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Blind Man Reaches World Audience Through Radio:
by on March 21, 2018
“There’s nothing you can’t do.” That’s the message a Welland resident hoped to convey when he set out to write VA3DV: Vincent’s Diary, a book about his life. Vince Dellemonache, is a 78-year-old blind man born in Penne, Italy, and raised in a farm house containing his parents, sister, grandparents and aunt. He and his family emigrated to Canada when he was 12. Suffering from retinis pigmentosa did not keep him from leading a happy, normal life. He and his wife Mary have been married nearly 52 years and together they had three children – Anthony, Mauro and Angela. Dellemonache taught himself to clean, do laundry and cook to care for his daughter Angela while his wife was away working. Angela was severely disabled from birth and did not speak. Under her father’s care, she miraculously learned to walk. Angela passed away five years ago; she was 46. Dellemonache became interested in amateur radio and obtained a certificate of proficiency in 1982. Through radio frequencies, Dellemonache connected with people around the globe. “I’ve got friends all over,” he said. In 2005 he founded HandiHam Radio, a club that educated and equipped people with disabilities with computers and Ham radio equipment so they, too, could connect with the world around them.

'Rogue' Sunspots Spoil Chances for Long-Term Space Weather Forecasting:
by on March 21, 2018
The number of solar spots and eruptive phenomena connected to them show cyclical variations with a mean period of 11 years. The strength of these solar cycles, however, varies considerably. We know about periods in the past, called Grand Minima, when no sunspots were observable for decades. This was also the case during the Maunder Minimum in the second half of the 17th century, which thought to be associated with the “Little Ice Age.” On the other hand, we observed a period of very strong cycles, known as Modern Maximum at the end of the last century. The currently-ongoing Cycle 24 is breaking this series with an amplitude much lower than the typical values during Modern Maximum. Forecasting these long-term, cycle-to-cycle variations is the Holy Grail of solar dynamo theory, the discipline studying the origin of solar activity. In recent years, our understanding of the driving mechanisms of the solar dynamo has developed significantly, however, sadly, the new results also pointed out the limits of predicting the properties of the upcoming solar cycle.

Ham Talk Live #107 -- CW Ops:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on March 20, 2018
Thursday (3/22) at 9 PM Eastern time on Ham Talk Live!, Rob Brownstein, K6RB will be here to take your questions about the CW Operators' Club! CW Ops supports many morse code initiatives, such as CW Academy for learning the code, CW contests, and online resources.

Ogden (W9CZ) Named High Desert's 'Ham of the Year':
by on March 20, 2018
BEND, Ore. - The High Desert Amateur Radio Group (HIDARG) has announced its annual "Ham of the Year" award for 2017. John Ogden, of Bend, received the award at a recent meeting. Each year, the Board of Directors selects a recipient for this special award. They look for a ham who has been crucial to the success of our local ham community. The recipient is a person who has shown a dedication to ham radio that exceeds all expectations over a long period of time. Ogden was born in Portland and has been a ham radio operator for 75 years. He holds an "Extra Class" license which is the highest level attainable as a ham. His call sign is W9CZ. His interest in electronics began when he was 8 years old. He started building devices out of parts. By the time he got to high school, he had already built receivers and transmitters. He had to wait several years to get his first ham license because during WWII, the government would not issue ham radio licenses.

First Individual Amateurs in Tunisia:
by RSGB on March 19, 2018
The first individually-licenced amateurs in Tunisia are now able to get on the air. Of the 10 people who passed the first exam, five were able to attend a special ceremony to receive their documents personally. President of the National Frequencies Agency, Ashraf Chaabane and the amateur radio committee president Mehdi Hmem spoke about the hard work of all involved.

Nearly 100K QSOs for Z60A:
by RSGB on March 19, 2018
Before shutting down on 12 March 2018, Z60A in Kosovo had logged 98,450 contacts during its celebratory operations to hand out a new one to the madding crowd. The 30-day-long initial activation of the newest DXCC entity encountered 30,541 individual call signs in 174 DXCC entities.

Australia Hosts International Spectrum Meeting:
by WIA on March 18, 2018
In preparation for the World Radio Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) there are a number of preparatory meetings that are undertaken. One of these in the Asia Pacific Region is the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Preparatory Group. This is the third of five regional summits in the lead-up to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) WRC. The Australian Government is hosting this meeting in Perth from 12 - 16 March 2018 and is expected to attract more than 350 radiocommunication leaders from over 25 Asia-Pacific countries.

New Exhibition at Bletchley Park:
by RSGB on March 18, 2018
Opening on 24 March 2018, a new, permanent exhibition at Bletchley Park will tell the story of the Bombe machines that helped break the Enigma code in the actual location that housed the machines.

630M Group Playing WSQ2 in VK and ZL:
by WIA on March 17, 2018
Recently the 630metre group has been very active on a new mode called WSQ2. This mode was developed by Murray Greenman ZL1BPU/ZL1EE and Con Wassilieff ZL2AFP/ZL2EE. After these two experienced some frustration with the weak signal non-QSO WSPR mode and slow QSO modes like Jason, they decided to create their own that was fast enough for QSO functionality. Enter WSQ or Weak Signal QSO mode – it uses Incremental Frequency Keying (IFK), making it moderately drift-proof and easy to tune. It has no error correction and even though it’s baud rate is slower than Jason each symbol carries more information. It is equivalent of typing about 5 wpm.

Scanner Group Hopes to Equip Citizen Patrols with Radios:
by on March 17, 2018
The moderator of a Facebook group focused on local crime is seeking donations from its members to outfit a volunteer neighborhood watch program with radios. Jackson County Scanner Group administrator and co-owner Ryan Mallory is seeking about $4,000 from donors for radio equipment that will be used by the Scanner Group’s Citizens Patrol, a group of screened volunteers. Citizens Patrol members are already on the streets keeping tabs on their own neighborhoods and 73 crime-ridden areas, then relaying suspicious activity to police. “Watch and report -- that’s all we do,” Mallory said. Currently the 150 invitation-only patrol volunteers are “working by cellphone,” Mallory said, collaborating with a combination of Facebook messages and a smartphone GPS app. Mallory said he’d like to move to a radio system similar to what trucking companies use, citing volunteer safety. “We need to keep our eyes up,” Mallory said. “We don’t want people tempted to use their phone while they’re driving.” Volunteers uncomfortable or unable to patrol who “have great minds that want to participate” could take notes as dispatchers, he added. Toward that end, Mallory plans to install a radio repeater on a volunteer’s property on Manor Hill, with the help of a team that includes three ham radio operators, a former electronics engineer, metal fabricators and database experts.

Mysterious Anomaly: the Sun Without a Single Stain for 37 Days:
by on March 17, 2018
The scientists noted that for thirty-seven days in the Sun no spots. The last time this occurred in 2009. This year is likely to be significant because the solar minimum has already exceeded two times the standard duration. How many more bodies will not activity? As a rule, at the end of one solar cycle lasts for eleven years, the activity of the main star is reduced to a minimum, but in our case this period was delayed. Most likely, the anomaly is related to the weakening of the solar wind and its magnetic field.

AmateurLogic.TV Episode 115 is Here:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on March 16, 2018
AmateurLogic.TV Episode 115 is now available for download. Tommy, George and Emile visit the 2018 Acadiana Hamfest in Rayne, LA. Good food, good friends and good times in South Louisiana. We visit with vendors and attendees to find out what makes this event so special. Emile teaches Tommy and George the proper way to eat Crawfish.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #11 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on March 16, 2018
No sunspots were observed between March 2 and March 15. One sunspot made a brief appearance on March 2, after a blank sun on March 1. Average daily sunspot number dropped from 1.6 to zero this week, and average daily solar flux rose fractionally from 67.6 to 67.7. We'll be watching the latest sunspot appearance to see if it is as fleeting as the March 2 sunspot.

John Moyle Memorial Field Day:
by WIA on March 16, 2018
Denis VK4AE, WIA coordinator for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day 2018 reminds us that next weekend is the Field Day -Saturday the 17th to Sunday 18th March, 2018, the duration of the contest will be from UTC 0100 Saturday to 0059 on Sunday. The aim of the field day contest is to encourage familiarisation with portable operation and to provide training for operations in emergency situations. During the contest the field (portable) stations appreciate the support from home stations. However, in order to make the whole event a lot fairer, those field (portable) stations actually take part in effectively a separate event to home stations. In this way home stations are not given an unfair advantage, when compared the portable stations that do not have the advantages of a permanent antenna installation, mains power and the comfort of operating from their own home QTH. Home stations are single operator stations and Club Stations operating from their club premises are not operating portable. Last year we had a number of club stations wanting to claim portable operation from the clubrooms as it was likely to be raining during the contest and they were not keen to actually operate portable. In addition, there were club stations who felt that operating in the local caravan park using mains power was also ‘portable’ operation. Of course, none of these club stations were operated according to the rules or to the spirit of the contest. No matter how you plan to take part in the contest, after the activity is all over and the radio equipment has been packed away, there is one task that must be completed by all stations. They must submit their log for the contest for the validation of those contacts for the other stations.

RAYNET Active in Extreme Weather:
by RSGB on March 16, 2018
RAYNET groups around the country were activated during the heavy snowfall last weekend. Cardiff and District RAYNET were called in to assist with the transportation of key personnel, such as community care workers, as well as assisting stranded motorists to reach safety. Lothian and Fife RAYNET groups provided a communications net for the local 4×4 response group, passing over 800 messages during their 65 hours of continuous operation. Glasgow and Clyde RAYNET assisted Scotserve, a voluntary medical response group, who were transferring staff to and from the children’s hospital in Glasgow, by giving them updates on local road conditions.

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