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ISS Briefly 'Ham-Less' After Crew Members Return to Earth:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
The only two radio amateurs on the International Space Station (ISS) were among three crew members who returned to Earth on November 10, and another ham-astronaut won't arrive on board the ISS until later this month. An exciting 2015 appears to be in store.

The ARRL November Sweepstakes SSB Is This Weekend:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
"CQ SS, CQ SS!" Operators in the US and Canada will be exercising their vocal cords (or their digital voice memories) to compete in the 2014 ARRL November Sweepstakes SSB event this weekend, November 15-17.

Some CQ WPX Applications via LOTW Not Processed:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
It has been determined that some CQ WPX Awards Program applications using ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW) were not properly processed, because the applications were inadvertently tagged as incomplete.

Past ARRL Connecticut SCM Victor L. Crawford, W1TYQ, (SK):
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
Past ARRL Connecticut Section Communications Manager (SCM) Victor L. "Vic" Crawford, W1TYQ (ex-W8NUV, HZ3TYQ), of Rapid City, Michigan, died November 8. He was 94. An ARRL Life Member, Crawford served as Connecticut's SCM from 1957 until 1960, when he stepped down to work in the Middle East.

AMSAT Invites Ideas and Suggestions for Next-Gen Satellites:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
AMSAT has invited the Amateur Satellite community to submit ideas and suggestions for the next generation of AMSAT satellites. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, announced the plan at the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore. AMSAT asked that ideas be based on the CubeSat platform, as "this is the standard through which we will look for launches in the foreseeable future," its announcement said.

4M Lunar Flyby Spacecraft Amateur Radio Payload Now In Silent Earth Orbit:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
The Amateur Radio payload in the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment has gone silent, but the spacecraft itself will likely be in Earth orbit for some time to come.

ARRL 'Red Badges' Will Be Back On the Air On Saturday, November 22:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
The next ARRL "Red Badges on the Air" activity will take place on Saturday, November 22 UTC (starting the evening of Friday, November 21, in US time zones).

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
After many years of political unrest in Myanmar that resulted in the banning of Amateur Radio, the country formerly known as Burma starting cracking the door open to hams in 1994. Following 3 years of negotiations with Myanmar officials and two small-scale DXpeditions to that country, Martti Laine, OH2BH, obtained permission for a large-scale DXpedition that would demonstrate the value of ham radio to the government. A multinational ham team operating as XZ1A made many thousands of contacts and even operated in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. The article, "DXing from the Golden Land," published in the March 1996 issue of QST, told the fascinating story.

AMSAT Celebrates 40 Years In Space for AO-7:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
Saturday, November 15, will mark 40 years since the AMSAT-OSCAR 7 (AO-7) ham radio satellite went into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Special Event W7O will be on the air November 15-24 to commemorate the launch of AO-7, the oldest working Amateur Radio satellite. Satellite aficionado Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, who secured W7O for the occasion, plans to work satellite passes during the special event from Arizona, including AO-7 passes. He also hopes to recruit other operators to participate in the celebration from other locations and on other bands, including HF.

CA Scientist-Ham On the Air from Antarctica's McmurdoStation Ross Ice Shelf
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
Ham radio is not the primary reason that Ron Flick, K6REF, is in Antarctica, but it's proving to be an enjoyable diversion to his scientific activities at McMurdo Station and the Ross Ice Shelf. He's put a few hundred contacts in the log since arriving late last month from California. Flick, an oceanographer with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways, and colleagues are conducting ice vibration studies on the Ross Ice Shelf, sponsored by Scripps Institution of Oceanography. McMurdo is home to KC4USV, but Flick's initial experience at the station -- once he was able to locate the key to unlock the door -- was less than optimal.

ARRL Seeks Input On Recommended VHF-UHF-Microwave Contest Rule Changes:
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
The recently formed "Ad Hoc Subcommittee on VHF and Above Revitalization" -- created by the ARRL Board of Directors' Programs and Services Committee (PSC) -- is seeking member input by December 15 on updating various aspects of the League's VHF-UHF-Microwave and EME contest program. In the subcommittee's solicitation for input, Chairman Kermit Carlson, W9XA, said members can help the work of the committee "by providing additional insights and ideas for our consideration."

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 Attracts More than a Dozen New Co-Sponsors
by The ARRL Letter on November 13, 2014
The list of co-sponsors for the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, H.R. 4969, has grown to 63. Sixteen new co-sponsors signed aboard as the 113th Congress re-convened for its final session before adjournment. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, is urging ARRL members to keep in contact with their Congressional representatives and to encourage them to become co-sponsors to the bill.

Lighter, Cheaper Radio Wave Device Could Transform Telecommunications:
by University of Texas at Austin on November 13, 2014
Researchers have achieved a milestone in modern wireless and cellular telecommunications, creating a radically smaller, more efficient radio wave circulator that could be used in cellphones and other wireless devices.

Ears and Voice for Old Radios:
by on November 12, 2014
The two ancient radios that Tom Brent holds look prehistoric beside a shiny iPhone, with its sleek touchscreen. But can you repair an iPhone? Can you fix a modern-day short-wave radio with its circuit boards and microchips? That’s one of the beefs ham-radio hobbyist Brent has with the new stuff. You just can’t fix it. “There’s a saying in our hobby that says, ‘Real radios, glow in the dark.’” That glow comes from the vacuum tubes which light up when on and produce a comforting warmth. The dials on the old radios are manual, but capable of fine tuning. And if they ever break down, Brent can pop off the back and fix the odd wire or replace a vacuum tube to get it running again. “The old radios that I work on use vacuum tubes. The components are all replaceable or fix-able.” Brent brought some of the old short-wave radios to the Remembrance Day ceremony at Whonnock community hall to spur interest about those momentous times.

Forget the Crabs, Christmas Island Is Ham Radio Heaven:
by on November 12, 2014
Its isolated location gave Christmas Island its famous red crabs, but it's the potential to listen to the world that attracted amateur radio enthusiasts from across the globe. The Polish visitors came with unusually heavy baggage, loaded with receivers, transmitters, and antennas tens of metres long. It was an arduous journey from Prague to Dubai, then to Jakarta, before the final leg to the dot in the North West Indian Ocean that is Christmas Island; over 40 hours in transit. But the usual activities centring on Christmas Island's unique wildlife, dominated by thousands of bright red crabs, were not a high priority for these unusual visitors. The group of friends have regular Polish names, but they prefer their call signs. "I am mostly known under my shortwave call sign, which is 'Sugar-Papa-Six-Echo-Queen-Zulu'" Wodak Helej told Alexia Attwood for North West WA Mornings.

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