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Prince Edward Island Man Set to Compete in World Radio Team Championships:
by theguardian.pe.ca on July 11, 2014
MONTICELLO -- When the snow is howling around his north shore property, Jeff Briggs grabs a coffee, heads for his shack and talks to the world. Tucked away in his shorefront basement here, Briggs brings the world to his door with an amateur radio set up that can reach every corner of the globe. A wall covered in power amplifiers and radio frequency tuners are connected to a bank of computers and lights. “It’s something I’ve been doing since I was 10,” says the transplanted American who, with his wife, now calls the Island his home. “You can learn so much from talking to others.” And with about two-million-plus amateur radio operators around the world, there’s no shortage of chatter on the line.

Competition Keeps North Hills Amateur Radio Club Talking:
by triblive.com on July 11, 2014
With a handheld antenna and small radio transmitter, members of the North Hills Amateur Radio Club attempted to contact astronauts more than 200 miles above the Earth's surface. Club members' transmissions to astronauts stationed at the International Space Station were part of the American Radio Relay League's Field Day, a 24-hour event and competition in which amateur licensed radio operators test their equipment and skills to contact other radio operators. The club participated in this year's event, on June 28 and 29, on the grounds surrounding Parkwood United Presbyterian Church in Hampton Township, where the group meets. Members strung wires and antennas into trees to set up three high-frequency stations, which include an antenna and radio, and one digital-mode high-frequency station, in which messages are sent through computer systems that turn keystrokes into audio tones. They all ran on battery power and generators.

ARNewsline Report 1926 -- July 11 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on July 11, 2014
The following is a QST. The Hawaii to mainland US opens on VHF just after the 4th of July weekend; UKube-1 ham radio satellite successfully launched; a whole new set of amateur radio regulations to be introduced in Thailand; Hurricane Watch nets activate for Hurricane Arthur; a United States lightship is the 300th registrant for International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend and a look at the recent HAM RADIO convention in Germany. All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1926 coming your way right now.

Waldo County Hams Well-Equipped, Skilled In Emergency Communications:
by bangordailynews.com on July 11, 2014
MILBRIDGE, Maine -- Should a major disaster strike midcoast or other parts of Maine rendering normal communications inoperable or degraded, there is a cadre of “amateur” radio operators that can respond and fill in the gap until the communications crisis is over.

Norwell One of 16 Sites for World Radiosport Team Championship:
by norwell.wickedlocal.com on July 11, 2014
The World Radiosport Team Championship brings together top amateur – or Ham – radio operators from around the world to see who can contact the most stations in a 24-hour period. Sixteen New England communities, including the Norwell section of Wompatuck State Park, were selected as operating sites for the world’s premier amateur radio competition, which takes place July 9-14. The World Radiosport Team Championship brings together top amateur – or Ham – radio operators from around the world to see who can contact the most stations in a 24-hour period.

Amateur Radio Club Attracts Tech Experts:
by emissourian.com on July 11, 2014
The Pacific digital amateur radio club is turning the city into a high-tech mecca, attracting a stream of technology experts and computer gurus, who also are hams, to use the club’s digital repeater, which is still in the process of being installed. Until recently, amateur radio operators, or hams, used analog radios and self-installed towers and repeaters to access radio waves. Now, digital amateur radio allows hams to reach the radio waves through their laptop and desktop computers using new, sophisticated digital technology that some hams are scrambling to learn. But Internet technology (IT) directors, network programmers, software developers and network broadcasters grasp the technology and are joining the Pacific club to help launch amateur radio into the digital age. The club now has 22 members, including a corporate pilot, a commercial tower developer, an IT director, a commercial webpage builder and network manager -- all hams who are making the transition to digital amateur radio.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #28:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 10, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by IK1QBT, the Weekly 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 July 10, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Campaign Underway to Promote Co-Sponsorship of 'Amateur Radio Parity Act':
by The ARRL Letter on July 10, 2014
A grassroots effort is underway to encourage radio amateurs to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The measure, introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25, calls on the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation" three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas.

ARRL FEMA to Sign Memorandum of Agreement at National Centennial Convention
by The ARRL Letter on July 10, 2014
The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the ARRL National Centennial Convention, taking place July 17-19 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

ARRL Great Lakes Division Leadership Changes:
by The ARRL Letter on July 10, 2014
The leadership of the ARRL Great Lakes Division has changed. Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, announced his retirement from the ARRL Board of Directors, effective on July 7.

FCC Alleges OR Amateur Interfered with Others, Aired Music, Failed to ID:
by The ARRL Letter on July 10, 2014
In a Notice of Violation (NoV) released June 5, the FCC has alleged that Thomas Ryan Price, W7WL, of Sweet Home, Oregon, caused malicious interference to other radio communications on 3908 kHz, transmitted music on the same frequency, and failed to properly identify.

The IARU HF Championship and WRTC-2014!
by The ARRL Letter on July 10, 2014
This weekend, July 12-13, will present the sort of operating opportunity that comes along only about as often as leap year -- the IARU HF Championship and World Radiosport Team Championship 2014 (WRTC-2014).

FCC Turns Away Petition to Allow Non-Certificated Transmitters on GMRS:
by The ARRL Letter on July 10, 2014
The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making (PRM) filed by a Florida radio amateur that sought to permit hams who also hold General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) licenses to operate on GMRS channels with transmitters that have not been certificated for GMRS use, provided the transmitter meets GMRS technical standards.

Hurricane Watch Net Shuts Down After 21 Hours of Activation:
by The ARRL Letter on July 10, 2014
The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) wrapped up operations around midday on July 5 for Hurricane Arthur -- by then a tropical cyclone -- headed out over the Canadian Maritimes.


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