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ISSUE No 16-19 4th November 2016

In this Issue:

  1. Business Meeting
  2. National Geographic Guide to Ham Radio
  3. The Doctor Will See You Now!
  4. Guide to using a WebSDR
  5. Broke & fixed
  6. Reminders

1. Business Meeting


The next CCARC Business meeting will be held on this Saturday 5th November 2016, commencing at 1300 hours.

2. National Geographic Guide to Ham Radio


The National Geographic Channel have produced a guide to amateur radio to support their recently released film Before Mars

The short film Before Mars provides background on two of the lead characters in the upcoming global event series Mars.

joonTeenage twin sisters Hana and Joon Seung who find an old ham radio transmitter-receiver in their attic and successfully use it to communicate with an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS).

In the story, that feat helps inspire the sisters to pursue careers in space exploration—one as an astronaut on the Mars mission, the other as an official at Mission Control.

The amateur radio researcher on the film was Michael Gilmer N2MG.

Read the Ham Radio Guide at

Watch the 33 minute National Geographic Channel short film Before Mars at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/mars/videos/before-mars/

How to hear the ISS

Find an Amateur Radio training course near you

Source:  Southgate AR News

3. The Doctor Will See You Now!


“Anderson Powerpole Connectors, and Antenna Polarization” are the topics of the latest (November 3) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen…and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices.

If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.


Source:  ARRL News

4. Guide to using a WebSDR


WebSDR‘s are a great way to listen into the short wave bands or to VHF/UHF signals in far-away locations but for the newcomer they can prove baffling to use

Michael Sansom G0POT has published a handy guide explaining what WebSDR’s are and how to use them, he explains terms such as “Waterfall” and describes step by step how to select the appropriate modulation mode and tune-in a radio signal for the first time.

He uses as an example the wide-band WebSDR run by the amateur radio club at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.

See A quick start guide to using an on-line (WebSDR) radio receiver to listen to Amateur Radio

Michael has also provided all the information in a convenient PDF, click the Download button on the page.

Twente short wave WebSDR

SUWS LF/VHF/UHF/Microwave WebSDR at Farnham near London


Source:  Southgate AR News




Nothing to report.


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Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …

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