digital two-way wireless communications products. Sometimes also known as Project 25 or APCO P25, this is a user-driven standard, it is not industry – or Federal government – driven standard.

P25 allows for improved communications within and between agencies – especially emergency service providers. Such intra- and inter-operability is necessary for coordinating efficient and timely responses in our post-911 world.

CAP Compliant

The Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25CAP) is a voluntary program that demonstrates a supplier’s adherence to P25 standards for performance and interoperability. Public safety agencies receiving federal grant money for P25 equipment are required to purchase CAP compliant products.

The P25CAP requires equipment suppliers to submit their products to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized test laboratories for a stringent assessment process. Suppliers must also release a Supplier’s Declaration of Compliance (SDoC) and a summary test report (STR). Certification and declaration details are posted to the DHS Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) website for public safety agencies to easily identify P25CAP-compliant manufacturers.

Icom’s F9011 series portable and F9511 series mobile have P25CAP certification. Both radios are backwards compatible with legacy equipment and can easily be integrated to an existing fleet of radios. These powerful interoperable radios also meet MIL-STD 810 specifications and have been tested for dust and splash/water protection.

Icom America continues its strong support for the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP). 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the creation of Project 25 (P25), a critical suite of standards that have created the foundation for interoperable, digital, two-way wireless communications for public safety and emergency responders since 1989.

The Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) was created by legislation to ensure Project 25 equipment complies with the published P25 standards and is capable of interoperating between equipment provided by multiple manufacturers. Because of these standards, radios from different jurisdictions and suppliers can talk to one another using a P25 standard common (over the) air interface (CAI) as well as a variety of standardized system interfaces.

As its charter states: “The purpose of the program is to provide emergency response agencies with evidence that the communications equipment they are purchasing meet P25 standards for performance, conformance, and interoperability.”

The CAP test procedures enabled manufacturers to test their products and report the results. As they completed evaluations at CAP recognized laboratories, they could post their Supplier’s Declaration of Compliance (SDoCs) and Summary Test Reports (STRs) to a DHS maintained website.

The Department of Homeland Security is dealing with current funding challenges which caused the shutdown of the RKB.US website. DHS is working on new funding sources to revitalize the CAP to include a new website for manufacturers to post their test results. In the meantime, the Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) is providing a list of CAP approved products at www.project25.org for emergency response agencies to use when procuring P25 communications equipment.

In addition, Icom America is providing detailed test results for our CAP approved radios as downloadable documents here. They show all the Icom tests results to ensure emergency response agencies our P25 radios are interoperable with P25 compliant radios from other manufacturers.

Note: Project 25 is also referred to as the TIA-102 series of standards for land mobile radio communications. These American National Standards are developed by TIA, in compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) protocols. The standards are sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Officials International (APCO), the National Association of State Telecommunications Directors (NASTD), and agencies of the federal government.

Manufacturer’s Self Declarations
Download IC-F9011 Manufacturer’s Self Declaration
Download IC-F9511 Manufacturer’s Self Declaration

Summary Test Reports
Download IC-F9011 Summary Test Report
Download IC-F9511 Summary Test Report

What are some of the hallmarks of P25 technology? More choices and affordability
  • With a standard in place, government agencies can now choose from multiple vendors and products when selecting their communications equipment, ultimately saving money and gaining the freedom to select from the widest range of features.
User-friendly
  • Minimal training is required for P25 operation.
Digital and analog
  • P25 radios can communicate in analog mode with other legacy radios and they can communicate with other P25 radios in analog or digital mode.
  • P25 may be used in “talk around” mode without any intervening equipment between two radios, in conventional mode where two radios communicate through a repeater or base station without trunking or in a trunked mode. (Trunking means signals are automatically assigned to a channel by a repeater or base station.) Icom’s latest P25 radio models offer all three communication types in one package.
Improved radio spectrum efficiency
  • P25 networks will have enough capacity to handle calls and allow room for growth, even in areas where the spectrum is crowded and it’s difficult for agencies to obtain licenses for additional radio frequencies.
P25 is a North American Standard

P25 is a digital standard developed by North America. P25 is also being used in Australia and several other countries. P25 is similar to, but different than, the TETRA protocol in development and use throughout most of Europe.

AES and DES Encryption

While P25 was developed with Homeland Security in mind, non-first responders can and do use the standard. P25 is not limited to government users, it is open for use to the general public – properly licensed, of course. As an example, P25 is proving especially popular with the railroad industry.

Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 is a U.S. government computer security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the FIPS 140 Publication Series to coordinate the requirements and standards for cryptography modules that include both hardware and software components. Federal agencies and departments can validate that the module in use is covered by an existing FIPS 140-1 or FIPS 140-2 certificate that specifies the exact module name, hardware, software, firmware, and/or applet version numbers. The cryptographic modules are produced by the private sector or open source communities for use by the U.S. government and other regulated industries (such as financial and health-care institutions) that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information.

What is the future of P25?

There are two phases of P25 development. Phase 1 is complete. It specifies the use of a 12.5 kHz bandwidth in analog, digital or mixed mode. Thus, backward compatibility with older legacy radio systems is built-in.

Two-slot TDMA digital has now been approved for phase 2.

Icom already has digital radio and repeater models that operate using true 6.25 kHz digital channel spacing. However, these digital models use different protocols (IDAS, via NXDN D-STAR) and are not P25 compliant. So, Icom is already well-versed in true 6.25 kHz digital technology.

 

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Icom’s Commitment to P25 Technology

Finally, there is a choice in the public safety radio market. Icom is proud to offer MIL-SPEC rugged P25 radios that meet or exceed grant requirements governing agency purchases. We’re developing an entire family of P25 products that allow government leaders and purchasing agents the opportunity to make the most of their budgets, with the potential to put more units in the field for the same price. Digital technology is here to stay, and so is Icom. We have nearly 45 years experience in building reliable, cutting-edge radio equipment that’s coveted the world over. Count on us!

All P25 radios come with a 3 year standard warranty.

For More Detailed Information on P25

Information created by Icom America:

 

Independent P25 Resources

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14 days of work from 0 – Mega Contest Station LN8W

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 15:09

“One of the largest projects i did in such short period of time !

And yes there were a lot planing and preparation work !

11 antennas (2 Tonns of Aluminium ) and 2 +- 60m high rotary towers were assembled
and erected!

Wetter condition were not the best but not quite bad! Working in rain close to 0 deg C is not always fun !

Tower north
3 el yagi 80m
2 x 4 el yagi 40m
3 x 16 el yagi 20/15/10

Tower south
2 x 4 el yagi 40m
3 x 21 el yagi 20/15/10

All cabling on both tower is also done!

Thanks to Mika Liimatainen and Timo Korhonen towers!
Also Touko and his crew for tower erecting support!

Thanks to Kate Christensen from dynamica ropes for on time delivery of 1000m of SK78!

Thanks to Tom from Optibeam for fast production and delivery of 11 antennas and doing our (my) extra wishes !

4O3A Signature Ranko Boca for switching hardware, filters and triplexers!

Great crane driver Ole Robin Gundrosen
What a fantastic job !

Not to forget LN8W crew for great support and help on site ( list is soooooo long i‘m afraid to not miss someone thats why without names) !
Of corse thanks to Roy LA5KO for trust in me and give me opportunity to do nice project!

Off course not to forget my right hand Vlado Lesjak ….no way to do this without his help !

If you are interested into towers, antenna, cables, other hardware and of course installation of those please let me know!
We are working with many different producers choosing the best solution for you!!

We are waiting to do next project anywhere in the world !

Love my job !

Emir Memic  E7DX “

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Ever wonder how to update firmware on your IC-9700?

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 13:58
IC-9700

Thank you Hayden H. – VK7HH for sharing his video, and be sure to follow him on his Youtube channel. For more information on the update:

Update IC-9700

https://www.icom.co.jp/world/support/download/firm/IC-9700/1_20/?fbclid=IwAR1Ojfi4-C1ZKfUuTp1xoKiFcGn7e9pjSG7jApMK1XiyNhFzvt03x6SHWl8

 

Changes from Version 1.13

  • Added the Share Pictures function.
  • Added a Set mode item to detect the microphone PTT while transmitting using other than the microphone PTT.
  • Added Reflector types “DCS” and “XLX”.

Detailed information is available here.
The programming software compatible with this firmware is available here.

To update the firmware

  • Thoroughly read 13. UPDATING THE FIRMWARE of the ADVANCED MANUAL and follow the instructions displayed on the IC-9700 LCD screen.
  • This update initializes the transceiver’s settings. Save your current settings before updating the firmware, and then write it back to keep the previous setting on the updated firmware.
  • The firmware will be updated to the following versions.
    Main CPU: 1.20
    Sub CPU: 1.00
    Front CPU: 1.00
    FPGA Program: 1.05
    FPGA Data: 1.00
    DV DSP: 1.04
File Type ZIP File Size 13.0MB Manual IC-9700

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W1AW to Commemorate 98th Anniversary of First Amateur Radio Signals to Span the Atlantic

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:54

December 11 marks the 98th anniversary of the success of ARRL’s Transatlantic Tests in 1921, organized to see if low-power amateur radio stations could be heard across the Atlantic using shortwave frequencies (i.e., above 200 meters). On that day, a message transmitted by a group of Radio Club of America members at 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was copied by Paul Godley, 2ZE, in Scotland.

While the first two-way contact would not take place until 1923, the 1921 transatlantic success marked the beginning of what would become routine communication between US radio amateurs and those in other parts of the world — literally the birth of DX.

To commemorate this amateur radio milestone, Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will be on the air through the day on December 11 with volunteer operators. The goal is to encourage contacts between radio amateurs in the US and Europe while showcasing the significance of the transmissions that pioneered global communication and laid the groundwork for technology widely used today. The event will run from 1300 until 0000 UTC. Some details are still being worked out, but operation will focus on 40 and 20 meters (SSB).

Contact Clark Burgard, N1BCG, for more information. 

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New firmware for ICOM, D-STAR compatible handy device and 6 mobile devices will be released simultaneously

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 09:48

On November 6, the new firmware was released on the following six models (the version name of the released firmware in parentheses). In addition, new firmware has not been released on D-STAR compatible fixed machines such as IC-9700.

 

★ ID-31PLUS (Release J1)
 Major changes
 ・ Fixed a bug that data may be lost during communication with DV first data
 ・ Other minor corrections

★ ID-4100 (Version 1.02)
 Major changes
 ・ Fixed a bug that data may be lost during communication with DV first data
 ・ Other minor corrections

★ ID-51 <Icom 50th Anniversary Model / New Function Plus Model> (Release J2)
 Major Changes
 ・ Fixed a bug that data may be lost during communication with DV first data
 ・ Other minor corrections

 

 ID-51 PLUS2 (Release J1)
 Major changes
 ・ Fixed a bug that data may be lost during communication with DV first data
 ・ Other minor corrections

 

★ ID-5100 / D (Release J4)
 Major changes
 ・ Fixed a bug that data may be lost during communication with DV first data
 ・ Other minor corrections

 In both cases, the new firmware for the corresponding model can be obtained from the ICOM website at the following link.

● Related links: Amateur radio equipment digital device firmware / driver download (Icom)

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ICOM IC-SAT100

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 06:13

Icom’s IC-SAT100 allows users around the world to communicate with a group of PTT radios at the push of a button. To do this, the IC-SAT100 utilizes Iridium® satellite network covering the earth including both poles providing wide area global communication anywhere on the planet.

SATELLITE PTT

Icom’s IC-SAT100 radios uses SATELLITE PTT (Push-To-Talk), which is a two-way radio system using the Iridium® satellite network. This network allows you to use the IC-SAT100 in remote, isolated areas without mobile phones or landline network infrastructure or if terrestrial network infrastructure is rendered unusable by human or natural disasters.

One-to-Many Communications

Unlike satellite phones, IC-SAT100 users can immediately start talking to all the radios in the same talkgroup, with just a push of the transmit (PTT) button.

 

IC-SAT100 Features
  • Ready for harsh environments. Water, shock, dust proof with MIL-STD 810G & IP67 waterproof rating
  • Operates 100% of the globe
  • Built-in emergency key
  • Secure communications with AES encryption
  • Short Data Message function
  • Voice recording function
  • Talkgroup Scan
  • Priority Interrupt Calling
  • Vibration Alert
  • Built-in Bluetooth® and GPS Receiver
  • Compatible with other Iridium® PTT devices
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WRC-19 Day-7: 23cms and A Long Day

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 06:00

A somewhat difficult start to the day’s proceedings began with another AI-10 Proposal being introduced for WRC-23 – protecting RNSS (Galileo etc) from secondary amateur usage in the 23cm band. From an amateur viewpoint this is more complex and unwelcome as a top level WRC item, than as a local CEPT work item (which has already started).

ntroducing the proposal for ‘protecting 23cm’ from secondary amateur usage

Future mobile/IMT was also being discussed in the 3-18 GHz range (inc our 10 GHz band). Another item may even affect 241 – 700GHz. It will be a while before the WRC-23 agenda down-selection gets agreed at the conference. A busy day then continued as a raft of topics was attended, with few signs of positive progress.

AI-1.16 (5GHz) finally started on the detail of the 5725-5850 MHz band – where both amateurs and primary radars may both be impacted if unrestricted Wi-Fi was introduced. Some regional groups do have a ‘No Change’ view, whereas some have other ideas. It an example where the secondary status of amateur service has led to it being excluded from the studies for this item.

AI-1.15: This is the highest frequency item – for bands >275 GHz. Quite esoteric for most, but it is fought over just as hard as any, with earth monitoring and science lined up against new identifications (not allocations) for mobile and fixed applications.

AI-8: A standard WRC item is AI-8 regarding Allocation Footnotes. Countries are regularly asked to delete their names from these to simplify the radio regulations. However as was the case here, all too often it is used as a backdoor to expand usage. The top culprit for this was more national identifications for mobile/IMT in the 3300-3400 MHz range in Africa, the Americas etc – an amateur secondary allocation in other regions.

50 MHz – AI-1.1: A late session whose aim was to refine a grand compromise (built around the CEPT proposal) nearly unraveled. Informal discussions and assistance was lent to those concerned and more homework called for by the Chairman. Time is also overrunning too. So last week’s catchy blog title re ‘Don’t count your chickens (yet)’ really came home to roost!

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