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Amateur Radio Operators Get Their Own Day:
by kten.com on October 19, 2014
LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- Amateur Radio Operators, they help during times of need, including emergencies and severe weather; but they also like to have fun. Amateur Radio or Ham Radio - most people consider it to be their grandfather's hobby, but what people don't realize is how useful this hobby can be. "...when cell phone service fails, the internet is down, the only thing that will be left is amateur radio communications..." said David Reeder, a Fannin county amateur operator. Amateur radio is not just a day-to-day interest for some, but also used during and to prepare for emergencies. Because of its importance, the City of Paris has declared October 18th as Ham Radio Day. "Well I think it is a good opportunity for ham radio operators to have a day of recognition in the sense that they provide a very valuable service and not only enjoy but can be a benefit to any community," Paris Mayor Matt Frierson said.

Boy Scouts: 'Jamboree On the Air':
by yourerie.com on October 19, 2014
Boy Scouts: 'Jamboree On the Air':

Ham Radio Day in Paris:
by kxii.com on October 19, 2014
PARIS, TX -- Hundreds of radio enthusiasts will set up shop in Paris Saturday. People from all over the US are expected to fill the parking lot of Main Trading Company for a day the Paris Mayor has declared "HAM radio day". The free event is open to the public and will have food, live music and hundreds of people that share one thing in common, their love of radio. Organizers say they hope the event raises awareness about how useful HAM radios can be. "In the event of a disaster or emergency a HAM radio can be useful in tying families, communities, hospital and even military together," said Richard Lenoir.

Design The Next AMSAT Satellite!
by Jerry Buxton (N0JY) on October 18, 2014
At the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium AMSAT Vice President – Engineering Jerry Buxton announced the plan for the next generation of AMSAT satellites. “The door is open for everyone, to submit their ideas. AMSAT Engineering has a long term strategy and this is the first step.”

Ham Radio Operators Were Keys to Communication After Quake:
by pressbanner.com on October 18, 2014
In the wake of the Loma Prieta earthquake, Santa Cruz County residents had no real way of connecting to the outside world, as power lines were down and phone service outside the immediate community was not possible. In order to help establish contact with state and federal emergency agencies in order to coordinate relief efforts, members of the Santa Cruz Amateur Radio Club -- a group of amateur radio enthusiasts, or ham radio operators, as they’re colloquially known -- came forward to help county emergency service agencies re-establish communication with Sacramento. For nearly a week after the quake, ham radio operators were on duty around the clock at relief centers and hospitals countywide, as well as the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services -- then located in the basement of the Governmental Center in Santa Cruz.

Amateur Radio Operators Get Their Own Day:
by kten.com on October 18, 2014
LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- Amateur Radio Operators, they help during times of need, including emergencies and severe weather; but they also like to have fun. Amateur Radio or Ham Radio - most people consider it to be their grandfather's hobby, but what people don't realize is how useful this hobby can be. "...when cell phone service fails, the internet is down, the only thing that will be left is amateur radio communications..." said David Reeder, a Fannin county amateur operator. Amateur radio is not just a day-to-day interest for some, but also used during and to prepare for emergencies. Because of its importance, the City of Paris has declared October 18th as Ham Radio Day. "Well I think it is a good opportunity for ham radio operators to have a day of recognition in the sense that they provide a very valuable service and not only enjoy but can be a benefit to any community," Paris Mayor Matt Frierson said. "This year we wanted to make the city and the community even more aware of the hobby, what's going on, and the service the hams can provide in the event of a disaster," said Main Trading Company Owner, Richard Lenoir.

Blizzard Saturday in Colorado? No, Just a Radio Test:
by gazette.com on October 18, 2014
Ham radio operators and listeners might hear about some extreme weather this Saturday as part of a test of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES, of Colorado. It's just a test, though. Pikes Peak ARES will flash back to the blizzard of October 1997 from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for its annual Simulated Emergency Test. The service provides a communication link for emergency responders, shelters and neighborhoods because amateaur radio is generally self-sufficient for power and doesn't use normal communication grids.

Service and Sacrifice: WWII Radio Man Still Connecting:
by wbir.com on October 18, 2014
Bumper stickers call for us to "live our passion" and that is what Charles Kayhart continues to do at age 103. "Well, I like to talk to people from all over the world," said the WWII veteran sitting in front of his home-built bank of ham radios. "Japan, China, any place you can think of-- some of them are veterans. We talk about where they were during the war," said Mr. Kayhart. He was already an expert in radio when he joined the United States Army Signal Corps. in World War II. Mr. Kayhart had attended training in electronics at Harvard and M.I.T. before he learned military brass wanted to send him to the Island of Iwo Jima to build a communication network in preparation for an invasion of Japan. "That flag waving on Iwo Jima, I will never forget that," said Mr. Kayhart recalling the famous flag raised by U.S. Marines on Mount Suribachi. During his service on that small island he witnessed more history in the sky, catching a glimpse of the Enola Gay B-29 as it flew over hours before it dropped the first nuclear blast on Japanese soil.

VA Plans to Build Nationwide High-Frequency Radio Network for Emergencies:
by nextgov.com on October 18, 2014

Why Ham Operators Should Consider 3D Printing:
by inside3dp.com on October 18, 2014
As a member of the ham radio community, I have always been fascinated by the maker mindset which has existed since the early days of radio. From making radio equipment from scratch, to kits and even modifying commercially available equipment, the maker movement and radio go hand in hand. The 3D printing community shares many traits with the ham radio movement. At the heart of it all is making, creating and inventing. And just like ham radio operators, those involved with 3D printing are constantly learning new technical skills that can be used in other areas of our lives.

CQ Policy Statement on Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs:
by CQ Communications on October 17, 2014
Hicksville, NY - October 17, 2014) -- After considerable deliberation, CQ has determined that the best course of action regarding Crimea and CQ contests is to follow the lead of the United Nations and the United States government, both of which continue to consider Crimea to be part of Ukraine, until such time as the political situation there is resolved. Therefore, Logs will not be accepted for any CQ contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. Contacts made by others with those stations will be removed from contestants' logs without penalty. No contact or multiplier credits will be given.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #42 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 17, 2014
Solar activity declined this week, with average daily sunspot numbers going from 98 last week to 55.1 in the week ending Wednesday, October 15. Average daily solar flux went from 131.9 to 117.4.

ARNewsline Report 1940 -- Oct. 17 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on October 17, 2014
The following is a Q-S-T. Ham radio is first responder as cyclone batters India coastline; Russian over the horizon RADAR battering the 15 meter band; United Kingdom Full license class holders get temporary access to more spectrum on 2 meters; Ham radio moon orbiter to launch on October 23rd and guess what’s keeping a radio relay station in Hawaii from being repaired. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1940 coming your way right now.

Museum of Radio and Technology Channels Memories of a Bygone Era:
by charlestondailymail.com on October 17, 2014
HUNTINGTON -- Touring the Museum of Radio and Technology is like stepping back in time to the beginning of radio, television, and computers. It opened in 1991 in the old Harveytown Elementary School, 1640 Florence Ave., on Huntington’s West End and is touted as the largest radio museum in the nation and attracts visitors from throughout the world. However, many locals are unaware of the rooms filled with history and treasures. “We are trying to create a time capsule,” said curator Geoff Bourne, who is aware of the historical significance of the collection as well as how much of it works. The Museum of Radio and Technology will present the 24th annual Fall Radio Show beginning 9 a.m. Saturday and continuing throughout the afternoon. Whoever brings in the oldest radio to display will win $100 with the prize to be awarded at 1 p.m. Museum members are not eligible to win since the idea of the contest is to encourage visitors to enjoy the event and tour the facility. Other events on Saturday include an antique electronics auction and an electronics flea market. Also, visitors will be able to see the museum’s exhibits, including more than 400 antique radios, a wide variety of television sets, a radio broadcasting station, short wave radio receivers and transmitters, military communications displays, a room devoted to the history of the computer, a ham radio station, a CB radio exhibit and much more.

Hayle Radio Amateur Leads Way for Cornwall to Have Unique Radio Call Sign:
by cornishman.co.uk on October 17, 2014
A HAYLE local radio amateur has led the way to ensuring Cornwall will have a unique radio call sign for the first time. John Farrar, along with fellow amateurs Chris Lewis and Keith Matthew, campaigned for the letter K to be added to the traditional radio call sign -- distinctly identifying those in the duchy from their counterparts across England. Radio amateurs are identified by their call signs and currently just two letters are used to denote England as a general location. But the letters do not indicate which county. Following the announcement earlier this year that Cornwall was to be granted minority status, the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club members decided Cornish radio amateurs should be put on the map. Mr Farrar said: "All the call signs in England are either G or M. It shows you are in England but doesn't show whereabouts. "We thought it might be possible to have a K for Kernow added to the call sign so anyone who uses it knows it's not just England it's Cornwall. "We put a dossier together and enlisted the support of all the MPs in Cornwall. Most of the radio amateurs in Cornwall supported it." Cornwall Council unanimously supported the plans at a meeting in September. Communications regulator Ofcom has now approved the proposal meaning Cornwall is set to become the first county in the UK with a unique sign.


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