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FCC Issues K3VR $11,500 NAL:
by Mark Stennett (NA6M) on July 22, 2014

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 22, 2014
Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft's failing technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. "Mani" Subramani, VU2WMY/KJ6LRS, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that VO-52's lithium-ion batteries had failed, and the satellite was officially decommissioned on July 21.

Hams and Uncle Sam Grow Closer:
by on July 22, 2014
It’s nice to see federal authorities taking explicit note of the role of ham radio in times of disaster, and even nicer to see the government building upon that. Amateur radio proponents have long emphasized their service’s role in emergencies and their relationships with emergency and government authorities. Now FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is part of the Department of Homeland Security, has signed a memo of understanding with the American Radio Relay League to increase their cooperation.“This agreement will allow FEMA and ARRL to work together to provide resources, services and personnel, as available, in order to strengthen capacity in areas of emergency communications, mass care and emergency assistance, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, while also raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource,” they said in a statement. Echoing a theme that Radio World readers know well, the announcement quoted FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate calling radio “one of the most resilient communications technologies we have.” He continued: “When the power is out and telecommunications are down, the amateur radio community can serve as a vital resource in support of emergency responders and survivors during a disaster.” They said their memo outlines ways in which the two organizations will cooperate to carry out their responsibilities, “with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.”

FCC Issues KZ8O $22,000 NAL:
by Mark Stennett (NA6M) on July 22, 2014
The FCC today, issued a Notice Of Apparent Liability For Forfeiture to Michael Guernsey, KZ8O, citing intentional interference and failure to identify his station. More information may be seen at:

The Inaugural Victorian D-Star Users Group Meeting:
by WIA on July 21, 2014
The inaugural Victorian D-Star users group meeting will be held at the EMDRC Clubrooms in Burwood, Saturday 2nd August from 10am. Everyone is Welcome. The first meeting will include a Skype hook up with Michael Carey VK5ZEA. Michael will be giving a presentation on "Whats new in D-Star"

HI2DX Saona Island DXpedition NA-122:
by Hotel India DX Club, Inc on July 20, 2014
Saona Island was baptized "Saona" by Christopher Columbus, who discovered it in May 1494 during his second voyage to the Americas. The name was meant "... to honor Michele da Cuneo, [Columbus'] friend from Savona.

An Engineer's Field Day:
by on July 20, 2014
First, what is Field Day? It is an amateur radio event that is part contest, part emergency preparedness exercise, and part public demonstration of amateur radio. In my opinion, it's also a lot of fun. After all, what could be better than combining camping and radio with plenty of food and drink in the company of friends? Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and is primarily a North American event. It takes place on the fourth full weekend in June. Unlike most ham radio events, this one encourages clubs and other groups to set up operation out in public locations, instead of at our home stations. The first Field Day was held in 1933, when an announcement in ARRL's QST magazine prompted several hams to operate using portable stations. This was not a trivial matter, given that these were vacuum tube radios. The event was a success, so it was repeated the following year and has been running ever since (except during World War II, when all ham activity was banned in the USA). What does it take to operate a portable ham station? The essential items for a ham station are a radio transceiver, a microphone, an antenna, a feed-line to connect the radio to the antenna, and some way to power the radio and any accessories. This doesn't seem like much, but -- like most things -- it's often easier said than done. Of course, once you have the basics, there are some other things that are really useful and nice to have, like a table and chair. Since the event lasts for 24 hours, you also need shelter, food, and lights. Now consider that, as a club, you are going to set up several stations with a number of club members, who all have their own ideas on how things should be done. The complexity increases rapidly with the number of stations and the number of members, so the challenge is to use equipment brought by a dozen people or so to put several stations on the air simultaneously.

Irving Club Teaches Ham Radio Use, Serves With Emergency Communications:
by on July 19, 2014
Dennis Riise said he first took an interest in ham radios in the early 1950s when he was in high school, because it opened up the world. “The interesting part for me,” said Riise, an Irving resident, “was that then the only way you could talk to people in other states was on a telephone -- long distance.” Riise has been working with ham radios for more than 50 years now. He operates under the call sign K5AVT and helped found the Irving Amateur Radio Club in 1955. Today, the nonprofit organization helps operators get their FCC licenses and provides communications support to the city during events and emergencies while also encouraging ham radio use. “It has a different appeal to everyone who tries it,” said club secretary Bob Alexander, call sign W5AH.

Hospital Has SPARC of Security:
by on July 19, 2014
Beaumont is ready for any kind of natural disaster: the city and the San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) have partnered to provide ham radio operations at City Hall in the event of a disaster that could interrupt communications between cities and residents. The service is now in place in the Emergency Services Department office at the civic center. Rick Cook, emergency services coordinator, said he is very pleased to be working with the amateur radio club. “They’re the backbone of communications, in my opinion,” said Cook. A Homeland Security grant was secured to buy the two radios – UHF/VF, and AF. The UHF is ultra-high; VHF is very high; and AF is high frequency. The radios are the same ones that are being used by San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital and some of the senior communities including Sun Lakes and Solera.

Woburn Ham Radio Operator Participates in D-Day Reenactment:
by on July 19, 2014
Amateur or "ham" radio operators have a long and colorful history not only in the U.S., but throughout the world, and they have played critical roles at important times. Last month, hams from throughout North America and Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day by replicating the beachhead communications of the invasion. Among the participants was Woburn resident Dennis Kenney, who is a member of the U.S. Army's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). The D-Day drill called for operators from MARS stations to reach out with short wave radio, using minimal power and simple wire antennas for transmission. As some operators did 70 years ago, Kenney experienced a problem with wire communications. When he started up his radio, he realized he could hear nothing on any of the frequencies. He tried his backup radio and still no contacts “I went out back to check on the antenna,” said Kenney, “and I saw my antenna cable burned and dangling from the tree with nothing connected to it.”

Ham Radio Crucial In Disasters, FEMA Chief Says:
by on July 19, 2014
HARTFORD -- Even in the age of smart phones and iPads, ham radio is indispensible in a disaster, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says. That's why FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed a new agreement Friday strengthening its partnership with the Newington-based American Radio Relay League. With more than 160,000 members, the ARRL is the nation's leading ham radio group. "Because you have so much technology on an every-day daily basis, you don't understand that it's not that survivable in a disaster," said Fugate, who holds a ham license. "When all else fails, we need to partner with amateur radio. We look at amateur radio as the last line of defense."

How The King of Jordan Paid Secret Visits to Coventry Radio Enthusiast:
by on July 19, 2014
In the league of unlikely-but-true Red Button stories, the disclosure that the Vatican owns parts of Cheylesmore has reigned supreme. Until now, with the revelation that King Hussein of Jordan secretly visited a radio ham who lived a few doors down from the Painted Lady pub in Longfellow Road, Wyken. The story is based largely on handed down accounts of an unlikely friendship between the monarch and Harry Burton. So a search is now on for the holy grail of evidence: the late Harry’s visitors’ book. The chairman of Coventry Amateur Radio Society, Brian Leathley-Andrew has no doubts that the meetings took place, but the reason for the friendship is cloaked in mystery. As an enthusiastic Caludon Castle schoolboy Brian used to visit Harry to learn more about transmitting radio conversations around the world. Though the king was a life-long ham - known as the “friendly voice” of call sign JY1 - Brian believes the root of the friendship was more dramatic than a shared interest. “The rumour was that Harry got him out of extreme trouble. I can only surmise from what well- placed people have said was that Harry saved his life.” Brian who is a retired photographer and sound engineer was unaware of the royal link when he visited “helpful family man” Harry who encouraged his passion for the hobby. “From what I know now, the King visited incognito, about four times, maybe in the late fifties or sixties,” he said.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #29 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 18, 2014
Solar activity is suddenly weakening, and yesterday, Thursday, July 17 the daily sunspot number was zero. We had no other zero sunspot days so far this year, none last year or in 2012, and only two in 2011, on January 27 and August 14.

ARNewsline Report 1927 -- July 18 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on July 18, 2014
The following is a QST. Ham radio first responders activate as Typhoon Rasmussen hits the Philippines; the United States takes home the gold at WRTC2014; German hams get limited time access to the 4 meter band; Spain extends its 60 meter ham band evaluation; the government of Brazil chases paraglider pilots off 2 meters; a cubesat with a solar sail to launch before years end and a very happy 100th birthday to the ARRL. All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1927 coming your way right now.

Ham Finds Camaraderie, Public Service on Radio:
by on July 18, 2014
William Coverdell hands over a stack of cards, most with colorful landscapes or iconic images, each from a distant locale. Among those in the world of amateur radio, the “hams,” these are called QSL cards, the curious shorthand standing for the confirmation of two-way communications. From France, from Russia, from Japan, Mr. Coverdell collects these through the mail, and he sends out as many as he gets. From his St. Joseph home, he works the DX stations and makes contact at any moment with Qatar or Senegal or Slovenia. Once, on a small setup he hauled to a deer camp, he picked up a rare station in the Atlantic. The kinship arises from expensive equipment and home-rigged gear, from old hands and novices. Even in the era of the Cold War, people in nations with geopolitical differences reached out across the frequencies. “If the whole world could go like ham radio, there would be no wars,” Mr. Coverdell says. “One of these days people are going to realize we’re all the same and we’re all in the same boat.” Though ham radio’s global connection remains a part of the retiree’s routine, the St. Joseph man has long been an apostle for the role this form of communication plays in domestic emergencies.

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