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New Wave of Amateur Radio:
by news.videonews.us on August 29, 2016
DX radio stations were used many decades ago. Though DX could hardly be called a hobby and served for various purposes, DX was a popular activity before and after the First World War. Amateur radio has actually witnessed its several revivals, new developments and other defining points in its history. The United States were the very place with the highest rate of interest to a new type of communication with people in different parts of the world. Later this activity started gaining huge popularity and appeared to be the main hobby in many other countries for a long period of time. However, it was the US-based first ever ham to perform long-distance contacts. American operators were also the first to introduce short-wave band operation as well as various other types to transmit various signals.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on August 28, 2016
Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation August 31, 2016:

Indian Floods Keep Hams Busy:
by WIA on August 28, 2016
The recent flooding in India triggered by monsoonal rains has a death toll of 300 and forcing many villages to flee to higher ground. National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in India, Jayu Bhide VU2JAU reports that in the eastern region Ambrish VU2JFA, Dutta VU2TTC and their team are busy in providing necessary communication in North Pargana.

Spotter Volunteers Relay Key Information to Weather, Emergency Officials:
by emergencymgmt.com on August 27, 2016
(TNS) -- Steve Nardin noticed the weather starting to look "pretty ugly" before 6 p.m. Wednesday. When the Fort Wayne man turned on his scanner set to ham radio signals and then his own ham radio, they crackled with reports about the storm moving through the Fort Wayne area. Someone asked if anyone could get eyes on the storm near Indiana 37 and Interstate 469. Nardin, who lives nearby, went out to take a look. "I've never seen such menacing-looking clouds," he said. "They were very black." Nardin, a ham radio operator, relayed the information to Jay Farlow, a local leader among ham radio operators who are National Weather Service-trained SKYWARN spotters. Farlow quickly sent the information to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in North Webster, which serves the Fort Wayne area, for use in issuing storm warnings and storm tracking.

Fine Business, Good Buddy: Amateur Radio for Truckers:
by hackaday.com on August 27, 2016
Summer is the season for family road trips here in the US, and my family took to the open road in a big way this year. We pulled off a cross-country relocation, from Connecticut to Idaho. Five days on the road means a lot of pit stops, and we got to see a lot of truck stops and consequently, a lot of long-haul truckers. I got to thinking about their unique lifestyle and tried to imagine myself doing that job. I wondered what I’d do hour after long hour, alone in the cab of my truck. I figured that I’d probably just end up listening to a lot of audio books, but then I realized that there’s a perfect hobby for the road -- ham radio. So I decided to see how ham radio is used by truckers, and mull over how a truck driver version of me might practice The World’s Best Hobby.

Foundations of Amateur Radio #64:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on August 26, 2016
These pesky radio waves keep changing, bouncing around, reflecting, refracting, doing unexpected things, did I mention gravity? This week some tips on how to keep your signal getting from your antenna to their antenna and how not to hold a hand-held radio.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #35 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 26, 2016
Solar activity over the past week (August 18 to 24) was down compared to the previous week, with average daily sunspot number declining from 73.9 to 33.9, and average daily solar flux from 89.2 to 79.6. Average planetary A index increased from 6.9 to 9.7, while the mid-latitude number rose from 7.4 to 8.7.

Satellite Dish, Restored by Princeton Scientists, Becomes Teaching Tool:
by princeton.edu on August 26, 2016
In its heyday, the towering metal satellite dish located about three miles from the Jersey Shore's boardwalks hosted its share of historical moments: It tracked the flights of some of America's first space launches, and in 1960 it collected the first images beamed to Earth from an orbiting weather satellite. The feat was considered so amazing that the photos were rushed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, ushering in the era of modern weather forecasting. After a decade of scanning the skies, however, the dish fell into disuse and became immobilized by rust while weeds grew up around the base and wasps nested in its crevices. There it sat until four years ago when two Princeton University scientists set out to restore the dish as a way to bring students -- both from the University and local communities -- closer to outer space. This spring, the now-functional satellite receiver hosted about 20 Princeton students from an undergraduate physics class who learned how to receive radio signals not just from orbiting satellites but also from astrophysical objects such as dying stars. The dish has also hosted scores of amateur radio enthusiasts and is open to the public each Wednesday and on weekends, when visitors can watch as the massive dish sweeps the sky.

Drumlins Amateur Radio Club Participates In Lighthouse Communications:
by waynepost.com on August 26, 2016
The Drumlins Amateur Radio Club of Wayne County recently participated in the 18th annual International Lighthouse Lightship at Sodus Point Lighthouse. Drumlins amateur radio operators, often called ham operators, set up equipment near the lighthouse and joined fellow hams operating from over 500 lighthouses in 40 different countries during the weekend. There were a number of radio contacts with other participants using Morse code, digital and radio phone communications. A dozen Drumlins radio operators participated throughout the weekend.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2026, August 26, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on August 26, 2016
The following is a QST. Hams respond once more to raging fires in California. Three companies plead guilty in a global investigation into electronics price-fixing. We also hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Young Ham of the Year in a special report from the Huntsville Hamfest. All of this coming your way in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2026.

How To Watch Frequency Online:
by exstreamist.com on August 26, 2016
What happens when you combine a ham radio during with a lightning storm? The answer to the question is you start receiving broadcast frequencies from the past. Frequency is a fascinating tale of altering time but without time travel and the repercussions it may have. As the story goes Raimy Sullivan in 2016 is an NYPD detective mourning who has an almost perfect life until the mysterious ham radio in her garage suddenly turns on and starts receiving signals sent out by her father i.e. Frank Sullivan from the past. CW also throws in a serial killer for good measure just to keep things interesting. However, the main story is about how the connection between the father in the past and the grown-up daughter in the present start to change history!

Radio Interference Wreaks Havoc In Evanston:
by news-gazette.com on August 26, 2016
Concerning interference, here's a reader contribution taken from the website of the American Radio Relay League, a respected consortium of ham-radio operators, that reads like something out of "The Twilight Zone." "Police in Evanston contacted the ARRL Lab, after an apparent interference source began plaguing wireless vehicle key fobs, cellphones and other wireless electronics. Key-fob owners could not open or start their vehicles remotely until their vehicles were towed at least a block away, nor were they able to call for help on their cellphones when problems occurred. The police turned to ARRL for help after striking out with the FCC, which told them it considered key-fob malfunctions an automaker problem, although the interference was affecting not just key fobs but cellphones -- a licensed radio service. "ARRL Lab EMC Specialist Mike Gruber feels the FCC should have paid more attention: 'This situation is indicative of what can happen as a result of insufficient FCC enforcement, especially with regard to electrical noise and noncompliant consumer devices.' "Evanston authorities worried that a serious situation could develop if people were unable to call 911, putting public safety at risk. They also were concerned that the RFI (radio-frequency interference) could be intentional and indicate some nefarious or illegal activity. Given the seriousness of this situation, Gruber asked ARRL Central Division Director Kermit Carlson to look into the matter.

HF-Powered Drone Antenna:
by hackaday.com on August 25, 2016
Amateur radio has a couple of sweet allocations in the VHF bands, but because the signals don’t reflect off the ionosphere like shortwave signals, the use is limited basically to line-of-sight. One workaround is to use a repeater with a tall antenna, but that requires a lot of infrastructure or a mountainside lair. What if you could just fly your antenna up in a drone? Well, for starters, you’d run out of batteries pretty quickly unless you could power it remotely. And if you try to tether it, the supply wires end up being too heavy to lift. Or do they?!?!

Online Ham Radio Sale Triggers Terror Alarm:
by timesofindia.indiatimes.com on August 25, 2016
KOLKATA: Police and veteran ham radio operators in Kolkata are worried over the unrestricted online sale of these amateur radio sets, which can be used to tune into any frequency for unmonitored communication. Kolkata Police is particularly wary of the sets being used by northeast-based terror outfits and even Islamic State modules in neighbouring Bangladesh. While ham radio frequency is between 144 MHz and 146 MHz, some of the sets being sold over online retail platforms like Amazon India, eBay and ShopYourWorld have a much wider frequency spectrum that can be exploited by terror modules to communicate with each other. Cops in the state have received intelligence alerts about ham sets being used by the militant group Kamtapur Liberation Organization, which has a presence in north Bengal. The Chinese ham radio sets being sold online have a frequency spectrum of 136 MHz to 174 MHz that covers weather satellites, amateur ham, police and marine. Sets with such powerful transmitting capacity in the wrong hands make the country vulnerable to subversive activities, says Indranil Majumdar, licensed amateur radio operator and an electronics engineer. Frequency is allocated globally as per the International Frequency Alloca tion Plan released by the International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, to which India is a signatory. India then decides which frequencies it will allot to whom through the National Frequency Allocation Plan. "The radio sets being sold online are called Ham radio sets because these wireless gadgets are pre-programmed to transmit and receive voice communication over frequencies designated for Ham operators. But they can easily be re-programmed to transmit and receive voice messages on other frequencies," warned Arya Ghosh, former secretary of Bengal Amateur Radio Society and member of American Radio Relay League.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #35:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 25, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HL4CCM, K9HZ, 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.


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