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ARRL Announces Club Competition Changes:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
Earlier this year, following a challenge that resulted in the realignment of several club scores in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, it became clear that the Club Competition rules were not being enforced as consistently as they should have been. In order to make sure club results are accurate and fair to all, the ARRL Contest Branch is renewing its effort to help clubs comply with the rules (See Section 8 of the "General Rules for All Contests.

ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2017-18 Academic Year:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications on October 1 from eligible radio amateurs planning to pursue post-secondary education in the 2017-2018 academic year. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2017. Individuals and clubs support many of the more than 80 scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs and must complete and submit the online application.

More Than 200 US Stations Signed Up for Scouting's Jamboree On the Air:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
So far, 219 US stations have registered to take part in Scouting's 2016 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), which will take place October 14-16. Registration remains open for the 59th annual event. Last year, 400 US stations signed up. JOTA officials are asking JOTA 2016 participants not only to register for this year's event, but to follow up with a post-JOTA report.

Retired Librarian Who Was Maine's First Woman Radio Amateur Turns 108:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
Mary Cousins, ex-W1GSC, who was the first woman in Maine to obtain an Amateur Radio license, celebrated her 108th birthday on September 20. Now a resident of a care facility in the coastal fishing village of Deer Isle, Cousins was treated to a party complete with a cake decorated with images of local newspaper articles from 1908, the year she was born. The confection also bore an image of her 1933 "Amateur First" radio license, issued to Mary Sibyl Wallace -- her maiden name -- by the old Federal Radio Commission, when Cousins was 24. The FCC came into being the following year. Cousins' old call sign has since been reissued at least once. Cousins said she operated Morse, although she does not remember the code anymore, and used to relay weather information using that mode.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
ARRL to Host CHIRP Radio Programming Webinar: ARRL will host a CHIRP Radio Programming webinar on October 19 at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on October 20 in US time zones). This presentation will offer a brief overview of the free, open-source CHIRP software, which can be used to program most radios. Attendees will learn: What CHIRP is, which radios are supported, how to get CHIRP, and how to troubleshoot CHIRP. Presenter James Lee, N1DDK, became active in CHIRP development for the initial TYT9800 driver. He is a hardware development engineer for Qualcomm. Register now! Those signing up will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Ham College Episode 21 is Out:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on September 29, 2016
In this episode we conclude discussing Noise and Interference, and begin covering Schematics.

USS Batfish ARC WW2SUB Storm Damage Fund:
by Mark Kleine (N5HZR) on September 29, 2016
The USS Batfish, a World War II submarine that's dry-docked in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and the USS Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club recently took a major hit during a severe storm on July 14th 2016. The club lost its radio tower, its tri-band, 4 element beam, and a need s your help to replace them. It also received damage to some of the wire antenna supports, causing damage to the 80 Full Wave Loop. This is in addition to the damage received to the Muskogee War Memorial Park property and the 60 foot flag pole. Meter quarter wave vertical on the boat, and

Elmhurst Amateur Radio Operators Celebrate Club’s 80th Anniversary:
by on September 28, 2016
ELMHURST -- The Elmhurst York Radio Club recently celebrated its 80th year as an organization dedicated to supporting amateur radio. The club honored the anniversary with an Aug. 19 open house event at the Elmhurst Fire Department Training Facility, 910 N. Addison Ave. Founded in 1936, York Radio Club was started to help members enjoy the hobby and provide a framework for amateur radio operators, or hams, on how to offer public service to Elmhurst. The club was formed two years after the U.S. Congress created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the airwaves, but amateur radio operators had been experimenting with signal transmission since the 1890s. In fact, the distinction between commercial and amateur radio stations didn’t exist before the FCC came in to allocate portions of the electromagnetic spectrum to different radio operators. “We were given huge chunks of the spectrum, and to this day we haven’t lost any of them because we’re so valuable to them,” York Radio Club member Todd Benson said. Hams are individuals with a unique call sign who are licensed to operate a radio station. According to Benson, there are about 700,000 hams in the United States.

Why Is Ham Radio So Important?
by on September 28, 2016
Some still argue about the necessity of ham radio and the role it plays in people’s everyday lives. On the one hand, the world is developing vastly introducing new advanced technologies and ways of communication. We can benefit from various free online messengers, digital radios, social networks and many other modern communication tools. On the other hand, amateur radio is something that shapes people’s lifestyle. The very action boosts real passion and enthusiasm. For this reason, it has been attracting many new hams from around the globe for many decades. Moreover, we should never underestimate the role of DX radio stations from the technical point of view. In some situations, they can appear to be the only source of information while all other services and networks are down.

Ham Talk Live #33 -- Bouvet Island DXpedition:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on September 27, 2016
This week on Ham Talk Live! the leader of the upcoming Bouvet Island DXpedition, Ralph Fedor, K0IR, will be my guest to talk about the adventures of DXpeditions, the challenges specific to Bouvet Island, how to work the team, and how to contribute.

Radio Club Offers Incentive To Residents To Become Licensed Operators:
by on September 27, 2016
A local club is hoping to encourage amateurs to become licensed radio operators by offering an incentive. The Livingston County Amateur Radio Klub, or LARK, is giving away a new Dual Band radio to anyone who successfully passes their exam to become a licensed radio operator. LARK Technical Director, Les Butler, says “being an amateur radio operator is a fun and very rewarding hobby”. Amateur Technician Class licenses are issued by the Federal Communications Commission. With that type of licenses, operators can communicate with others that are hundreds of miles away. Butler says those FM communications can even reach astronauts at the International Space Station.

Review of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan:
by WIA on September 27, 2016
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened consultation on its proposed update of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan. The ACMA announced it on its website on 22 September 2016. The Authority has issued a discussion paper and related documents, referring directly to possible changes, and invites submissions before 24 October 2016. The Spectrum Plan includes a table of frequency allocations from 8.3 kHz through to 420 terahertz (THz) that divides up the spectrum to show the general purpose of each band, to which services they are allocated, and associated footnotes relevant to particular allocations. It was last reviewed in 2013. The Spectrum Plan reflects Australia’s treaty obligations following the International Telecommunications Union’s World Radiocommunications Conference in late 2015. The ACMA acknowledges that Australia was a signatory to the decisions of that ITU conference, was working with those affected domestically, but due to various factors, all foreshadowed changes may not occur by the end of 2016.

WIA: Amateur Reciprocal Qualifications Review:
by WIA on September 27, 2016
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has reset the qualification equivalency of the US Technician Licence for new applications to that of the entry level Australian Foundation Licence. The majority of submissions to the ACMA inquiry fully agreed that the Foundation Licence was the most appropriate for reciprocal licensing purposes. Before the review it was set at the highest Advance Licence. The ACMA said a report prepared by the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) indicated that the US Technician Class Licence was no longer equivalent to the Advanced Licence. The WIA sought to lower the level of reciprocity to the Foundation Licence. It also reflected the ACMA’s confirmation by independent inquiry that the basis on which the US Technician Class Licence was conferred had changed over time. The ACMA review asked: Do you support the ACMA and the WIA’s stance that the US Technician Class licence is no longer equivalent to the Advanced Licence and that the Foundation Licence is the most appropriate for reciprocal licensing purposes? A total of 23 submissions received, 15 agreed, seven disagreed and one neither agreed nor disagreed with the proposal.

Geomagnetic Blitz of September 1941:
by By Jeffrey J. Love and Pierdavide Coïsson on September 26, 2016
Seventy-five years ago, a massive geomagnetic storm disrupted electrical power, interrupted radio broadcasts, and illuminated the night sky in a World War II battle theater.

Radio Club's Youngest Member Becomes Certified:
by on September 26, 2016
Toby Vander Wilt, 7, of the Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club, recently passed the entry-level exam to become a ham radio technician.

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