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Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Tropical Cyclone Franklin:
by The ARRL Letter on August 10, 2017
The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on August 9 to keep an eye on then-Tropical Cyclone Franklin -- which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall between Tampico and Veracruz, Mexico, early on August 10.

Radio Club of America Announces 2017 Award Winners and Fellows:
by The ARRL Letter on August 10, 2017
The Radio Club of America (RCA) has recognized several individuals as award recipients and RCA Fellows for 2017. The list includes several radio amateurs. Presentations will take place this fall at the 2017 RCA Banquet and Awards Presentation.

Historic Project Amelia Earhart Flight Ends Successfully:
by The ARRL Letter on August 10, 2017
His 'round-the-world Project Amelia Earhart commemorative flight now complete, pilot and radio amateur Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, is back on his home turf in Texas. The solo circumnavigation in his single-engine plane Spirit took a little longer than 2 months.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on August 10, 2017
In Brief...

A Book that Helps You Prepare for the Eclipse!
by The ARRL Letter on August 10, 2017
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cause the shadow of the Moon to traverse the US from Oregon to South Carolina in just over 90 minutes. Radio amateurs are preparing to participate in one of the largest ionospheric experiments ever performed, by making radio contacts and looking for signals throughout the eclipse. How much do you know about the ionosphere and radio wave propagation?

Pacific Hams Gear Up for Solar Eclipse:
by on August 9, 2017
Pacific amateur radio operators are gearing up to provide emergency communication during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Alderman Steve Myers asked local hams to be on hand during the eclipse in case someone needs an ambulance or police during a cell tower overload. Speaking at the July 18 board of aldermen meeting, Myers said the request for hams is just a precaution. The number of visitors predicted to converge on Pacific to watch the eclipse ranges from 5,000 to 20,000. The city will try to direct eclipse watchers to Liberty Field or the city park as the best place to view the eclipse. A ham station will be set up in each park along with a station at Pacific City Hall. “We don’t know what will happen,” Myers said. “But if the huge number of visitors that is predicted shows up in the city parks and the eclipse watchers are all trying to use their cellphones to take pictures or make calls there could be a cell tower overload.” In case someone in the crowd needed an ambulance or the police, and could not make a cellphone call, hams will be on hand to notify the police dispatcher.

Hams Help Spokane Woman Injured by 'Goat Assassins' While Hiking in Montana
by on August 9, 2017
GALLATIN COUNTY, Mont. -- A Spokane family had to be rescued from the Montana backcountry after a mountain goat injured a woman and made it impossible for her to hike out of a steep mountain trail. On Sunday around 8 a.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team responded to the Bridger Ridge Trail for a backcountry rescue. A family of three from Spokane was hiking from Fairy Lake to the M trailhead via the Bridger Ridge Trail. They were photographing some mountain goats on a cliff above them when the goats knocked some rocks loose. One bowling-ball-sized rock struck the woman in the leg. The Sheriff's Office reports the rock caused injury and a severe cut, and the family was not able to hike out of the backcountry. The family administered first aid and called 91. Members of the Search and Rescue Posse hiked in to the family via Ross Pass and members of the Heli-Alpine team flew into the scene with the help of Central Helicopters. Ham radio operators managed communications between the Sheriff's deputy commanders air and ground teams. The sheriff's office reports the steep trail made carrying the woman out on a stretcher would be risky, so the injured woman was flown off the mountain to a waiting ambulance and taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.

Turn It Up: 2017 Jamboree-on-the-Air, Jamboree-on-the-Internet Dates Set:
by on August 8, 2017
For this October’s Jamboree, you don’t need to travel by plane, train or bus to join the fun. All you really need is a ham radio or a connection to the internet. This Oct. 20 to 22, Scouts from down the street, across the country and around the world will gather for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet. The two events, held concurrently the third full weekend of October, use amateur radio and Internet-connected devices to unite Scouts from all over the Earth. And I do mean all over the Earth. The 2016 Jamboree-on-the-Air had nearly 1.3 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations and reached 156 different countries.

Ham Talk Live #76 -- Huntsville Hamfest:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on August 8, 2017
Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern on Ham Talk Live!, it's a preview of the Huntsville Hamfest! Chairman Dave Givens, K5RSI will be on the phone to take your calls and tell us about what's happening at this year's hamfest which takes place August 19-20.

Pine Board Project:
by Bob Heil, K9EID on August 8, 2017
The Pine Board Project continues building the 80 and 40 meter AM tube transmitter on Ham Nation this week. Join the hundreds who are building this two band transmitter, equalized microphone Pre Amp and Power Supply built on Pine Board.

Ham Radio Operators Step up in Good Times and Bad:
by on August 8, 2017
(TNS) -- When wildfires, floods, tornadoes and terrorist events disrupt cellphone communication systems at the moment they are most needed, that’s when a more than 100-year-old technology still holds its own. Amateur radio operators, often called “ham radio operators” regularly volunteer their skills and expertise to coordinate responses in emergencies like the Boston Marathon bombing and when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. There are more than 725,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the United States. Those that were providing support for the 2013 Boston Marathon became a key communication link when cellphone systems became overloaded after bombs exploded near the finish line killing three and injuring hundreds. Here in New Mexico, radio hams play a vital role in battles against wildfires, said Ed James, section manager for the Amateur Radio Relay League, the state branch of the national association for amateur radio. His group has 1,400 members. Many of them volunteer with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), groups of trained radio operators who work with county emergency management organizations, local hospitals, the Red Cross or local sheriff’s departments.

Waves Connect Washington Island Ham Radio Collector with World:
by on August 8, 2017
WASHINGTON ISLAND -- George Ulm is a talker. Once he gets started on his favorite subject, he could go on forever. That’s not surprising, since his favorite subject is all about communicating daily with people all around the world. Ulm, 86, has been a licensed amateur radio operator for nearly 80 years and claims he has the world’s largest collection of transmitters, receivers, transceivers and amplifiers in the world. It is all housed in a couple of buildings on the far north shore of Washington Island off the tip of Wisconsin’s Door County Peninsula. Ulm, who was born in 1930 in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), remembers being exposed to amateur radio, or “ham” radio, at 3 or 4 years old in his parents’ home. “My mother’s side of the family had a number of amateur radio operators at that time that were friends, and there was even in that house a radio station,” Ulm said.

Call Box: Calling Ham Radio Restorers:
by on August 8, 2017
Dear Call Box: My husband’s birthday list included restoration of his Hallicrafter S22R, the first ham radio he got when he was a teenager. I was referred to someone with the Jacksonville Antique Radio Society who said the set probably wasn’t worth the shipping costs to get it repaired. Do you know of someone who can restore it so that it looks like new and make it operable again? Dear S.H.: Hallicrafters are nice radios and do a good job when they work, said Sean Olin, vice president and publicity director for the Jacksonville Antique Radio Society, which sponsors monthly Jacksonville Radio Club meetings. Its website is

Return of Loran? eLoran
by Reuters on August 7, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) -- The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology. Ships use GPS (Global Positioning System) and other similar devices that rely on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts say are vulnerable to jamming by hackers. About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea and the stakes are high in increasingly crowded shipping lanes. Unlike aircraft, ships lack a back-up navigation system and if their GPS ceases to function, they risk running aground or colliding with other vessels. South Korea is developing an alternative system using an earth-based navigation technology known as eLoran, while the United States is planning to follow suit. Britain and Russia have also explored adopting versions of the technology, which works on radio signals. The drive follows a series of disruptions to shipping navigation systems in recent months and years. It was not clear if they involved deliberate attacks; navigation specialists say solar weather effects can also lead to satellite signal loss.

Thank a Ham Radio Operator; They Provide a Valuable Service in Emergencies:
by on August 7, 2017
In a burst of brilliance in 1864, James Maxwell theorized that electromagnetic wave (radio and light) could travel through free space without the mythical ether or quintessence. A few years later, Heinric Rudolf Hertz (the unit of cycles per second is named for him) was able to prove electromagnetic wave could propagate through free space, which confirmed Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism. In fact, for many years, radio waves were called Hertzian waves. Radio is derived from the word radiation, or to radiate. You see, the electromagnetic spectrum contains radio waves, microwave, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, X-rays and Gamma rays. These are all forms of electromagnetic radiation. Waldo Warren coined the word “radio,” and it was adopted by the United States Navy in 1912. These waves travel in interesting ways across our sky, in outer space and even into the earth and oceans. Today, the majority of radio-wave devices operate by line of sight, which means the radio waves propagate in a straight line between the transmitter and receiver, such as broadcast TV, cell phones, walkie-talkies, wireless networks, telecommunications microwave links and even satellites. Other radio frequencies, like your AM (amplitude modulation) radio band, can bend over obstacles like hills and journey well beyond the horizon. Your FM (frequency modulation) radio band tends to be more line of sight due to its shorter wave length. Since the early 1900s, no other group has made a greater contribution to radio communications than our treasured amateur or ham radio operators. Even though they are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), they are called amateur radio operators because the FCC has set aside certain non-commercial radio frequencies for their utilization. Consequently, they are not allowed to accept any payment for their services. They are just as innovative today as they were 100 years ago. One local group, the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club, is primarily made of up of electrical engineering students and faculty at Cal Poly. Amateur radio operators have a distinguished history of public service as well as emergency communications. Tom Tengdin is the President of San Luis Obispo County Emergency Communications Council (SLOECC), a ham radio operator (WB9VXY) and a Senior Telecom Specialist with PG and E. He told me that their motto is “When all else fails, ham radio.”

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