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W2FLA/KQ2H 10-Meter Echolink Repeater:
by ian abel (G3ZHI) on January 22, 2015
KQ2H located in New York State is an fm 10m repeater on 29.620mhz and has been coming through loud and clear in the afternoons. KQ2H is also available on Echolink via w2fla node number 146625. The repeater runs 1.3kw and is part of a repeater network that has 8 multiple inputs and output frequencies.

WW1USA Observes Centennial of a Significance:
by Randy Schulze (KD0HKD) on January 22, 2015
As many of you know, WW1USA, the Amateur Radio Club of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial at Kansas City is hosting a number of Special Radio Events commemorating moments in history during the four year centennial of the Great War. On the weekend of February 7th and 8th, such a special event will be “on the air” in observance of the Beginning of War from the Air.

A Wireless Web-Connected Morse Code Keyer:
by on January 21, 2015
[Kevin] recently scored a Morse code keyer/sounder unit from the 1920s on eBay. While many hams would love to use an old keyer for CW, [Kevin] took a different route and repurposed it into a wireless web-connected morse code keyer. [Kevin] mounted an Arduino Yun under the keyer, which listens for user input and provides web connectivity. The Yun connects to [Kevin]’s open-source web API he calls “morsel,” which allows it to send and receive messages with other morsel users. When a message is keyed in, the Yun publishes it to the API. When another keyer queries the API for incoming messages, the Yun downloads the morse sequence and replays it on the sounder.

Ham Radio Club Plans Field Day:
by on January 21, 2015
HAMLET -- The Richmond County Amateur Ham Radio Club met at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Hamlet Library. Eight members were present as the new 2015 officers assumed their duties. President Mark Dawkins (KJ4IKQ) led discussion on plans for participation in the National Winter Field Day, changing from group to individual participation, Jan. 24-25 from home stations. Members were reminded about the four courses available -- free of charge -- which are required for future participation in FEMA activities.

Hams On the Air at Eagle Days:
by on January 20, 2015
LAKE OZARK, Mo. -- It was a cold and windy weekend for this year's Eagle Days, but local amateur radio operators were sheltered from the elements as they joined in the event activities. The Lake of the Ozarks Amateur Radio Club applied for and received a Special Event call sign "N0J" from the American Radio Relay League just for Eagle Days. They operated from their emergency communications trailer parked at the new Ameren building near Willmore Lodge. The club operated two transceivers, contacting ham radio operators in 43 states and three Canadian provinces. In total, seventeen hams and guest operators logged 484 contacts.

Where Is Newsline You Ask?
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on January 19, 2015
The long-running Amateur Radio Newsline — a weekly audio report of ham radio news — has scaled back temporarily while its editor, Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, recuperates from injuries sustained in a fall at home and undergoes additional cardiac and pulmonary testing and rehabilitation to address some chronic issues. Pasternak has been in the hospital for nearly a month, since breaking two ribs in the household mishap on December 18. He was initially scheduled to stay for a couple of days.

Amateur Radio Club Connects Miami Students With Space Station:
by on January 19, 2015
At first, the kids in the auditorium at Richmond Heights Middle School weren’t sure a they'd hear a voice above the ear-burning static. Dade Radio Club of Miami president Miguel Garate kept signaling the space station. “NA1SS, NA1SS, this is Richmond Heights. Over,” Garate said repeatedly, trying to hail the space station. They had just minutes before astronaut Samantha Cristoferretti would be out of range. A voice cut through the white noise. “This is November Alpha One, I-S-S. I read you three by five,” Cristoferretti said. Student after student stepped up to the microphone. They asked about life in low-gravity. How plants adjust to space. Whether Cristoferetti feels claustrophobic in the space station.

List of Experimental Licenses Reveals Interesting HF Data Comm Experiments:
by on January 18, 2015
Techniques could be used for digital broadcasting in the AM band or shortwave broadcasting Ham radio operators have been using the shortwave (“high-frequency” or HF) bands for data communications for over 50 years, but the data rates are much less than those available with dial-up modems. HF communications have the advantage that they don't depend on vulnerable satellites, don't require line-of-sight, and can cover huge distances under the right conditions. The FCC recently granted two companies experimental licenses to use HF bands for data communications at far greater bandwidths and data rates than have been used by amateur radio operators. While these communication systems are being developed for the military, it’s possible some of the techniques developed could be used for digital broadcasting in the AM band, or more likely for shortwave broadcasting where sky wave propagation is important. According to the commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology Experimental Licensing Branch's list of experimental applications between 10/1/14 to 10/31/14, license WH2XCI was granted to The MITRE Corporation to operate in the 2505.00 - 4100.00, 4210.00 - 4995.00, 5005.00 - 6210.00, 6320.0 - 8250.00, 8450.00 - 9995.00, 10005.00 - 12200.00, 13500.00 - 14990.00 and 15010.00 – 16000.00 kHz bands to test HF communications at fixed locations in Bedford and Worcester in Massachusetts and Oneida and Rome in New York.

Hamming It Up in McDonald's Honor!
by on January 18, 2015
Rand Lutman and fellow members of the Delta Amateur Society were at the Ladner Pioneer Library last Sunday to set up a special amateur radio station in honour of the 200th birthday of Sir John A. McDonald, Canada’s first prime minister.

Sound Off: City Airen Loses its Voice:
by on January 18, 2015
For months, the result has been the same. At 11 a.m. on the first Monday of the month, five emergency sirens scattered around Chippewa Falls sound during a routine test. One other siren stands silent. “There has been no sound and there’s been no rotation at the North Industrial Park siren for the last five months,” said Ron Krueger of the town of Lafayette. The sirens, used to warn of emergencies such as tornadoes, are supposed to rotate so they are heard in a larger area. Krueger is the emergency coordinator for the Chippewa County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a group of volunteers who monitor the sirens through a memo of understanding with the Chippewa Falls Police Department. One of the members of the group has noted and reported the siren’s failure each month. “Something needs to be done about this,” Krueger said about fixing the siren at the corner of First Avenue and Halbleib Road. “I know they have tried quite a few things with that,” said Dennis Brown, emergency management director for Chippewa County.

Amateur Radio Repeater Debate Draws Sparks:
by on January 18, 2015
The mayor and a citizen got into a shouting match over delays in installing a digital amateur radio repeater. The repeater was purchased in December 2013 to be part of the city emergency communication in case of a disaster where landlines and cell towers are down. A group of local hams formed a digital radio club to assist the city in emergencies. Mayor Jeff Palmore and Bob Masson, president of the radio club, differ over the city’s ability to install the repeater on one of the towers on Blackburn Park and use the small building at the base of the tower for computers associated with the repeater. Palmore asked Engineer Dan Rahn to prepare cost estimates to install the repeater. Rahn presented a list of costs that totaled $14,202, but acknowledged that Bay’s Computers had offered to install the repeater at no cost for the city, which would reduce the cost by $8,000. The list also included $1,000 for a pre-fab shed to hold the repeater’s computer equipment. Masson said under the city’s contracts with the tower companies the small building at the base of the tower could be used, so the pre-fab building would not be needed.

BRVARS and Grover Museum Celebrate 100 Years of Shelby County Radio:
by on January 17, 2015
Over 100 years of vintage radio equipment will be on display at Grover Museum from January through March, and local amateur radio operators will be on hand communicating with other users around the world on January 17 and 24. Local amateur radio, or ham radio, operators with the Blue River Valley Amateur Radio Society set up a broadcast at the museum last Saturday, with a radio antenna on the museum's roof and a temporary call-sign of W9S, and will continue this Saturday. "They will be here in the lobby broadcasting, and everyone that they contact will get this postcard celebrating this special event. They contacted over 100 ham radio operators last Saturday," Candy Miller, the museum's director, said. "They figure that they'll get a couple three hundred before it's all over." The operators, which include Don Miller, John Walker, Doug Faubion and former museum board of directors president Gregg Steele, talked with people throughout North America, with the furthest response coming in from Canada. Anyone the operators contact are sent a QSL card, which contains the stations call sign, the time and date when it occurred, the radio frequency, the mode of transmission used and a signal report. According to Miller, amateur radio operators around the world collect the cards. Miller also said when Walker first set the broadcast up, he was able to contact a person from the Canary Islands off the coast of mainland Morocco. She added that the operators typically make small talk during this event, asking each other how the weather is and letting the person on the other end know that they are holding a special event. "They're celebrating their club, their collections and their experiences. They are still very valuable to FEMA. Anytime there's a disaster and say cellphones are gone, these guys are the go to people in a disaster and they can help relay messages," Candy Miller said. "They can get help in and they can get help out; they get the right people in here during a disaster. They are very valuable in that way."

Radio Operators 'Hamfest' Set for This Weekend:
by on January 17, 2015
Amateur radio enthusiasts throughout Southwest Florida will gather today and Saturday at the Gulf Coast Church of Christ in Fort Myers for the first major ham radio event of the year. Hamfest, sponsored by the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club, a non-profit charitable organization, will feature ham radio operators contacting other operators from throughout the country, as well as guest speakers, a silent auction and more. The event will be open to visitors today from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will be setting up on both days at 6 a.m., and on Saturday there will be hourly drawings for items donated for the cause. Craig Christianson will be the main speaker, discussing with new operators how to set up your first ham shack.

Michigan Passes, Governor Signs Antenna Accommodation Legislation:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 16, 2015
Ten years of work within the ARRL Michigan Section have culminated in an Amateur Radio antenna bill that mirrors the "reasonable accommodation" provisions of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy. Michigan Gov Rick Snyder signed the measure, Senate Bill 0493, into law on January 15, creating Public Act 556. Senator Rick Jones sponsored the bill. ARRL Michigan Section Manager Larry Camp, WB8R, said Michigan is the 31st state to have a PRB-1 bill on its books.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #3 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 16, 2015
Sunspot numbers and solar flux rose again this week, while geomagnetic indices were relatively quiet. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 108.1 in the first week of 2015 to 112.6 in the following seven days. Average daily solar flux rose from 144.7 to 151.3.

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