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Boy Scouts to Hold Event in Copperas Cove:
by on October 21, 2017
Boy Scouts of America Leon Valley District, Longhorn Council has coordinated with the Cove Repeaters Association, a ham radio organization, in Copperas Cove, to assist with the 60th anniversary of BSA Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA. And the Copperas Cove VFW will assist with the Jamboree-on-the-Internet. This event will occur at High Chapparal Park off High Chapparal Drive in Copperas Cove from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community.

Radio Club Reflects on Past Accomplishments, Looks to Future:
by on October 21, 2017
In a room tucked under Neyland Stadium, the UT Amateur Radio Club reaches over 200 countries. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, involves the use of the radio frequency spectrum for non-commercial purposes, like exchanging messages, private recreation and radio sport. The term “amateur” is used mainly to distinguish the hobby from private broadcasting and public safety broadcasting. Members of the Amateur Radio Club meet weekly in East Stadium Hall, where they have an antenna and a radio system to broadcast from UT campus. The UT Amateur Radio Club started in 1947 in response to a rise in interest of satellite and radio following the end of World War II. Bobbie Williams, adviser and trustee of the UT Amateur Radio Club, said that after World War II, extra radio equipment began to be donated to facilities for research and education on improving satellite signals. “At the end of the war there was a lot of excess radio equipment, and there was a surge of amateur radio interest,” Williams said. “There has been a rise and fall in attendance since, but the information available now is outstanding.” The group participates in various events and activities related to ham radios, such as hidden transmitter hunts -- “foxhunts” -- and emergency communications.

Kansas City Firefighter Uses Ham Radio Skills to Help Puerto Rico:
by on October 21, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeremy Dougherty admits that his wife wasn’t always a huge fan of his Ham Radio hobby. “She teases me a lot,” Dougherty smiles. “She says, ‘This is an old man hobby. Who does ham radio?’” Dougherty is a Kansas City firefighter who picked up Ham Radio just a couple of years ago for fun. But when hurricane winds toppled Puerto Rico’s communication towers last month, Dougherty quickly answered the call from the American Red Cross for licensed Ham Radio operators on the island. “It was really like I was landing in a war zone,” Dougherty recalled. Dougherty returned to Kansas City on Tuesday after spending a month setting up makeshift communication centers on Puerto Rico. “I set up radio communications were there was no communication at all,” he said.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) FM Satellite Set to Launch in November:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 20, 2017
The next AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 0947 UTC. RadFxSat (Fox-1B), which will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder, is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) mission. JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #42 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 20, 2017
The past reporting week (October 12-18) saw very little solar activity, with a sunspot number of 12 on October 15, meaning the average daily sunspot number was only 1.7, down from the already low average of 8.4 over the previous seven days. Over the same two periods, average daily solar flux declined from 76.8 to 70.5, while average daily planetary A index increased from 8.9 to 21.1 and average mid-latitude A index went from 8 to 16.7.

In First for Ireland, TAP Students to Make Contact with Space Station:
by on October 20, 2017
Students from Tallaght Community School, who participated in the Trinity Access Programme (TAP), are due to be the first Irish students in history to make direct contact with the International Space Station this Friday. For under 12 minutes, the International Space Station will be travelling directly over the school at 27,600 km/h. Students will use amateur radio equipment to speak to astronaut Mark Vande Hei. In order to facilitate the contact, the Tallaght students will set up a temporary radio station on the grounds, which will include an antennae, two radio systems and a back-line in case of interference. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube. The opportunity arose as a result of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station programme. This programme, for which Tallaght was one of a few select schools to be chosen, was set up by a voluntary group to educate schools across the world on the work of the International Space Programme.

Boy Scout Ham Radio Jamboree is Saturday in Canfield:
by on October 20, 2017
CANFIELD -- Scouts and their families and friends in the Whispering Pines District of the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, are participating Saturday in the 60th international Jamboree-on-the-Air, an annual event in which scouts from all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio.

Radio's Value Demonstrated During Emergencies:
by on October 20, 2017
The local service of radio grows enormously in value when disaster strikes a community. This is what we’ve seen with the wildfires that have swept through the Northern California counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Solano beginning last week. Fast moving and unpredictable, these deadly fires also took out communications infrastructure like cell towers, internet and cable TV, leaving radio as one of the most reliable sources of potentially life-saving information. Commercial and non-commercial stations stepped up to offer emergency information to residents and first responders. Large Bay Area stations offered coverage, but often it was smaller, locally-owned stations that could better serve the hyper-local information needs, able to report the conditions on the ground in specific towns, cities and neighborhoods, from what roads are shut down, to what kind of donations were most in need at specific emergency shelters. Amateur radio operators also reported for duty, as they do during nearly every kind of disaster, natural or man-made. According to the American Radio Relay League ham radio operators were stationed at local hospitals and large nursing homes through the middle of last week in Mendocino County. In Sonoma County amateur operators were relaying fire and emergency information on amateur radio frequencies, and also supporting shelters and maintaining a presence at the area Emergency Operations Center. This celebration of local radio isn’t at the expense of other media platforms. Most of these stations maintained a strong presence on social media, providing updates along with live feeds from regular press briefings by local authorities whenever possible. Moreover, some stations had to rely only on their internet streams and social media when their transmitters were knocked off air by the fire.

Retro Radios are What He's Tuned In To:
by on October 20, 2017
It’s a scene Terry Adelwerth has witnessed multiple times: A car pulls into a radio swap meet in upstate Rochester, and before the driver has a chance to shift into park, people surround the vehicle and are pulling on the door handles. “He’s rolling to a stop and they’re opening his doors and grabbing stuff,” Adelwerth said. Adelwerth’s wife, Deborah, jokingly called those eager people “vultures,” but they’re radio enthusiasts, anxious to be the first to lay claim to a needed part or an old-fashioned gem. Adelwerth, 59, of Center Moriches, isn’t quite that aggressive when it comes to antique radios. But he said he understands the impulse. It’s not easy to find replacement radio tubes from the 1920s, or a General Electric tombstone-style or RCA cathedral-style radio from the 1930s that is still in working condition. When he joins collectors at Long Island’s monthly radio swap meets in Seaford, or at the bigger regional ones he attends each spring and fall in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Adelwerth is also hoping to score. “I always found radio fascinating, in that you could hear stuff from around the world,” said Adelwerth, who is more interested in the physical radios than he is in the history of radio programming. “It’s just interesting that all this stuff is traveling through the airwaves, and here I have this box and I can hear it.”

Scientists have Made an Unexpected Statement About the Outbreak in the Sun:
by on October 20, 2017
American scientists continue to study this problem on the example of stars similar to our sun. Recent research in the field of astrophysics with high probability suggests that in the next hundred years a powerful solar flare will destroy all man-made infrastructure. The researchers came to the conclusion that stars the same activity as our Sun, constantly there was a powerful explosion. In their physical effects, they can have a devastating effect on the atmosphere of the planet and the detrimental effect on human DNA.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #42:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 19, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by K2DM, ON4EI, 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.

Chinese CAS-4A and CAS-4B Amateur Radio Satellite Transponders Activated:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 19, 2017
The Amateur Radio linear (SSB/CW) inverting transponders on the CAS-4A and CAS-4B satellites were activated on October 18. CAMSAT's Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing micro-satellites OVS-1A (CAS-4A) and OVS-1B (CAS-4B), launched on June 15.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on October 19, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

'Force Of 50' Volunteers' Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends:
by The ARRL Letter on October 19, 2017
The 22 "Force of 50" radio amateurs who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month as American Red Cross volunteers have ended their mission and will be back on the US mainland by week's end. They had been in Puerto Rico for about 3 weeks.

Puerto Rico Volunteer Aids Burn Victim, Contacts Family via Ham Radio:
by The ARRL Letter on October 19, 2017
"We had a stressful night on the island!" That's how Puerto Rico volunteer Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S, described an October 12 medical emergency on the island of Culebra, in which Amateur Radio played a major role. Dougherty, a Force of 50 American Red Cross volunteer who was supporting communication at Culebra Hospital, said fumes from a gasoline fuel container ignited, seriously injuring a woman. Dougherty was unable to raise any of the other volunteers in San Juan -- likely because of the late hour -- but the only doctor at the hospital at the time called Centro de Medico on a satellite phone to coordinate transportation for the patient. The only other after-hours staff was a nurse.

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