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Santa Claus is Getting Saginaw Children's Wish Lists the Old Fashion Way:
by on November 19, 2017
In today’s electronic social media world, children are probably sending their wish list to Santa Claus by text or email. Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association President Mike Dougherty says this weekend the clock is being turned back to the mid-1800s, with telegrapher Jim Wades sending hundreds of messages by telegraph from the Saginaw Children’s Zoo. The messages are going to Wades’ fellow ham radio operator in Fairbanks, Alaska, who will then take them to the North Pole.

Solar Minimum Surprisingly Constant:
by on November 19, 2017
Using more than a half-century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences in the maximums of the cycles. In Japan, continuous four-frequency solar microwave observations (1, 2, 3.75 and 9.4 GHz) began in 1957 at the Toyokawa Branch of the Research Institute of Atmospherics, Nagoya University. In 1994, the telescopes were relocated to NAOJ Nobeyama Campus, where they have continued observations up to the present. A research group led by Masumi Shimojo, assistant professor at NAOJ Chile Observatory, including members from Nagoya University, Kyoto University, and Ibaraki University, analyzed the more than 60 years of solar microwave data from these telescopes. They found that microwave intensities and spectra at the minimums of the latest five cycles were the same every time. In contrast, during the periods of maximum solar activity, both the intensity and spectrum varied from cycle to cycle.

WIA: Amateur Licensee Numbers Remain Stagnant, Sustained by Churn:
by WIA on November 18, 2017
Recent amateur licence statistics reveal a small growth over the past year, restoring licensee numbers close to where we were over a decade ago. It seems that those leaving the hobby and those becoming silent keys are being replaced by both new licensees and lapsed licensees returning to the hobby in significant numbers. This "churn" has driven up amateur licence numbers slightly this past year and seems to have maintained them, with some small variation, over the years since 2006. Peeling back the layers of the onion of amateur licensing statistics reveals an intriguing picture. If we start with the latest annual report of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), released in October, it reveals total amateur licence numbers grew a mere 15 to 15,144 to June 2017. That number includes beacons, repeaters, clubs and those amateurs with multiple call signs. Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Statistician, Marc Hillman VK3OHM, has trawled through the ACMA licence register and found that the total number of individual amateurs was 14,009, an increase of 175 from 2016. Although not statistically significant, it’s a move in the right direction. That was achieved despite the ACMA reporting a fall in assessments. Over July 2016 to June 2017, the ACMA report records a total of 486 Foundation, Standard and Advanced assessments conducted by the WIA, which is well down on the 1271 held in the previous year. So, although assessments declined sharply, amateur licences increased.

Scouts Participate in World's Largest Scouting Event:
by on November 18, 2017
Area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts recently participated in the 60th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air at Russell Woods Forest Preserve in Genoa. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and ham radio operators around the world, nation and in their own community. It takes place annually the third weekend in October. The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2016 JOTA had about 13 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries. Four Cub Scouts (Webelos) from Pack 339 of United Methodist Church of Waterman, and Pack 173 of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, enjoyed communicating with Scouts from other units in the region on a ham radio station specifically set up for their use.

Martin F. Jue on Amateur Radio Roundtable:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on November 18, 2017
Tuesday November 21 8 PM Central join Martin F. Jue and Tom Medlin for a night of ham radio. We go back 60 years in ham radio. We talk about first shacks, rigs, antennas, etc. Martin will answer viewers questions. Let's see what Katie Allen WY7YL is up to.

Captain Dave KI4THY Phone Patch Honors Veterans for Veterans Day:
by Steve Cseh (KC6KNL) on November 18, 2017
Last Friday, November 10, Captain Dave KI4THY, honored Veterans for Veterans Day via 3rd Party Traffic Phone Patch by calling VFW Posts in South Korea, Japan, and Guam and thanking them for their Service.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #46 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 17, 2017
Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday. In this week's bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from 0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8 to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.

MSU Club Fosters World-Wide Communication with Century Old Hobby:
by on November 17, 2017
For the next few days, WKAR reporters are sharing how technology built or tested here in Michigan may change our lives. But some of the most useful technology for modern day communication is over a century old. WKAR's Karel Vega visited a dedicated group on Michigan State University’s campus devoted to ham radio.

Amateur Radio Association Seeking Broadcasters:
by on November 17, 2017
Mike Swiader is President of the Amateur Radio Association of Newton County. The organization has been in existence for six months and now has a 501c3 status as a non-profit. And it is currently looking for grants for repeaters it needs to install off of a local water tower near Rensselaer. If everything goes according to plan for Swiader and his team of broadcasters, he will soon be teaching locals how to become certified in the unique service of amateur radio, often referred to as “ham radio.”

Hurricane-Battered Arecibo Telescope Will Keep Studying the Skies:
by on November 17, 2017
After years of financial uncertainty and weeks of hardship caused by Hurricane Maria, staff at the legendary Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico were relieved to find out Thursday that their telescope will remain operational. For about a decade, the National Science Foundation, which owns the observatory and supplies about two-thirds of its $12 million budget, had been mulling downsizing or even shuttering the telescope to free up funds for other projects. Instead, the NSF will continue scientific operations at the facility in collaboration with an unnamed partner organization, according to a Record of Decision signed this week. Given the high demand for fuel on the island, though, the dish is operating in lower-power mode, without the function that lets astronomers aim the telescope at different areas of the sky. But the first priority is the well-being of people in Puerto Rico, not astronomy. According to the journal Science, observatory staff volunteered their services, communicating via ham radio and handing out water in Maria's aftermath. The observatory's generators, storage space and fresh water from its well have also been shared with surrounding communities.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 16, 2017
The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, ''due to a range safety hold and high upper-level winds,'' ULA said in a tweet. The launch had to be put off on November 6 due to a faulty battery on the booster.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #46:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 16, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA3B, AJ9C, 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 November 16, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

US Court Of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames V. ARRL Case:
by The ARRL Letter on November 16, 2017
A defamation lawsuit filed by former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joseph Ames, W3JY, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, against ARRL and several of its officers and Board members was dismissed with prejudice by the United States District Court in Philadelphia in December 2016.

International Grid Chase Will Allow Use of 630 and 2200 Meters:
by The ARRL Letter on November 16, 2017
ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, has clarified that the new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL International Grid Chase. The year-long operating event begins on January 1, 2018 at 0000 UTC (New Year's Eve in US time zones). The object is to work stations in as many Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and radio amateurs around the world are encouraged to take part. Contacts made on the 60-meter band will not be eligible for award credit, however.

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