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Sunspots 2014: Two Big Surprises:
by commdiginews.com on August 19, 2014
AUSTIN, August 16, 2014 -- A rare spotless day on the sun on July 17-18, 2014 triggered public speculation that an already stunted Cycle 24 was nearly over. Such is not the case. Defying the odds for so late in a sunspot cycle, another solar sunspot maximum was set last month. Another one is coming this month. In other major news, a long needed revision to the 400-year sunspot record was proposed. It’ll be the first change made to the sunspot record since it was first established by Rudolf Wolf back in 1849. The changes will affect long-term climate and other dependent scientific studies. One effect of the proposal will be to reduce modern sunspot totals. That will wipe out the so-called “Modern Maximum” and make the current sunspot cycle, Cycle 24, the weakest in 200 years.

Hamfest Brings Together Amateur Radio Operators:
by wlfi.com on August 18, 2014
TIPPECANOE Co., Ind. (WLFI) There weren’t any pork products, but they “hammed it up” at the Cary Boy Scout Camp Sunday morning. The 44th annual Hamfest featured amateur radio operators. Many were from the Greater Lafayette, but others came from outside the state. The event gives radio operators the chance to exchange equipment that would otherwise be tough to acquire. From devices that communicate with radios using morse code, to digital connections, the group enjoyed talking about their passion for the equipment.

Pulicat Lighthouse Celebrated by Hams:
by deccanchronicle.com on August 18, 2014
Pulicat, a sleepy fishermen hamlet some 50 km north of Chennai, has secured a place on the world amateur radio with a group of HAM operators setting up a special radio station (VU69) on this picturesque place on Saturday to commemorate the two-day annual international lighthouse/lightship weekend. The trio K. Rajesh (VU3RGK), S. Narayanan (VU3GJP) and K. Premchand (VU2RPC) had set up the radio station and contacted over 500 similar groups across the world also commemorating the event in their places. “Our objective is to promote public awareness about lighthouses and lightships and the urgent need for their preservation and restoration. At the same time, we want to promote amateur radio and foster global goodwill through HAM. We like to conduct this event every year in different light houses in Tamil Nadu. We contacted over 200 light house stations across the world as part of the event,” Mr Rajesh said.

Plymouth Village Residents Get Ham Radio Certification for Emergencies:
by redlandsdailyfacts.com on August 17, 2014
REDLANDS -- A group of Plymouth Village residents are embracing social media, but not in the way you might think. Instead of relying on the latest technology to communicate with one another in case of an emergency, the group is turning back the clock to become ham radio operators. More than a dozen have already become certified operators and are working to familiarize themselves with a disaster relief plan if emergency personnel are unable to reach the retirement community right away. Keith Kasin, Plymouth Village executive director, is leading the group, which meets weekly to practice radio calls. A certified ham radio operator himself, Kasin came up with the idea after hearing of several disasters that left thousands stranded and unable to communicate for help. And with talk of a large-scale earthquake expected to hit the region at any time, the one way to communicate with personnel will be through devices.

'The World's Friendliest Hamfest' Opens in Downtown Huntsville:
by al.com on August 17, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- If you were at the Von Braun Center Saturday, you might have met K4HVA, or talked to KI4ZYX, or maybe shared lunch with N4WN, possibly told a joke to KS4V, and maybe even smiled at KF4YZG. Huntsville Hamfest, part the ARRL's 2014 centennial celebration on Aug. 16, 2014, filled the VBC South Hall with antennae, radios, and every electronic testing gadget you can imagine. Hams, or amateur radio enthusiasts, perused the tables filled with everything from the latest radio to hear the unrest in Ukraine to an old-transmitting-tube WWII-era radios. For hams, the Huntsville Hamfest is a chance to greet one another by their call signs, talk about the muscles you pulled raising that 75-foot antenna the wife just loves in the backyard, or use your ham radio to talk to someone halfway around the world.

Ham Ops Participate in International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend:
by longisland.news12.com on August 17, 2014
ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK -- As part of International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, amateur radio operators were at Robert Moses State Park teaching visitors the history behind lighthouse communication. The radio operators, part of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, say ham radio is still an important means of communication. "In this day and age of cellphones, laptops and the Internet, people don't realize there was a whole world that existed before all of this 21st century technology," said John Melfi, club president.

New Youth Program from RemoteHamRadio.com:
by Ray Higgins, W2RE on August 16, 2014
We are very excited to announce a new program to give back to the amateur radio community. We understand the significance that youth have on this great hobby. We believe leveraging technology and providing access to quality stations will promote activity in young hams.

Alliance Amateur Radio Club to Show Long-Range Capabilities on Saturday:
by the-review.com on August 16, 2014
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday members of the Alliance Amateur Radio Club will hold a demonstration of the long-range capabilities of amateur radio. They will set up and operate two amateur radio stations in the Jaycee pavilion at Silver Park. The club sets up each year from Silver Park to operate a special event station. A special event station usually is organized to commemorate an anniversary of a particular event. In this case, the operators are commemorating the city of Alliance as the birthplace of the Ohio state flower, the scarlet carnation. Using portable antennas and radios, the "ham" operators, as they are often called, will contact other hams worldwide throughout the day. After the event, some of the hams they contact will send confirmations, or QSL cards, to confirm the contact. In return, the Alliance hams will send a QSL card and commemorative certificate.

Unravelling the Loop Head Code:
by clarechampion.ie on August 16, 2014
A group of amateur ham radio operators will wind back the clock at Loop Head Lighthouse this weekend, when they attempt to communicate via radio and Morse code with hundreds of radio clubs throughout the world. The Limerick Radio Club, which features members from Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary, will broadcast non-stop for 48 hours from the West Clare lighthouse as part of the 17th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). During the broadcast, from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday, visitors to the popular tourism landmark will be able to listen into communications with some of the other participating ham radio operators, broadcasting from 400 other lighthouses and lightships in 65 countries.

Why Our Sun's Solar Maximum Is One of the Weakest In Modern Times:
by globalnews.ca on August 16, 2014
TORONTO -- We take the sun for granted. Sure, when it’s cloudy for a few days, we may notice and say we miss it. But very few of us know just what the sun is doing. And it turns out what it’s doing, is slacking off. The sun has a cycle that is roughly 11 years. During that time it has a minimum and a maximum. During the minimum, the sun is low in magnetic activity, which means fewer sunspots. Conversely, at maximum many sunspots can dot the surface of the sun. Right now, astronomers believe that we have reached the maximum of solar cycle 24. Except, our maximum has seen very little activity. The reason for that? Another solar cycle. This one, a 100-year one. In fact, the sun was spotless on July 27 – the first time since 1920. Although we’ve only known about sunspots – cooler places on the sun with complicated magnetic fields – for about 400 years, Pesnell said that the last 80 years have produced the best and most reliable data. However, scientists are still able to chart the history of solar cycles using tree rings, which can go back approximately 10,000 years.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #33 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 15, 2014
Solar activity showed further signs of weakness this week, with the average daily sunspot number dropping 41.8 points to 94.9, while average daily solar flux declined 36.5 points to 113.1.

ARNewsline Report 1931 -- August 15 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on August 15, 2014
The following is a QST. Ham Radio to fly around the moon before years end; France says yes to direct student to astronaut contacts; a 40 meter intruder leaves the airwaves; the FCC extends mandatory texting to 911 service; an amateur radio club honors the Civilian Conservation Corps and a special event to celebrate the first ever contact between the United Kingdom and New Zealand. All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1931 coming your way right now.

Ham Operators Hear of Tesla's Antenna:
by themonitor.net on August 15, 2014
MABANK -- The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio (HAM) Club heard of renewed interest in Nikola Tesla’s “one world” communication system from one of its members, Cory Hine. About 30 members and more than half a dozen guests met at the Mabank Café Saturday to hear about the Tesla Antenna, capable of transmitting a signal or electricity using the earth’s surface and surrounding atmosphere to any points on the earth’s surface. Tesla first advertised his theory in the early 1900s. He called them stationary terrestrial waves. Hine referred members to Internet search “Tesla’s Big Mistake” for the full details of the system, while stating Tesla’s theories have been proven by a brilliant eccentric, whose lab and equipment was afterwards confiscated by the government in the 1990s. “This work has been suppressed since the ’30s,” Hine said. Tesla is the inventor of the alternating current (AC) electric system that won out over Thomas Edison’s direct current (DC) model. George Westinghouse provided the winning demonstration of the superiority of the Tesla’s polyphase system of alternating-current dynamos, transformers, and motors by lighting the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This demonstration was a primary factor in Westinghouse getting the contract to construct the first power generation plant at Niagara Falls, which was named for Tesla and bore his patent numbers. By 1896, electricity generated there powered the city of Buffalo, NY.

Radio Group Set to Spread News:
by yankton.net on August 15, 2014
The Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club (PDARC) plans to spread the word about Yankton with other ham operators from all over the country and perhaps all over the world this weekend. PDARC will opperate it’s first special event radio station called, W0D over Riverboat Days.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #33:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 14, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by CX3AL, 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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