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Weather Volunteers Keep Their Eyes On the Skies:
by thesarniajournal.ca on September 25, 2016
Sarnia residents Ron Cross and Briana Reide aren’t the type to seek shelter when a storm approaches. As volunteers with CANWARN, the Sarnia couple instead opts to spot and report what’s happening using their ham radio, providing useful details for Environment Canada weather reports. “They look at their computers but they can’t see what’s going on out there,” Cross says. “They rely on us to give them the information. Eyes and ears up.” The Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network is an organization with volunteers across the country. A typical volunteer is a ham radio operator who does what’s called “ground-truthing, confirming on the ground what Environment Canada officials see on radar and satellite images.

Ham Radio Clubs in IITs, NITs Could Boost Emergency Communications:
by daijiworld.com on September 24, 2016
Setting up amateur radio clubs in Indian educational institutions, particularly in technical establishments like the IITs and NITs, could help in disaster management and strengthening the communication domain, an Austrian amateur radio practitioner said here on Friday. Computer network administration expert Miroslav Skoric, who has over two decades of experience in amateur radio digital communication, pointed to prestigious varsities and institutes in developed nations like the US, France and Germany, among others, having small ham radio set ups. "There could be small groups of amateur radio operators in the IITs, NITs and establishments of similar level. "In case of emergency, it is essential to establish some ad hoc communication system because internet and phones wouldn't work," Skoric told IANS here on the sidelines of a conference. Further, he said, local ham clubs would boost collaborations between practitioners and researchers to improve quality of software and ham radio equipment.

Volunteer Connection: Amateur Radio -- a Key Component of Disaster Response
by journaltimes.com on September 24, 2016
It seems that natural and man-made disasters are increasingly frequent phenomena capable of striking at any time, irrespective of local, regional or international boundaries. The role and the extent of participation that governments should have mitigating the effects of disasters are subjects for legitimate debate; but one constant in disaster preparedness and response is the involvement of trained volunteers supplementing and enhancing the work of emergency officials.

How You Can Talk to an Astronaut from Home:
by seeker.com on September 24, 2016
Fans of the empirically awesome Netflix series Stranger Things will recall that at one point our adolescent heroes use ham radio to communicate with their pal, who is stranded in another dimension circa 1983. We have no proof that ham radio actually reaches other dimensions, but on then again, we have no proof that it doesn't, either. And as Trace Dominguez explains in today's DNews report, it's not that crazy of an idea, because ham radio can go a long way. Ham radio is another terms for amateur radio, and works just like the broadcasts you pick up in your car stereo. The differences are that ham radio is strictly non-commercial and dedicated to specific frequencies or bands on the RF spectrum. There are nearly three million ham licenses worldwide, with major populations of licensed operators in Japan, Germany, England, Indonesia, and South Korea. According to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), there are more than 727,000 licensed ham radio operators -- called hams -- in the United States alone.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #39 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 23, 2016
Sunspot numbers and solar flux were down over our reporting week, September 15-21. Average daily sunspot number was 29.9, down from 50.1 during the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux went down from 88.9 to 83.4.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2030, Sept. 23, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on September 23, 2016
The following is a QST. Amateurs in Canada and Australia break a distance record on 630 meters. Hawaii hams prep for a tsunami that's unreal -- and the UK gets ready for its largest hamfest. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline's Report #2030 comes your way right now.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #68:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on September 23, 2016
How to make a propagation map with just your radio and your ears? Today I walk you through the process and you'll be amazed at how simple it is and why I started learning Morse Code.

Oak Ridge 'Hams' Show Children Fun of Amateur Radio at Children’s Museum:
by oakridgetoday.com on September 23, 2016
Children and teens from ages 6 to 16 tried their hand at Morse code recently with ham radio operators at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, learning to communicate on amateur radio as they also participated in celebrating the 100th birthday of the country’s national parks. Jim and Ronnie Bogard, both amateur radio operators with FCC licenses, welcomed children on a recent Sunday to the museum’s Discovery Lab, where they had set up portable radio equipment and a mobile antenna. Jim Womack (KC4RD) also set up an amateur radio station in the museum’s Living Light Solar House. “We focus on Morse code, teaching the children to key, so they can send messages. It is like a secret language to kids,” said Jim Bogard (KY4L). “Kids will hear two-way Morse code contacts from all over the U.S. and can have fun sending their names in Morse code. There are also opportunities to talk on the microphone with other amateur radio stations.”

Hams Help at Pacific Marathon:
by emissourian.com on September 23, 2016
At 6 a.m. this past Saturday, 72 runners, age 20 to 65, took off from Berryman Campground for a 100-mile endurance race in the beautiful, but rugged Mark Twain National Forest in remote Washington County. This was the fifth year for the St. Louis Ultrarunners Group’a 100-mile endurance race, which takes place over the rocky Berryman trail, a 25-mile loop. The trails traverse several Ozark hills and feature long, sustained climbs and fast, rocky descents. Runners, including veterans and first timers, could opt to run only 50 miles or 26 miles for a single marathon. Ham radio operators were asked to be on hand for this backcountry run because of the remoteness of the area and the sparse or no cellphone reception once runners are out of sight of the start/finish line at Berryman Campground. Running at different speeds, participants are spread along the wilderness trails that were marked to guide runners. Aid stations along the way provided water and snacks. Amateur radio operators from two local clubs set up their stations at the Berryman Campground start/finish line and Brazil Creek Campground halfway mark to help track ultra runners in the two-day endurance run. Portable antennas, 26 feet tall, boosted by a crossband repeater run off two deep cycle 12-volt batteries, allowed transmissions on radios manned by members of the Pacific Meramec Valley Amateur Radio Club and the Sullivan Amateur Radio Club. The two clubs are Missouri-based amateur radio operators (hams) who are trained and dedicated to providing radio communications for emergencies.

US Sharpens Surveillance of Crippling Solar Storms:
by nature.com on September 23, 2016
In the fight to protect Earth from solar storms, the battle lines are drawn in space at a point 1.6 million kilometres away. There, a US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite waits for electrons and protons to wash over it, a sign that the Sun has burped a flood of charged particles in our direction. As early as the end of this month, NOAA should have a much better idea of just how dangerous those electromagnetic storms are. The agency will begin releasing forecasts that use a more sophisticated model to predict how incoming solar storms could fry electrical power grids. It will be the clearest guide yet as to which utility operators, in what parts of the world, need to worry. “This is the first time we will get short-term forecasts of what the changes at the surface of the Earth will be,” says Bob Rutledge, lead forecaster at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. “We can tell a power-grid customer not only that it will be a bad day, but give them some heads-up on what exactly they will be facing.” Powerful solar storms can knock out radio communications and satellite operations, but some of their most devastating effects are on electrical power grids.

Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions from Our Readers:
by smithsonianmag.com on September 23, 2016
Are there any practical applications remaining for Morse code? Samuel F.B. Morse’s system of dots and dashes was revolutionary in the 1840s (Morse, a portrait painter, became interested in speeding up communications after his wife died suddenly while he was away from home), but Western Union sent its last telegram in 2006. Now Morse code is used largely in airplane navigational systems for identification purposes, says Paul F. Johnston, curator of maritime history at the National Museum of American History. Amateur radio operators also use it for fun.

What is the Difference Between DX Radio and CB?
by stocknewsweek.com on September 23, 2016
Ham radio has become closer than ever before! With so many operators around the globe, this activity has turned into a real sensation over the last several decades. However, some beginners are still in search of some general ham radio info to get involved in this exciting hobby with so many interesting things to experience. Amateur radio appears actually the same day as traditional radio was invented. Developed by European and American enthusiasts, it has eventually took the global audience by storm forming an in-ternational community of so-called hams. People of various ages, genders and occupations use their DX radio stations to keep in touch with each other from the most remote parts of our planet. Some of them set up for exciting journeys to faraway lands aiming at establishing contacts from unknown areas. Such journeys are also known as DXpedtions. On the other hand, ham radio is not only about fun and entertainments. It teaches us to be respectful and ready to help in case of emergency. You may appear to be the only person with your radio station to let others know what is happening around.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #39:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 22, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ 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.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on September 22, 2016
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Momentum Building to Urge Senate Passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act:
by The ARRL Letter on September 22, 2016
The response to ARRL's call to action urging the support of US Senators for the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, has been gratifying -- although the campaign continues. More than 50,000 e-mails have been sent to Capitol Hill via Rally Congress, and all 100 US Senate members have been contacted. The League continues to encourage members of the Amateur Radio community who have not yet done so to reach out to their two US Senators seeking their support. Just where things stand with respect to the bill's future in the US Senate is not yet entirely clear.


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