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57th Ham Radio and Computer Festival Set for Fairgrounds on Feb. 19:
by on February 17, 2017
MANSFIELD -- The Ham Radio and Computer Festival has been around since the 1960's, but Danny Bailey, an amateur radio connoisseur, still knows its value. The festival, Bailey said, is a great place to start for beginners. The event will run at the Richland County Fairgrounds Sunday, Feb. 19, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Seeing Spots: NASA Video Shows 7 Years of Solar Activity:
by on February 17, 2017
Watch the sun break out in spots over and over again in a new NASA video of the sun showing seven years of sunspot footage, collected by the agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The SDO launched in December 2009 and has been in space long enough to see most of an 11-year solar cycle, which is characterized by a peak in activity, such as the appearance of sunspots and explosions of material from the surface. The mission is intended to help scientists learn more about the sun's influence on the Earth by studying the sun's atmosphere. In 2013, the SDO and other observatories observed the most muted solar peak in 100 years, which is captured in the video. Data in the video is represented up to January 2017. The larger, orange sun on the left side of the screen represents visible light captured by the HMI (Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager). The black dots are sunspots, which are concentrations of magnetic fields that appear darker than the surroundings. Simply put, larger and more frequent sunspots tend to correlate with more solar activity.

CQ to Introduce MF/LF Column; KB5NJD/WG2XIQ, to be Column Editor:
by CQ Communications, Inc. on February 16, 2017
(Hicksville, NY, Feb. 15, 2017) -- As ham radio operators in the United States await final FCC action to open new amateur bands at 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7 kHz - 137.8 kHz), CQ magazine is getting a head-start by introducing a column that will help interested hams get ready to "hit the ground running" once the FCC issues its final rules. The new column - to be titled "MF/LF Operating: Life Below the AM Broadcast Band" - will appear quarterly, starting in the April 2017 issue, and will be edited by John Langridge, KB5NJD/WG2XIQ.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #7:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 16, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by W3MHZ, 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 February 16, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
Field Day 2017 Packet is Now Available: The Field Day 2017 packet now is available from the ARRL website. Field Day 2017 is June 24-25 -- always the fourth full weekend in June. There have been no significant rule changes from 2016. The Field Day packet contains everything you or your club will need to succeed in June, including explanations, FAQs, articles from experts, and even a log page template, if you log on paper for FD.

ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, In Oroville, Dam Crisis:
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reported this week that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers actively supported communication for the evacuation and sheltering of nearly 200,000 people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest in the US. Following a period of heavy rain, a section of the earthfill-embankment dam's spillway eroded, and authorities ordered residents living below the dam to evacuate, in case the dam should fail. Crews have been attempting to fill the eroded area with rock transported by helicopter. On February 14, authorities lifted the mandatory evacuation order, but said it could be re-imposed, if necessary. Residents returning home were advised to remain vigilant, should the situation again become critical, and some ARES activity continues.

FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition to Allocate New 5 MHz Band:
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
The FCC has invited comments on the ARRL's January 12 Petition for Rule Making to allocate a new, secondary contiguous band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service. The League also asked the Commission to keep four of the current five 60-meter channels -- one would be within the new band -- as well as the current operating rules, including the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The FCC has designated the League's Petition as RM-11785 and put it on public notice. Comments are due Monday, March 20. ARRL plans to file comments in support of its petition.

Alaska's HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business:
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska, will soon undertake its first scientific research campaigns since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. Among the investigators is UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, who will be working under a National Science Foundation grant, "RAPID: Spatiotemporal Evolution of Radio-Induced Aurora." Fallen says the HAARP transmissions will take place within the facility's transmitter tuning range of 2.7 to 10 MHz and should be audible outside of Alaska, and may even produce visible effects within the state.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Posts its 2016 Annual Report:
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has posted its 2016 annual report. The 2016 ARES Annual Report focuses on documenting the value that ARES provides to the nation, states, and localities in collaboration with partners at all levels. The report features basic data drawn from Section Emergency Coordinators' reports, a breakdown of ARES figures by state and FEMA region, and a challenge for 2017. According to the report, ARES membership in 2016 was 27,754 -- up from 17,756 in 2015 -- and the Service was active in 42 states and US territories. ARES volunteers responded to 33,136 events last year.

Campus Ham Radio Clubs Encouraged to Boost Vitality Through Innovation:
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Scott Westerman, W9WSW, believes collegiate Amateur Radio clubs need to blow away the dust and cobwebs and modernize, in order to attract new members. And he urges college and university ham radio clubs to seek common technological ground with younger generations, in order to attract new Amateur Radio licensees.

Nayif-1 CubeSat with Amateur Radio Transponder Launched from India:
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
AMSAT-UK reports the Indian Space Agency (ISRO) on February 15 successfully launched the Nayif-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat, along with 103 other satellites -- a record for a single launch. The Nayif-1 1U CubeSat includes a full FUNcube communication package. Nayif-1 carries a U/V linear Amateur Radio transponder for SSB and CW and a telemetry transmitter. Nayif-1 started transmitting about 1 hour after launch, and radio amateurs on the west coast reported the first signals.

'Mysterious Foghorn' Is Chinese Over-The-Horizon Burst Radar:
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System newsletter reports a mysterious "foghorn" -- a Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) burst radar -- is operating in Amateur Radio bands.

National Museum to Mark 75th Anniversary of Voice of America:
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
The National Voice of America (VOA) Museum at the VOA-Bethany site in West Chester, Ohio, will join in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the VOA. The Voice of America marked its diamond jubilee on February 1.

Getting It Right!
by The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
The February 9 edition of The ARRL Letter included an error in the title of the QEX article for which Steven J. Franke, K9AN, and Joseph H. Taylor, K1JT, were awarded with the Doug DeMaw Technical Excellence Award.

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