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Ham Radio Users Could Be Vital Resource In Emergency:
by bradfordera.com on July 27, 2014
Imagine that a massive storm is moving through the area, causing flash flooding, gusty winds and booming thunder. Phone service is knocked out, and roads are impassable. If McKean County Emergency Management director Bruce Manning has his way, he’ll be able to turn to a group of amateur radio operators for help. They would be able to fill in the communication gap between emergency responders. On July 31, Manning is calling a meeting to revive an amateur radio group that has been dormant for about two years. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Emergency Management Agency office at 17175 U.S. Route 6 in Smethport. “It’s another tool in the toolbox that you hope you never have to use,” Manning said. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a well-known hobby, but it can also be also a major public service. They have the equipment needed, in case all other communication fails. In fact, operators can exchange information with others operators, rain or shine, from across the county or the world.

The First Social Network: Chewing the Rag with India's Ham Radio Operators:
by gadgets.ndtv.com on July 27, 2014
In an office in Qutub Institutional Area, Sandeep Baruah, Scientist-E with the Vigyan Prasar, a part of the Department of Science and Technology, sits down to listen for ham radio operators in a 7,000 mile radius around Delhi. His cabin, a small, cramped place, located in a corner of a second floor office is littered with books and radio equipment, an unfinished directional antenna, and a laptop connected to another receiver. Ham radio - once a derogatory, then later affectionate nickname for amateur radio - got its start at the beginning of the 20th century, when amateur radio lovers began tinkering with equipment to talk to each other. In many ways, it's the first social network - anyone with the right equipment can join, get a call sign, and start chatting. Kind of like an Internet chatroom, but without everyone asking "A/S/L?" all the time. While the technology is now mostly obsolete in the world of Internet connections and smartphones, there are still times when modern ham-operators can serve as essential communication channels, since ham-radios can be used without any major infrastructure.

New Book for Hams About Software Defined Radio:
by Andrew Barron (ZL3DW) on July 26, 2014
Hi folks, I have finally finished my book for amateur radio operators and short wave listeners who want to know more about SDR. It is called "An Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio".

MARS-Men Are From Texas?
by dvidshub.net on July 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Although they’re not from outer space, the Texas State Guard MARS Detachment is definitely reaching out across the atmosphere to bring people closer together. Older military members may remember MARS, the Military Auxiliary Radio System, as a way to keep in touch with family while stationed in Vietnam, or other far-flung posts around the world. The concept was, and is, fairly simple - a volunteer “ham” radio operator, using a phone patch switching station, receives a request via high-frequency radio to connect someone to a standard phone line. Although “MARSgrams” saw peak use during the 1960s and 70s, the technology has weathered the ensuing decades well, and with the technology’s relative simplicity, the MARS program is making a comeback. Since the basic infrastructure used, radio towers and phone lines, are already up and running, using MARS doesn’t cost the military anything past purchasing switching stations and other high-frequency equipment. Recognizing how valuable this type of communication is during disasters, the Texas State Guard stood up a special MARS detachment in 2008. Prior to that, TXSG members supported other parts of the Texas Military Forces for short periods in low-risk areas using personal equipment.

That Was a Close One! Study: Massive Solar Storm Barely Missed Us In 2012:
by cnn.com on July 26, 2014
Two years ago, modern infrastructure came very close to a serious disruption. The culprit? One of the largest solar storms in recorded history. Plasma exploding from the surface of the sun in a coronal mass ejection barreled through space and crossed through Earth's orbital path on July 23, 2012. If the flare had erupted about one week earlier, Earth would have been squarely in the line of fire, Daniel N. Baker wrote in a study published in the journal Space Weather. (Baker is with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado).

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #30 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 25, 2014
Last Thursday (July 17) had no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August 14, 2011 to find the last spotless day, and there was only one other day with no sunspots in 2011, on January 27.

ARNewsline Report 1928 -- July 25 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on July 25, 2014
The following is a QST. FEMA and the ARRL announce a new Memorandum of Agreement; The International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 Executive Committee meets in Connecticut; several 2 meter channels in the UK being used for the Commonwealth Games; Australian launched ham radio balloon reaches South America; WA1ZMS named to receive the first Triennial Brendan Medal and the last big Collins shortwave transmitter saved from the scrap heap. All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1928 coming your way right now.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Hosting Event In OKC:
by newson6.com on July 25, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Amateur radio operators from across central Oklahoma are gathering this weekend for the 41st annual Ham Holiday event. The non-profit Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs host the event, which will run Friday and Saturday. Joel Harrison, the past president of the National Association of Amateur Radio, will be the special guest speaker.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #30:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 24, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.

Just Ahead in Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on July 24, 2014
Just Ahead in Radiosport:

ARRL National Centennial Convention Kicks Off Ham Radio's Second Century:
by The ARRL Letter on July 24, 2014
With the ARRL National Centennial Convention, July 17-19, now a part of Amateur Radio history, the League's second century has arrived! The ARRL welcomed some 3300 visitors to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for the 3-day event, which went smoothly for the most part, said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. She noted that many conventioneers even stayed around for the official closing ceremony on Saturday afternoon -- and beyond.

Convention Provides Springboard for 'Amateur Radio Parity Act, 'HR.4969:
by The ARRL Letter on July 24, 2014
The just-concluded ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, helped to infuse some energy into efforts to line up co-sponsors for "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" -- HR.4969.

FEMA, ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio 'Resilient':
by The ARRL Letter on July 24, 2014
The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.

FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:
by The ARRL Letter on July 24, 2014
The FCC Enforcement Bureau came down hard on two radio amateurs this week, proposing substantial fines for alleged deliberate interference with other Amateur Radio communications -- in one case by transmitting music and animal noises -- and failure to properly identify. In similar Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALs) released July 22, the Commission proposed fining Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of Parchment, Michigan, $22,000, and Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, $11,500. In both cases, the FCC said the evidence indicated that the transmissions at issue were aimed at interfering with other radio amateurs with whom each "has had a long-standing and well-documented dispute" that had spilled out onto the air.

ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session With Applicants In Antarctica:
by The ARRL Letter on July 24, 2014
The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) administered several Amateur Radio examination elements to applicants at Amundsen-South Pole Station in Antarctica -- the home of KC4AAA. The examination was the first administered under new FCC rules which became effective on July 21, permitting VECs to administer Amateur Radio examinations remotely.


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