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New IARU Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Named:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 23, 2018
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Executive Committee has named Dennis Stice, WI5V, of Oklahoma City, as the new HF Beacon Coordinator for the region. Former Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Bill Hayes, WJ5O, stepped down on January 19, after 10 years in that position.

Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Will Expand DXCC List:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 23, 2018
The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC Rules, when it met January 19-20. Section II, Subsection 1 of the DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection (d): The entity has a separate IARU member society and is included on the US State Department Independent States in the World.

Schofield Radio Club Hits New High:
by aikenstandard.com on January 23, 2018
Schofield Middle School's Amateur Radio Club upped it frequency again. The club, which has placed first in national ham radio competitions against much larger schools, reached a new milestone Thursday. Four members of the club, called the Ram Ham Radio Club after the school's mascot, passed their FCC test and earned their FCC Tech Licenses. For their hard work, Andrew Guerry, Anna Matson, Lance Rolka and Piper Woodward received a new radio and a certificate from the club's sponsor, the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club. “It's quite an accomplishment because this is the largest number of students that we've had to pass and have gotten their technology licenses,” said Richard Nelson, the club's faculty sponsor who teaches keyboarding and computer applications. “Without the help, too, of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club and their volunteers, who are called our Elmers, we would not be able to do this. So I'm very proud of our students and their hard work.”

UI Sophomore Reaching for the Stars -- and Getting There:
by now.uiowa.edu on January 23, 2018
Hannah Gulick grew up wanting to be a writer. Then, while taking a project-based class during her sophomore year of high school in Spirit Lake, Iowa, she discovered astronomy. “I was put in the gym with a star dome and told to learn the constellations and about nebulas and asteroids,” the University of Iowa sophomore says. “Then I took a college astronomy course through Iowa Lakes Community College and thought I could definitely see myself doing this and being able to benefit the field.” The University of Iowa sophomore has wasted no time in making her mark not only on the UI campus, but on our galaxy and beyond. Before the end of her second year at the UI, two satellites on which she has worked will have been launched into space. In addition to those and other research projects, she also traveled to Norway in January 2018 to attend a five-day intensive “rocket school,” in which she and another undergraduate student learned how to design and build an instrument and successfully operate the instrument on a rocket after it has been launched. “Phil (Kaaret) mentioned that we should get certified in ham radio, and we were all like, ‘Sure,’ but no one did, except Hannah,” LaRocca says. “She said, ‘I’ll get this app and study and take the test.’ Now she’s certified.” Having an amateur radio operator license is coming in handy on another satellite project: the HERCI instrument on the Fox-1D CubeSat, which was launched Jan. 11, 2018, on an Indian rocket. Kaaret says Gulick will use ham radio at the UI’s ground control station on the roof of Van Allen Hall to receive and analyze data from the satellite. She also may command the satellite.

Frequency Check: Is Your UAS FCC Compliant?
by jdsupra.com on January 23, 2018
The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) (sometimes, though unusually inaccurately, called “drones”). The integration of UASs into the national airspace continues to be an area of major attention for the FAA and industry proponents. While the FAA naturally plays a crucial role in this process, UASs by definition, are unmanned. As such, it is equally critical that UAS manufacturers ensure compliance with all applicable requirements of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC), as evidenced by the FCC’s recent civil penalty imposed against Lumenier Holdco LLC (f/k/a FPV Manual LLC) (“Lumenier”). Lumenier sold a series of UASs that were marketed purportedly as constituting Amateur Radio equipment. Generally speaking, equipment that is for amateur use is typically exempt from FCC certification requirements. The problem, however, was that many of Lumenier’s UASs did not operate on approved frequencies and operated on frequency bands reserved for federal aviation navigation and communication (amongst other unapproved bands). Further, even some of UASs that operated in approved frequencies still used unauthorized transmitters which exceeded the authorized power limit (1 watt) for model aircraft.

Amateur Radio Operators Gather for Hamfest:
by nbc-2.com on January 22, 2018
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Amateur radio vendors and operators gathered this weekend to discuss evolving technical aspects of the field that help with emergency backup communications. The Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club hosted the event. While it's a hobby for many, amateur radio communications can be essential in times of need when other communications systems go down. The Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club was deployed during Hurricane Irma to support emergency communications with Lee County departments.

Friendship Comes Calling for Blind Ham Radio Operator on Christmas:
by kcci.com on January 22, 2018
Born blind, Robert Ranney has countless friends he can reach over his ham radio, but he spent the past 20 Christmases alone. That changed this year. In the video above, his new friend describes how he helped her fill a void, as well.

Vancouver Island Ham Radio Ops Now Better Equipped to Help in an Emergency:
by campbellrivermirror.com on January 21, 2018
Amateur radio operators helping with emergency communication all over the Island are now better equipped to do so -- and will soon also have additional infrastructure in place to also make the best use of it. Shaun Koopman, protective services coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District, says the installation of a “digital node” up on Mount Washington will add a huge amount of capacity and integration within the communications system should there be an emergency in our region. Paul Peters, chair of the Mid-Island Emergency Radio Coordination Team, which has been overseeing the implementation of this and other communications initiatives, agrees with Koopman, saying the key to amateur radio operators being able to best be of help in an emergency response situation is two-fold: interoperability and standardization.

24-Hour Field Event is Next Weekend:
by kdhnews.com on January 21, 2018
Radio waves will be crackling for 24 hours Jan. 27-28 as amateur radio enthusiasts couple with area agencies for the Emergency Management Winter Field Day. Gary Young, Copperas Cove deputy fire chief and emergency management coordinator, outlined the event as a simulated disaster, where there is a communication failure. “The ham radio operators will be tasked with establishing a communication medium and maintaining it for 24 hours.”

Schofield Radio Club Hits New High:
by aikenstandard.com on January 20, 2018
Schofield Middle School's Amateur Radio Club upped it frequency again. The club, which has placed first in national ham radio competitions against much larger schools, reached a new milestone Thursday. Four members of the club, called the Ram Ham Radio Club after the school's mascot, passed their FCC test and earned their FCC Tech Licenses. For their hard work, Andrew Guerry, Anna Matson, Lance Rolka and Piper Woodward received a new radio and a certificate from the club's sponsor, the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club. “It's quite an accomplishment because this is the largest number of students that we've had to pass and have gotten their technology licenses,” said Richard Nelson, the club's faculty sponsor who teaches keyboarding and computer applications. “Without the help, too, of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club and their volunteers, who are called our Elmers, we would not be able to do this. So I'm very proud of our students and their hard work.”

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #03 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 19, 2018
It was a quiet week in space weather (January 11-17) with 0 sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only slightly. Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7. Seems counter-intuitive that sunspot and solar flux would move in opposite directions, but these are all very low numbers anyway, and any change is slight. Also, there are no sunspot numbers between 0 and 10 due to the arcane and somewhat confusing way they are counted. The number gets 10 points for each sunspot group, and one point for each sunspot in those groups. Therefore the minimum possible sunspot number if there is any sunspot activity is 11.

Candidates Complete Their Amateur Radio Training in Leigh:
by leightimes.co.uk on January 19, 2018
THREE candidates traveled from Brighton and East London to complete their amateur radio training in Leigh. Sarah, Chris and Alkesh joined local amateur radio group Essex Ham at the Leigh Community Center in Elm Road, to complete the tests required to allow them to get an amateur radio license and be able to send messages around the world.

Preserving a 45-Year Record of Sunspots:
by eos.org on January 19, 2018
In 1964, the late solar researcher Patrick McIntosh launched an ambitious effort to track sunspots -- relatively cool, dark blotches on the Sun caused by disturbances in the star’s magnetic field. He traced sunspots and other solar surface features from daily photographs, creating a map of the full Sun approximately every 27 days. This led to important advances in the prediction of solar flares and helped to reveal the large-scale organization of the Sun’s magnetic field. Now scientists are working to preserve and digitize McIntosh’s project, a uniquely consistent record of solar activity over 45 years. The Sun’s magnetic field is driven by the interior flow of hot plasma, or electrified gas, which creates a magnetic generator called a dynamo. McIntosh’s records showed that the location and number of sunspots and filaments -- huge arcs of dense plasma that appear as dark lines on the Sun’s surface -- are indicators of just how this dynamo works. By carefully documenting the position and number of sunspots over time, for example, McIntosh’s record illustrated how the Sun’s entire magnetic field flips polarity every 11 years. The number of visible sunspots helps researchers predict this flip: When the Sun emits more X-ray and ultraviolet radiation, a period called the solar maximum, the number of sunspots peaks. When solar activity dwindles during the solar minimum, sunspots dwindle. McIntosh’s maps were unique for also tracking the position of filaments and other features that also change as the magnetic field evolves, drifting poleward or toward the Sun’s equator at different stages of the solar cycle.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #03:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 18, 2018
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, 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 January 18, 2018
Just Ahead In Radiosport:


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