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AmateurLogic Ep 73 A Hamtastic Christmas Released:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on December 14, 2014
Peter talks about Propagation, Tommy shows us Arne’s IC-7100 with Remote Rig, George presents the CheapoDuino Finale. Plus our exciting holiday present to you, The AmateurLogic Christmas Album Collection with Mike Morneau, VE3MIC.

2015 FAR Scholarship Information:
by Dave Prestel, W8AJR on December 14, 2014
The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc., will be administering a total of 67 scholarships worth an aggregate of $125,500 for the coming academic year. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 each.

Great Efforts by Philippine Hams:
by WIA on December 14, 2014
The emergency communications provided by hams continues as the devastating Typhoon Hagupit (locally called Ruby) moves slowly across the Philippines. Thelma Pascua DU1IVT, Philippines Amateur Radio Society (PARA) Chief Operating Officer reports that both 7.095 MHz and 144.740 MHz is in use by the Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network. "As Typhoon Hagupit enters its third day ham operators continue to provide essential traffic as the storm progresses through Philippine territory," she said. PARA, the IARU member society, has sent requests to the neighbouring ORARI in Indonesia, and JARL in Japan, asking for help to publicise the need for all operators to steer clear of the 40 metre frequency used for emergency traffic. Thelma DU1IVT said, "A HERO volunteer and RADNET-5 President Ronald Madera DW5NLH from Tacloban advised that the Oras West Elementary School used as evacuation centre in Eastern Samar has collapsed, resulting in injuries to evacuees. A rescue team was despatched and this event was to be covered by a news team." At the height of the typhoon there were no HERO volunteers in the provincial capital of Borongan. That shortage resulted in a HERO request via Captain Rick Catungal DV6RCC, an Army Captain managing disaster communications in Capiz, and through the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Metro Manilla. Gil Lappay 4F2KWT helped in providing contacts with a relay of messages were needed until the request was received. Confidence that the HERO network could adequately handle all emergency traffic was shown by around 150 stations that checked in. As the typhoon was on the move, hams reported the weather and any other developments into the emergency net. The net controllers are Romy Isidro DU1SMQ (PARA District 1 Manager), Jojo Vicencio, DU1VHY (PARA Secretary General and National Traffic System Chairman) and Thelma Pascua DU1IVT (PARA Chief Operating Officer). The HERO network running basically from 7am and 7pm has 2pm roll calls to know each station's reception capabilities at differing propagation. "We are confident that emergency traffic will be adequately serviced," she said.

IARU on Emergency Communications:
by WIA on December 14, 2014
The benefits of better communications during disasters has been highlighted at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World '14 held in Doha, Qatar. International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Timothy Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA, told those attending of the vital role of radio amateurs during disasters. At the 4-day international gathering that attracted some 3500 participants, he told how Amateur Radio does not rely on commercial networks, and that hams have the technical know-how to send information during disasters. Recently the volunteer radio amateur response to Typhoon Hagupit was through the HERO (Ham Radio Emergency Operation) network of the IARU member society, Philippines Amateur Radio Association.

QSO Today- Ep 20 - Martin Huyett - K0BXB:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on December 13, 2014
After 60 years in the hobby, Martin Huyett, K0BXB, loves ham radio as much as he did when he first started. After a career in electronic engineering, inspired by ham radio, and an operating career that included homebrew slow scan television, 2 meter FM on surplus mobile equipment, and packet radio, Martin has gone back to his ham radio roots and now enjoys a simple CW QSO on a straight key. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with K0BXB.

After-School Program Helps High School Students Learn About Ham Radio:
by dailyastorian.com on December 13, 2014
“Some kids don’t have a sport,” she added -- Knappa’s after-school program does, however, include badminton and other team sports. On the other side of KHS, volunteer Mike Gore tries to interest middle schoolers in ham radio operation. A licensed operator, Gore started a club earlier at KHS and has trained two high schoolers so far who’ve earned their ham radio operators licenses. “My mission now is to create new ham radio operators,” said Gore, who tries to entice them with story’s of the ham radio operators that helped the North Coast communicate during the 2007 Great Coastal Gale.

In the Late 1890s Marconi Helped Invent Wireless News:
by poynter.org on December 13, 2014
Although inventor Guglielmo Marconi created short-distance wireless telegraph years earlier, on December 12, 1901 his team sent and received the first long-distance transatlantic radio/telegraph message. He proved that wireless messages (and eventually news) could be sent across the Atlantic.

Ham Radio Deluxe: Santa's Gift for You!
by Katie Allen (WY7YL) on December 12, 2014
If you need to drop a hint about a stocking stuffer – look no further than HRD! Tell your family and friends that with the coupon code “holidays” they can get you the top of the line Amateur Radio software – Ham Radio Deluxe – for 10% off! Or, why not spoil a friend from your ham club, or even purchase a copy for your ham club holiday gathering? Give our sales office a call and we’ll help you organize your purchase.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #50 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on December 12, 2014
Compared to the previous seven days, solar activity dropped over the past week December 4 to 10 with average daily sunspot numbers down 63.6 points to 88.4, and average daily solar flux off 32.5 points to 139.6. But both numbers were higher on December 11, a good sign.

Manitoulin ARC Elects Officers and Directors at Annual General Meeting:
by manitoulin.ca on December 12, 2014
MANITOULIN -- Members of the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club were in attendance for their annual general meeting on Saturday, November 29 in Little Current. Elections of officers were held and the three incumbents; President Al Boyd, Vice President Jim McLean and Treasurer Lorraine McLean were all acclaimed. Three directors were also appointed: Mike Maciuk, Bob Playter and Jerry Kitts. Rusty Auxier was named as the repeater trustee. Al Boyd welcomed all to the meeting and gave an update on the status of the club and information on the new emergency communications repeater that was installed this past summer to replace the older existing one. This repeater is the back-up communications system for all the communities on Manitoulin that require it in the case of a disaster.

Ham Radio Operators Provide Line To Santa:
by wisconsinrapidstribune.com on December 12, 2014
RUDOLPH -- Local children will have the chance to talk to Santa Claus through amateur radios at the Rudolph Country Christmas event on Saturday, thanks to a collaboration between the Mid-State Repeater Association and the Central Wisconsin Radio Amateurs Ltd. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available from noon until 2 p.m. on the 146.790 amateur radio repeater. Scanner listeners also can tune in to listen to Santa and Mrs. Claus talk to boys and girls.

Engineer to Study Ham Radio Project -- Equipment Installation on Hold:
by emissourian.com on December 12, 2014
Mayor Jeff Palmore said it is premature to go forward with plans to install a digital ham radio repeater system in Pacific because he does not know enough about the project and it’s not his No. 1 priority. In December 2013, the city approved the purchase of the repeater system that would enable amateur radio operators, “hams,” working in the city’s emergency operations center (EOC) to communicate worldwide in case of a disaster. The city has spent more than $4,000 for the system. The EOC was wired for the use of ham radio during the city hall expansion to enable the city to use ham volunteers during disasters or emergencies. When landlines and cell towers are damaged or overloaded following a disaster, ham radio is sometimes the only thing on the air. There is never a charge for the services and equipment provided by hams. Alderman Mike Pigg sponsored efforts to purchase the necessary equipment and get the ham radios up and running in the Pacific EOC.

ARNewsline Report 1948 -- Dec 12 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on December 12, 2014
The following is a QST. Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1948 with a release date of December 12th 2014 to follow in 5-4- 3-2-1. Hams in the Philippines respond to yet another typhoon; ham radio suggested as a way to inform the West Bengal fishing fleet of imminent danger; U-K telecommunications regulator Ofcom evaluating future of the 420 to 470 MHz band; Nevassa Island DXpedition makes ready for departure before months and a 2 ½ minute video shows how the International Space Station was put together in orbit. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1948 coming your way right now.

AMSAT-NA Board Approves Technology Development Seed Funding:
by Jerry Buxton, N0JY on December 11, 2014
The AMSAT Board of Directors met on December 2, 2014. As a part of AMSAT’s “Design The Next AMSAT Satellite” challenge, the Board of Directors approved $5000, within the 2015 engineering budget, to be used as seed money for future satellite development. Additional fund raising sources will also be investigated and pursued.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #49:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on December 11, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.


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