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Radio Hams Can Encrypt, In Emergencies, Says Ofcom:
by theregister.co.uk on September 16, 2014
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions: UK regulator Ofcom is looking for radio hams' opinions about proposed changes to spectrum and amateur licensing. In exchange for giving up some spectrum, hams are getting access to new spectrum in the 470 kHz and 5 MHz bands that the Ministry of Defence is happy for them to use. Users of that spectrum will have to quit if the Ministry says they're causing interference. Access to these bands has been made available by way of compensation after an April Ofcom decision to withdraw access spectrum in the 2350-2390 MHz and 3410-3475 MHz bands (access remains in the 2310-2350 MHz, 2390-2400 MHz and 3400-3410 MHz bands). The 2350-2390 and 3410-3475 MHz bands will be auctioned. Recognising the role of amateur radio users in emergencies, the consultation proposes changing the license condition that states that hams can only communicate with other hams. Where a license-holder is participating in a rescue operation (for example as part of the Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network, RAYNET) are allowed to talk to others, such as rescue teams, involved in an emergency operation.

Emergency Service Organizations Open Doors to Visitors:
by publicopiniononline.com on September 15, 2014
CHAMBERSBURG -- In times of crisis, county residents seek help from emergency personnel. On Saturday, the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services opened its doors to let people know what it looks like behind the scenes. Meghan O'Brien, assistant director of Franklin County Emergency Services, said that this is the fourth year of the event. The building includes the county's 911 call center and the emergency operations center, which is homebase during emergencies, as well as home to other county organizations. The building was originally part of the Letterkenny Army Depot, according to Mick Lewis, training and quality coordinator. Lewis was one of Saturday's tour guides. b"Every two years, we also participate in Three Mile Island training," he said, referring to the state's nuclear reactor accident in 1979. During training, individuals gather in the emergency operations center and prepare for a worse case scenario. The center was also set up during the preparations for 2012's Hurricane Sandy. The call area was busy Saturday with staff answering emergency. These amateur radio operators have come through in emergency situations before, he said, such as during the Boston Marathon bombing and stated ham radios are another way of communicating in the case of an emergency.

Floyd County Hams Talk About Their Work In the Community:
by swvatoday.com on September 14, 2014
A meeting sponsored by the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Services (FAIRS), the Floyd Amateur Radio Society (FARS), and Triad on August 26 was an opportunity to spotlight the work of local ham radio operators. The meeting at the Computer Museum/Community Amateur Radio Station, located in The Village Green in the Town of Floyd, opened with a film clip by newscaster Walter Cronkite. The clip talked about the supportive efforts of radio amateurs during emergencies. Cronkite, who was a ham, commented that it was ironic that the word “amateur” is used to refer to hams and added that radio amateurs would in any other area be called professionals. He remarked they are “the best backup to communication in the world” before adding “and that’s the way it is.” At the meeting in Floyd, local operators David Larsen and Dee Wallace talked about the use of ham radios not only among individuals and clubs, but also in other non-profits and military service. Floyd Amateur Radio Society, a member of the American Amateur Radio League, meets the second Saturday of each month, and clubs in other communities can be found by going to aarl.org/find-a-club. Amateur radio enthusiasts represent all ages, Wallace explained, and whatever the age, “there’s a place for you in the world of amateur radio.” For Larsen, ham radio is an avocation. Larsen, who has been involved with amateur radio for six decades, said it is more than a hobby. “It was the first electronic social network way before Facebook.” Wallace said there a lot of reasons why people want to be hams. AARL, the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world, is based on five pillars: public service, advocacy, education, technology and membership.

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club:
by edhat.com on September 14, 2014
SBARC is a non-profit public benefit corporation organized to promote education for persons interested in telecommunications, to disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field, and to train communicators for public service and emergency communications. SBARC also encourages and sponsors experiments in electronics and promotes the highest standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of communications. Our success is shown by a progressive increase in involved membership, by public recognition and support, by members' advancement in the technology, and by acquisition and utilization of assets. SBARC assures success by having an organization with a focus on its goals, a system of leadership development, prudent financial management, and a vision toward and dedication to public service. It supports an organized and comprehensive educational program and publicizes its activities and services to the community. The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club was founded in 1920 and incorporated in 1976. It was organized to promote education for persons interested in telecommunications, to disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field, and to train communicators for public service and emergency communications. SBARC also encourages and sponsors experiments in electronics and promotes the highest standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of communications.

Lecture Series to Start with Ham Radio:
by eacourier.com on September 13, 2014
SAFFORD -- The EAC Discovery Park Campus will welcome Milt Jensen, amateur radio operator, for an interesting presentation detailing the history and future of the world of ham radio. Jensen will kick off the Saturday Evening Lecture Series at Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park’s Jupiter Room on Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m. A native of Virden, N.M., Jensen has an extensive background and education in electronics, and has been a licensed ham radio operator for 54 years. What he calls his “truly, only real hobby,” he enjoys building station antennas and operating his ham radio station in worldwide amateur radio operators contests, of which he has earned one world win. In the early 20th century, the term "ham radio" was originally used to mock the amateur radio operators who created stronger, more powerful stations to outcompete their rivals for the limited airwaves and “get all of the attention.” In time, the community adopted it as a welcome worldwide moniker. As an important communications backup for federal, state and local government in times of emergency, ham operators serve the community as "trained spotters" of severe weather and tornados for TV and radio stations. Amateur radio operators are people from all walks of life -- no matter what age, gender or physical ability. In fact, most of the NASA astronauts are amateur radio operators, and many participate in programs where one can talk to the astronauts on the International Space Station through ham radio.

For RadioShack, the End is Near:
by washingtonpost.com on September 13, 2014
For RadioShack, the End is Near:

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #37 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 12, 2014
We saw a nice increase in the level of solar activity this week, and the outlook for the near term looks good, or at least, interesting. Average daily sunspot numbers for the period September 4-10 increased from 85.1 to 152.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 126.7 to 155.8. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index declining from 14.7 to 7.9, and average mid-latitude A index dropped from 13.4 to 8.3. These latest numbers are compared to the previous seven days, August 28 through September 3.

St. Joan of Arc Students Talk to Astronauts on International Space Station:
by mysuburbanlife.com on September 12, 2014
LISLE -- Students at St. Joan of Arc School got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Monday when they made contact with the International Space Station with a ham radio. The school took part in a program called Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, a partnership between NASA, the American Radio Relay League and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. St. Joan of Arc was one of a handful of schools across the country given the opportunity.

Ham Radio Operators to Help J and K Victims:
by newindianexpress.com on September 12, 2014
HYDERABAD: Who would have thought that the amateur radio, the not-so popular hobby, would be one of the most effective medium of communication in times of major disasters? S Ram Mohan, executive vice-chairman and director of the National Institute of Amateur Radio, here says that HAM radios can pass the information at a faster pace than all other means of communication. “It hardly takes 10 minutes to set up the equipment. Also, unlike the normal radio, it has a two-way communication. Hence, during the time of disasters, it becomes easy for effective management of resources like distribution of food packets in the affected areas,” he said. HAM network is a simple mode of communication that can be used either by security officers to communicate among themselves or by any person to call their landlines or mobiles. A team of Ham Radio operators from across the country are gearing up to visit the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Titled ‘Mission Kashmir,’ the operators are preparing for their journey to Srinagar for setting up a stable communication network there. However, Ram Mohan is quite skeptical about it. ‘’Basically, the operation of Amateur Radio is banned in certain areas like Jammu and Kashmir, North East etc. Hence, we cannot jump into any action without seeking the permission from Wireless Planning Commission and Co-ordination Wing,” he said. “Hence, I will write to the wireless advisor asking him to grant us permission to visit the place to avoid any legal complications. If everything works out, we will be starting in two days as we have all the equipment in place,” he said.

Big Solar Storm Heading Toward Earth:
by cnn.com on September 12, 2014
(CNN) -- This is not your usual weather forecast. Big storms are brewing. Your umbrella won't help, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy. These storms are coming from the sun. It's raining down a huge amount of radiation. We're safe, but it could affect power grids, radios and satellites. Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events will arrive at Earth on Saturday, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch. Wait. What kind of watch? Basically, the sun is a giant ball of gas: 92.1 percent hydrogen and 7.8 percent helium. Every now and then, it spits out a giant burst of radiation called a coronal mass ejection. Solar storms could disrupt power, GPS These ejections are sometimes associated with solar flares, the most explosive events in the solar system. The sun has released two ejections in the past two days, and both are linked to solar flares. NASA says the second flare is an X1.6 class, putting it in the most intense category. The energy from those two ejections is heading toward Earth. Space weather experts aren't sure what this solar storm will do. This is a pretty strong solar storm, and we just won't know until it gets here" what it will do, said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers. Earth's atmosphere usually protects us humans, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy. Solar storms can knock out power, interfere with GPS and radio communications -- including those on commercial airliners -- and damage satellites. "People on the ground really don't have to worry," said Lika Guhathakurta, a program scientist with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. She said solar storms don't affect humans on the ground, although astronauts could be at risk.

ARNewsline Report 1935 -- Sept 12 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on September 12, 2014
The following is a QST. Radio Amateurs of Canada proposes world-wide 60 meter ham radio allocation; China announces a Lunar circling mission carrying amateur radio; Slow Scan television is back on the air from the International Space Station; the FCC announces an increase in the cost of a United States vanity callsign and New Zealand hams get ready to celebrate a major ham radio historical event. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1935 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #37:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 11, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KI1U, 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 September 11, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

'Amateur Radio Parity Act Of 2014' Co-Sponsor List Swells To 32:
by The ARRL Letter on September 11, 2014
The number of co-sponsors for H.R. 4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, has reached 32 members of the US House of Representatives. The list includes 21 Republicans and 11 Democrats representing 17 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The push to persuade additional House members to sign on as H.R. 4969 co-sponsors continues.

ARES/RACES Volunteers Mobilize In Wake Of Nevada Flash Flooding:
by The ARRL Letter on September 11, 2014
ARES/RACES members in Clark County, Nevada, activated Monday, September 8, after heavy rains sparked flash flooding. The Amateur Radio volunteers deployed after being called up by local emergency managers to support communication during recovery efforts in the Moapa Valley northeast of Las Vegas. At least two people died as a result of the flooding.


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