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Ham Radio Operators Save the Day:
by fairborndailyherald.com on May 22, 2017
Power lines are down. Phone service is out. All means of public communication ... gone. Fortunately, amateur or ham radio is there to save the day as hundreds of operators use their skills to help public safety and government officials. The above scenario is generic in nature. But anyone who was around Xenia in April 1974 knows all to well that situation can happen. It did. An F5 twister tore Xenia apart late in the afternoon April 3. Many had no power. Phone service was disrupted. Cell phones and other portable communication devices weren’t around then. But because of the ham radio operators, Xenia was not shut off from the rest of the world. And as 30,000 ham operators converge on Xenia and the Greene County Fairgrounds May 19-21 to celebrate their passion, the rebuilt city is a reminder of the importance of hams. “We’re able to provide communications for at least an extended period of time when all the other ways of communicating are down,” said Marion County Common Pleas Court Judge William Finnegan, a student at University of Dayton when the 1974 tornado hit. “We can use a lot more power than a CB can. Our range can go world-wide. I’ve talked to almost 200 countries. We can communicate thousands of miles if we needed to.” Once the tornado hit, Finnegan went to Xenia to help in any way he could. “They found out I was a ham radio operator,” he said. “They put me in the emergency shelter that was set up at the Blue Moon dance hall. There was no power. There were no other ways of communicating. We had the ability.”

Ham Radio Aviator Attempts New York To Paris Speed Record:
by Bonnie (KQ6XA) on May 21, 2017
As pilot Brian Lloyd propels his single- engine plane named "Spirit" eastward into the sky this week from Republic Airport on Long Island, he embarks on a dual mission. He is commemorating Charles Lindbergh's famous solo transatlantic flight that made history in May of 1927, while simultaneously attempting to break a speed record for the New York to Paris air route. To make things even more interesting, he intends to communicate live via radio with Ham operators while in flight.

Weather Watchers Keep Eye Out for Storms:
by therecord.com on May 21, 2017
KITCHENER -- A blustery band of thunderstorms is on the way. Trouble on the darkening horizon? Maybe. But perhaps not enough impending meteorological mayhem for the CanWarn army of storm-watching "ham" amateur radio operators to bolt into action and transmit their timely observations back to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Damaging winds or heavy rains causing flooding can trigger the CanWarn call to watch the skies for ominous clouds, whether that call comes in the form of a watch or warning. Ditto for hail, as long as those frozen rain pellets are as big as a five-cent piece. "Hail that's larger than a nickel," said Kitchener's David Knight, an eight-year CanWarn contributor and a 25-year ham radio operator. "That's usually when CanWarn gets activated."

Hamvention Brings Crowds from Around the World to Their New Location:
by fox45now.com on May 21, 2017
XENIA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- It’s finally here -- people from all around the world are gathering at Hamvention at its new home in Xenia. The world’s largest amateur radio gathering brings people to the Miami Valley for the weekend, and for 2017, they’re at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. Previously, the event was at Hara Arena, but that was no longer an option after it closed down in 2017. However, people told FOX 45 the change isn’t bothering them at all.

Dave Robbins K1TTT, Bob Wilson N6TV, Inducted into CQ Contest Hall of Fame:
by CQ Communications on May 21, 2017
(Xenia, OH - May 20, 2017) - CQ magazine today announced the induction of two new members to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, which honors those contesters who not only excel in personal performance but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways. CQ Contesting Editor David Siddall, K3ZJ, presented Hall of Fame plaques at an induction ceremony held at the annual Dayton contest dinner on May 20.

NASA's Van Allen Probes Find Human-Made Bubble Shrouding Earth (Video):
by youtube.com on May 20, 2017
Humans have long been shaping Earth's landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as well. A certain type of communications -- very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications -- have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. These results, part of a comprehensive paper on human-induced space weather, were recently published in Space Science Reviews.

Keepin' It In the Family:
by fairborndailyherald.com on May 20, 2017
XENIA -- There’s one potential drawback to sharing a passion for amateur radio with two teenage daughters. “When the girls get on there, all these guys jump on there wanting to talk to them,” said Mobile, Ala., resident Joey McCullough of his daughters, Niki, 19, and Robyn, 16. But the older McCullough can deal with that in exchange for the girls sharing his passion for ham radios. The three are among thousands attending 2017 Dayton Hamvention at the Greene County Fairgrounds through May 21. “We’re pretty active,” Joey said. Niki and Robyn both giggled and pointed when asked what got them into amateur radio at a young age. “This man,” Niki said looking at dad. “I was going to the luncheons and the club meetings. (I liked) the people.” She figured it wouldn’t be that difficult to pass the test and obtain a license herself.

Ham Radio an Outlet for Vets:
by fairborndailyherald.com on May 20, 2017
GREENE COUNTY -- While ham radio offers a social opportunity for some, it provides therapeutic relief for others. The Dayton VA grabbed this notion by the horns, opening an on-campus station, (W8DVA) in late 2016 to assist veterans living with PTSD. Xenia “hammer” Jim Simpson (WB8QZZ) played a major role in getting the station up and running. Much of the operation was funded by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, which is also sponsoring Hamvention. “It’s intended to assist those with PTSD to focus and get their minds off the bad things that have happened in their life,” Simpson said. “Amateur radio is an extraordinary thing for focusing people and it’s enjoyable to be able to communicate around the world with hams.” Station guests are greeted by postcards, or logs, of interactions hanging on the walls, in addition to a radio called a “Classic” that was used by military members contacting home during the Vietnam War and utilizes tubes in order to function. Dr. John Mathis (WA5FAC), a doctor in charge of radiology at the Dayton VA, said just the sight of the “vintage” equipment is yet another avenue of therapeutic relief. “We have not just acute care veterans here, but veterans that are homeless, veterans that are retired, veterans that are in rehabilitation for all sorts of things ... This is just another one of the things we provide to try to give them something to grab a hold of and pull themselves out of a hole,” Mathis said. And it has since proven to be of service. “PTSD is one of the things we certainly face, but even for our guys in wheelchairs, or in the retirement center or the rehabilitation center or homeless center -- all of which are housed on the [Dayton VA] campus -- they can wheel in here and talk to someone across the country or world just by pulling up here,” Mathis said. “Many times they’ll talk to people who don’t exactly have the same problems, but their own problems, so they can commiserate back and forth and it’s a nice way to have an opportunity to socialize outside of face-to-face.”

Hams Impressed with New Home:
by fairborndailyherald.com on May 20, 2017
XENIA -- Ham radio enthusiast Wendy Peitzer is no stranger to Dayton Hamvention, having attended amateur radio’s biggest event many times at the Hara complex in Dayton. Not knowing what to expect, she and her contingent arrived at the Greene County Fairgrounds -- Hamvention’s new home after being at Hara for 52 years -- early May 19 to beat the opening-day crowd and check out the new digs. She wasn’t disappointed. “(It’s) much better,” she said. “I think the facilities here are nicer. I think it’s better organized. I like the perks. They bring you up (from the parking lot) on a tractor pull.” Peitzer, from Randolph, N.J., added that she didn’t mind the extra walking due to the expansive nature of the fairgrounds, compared to the more compact Hara complex. “The other one, the parking lot with the flea market ... it was massive,” she said. Vendors also approve of Hamvention’s new digs. “Besides the barns, I like it better,” said Danielle Young from Quicksilver Radio. “I just think it’s cleaner. I like the way it’s set up. You can go out to the open air. I like the parking better. The food looks nice.”

Hamvention Finds New Home at Fairgrounds:
by fairborndailyherald.com on May 19, 2017
XENIA -- The Greene County Fairgrounds is known to many as the home of the Greene County Fair. Pigs and lambs in animal barns, sewing and woodworking projects in the Assembly Hall, rides and games and corn dogs in late summer heat -- those scenes and smells belong to the fair. But, the fairgrounds is taking on a new identity this weekend: the home of Hamvention. That means typical fair scenes and fair-goers are being replaced by 30,000 “hams” and their amateur radio equipment. “We’ve been excited from the very beginning,” Greene County Fairgrounds Secretary Esther Pierson said. “Everybody is working together and it is just awesome. This is an awesome thing that’s happening here.” According to Pierson, Hamvention is the biggest event that the fairgrounds has ever hosted, and that this won’t be the only year it will make the fairgrounds its home. Hamvention officials have already signed a three-year contract with the fairgrounds, which Jim Simpson from Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), the sponsor for Hamvention every year, also confirmed. “Hamvention was at Hara Arena for 52 years ... we’re shooting for 52 years, as well!” Pierson said. The fairgrounds will benefit greatly from Hamvention coming to their facility, according to County Administrator Brandon Huddleson. He said the fairgrounds will be selling beer and water, and that they’ll get some revenue from food sales. Of the 1000-plus vendors that will be at the event, many are county vendors that are at the fair every year, Pierson mentioned.

Meet a Veteran: Killingly Woman Intercepted Morse Code Messages:
by norwichbulletin.com on May 19, 2017
In the service: Dayville resident Kim Anderson, 40, served as a U.S. Navy cryptologic technician from 1995-99, listening to and recording intercepted Morse code transmissions from foreign countries. Anderson, who grew up in Massachusetts, said she enlisted out of an urge to visit new places and earn money for college. She spent six months learning to quickly and accurately decode and transcribe the various dots and dashes that make up the Morse code language: “It was extremely challenging with the pace of the transmission getting faster and faster,” Anderson said. She was assigned, with a top secret clearance, to the joint service command at Kunia, Hawaii, where she spent shifts wearing oversized headsets for hours at a time. The information she caught was forwarded to analysts for further study.

Jerry Rosalius, WB9Z, Bill Moore, NC1L SK Inducted into CQ DX Hall of Fame:
by CQ Communications on May 19, 2017
(Xenia, OH - May 19, 2017) - CQ magazine today announced the induction of two new members to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, which honors those DXers who not only excel in personal performance but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways. CQ DX Editor Bob Schenck, N2OO, presented Hall of Fame plaques at an induction ceremony held at the annual Dayton DX dinner on May 19.

Ned Stearns, AA7A, Elected as Southwestern Division Vice Director:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on May 19, 2017
Edward J. "Ned" Stearns, AA7A, is the once-and-present Vice Director of the ARRL Southwestern Division. Stearns, of Scottsdale, Arizona, served earlier as Southwestern Division Vice Director in 2005-2006. He topped the field of three candidates after ballots were counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters and will succeed Marty Woll, N6VI, who decided not to run for another term after serving since 2008. Stearns took over the office upon his election.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2064 for Friday, May 19, 2017:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on May 19, 2017
The following is a QST. Germany gets a new band on a trial basis. A former amateur with a long combative history becomes a Silent Key -- and we meet two hams honored at Hamvention. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2064 comes your way right now.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #20 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on May 19, 2017
The Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic warning at 0301 UTC on May 19: "Geomagnetic conditions may rise to minor storm levels late on 19 May. Geomagnetic activity is expected to remain enhanced to active to minor storm levels with some major storm periods on 20 May. Mostly unsettled to active levels of geomagnetic activity may be expected on 21 May with the possibility of some minor storm periods on this day.


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