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Hams On the Air at Eagle Days:
by on January 16, 2015
LAKE OZARK, Mo. -- It was a cold and windy weekend for this year's Eagle Days, but local amateur radio operators were sheltered from the elements as they joined in the event activities. The Lake of the Ozarks Amateur Radio Club applied for and received a Special Event call sign "N0J" from the American Radio Relay League just for Eagle Days. They operated from their emergency communications trailer parked at the new Ameren building near Willmore Lodge. The club operated two transceivers, contacting ham radio operators in 43 states and three Canadian provinces. In total, seventeen hams and guest operators logged 484 contacts.

Experimental Film Exhibition 'Seek You' Explores Morse Code:
by on January 16, 2015
Inside the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, light bounces off of the walls, telegraphs buzz, fish swim under ice and goats can be heard running through a field. This is Erin Colleen Johnson’s “Seek You.” “Seek You” is an experimental film installation currently on display at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, located in Woods Hall, Room 109. The title of the exhibit comes from a code in the Morse Code Community, CQ, which is also the title of one of the pieces in the exhibit. “Seek You” is comprised of many different installations, ranging from images of the historic Marconi transmitting station to audio of an interview with an ice fisherman overlaid with images of Johnson trying ice fishing for herself. “Hole,” which documents Johnson’s foray in ice fishing, is housed in a wooden box. The box is reminiscent of one an ice fisherman would use and helps draw the patron into Johnson’s setting. Most pieces in “Seek You” center around Morse code in some way. In her piece, “In to Sea,” Johnson overlays an environmental report on the state of the ocean written in Morse code over 16 mm film of the sea, resulting in the ocean being encapsulated in dots and dashes. “Morse code was the first digital technology, and when it was invented, people projected many utopian ideals onto it,” Johnson said. “I am interested in the history of Morse code, but even more interested in what it means in this 2015.”

Supporting Role: San Diegan Was WWII 'Enigma' Code-Breaker:
by on January 16, 2015
It began as an attempt to avoid loneliness. But in 1944, when young Margaret Francis joined the British military, she became part of a historic project now the subject of a major Oscar contender. Francis, 91, recently saw “The Imitation Game” -- nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and memories of her 1 1/2-year stint as an operator of the top-secret “Bombe” decoding machine came flooding back. “It was an experience that I wouldn’t have missed for anything,” said Francis, a longtime San Diegan. “I feel very privileged to have been part of such a wide organization, (being) a little country girl.” The film, starring Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, profiles mathematician Alan Turing and his efforts to decipher “unbreakable” German codes generated by the Enigma machine during World War II. The scene was Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, England, an hour northwest of London.

The First Big Solar Flare of the Year:
by on January 16, 2015
The sun emitted an M-class flare last night that peaked at11:24 p.m. EST on January 12, 2015 (0424 UTC on January 13). Classified by solar scientists as an M5.6-class flare, it came from Sunspot AR2257. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation from the sun. They release potentially harmful radiation. In this case, however, there was no significant coronal mass ejection (CME) emerging from the spot of origin of the flare. This signifies that there will be no increased sun-Earth interaction with this event. As a result, there will be no geomagnetic storms and also no possibility of intense auroras caused by this flare. Although radiation from a solar flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to affect humans on the ground, an extremely intense flare is capable of disturbing Earth’s atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. This particular solar flare caused a pulse of extreme UV radiation, which ionized Earth’s upper atmosphere over Australia and the Indian Ocean. It might have caused a brief communications blackout at frequencies below about 10 MHz.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #2:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 15, 2015
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by F5SJB, KB4FB, 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 January 15, 2015
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Board Of Directors Annual Meeting Set for January 16-17:
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
Two newly elected members will be at the table when the ARRL Board of Directors holds its annual meeting Friday and Saturday, January 16-17, in Windsor, Connecticut. Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, will participate for the first time as Atlantic Division Director. Formerly the Division's Vice Director, Abernethy was elected last fall to replace Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who did not run for another term as Director. Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, will take part in his first meeting as the Midwest Division Director, following his election last fall. The former Vice Director succeeded Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, who opted not to run for another term as Director.

ARRL Centennial QSO Party Awards, W1AW/P QSL Cards In Process:
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
Certificates and plaques for stations that participated in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party are being processed.

The ARRL January VHF Contest Offers a Break from Winter's Doldrums:
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
If the Polar Vortex has been getting you down, then the ARRL January VHF Contest might just be the antidote! The event gets under way at 1900 UTC on Saturday, January 24, and it wraps up at 0359 UTC on Monday, January 26. The object is for amateurs in the US and Canada (and possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible using frequencies above 50 MHz. It's the US and Canada (and possessions) working each other and the rest of the world (think F2 propagation!).

FCC Fines Pennsylvania Ham $11,500 for Causing Intentional Interference:
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
The FCC Enforcement Bureau has affirmed an $11,500 fine against Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, for deliberately interfering with other Amateur Radio communications. The FCC had first proposed the fine last July in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), and it released a Forfeiture Order on January 13.

YASME Foundation Announces Award Winners, Grant Recipients:
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced the recipients of several awards and monetary grants. The Foundation named four individuals to receive the Yasme Excellence Award for 2014 as well as eight specific grant recipients.

ARRL Library Goes Live!
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
After several months of planning, The ARRL Library is now live! The online Library is a free repository of educational presentations and oral histories. It is aimed at helping to preserve Amateur Radio's history and to educate clubs and individuals.

EP6T Iran DXpedition Team En Route:
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
Members of the Rockall DX Group in Belgium are on their way to their Kish Island, Iran (IOTA AS-166), DXpedition site. The group plans to operate starting this weekend for about 10 days as EP6T. Iran is number 33 on ClubLog's DXCC Most Wanted List.

Shin'en 2 Designated as Fuji OSCAR-82:
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
AMSAT has designated the Shin'en 2 spacecraft as Fuji OSCAR-82 (FO-82), in response to a request from Seiji Fukushima, JH6RTO. OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, congratulated Fukushima and the Fuji OSCAR-82 team on behalf of AMSAT-NA and the Amateur Satellite community, and expressed the hope that the spacecraft would "fulfill all of its mission objectives."

ARRL's 'First Couple' Spotlighted In Article Highlighting Skywarn's Role:
by The ARRL Letter on January 15, 2015
A January 9 article in Virginia's Roanoke Times newspaper featured the participation of ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and her husband Carter, N3AO, in the SKYWARN weather-spotting program. The Craigies, who live in the Southwest Virginia town of Blacksburg -- home to Virginia Tech -- have a home weather station and, when severe weather threatens, are able to supplement local National Weather Service (NWS) office meteorologists with "ground-level" weather observations.

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