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Amateur Radio Operators Gather for Hamfest:
by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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:

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire:
by The ARRL Letter on January 18, 2018
ARRL's chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to President Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help guide the organization.

ARRL Board Of Directors to Meet:
by The ARRL Letter on January 18, 2018
The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut. The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice President, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as to the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, has announced that he will retire on March 2. The Board will evaluate and determine the next steps to take in a search for his replacement when it meets this week.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on January 18, 2018
"Antenna Wire" is the topic of the latest (January 18) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day:
by The ARRL Letter on January 18, 2018
Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will host a group that will take part in Winter Field Day later this month. Sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), Winter Field Day will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be an opportune time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June.

Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92
by The ARRL Letter on January 18, 2018
Right on schedule on January 12, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched, taking AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat and 30 other satellites on board toward a sun-synchronous orbit. By 27 minutes into the flight, confirmation came that all nanosatellites had been deployed. Fox-1D was in orbit!

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