The importance of IARU & National Societies

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The importance for radio amateurs to join and be members of their National Societies, and in extension the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), has once again been made evident, closer to home this time.

It seems that a radio amateur, not a member of CARS, had sent a written complaint to the Regulator for Radio Communications in Cyprus, complaining that a number of the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society repeaters were illegal for not meeting European Union Radio Equipment Directive (RED) known as Directive 2014/53/EE, because they are homebrew! The Regulator contacted CARS requesting: Continue reading

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Preparatory lessons for the amateur radio licence examination

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CARS will be launching a series of lessons, that aim to cover the syllabus that one needs to cover in order to successfully pass the amateur radio examination.

In the age of Covid-19, social distancing and lockdowns, the lessons will be held via teleconferencing. We shall be utilizing Microsoft Teams for the lessons, graciously provided by our sponsor, Microsoft, as part of it’s worldwide support for non-profit organizations.

The lessons are being offered for free to all those who join the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society, or for a small fee to all those who do not wish to become members. Continue reading

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IARU Region 1 Virtual General Conference

iaru_r1_vgcIf the Covid-19 pandemic had not taken over the whole world, a Cyprus Amateur Radio Society delegate would be currently be flying to Novi Sad in Serbia for the IARU Region 1 General Conference.

Unfortunately the pandemic is upon us. The IARU Region 1 committee has therefore decided to hold a Virtual General Conference instead, taking place from Sunday 11th to Friday 16th October 2020 using the GoToMeeting platform. Continue reading

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Cyprus accession to the “Parks on the Air” (POTA) program

poya_logoI am happy to announce Cyprus’s accession to the “Parks on the Air” (POTA) program.

Parks on the Air (POTA) was founded to encourage amateur-radio operators who enjoy the outdoors — but who may not be interested in or able to take long hikes or make steep climbs — to blend their interests by operating from municipal, county, state, provincial, and national parks around the world.

The program is designed to “promote emergency awareness and communications from national and state/province level parks.” There are more than 150 sites to choose from in Cyprus. See the relevant POTA section of the CARS website for more information. Continue reading

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5B4NC Fox Hunting Game

ardf-bThe CARS Nicosia Club organized an ARDF (Amateur Radio Direction Finding) game on Saturday the 20th of June 2020 at the Athalassa National Park. The game had a duration of about 2 hours providing the 5B4NC members the opportunity to meet in person after a long time, in an open space, keeping distance in accordance with the COVID-19 suggested precautions.

As 20th of June  happened to be the international kids day, the event gave us the opportunity to play radio with our children as well, and become kids for a while. Continue reading

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CARS launches a “SWL callsign” allocation service

ats_909_worldband_receiverA new exciting service is being launched by CARS.

Using a fully automated, online registration system, CARS shall be allocating SWL callsigns (for use exclusively for receiving signals).

The service is aimed at persons or students who show an interest in shortwave radio and/or amateur radio, or who may be interested in obtaining an official amateur radio license, but may not have prepared for the HAREC examination yet. Continue reading

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Nick Waite 5B4FL – Silent Key

Nick 5B4FL on the left

Nick 5B4FL on the left

It is with great sadness that the Cyprus amateur radio community mourns the passing of Nick J. Waite, 5B4LF.

“Nick was a big 6m DX’er and instigative in forming the UK Six Metre Group”, remembers G8VR, Kerry. Nick worked many countries on 6 meters while in England and over 200 from Cyprus. Nick was a TV News Engineer.

Nick was also very active within CARS, and had been instrumental in the management of the CARS website for a number of years. He was also handling all CARS communication with radio amateurs wishing to visit Cyprus.

He was a great friend to many and he will be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences to Nick’s family.

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YOTA online – 28th May 2020 from 1800 UTC

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YOTA online

28th May 2020 from 21:00 Cyp (18:00 UTC)

WHAT?

The Youth Working Group within the IARU Region 1 created a newly developed program called “YOTA online”. In these monthly gatherings we will try to bring the YOTA feeling towards the online community and spread the word that there is youth in ham radio. A YOTA team consisting of active youngsters will present different topics, while answering questions from the community. Continue reading

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ARISS multi-point telebridge contact via AB1OC

ariss_northvaAmateur Radio is all about the advancement of the art of communication.

The lockdown has not stood in the way of radio amateurs from continuing to improve and advance amateur radio.

On April 30, as part of the ARISS program, radio amateurs managed to connect a group of students with an astronaut on the International Space Station, but this time with a twist… Continue reading

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World Amateur Radio Day

wardWorld Amateur Radio Day (WARD) on Saturday, April 18, will mark the 95th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and Radio Amateurs celebrate the day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the shortwave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was Continue reading

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