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Cyclone Hudhud: Ham Radio Operators On Standby:
by timesofindia.indiatimes.com on October 13, 2014
HYDERABAD: Predicting a complete breakdown in communication networks, the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR), Hyderabad, has stationed a few of its operators in Andhra Pradesh for transmission of information to government departments and civilians. While the Odisha government has already pressed HAM radio operators into action, AP has kept them on standby for now and is expected to use them in case of an emergency. "As a precautionary measure, we have sent our operators to the districts of AP that have been affected by the cyclone. We also sent four operators from West Bengal to Bhubaneshwar on Saturday itself as the government sought our assistance," said S Ram Mohan, vice-chairman and managing director, NIAR. He said in most areas, power lines, cell phone towers and landline cables have collapsed, leaving only HAM radios as an alternative means of communication. "These radios can be used to relay information between government departments and also between the government and the public. And even if the radio collapses, the operators are adept in assembling it to have it running within no time," he added.

Local Officials Say Radio Can Fill In for Internet in Event of Cyber Attack
by wbbjtv.com on October 12, 2014
MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Life in the digital age is filled with the World Wide Web, which is why some first responders wanted to re-wire their ham radio skills Friday. In order to continue communicating if the Internet fell victim to a mass cyber attack, agencies from across Tennessee would turn to radio. "We can actually send email and attachments, video and what-not via ham radio without ever using Internet," said Mike Winslow, risk manager for Madison County. First responders would use ham radio frequencies to email, send pictures and messages if traditional email were gone.

Cyclone Hudhud: Amateur Radio to Provide Vital Info:
by hindustantimes.com on October 12, 2014
The Odisha government has roped in amateur radio operators in a desperate bid to set up communication bases along the Odisha-Andhra coastline where cyclone Hudhud is expected to hit on Sunday. The cyclone with wind speeds is expected to snap all terrestrial communication systems. In such a scenario, amateur radio, also called ham radio, will become the only medium for the government to coordinate relief operations and exchange critical messages between government bodies, the two states and also with New Delhi. Eight people will go to Odisha and four to Andhra Pradesh. The control rooms will be set up in Sodepur (Bengal), Vizag and Bhubaneswar. A three-member team from the National Institute of Amateur Radio will be posted in Visakhapatnam. Amateur radio participants use radio communication equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs through airwaves for public services, recreation and self-training. Ham operators have worked in disasters like cyclone Aila and the Bhuj earthquake. Emails can also be sent through in areas with no other active communication systems.

Professionals, Volunteers Keep Residents Safe at Home:
by yourwestvalley.com on October 11, 2014
Richard Haworth has reached people in Ukraine by radio, but he says the best part of using the radio is being able to give back to the community. The West Valley Amateur Radio Club in Sun City West does just that by assisting emergency responders in situations that call for backup. “We have six ‘Go Kits’ for an emergency situation. These kits help assist the Sun City West fire corps in emergency situations,” Haworth said. The ‘Go Kits’ used by the club also hook up to solar panels that can operate a radio without the use of batteries in an emergency situation. “The kit is easy. You can grab it and go anywhere remote in a emergency situation,” said Haworth.

For Ham Radio Geeks, Contact With Space Station Is Exciting:
by forbes.com on October 11, 2014
At the height of the Cold War when I was 13 years old, I got my amateur (ham) radio novice license. From the confines of a cramped closet in my bedroom, my “ham shack,” I talked via Morse code night and day with other operators – first stateside then, as I upgraded equipment and license class, in countries across the ponds. When I started reaching hams in the former Soviet Union, my parents took notice – not in a bad way, more in a curious one. The town in which I was raised, Laurel, MD, is just a few miles from the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Fort Meade. Many of my parents’ friends worked at NSA, and there was always chatter at parties about that Clash boy and his radio.

Statewide Test of Ham Radio Network Involves Boundary County Operators:
by newsbf.com on October 11, 2014
1700 Zulu on October 11. That's when the call for mobilization goes out. We're talking about the mobilization of all ham radio operators within Idaho. A simulated emergency test is set to begin on October 11 at 10:00. Organizers of this simulated emergency are inviting all licensed amateur radio operators (a.k.a. ham radio operators) to participate in this emergency test of the ability of Idaho ham operators to keep a valuable and reliable method of communication going on a state-wide basis, in the face of a simulated emergency occurring with no prior notice. Boundary County has approximately 100 licensed amateur radio operators. All are invited to participate in the simulated emergency. How do they participate? According to Michael Meier, a Boundary County resident who serves as Section Emergency Coordinator for the Idaho Section of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services, our local hams participate in the emergency test by turning on their radios, and checking in with their Net Control every hour for the next 24 hours after the test begins. The simulated emergency is set to run for a 24 hour period.

Solar Radiation Blasts Radio Communication:
by contracostatimes.com on October 11, 2014
Solar radiation interfered with radio satellite reception at KSCO and KOMY of Santa Cruz earlier this week. San Francsico station KQED experienced similar interference. In the roughly 11-year cycle of decreasing and increasing sunspots, 2014 is a peak year. However, the type of solar interference experienced Monday can be expected even during periods of normal sun spot activity. It occurs predictably, every spring and fall. "The sun is right over the earth's equator and that's right where the geostationary satellites are," said David Hathaway, astrophysicist at NASA Ames. Geostationary satellites move in the same direction and at the same speed as the earth. This keeps them in a constant position relative to an observer on earth, and that constancy makes them useful for broadcasting radio waves from primary sources to local satellite dish receivers. When the sun lines up behind a satellite, solar radio waves interfere with the weaker radio waves intended for human communication.

You Can Now Send Messages In Morse Code With Your iPhone's Keyboard:
by businessinsider.com on October 11, 2014
Thanks to Apple's new iOS 8 operating system, you can now easily install third-party keyboards to further customize your iPhone. And while there's already keyboards for sending GIFs and emojis, a new keyboard app offers some old-fashioned nostalgia by letting you send message in Morse Code to your friends.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #41 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 10, 2014
Average daily sunspot numbers from October 2-8 dropped from 170.1 in the previous seven days to 98. Average daily solar flux also declined, from 168.9 to 131.9. Predicted solar flux for the near term is 120 and 115 on October 10-11, 110 on October 12-14, then 115 and 125 on October 15-16, 145 on October 17-18, 140 on October 19, 135 on October 20-21, and 140 on October 22-25. The next day solar flux begins a decline to a low of 110 on November 7-9, and rises again to 145 on November 12-14.

ARNewsline Report 1939 -- Oct 10 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on October 10, 2014
The following is a QST. The IARU Administrative council meets to plan for WRC 2015; a California radio amateur shares the Nobel Prize in Chemistry; ham radio moon mission payload on its way to China and a British floater balloon is still circling the world. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1939 coming your way right now.

Madison in 100 Objects: 9XM Radio Equipment:
by madison.com on October 10, 2014
It might be hard to imagine a time before computers and the Internet, before television, even before radio. Way before programs like the nationally produced “All Things Considered” or the locally originated “Michael Feldman’s Whad’ Ya Know?” were even imagined, some of the earliest radio signals were broadcast in Madison.

Radio Drill Prepares for Disaster:
by portsmouth-dailytimes.com on October 10, 2014
Darren Price of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency began the Back-up Communications drill Thursday morning by addressing the representatives from all of the participating agencies. The purpose of the drill was the scenario based on the loss of all other communications and the employment of amateur radio operators to take over those duties. Price told those in attendance the state agency does not come on the scene to take over the operation, but to enhance it. “All disasters begin and end locally and that’s not just a cliche. It’s a fact,” Price told the Daily Times. “So we have to work with those county partners as they implement their planning. We’re there as a resource for them. If something happens where they’re needing assistance from the state, it means they’re having a pretty bad situation locally. So if we roll into a situation, we don’t take command. There’s a local commander that maintains command of that incident - resource management.”

Simulated Emergency Ham Radio Test This Weekend:
by magicvalley.com on October 10, 2014
The Idaho Section Emergency Coordinator has called for a test of amateur radio operator abilities in Idaho on Saturday and Sunday. The simulated emergency test (SET) was designed with the help of Bill Ward K9GRZ and will involve all state operators willing to participate.

Flying Hams Tell of Terrifying Flight Experiences:
by maderatribune.com on October 10, 2014
On most Monday mornings at Black Bear Diner in Madera, three quirky men who live and breathe ham radios sit in a corner for hours chatting, immersed in their own unique world. These men call themselves the “Flying Hams” and to join their group, one has to be an amateur radio operator, a pilot, a writer -- or even better, all three. With them are other amateur operators as well. Amateur radios, otherwise known as “ham” radios, use designated radio frequency data for non-commercial communication settings. Their users, called “Hams,” require licenses to operate the radios that allow them to communicate with others privately on a global spectrum.

Pacificon Parachute Mobile Sat OCT 11:
by Mark M (SWL377) on October 9, 2014
Ham skydivers AF6IM and KF6WRW will be making QSOs from 13,500 ft over Byron CA in conjunction with PACIFICON 2014.


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