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Long Island Ham Helps Relay Messages From Hurricane Victims In Puerto Rico:
by on September 23, 2017
COPIAGUE, N.Y. (CBS NewYork) -- With Puerto Rico’s telecommunications down, frantic friends and relatives are unable to reach loved ones on the island following Hurricane Maria. Bob Meyers, of Copiague, Long Island, is trying to help. An engineering supervisor retired from CBS network news after 40 years and now a local amateur radio volunteer, Meyers is using his hobby to make a real difference. With the power grid wiped out, victims of Maria cannot receive -- but they can send out -- messages via volunteer ham radio, relaying the conversation right into Meyers’ Copiague home. “The FCC allocates frequency bands to us for use,” Meyers told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan. “Our payback for it is that we provide community service, and that’s what we love to do.” The short-wave radio messages he transcribes and delivers are emotional. Of one communication, Meyers said: “He said the place looked like an atom bomb had hit it. He said everything is down. They have no running water, so they’ve been drinking and using cisterns.” Meeting grateful families makes all the difference.

Florida Pastor Uses Ham Radio to Get Information from Puerto Rico:
by on September 23, 2017
A Florida pastor with a heart for helping is going old school to get information from Puerto Rico. An antenna coming out of his window, strung through the trees up over his house, is connecting Ian Thomas to the unreachable. Early Thursday morning, his ham radio was silent. "And by 9:30, things started jumping. And then we were talking to Puerto Rico,” he said. Many people in Central Florida, like Alexandra Ale, have family on the island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. "I was feeling like I was suffocating because my hands are tied and kind of just waiting around to hear from someone," Ale said. Thomas is taking requests from people across the United States, then doing what he can to find out through radio waves if they're all right.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #120:
by Onno VK6FLAB on September 22, 2017
You've always been taught that VHF communications are line of sight and that the height of your antenna determines how far your 2m communication might go. So if I tell you that last week I spoke with a station that was 300 kilometres away on the 2m band you might be forgiven in thinking that I had managed to climb up most of the side of Mount Everest to around 7 kilometres so I could make my line-of-sight communications 300 kilometres away.

DogparkSDR Version 1.08 Released:
by Don Agro (VE3VRW) on September 22, 2017
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 1.08 of dogparkSDR has been released.

Using Ham Radio During Natural Disasters:
by on September 22, 2017
ELKHART -- It's unlikely we'll see many strong earthquakes here. But when things like tornadoes touch down some areas have few options for contacting others. There's a group of people who can communicate despite the lack of connection. This way of communicating has been around since 1914. It doesn't need help from cell phone towers or electricity to send a message from here to other places throughout the world. Even when Mother Nature creates heavy damage this machine can send for help. One-way emergency responders communicate when the lines are down by using ham radio. "It doesn't require any external wires or antennas. We can do it all with what we pack in or what we bring in our own vehicles. Sometimes literally in backpacks,” said Goshen Amateur Radio Operator Dave Menges. Menges says they can hear damage reports from Puerto Rico through a network called Saturn. “That's a Salvation Army Network where they will put operators down there and then Health and Welfare messages can be relayed back to other countries. Particularly the United States or main land or other countries or islands. Without having to depend on a military network or something from the government to be setup,” he said.

In Devastated Dominica, 'Hams' Become Vital Communications Link:
by on September 22, 2017
When Hurricane Maria smashed into the tiny island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean earlier this week, phone service went down, virtually cutting off the island. But within hours, amateur radio operators got on the air and have been providing a vital link to the outside world ever since. Speaking to ABS Television/Radio in his first interview since Maria made landfall, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, on a visit to Antigua, said at least 15 people were dead and at least 20 others missing amid "unprecedented" destruction. Shortly before the storm struck, ham-radio enthusiasts Michelle Guenard and her husband, Brian Machesney, set up a Facebook page from their home in Craftsbury, Vt., to act as a clearinghouse for whatever information they could glean through the ham airwaves via ham operators on Dominica, many of whom they know personally. There's also a livestream of the HF radio frequency being used for the emergency network. The couple have been traveling to Dominica on and off for the past decade, where they've trained ham operators, helping get them licensed, bringing in radio equipment and getting them set up. "We know through these emergency situations that ham radio is the only way to get information when everything else goes down," Guenard tells NPR.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #38:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 21, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB0TEV, 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 September 21, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Fires Up for Maria:
by The ARRL Letter on September 21, 2017
Caribbean Island residents and the Amateur Radio community hardly had a chance to catch a breath from Hurricane Irma, as recovery operations continue, before Hurricane Maria was knocking on the door. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated September 18 on 14.325 MHz and on 7.268 MHz (after dark). The VoIP Hurricane Net activated the same day to track Hurricane Maria and its potential impact in the Caribbean. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, activated to receive weather information from both nets, while the Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) was called up on September 18 on 3.815 MHz (and/or 7.188 and 7.182 MHz as propagation dictates) to provide round-the-clock coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm's immediate wake. It has been handling health-and-welfare traffic in and out of Dominica and is accepting inquiries via e-mail. (Indicate your name and location, as well as that of the party sought).

Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active In Wake of Earthquake In Central Mexico:
by The ARRL Letter on September 21, 2017
The FMRE National Emergency Net (Red Nacional de Emergencia or RNE) activated Tuesday on 7.060 MHz following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the central Mexico state of Puebla at 1814 UTC. The epicenter was some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which also felt the temblor and suffered damage.

Reports of Hurricane Devastation On Dominica Relayed by Amateur Radio:
by The ARRL Letter on September 21, 2017
In the immediate aftermath of then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria's passage over Dominica on Monday, Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he'd gathered via repeater conversations with other hams there. The New York Times also reported and posted audio that Amateur Radio was a primary source to gather initial damage reports from the storm-ravaged Caribbean Island nation of some 70,000 residents. US-based Julian Antoine, J73JA, solicited reports via a VoIP connection with the J73MAN repeater on Dominica.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on September 21, 2017
"How High is High Enough" -- a discussion on the effects of antenna height -- is the topic of the current episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Amateur Radio Supported Hurricane Irma Response In US Virgin Islands:
by The ARRL Letter on September 21, 2017
Members of the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club supported the Hurricane Irma response at the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), utilizing 60-meter band channel 2 (5.346.5 MHz USB) to coordinate emergency communications. The club's NP2VI served as the net control station at the St. Croix Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Participants included the Virgin Islands National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, National Guard Task Forces, and VITEMA EOCs on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Puerto Rico Army MARS members also participated. FEMA posted personnel on two Navy vessels, and they worked directly with USVI amateurs via 60-meter interoperability channels.

FCC Opens 630/2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating:
by The ARRL Letter on September 21, 2017
The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission's March 29 Report and Order that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands -- 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz). Notice of the action appeared in the September 15 edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) that they plan to do so. If UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation.

HamSCI Presents Eclipse Results at ARRL-TAPR Communications Conference:
by The ARRL Letter on September 21, 2017
At the 36th annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), held September 15-17 in St. Louis, members of the HamSCI group presented preliminary evidence that the August 21 solar eclipse had a significant effect on HF propagation. The DCC is geared toward technically minded Amateur Radio operators who specialize in building and designing hardware and software to support digital communication and radio.

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