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In Brief...

from The ARRL Letter on June 15, 2017
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In Brief...

Kids Day is Sunday, June 18: Kids Day, sponsored by the Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, is the perfect way to introduce a young person to the magic of Amateur Radio. Open your doors, serve some hot dogs or pizza, and let the youngsters find out what Amateur Radio is all about -- perhaps tracking stations they hear or work on a map or coloring in a map of states contacted. Or, help them build something, such as a simple kit. The event kicks off at 1800 UTC and runs through 2400 UTC. Operate as much or as little as you like. The suggested exchange is name, age, location, and favorite color. It's okay to work the same station more than once if the operator has changed. To attract attention, call "CQ Kids Day." Suggested frequencies: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz, 24.960 to 24.980 MHz, 21.360 to 21.400 MHz, 18.140 to 18.145 MHz, 14.270 to 14.300 MHz, 7.270 to 7.290 MHz, 3.740 to 3.940 MHz, as well as your favorite 2-meter repeater (with permission of the repeater's sponsor). Be sure to observe third-party restrictions when making DX contacts. More information, along with a free participation certificate you can fill out and print yourself, is on the ARRL website. Take some time to inspire the next generation of potential radio amateurs!

ARRL Donors Feted at Dayton Reception: The 17th Annual ARRL Donor Recognition Reception took place on May 18 at America's Packard Museum in Dayton. Guests included ARRL's most generous supporters, including Maxim Society and Legacy Circle members. QST Contributing Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, was the keynote speaker, and Maxim Society members received special recognition. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, welcomed guests. Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA Treasurer, Mike Kalter, W8CI, presented the club's 2017 pledge payment to members of the ARRL Second Century Campaign (SCC committee who were present that evening. DARA has made a $100,000 commitment to support ARRL's Endowment. Photos from the ARRL Donor Recognition Reception are available online.

Amateur Radio Net Activated in Wake of Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake in Guatemala: An Amateur Radio net has been activated in the aftermath of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake early this morning (June 14) some 10 kilometers from Malacatán. According to information relayed by Dani Ardon, TG9AMD, of the Radio Amateurs Club of Guatemala (CRAG), "At the moment, neither major damage nor reports of any victims have been reported." Ardon said the net has been monitoring 7.090 MHz as well as the 146.88 MHz CRAG Network frequency. Stations in Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras are reported to be ready to provide any needed assistance. The US Geological Survey (USGS) points out that Central America is "very seismically active." The USGS said the earthquake "occurred as the result of normal faulting at an intermediate depth, approximately 100 kilometers beneath the surface of coastal Guatemala." -- Thanks to César Pio Santos, HR2P, EMCOR Region 2; USGS

Amateur Radio Mesh Network Brought into Mix as Volunteers Assist in South African Fire Disaster: An intense winter storm and severe drought in South Africa's Western Cape region earlier this month resulted in devastating fires that ravaged parts of the Southern Cape Area, with the city of Knysna being the worst affected. Some fires were reported still burning, but contained, this week after winds subsided over the weekend. Johan Terblanche, ZS1I, in Mossel Bay, who administers the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN ) Mossel Bay Mesh Network, said the call for volunteers went out on June 8, after cellphone, internet, and landline telephone service was disrupted in many areas. A half-dozen volunteers reported, an emergency net was activated, and message traffic was handled via the AREDN, as well as on HF, VHF, and UHF. Disaster communication links remained active until normal telecommunication service was restored on June 11, but the AREDN remained on high alert, Terblanche said. The fire disaster resulted in several fatalities, the destruction of more than 430 dwellings, and thousands of evacuees remain displaced. Disaster relief efforts continue. -- Thanks to Johan Terblanche, ZS1I, via Southgate Amateur Radio News

Radio Amateur Hears Cassini Spacecraft: Paul Marsh, M0EYT, has confirmed reception of the Cassini spacecraft, now in orbit around Saturn. "I copied Cassini on 8,429.247035 MHz during its last radio occultation experiment, where the TX is carrier-only mode on S, X, and Ka bands," Marsh told ARRL. "I was using my 2.4-meter antenna at the time." Marsh said his homebrew downconverter is locked to a 10-MHz station reference, and SDR processing is done with the RF Space kit. Launched in 1997, Cassini will crash into Saturn in early September. The research spacecraft, which carried the European Space Agency's Huygens probe now on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, currently is executing about 2 dozen dives through Saturn's rings. The Huygens probe separated from the orbiter in 2004 and transmitted data to Earth using the orbiter as a relay. This was the first successful landing in the outer solar system. Marsh is heavily involved with satellite tracking and monitoring activities and is a contributor to the Amateur Deep Space Network (Amateur-DSN Yahoo! Group.


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