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Ham Radio Operators Have a Busy Day:
by on November 23, 2017
It was a great day for local Ham Radio enthusiasts, with plenty to do, plenty of people to share their craft with, and plenty of time on the air talking with people around the world. For the 60th year in a row, Ham Radio operators around the world were joined by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts in the 60th anniversary of Jamboree on the Air. Locally, the event happened in conjunction with the Logandale Fall Festival. Members of the Moapa Valley Amateur Radio club set up their own equipment and a booth on the lawn at the fairgrounds. They invited scouts and others to join them in talking to other Scouts around the world. The Scouts worked in partnership with a licensed operator who taught them what to say and a little bit about amateur radio.

30 Years Later, Notorious 'Max Headroom Incident' Remains a Mystery:
by on November 23, 2017
It was Nov. 22, 1987 -- a Sunday night -- and “Doctor Who” fans had just settled in to watch a rerun of the episode “Horror at Fang Rock.” Suddenly, the Doctor was replaced by Max Headroom -- not the 1980s comedy character Max Headroom, but a guy in a mask ranting through garbled audio. The WTTW signal had been hijacked. “As it went on it got stranger and stranger,” remembers “Doctor Who” fan Gary Zielinski. Indeed, toward the end of the 90-second signal, the imposter exposed his bare bottom to an accomplice who spanked him with a fly swatter. The next morning, WTTW engineers tried to figure out what had happened, and how. WTTW broadcast engineer Al Skierkewicz said they knew the culprit had to be someone with pretty sophisticated technical knowledge. “It had to be a broadcast engineer, a satellite engineer, or a ham radio operator,” he said. “And probably a combination of at least two of those in order to pull this off.”

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #47:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 22, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by W2GD, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Ham Radio Coming to PCHS:
by on November 22, 2017
You could feel the excitement in the room as Pocahontas County High School students gathered recently to learn about an exciting project being launched at their school. Eight Rivers Ham Radio Club members Rudy Marrujo, Jan Cozart and Lee Wolfe visited PCHS where they were met by a large group of bright-eyed and anxious students who want to learn more about becoming ham radio operators. Amateur (ham) radio is a medium by which people can communicate on specific frequency ranges designated by the FCC for personal, hobby, educational/training and emergency purposes. During the demonstration, students were given the opportunity to handle the equipment and were eager to ask questions. The program is the brainchild of Jean Srodes, who works with students in Pocahontas County. Srodes came up with the idea of bringing ham radio to the school while exploring STEM activities. Her idea for a student-operated ham radio base was presented to the Eight Rivers Ham Radio Club, and club members were immediately on board to purchase equipment and to establish a radio base at the school. Although this is primarily a STEM Club activity, the opportunity is open to all interested students. “The response to this was overwhelming,” Srodes said.

Ham Radio Operators Assist With Puerto Rico Recovery:
by on November 22, 2017
Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico residents are struggling to recover. Power has not been fully restored, and fresh water and other supplies are still hard to come by. In the days immediately after the storm, a southern Illinoisan decided to lend his help -- in connecting others who could lend a hand. Taylor Vessel of WSIU’s River Region Evening Edition reports on Tim Maloney's trip.

Amateur Radio Service Helps Fight Hunger:
by on November 21, 2017
The Portage County Amateur Radio Service, a local Ham Radio Club, is giving back to the community with a donation to the Center of Hope in Ravenna. The Amelia DiGirolamo Center of Hope is dedicated to enhancing the nutrition of low-income people in Portage County, where local food pantries are not present. Hot meals are offered at no cost five days a week and are typically served to between 75 and 100 individuals each day. Groceries are available monthly through the Christian Cupboard. Opportunities for socialization, cooking classes and referral services are also offered. Outgoing PCARS President Rick Kruis, K8CAV, said he’s “honored to be a part of an organization as giving as the members of PCARS are.” Incoming PCARS President Jim Wilson, AC8NT, said that “continuing to serve our community will be an important function of PCARS as we move into 2018.”

Ham Radio Operators Vital if Disaster Strikes:
by on November 21, 2017
If disaster strikes, emergency officials say we will likely be reliant on a growing network of amateur radio operators. Mark Sheppard with the Seattle Department of Emergency Management says we've learned a lot since the Nisqually Earthquake in 2001. And today, the backup communication system is much more robust. "It's not just the radio, it’s the people," he said. "We have a team of people who have been through emergency preparedness training and learned how to communicate in emergencies under pressure."

Michigan Section Manager Appointment Begins on January 1:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 20, 2017
Jim Kvochick, K8JK, of Brighton, Michigan, has been appointed as Michigan Section Manager for the first half of next year. His appointment will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue through June 30. Kvochick was appointed by ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, in consultation with ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and outgoing Michigan Section Manager Larry Camp, WB8R. Camp, who has served as SM since 2012, intends to step down from the volunteer position on December 31, when his term of office concludes.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched Successfully, Designated AO-91:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 20, 2017
The latest CubeSat in the Fox series - RadFxSat (Fox-1B) - launched November 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Delta II vehicle lifted off at 0948 UTC.

Ballots Counted in 2017 Director, Vice Director Elections:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 20, 2017
The votes are in, and the ballots have been tallied at ARRL Headquarters in contested Director and Vice Director elections.

Ham Radio Devotees Unite:
by on November 20, 2017
Sherri Williams and her five siblings all earned ham radio licenses as young adults. It was dad's hobby ... and his orders. In his mind, a driver's license and an amateur radio license were almost a package deal. This was 30 or 40 years ago, well before every teen carried a cellphone. “We all had radios in our cars, and we talked back and forth for safety,” Williams said. “Being in Oklahoma, there were always ice storms, and we were always in the ditch.” Safety is just one of the reasons ham radio operators fall in love with the hobby. Some get a thrill from talking to people halfway around the world. Others like the technical challenges. The 45th annual Hamfest and Computer Expo this weekend in Memorial Coliseum's Expo I and II appeals to each of those aspects and more. More than 125 vendors have booths, selling every sort of wire, plug, switch and adapter imaginable.

Santa Claus is Getting Saginaw Children's Wish Lists the Old Fashion Way:
by on November 19, 2017
In today’s electronic social media world, children are probably sending their wish list to Santa Claus by text or email. Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association President Mike Dougherty says this weekend the clock is being turned back to the mid-1800s, with telegrapher Jim Wades sending hundreds of messages by telegraph from the Saginaw Children’s Zoo. The messages are going to Wades’ fellow ham radio operator in Fairbanks, Alaska, who will then take them to the North Pole.

Solar Minimum Surprisingly Constant:
by on November 19, 2017
Using more than a half-century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences in the maximums of the cycles. In Japan, continuous four-frequency solar microwave observations (1, 2, 3.75 and 9.4 GHz) began in 1957 at the Toyokawa Branch of the Research Institute of Atmospherics, Nagoya University. In 1994, the telescopes were relocated to NAOJ Nobeyama Campus, where they have continued observations up to the present. A research group led by Masumi Shimojo, assistant professor at NAOJ Chile Observatory, including members from Nagoya University, Kyoto University, and Ibaraki University, analyzed the more than 60 years of solar microwave data from these telescopes. They found that microwave intensities and spectra at the minimums of the latest five cycles were the same every time. In contrast, during the periods of maximum solar activity, both the intensity and spectrum varied from cycle to cycle.

WIA: Amateur Licensee Numbers Remain Stagnant, Sustained by Churn:
by WIA on November 18, 2017
Recent amateur licence statistics reveal a small growth over the past year, restoring licensee numbers close to where we were over a decade ago. It seems that those leaving the hobby and those becoming silent keys are being replaced by both new licensees and lapsed licensees returning to the hobby in significant numbers. This "churn" has driven up amateur licence numbers slightly this past year and seems to have maintained them, with some small variation, over the years since 2006. Peeling back the layers of the onion of amateur licensing statistics reveals an intriguing picture. If we start with the latest annual report of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), released in October, it reveals total amateur licence numbers grew a mere 15 to 15,144 to June 2017. That number includes beacons, repeaters, clubs and those amateurs with multiple call signs. Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Statistician, Marc Hillman VK3OHM, has trawled through the ACMA licence register and found that the total number of individual amateurs was 14,009, an increase of 175 from 2016. Although not statistically significant, it’s a move in the right direction. That was achieved despite the ACMA reporting a fall in assessments. Over July 2016 to June 2017, the ACMA report records a total of 486 Foundation, Standard and Advanced assessments conducted by the WIA, which is well down on the 1271 held in the previous year. So, although assessments declined sharply, amateur licences increased.

Scouts Participate in World's Largest Scouting Event:
by on November 18, 2017
Area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts recently participated in the 60th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air at Russell Woods Forest Preserve in Genoa. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and ham radio operators around the world, nation and in their own community. It takes place annually the third weekend in October. The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2016 JOTA had about 13 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries. Four Cub Scouts (Webelos) from Pack 339 of United Methodist Church of Waterman, and Pack 173 of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, enjoyed communicating with Scouts from other units in the region on a ham radio station specifically set up for their use.

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