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Excellent Video from the ISS:
by WIA on February 22, 2017
Recent use of HAM-TV on the International Space Station in Europe has taken this popular educational activity to a new level. The Collège André Malraux in France asked ARISS Europe for HAM-TV support for its scheduled contact with European Space Agency Astronaut, Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG. The experimental HAM-TV was possible due to the equipped ground stations in Europe to provide video coverage from the ISS downlink signal. This particular contact had voice transmissions from the ISS on the UHF band on 437 MHz, with a ground station at the school. As a back-up feed to the school was the ON4ISS ARISS telebridge station in Belgium. ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) lets students talk directly with those on board, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through Amateur Radio. The contact lasted about 10 minutes on Monday 13 February and also involved a series of five radio amateur radio ground stations in Europe equipped with the HAMTV receive capability. These were linked together forming a chain for the video from the ISS. It had a downlink signal of 2395 MHz and was streamed live on the British Amateur TV Club server seamlessly, using Multi viewer technology which selects the strongest signal.

'Base to Hams: Field Day this Weekend . . . Over':
by on February 22, 2017
Ham radio enthusiasts in Gisborne will take part in a nationwide test of emergency field and emergency radio operations in simulated “adverse” conditions this weekend. The national emergency radio operations event was named in honour of Gisborne radio operator Jock White. It is held every year in the last weekend in February. “The Jock White field day was named after Jock (call sign ZL2GX) to recognise more than 40 years of his involvement with the NZART (NZ Association of Radio Transmitters) contest and awards,” said Gisborne spokesman Phill Dodds. “The field day tests organisation, radio operation, co-operation and helps to form an effective team of radio operators around the district and country. The teams can be as competitive or as social as they like. “In our case the Gisborne Branch of NZART operates at the social end of the spectrum but there is always work for all -- spouses/partners, visitors and prospective members.” NZART AREC (Amateur Radio Emergency Communications) is the public service arm of NZART.

FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition to Allocate New 5 MHz Band:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 21, 2017
The FCC has invited comments on the ARRL's January 12 Petition for Rule Making to allocate a new, contiguous secondary band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service. The League also asked the Commission to keep four of the current five 60-meter channels - one would be within the new band - as well as the current operating rules, including the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The FCC has designated the League's Petition as RM-11785 and put it on public notice. Comments are due Monday, March 20. ARRL plans to file comments in support of its petition.

New Section Manager Appointed in Illinois:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 21, 2017
Ron Morgan, AD9I, of East Peoria, Illinois, has been appointed ARRL Illinois Section Manager, effective February 16. He succeeds Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, of Sandwich, who stepped down for personal reasons. ARRL expressed its thanks to Ciciora, who has served at the helm of the Illinois Field Organization for more than 10 years, since July 2006.

ARISS Opens Window for Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 21, 2017
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational institutions and organizations - individually or working in concert - to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members. The window to submit a proposal is April 15. ARISS anticipates that contacts will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates.

Ham Radio Hobbyists to Have Festival at N. Hunterdon High on March 11:
by on February 21, 2017
More than 30 vendors of radio, electronics, and accessories at bargain prices are expected at the North Hunterdon Regional High School cafeteria on Route 31 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, for the annual Cherryville Repeater Association "Hamfest." The Hamfest has been presented for more than a decade at North Hunterdon Regional High School. According to the organizers, it's a "flea market" of bargains for amateur radio hobbyists, complete with attendance by KJI Electronics for major equipment sales. There will also be an operating Flex Radio station at the Hamfest to provide hands on operation of Software Define Radio (SDR) technology. Software-defined radio (SDR) is a relatively new development wherein many of the traditional radio circuits are simulated by software programs, giving the radio features and capabilities that are either difficult, more expensive, or impossible to achieve in traditional radios. Door prizes will be awarded, and food will be for sale.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts On the Air in Times of Disaster:
by on February 21, 2017
Curt Hadley plugged into the world of amateur radio five years ago as part of his strategy to be better prepared in emergencies. The capability of transmitting and receiving broadcasts with modest equipment had him hooked. Ham radios, he says, are often the only means of communication during a catastrophic event. Employing wireless transmitters and a wide frequency spectrum, ham radio operators are able to establish vital communication between emergency teams and the public using their own equipment, knowledge, skills and training. Earthquakes, floods, storms and wildfires can render other modes of communication inoperable. Emergency communications between police, fire, ambulance and search-and-rescue teams via radio, telephone or computer may grind to a halt because of system overload, power outages, damage to lines and cell towers or the remoteness of victims. In rural parts of the Rogue Valley, where many residents live off the grid or have spotty cellphone coverage, a ham radio may be the only reliable means of communication. Like Hadley, many of the 700 to 800 licensed amateur radio operators in the Rogue Valley area belong to Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services to provide communications when disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Nation:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on February 20, 2017
Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Nation:

Ham Talk Live #53 -- Heard Island Research:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on February 20, 2017
On Ham Talk Live! this week, tune in at but on WEDNESDAY at 8 pm Eastern instead of our usual Thursday at 9 pm Eastern time slot. Our guest will be Dr. Bill Mitchell, AE0EE, who was a member of the Heard Island DXpedition team who also completed scientific work while on the trip as well.

Collegiate Amateur Radio Survey:
by Sterling Coffey (N0SSC) on February 20, 2017
I'm doing an independent survey on college ham radio clubs to help generate a list of active clubs, clubs in need, and colleges with no club but students with interest. If you're a student, alumni, faculty, or staff, please take a minute to add your college club to the survey. Don't worry if you think someone's done it already - that shows me your club is even more active!

Radio Anniversary is Celebrated in the City:
by on February 20, 2017
RADIO enthusiasts have been celebrating the 95th anniversary of the start of Britain's first ever regular, advertised broadcast radio station, 2MT, which came live from Writtle. The anniversary was recognised on Tuesday February 14 February. To commemorate this anniversary and to celebrate the pioneering young team of engineers, the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society transmitted from the same building where the original broadcasts commenced. Members of Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) regularly transmit to fellow amateur radio hams from this historic hut and, for this celebration, a team from CARS made contact with fellow amateurs on February 12 and February 14. A special event call sign, GB95 2MT, was used to mark this occasion.

Ride the Roller Coaster to Solar Minimum:
by on February 20, 2017
Most of us live on a 24-hour cycle beginning with waking up, going about our jobs or other activities and then sleeping before waking up again. We call it the circadian rhythm from the Latin circa dia or "about a day." The sun has a rhythm too, called the 11-year solar cycle. During that time, we see a rise in magnetic activity on the sun including sunspots (giant knots of concentrated solar magnetism); titanic solar storms called flares; and blasts of plasma -- clouds of electrons and protons -- billowing from our star. The hubbub peaks and then gradually declines. Sunspot numbers plummet as do the intensity and frequency of solar flares and phenomena like the aurora borealis which is tied to solar activity.

NewsWest for Sunday, February 19, 2017:
by WA Amateur Radio News on February 19, 2017
NewsWest, has an interesting variety for you this week:

Amateur Radio Society Upgrading Smokey Repeater:
by on February 19, 2017
The Smokey amateur radio repeater site located 15 kilometers north of Williams Lake is receiving some much-needed upgrades, said Cariboo Chilcotin Amateur Radio Society president Dr. Mike Smialowski. “As soon as you drive west out of Williams Lake and go over the hill and underneath the telephone lines you have no cell service,” Smialowski said. “Last summer a person got lost south of Charlotte Lake and the only repeater that would get into the area was our amateur radio repeater.”

Louie the Cat Can Operate a Ham Radio, Seriously:
by on February 19, 2017
My people and place of residence: Don and Billie Kerouac, of rural Kankakee. A little bit about me: I was rescued from a local shelter when I was about 12 weeks old. I enjoy bird watching from my house in the country. Since I was 9, I have needed to take medicine every eight hours. It's sometimes necessary to remind my humans ... they think I have a built-in kitty clock! Of course, I require a treat afterward! Favorite toy: Anything with catnip in it! Favorite treat: Twinkies and tuna Tricks I can do: I can send Morse code on my human's ham radio. My mom was a teacher and she taught me to shake hands (paws), bow, sit up and give kisses on command (as long as there is a treat involved).

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