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1967 Solar Flare Nearly Took U.S. and Soviets to Brink of War:
by skyandtelescope.com on August 13, 2016
On May 23, 1967, amidst the high-strung economic and political tension of the Cold War, all three of the United States' ballistic missile early-warning radars became simultaneously jammed. Located in the high-latitude areas of Alaska, Greenland, and the United Kingdom, these radars were designed to detect incoming Soviet missiles, and any attack or disruption of these radars were considered to be an act of war. The United States Air Force, believing their radars had been intentionally jammed by the Soviet Union, authorized aircraft with nuclear-strike capabilities to take to the skies. Timely information from space-weather forecasters, who realized that it was a powerful solar flare jamming the radar, managed to prevent military action just in time.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #33 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 12, 2016
After two days of no sunspots on August 3 and 4, solar activity resumed with both sunspot number and solar flux rising into the 90s. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 10.7 in the last reporting week to 52 this week (August 4 to 10). Both averages were suppressed by having a sunspot number of zero on the last day of the old week and again on the first day of the most recent week.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2024, August 12, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on August 12, 2016
The following is a QST. Hams activate the national park just outside the White House. A steadily growing group of DXers in the UK mark their seventh year. Denmark's bicycling ham is on the final leg of his journey -- and amateurs in one Ohio town take it to the streets. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2024 coming your way right now.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- Episode 6:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on August 12, 2016
Does your portable log look like the dog ate your homework? This week I look at what you can do to make it work for you and make a log that you can take home to show and tell.

Space Camp Kids Talk with Astronaut Aboard the International Space Station:
by whnt.com on August 12, 2016
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Kids who are spending the week at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp took an interesting call on Thursday afternoon. Kai Demorist is from Portland, Oregon. This is his third time at the camp and he is still learning. “You learn a lot of the teamwork you need to use and quite a few skills,” Demorist said. On Thursday, he and his fellow campers received a call from Dr. Kate Rubins, who is currently aboard the International Space Station. “It was pretty mind-blowing because they’re 250 miles above us,” Demorist said. With the help of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, the campers asked Dr. Rubins some questions.

'Hams' Make Contact:
by clearwatertribune.com on August 12, 2016
Each year the national and international ham radio clubs have a special day for making contact with each other. This year it was June 25. The Clearwater Valley Amateur Radio Club, based in Clearwater County, also participated. They went up the mountain to a club member’s home in order to get more successful antenna positions than they can at Orofino City Park. Special frequencies are used on various types of short wave radios. These work over the free airwaves and are available to hams (ham radio operators). The fun and educational idea is to contact as many hams as you can from your location to any other ham location in the country or world, and hope to get a response back, with their call letters to put in a record book. The process uses a 24-hour clock time period. It is also a contest to see who can contact the most hams. Transmissions and receptions around the country and overseas is usually much better at night, after the sun goes down. The radio waves have less resistance from the sun’s heat and energy that can restrict transmissions.

Ham Radio Operators to Play Key Role:
by thehindu.com on August 12, 2016
A network of Home Amateur Machine (Ham) Radios is going to play a key role during the Krishna Pushkaralu as an alternative medium of communication for the officials monitoring the festival for 12 days. As many as 50 ham operators from various districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana volunteered to serve the administration with their own equipment. They took part in a coordination meeting held by authorities here on Tuesday. Training Coordinator at Academy of Ham Radio, A. Ramesh Babu, who will be coordinating the network of operators and the radios said that the Ham Radio network would be live 24x7 during Pushkaralu and operators will be stationed along with the radio equipment at important ghats, railway station, and bus stand. “All the fifty operators aged between 16 and 70 will be working in three shifts at the 20 radio stations. They will be closely moving with the officers monitoring the festival and all live information of crowd movement and other developments will be shared with them,” he added.

US Air Force Wants to Plasma Bomb the Sky Using Tiny Satellites:
by newscientist.com on August 11, 2016
Can you hear me now? The US Air Force is working on plans to improve radio communication over long distances by detonating plasma bombs in the upper atmosphere using a fleet of micro satellites. Since the early days of radio, we’ve known that reception is sometimes better at night. Radio stations that cannot be picked up by day may be heard clearly at night, transmitting from hundreds of kilometres away. This is down to changes in the ionosphere, a layer of charged particles in the atmosphere that starts around 60 kilometres up. The curvature of Earth stops most ground-based radio signals travelling more than 70 kilometres without a boost. But by bouncing between the ionosphere and the ground they can zigzag for much greater distances. At night the density of the ionosphere’s charged particles is higher, making it more reflective. This is not the first time we’ve tinkered with the ionosphere to try to improve radio communication and enhance the range of over-the-horizon radar. HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Alaska, stimulates the ionosphere with radiation from an array of ground-based antennas to produce radio-reflecting plasma.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #33:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 11, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, 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.

FCC 'Symbol Rate' Rule Making Proposal Open for Comment at Least Until Oct:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 11, 2016
In a July Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 16-239, the FCC proposed to revise the Amateur Service Part 97 rules in response to the ARRL's so-called "Symbol Rate" Petition for Rule Making (RM-11708), filed in late 2013. The proceeding will remain open for public comment at least for another 60 days, since the NPRM has not yet appeared in The Federal Register, thus starting the 60-day clock.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on August 11, 2016
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

New Hamvention Venue: 'You Will Be Very Impressed,' Chairman Assures:
by The ARRL Letter on August 11, 2016
Dayton Hamvention is moving on after 52 years at Hara Arena, and 2017 preparations at the show's new venue in Xenia, Ohio, now are in full swing, two Hamvention officials explained this week on the Amateur Radio Roundtable webcast hosted by Tom Medlin, W5KUB.

Growth In New Amateur Radio Licensees Ahead of Last Year's:
by The ARRL Letter on August 11, 2016
The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) reports that 20,447 new US Amateur Radio licenses have been issued since January 1. That's nearly 1500 ahead of the number that had been issued by this time last year. At the present pace, the US is on track to exceed 30,000 new radio amateurs for the third straight year by the end of the year.

Amateur Radio Sleuthing Pins Down Source of Strange RF Interference:
by The ARRL Letter on August 11, 2016
Police in Evanston, Illinois, contacted the ARRL Lab, after an apparent interference source began plaguing wireless vehicle key fobs, cell phones, and other wireless electronics. Key fob owners found they could not open or start their vehicles remotely until their vehicles were towed at least a block away, nor were they able to call for help on their cell phones when problems occurred. The police turned to ARRL for help after striking out with the FCC, which told them it considered key fob malfunctions a problem for automakers, although the interference was affecting not just key fobs but cell phones -- a licensed radio service. ARRL Lab EMC Specialist Mike Gruber, W1MG, feels the FCC should have paid more attention.

National Parks On the Air Update:
by The ARRL Letter on August 11, 2016
The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club put on a first-class activation of the White House Ellipse, which counts for President's Park (DZ10) in ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program.


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