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New DSP Filters:
by Richard (G3CWI) on October 11, 2016
SOTABEAMS has introduced a new enclosure for their popular range of DSP filters. The filters make a great after-market add- on for older transceivers or QRP radios.

Irving Olson, 102, Founder of Electronics Chain, Remembered:
by on October 11, 2016
Though Irving J. Olson and his late wife, Ruth, moved away from Akron 18 years ago, their hearts never left their hometown. Mr. Olson passed away on Oct. 1 in his sleep at his home in Oro Valley, Ariz. He was 102. Mr. Olson moved to Akron at age 6 and “vowed to make a financial success of his life, travel the world and pursue his interests,” according to his obituary. He did all of those things -- and then some. Mr. Olson started a one-man radio repair business in downtown Akron and built it into Olson Electronics, a coast-to-coast, 95-store chain and mail-order business. He sold the business to Teledyne in 1968.

In the Midst of Matthew, Couple Turns to Ham Radio for Aid:
by on October 11, 2016
WILMINGTON -- Amateur radios and quick communication late Saturday helped emergency officials rescue a pair of people who were stranded on Trails End Road. The man and woman had gone to check on their boat at the Masonboro Yacht Club and Marina when a tree and live power line fell across the road, stranding them. They called a friend with a ham radio who, in turn, contacted Stephen Russ, an Amateur Radio Emergency Services volunteer who was stationed at the New Hanover County's Emergency Operations Center. Russ kicked into action, walking over to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office representative stationed there. "At that point, all emergency vehicles in New Hanover County, sheriff's rescue squads and all that were parked because of the high winds," Russ said.

New Propagation Video Released:
by RSGB on October 10, 2016
The RSGB Propagation Studies Committee has released a new 19-minute video presentation for clubs entitled Radio Propagation -- VHF and Higher. Written by RadCom microwave columnist John, G4BAO and narrated by Propagation Studies Committee chairman Steve, G0KYA, the presentation looks at the physics behind different VHF, UHF and microwave propagation modes. It looks at tropospheric enhancements and ducting, sporadic E, aurora, meteor scatter, rain scatter and much more.

iSpace Students Talk to Astronaut Kate Rubins on the Space Station:
by on October 10, 2016
Since the 1990s, talking to a friend 250 miles away has been as simple as reaching into your pocket for your phone. But it turns out when that friend is 250 miles over your head, things are still complicated. Really complicated. On Saturday after a year of preparation, students at iSpace coordinated with a team of amateur radio operators in two different countries. They had each rehearsed exactly what they were going to say. They were going to talk Kate Rubins orbiting the planet in the International Space Station. A non-profit providing science, technology, education and math, iSpace recently moved to a new building on the Scarlet Oaks campus in Sharonville. In their new facility, about 100 people gathered to watch the conversation. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) facilitated the contact. A moderator from Alberta, Canada called into the "telebridge" to connect the student with a team of three radio operators in Italy. A live stream of the Italian station showed a bank of equipment and moving antenna that tracked the ISS as passed over at 17,500 miles per hour. The Italians called out to Rubins when the ISS got in range. Just static. They called out again, and Rubins' reply was met with fist pumps and wide smiles by the students. But the celebration was short, they only had 10 minutes to talk.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on October 9, 2016
Amateur Radio Newsline headlines for Ham Nation. October 12, 2016.

Special Live Ham Webcast:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on October 9, 2016
Tuesdays Amateur Radio Roundtable will be a special show. This week we go kind of off format with "open mic night". Call in and comment, ask questions, etc. We will also do a brief segment about the new ham club for all the members of Last Man Standing crew in Hollywood, and a quick tour of ABC set and our webcast from there.

Pacific Seafarer's Net Assists in Rescue of Sailors on Sinking Sailboat:
by David Richer, WB6VGO on October 9, 2016
On September 28, 2016 at approximately 0300 UTC, Charles Houlihan, KD6SPJ, a net relay station for the Pacific Seafarer’s net while monitoring 14.300 received a call for assistance from the captain of the Sailing Vessel (SV) Rafiki. The captain reported that the SV Rafiki, a 35-foot sailing vessel, was taking on water. Charles who was the captain of the SV Jacaranda and located at sea, contacted Randy VanLeeuwen, KH6RC also a net relay and located in Hawaii. Randy contacted the US Coast Guard Station to report the incident and provide Rafiki’s location, 230 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska.

by WIA on October 9, 2016
Announcing the activation of the Special Event station VI4SEA This commemorative call sign, VI4SEA, is in honour of the Officers and Sailors of the Light Cruisers, H.M.A.S. SYDNEY, and S.M.S EMDEN who gallantly fought in the first ever naval action of the Royal Australian Navy, on November 9th 1914, off the coast of the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean. VI4SEA will hit the airwaves on November 1st 2016, and continue through to November 9th. Our operations will see us transmitting between the 630m band through to the 6m band. Our team of Amateur Radio Operators are a combination of ex naval, military and professional individuals.

UITM Students Communicate with Japanese ISS Astronaut:
by on October 9, 2016
KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-four students from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UITM), Shah Alam’s Faculty of Applied Sciences had the opportunity to communicate live with a Japanese astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) early today. The Information Department newsroom in a statement today said the students who are also members of the university’s Physics Society conversed with Takuya Onishi at 2.24am, using an amateur radio station facility available at the National Planetarium. “The Amateur Radio station with the call sign 9M2RPN, is the only station in Malaysia allowed to communicate with astronauts at ISS since the launch of the first Malaysian astronaut, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, to ISS, in 2007. “9M2RPN communicated live with ISS at between 330km and 435km from the surface of the earth while it was moving at a speed of 26,700km per hour and capable of circling the earth 15 times day and night,” it said.

Proposed 40-Foot Ham Radio Antenna Tower Causing Static In Marblehead:
by on October 9, 2016
A group of neighbors banded together over concerns regarding a 40-foot aluminum ham radio operator tower going up in their neighborhood got some good news when the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to revoke the permit. “It is the best we could have hoped for,” Cathyann Swindlehurst, said referring to the outcome of the Sept. 27 ZBA hearing. Swindlehurst, a Casino Road resident representing the abutters, told ZBA members she believed vague zoning bylaws and a certain amount of protection under the federal government resulted in the Michael Crestohl receiving a building permit for the tower. She is alarmed however that “the building permit was issued without any restrictions attached.” Swindlehurst said the neighbors recognize that state and federal government view amateur radio operation as a public good. In the face of a disaster that knocks out electricity and other forms of communications, ham radio’s still operate. But she also noted that the federal government allows communities to place restrictions on such towers for safety and aesthetic purposes. Marblehead’s bylaws appear to make only one mention of ham operator antenna’s, Swindlehurst said. Under auxiliary uses, wireless communications antennas it states that antennas used solely and exclusively for ham operation and television are are allowed as a matter of right and are excluded from this section. Crestohl also noted that town's by-laws "specifically and clearly state that antennas used 'solely and exclusively for ham radio are considered a matter of right' and are excluded from the section of the by-laws dealing with zoning. I operate my station by authority of the F.C.C. and there is federal legislation, PRB1, that requires local authorities to make 'reasonable accommodations' for antennas used exclusively for amateur radio."

Ham Radios Help Assist Those Impacted by Hurricane Matthew:
by on October 8, 2016
As people along the coast board up their windows and put hurricane plans into action, others are making sure there is a constant line of communication. Sometimes, ham radios are all we have. A ham radio is a radio used when power and service for everything else goes out. And when trouble hits, like Hurricane Matthew, volunteers are keeping watch and passing along important. Amateur radio operators are so important because people want to know what’s going on and if their loved ones are safe.

Bozeman Ham Radio Club Would Help the People in Florida if Need Be:
by on October 8, 2016
BOZEMAN -- This evening, I went to the Gallatin Ham Radio Club to see if they had any contact with Florida. The people I spoke with at this club hadn't, but they took me into the ham radio area and showed me that it is possible to do if Florida needed Montana’s help. "We're all listening to health and welfare traffic net on the HF frequencies. Those would be the lower frequencies that are commonly used for traffic and communications within the United States, and there is currently a number of stations on and around the United States handling traffic that would be communications request in Florida,” says Todd Gahagan a 40 year member of the Gallatin Ham Radio Club.

Planets' Alignment May Successfully Explain Sun's Peculiar Cycle:
by on October 8, 2016
A variety of Earth's phenomena are influenced by the Sun's magnetic field but there is no surety about the working process of Sun's cycle. A new theoretical study has proposed that the behavior of Sun's magnetic field and its cycle may be closely link to the planets' alignment.

Ham Radio 2.0 Episode -- Android DMR HT:
by Jason Johnston (KC5HWB) on October 7, 2016
Today I conduct an interview with Bob Greenberg, W2CYK, about the new Android DMR Smartphone from RFinder. I've already ordered one of these devices and I am awaiting its arrival, at which time I will do a presentation video. This interview video gives a good back-story on the app, its creator, and what is next time come.

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