Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Club connection: Ham radio operators tuned in for next weekend's Hamfest » Knoxville News Sentinel

Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville (RACK) ham radio aficionados are excited about next weekend’s Hamfest & Electronics Exposition. RACK’s 47th annual Hamfest will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 at Kerbela Temple. Admission is $7 though it’s free for public officials and folks in uniform (military, scouts, etc.), as well as kids under 12. Anyone who enjoys ham radios, electronics, antique radios and the like will likely enjoy the event.

According to Hamfest Director and RACK member Lou Dreinhoefer, Hamfest will include forums, exhibits and demonstrations; breakfast and lunch concessions; equipment sales tailgating outside; and onsite VE radio exams. The event, recognized by American Radio Relay League (ARRL) as the state convention for Tennessee, is both a public service for “hams” but also RACK’s only major fundraiser...

Club connection: Ham radio operators tuned in for next weekend's Hamfest » Knoxville News Sentinel

Ghana Business News » Ghana holds first amateur radio administration course workshop

The first Amateur Radio Administration course, aimed at bringing together operators, industry experts and other relevant bodies to exchange experiences and best practices in the field, is underway in Accra.

The weeklong workshop is being organised by the National Communication Authority (NCA) in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)...

Ghana Business News » Ghana holds first amateur radio administration course workshop

Where was Charlie? Checking in with Sierra Saylors | Nooga.com

The National Association for Amateur Radio characterizes amateur or ham radio as “a popular hobby and a service” that allows enthusiasts to enjoy their “deep appreciation of the radio art.”
It’s not a typical hobby for a 10-year-old girl, but for one Trenton, Ga., resident, ham radio is a fascinating pastime for which she now holds a license.   
Sierra Saylors recently earned her initial status as a certified amateur radio operator, passing the technician exam last week, and will soon begin the process of obtaining her general license.
“I like that I’m meeting new people and getting to talk to other people,” she said...

Where was Charlie? Checking in with Sierra Saylors | Nooga.com

Amateur Ham Radio Event - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

BILLINGS -
Ham Radio Operators from all over the world participated in the International Museum Ships Amateur Radio Event on Saturday.
The goal is to contact people on nearly 100 ships around the world. Most ships from WWI and WWII have been turned into museums to establish a connection and practice Ham radio skills. This is the first year the Ham Radio Group in Yellowstone County has participated in the annual international event...

Amateur Ham Radio Event - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Awareness drive to revive ham radio - Times Of India

MYSORE: The Indian Institute of Hams is seeking to expand its base of amateur radio users, especially targeting youths, which it believes will help during times of emergency...

Awareness drive to revive ham radio - Times Of India

Dozens Of Military, Museum Vessels To Participate In Worldwide ‘On-The-Air’ Event « CBS Philly

Radio operators from the Battleship New Jersey are trying make contact with dozens of military and museum vessels from around the world by way of ham radio.
Dave Burgess, chief engineer for the Battleship New Jersey, says his organization is the chief sponsor of the event for museum ships...

Dozens Of Military, Museum Vessels To Participate In Worldwide ‘On-The-Air’ Event « CBS Philly

For some, ham radio is more than a hobby | TribLIVE

Jerry Wetzel has relayed messages to scientists and military personnel at the South Pole from his amateur radio station in Butler and provided a vital communications link to people in the path of hurricanes.
He has talked with astronauts aboard the International Space Station who are ham radio operators.
“It's a great hobby. There is so much to it,” said Wetzel, 74, who spent 29 years in the Army and became a ham radio operator in 1956.
Wetzel is one of the more than 23,000 licensed ham radio operators in Pennsylvania who have relayed messages to families of disaster victims, worked as weather watchers for the National Weather Service and taught a younger generation about their hobby...

For some, ham radio is more than a hobby | TribLIVE

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Amateur radio operators to contact maritime vessels worldwide

Local amateur radio operators will participate in the Museum Ships Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Naval Reserve Center.

The Yellowstone Radio Club is inviting the public to attend while operators make contact with submarines, aircraft carriers, battleships and other crafts from around the world.

The radio operators use the amateur band waves from retired maritime vessels, both military and commercial to enable the amateur community to contact historic museum entities and receive written confirmation of the contact...

Amateur radio operators to contact maritime vessels worldwide

ARRL Comments on Proposed Expansion of 5 GHz Unlicensed Broadband:

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ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 31, 2013
To all radio amateurs
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ARLB014 ARRL Comments on Proposed Expansion of 5 GHz Unlicensed Broadband
Observing that "a decision in the near term with respect to the addition of [unlicensed National Information Infrastructure] U-NII devices to the 5.85-5.925 GHz band would be premature," the ARRL has commented in response to an FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ET Docket No. 13-49) that proposes to authorize U-NII use of an additional 195 MHz of spectrum in the 5.35-5.47 GHz and 5.85-5.925 GHz bands. The Commission was obligated, pursuant to Section 6406(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-96), to begin a proceeding to allow U-NII devices in the 5.35-5.47 GHz band. As the ARRL comments note, "There is no legislative obligation, however, to make available the 5.85-5.925 GHz band for U-NII use."...

ARRL Comments on Proposed Expansion of 5 GHz Unlicensed Broadband:

Cape May County “Radio Hams” Join in National Deployment - Cape May County Herald

COURT HOUSE - Cape May County’s “hams” will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities from June 21 through June 23.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including winter storms, tornadoes and other world-wide events...
 
Cape May County “Radio Hams” Join in National Deployment - Cape May County Herald

Ham Radio Operators Help NWS Track Storms - WBAY

Green Bay -
Greg and Andy are ham, or amateur, radio operators, but that's only their volunteer job.
"I'm a pastor at Our Savior Lutheran on the east side, and I've always been interested in weather and ham radios so joined the two together," explains Greg Hovland.

Andy works with electronics for a living and wanted to use that knowledge to serve the public.
"It helps people prepare for storms and that directly impacts their safety," says Andy Numec.

Their role is to act as a middleman between the spotters in the field and the National Weather Service, communicating with them through radios...

Ham Radio Operators Help NWS Track Storms - WBAY

Storm Shelters Of All Types Performed Well In Moore Tornado - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

The massive storm that hit central Oklahoma last week has shined a light on safe rooms and storm shelters.
More than 3,000 shelters are registered in the city of Moore, and the city says everyone who took shelter inside one of them survived the storm.
The violent path of the tornado can be seen everywhere in the Moore neighborhood. Mindy Chaddock and family made it through the over 200-mile-an-hour winds by huddling in a storm shelter...

Storm Shelters Of All Types Performed Well In Moore Tornado - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Storm brings tornadoes, heavy rain to Oklahoma, Missouri - CNN.com

A storm system that wrought havoc on the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, generating a handful of tornadoes that killed five people and sent tens of thousands scrambling for shelter, moved late Friday over Missouri.

The National Weather Service warned a "confirmed and extremely dangerous tornado" was near the city of Harvester, about 25 miles northwest of St. Louis....

Storm brings tornadoes, heavy rain to Oklahoma, Missouri - CNN.com

FCC seeks vanity call sign fee increase

The FCC has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM, seeking to raise the fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs by 20 cents. Currently, a vanity call sign costs $15 and is good for 10 years. The new fee, if approved, will go up to $15.20 for 10 years...

FCC seeks vanity call sign fee increase

Friday, May 31, 2013

The SeaPac Amateur Radio Convention returns to Seaside - Coast Weekend: Coastal Life

If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that amateur radio operators have a good time communicating. If there’s another thing we can be sure of, it’s that they are well-practiced and work for the good of their communities in times of emergency – sometimes as the only means of outside communication...
 
The SeaPac Amateur Radio Convention returns to Seaside - Coast Weekend: Coastal Life

Planning commission hears request to waive radio tower fee - News - Ridgecrest Daily Independent - Ridgecrest, CA

Ridgecrest's planning commission, Tuesday, heard a recurring discussion over an amateur radio tower previously discussed at a public meeting in Nov. 2012.
Ridgecrest resident Steven Rainey — who is requesting the radio tower — brought the matter before the planning commission, asking for a waiver for the $1,800 fee to be waived for the conditional use permit...

Planning commission hears request to waive radio tower fee - News - Ridgecrest Daily Independent - Ridgecrest, CA

THE sun is doing strange things - Local - Portsmouth News

Solar scientist Dr Keith Strong will be visiting to explain the recent changes in the sun’s solar cycle.
A normal cycle lasts 11 years and follows the activity of sunspots which appear as extremely hot, dark spots on the sun. But in recent years, sunspots have been inactive and the cycles are getting longer....

THE sun is doing strange things - Local - Portsmouth News

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #22:

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DX Bulletin 22 ARLD022
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 30, 2013
To all radio amateurs
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ARLD022 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by NC1L, The Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all...

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #22:

ARNewsline Report 1868 -- May 31 2013:

Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1868 – May 31 2013
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1868 with a release date of May 31 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a Q-S-T. Ham radio stands down following response to Oklahoma Tornadoes; Louisiana implements ALERT FM system state-wide, Expedition 36 arrives at the International Space Station; Ham Nation celebrates its 100th netcast and a final wrap-up on Hamvention 2013. All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1868 coming your way right now.

RESCUE RADIO: OKLAHOMA ARES RELEASES TORNADO RESPONSE TEAMS TO GO HOME...

ARNewsline Report 1868 -- May 31 2013:

This Week in Radiosport:

This week:
- May 31 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
- June 1 -- Maritimes QSO Party; Wake-Up! QRP Sprint
- June 1-2 -- Alabama QSO Party; IARU Region 1 Field Day; 10-10
International Open Season PSK Contest; SEANET Contest; UKSMG Sporadic E Contest
- June 4 -- ARS Spartan Sprint
Next week:...

This Week in Radiosport:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The RAIN Report

ARRL's Dan Henderson/N1ND talks about FCC enforcement in our 1st 2013 Hamvention excerpt. (Part 1, 19 mins.)...

The RAIN Report

This Week in Radiosport:

This week:
- May 24 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
- May 25 -- Portuguese Navy Day Contest (Digital); QRP ARCI Hootowl Sprint (local time)
- May 25-26 -- CQ WW WPX Contest (CW)
- May 26 -- SARL Digital Contest
- May 27-28 -- Michigan QRP Memorial Day CW Sprint
Next week:..

This Week in Radiosport:

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #21:

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DX Bulletin 21 ARLD021
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 23, 2013
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD021
ARLD021 DX news
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HA0HW, K1SFA, NC1L, The Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all...

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #21:

ARNewsline Report 1867 -- May 24 2013:

Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1867 – May 24 2013
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1867 with a release date of May 24 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a Q-S-T. Ham radio joins other services in responding to tornadoes in the Great Plains; Israeli hams get limited access to 5 MHz, a distracted driving law that exempts ham radio is signed by Hawaii’s governor; a major DXpedition to Heard Island is delayed and an in-depth look at Hamvention 2013. All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1867 coming your way right now.

RESCUE RADIO: RADIO SERVICES RESPOND TO MIDWEST TORNADOES...

ARNewsline Report 1867 -- May 24 2013:

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #21 de K7RA:

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Propagation Forecast Bulletin 21 ARLP021
>From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA May 24, 2013
To all radio amateurs
SB PROP ARL ARLP021
ARLP021 Propagation de K7RA
Overall, solar activity is still pretty quiet, but one positive sign was on May 16, when the daily sunspot number was 212. I eyeballed the records, and had to keep searching further and further back to find a higher sunspot number...

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #21 de K7RA:

‘Dynamo’ accounts for Sun’s weather cycle

Researchers have discovered what drives the generation of astrophysical magnetic fields like the Sun’s...

‘Dynamo’ accounts for Sun’s weather cycle

HAM Radio Enthusiast Helps Community - Bradenton, FL Patch

It began as a hobby. In the mid 1970s, Kevin Poorman would hang out in his best friend's basement in Terre Haute, IN, and listen to the handheld amauteur radio or HAM.
More 30 years later, Poorman, a licensed HAM operator, has talked with people on almost every continent, assisted during massive tornadoes and volunteered his skill to various charitable organizations...

HAM Radio Enthusiast Helps Community - Bradenton, FL Patch

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Removal of HAM radio equipment from tower worries emergency service personnel

According to Dianne Stallings of Ruidoso, NM News, A decision to remove antennae and repeaters used by amateur radio operators from a tower on Buck Mountain worries many of the people working in local emergency services.

Tony Davis, president of White Mountain Search and Rescue, said he learned late Wednesday that the tower on Buck Mountain holding the amateur radio repeater that is owned and maintained by Rick Sohl of Southwestern Wireless, also a member of Sierra Blanca Amateur Radio Club, was sold to American Tower Corporation...

Removal of HAM radio equipment from tower worries emergency service personnel

Young Prepper Community Getting Ham License

Today, we are talking with Sharon Dobson(K3DUH), President of the Baltimore Amateur Radio Club.

The Baltimore Amateur Radio Clubs best exposure right now seems to be our Facebook page she said. Hams in general can use all the exposure we can get! I am trying to keep the flame burning in Baltimore...

Young Prepper Community Getting Ham License

Morse Code still relevant

A letter from radio amateur Doran S Platt III K3HVG has been published in the Washington Times

The letter was written in response to an article that appeared in the newspaper by Randolph J. May president of the Free State Foundation (a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank). The article concerned the nominee for Chair of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, and said that telegraphy was a historic relic.

Doran K3HVG used the Washington Times letters page to point out that Morse code is still in wide use by radio amateurs around the world...

Morse Code still relevant

Dayton Hamvention draws ham operators from around the globe!

The Dayton Daily News reports nearly 25,000 amateur radio operators from around the globe expected for the 2013, 62nd annual Hamvention.

The event has an annual economic impact of $6.5 million, said Jacquelyn Y. Powell, president and chief executive of the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau...

Dayton Hamvention draws ham operators from around the globe!

Amateur Radio Operators helped Nasa with PhoneSat Project

Although the ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission was to determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone can be used as the main flight avionics for a satellite in space, the three miniature satellites used their smartphone cameras to take pictures of Earth and transmitted these “image-data packets” to multiple ground stations.

PhoneSat satellites were emitting packets on the amateur radio spectrum to report different types of message...

Amateur Radio Operators helped Nasa with PhoneSat Project

Ham radio operators still play a crucial role during weather and disasters

Field Day, June 22 & 23, is an annual amateur radio exercise encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. It is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the United States.

City officials around the Country know Amateur Radio Operators (Ham Radio) plays a crucial role in emergency communications...

Ham radio operators still play a crucial role during weather and disasters

10-year-old Sierra Saylors becomes ham-radio operator KK4RJW

Trenton, GA When many kids her age are learning texting abbreviations such as ROFL or IYKWIM ("if you know what I mean"), 10-year-old Sierra Saylors is focused on KK4RJW.

That's her call sign, the collection of numbers and letters issued by the FCC that identifies her as a legitimate ham-radio operator.

On the air you may hear a timid “KK4RJW, CQ?" know that it is spoken with a big, hopeful smile. Sierra is thought to be the youngest ham-radio operator in Northwest Georgia...

10-year-old Sierra Saylors becomes ham-radio operator KK4RJW