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VT Scientists Study the Eclipse Like Never Before:
by on August 16, 2017
A lot has changed since the last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the U.S. One swept across the whole country, as next Monday’s will in 1918. The only other one in that century was visible in just some parts of the country. That was in 1979. Back then, all that most people could do, was watch in awe. But this time, it’s different. Today scientists have tools to study a total solar eclipse that didn’t exist in 1918 or even 1979. Greg Earle teaches electrical engineering at Virginia Tech. “We really got lucky because the eclipse is going to cut right across the field of view of both of these," Earle says. "We didn’t have the same GPS network not everyone had a camera in their pocket we’ve got so much more technology that we can pull in more data than ever before.”

Council Eyes Amateur Radio Club Request:
by on August 16, 2017
A big issue at Monday’s Cleveland City Council meeting was the attempt to provide assistance to the Cleveland Amateur Radio Club. Club President Steve Weber was at Monday’s meeting, and had sent the council a letter from the club. The radio club has a 20-year lease from the city on property along Johnson Boulevard, where the club building is located. The club has grown in its 37 years, and is considering expansion of the building. A prospective donor of construction funds is urging the club to secure ownership of the property, before approval of funding. Club officers are asking the city to transfer the property to assure these funds. City Attorney John Kimball pointed out city policy denies the ability to give away property, except to another governmental entity. Policy and the city charter could be amended, but that would take some time. Council members appear in agreement, with a little disagreement from Councilman Bill Estes on the language of the current lease, that they would like to assist the club. Another issue is that Bradley County Emergency Management Agency has a cell tower on the property, and Director Troy Spence wants to maintain that property and accessibility. He agreed that the radio club is a huge benefit to local emergency responders, and has worked well with the EMA. Weber said there is no question of the working relationship with the EMA, although members would like to continue parking near the tower as they have in the past. Kimball pointed out that the lease with the radio club, which expires in 2032, can be renewed, or the property will be put out to bid. Estes says this language ties the city’s hands in what it can do with the property, and he would like to see it changed so the city continues to control the property.

Ham Talk Live #77 -- QCWA with VE6AFO:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on August 15, 2017
Thursday at 9 PM Eastern Time, Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, the president of the Quarter Century Wireless Assn. will be on Ham Talk Live! to take your calls! We will be talking about the many outreach opportunities that QCWA is involved in, such as Youth Activities, a donation to ARISS, and the Young Ham Lends a Hand Award. The 2017 Young Ham Lends a Hand award winner, Ryan Cutshall, KD9DAB, will join us as well!

W5 Incoming Bureau Changes:
by Gene Lewis (W5LE) on August 15, 2017
Attention all stations with a 5 call! In February of 2017 I took over as the W5 Incoming Bureau Manager due to the seriously declining health of Mike Schenkel, W5VXU, who has since become a Silent Key.

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup Has More than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 15, 2017
The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) now is just under a week away - Monday, August 21 - and more than 250 radio amateurs in the US and elsewhere already have signed up to take part. The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI), led by Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, to study ionospheric effects caused by the total solar eclipse.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #32 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 15, 2017
Average daily sunspot numbers for the recent reporting week (August 3-9) rose 7.1 points to 12.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 71 to 73.2. Average daily planetary A index went from 5 to 11.3, and mid latitude A index rose from 6 to 10.9. Predicted solar flux for the near term is 74 on August 15-21, 72 on August 22, 68 on August 23-28, 70 on August 29, and 72 on August 30 through September 8. Predicted planetary A index is 5, 16, 26 and 20 on August 15-18, then 16, 14, 12, 10 and 6 on August 19-23, 5 on August 24-29, then 12, 24, 18 and 14 on August 30 through September 2, and 5 on September 3-8.

Highland Amateur Radio Association Celebrates 40 Years:
by on August 15, 2017
The Highland Amateur Radio Association, a group of local ham radio enthusiasts, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with honors from the Ohio State Senate. A proclamation signed by senate president Larry Obhof and president pro tempore Bob Peterson, was presented at the club’s Aug. 8 meeting lauding the association for its accomplishments. According to HARA President Dave Tourtelot, the proclamation states, “The accomplishments of this organization are an excellent reflection, not only on the association itself, but also on every member who has banded together to educate both one another and the community on the benefits and, in many ways, necessities of ham radio in today’s world.” There are close to 500 licensed ham radio operators in Highland County and throughout the region. The local club has more than 100 members and has been acknowledged in the past as one of the leading amateur radio clubs in Ohio. According to HARA Vice President Jeff Collins, a successful 2016 license class resulted in more than 25 area people earning their first license or upgrading to an advanced license. The club is considering holding another class early next year that will cover technician and general class licenses.

Radio Switch has Police Signing Off:
by on August 15, 2017
WATERLOO -- Chuck Angel dusted off a half dozen radios from his collection and put them on a table. The oldest was a Regency Monitoradio Executive Scanner from the 1970s that houses crystals within its faux wood grain metal case. “That was from back in the days when scanners just started out. … I’ve still got more. I just have to figure out where they went. I’ve been playing with this stuff for over 50 years,” said Angel, a John Deere retiree who is active in ham radio and is a Red Cross radio officer. There is also a Bearcat 210 from the 1980s and some newer models from the early 1990s. The scanners -- receivers designed to pick up police, fire and other radio conversations -- all work; it’s just that no one uses the frequencies anymore, having moved on to newer, high-tech radio systems. And the collection of obsolete scanners will grow in the coming months as Black Hawk County emergency officials switch from the current Enhanced Digital Access Communications System to the new Project 25 Phase I digital mobile radio system -- also known as P-25. For police, deputies, firefighters and paramedics, it means emergency radios will work in more parts of the county and offer better sound quality. For the scanner hobbyists, it might mean buying new equipment to keep up. It also means they will no longer be able to listen in on law enforcement radio traffic. Local police officials have decided to take advantage of encryption offered with the new system. Fire operation channels will remain unencrypted.

Walt Palmer, W4ALT, Named CQ Emergency Communications Editor:
by CQ Communications, Inc on August 14, 2017
(Hicksville, NY, August 14, 2017) -- Walt Palmer, W4ALT, of Lewes, Delaware, has been appointed Emergency Communications Editor of CQ magazine, Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. He succeeds Cory Sickles, WA3UVV, who resigned after accepting a position with Yaesu USA.

Young Ham of The Year Will Be on Wednesday Night's Ham Nation:
by Bob Heil, K9EID on August 14, 2017
Marty Sullaway, KC1CWF will be a guest with Don Wilbanks on Ham Nation at 8 PM CDT. Marty is this year's Young Ham of the Year on the late Bill Pasternak's NEWSLINE. Marty is a 15 year old Extra that loves serious contesting, working DX and mentoring other young hams. He is the treasurer of the Clay Center ARC. W1CLA. Join Marty Wednesday night by putting Ham Nation into Google at 8 PM CDT. The YHOTY Award was created by Bill in 1986 and will be announced at the Huntsville Hamfest.

WIA Responds to Future Plans for Use of 3.6 GHz Band:
by WIA on August 14, 2017
The WIA has lodged a submission responding to the ACMA's Options paper on the "Future approach to the 3.6 GHz band", published in June, which would see another 25 MHz carved out of the 9 cm amateur band if plans proceed. The ACMA’s Options paper identifies a range of possible replanning options to facilitate moving licensing of the 3.575-3.7 GHz band (dubbed the “3.6 GHz band”) to its highest value use. The ACMA’s preferred option “. . is to establish arrangements optimised for wide-area broadband deployments (be they mobile or fixed) over the entire 125 MHz of the 3.6 GHz band available in metro and regional areas. The expected licensing regime under this approach would be spectrum licences allocated via auction.” The current amateur allocation is listed in the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan (ARSP) as 3300-3600 MHz, known to us as the 9 cm band. Amateurs are a secondary service in this band, which Advanced licensees are permitted to use, with substantial geographic restrictions set out in the current licence conditions affecting 3400-3575 MHz. Outside the restricted areas, amateurs are still able to use that 175 MHz. Currently, the Fixed, Mobile and Radiolocation services have primary access between 3400 and 3600 MHz.

Move over JT65 for a New Kid on the Block:
by WIA on August 14, 2017
The digital mode FT8 although still in Beta testing has caught on, luring many using the popular JT65 weak signal mode. The WSJT-X 1.8.0 beta software has the FT8 mode described as fast with an entire QSO taking about a minute, which is four times faster than JT65. Developed by Steven K9AN and Joe K1JT -- the name FT8 stands for its creators Franke and Taylor and 8-Frequency Shift Keying modulation. Using a 15-second transmit and receive sequences it provides 50 per cent or better decoding probability down to minus-20 dB. Like JT65 it requires accurate time synchronisation.

Ham Radio Deluxe v6.4.0.659 Discount:
by Mike Carper (WA9PIE) on August 13, 2017
HRD Software has just published the seventh release of Ham Radio Deluxe for the 2017 calendar year. Well over 100 changes have been made to Ham Radio Deluxe this year. This includes many long- standing requested fixes and improvements.

Young Ham of the Year -- Live Tuesday:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on August 13, 2017
Join Katie Allen WY7YL, Dave Casler, KE0OG. amd Tom Medlin W5KUB on Amateur Radio Roundtable this Tues night Aug 15 at 8:00 PM central. Our guest this week is Marty Marty S Sullaway KC1CWF, the 2017 Young Ham of the Year. Dave will bring us some great information on a project, and Tom will discuss the upcoming Huntsville Hamfest, schedule, prizes, plus more.

Tom K Jose Bridges Distance with Ham Radio:
by on August 13, 2017
Hyderabad: From making headlines when he used his Ham radio skills to extend help to those hit by the Hud Hud Cyclone three years ago, 18-year-old Tom K Jose is now a busy person. He is gathering youngsters to join his clan of Ham radio operators. Tom, who became an amateur radio operator at the tender age of 13, is a third generation Ham operator, with his grandfather beginning the hobby, followed by Tom’s parents and now, Tom and his brother. In 2015, he was invited to the world’s largest gathering of Ham operators -- the Dayton Hamvention in the US. Here, he earned many fans after he gave a presentation at the event’s Youth Forum in front of 25,000 people. This saw him securing an annual scholarship of $2,000 from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), which he is now using to spread the word about Ham radio in the city.

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