Monday, December 12, 2022
Organizers of the Dayton Hamvention® have selected “Innovation!” as the show’s theme for 2023. According to an announcement from the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, the theme “encompasses in just one word the world of amateur radio today. There are so many exciting ‘Innovations!’ worldwide in amateur radio (that) we want to capture the spirit and we expect to see many of these throughout the coming year and presented at Hamvention ’23.” The 2023 Hamvention is scheduled for May 19-21 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio.
The OMOTENASHI satellite, built by the ham radio
club at the Japanese space agency and launched to the moon by NASA’s Artemis-1
mission, is missing in action but controllers hope to find and re-establish
contact with it in March.
OMOTENASHI team prepares satellite for
launch (NASA photo)
According to the club’s website, controllers were initially able to communicate with the satellite but determined that its solar panels were facing away from the Sun and it was spinning very quickly. Attempts to stabilize it appear to have worked but the batteries apparently died before they could re-orient the solar panels. They then lost contact with the satellite but hope it will move into sunlight by March, at which time they will try to locate it and re-establish control.
Its original mission of landing on the Moon will no longer be viable, but the new hope is to demonstrate the ability to communicate with a CUBESAT beyond Earth orbit.
However, much of the station’s musical and ham radio-related programming, such as Ted Randall’s “QSO Radio Show” and Ria Jairam’s “Ria’s Shack Ham Radio,” quickly QSYed to WRMI in Miami, returning to the airwaves on 9455 kHz under the “WRMI Legends” moniker. Additional frequencies have been added at 4980, 5850 and 9395 kHz. For up-to-date schedule information, visit <wrmilegends.com>.
According to the ARRL Letter, the goal is to juxtapose old and new technology “to illustrate the accelerating evolution of amateur radio.” The station will also provide licensed hams with an opportunity to try out new digital modes without making major financial investment. The station will be staffed and maintained by members of local amateur radio clubs. The museum is expected to open this spring.