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W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on June 21, 2017
W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule:

Amateur Radio Field Day this Weekend on Harris Hill:
by on June 21, 2017
The Amateur Radio Association of the Southern Tier is inviting to public to see a demonstration of skill, science and public service at the Amateur Radio Field Day exercise Saturday and Sunday at Harris Hill Park in Big Flats. Amateur radio enthusiasts will operate temporary ham radio station W2ZJ at Cabin 5 next to the National Soaring Museum. There will be 24 hours of continuous operation from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday. Even with smartphones and the internet, amateur radio operators say ham radio is the best way to communicate during emergencies when cell towers and other communications infrastructure go down.

Goose Creek Mayor Proclaims Amateur Radio Week:
by on June 21, 2017
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- The City of Goose Creek has again tipped its hat to amateur radio operators in the Lowcountry. Mayor Michael Heitzler signed a proclamation at City Hall proclaiming June 19 to 25 as Amateur Radio Week in the city. The signing took place on Wednesday, June 14. The proclamation calls amateur radio a valuable tool for the city, especially for the Goose Creek Police and Fire Departments during emergencies such as a hurricane. “Amateur radio has once again proved its undisputed relevance in the modern world,” the proclamation states. According to the proclamation, in addition to its emergency operations, “Amateur radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas.”

Amateur Radio Needs Young People to Pursue Interest:
by on June 20, 2017
WEST CHESTER TWP. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WCARA) at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting is making a concerted effort to engage local youth. WCARA recently held a Kids Day on June 18 where children learned about amateur radio and got behind the microphone to talk with other children and amateur radio operators on the air. “The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Kid’s Day program is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people, introduce them to amateur radio and generate an interest in the hobby,” said WCARA club president Dennis O’Neill. “It’s important to attract young people to the hobby, as amateur radio operators provide extensive public service.” With an increasing dependency on internet-based communication systems, shortwave radio operators can help fill a communications void if those systems fail.

Ham Talk Live #70 -- Field Day Questions and Answers:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on June 20, 2017
LIVE on Thursday at 9 PM Eastern, Sean Kutzko, KX9X from ARRL will take your Field Day questions on Ham Talk Live! We'll talk a little about Field Day, but once again this year we hope to keep most of the time for YOUR questions and answers!

Whidbey Public Invited to Field Day:
by Whidbey News-Times on June 20, 2017
Whidbey Island ham radio operators will be among thousands nationwide to switch on their shortwave radios at remote locations to practice emergency communications capabilities during an annual field radio exercise on June 24-25.

Amateur Radio Operators to Participate in National Field Day:
by on June 20, 2017
Local amateur radio operators will join the Loveland Emergency Operations Center at the downtown fire station, 401 E. Fifth St., next weekend for a demonstration on volunteer emergency communication teams. Known as "ham" radio operators, volunteer emergency communicators provide backup for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies across the nation, a press release from the Loveland fire department said. On Saturday, June 24, an annual event called "Field Day" will take place in which ham radio operators nationwide set up temporary radio stations in public to show their abilities to work reliably by creating independent communications networks, the release said. The Amateur Radio Relay League's slogan is "When all else fails, Amateur Radio works," and it rings true as ham radio operators can send messages in forms without the use of phone systems, internet or other infrastructure that can be compromised during a crisis.

Radio Hobbyists Get Together at Hamfest:
by on June 20, 2017
Decades ago, Fred Raubinger had two brief conversations with Barry Goldwater. Mr. Goldwater was on his yacht in the Gulf of Mexico when they spoke. Mr. Raubinger was in Michigan with an amateur ham radio. Now an older man, Mr. Raubinger was one of the 1,000 individuals who attended Monroe County’s Hamfest on Sunday to share stories -- like his tale of talking to the five-term senator and former presidential candidate -- and knowledge with fellow amateur radio enthusiasts. Presented by the Monroe County Radio Communications Association, the festival is one of the largest annual amateur radio swap meets in the Midwest. It began in 1961 and continues to provide a space for people to buy and sell used radios, antennas, and other electronic parts. This year, attendees, who affectionately refer to themselves as “hams,” traveled from as far as New York and Wisconsin to take part in the Father’s Day radio festivities at the Monroe County Fairgrounds.

Fallbrook 'Hams' Get Ready for Field Day:
by on June 19, 2017
Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club (FARC) members and their fellow amateur radio operators (“hams”) from across the nation are getting ready for American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day, the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. A 24-hour affair in which amateur radio operators set up temporary transmitting stations in public places, Field Day 2017 begins at 11 a.m. June 24 and concludes at 11 a.m. June 25. FARC members and other local hams will use the athletic field at Frazier Elementary School (1835 Gum Tree Lane) for the event. “It’s mostly a preparedness exercise for if you had to go out and set up radios for an emergency,” said Ron Patten, vice president of FARC. “There are other social things involved, but that’s what the main premise is.” The “social things” include bonding with other hams and sharing ham radio’s science with the public as the event is open to everyone. “You don’t have to be a ham operator,” said Patten. “If you want to find out what it’s all about, you can stop by, and if you’d like, we can put you on the air.” Patten said more than a dozen clubs or groups in San Diego County will be participating in Field Day, which was established in 1933. According to the ARRL, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America will set up temporary transmitting stations. “It’s the busiest day of the year on the radio frequencies,” said Patten. “There will be wall-to-wall conversations, people calling out to make contacts on almost every ham frequency.” Field Day shows the importance of amateur radio and how it’s invaluable in terms of communications support in times of emergencies, when telephones, cell phones and the internet can become overloaded and fail, or when natural disasters take out communication equipment.

Yakima County Volunteer Radio Operators Critical to Emergency Response:
by on June 18, 2017
Jo Whitney’s interest in amateur radio was first piqued in the 1980s, when her then-boyfriend was a ham-radio operator. The boyfriend is ancient history, but she’s stuck with what’s become more than just a hobby. For the better part of 26 years, she’s been the coordinator for Yakima County’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a team of 20 ham operators who help provide communication during emergencies or at public events in Yakima County’s more remote areas. Whitney and a team were recently at Clear Lake east of White Pass providing communications for the Round Mountain Half Marathon. “It is a way to have a hobby without being self-centered,” Whitney said. ARES volunteers, and ham radios in general, are credited with playing a vital role in the county’s emergency management plans, as well as search-and-rescue operations in remote locations. Amateur radio began in the early 20th century, shortly after wireless radio technology was developed. Congress passed the first telecommunications act, the Radio Act of 1912, to bring order out of the chaos of radio operators taking up almost the entire radio spectrum. Amateur operators were given designated frequencies on which to operate and were licensed. Subsequent FCC regulations allowed for the creation of a voluntary communication network to be used in times of emergencies, which led to the formation of ARES. ARES teams consist of volunteers who use their own radio equipment and training to provide communications in emergencies. In doing so, they remain a valuable piece of the communication system.

Pinson Valley Selected for Radio Contact with International Space Station:
by on June 18, 2017
PINSON -- According to a press release by Pinson Valley High, the school has been selected by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) to make contact with astronauts the International Space Station (ISS) 2018. The school submitted a proposal that is part of a process will move into a second phase before making contact. The proposal was spearheaded by Jennifer Moore, who is an English teacher at Pinson Valley. The school was one of 13 educational organizations to move into this phase, the press release stated. Now an equipment plan will be submitted to ARISS for it to review. When it’s accepted, the school’s “availability must match radio contact opportunities that NASA can offer between January and June of 2018.” During this time ISS will be orbiting approximately 250 miles above Earth.

9th Annual 13 Colonies Special Event:
by Ken Villone (KU2US) on June 18, 2017
Again we will be celebrating July 1st to July 6th the Original 13 Colonies, our nation's independence and honoring our vets/men and women in our military. Come join in on the fun. Every year it gets bigger and better. Also joining us will be our two regular bonus stations, WM3PEN/Philadelphia and GB13COL/Durham-England.

Amateur Radio Roundtable Live Tuesday:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on June 18, 2017
This Tuesday on Amateur Radio Roundtable, we will be showing some unseen video of Hamvention 2017, Mag loop antennas, new SDRs, Dave will review the new MFJ cobweb antenna, Tom will give a 15 year history of our webcast, discuss field day plans to webcast, and much more.

Amateur Radio 'Field Day' Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service:
by on June 17, 2017
On June 24-25 amateur radio operators around the world will be dusting off their equipment and heading to the outdoors to get some fresh air. Members of the Saguaro Nights Amateur Radio Club from Arizona State University will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise in the mountains of Pine, Arizona. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. The annual field day event provides amateur “ham” radio operators the chance to test their equipment and operating skills in the great outdoors. Ham radio isn’t just about building equipment, talking to and meeting people from all around the world, it’s also about providing communications in the event of a disaster. It is said that “when all else fails… amateur radio.” When all other forms of communication fail ham radio operators can, and do, provide emergency communications for free. Field day is an excellent way to hams to practice this skill and for the public to see them in action.

SPARC Introduces Amateur Radio to Boy Scout Troop 124:
by on June 17, 2017
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- On June 5th, Dave Hackett, from the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) gave an excellent demonstration that introduced the world of Amateur (Ham) Radio to Boy Scout Troop 124 at their weekly Troop Meeting. It included a brief history of wireless communications, a presentation about how radio signals can travel great distances and how this characteristic can be used to contact other Ham Radio operators hundreds, even, thousands, of miles apart. By connecting a transceiver to his laptop, Dave was able to show the Scouts places in the continental United States, South America and Europe he contacted earlier that day. The Scouts were also given a demonstration on Morse Code, by Marvin Bronstein, and were able to use an electronic keyer.

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