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NatGeoTV and Ham Radio for New Mars Series:
by Mike (N2MG) on October 25, 2016
Shot in Ellenville, NY, "Before Mars" is the story of twin Korean teenage girls who move to a new town with their military mom. Hana, a bit of a nerd, finds a ham radio and with the help of an Elmer, makes contact with the ISS.

Ham 2 Last:
by on October 25, 2016
After days of toil, Biswas and his team found out the location of the radio communications to be Basirhat area in North 24 Parganas and Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas. "Such communications take place at night and the source is the bordering Indo-Bangla areas," he said. The Ham or amateur radio operators are under the Union Ministry of Communications and are licenced card holders to conduct such communication under specific radio frequencies. When asked how he found the communications suspicious, Biswas said during 2002-03 too he had overhead such communication and later on police after tracking the signals had arrested six extremists from Gangasagar in South 24 Parganas. "At that point of time too I had overheard such suspicious conversation in coded language. I had approached the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, who instructed police officials to get in touch with me. After tracking those signals, police arrested six extremists from Gangasagar," he said.

Suspicious Signals Spark Fear of Extremists, Ham Radio Ops Now 24×7:
by on October 24, 2016
Alarmed over the incident, the operators informed the Centre following which they were called to an international monitoring centre (Radio) and asked to track the signals. Suspicious signals in coded Bengali and Urdu languages along the India-Bangladesh border in past few months have raised suspicion over extremists using this unconventional mode of communication, prompting authorities to deploy Ham radio operators on round-the-clock duty. The incident first came into light in June after amateur Ham radio operators picked suspicious radio signals and unauthorised radio communications in coded Bengali and Urdu in Basirhat and Sunderbans region. Alarmed over the incident, the operators informed the Centre following which they were called to an international monitoring centre (Radio) and asked to track the signals. A team of 23 Ham radio operators are now on round-the-clock duty trying to track the exact location of radio signals. “The incident is highly suspicious and threat to security. Because whenever we tried to converse with them, they have stopped talking. Again after certain point of time they start their communication in coded Bengali and Urdu language,” said Ambarish Nag Biswas, secretary of Bengal Amateur Radio Club. “Those who were communicating on the radio frequencies had a distinct Bangladeshi accent. I alerted my radio club members and they too received such conversations. This kind of communication started in June and was going on till Durga Puja,” he told PTI. Biswas said after the incident came into fore they had written to the Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, highlighting the strange signals and the suspicious mode of coded communication.

Amateur Radio Station to Mark NRA's 145th Birthday:
by on October 24, 2016
Attention all Hams! The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, Arizona -- broadcasting from the Gunsite Academy’s 2,000-acre campus north of Prescott -- will operate a special event station Nov. 17, 2016, to help celebrate the NRA’s 145th birthday. The call sign will be K7NRA, an FCC-licensed radio station. Operations will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) and will be available on the following amateur frequencies: 7.250, 14.050, 14.250 and 21.335 MHz.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on October 24, 2016
Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

Amateur Radio Operators Ham Things Up in Maricopa:
by on October 23, 2016
MARICOPA -- Amateur radio operators from around Arizona are gathering in the town of Maricopa this weekend, celebrating a time before internet and cellphones. The Casa Valley Dispatch reports that the American Radio Relay League's state convention was in its second and final day Saturday of presentations, tower climbing and the launch of a high-altitude balloon that will help with future radio communications. The event, known as Copafest, brings amateur ham radio operators from all over the state. Participants can see vendor exhibits with manufacturers of radio, electronics and other technology.

NASA Scientists Study Solar Activity:
by on October 23, 2016
Ten years ago, on Oct. 25, NASA launched twin satellites into orbit, giving them the first 360-degree view of the sun at one time. Called the 'STEREO' probes, these spacecraft have helped scientists better understand how the sun affects earth and the rest of the solar system. NASA is particularly interested in solar storms, known as coronal mass ejections, which occur as flares or eruptions on the surface of the sun. These storms can travel through space, and even affect life and technology here on earth. While the new probe will give scientists the closest view of the sun yet, the information gained will be combined with other missions to help better understand solar storms.

Scouting Around: Murphy Scouts Connect With World At Jamboree:
by on October 22, 2016
Murphy Boy Scout Troop 400 and Cub Scout Pack 400 met at Konehete Park on Friday afternoon for Jamboree on the Air, a worldwide weekend-long event that gives children in all forms of Scouting the opportunity to connect via amateur radio. To help the local Cubs and Scouts, ham radio operators Phil Rifice, Dick Leineke, Kevin Heyboer and Charlie Earl brought their equipment and taught the boys about the equipment, even coaching them with what to say. “CQ, CQ, CQ -- that means calling all stations,” Leineke said to a group of Cubs. As they stayed quiet and listened, he explained they next had to see if anyone calls back. “That’s how amateur radio works.” Ken Koch, the Murphy Cubmaster, said learning about amateur radio is important for his Cubs and the older Scouts to learn because it is vital for communication, especially in natural disasters, like flooding in the eastern part of the state. “A lot of these people have made their hobby a communication effort,” he said. However, that wasn’t the only reason the event was important. “It was important to me because it was something we’ve never, ever done, and, No. 2, because we can talk to Scouts all over the world,” Koch said. “We’re opening up the world to them.”

ACMA Reports Increased New Radio Amateurs:
by WIA on October 22, 2016
The Wireless Institute of Australia which provides the ACMA services had 1,271 exams, made 1,119 callsign recommendations, and issued certificates of proficiency. In a break-down table, the ACMA reports an increase in new licences all amateur grades being issued in the 12 month period. These were the Foundation Licence at 397, Standard Licence Standard 108, and the Advance Licence at 89, with an overall increase of 45. The ACMA had a fall of 77 amateur licences on issue to 15,065 at June 2016, but reports a trend that each type of its 153,000 apparatus licences also declined in the last two years. The timing of the WIA reporting period produces some variation when compared to ACMA licence numbers, and is mostly due to some problems with the new computerised SPECTRA licence database system. Also there have been those who qualify through an assessment, obtain a WIA callsign recommendation, but have not been Granted an ACMA amateur station licence, due to non-payment of the invoice.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest, 23 October 2016:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on October 22, 2016
In the news this week we focus on radio nets with updates about the Shaver's Net, F-troop, the Southern Cross DX net, WICEN, the Australian Satellite Net and many others.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- Episode 72:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on October 22, 2016
Why do amateurs keep banging on about their antenna? What is there to learn that can't be described in the first 30 seconds of your on- air adventure?

ARISS Radio Failure Prompts Shift to Russian Service Module Ham Gear:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 21, 2016
The VHF handheld transceiver that the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has used to connect students worldwide with astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) for more than 16 years has begun to display an error message and is unusable at this time. While the ARISS technical team evaluates the best path to restore operation from the ISS Columbus module, ARISS contacts will be supported using the Kenwood radio in the Russian Service Module.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #43 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 21, 2016
Over the past reporting week (October 13-19) compared to the previous seven days average daily sunspot number declined from 55 to 31, while average daily solar flux dropped from 101.9 to 83.4.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2034, October 21, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on October 21, 2016
The following is a QST. Colorado wildfires keep hams vigilant. Three deaths shake the global radio community -- and schoolkids enjoy a radio roundup! All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2034 comes your way now.

MacLoggerDX Version 6.05 Released:
by Don Agro (VE3VRW) on October 21, 2016
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.05 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

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