Happy New Year from Stray Signals!


Bonne Année ! Happy New Year ! Boldog Új Esztendőt ! Glückliches neues Jahr ! سنة جديدة سعيدة ! שנה טובה ! 新年好 ! Feliç Any Nou ! Godt Nytår ! Feliz Año Nuevo ! Ath Bhliain Faoi Mhaise ! Buon Anno ! Шинэ жилийн баярын мэнд хvргэе ! Gelukkig Nieuwjaar ! С Новым Годом ! สวัสดีปีใหม่ ! Aw ni san’kura ! Asgwas Amegas ! Feliz Ano Novo ! Selamat Tahun Baru ! Gott nytt år ! Godt Nyttår ! سال نو مبارک ! ਨਵੇਂ ਸਾਲ ਦੀਆਂ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ ! Καλή Χρονιά ! Manigong Bagong Taon! Masayang Bayung Banua! Mabungahong Bag-Ong Tuig! Mangamgam Bawa A Dawun Sikua Diaw Amin! Malipayon Nga Bag-Ong Tuig! Malikot Ya Balon Taon Or Maligaya Balon Taon! Aw Mauntong Na Bago Umay! Hauoli Makahiki hou! 明けましておめでとうございます! 새해 복 많이 받으세요 ! มีความสุขปีใหม่ ! खुसी नयाँ वर्ष! Mamura-way na Ba-gong Taon sa indo gabos! …

Clubs challenged to contribute to SA Amsat project

South Africa’s Kempton Park Amateur Radio Technical Society, KARTS, has taken up the fund raising challenge for SA AMSAT’s first CubeSat currently named KLETSkous by making a R500 donation to the fund.

Chairman, Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, says although it may initially be a relatively small amount in relation to the funds ultimately required, it is a start. “Our club challenges all other clubs to match or better our donation. Collectively we can help raising enough funds to make it happen”.

SA AMSAT is appreciative of the KARTS donation and thanks the members of the club for their support and initiative.

A donor list has been set up on the SA AMSAT website at www.amsatsa.org.za to acknowledge supporters of the project.
The bank account for contributions is SA AMSAT, ABSA Bank, account number 560 153 171. The branch code is 632 005.

For contributions of R500 and over a certificate of appreciation is sent to the donor, however, all contribution, irrespective of the amount, will be listed on the www.amsatsa.org.za.


UKube-1 in SatMagazine

The January 2014 issue of the free SatMagazine features the UKube-1 CubeSat built at Clyde Space in Glasgow

UKube-1 carries an amateur radio 435/145 MHz linear transponder for SSB/CW communications and should launch later this year.

The magazine also covers some of the many other CubeSats launched recently including Cape-2, KySat-2, ChargerSat-2, Trailblazer, TJ3SAT, DragonSat-1, COPPER and PhoneSat. There is also an article on the upcoming launch of the Planet Labs constellation of twenty eight 3U CubeSats.

Download the January 2014 SatMagazine from

UK CubeSat Forum

Special event station GB1RNLI

Look for special event station GB1RNLI to
be active between January 25-26th and possibly some limited operations
on the evenings of Tuesday, Jan. 28th and Thursday, Jan. 30th.

special event callsign will be used by Worksop Amateur Radio Society to
promote ‘SOS Radio Week’ (Jan. 25th-Feb. 2nd) which is held each year to
support the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

This year the
club will be operating on HF (40-10m) and VHF 6m, 2m and 70cm using CW,
SSB and Data modes.

The WAB Square is SK57.
QSL via eQSL or by the Bureau.

Full details about the RNLI are available at: http://www.rnli.org

St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe (SP3RN) Anniversary

8 January is the birthday of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe (SP3RN), Patron Saint of amateur radio operators. To mark that date, as well as the 75th Anniversary of the Radio Niepo-kalanów founded by St. Maximilian, several special-event stations plan to operate from Poland and Italy.

Twin stations: 3Z120SMK and II2SMK will be active from Kraków and Varese, respectively, on 8-28 January 2014. Other memorial stations: HF120MK SN120MK SN0MMK SN120MMK and HF0RN SN0RN SN75RN will be on the air from 8 January to 14 August 2014. A Polish and an Italian Award will be available for working the special-event and other associated stations.

Father Maximilian was fascinated by mass media in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He established large printing plants in Poland and Japan for his Franciscan Order publications. When he was on a mission to Japan (as well as China and India), he got acquainted with broadcasting and amateur-radio stations. That medium could reach those who were unable to read in those years.

Upon arrival back in Poland, he applied for a broadcasting license.
The radio was a strategic medium in the 1930’s and only the Polish Radio (1925) and a military radio station were permitted to broadcast. Besides, amateur radio movement was thriving in Poland: clubs were already established in Lvov, Warsaw, Poznan, Kraków, Lodz and other cities.

Father Maximilian was permitted to broadcast test transmissions close to the 40 m amateur radio band in 1938. His interest in amateur radio has been confirmed by quotations from his writings. He chose the SP3RN callsign for his test transmissions (spelt in Polish: Stacja Polska 3 Radio Niepokalanów).

Father Maximilian was murdered in the German Nazi Auschwitz Concentration Camp after he had volunteered his life for the life of another inmate, randomly selected for execution.

Beatified by Pope Paul VI on 17.10.1971. Canonized as St. Maximilian Apostle of Consecration to Mary and declared Martyr of Charity by Pope John Paul II on 10.10.1982. Considered a Patron of journalists, families, prisoners, the pro-life movement and the chemically addicted. Patron Saint of amateur radio operators.


73, Henry SP9JPA



Cycling around the world discovering true Amateur Radio spirit

This is the story of an adventure across countries, continents and cultures, enriched by the spirit of Amateur Radio.

OZ1AA left Copenhagen by bicycle in October 2010 not knowing what to expect. After more than 20,000 km and three years on the road he learned that there is always a radio amateur around, ready to give a helping hand.

More information at www.cyclingtheglobe.com

Building a Remotely Operated Station

On Tuesday, January 7, John Regnault G4SWX will be giving a talk on remotely operated stations to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society

In the talk, John will review both the regulatory and technical issues highlighting some of the pitfalls. On the technical side he will highlight the importance of maintaining full control of the station with the possibility, internet permitting, of a live demonstration.

John Regnault G4SWX has had over two years extensive experience of remote station operation including operating 144MHz EME from Ofcom HQ and as from Cambridge University as GB2EME.   Although John is the RSGB’s VHF Manager, his talk will be equally relevant to operation of LF, HF, VHF or microwave amateur stations.

The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society meeting takes place at the Oaklands Museum, Moulsham Street, CM2 9AQ on Tuesday, January 7. The doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

A map showing the venue can be seen at

CARS also run amateur radio training courses on Thursday evenings at the Danbury Village Hall. To find out more speak to Clive G1EUC

Tel: 01245-224577
Mob: 07860-418835

E-mail: training2014 at g0mwt.org.uk

Web: http://www.g0mwt.org.uk/training

Gwent radio hams ready to help in emergency

The South Wales Argus reports on Gwent’s RAYNET amateur radio emergency communications group

The newspaper says: 

Around 20 Gwent members volunteer their time in planning for “civil emergencies” and practice what they would do if mobile phone masts and modern technology lost power.

Using battery-powered radio equipment and, increasingly, digital technology, RAYNET members can send messages on behalf of the emergency services and typically get involved in emergency exercises arranged by councils, such as “Grief Encounter” organised by Monmouthshire Council in 2011, simulating a train crash.

They also help at charity events like the TumbleUp4Life bike ride for cancer planned next year.

Read the full story at


RAYNET – The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network


Amateur radio club hosting event today in Silver Lake

The Lakes Area Amateur Radio Club will be out in full force today, Jan. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at Silver Lake Village Hall ready to show all interested parties how to operate a ham radio.

Visitors to Kids Day will be able to talk to people from various other places with the aid of a licensed radio operator, learn Morse Code and the phonetic alphabet used by the military and practice on a code oscillator.

marine beacons and today’s communications

marine beacons and today’s communications

The annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August aims to raise public awareness of the need to preserve old marine beacons, promote modern Amateur Radio and foster international goodwill.

So far nearly 140 registrations have been received from 23 countries stretching from South, Central and North America, across to Oceania, Asia, Africa and throughout Europe.

One of the latest registrations was built in the 19th century, the square shaped tower of Brazil’s Cristovao Pereira Lighthouse that will be on air as ZV3CP.

The objective of this fun-event is for individuals or groups to set up portable stations at a lighthouse, lightship or marine beacon, for part or all of the designated weekend in August.

Some are in disrepair or the target of vandalism. This is where Amateur Radio portable operations can help draw the attention to the need for heritage protection and restoration of beacons to their former glory.

For the guidelines or to make an online registration for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August the 16th and 17th visit the website www.illw.net

im Linton VK3PC

Kids Day is January 5

The Wireless institute of Australia (WIA) remind us that amateur radio Kids Day takes place Sunday, January 5

If you hear “CQ Kids Day” please reply.

Kids Day is an excellent opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio satellites to youngsters and let them get some hands-on experience.

The suggested exchange is name, age, location, and favourite colour. There is no limit on operating time, and stations may work each other more than once if the operator has changed.

All participants are encouraged to post stories and photos to the Kids Day Soapbox page and are eligible to receive a colourful certificate.

You can download the free certificate, customized with the youngsters’ names, after filling out the Kids Day Survey found on the same page as the certificate generator.

Kids Day http://www.arrl.org/kids-day

Source WIA News