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Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #97:
by Onno VK6FLAB on April 14, 2017
Is the "Gentleman's Agreement" broken because the gentlemen of our hobby are being overwhelmed by a noisy minority who don't think it's their responsibility to help new Amateurs and prefer to stand on the side- lines baying for blood?

New Storm Warning System In Place for the Lake Area:
by on April 14, 2017
Amateur radio operators across the Lake of the Ozarks region are set up to provide hyperlocal weather data to one another and the National Weather Service, thanks to the work of local volunteers and donors. Spearheading the effort is Dennis Klautzer, with KRMS radio, who has provided the base radio systems and tower facilities. Ernest Venis has provided some of the hardware equipment as well as the technical expertise that enables all lake area ham radio operators to communicate early warnings regarding impending emergency severe weather storms. Regional ham radio operators will now have, for the first time, the advantage of directly communicating with each other, including storm spotters in southwest Missouri and the National Weather Service. This new capability was also supported by anonymous financial donors. The Camden County Emergency Management Agency, (CCEMA), under the direction of Ron Gentry, also functions in concert with this new communication system.

The Poignant Significance of Maritime Radio Day:
by on April 14, 2017
Maritime Radio Day is held annually on the day the RMS Titanic started to sink, 14 April 1912 – a tragedy that came to its inevitable conclusion in the early hours of 15 April. Radio was vital in aiding the rescue of those who survived, and Maritime Radio Day celebrates a global telecoms service based on voice communication and Morse Code. Its history ranges from its inception on the world’s oceans in 1900 through to the arrival of the advanced Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) in 1999, which brought a degree of digital automation to the service. Marine telecoms services use shortwave radio frequencies, because these signals can bounce between sea level and the ionosphere high above the Earth – which allows modestly powered transmitters to achieve global range.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #15:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 13, 2017
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.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL EXPO will Anchor League's Hamvention Presence:
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
At Hamvention 2017 in Xenia, Ohio, on May 19, 20, and 21, ARRL EXPO will provide a spacious area focusing on ARRL activities. The ARRL Store will be the central focus of ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, where visitors will be able to peruse and purchase a wide array of ARRL publications, supplies, and official League merchandise.

World Amateur Radio Day on April 18 Marks IARU's 92nd Anniversary:
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) on Tuesday, April 18, will mark the 92nd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and radio amateurs around the world will take to the airwaves to celebrate the day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris. "Celebrating Amateur Radio's Contribution to Society" is the WARD theme.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
"Grounding" is the topic of the current episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

2017 National Hurricane Conference Set for New Orleans:
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
Amateur Radio again will have a seat at the table during the 2017 National Hurricane Conference, which gets under way this month in New Orleans. The conference will offer several presentations of interest to radio amateurs. The conference theme, as it's been in the past, is to improve hurricane preparedness. All Amateur Radio sessions are free. For 2017, all the Amateur Radio sessions will be on Wednesday morning, April 19, from 8:30 AM until 12:15 PM CDT.

30th International Marconi Day Event Set for April 22:
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
Dozens of official "award stations" have registered to take part in the 2017 International Marconi Day (IMD) event, this year being held on April 22, 0000-2359 UTC (starting on April 21 in US time zones). All contacts counting toward the Marconi Award must be made on HF with registered stations, but other participating stations do not need to be registered to claim awards. This year marks the 30th IMD, held each year to mark the anniversary of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi's birth on April 25, 1874. IMD is observed each year on a Saturday close to Marconi's birthday. Many special event stations -- some operating from Marconi-related sites -- will be on the air. Marconi Award certificates are available for both transmitting stations and shortwave listeners (SWLs).

ARRL 2016 International Humanitarian Award Winners Honored:
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
The recipients of the 2016 ARRL International Humanitarian Award -- Richard Darling, AH7G, and Barbara Darling, NH7FY -- have been honored in Hawaii. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim designated the month of April as "Roger and Barbara Darling Month" and personally presented a certificate to the couple at a recent gathering in Hilo.

Noted Contester Dr. Pat Sonnier, W5WMU, (SK):
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
A well-known contest signal has gone silent. Dr. Pat Sonnier, W5WMU, of Lafayette, Louisiana, died on April 6 after suffering an apparent heart attack. An ARRL Life Member, he was 78. Sonnier had been licensed since the early 1950s.

Ham Nation 300 Special Event (#HamNation):
by Valerie Hotzfeld (NV9L) on April 13, 2017
Ham Nation 300 Special Event (#HamNation):

Radio DARC to Cover IARU Region 1 General Conference on Shortwave This Fall
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
Radio DARC -- the shortwave broadcast program of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club in Germany (DARC) -- has announced plans to broadcast six programs during the 24th International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1)

Getting It Right!
by The ARRL Letter on April 13, 2017
The article "New Rookie Roundup Rules Go into Effect for SSB Event on April 17" in the April 6 edition of The ARRL Letter contained the incorrect date for the contest. The Rookie Roundup SSB will take place on Sunday, April 16.

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