On May 18, the Brazilian YL Alda Schlemm
Niemeyer, PP5ASN, celebrated her 100th birthday.
It is known far beyond the borders of Brazil.
She was born in Joinville, Brazil, and grew
up in Curitiba. As a young girl she came
to Germany. After the outbreak of World
War II, she, her sister and mother remained
on DL for nine years and could not return
to Brazil and her family.
She worked as a nurse, married in her first
marriage and had three children. In 1945
she returned to Curitiba. Separated and
later widowed, she then married the physician
Dr. Eric R. Niemeyer, with whom she had
three other children. Today Alda is the
grandmother of 13 grandchildren. In the
70s she discovered her greatest hobby: amateur
radio. Since 1976 she has been a member
of the amateur radio club of Blumenau (South
Brazil). She gained greater notoriety in
1983 and 1984 when she helped with the help
of amateur radio in major floods in Blumenau.
In 1995 she published the book "SOS ? A
Valley Calls for Help", in which she co-authored
the book" Ivan Dornelles, PY3IDR, has made
a documentary about Alda, which is available
on YouTube: https://youtu.be/F9GHZaHE48I.
In Portuguese, you can display subtitles
and have them automatically translated to
German. The amateur radio portal QRZ NOW
reports on this. Less.
An update of the popular MMSSTV slow-scan
television (SSTV) software is now available.
Eugenio Fernandez, EA1ADA, has introduced
YONIQ, which he calls a modern version of
MMSSTV. “We are excited to finally be able
to offer the entire radio community the
revamped MMSSTV with the nickname YONIQ
also in English,” he said. YONIQ is available
in English and Spanish. The software offers
several improvements, including an indication
of the percentage of image sent and received,
improved image reception settings, and a
more-modern interface, among other things.
Download YONIQ by clicking on the link “Descarga
de MMSSTV 1.13 YONIQ” on the Grupo
Radio Galena website.
Frank Donovan, W3LPL, notes that the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
has published its official updated prediction
of Solar Cycle 25 in new, interactive Solar
Cycle Progression graphs.
The updated prediction is based on the results
of NOAA’s Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel.
“SWPC forecasts a solar maximum between
105 and 125, with the peak occurring between
November 2024 and March 2026,” Donovan said.
“There is broad consensus that solar minimum
is ongoing this year ? or may have already
occurred ? and that Cycle 25 will have no
major change in the level of solar activity
compared to Cycle 24.”
explained, for many years the SWPC’s solar
cycle predictions have used the Royal Observatory
of Belgium’s International Sunspot Number.
SWPC’s official solar cycle prediction now
uses the SWPC sunspot number. The International
Sunspot Number is typically about one-third
lower than the SWPC sunspot number.
“While this is SWPC’s official Cycle 25
prediction, it’s important to note there
is still divergence among various forecasting
methods and members of the space weather
forecasting community,” Donovan said. “Most
forecasts and forecasters agree that the
Cycle 25 peak is likely to be within ±20%
of Cycle 24 and is likely to occur between
2024 and 2027.”
Administered Amateur Exam Systems Showing Promise ≫
Facing a growing demand for amateur radio
exam sessions in a time of social distancing
and stay-at-home orders, sponsors of some
Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams have risen
to the challenge and are developing systems
to remotely proctor test sessions.
“Many of our VEs and VE Teams have been
working on remotely proctored exam session
ideas, employing both video and in-person
components ? following social distancing
protocols,” ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator
(VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said.
“We have been receiving interesting and
innovative suggestions, and we appreciate
the dedication and ingenuity our examiners
have shown.” Read
The claimed transatlantic record on 2 meters
has been extended to nearly 4,760 kilometers
“The incredible tropo conditions between
Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean continue
to amaze with transatlantic contacts on
144 MHz and 432 MHz being made,” John Desmond,
EI7GL, said in a blog post. The April 8
FT8 contact was between D4VHF in the Cape
Verde Islands and PJ2BR on Curacao. The
distance covered was some 300 kilometers
greater than the previous transatlantic
record, set last summer by D41CV and NP4BM.
The new 2-meter transatlantic record distance
is about 10 kilometers short of the IARU
Region 1 tropospheric propagation record
on that band, Desmond said.
On April 7, an operator at D4VHF and Burt
Demarcq, FG8OJ, on Guadeloupe completed
the first direct transatlantic contact on
70 centimeters, spanning 3,867 kilometers
(2,398 miles) using FT8..
Announces Delay in Delivery of New IC-705 Transceiver
04/06/2020 Icom has announced that delivery
of the new IC-705 HF ? 430 MHz all-mode
10 W transceiver, which was scheduled to
be released in March, has been pushed back
to later this year because the coronavirus
pandemic has delayed the delivery of some
components. “We are sorry to share this
disappointing news,” Icom said, “and as
soon as we have more information, we will
post it on our website and social media
pages.” Many radio amateurs had made reservations
for the IC-705.
Marconi Day 2020 has been Canceled≫
31/2020 The annual International Marconi
Day (IMD) ham radio operating event that
was set to take place on April 25 has been
canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 24-hour amateur radio event celebrates
the birth of Marconi on April 25, 1874.
Sponsored by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club,
which operates as GB4IMD, International
Marconi Day features participating stations
operating at sites having a personal connection
to Marconi, including places where he set
up transmitting and receiving stations.
ARRL W1AWへのツアーとゲスト訪問を中断 ≪ARRL
Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW≫
As part of efforts under way to help protect
the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters
employees and volunteers from the impacts
of the coronavirus, ARRL has decided to suspend
all tours and guest visits to Hiram Percy
Maxim Memorial Station W1AW and ARRL Headquarters,
effective Monday, March 16. Out of an abundance
of caution, this suspension will be in effect
until further notice.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may
cause to our members and their guests who
had been planning to visit us in Newington,
Connecticut. We feel, however, that this is
a necessary precaution and is in keeping with
the guidance being provided by federal and
local health professionals.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding
as we all endeavor to deal with this difficult
public health situation.
Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show≫
For the first time in its 68-year history,
Dayton HamventionR will not take place this
year, due to concerns about the coronavirus
outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected,
given widespread cancelations of public gatherings
and a national state of emergency.
“The Hamvention Executive Committee has been
monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked
very closely with our local and state health
departments. It is with a very heavy heart
the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided
to cancel Hamvention for this year,” Hamvention
General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said in
announcing the cancelation on March 15. “This
decision is extremely difficult for us, but
with around 2 months until the Great Gathering
we felt this action necessary. More specific
details regarding the closure will soon be
posted. Thank you for your understanding in
this time of international crisis.
” The Dayton Hamvention cancelation comes
less than a week after the International DX
Convention in Visalia, California, called
off this year’s show. The Dayton Amateur Radio
Association (DARA) sponsors Hamvention.
Since 2017, Hamvention has been held each
May at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo
Center in Xenia, Ohio. The international gathering
attracted more than 32,000 visitors in 2019.
Hamvention’s announcement has caused the cancelation
of other associated events. These include
Contest University, the Contest Dinner, and
the Top Band Dinner.
Hamvention Officials Keeping an Eye on Coronavirus Situation≫
a little more than 10 weeks away, Hamvention
officials say they are closely following the
coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Show organizers
will post updates as the May 15 ? 17 event
nears, but they’re optimistic that coronavirus
will not be an issue.
“At this time, the Hamvention Executive Committee
has been in contact with the Greene County
Public Health Department, and we do not anticipate
any impact because of this issue,” a March
3 Hamvention statement said. The Greene County
Public Health Department reports that no cases
of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ohio.
“Greene County Public Health is working closely
with the Ohio Department of Health and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
and are prepared to respond, should there
be a community spread of COVID-19,” the Hamvention
statement noted. “The current risk to the
general public is very low. Travel advisories
are in effect, and can change anytime, so
please see the CDC
Travel Advisory webpage
” The Hamvention advisory pointed out the
best ways to prevent becoming infected or
spreading the virus.
・Wash your hands often with soap and water,
or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
・ Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
・ Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a
・ Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
・ Stay home if you are ill and avoid close
contact with others.
・ Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced
meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
・ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects
UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has
said it no longer will issue two-letter suffix
call signs to Full Licence holders. Since
mid-2018, radio amateurs attaining the highest-class
license have been able to apply for “short”call
signs such as M5xx. The policy has provided
a major incentive to upgrade. Ofcom said call
signs with only two letters in the suffix
are only available to applicants who previously
held them. The change in policy affects the
granting of old amateur radio call signs issued
prior to World War II, but it does not affect
call signs Ofcom has already issued. ? Thanks
to Southgate Amateur Radio News.
122 GHzで新しい世界距離記録を獲得 ≪New
World Distance Record Claimed on 122 GHz≫
A new world distance record of 139 kilometers
(86.2 miles) is being claimed by radio amateurs
in northern California. This tops the record
of 114 kilometers set in 2005 by WA1ZMS and
W4WWQ, according to the Distance
Records on the ARRL
The February 17, 2020, contact was between
Mike Lavelle, K6ML, on Mount Vaca (CM88WJ75ON)
at 835 meters (2,739.5 feet) above sea level,
and Oliver Barrett, KB6BA (at 1225 UTC), and
Jim Moss, N9JIM (at 1250 UTC), both on Mount
Umunhum (CM97BD18VJ) at 1,016 meters (3333.3
feet) above sea level.
Lavell reports the dew point was -11 °C, the
air temperature was 15 °C, the path loss was
about 225 dB, and atmospheric loss was approximately
“CW was used, 122 GHz signals were very weak
(7 dB above the noise in 22 Hz; -13 in 2500
Hz equivalent) with [fading] down to the noise
floor,” Lavelle told ARRL. “Dishes were aligned
on 24 GHz (71 dB above the noise) prior to
[moving] to 122 GHz; we heard signals right
away on 122 GHz.” The stations employed 60-centimeter
satellite TV dishes and ran “somewhat less
than half a milliwatt” on 122 GHz, Lavelle
World Amateur Radio Day ≪Date：April
18, 2020 Time： All Day≫
Amateur Radio Union
Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take
to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur
Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that
the International Amateur Radio Union was
formed in Paris.
Amateur Radio experimenters were the first
to discover that the short wave spectrum???far
from being a wasteland???could support worldwide
propagation. In the rush to use these shorter
wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger
of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history
has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris
in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur
Just two years later, at the International
Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained
the allocations still recognized today???160,
80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Since its founding,
the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and
expand the frequency allocations for Amateur
Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened
administrations in every part of the globe,
radio amateurs are now able to experiment
and communicate in frequency bands strategically
located throughout the radio spectrum. From
the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925,
the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies
in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe,
Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia.
Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3
is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the
Pacific island nations, and most of Asia.
The International Telecommunication Union
(ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing
the interests of Amateur Radio.
Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than
ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!
World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU
Member-Societies can show our capabilities
to the public and enjoy global friendship
with other Amateurs worldwide. We have provided
a poster for World Amateur Radio Day. Any
club may download it and use it to promote
WARD in their area. The poster comes in two
sizes: 61cm x 91cm and a small (A4) flyer.
x 91cm と 小さな（A4）チラシの 2つのサイズがあります 。
、K1ZZのIARU 秘書 David Sumnerにメールを送信してください。 4月18日は、アマチュアラジオのすべてが、私たちが教えるのに役立つ科学、私たちが提供できるコミュニティサービス、そして私たちが持っている楽しさを祝い、世界に伝える日です。
Amateur Radio Dayのポスター
Amateur Radio Union≫
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
has completed the makeover of its main website
and the three regional websites ? all with
the same basic design. The three regional
sites can be accessed directly from the IARU
home page. All of the updated pages are organized
to broadly mirror the structure of the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU)
and its related regional telecommunication
organizations. The IARU regions are Region
1 ? Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern
Asia; IARU Region 2 ? The Americas, and IARU
Region 3 ? Asia-Pacific. The Region 2 web
page is available in English or Spanish. Each
page offers a look at recent IARU news and
events. ? Thanks to IARU Secretary David Sumner,
The Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said, A41AA,
on January 10. He was 79. The Diwan of the
Royal Court has declared 3 days of mourning,
with the flag flown at half-mast for the next
40 days. The sultan was the patron and sponsor
of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS)
and its A47RS club station. He had been the
Sultan of Oman since 1970.
AMSAT CW Activity Day 2020 will take place
on January 1, 2020 (UTC), sponsored by AMSAT.
All radio amateurs are invited to participate
in the annual event ? in 2020 being held in
memory of Larry Brown, W7LB, and Keith Pugh,
W5IU. Participation is easy: Operate on CW
through any Amateur Radio satellite on New
Year’s Day. Straight keys or bugs are encouraged
but not required. If you use AO-7, observe
the QRP rules currently in effect for the
45-year-old satellite. ? thanks to AMSAT Senior
Advisor Ray Soifer, W2RS .