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SGARN 30m Multicast Schedule:
by Charles Brabham (N5PVL) on January 27, 2015
The Second Generation Amateur Radio Network (SGARN) transmits bulletins nightly via Amateur Multicast Protocol (AMP).

Telegraph Club Keeps Once-Revolutionary Technology Alive:
by on January 27, 2015
HENRIETTA, N.Y. --The New York Museum of Transportation presented a demonstration Sunday on telegraph technology that was used more than a century ago. Telegraphy requires some sort of method or device to reveal a message, and the Morse telegraph was the first means of communication to make use of electricity. It served the industry long into the 20th century, with 1982 being the last documented use of Morse Code. The Morse Telegraph Club was formed to honor Samuel Morse and his associates for their valuable contribution to society. "We have a functioning internet-based telegraph system today," said Chris Hausler, International VP, Morse Telegraph Club. "You can take real telegraph instruments and connect them to your computer and chat with people all over the world."

FCC Comments Urge Allocation of Spectrum Above 24 GHz for 5G And More:
by on January 27, 2015
As evidenced by comments to the FCC’s inquiry on the use of spectrum above 24 GHz, there’s a lot of interest in this spectrum from just about every segment of the communications industry -- except from broadcast and public safety/land mobile representatives. Originally it was thought this spectrum would not be suitable to reach indoor devices. If you are wondering how such spectrum could be useful for mobile communications, comments on the FCC's “Spectrum Frontiers Notice of Inquiry” (NOI) -- which have been posted on the commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) -- from the New York Polytechnic University and attachments outline their research showing how it worked in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Comments from Samsung highlight that company's research and studies on sharing and compatibility between mobile broadband and fixed systems using the bands above 24 GHz. ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, filed comments show the mmW bands allocated to the Amateur Service around the world. They also highlight Amateur Radio use of this spectrum, noting two point-to-point distance records at 75 GHz were established as recently as June 2014 and the amount of propagation research worldwide by Amateur Radio operators in the mmW bands is on the increase. ARRL urged international harmonization of mobile allocations in the mmW bands and “utilization of the ample current mobile allocations above 24 GHz.” This “will contribute to avoiding incompatibility between incumbent services and new 5G mobile services.” ARRL suggested that “the mmW bands allocated to the Amateur Services are inappropriate for shared 5G mobile service as Amateur experimental operation in the mmW bands is largely itinerant, temporary fixed operation using exceptionally sensitive receivers and high gain, narrow beamwidth antennas in bands typically shared with other incumbent services.”

Beartooth Adds VHF, UHF Voice, Data Communication Capability to Smartphones
by on January 27, 2015
Last August I wrote about the goTenna personal communications device using the 150 MHz MURS band. It connected to a smartphone using Bluetooth and allowed communication with other goTenna devices within range. Now another communications device has been announced – Beartooth – that goes well beyond goTenna's VHF peer-to-peer(s) data transmission. According to its experimental license grant WH2XLW, the device can operate anywhere the 137 – 174 MHz and 400 – 470 MHz bands with an ERP of 2 watts (ERP). Using Comsearch's handy FCC emission designator decoder I see the license covers amplitude modulation and phase modulation transmitting voice, data and telegraphy for automatic reception. Beartooth is software-defined radio (receiver and transmitter) that interfaces with supported devices (iPhone 5/5S/6/6+ and Galaxy S4/S5) and includes a battery to double smartphone battery life. In a TechCrunch interview available on their web site, CEO Michael Monaghan said Beartooth will be a part 95 device. Uses include personal communications, industrial communications services, and public safety. Since the device is an SDR with a wide frequency range, it not only supports the same type of personal communications provided by the goTenna, but also the ability to communicate with any analog or FM radios operating on Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) or Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) spectrum. Amateur Radio use was mentioned in the TechCrunch session – the device will operate on the 2 meter and 3/4 meter ham bands. Broadcasters will note that all VHF and 450/455 MHz broadcast auxiliary RPU bands are covered by the device.

MacLoggerDX Version 5.58 Released:
by Don Agro (VE3VRW) on January 26, 2015
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.58 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

NBTC 'Must Have Power to Allocate Frequencies':
by on January 26, 2015
THE state subcommittee reforming the broadcasting and telecom industries wants the regulator to retain its independence and authority to allocate frequencies. However, this needs the support of the National Legislative Assembly, Pana Thongmee-akom, chairman of the subcommittee, said last week. The Pana panel is part of the mass communications committee of the junta-appointed National Reform Council. The Cabinet recently approved swathes of draft digital economy bills, including the NBTC bill, which revises the powers of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Under the bill, the planned national digital economy committee to be chaired by the prime minister will determine which frequencies are for security, public or commercial use. Only those for commercial use will be managed by the NBTC. An NBTC source said the downgrading of the NBTC's role stems from the watchdog's conflict with the Army regarding its allocation of an additional band (50-54MHz) to ham radio operators, who have been using the 144-146MHz band. The regulations for this were published in the Royal Gazette last July.

Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station Up and Running:
by on January 25, 2015
EAST JORDAN -- Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station is operational and the first class of technicians has received ham radio licenses with help from members of the Top Of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (TOMARC) in Gaylord. Great Lakes Energy, a local electric company, also aided the radio station recently when sliding snow ripped the new ham radio antenna off the center's roof. A Great Lakes crew came out and set up a utility pole for Raven Hill to use as a freestanding antenna. Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4737 Fuller Road in East Jordan, is known for its exceptional indoor and outdoor hands-on science, history and art activities and explorations. It is located on 157 acres of natural beauty in Charlevoix County.

Radio Amateurs Get Practical Thank You for Tour de France Backup:
by on January 25, 2015
A voluntary radio communications team which played a key role in ensuring the Tour de France ran safely and smoothly through the Yorkshire Dales has been ‘rewarded’ with thousands of pounds worth of equipment. Members of RAYNET (The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network) provided a back-up communications system across the Day 1 and Day 2 routes in North Yorkshire where the use of alternative technologies such as mobile phone networks were difficult, impossible or likely to overload with the arrival of more than one million spectators. During the Grand Depart of the Tour de France last July, RAYNET volunteers operated radios in many key locations, including Kidstones Pass, Grinton Moor and Blubberhouses Moor and engineered four hilltop repeater sites to link control rooms in Skipton, Richmond, Harrogate and York with a main control in Wakefield. Earlier they had trained North Yorkshire County Council staff, who had roles in control rooms but no previous experience of radio use, in the basics of operating procedure, message handling and logging. At short notice on the afternoon before race start RAYNET loaned handheld radios to fill a shortage in two areas.

5-Year-Old Passes Ham Radio Exam:
by on January 25, 2015
KUSA -- Ham radio can be a hobby for some and a mission for others. "We coordinate with agencies like the Red Cross or the local sheriff, the weather service to give reports during emergency situations. We're the extra eyes and ears on the ground," ham radio operator Zeke Ragdale said. It's something Ragdale has been doing for the last three years, and it's a hobby his 5-year-old son, Colton, has been watching. That was until Colton was old enough to read. "I think Colton saw his parents using radios and talking to one another and wanted to become involved. So he took the FCC test and passed," Ragdale said. At just 5 years old, Colton passed the test the FCC requires for anyone to operate the radios. That makes Colton among the youngest operators around. "He was talking to people in Japan. He's too young to do everything we do, but we'll keep practicing with him," Ragdale said. Colton got 93 percent of the test questions correct, which is impressive for most operators, but that score takes things to a new level when you're just a kindergartener.

First Light / EME to Follow:
by Martin Flynn (W2RWJ) on January 24, 2015
The TIROS Restoration Team would like to announce first light at 21cm for the TLM-18 antenna system. First light occurred on 19 January, 2015 at approximately 17:00 GMT.

ARNewsline Report 1949 -- Jan 24 2015:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on January 24, 2015
The following is a QST. Michigan gets its own PRB One antenna law; a launch date for the Fox 1 hamsat is announced; ARES called out in Ohio to assist after phone outage; the flight of the VK around-the-world floater balloon falls short of its round-the-world trip; the K1N Nevassa Island DXpedition will be on the S-Oh 50 ham radio satellite, and old Sol is at it again. Find out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1949 coming your way right now.

Emergency Management Seeks Communications Grant:
by on January 24, 2015
Daviess County officials are in the process of securing a grant to provide an additional layer of communication in the event of a disaster. The Daviess County Commissioners have approved the action of the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency to get a $20,720 grant from the Indiana Office of Homeland Security to add amateur radio antennas to the roof of the county security center. "This grant will enhance our emergency operation center," said Daviess County E.M.A. Director Paul Goss. "It will allow us to put antennas on the roof of the security center for amateur radio, so if all other means of communication fail we will be able to use amateur radio and speak to anywhere in the state or in the world for that matter." The amateur radio addition is a back up to a back up to a back up in Daviess County. "During the last tornado we lost power at the security center," said Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit. "That time we moved our mobile command center in and were able to continue communicating without any problems. I believe this amateur radio addition is in case of a major-major disaster where all of the other systems would somehow break down."

Ham Radio Key to Community Survival:
by on January 24, 2015
Ham radio has captured the attention of a sustainable-community guru who says a community’s ability to sustain itself depends first on its ability to survive, and ham radio often provides the last line of defense in infrastructure breakdown. Jim McHugh, founder of the Magi Foundation and the Pacific Ring Initiative, met with members of the local amateur radio club Jan. 15 to suggest that the club help define a model response to communication grid collapse. Communication is a basic need and would be a logical service for the foundation to craft a model program, McHugh said. The Pacific Meramec Valley Amateur Radio Club (PMVARC) was formed in February 2014 to promote digital amateur radio and assist in local emergencies when traditional communication such as landlines, cell towers and electricity are knocked out.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #4 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 23, 2015
Average daily sunspot numbers for January 15-21 dropped 50.7 points relative to the previous seven days, to 61.9. Average daily solar flux declined from 151.3 to 126.2. For the past ten days sunspot numbers have remained below 100. This benchmark has no special significance, but the last time there were this many consecutive days with double-digit sunspot numbers was October 5-20, 2014.

Ham Radio Debate Here Attracts National Attention:
by on January 23, 2015
A story in the Pacific Missourian about attempts to get a ham radio repeater installed in Pacific as part of the city’s emergency communication system attracted the attention of a national ham radio public information coordinator. After reading the story online at emissourian, John Bigley, N7UR American Radio Relay League (ARRL) assistant director, posted a comment about the article. “When a 30-second disaster such as a tornado, turns a town like Pacific into a town like Joplin, thousands of good, decent folks will be suffering,” stated Bigley, a Las Vegas resident, who is the Nevada assistant section manager and public information coordinator. He sent an email to Bob Masson, president of the local ham radio club, saying he had been following the club’s struggles to get the repeater out of the box and on the air on emissourian and posted a response. Bigley said he’s surprised at the city’s proposed cost to install the repeater.

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