KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog. 07 September 2014. Post #4474.

As the new week begins, here are some of the leading news stories we’re following:



Source:  QRZ.COM via W4PC

HRD Software, LLC announces the release of version 6.2.72 of Ham Radio Deluxe.  This is a maintenance release for Ham Radio Deluxe that provides fixes and enhancements to the software.  The developers have been working to address a few issues of particular concern to ur operators.  This maintenance release resolves issues regarding DM memory leak that was occurring on some machines, as well as a repair to the QSK function when selecting cluster spots.  Additionally, twelve new island groups were added to IOTA.  Additional enhancements or fixes can be viewed on our website.  We provide the 6.27 release at no charge to all registered uses of our 6.x software.  You can download the 6.27 release at:


Source:  ARRL

ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of Amateur Radio, hosted by Sean Kutzko, KX9X.  Compiled from the “ARRL Letter”, ARRL Audio News condenses the major Amateur Radio news highlights of the week into a fifteen-minute audio report. Enjoy ARRL Audio News anywhere, on your smart phone or tablet, your local repeater, or stream it on the go.  Each edition of ARRL Audio News runs about 15 minutes. For those airing the program on repeaters, listen for the letter “K” sent in Morse Code every three minutes or so.  That signals a five second pause in the audio.  We provide these breaks to give you a moment to prevent your repeater from timing out or inset a repeater ID.  The 05 September 2014 edition contains these stories:  New Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee set at $21.40; Next “Red Badge Day” will be held on 21 September 2014–this is a good chance to “rack up” some serious Centennial QSO Party Points;  Amateur Radio Transponder will accompany Japanese Asteroid Mission into deep space. To download your free copy of the ARRL Audio News, visit

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Source:  WIA News

3.4 GHz under threat in Australia.

WIA News has issued an update on the “worrying situation” regarding 3.4 GHz in Australia.  Back in June,  the WIA advised amateur radio operators that the 9 cm Amateur Radio Band may be in jeopardy.  You can read all that Roger Harrison (VK2ZRH) prepared in the “Hot Issues” section of the WIA web page, or go direct to:

Now the Department of Communications has placed a Consultation on draft Direction to the 3.4 GHz band spectrum for the National Broadcasting Broadband Network spectrum gap on the web.  An exposure draft of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (3.5 GHz frequency band) Direction 2014 has been issued for public consultation.

The draft Direction relates to the use of spectrum in 3400 MHz up to and including 3425 MHz and from 3492.5 MHz up to and including 3542.5 MHz.  Submissions to the draft proposal are due by 22 September 2014.

Essex Hams capture ISS Gagarin Images.

As part of the Essex Ham Field Day on 06 September 2014, images celebrating Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin were captured in two passes from the International Space Station.  Pete (M0PSX) from Essex Ham said, “Receiving a fairly clear signal live SSTV from the International Space Station was quite a crowd pleaser, and the icing on the cake of another fun gathering of Essex Hams.”  Four stations were active on the field day with seven different verticals deployed, either for live QSOs or for testing.  Modes worked included voice, PSK31, JT65, and SSTV.  For images from the Galleywood Common Field Day, visit

Tentative schedule set for Eritrea DXpedition.

Despite some difficulties, Zorro (JH1AJT) is still planning on operating from Eritrea, leaving Japan in the morning of Sunday, 14 September, and arriving in Asmara on Monday, 15 September arond 03:15 local time (UTC + 3).  He will be fully occupied with meetings on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 through Friday, 19 September 2014.  There will be very little time for operating during these busy days.

On Saturday, 20 September 2014, and Sunday, 21 September 2014, there will be a good chance for him to get on the air for about 20 hours.  He plans to shut down his station and leave the hotel at night.  Then he will leave Asmara at 04:15 local time, with a Japan return date of noon on Wednesday, 24 September 2014.  Catch him if you can.

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Until next time,

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM)

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