Wednesday, September 06, 2017

FEMA Announces Regions that Could Activate on 60-Meters for Hurricane Irma

The below listed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regions, including call signs, could be activating the 5 MHz/60-meter band frequencies in support of a possible response to Hurricane Irma on September 5.
  • Region 1 — KF1EMA
  • Region 2 — KF2EMA (includes Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands)
  • Region 3 — KF3EMA
  • Region 4 — KF4EMA
  • Region 6 — KF6EMA
  • Maynard MERS — NF1EMA
  • Thomasville MERS — NF4EMA
  • Denton MERS — NF6EMA
The following suppressed-carrier reference frequencies, also known as dial frequencies or window frequencies, 5330.5 kHz, 5346.5 kHz, 5357.0 kHz, 5371.5 kHz, and 5403.5 kHz, may be used as part of the event.

Amateur Radio HF Nets
Friendly Net 7188.0 kHz 1000-12:00 UTC
Caribbean Emergency Weather Net 3815.0 kHz 1030 UTC and 2200 UTC
Maritime Mobile Service Network 14300.0 kHz 1200-0200 UTC
Hurricane Watch Net 14325.0 kHz National Hurricane Center callsign WX4NHC

Amateur Radio US Virgin Islands Repeaters
St. Croix NP2VI - 147.250/147.850 PL 100.0 Hz
St. Thomas KP2O - 146.810/146.210 PL 100.0 Hz
St. Thomas NP2GO - 146.950/146.350 PL 67.0 Hz
St. Thomas KP2T - 146.970/146.370
St. John KP2SJ - 146.630/ 146.030 PL 100.0 Hz (West side of island coverage only)

VOIP Weather Net Active for Irma

If you are equipped for amateur radio Echolink operations, the VOIP weather net is now active on Echolink Node 7203 for Hurricane Irma.

More frequencies and information will be posted shortly on this blog.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ham Radio Digital Voice

For years now I have watched as a revolution has taken over the ham radio bands - digital communications in all forms across our entire spectrum. While I have embraced to the HF digital revolution big time here at the N5FPW Btown Monitoring Post, I haven't really dived into the digital voice revolution until now.

I recently purchased a DV4Mini from Wireless Holdings LLC ( and since I already had an Icom ID-51A Plus D-Star handheld and a TYT MD-380G DMR handheld, I have now put those two rigs to use with my DV4Mini. This is pretty cool technology and a great place to meet new hams from around the world and participate in the many DV nets in the DV universe.

So as time permits I will be adding more coverage here on various DV topics. To get things started I have added a bunch of DV related website links. More is on the way including some articles and perm pages for reference at the top of this blog page.

73 and CU in the Ham DVsphere.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Summer 2017 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2017 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH. This all important semi-annual information resource is your electronic guide to the world of shortwave radio listening.

The release of this book is very timely for international radio monitors given the recent outbreak of tensions in the world hotspots of Eastern Europe, Middle East, East Asia and the Korean Peninsula.

Shortwave radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Shortwave radio broadcast aren’t restricted by country borders or oceans, and can propagate thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, in over 300 different languages and dialects. These worldwide transmissions are monitored on internationally assigned radio frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz.

There are even broadcasts from the dark side, transmitted from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are wrapped in mystery and intrigue, and they usually exist to bring about some sort of political change to the country they are targeting. Programming may largely be half-truths or sometimes even outright lies, but it is essentially propaganda for their cause.

Listeners who live in the United States can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have an inexpensive shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon electronic book is your ticket the travel the world via radio. The ISWBG is our exclusive 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” of the known longwave, selected mediumwave and shortwave radio stations currently broadcasting at time of publication. This unique radio hobby resource is the “only” radio hobby publication that has by-hour station schedules that include all language services, frequencies and world target areas.

New in this eighth edition of the ISWBG is an Surfing the Shortwave Radio Bands without a Radio by senior radio monitor Larry Van Horn Summertime Listening on Shortwave, by shortwave program specialist Fred Waterer, and a feature very timely feature - When News Breaks: Getting Your News from the Front Lines through streaming media by Loyd Van Horn.

There is also an expanded special feature on Who’s Who in the shortwave radio spectrum by former Monitoring Times editor and feature writer Larry Van Horn N5FPW. This story covers services and frequencies outside the regular broadcast and amateur radio bands, and includes our new, exclusive Hot HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list. The final feature article in this edition is Getting Started in Shortwave Radio, a primer, by Spectrum Monitor managing editor Ken Reitz KS4ZR.

Also included in this edition is increased frequency and station coverage of longwave broadcasters, selected medium wave broadcast frequencies used by international broadcasters, all known international standard time and frequency stations transmitting worldwide, and some selected spy numbers broadcasts.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Summer 2017 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from at

The price for this latest edition is still US$7.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular website.

This new e-publication edition is a much expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide that was formerly published in the pages of the former Monitoring Times magazine for well over 20 years. This one of a kind e-book is published twice a year to correspond with shortwave station’s seasonal time and frequency changes.

Don’t own a Kindle reader from Amazon? Not a problem. You do not need to own a Kindle to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps on literally any electronic media platform.

The Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. There is a Kindle app available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; Android Phone; Android Tablet; PC; Windows 8; Mac Kindle Cloud Reader; Windows Phone; Samsung; BlackBerry 10; BlackBerry; amd WebOS. This means with a free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed*. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (, The Btown Monitor Post ( and The Shortwave Central ( for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of news and major events as they happen.

Whether you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to get in on the action outside of the ham bands, then this new electronic book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CAS-4A and CAS-4B Linear Transponder Frequencies Announced

XW-2A satellite was launched September 19, 2015 (Graphic courtesy of UK AMSAT)

Frequencies for the CAS-4A and CAS-4B Linear Transponder satellites have been announced by IARU - launch was planned for March 31, 2017. Story at

• Linear transponder downlink 145.870 MHz, emission designator 20K0V8WWF, output power 20 dBm
• Linear transponder uplink 435.220 MHz
• CW telemetry beacon 145.855 MHz, emission designator 100HA1AAN, output power 17 dBm
• GMSK telemetry 145.835 MHz, emission designator 16K0F1DCN, output power 20 dBm

• Linear transponder downlink 145.925 MHz, emission designator 20K0V8WWF, output power 20 dBm
• Linear transponder uplink 435.280 MHz
• CW telemetry beacon 145.910 MHz, emission designator 100HA1AAN, output power 17 dBm
• GMSK telemetry 145.890 MHz, emission designator 16K0F1DCN, output power 20 dBm
IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination pages

Sunday, March 12, 2017

AMSAT News Service AMS-071

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on publishes news of Amateur Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor at

In this edition:

* US ARISS Proposal Window Remains Open Through April 15, 2017
* First Moon Bounce using Opera
* NEON - NASA Educators Online Network - ANNOUNCEMENTS
* Cubesat Developers Workshop 2017
* ARISS News

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ANS-071 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 071.01
March 12, 2017
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US ARISS Proposal Window Remains Open Through April 15, 2017

Message to US Educators Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window February 15 – April 15, 2017

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2017.  Proposal information and documents can be found at

The Opportunity
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact
with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA and CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space).

More Information
Interested parties can find more information about the program at and

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Sessions go to

Please direct any questions to ariss at

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between Blair Pointe Upper   Elementary School, Peru, IN, USA and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough   KE5HOD using Callsign NA1SS. The contact began Thu 2017-03-09   15:21:33 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was   Direct via WD9GIU.
ARISS Mentor was Charlie AJ9N.

+ A Successful contact was made between 3rd Junior High School, Komotini, Greece and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD using   Callsign OR4ISS. The contact began  Fri 2017-03-10 08:20:46 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via  SV7APQ. ARISS Mentor was Bertus PE1KEH.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

McBride  High School, Long Beach, CA, direct via K6MHS
The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG
Contact is a go for: Wed 2017-03-15 16:28:44 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above information]



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