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Ham Radio Operators Still Have Role to Play:
by thechronicleherald.ca on April 29, 2017
The people who keep communication lines open when disaster strikes are looking for new talent. That’s amateur radio clubs, and they’re increasingly filled by people above the age of 50, who would like to prepare the following generation to help in a crisis, says Mike Johnson, emergency management co-ordinator for Cumberland County. “We have so much technology that we rely on, and when it’s taken away, it creates a problem,” Johnson said Thursday. “There’s no question we need new blood.” Once licensed, amateur radio operators -- or ham operators -- can “set up a radio with a 12-volt battery and transmit to the world, to let them know how things are,” Johnson said. In a crisis, if the servers that look after cellphone and landline transmission are down, “getting hold of emergency responders gets to be difficult, because people who live in, say, a 661 prefix can’t call a 667 prefix, so they can’t get through to the emergency service,” Johnson said. So in Cumberland County, for example, “ (ham) radio members go to the various fire departments where we’ve already arranged equipment,” Johnson said. “We broadcast to the public: If you have an emergency, please call the local fire department. From the local fire department that information is passed on to the amateur radio member, who relays it through to a central location where the appropriate organization -- ambulance, fire, police -- is able to respond to the incident.”

Ham Radio Connects at Festival:
by thecranberryeagle.com on April 28, 2017
ADAMS TWP -- The North Hills Amateur Radio Club will hold a bigger, better demonstration of their craft in the pavilion at the Mars Train Station property during Mars New Year festival May 4 to 6. Mars resident Al Houston is the chairman of the club's Mars New Year project, and he is excited to incorporate the use of ham radios into the scientific theme of the event. The club had a booth at the last Mars New Year, and it plans to improve and enhance the display in May. “We thought 'Boy, this time, we're going to come back and do a really nice job,'” Houston said. He said many astronauts and cosmonauts are ham radio operators and use their radios in space, “They have a more personal way of communicating back to Earth without going through Mission Control,” Houston said. He explained that the members of the North Hills Amateur Radio Club mostly use small, hand-held radio units to communicate with other ham radio enthusiasts all over the world.

Toy Echidna Launched into Space by Library to Fire Children's Curiosity:
by abc.net on April 28, 2017
One group of amateur radio enthusiasts have been launching objects -- or payloads -- into the stratosphere for several years. "We launch for various reasons," Mark Jessop, of the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG), said. Their Project Horus sub-group has successfully sent radio repeaters, scientific instruments and yes, even other soft toys, into the stratosphere. The ham operators launch the equipment with a high-altitude balloon and from there, chase vehicles track the flight and landing using radio equipment receiving signals and live pictures from space. The tale of a stuffed toy echidna that travelled through space and landed in a farmer's wheat field -- with the help of the amateur radio group -- has grabbed the attention young South Australians.

Ham Operators will Share Chisholm Trail Stories:
by enidnews.com on April 28, 2017
Enid Amateur Radio Club will partner with other amateur radio clubs from Texas to Kansas to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail with a special ham radio event Saturday. The event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Enid Amateur Radio Club will transmit from Humphrey Heritage Village at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th. The public is invited to visit the Heritage Center and learn more about ham radio and the Chisholm Trail during this special event. Participating amateur radio clubs up and down the Chisholm Trail will share their own local stories about the famed trail and will answer questions about the history of the Chisholm Trail from those visiting in person or over the airwaves.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2061 for Friday, April 28, 2017:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on April 28, 2017
The following is a QST. Hams in the UK take on the rising noise floor. There's a repeater group in Canada that's gone international. And an Indiana high school launches a balloon project. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2061 comes your way right now.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #17 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 28, 2017
Each of the average solar and geomagnetic indices rose last week (April 20-26) over the previous seven days. Average daily sunspot number rose from 8.6 to 35.7, and solar flux rose from 76.5 to 81.4. Average daily planetary A index went from 8 to 26.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index from 6.3 to 18.4.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #17:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 27, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KZ3AB, PY4NY, W3UR, 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 April 27, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Inaugural AM Rally a Hit! Participants Log Nearly 1,500 Contacts:
by The ARRL Letter on April 27, 2017
The numbers are in, and the first AM Rally, April 1-3, was a huge success, with nearly 1,500 contacts reported on the 72 logs submitted. Unique call signs logged numbered 664. Event co-organizer Clark Burgard, N1BCG, feels the actual number of contacts was quite a bit larger, because not all participants submitted logs, although logs continue to trickle in past the entry deadline. Burgard said he's been hearing a lot of newcomers on AM lately, and he believes the AM Rally is a factor.

Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test Set for Saturday, May 13:
by The ARRL Letter on April 27, 2017
US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard stations will participate in the annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communications Test on Saturday, May 13. This annual HF communication interoperability event, sponsored by the Department of Defense since 1934, challenges Amateur Radio operators to contact military stations across the US.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on April 27, 2017
"End-Fed Antennas" is the topic of the latest episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Take Part In 2017 Caribbean Tsunami Exercise:
by The ARRL Letter on April 27, 2017
Radio amateurs in Puerto Rico took part in the Caribe Wave tsunami exercise on March 21, during Tsunami Preparedness Week for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Caribe Wave is the annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE-EWS). Its major objective is for countries, emergency managers, and communities at risk to test, validate, and update their tsunami response plans.

US Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Baker Island DXpedition:
by The ARRL Letter on April 27, 2017
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) appears open to a DXpedition to Baker Island in the Pacific, which has not been activated for 15 years. Baker and Howland Islands (KH1) is the fourth most-wanted DXCC entity, according to the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List. On April 24, the FWS released a Draft Compatibility Determination for Amateur Radio Operation for public review and comment.

Upcoming Army MARS Communication Exercises Highlighted at Conference:
by The ARRL Letter on April 27, 2017
US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, reviewed the upcoming calendar of communication exercises planned for the remainder of 2017, when he spoke via video link to attendees at the Army MARS Region 3 Conference April 6-8 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Hosting the event was Pennsylvania Army MARS, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

WRTC 2018 Plans Call for Greater Participation by Young Contesters:
by The ARRL Letter on April 27, 2017
The 8th World Radiosport Team Championship, WRTC 2018 in Germany next July, will offer seats on three teams for contesters who are 25 or younger at the time of the event. Prospective participants need only to apply. The international event July 12-16, 2018, will feature 42 competing teams. This will mark Germany's first time hosting WRTC, which takes place in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship event, July 15-16, 2018.


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