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Tuesday on Amateur Radio Roundtable:
by Katie Allen (WY7YL) on September 20, 2016
This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable, Katie Allen WY7YL is back and will give us a report on the new HRO store in Portland, OR and Marty Sullaway KC1CWF will talk about remote operations. Also joining us this week are Jim Wilson K5ND, and William Sterns NE4RD talking about Jamboree on the air.

Open House for Amateur Radio Enthusiasts:
by wiscassetnewspaper.com on September 20, 2016
Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency held an open house for aspiring ham radio operators on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Communications Center in Wiscasset. More than two dozen people attended the event, which featured demonstrations and discussions with experienced amateur radio enthusiasts. Amateur radio is also known as hobby radio, or ham radio, and certain sections of the radio bandwidth are set aside for amateur radio use. There are rules: The radio use cannot be commercial, and radio operators have to have a license and operate within the bandwidth assigned to them. The radio signals emitted bounce off the ionosphere, part of the Earth’s upper atmosphere, which contains high concentrations of ions and free electrons. This makes it an ideal place for radio signals, which are relatively large, to bounce back to Earth. Sometimes, ham radio operators are able to communicate with people on the other side of the Earth because of this phenomenon. For the purposes of emergency management, however, ham radio operators are essential, because they are able to communicate when other types of communication fail. “If cell towers go down, and the regular phone and internet systems don’t work in an emergency, ham radio operators can often still talk to one another,” said Randy Lewis, a radio operator in Kennebec County attached to the emergency management agency. “We have a phrase we use ... ‘When all else fails.’”

2016 DATV QSO Party:
by WIA on September 20, 2016
The 2016 DATV QSO party will be on again starting at 1000 UTC on Friday 23rd September. Friday night in Melbourne will be VK only with contacts to VK2, VK3, VK4 VK5 and VK7. VK3RTV will again be streamed in SD on U Tube courtesy of Ralph Parkhurst, VK3LL. Ralph will advise the link before the event. Outside the coverage of VK3RTV, this will be by far the best way to view the activities. We will also continue to stream VK3RTV on the BATC website which will give even more coverage.

Home Owner's Association:
by hackaday.com on September 20, 2016
Most new houses are part of homeowners associations, covenants, or have other restrictions on the deed that dictate what color you can paint your house, the front door, or what type of mailbox is acceptable. For amateur radio operators, that means neighbors have the legal means to remove radio antennas, whether they’re unobtrusive 2 meter whips or gigantic moon bounce arrays. Antennas are ugly, HOAs claim, and drive down property values. Thousands of amateur radio operators have been silenced on the airwaves, simply because neighbors don’t like ugly antennas. Now, this is about to change. The US House recently passed the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) to amend the FCC’s Part 97 rules of amateur stations and private land-use restrictions.

100 Years of Amateur Radio in Santa Cruz County:
by kionrightnow.com on September 19, 2016
In an era of mobile phones and social media, some people in Santa Cruz are celebrating a communications medium used in the county since 1916. The Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club noted its 100th anniversary at the Museum of Art and History in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday. The ham radio club, made up of licensed radio operators, is still going strong in 2016. Ham radios allow people all over the world to talk to each other without cell phones or the internet. And while they’ve been around a long time, ham radios can play a critical role in case of a natural disaster like an earthquake and all normal communications like cell phones fail or get overloaded.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #67:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on September 18, 2016
How to melt the coax in your station, or rather, how not to melt it. What causes it to happen, how do you deal with it and what should you be on the lookout for?

Volunteer Group Honored for Emergency Preparedness Efforts:
by tukwilareporter.com on September 18, 2016
As the Tukwila Emergency Communications Team (TEC) nears its fifth anniversary, the volunteer group received recognition for its role in preparing the city for an emergency. King County Executive Dow Constantine awarded the TEC Team the sixth annual Executive's Award for Community Preparedness, given each fall to a volunteer organization that trains for and responds to emergencies. "There are people doing good work all around this county," Constantine said during the award presentation at the Tukwila Fire Department's headquarters on Sept. 15. "When we began planning for this year's award my staff brought me no small number of very worthy nominees, one of which will probably win next year. But this group rose above all of them. It is tremendously gratifying to be at the head of a county where people are not simply sitting and waiting for the government to come help, but they are pulling together as a community to help one another and join together with their local government to provide a safer place for all." The team consists of 20 volunteer emergency communications responders who work or live in Tukwila and provide the city with ham radio communication in an emergency.

Courtney Hails Bill That Bolsters Amateur Radio Operation:
by patch.com on September 18, 2016
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney on Tuesday announced that the bipartisan Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R. 1301) passed the House of Representatives on Monday with "broad support." The bill was introduced last year by Kinzinger with Courtney serving as the lead Democratic sponsor. The legislation directs the Federal Communications Commission to amend regulations that currently hamper the ability for many operators to effectively communicate with one another in certain areas around the country.

Ham Radio Group Demonstrates in Centralia for National Preparedness Month:
by chronline.com on September 17, 2016
To mark National Preparedness Month, Centralia’s ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) group demonstrated their equipment and capabilities Tuesday for the Centralia City Council. “We are a disaster response team of volunteers,” said Bob Willey, of ARES. “We come out without pay when the need is there.” Willey, formerly of the Centralia Police Department, said the volunteers in ARES are all ham radio operators able to aid in communications during emergencies, when cell towers and phone lines aren’t working.

Learn Morse Code Online -- 20 Lessons:
by Mark Kleine (N5HZR) on September 17, 2016
You want to learn Samuel F. B. Morse's (shown here) most famous code. We want to help. The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) has developed, and is hosting a series of web pages, to help you learn Morse code in about twenty 30 minute lessons, and then continue to practice these skills for another 20 lessons.

Morse Code Man:
by wusa9.com on September 17, 2016
Computers and cell phones have become the norm of communication. What would happen if we faced a catastrophic emergency or lost our electrical grid, making our phones and computers useless? Who would come to our rescue? Well, as it turns out, there are thousands of Americans who still know how to communicate like we did in the 1800's. From his home in McLean, Jim Talens doesn’t look like a superhero. But, in the event of a major catastrophe, it's people like Jim who will come to our rescue. At one time, the best way to get information across the United States was by horse. But, a 180 years ago Morse Code changed everything. "It did because that represented a giant leap in technology," says Talens. It’s a series of dots and dashes that make letters. Which make words. "It is just a translation of letters," says Talens. Morse Code helped the allies win World War II. "I started out as an amateur radio operator at the age of 13," explains Talens. Jim Talens is one of the best Morse Code operators on the planet. He won an international contest for being able to contact more than 5,000 other operators in 48 hours. He did it without sleep. "I was number one in the world." When it comes to Morse Code he’s written the book. Today this old technology is primarily used for fun. But, in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack, Morse Code could still play a vital role connecting first responders with hospitals.

ERH035 -- Elmers, Are You Doing Your Part?
by Curtis Mohr (K5CLM) on September 16, 2016
In this episode of the Everything Ham Radio Podcast(released Yesterday 9/15), we talk about Elmers. What they are, what they do and how important they are to newly licensed operators. Are you doing your part?

New Section Manager Appointed in Northern New Jersey:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 16, 2016
Steve Ostrove, K2SO, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, has been appointed as ARRL Northern New Jersey Section Manager, effective September 16. He takes the reins of the Northern New Jersey Field Organization after Richard Krohn, N2SMV, announced that he was stepping down. Krohn, of Manalapan, has served as the Northern New Jersey Section Manager since July 2008.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #38 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 16, 2016
The Autumnal Equinox is next Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 1421 UTC. This indicates a transition from Summer to Fall, and the associated improved HF propagation.

House Approves Bipartisan Kinzinger Bill to Enhance Ham Radio Communication
by riponadvance.com on September 16, 2016
The House of Representatives approved legislation on Monday that U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced to make it easier for amateur radio operators to communicate with each other. The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to amend regulations that restrict amateur radio operators in some areas of the country. “(Monday’s) vote takes us another step closer to ensuring amateur radio operators throughout the country are able to effectively communicate with one another,” Kinzinger said. “I’ve personally used amateur radio through the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) while flying overseas, and know firsthand the importance of having the lines of communication open and available in this system.” Kinzinger introduced the bill in March 2015, with the House Energy and Commerce Committee advancing the measure in July of this year. “In times of emergency, when all other forms of communications have failed, this legislation ensures that amateur radio operators will now have the means to utilize this vital and lifesaving function,” Kinzinger said. “These operators serve as the last line of defense for the communications of our first responders and it’s important that we support them.”


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