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Tech Nerds Freaked Out About Obsolescence 100 Years Ago Too:
by on September 19, 2014
Do you find yourself obsessing over the latest tech? Does owning the newest model smartphone or tablet feel like a need more than a desire? Well, as you can see in this comic strip from 1919, your anxiety about having the Latest New Thing is actually nothing new. In fact, you're continuing a long tradition of nerds obsessing over tech obsolescence. In the case of this comic from the June 1919 issue of Electrical Experimenter magazine, the tech in question was amateur radio. The strip's protagonist struts around town, proud that his home has the latest and greatest radio tech, a beautiful mast and aerial, towering over his house!

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #38:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 18, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by I3VJW, 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 September 18, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Scheduled for October 4-5 Weekend:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
The national ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is slated for the October 4-5 weekend, although the window for local and regional exercises is September 1 through November 30 each year.

High-Value ARRL 'Red Badgers' Will Be Out In Force On Sept 21:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
The next ARRL "Red Badges on the Air" activity is just days away. On Sunday, September 21 UTC (starting the evening of Saturday, September 20, in US time zones), holders of red ARRL name/call sign badges will be on the air en masse, offering a chance to boost your ARRL Centennial QSO Party total.

W1AW Centennial Operations Now In NC, CT, NM, ID In the Bullpen:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in North Carolina (W1AW/4) and Connecticut (W1AW/1). W1AW operations will transition starting at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, September 24 (the evening of September 23 in US time zones), to New Mexico (W1AW/5) and Idaho (W1AW/7). W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week so far during 2014. By year's end W1AW will have been on the air from every state at least twice, as well as from most US territories.

ARS of India Wants Less-Burdensome Amateur Radio Licensing Rules:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
The Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) India's International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society -- is continuing an effort to make it easier to obtain an Amateur Radio license in that country, where excessive red tape is an accepted reality when dealing with government agencies. The latest attempt came in an August 19 letter from ARSI President Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, to Ravi Shankar Prasad, who heads the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Moon-Bound Ham Radio Payload Will Transmit Earthly Messages from Space:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft is set to carry up to 2500 brief digital messages into space for retransmission via JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. China recently announced plans to launch the orbiter carrying the 14 kg battery-powered payload, developed by LUXspace in Luxembourg.

Rare Eritrea (E3) On the Air for Short Time:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, is on the air until September 22 from Eritrea as E30FB, at present running 100 W to a vertical antenna on 20 and 15 meters, SSB. Eritrea now stands at number 17 (mixed) on ClubLog's DXCC Most Wanted List (number 10 on CW, number 22 on SSB). Eritrea has not been activated since 2001.

Qatari Es'hail 2 Satellite Will Include AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Amateur Radio Tran
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
Gunter's Space Page has reported that the Es'hail 2 communications satellite will carry analog and digital Amateur Radio transponders. The new satellite, which will be operated by Es'hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, will be in a geostationary orbit, positioned at the 26 East "hotspot" position for TV broadcasting to the Middle East and North Africa. Launch is planned for late 2016.

'Last Man Standing' Special Event Set for September 28:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
A Hollywood-style Amateur Radio special event is set for later this month from the so-called "Seinfeld Stage" on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City, California. The K6H "Hollywood Hamnado" special event station will be on HF and D-STAR on September 28, from 1400 until 2200 UTC. Hosts for the event will be Amateur Radio crew members of the ABC television series "Last Man Standing." On the show, actor Tim Allen plays Mike Baxter, KA0XTT. The show's producer is John Amodeo, NN6JA

Colorado ARES Team Wins an Honorable Mention In Citizen Corps Awards:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
The Boulder County (Colorado) ARES team (BCARES) received an honorable mention in the Citizen Corps 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced its list of nationwide award recipients on September 3.

AMSAT-NA Announces Board of Directors Election Results:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
AMSAT-NA has announced the results of its recent Board of Directors election. Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin, W5DID, were elected to serve 2-year terms.

No Easy Answers for RadioShack's Slow, Downward Slide:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
Back in the day, RadioShack employees would answer the phone by saying, "You've got questions, we've got answers." But RadioShack now seems stumped, and the "B" word is looming ever larger as the retailer -- once the go-to place for electronic components and, at one point, even some Amateur Radio gear and shortwave receivers -- casts about for a white knight.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:
by The ARRL Letter on September 18, 2014
In March 1980, Mount St Helens spectacularly exploded. Before the explosion, radio amateurs had been assisting with communication among a number of sites where ongoing measurements were being taken, because scientists had concluded that the mountain was nearing the point of eruption. The hams continued to work after the volcano's several eruptions, with both emergency communications and a continuation of their previous support work. Sadly, two of those hams lost their lives during the disaster -- W6TQF and KA7AMF.

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