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ARES/RACES Featured at Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference:
by The ARRL Letter on October 20, 2016
For the third year in a row, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) were a featured component of the largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the US.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, HS1A, (SK):
by The ARRL Letter on October 20, 2016
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), HS1A, died on October 13, after a long period of declining health. Born in Massachusetts while his physician father was at Harvard University, the king, whose name translates as "strength of the land, incomparable power," was 88. Noted DXer Fred Laun, K3ZO/HS0ZAR, said the king was never very active on the air, and mostly operated using a handheld on 2-meter FM. The king also enjoyed photography and jazz, and played the saxophone.

Getting It Right!
by The ARRL Letter on October 20, 2016
The first sentence of the article "Current Rules Holding Hams Back from Adopting State-of-the-Art Technology, ARRL Says," in the October 13, 2016, edition of The ARRL Letter, should have said: "In comments filed on October 12 with the FCC, ARRL reiterated its case that the FCC should change the Part 97 rules both to delete the symbol rate limits in Section 97.307(f) and replace them with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz."

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on October 20, 2016
Report -- Radio Amateurs in India Monitoring "Highly Suspicious" VHF Communications: Authorities in India have asked radio amateurs along the Bengal-Bangladesh border to monitor strange VHF radio transmissions that one of them has called "highly suspicious."

Electronics Notes Launched After Re-Branding:
by Ian Poole G3YWX on October 20, 2016
The popular Electronics/Radio website that provides a wealth of reference material on all aspects of electronics and radio including ham radio, propagation and radio history has been rebranded. Now appearing under the name Electronics Notes it can be found at:

My First Ham Radio License:
by on October 19, 2016
You are a professional only in case you are certified to be a professional. In spite of the operation field, only a license is the only evidence of your qualification and skills. The same thing is with amateur radio. If you want to use special techniques, you firstly need to learn how to use it and provide your knowledge. Passing the FCC test is the major and the easiest way to do so. Obtaining the FCC license is obligatory for every DX enthusiast or professional. No matter if you cooperate with emergency series, take part in ham contests and fairs or simply keep in touch with your friends from just around, you need to get a license. This is the only chance to get a permission to use radio gear as well as DX radio stations in spite of your purpose.

Amateur Radio vs Emergency Radio:
by on October 19, 2016
We all know that a ham radio comes with so many fun things to do. They range from ham radio contesting to fests, flea markets and more. Others get involved in the amateur radio for other reasons. This type of communication has proved to be reliable and efficient in emergencies. For this reason, many operators start their career as hams to help other people who have their backs against the wall due to critical situations. Many public services cooperate with ham radio operators on regular basis. However, you should not think that amateur radio is the same as emergency radio. They differ in many ways though having some common features. Frequency is the first thing that differs DX radio stations from emergency ones. Emergency radio operates mainly on traditional FM and AM bands. Shortwave frequencies are also available in some rare cases. They are used to inform people on weather conditions as well as upcoming disasters. The only problem is that those bands and frequencies will be unavailable in case of disasters. Moreover, internet and cell phone connections are also very likely to go down. Sounds like an apocalypses, doesn’t it? Luckily, ham radio will be operating whatever happens. This is why it appears to be so efficient in case of extreme situations. People use it to form special rescue team as well as inform others on the closest shelters.

Warning for 'Long Overdue' Solar Storm, EMP Flares:
by on October 19, 2016
Solar storms threaten Earth about every 100 years and experts warn we are overdue. Now, researchers have released the first ever map that shows which areas of the U.S. are at high risk of being hit by the next intense storm. The map was built using geomagnetic storm measurements and data from magnetic materials beneath the Earth – revealing Minnesota is particularly at risk of being blasted by solar material.

Ham Talk Live #36 -- Starting with D-STAR:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on October 18, 2016
This week on Ham Talk Live!, the topic is Getting Started with D-STAR. Charles Johnston III, W8KWA, will be here to talk about how to get your new D-STAR rig configured and on the air using digital voice technology.

Palm Beach Students Talk to Astronaut on Space Station:
by on October 18, 2016
Some Palm Beach County students got an out-of-the-world experience Monday, chatting live with an astronaut on the International Space Station. The students at Howell L. Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens spent about 10 minutes using a ham radio to ask Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi what it's like to live in low Earth orbit and what inspired him to go into space. "I was inspired at 19 years old when I watched the movie Apollo 13," said Onishi, who is now 40 and works for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. "I was really impressed that astronauts go into space carrying other people's hopes and dreams." Watkins is one of 17 schools nationwide selected by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, a group that helps provide groups across the United States with opportunities to talk to astronauts.

Conneaut ARC Draws Electronic Vendors and Radio Hams from All Over:
by on October 18, 2016
CONNEAUT -- The annual Conneaut Amateur Radio Club Hamfest continues to draw electronics vendors and radio hams from all over -- from the west side of Cleveland to Buffalo and beyond. This year’s Hamfest was held at the Conneaut chapter of the American Legion on Sunday morning. Mike Anderson, secretary of the Conneaut Amateur Radio Club, said this was the third year in a row the club has hosted the event at the American Legion, “We’re one of the oldest ham radio clubs in the area,” he said. “We go back to 1947.” He said the club used to have Hamfests over 10 years ago, but stopped having them until three years ago because there was little interest then. “The ham radio climate wasn’t conducive to having events like this until a few years ago,” he said. “Now it seems to be coming back and people are interested again.” He said the club’s membership is mostly from eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, although fans of amateur radio and vendors come from all over to attend the event.

Hamfest Took Over the Airwaves at Kalamazoo Expo Center:
by on October 18, 2016
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Ham radio fans took over the Kalamazoo County Expo Center for the 34th annual Kalamazoo HamFest and Amateur Radio Swap and Shop on Sunday. Vendors had a variety of items on display, including computers, radio equipment, 3-D printers and other do-it-yourself science equipment. People could also take a test for their amateur radio licenses. Organizers said that amateur radio is a hobby that just about anyone can get into.

Amateurlogic 96 is Released:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on October 17, 2016
It’s our 11th Anniversary and we give away the Icom IC-7300 with accessories from MFJ to one lucky ham.

Amateur Radio Club to Host Jambore:
by Christopher Neely on October 17, 2016
WALL TOWNSHIP — This weekend, the amateur radio club in Wall Township will play host to local Boy and Girl Scout troops who will hop on the airwaves to get together with troops around the world.

Emergency Communications on Amateur Radio Roundtable:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on October 17, 2016
Emergency communications will be the topic on Amateur Radio Roundtable at 8:00 PMCT on W5KUB.COM this Tuesday, October 18.

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