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IARU Region 3 and APT Agreement:
by WIA on December 17, 2014
International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to achieve further collaboration. The agreement which had to pass through various stages of approval has been formalised by IARU Region 3 Chairman Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN, (pictured) and APT Secretary-General Toshiyuki Yamada. Gopal VU2GMN explained that while the IARU Region 3 regionally looks after the development and protection of the Amateur Service, the APT based in Bangkok Thailand, sets spectrum allocation, fosters telecommunication services and information infrastructure. He said IARU Region 3 representatives have been attending APT meetings and submitting documents for years. The MoU further strengthens the working relationship of the two regional bodies.

Breakall Sends Students on a 'Fox Hunt' to Learn Ham Radio:
by news.psu.edu on December 17, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- An initiative led by Jim Breakall, professor of electrical engineering, aims to get first-year students excited about ham radio. On Dec. 7, students in his EE 009S First Year Seminar in Electrical Engineering class participated in a “fox hunt” on the University Park campus. Breakall explained, “The idea is that one student, the fox, hides on campus and transmits a radio signal. The rest of the class starts out at the HUB. In teams of two or three, they try to use techniques with hand-held radios, such as using the body as a shield or using a small antenna such as a paper clip, to try to find the fox.” One of the purposes of the activity, Breakall said, is to simulate an emergency, for example someone lost in the woods or an airplane that is down. “It’s just a lot of fun for this class to see who can find the fox first.” He noted that some students come up with their own unique ideas to find the fox. “Alex Yuan, a first-year electrical engineering student, asked if he could employ a more sophisticated system using the Doppler technique with four antennas and attached circuitry. It then lights up LEDs in a compass arrangement and can guide one right to the transmitting signal, in this case the fox. He installed the system on his bike. It is pretty amazing.”

Ham Radio Towers Stolen In Effort:
by poconorecord.com on December 17, 2014
Sometime between Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, someone stole two ham radio communication towers from an Upper Valley Road property in Effort.

Amateur Radio Operators to Converge In Claremore on March 13-14:
by tulsaworld.com on December 16, 2014
CLAREMORE -- Green Country Hamfest, an annual gathering of amateur radio operators, will be held in March in Claremore. The event will be held 4 p.m.-9 p.m. March 13 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14 at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Parkway. The annual Green Country Hamfest will again be a ARRL sponsored Hamfest (ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio). This is the largest gathering of amateur radio operators and radio sport enthusiasts in Oklahoma. Visitors will be attending from all over Oklahoma and the surrounding states. The Claremore Expo Center in the heart of Will Rogers country is an ideal location for this convention with free parking, ample space for the many displays, vendors/dealers, and education forums. The Green Country Hamfest is open to all radio hobbyists, interested members of the public and their families. This is a great opportunity for amateur radio operators and interested parties to learn more about this exciting hobby and valuable asset to our communities’ amateur radio is during disasters and emergencies.

YL 33: The First Female Ham Radio Operators, and Their Awesome Legacy:
by themarysue.com on December 15, 2014
Love, sealed with friendship: Historically, literacy -- in its many forms -- has given the marginalized a way to speak and participate in a system that previously prevented them from doing so. And while the printing press revolutionized the way writing was exchanged and shared with the world, the invention of radio as entertainment, emergency, and communication technology had a similar effect on oral storytelling. From this, ham radio, also known as amateur radio, was born as a subset of commercial radio. The appeal of communicating independently to others across the globe struck a chord with many people in the early 20th century -- including women looking for ways to participate in war efforts, and connect with other women around the world. Although enthusiasm for ham radio as the medium of choice for hobbyists, veterans, and emergency responders hasn’t waned much over the last fifty or so years, the hobby is making a strong resurgence as aspiring makers acknowledge radio’s contribution to the movement. Many hams consider amateur radio to be the original maker skill, requiring knowledge of electricity, geography and communication. And it’s one of many mediums that gave women the chance to have a global voice -- and they took it.

AmateurLogic Ep 73 A Hamtastic Christmas Released:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on December 14, 2014
Peter talks about Propagation, Tommy shows us Arne’s IC-7100 with Remote Rig, George presents the CheapoDuino Finale. Plus our exciting holiday present to you, The AmateurLogic Christmas Album Collection with Mike Morneau, VE3MIC.

2015 FAR Scholarship Information:
by Dave Prestel, W8AJR on December 14, 2014
The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc., will be administering a total of 67 scholarships worth an aggregate of $125,500 for the coming academic year. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 each.

Great Efforts by Philippine Hams:
by WIA on December 14, 2014
The emergency communications provided by hams continues as the devastating Typhoon Hagupit (locally called Ruby) moves slowly across the Philippines. Thelma Pascua DU1IVT, Philippines Amateur Radio Society (PARA) Chief Operating Officer reports that both 7.095 MHz and 144.740 MHz is in use by the Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network. "As Typhoon Hagupit enters its third day ham operators continue to provide essential traffic as the storm progresses through Philippine territory," she said. PARA, the IARU member society, has sent requests to the neighbouring ORARI in Indonesia, and JARL in Japan, asking for help to publicise the need for all operators to steer clear of the 40 metre frequency used for emergency traffic. Thelma DU1IVT said, "A HERO volunteer and RADNET-5 President Ronald Madera DW5NLH from Tacloban advised that the Oras West Elementary School used as evacuation centre in Eastern Samar has collapsed, resulting in injuries to evacuees. A rescue team was despatched and this event was to be covered by a news team." At the height of the typhoon there were no HERO volunteers in the provincial capital of Borongan. That shortage resulted in a HERO request via Captain Rick Catungal DV6RCC, an Army Captain managing disaster communications in Capiz, and through the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Metro Manilla. Gil Lappay 4F2KWT helped in providing contacts with a relay of messages were needed until the request was received. Confidence that the HERO network could adequately handle all emergency traffic was shown by around 150 stations that checked in. As the typhoon was on the move, hams reported the weather and any other developments into the emergency net. The net controllers are Romy Isidro DU1SMQ (PARA District 1 Manager), Jojo Vicencio, DU1VHY (PARA Secretary General and National Traffic System Chairman) and Thelma Pascua DU1IVT (PARA Chief Operating Officer). The HERO network running basically from 7am and 7pm has 2pm roll calls to know each station's reception capabilities at differing propagation. "We are confident that emergency traffic will be adequately serviced," she said.

IARU on Emergency Communications:
by WIA on December 14, 2014
The benefits of better communications during disasters has been highlighted at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World '14 held in Doha, Qatar. International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Timothy Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA, told those attending of the vital role of radio amateurs during disasters. At the 4-day international gathering that attracted some 3500 participants, he told how Amateur Radio does not rely on commercial networks, and that hams have the technical know-how to send information during disasters. Recently the volunteer radio amateur response to Typhoon Hagupit was through the HERO (Ham Radio Emergency Operation) network of the IARU member society, Philippines Amateur Radio Association.

QSO Today- Ep 20 - Martin Huyett - K0BXB:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on December 13, 2014
After 60 years in the hobby, Martin Huyett, K0BXB, loves ham radio as much as he did when he first started. After a career in electronic engineering, inspired by ham radio, and an operating career that included homebrew slow scan television, 2 meter FM on surplus mobile equipment, and packet radio, Martin has gone back to his ham radio roots and now enjoys a simple CW QSO on a straight key. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with K0BXB.

After-School Program Helps High School Students Learn About Ham Radio:
by dailyastorian.com on December 13, 2014
“Some kids don’t have a sport,” she added -- Knappa’s after-school program does, however, include badminton and other team sports. On the other side of KHS, volunteer Mike Gore tries to interest middle schoolers in ham radio operation. A licensed operator, Gore started a club earlier at KHS and has trained two high schoolers so far who’ve earned their ham radio operators licenses. “My mission now is to create new ham radio operators,” said Gore, who tries to entice them with story’s of the ham radio operators that helped the North Coast communicate during the 2007 Great Coastal Gale.

In the Late 1890s Marconi Helped Invent Wireless News:
by poynter.org on December 13, 2014
Although inventor Guglielmo Marconi created short-distance wireless telegraph years earlier, on December 12, 1901 his team sent and received the first long-distance transatlantic radio/telegraph message. He proved that wireless messages (and eventually news) could be sent across the Atlantic.

Ham Radio Deluxe: Santa's Gift for You!
by Katie Allen (WY7YL) on December 12, 2014
If you need to drop a hint about a stocking stuffer – look no further than HRD! Tell your family and friends that with the coupon code “holidays” they can get you the top of the line Amateur Radio software – Ham Radio Deluxe – for 10% off! Or, why not spoil a friend from your ham club, or even purchase a copy for your ham club holiday gathering? Give our sales office a call and we’ll help you organize your purchase.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #50 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on December 12, 2014
Compared to the previous seven days, solar activity dropped over the past week December 4 to 10 with average daily sunspot numbers down 63.6 points to 88.4, and average daily solar flux off 32.5 points to 139.6. But both numbers were higher on December 11, a good sign.

Manitoulin ARC Elects Officers and Directors at Annual General Meeting:
by manitoulin.ca on December 12, 2014
MANITOULIN -- Members of the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club were in attendance for their annual general meeting on Saturday, November 29 in Little Current. Elections of officers were held and the three incumbents; President Al Boyd, Vice President Jim McLean and Treasurer Lorraine McLean were all acclaimed. Three directors were also appointed: Mike Maciuk, Bob Playter and Jerry Kitts. Rusty Auxier was named as the repeater trustee. Al Boyd welcomed all to the meeting and gave an update on the status of the club and information on the new emergency communications repeater that was installed this past summer to replace the older existing one. This repeater is the back-up communications system for all the communities on Manitoulin that require it in the case of a disaster.


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