Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2061 for Friday, April 28, 2017:
April 28, 2017
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2061 for Friday, April 28, 2017 – Audio https://www.arnewsline.org/s/Report2061.mp3
Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2061 with a release date of Friday, April 28 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a QST. Hams in the UK take on the rising noise floor. There’s a repeater group in Canada that’s gone international. And an Indiana high school launches a balloon project. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2061 comes your way right now.
SOUNDING OFF ABOUT QRM IN THE UK
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We open this week’s newscast with word that in the global battle against the rising noise floor, amateurs in the UK are ramping up their own efforts against QRM. With those details is Amateur Radio Newsline’s Ed Durrant DD5LP.
ED’S REPORT: There’s more than just a little bit of noise being generated in the UK lately about QRM. Just as the Radio Society of Great Britain is taking Ofcom to task over the regulator’s handling of complaints about man-made interference on the radio spectrum, hams, short-wave listeners, CB radio enthusiasts and others are working together to save the bands’ quality. The website, u-k-q-r-m dot O-R-G dot U-K, hosts the organisers’ campaign urging radio enthusiasts to reach out, most especially in these weeks before the UK’s June 8th. general election and have candidates to commit to solving the problem – even if it means dissolving Ofcom and replacing it with a new regulator.
In the meantime, the website also advises all radio operators to contact Ofcom with their noise issues once they have determined the QRM is caused by something not on their property.
The UKQRM website also shares ways to help track down the QRM’s source and report it. The rising noise floor on the bands has gained attention in numerous other countries too – most recently in South Africa where the South African Radio League held a study group in late April to formulate a strategy against excessive QRM.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Ed Durrant DD5LP
IN INDIA, ATTENTION TO ANTENNAS
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In India, where mountaineering and amateur radio are starting to converge for reasons of navigation and safety, one club is helping adventurers sort out the important business of antennas. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Jason Daniels VK2LAW has those details.
JASON: Mountaineer Chanda Gayen became the third woman from West Bengal to successfully scale Mount Everest in 2013. The following year, she and her two Sherpa guides were killed in an avalanche at an altitude of more than 26,200 feet on Mount Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain in…