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Prepare for IOTA Next Weekend:
by RSGB on July 23, 2016
The flagship RSGB HF event of the month is the IOTA Contest, which takes place for 24 hours over the weekend of 30 to 31 July. Every one who lives anywhere in the British Isles lives on an island, so every one will be in demand that weekend. Exchange a signal report, serial number and your IOTA reference. Mainland Britain is EU-005, mainland Ireland is EU-115, while smaller islands have differing references.

Turkish Amateur Radio Status:
by RSGB on July 23, 2016
There have been conflicting reports over the state of amateur radio licences in Turkey. Early reports indicated that the airwaves had gone silent after the Turkish President had revoked 3,213 amateur licences along with those of more than 20 TV and radio broadcasters. Then it was reported that restrictions against radio and TV operations had not yet affected that nation’s amateur licensees.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #30 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 22, 2016
All solar indices rose over the past week, and geomagnetic indicators were lower. Average daily solar flux rose from the previous seven days at 52.6 to 58.1, and average daily sunspot numbers rose from 91.6 to 103.6. Average daily planetary A index went from 15.7 to 10.6 and average daily mid-latitude A index changed from 14.1 to 11.1.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2021, July 22, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on July 22, 2016
The following is a QST. Concern surfaces over amateur radio licenses in Turkey the wake of the failed coup in that nation. Australian authorities crack down on an unlicensed FM broadcaster. The editor of DXCoffee ham radio magazine is hospitalized following an accident -- and we have an update on Colorado's Hayden Pass Fire. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2021 coming your way right now.

The Original Social Network:
by bayweekly.com on July 22, 2016
On a sunny Saturday morning in late June, in a field overlooking the Patuxent River in Lusby, men assembling two 25- and 30-foot steel towers, section by section. Atop the shorter tower is a contraption that looks like an upside-down umbrella. What in the world is going on here? It’s the Calvert Amateur Radio Association (CARA, call sign K3CAL), preparing for Field Day 2016. Field Day is an annual exercise, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, to promote emergency preparedness. Hams, as they’re known, could be a contraction of amateur. On the last full weekend in June, amateur radio clubs from all over the U.S. and Canada compete to see who can make the most contacts with other ham radio operators. They work in makeshift conditions as they might in the aftermath of a natural disaster or national emergency. Amateur radio operators communicate using affordable and highly portable equipment. They are able to exchange emergency messages without using high-tech infrastructure such as satellites, internet, fiber optics or the electric power grid. Because power requirements are very low, about the same as a light bulb, ham radio stations can be run off a generator or even a solar power array. Amateur radio is still up and running “when all else fails,” as enthusiasts are fond of saying.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #30:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 21, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.

This Week In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
This Week In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Plays Key Role In Major FEMA Earthquake Disaster Exercise:
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
Amateur Radio played a major role in meeting the objectives of the June 6-10 Cascadia Rising 2016 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exercise in the Pacific Northwest. In the exercise scenario, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and consequent tsunami has struck the Pacific Northwest, causing a blackout of all conventional communication channels -- a natural opening for Amateur Radio to step in. ARES/RACES organizations in Oregon and Washington were heavily involved, and ARRL Headquarters was also in the loop. Upward of 500 Amateur Radio volunteers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho took part in the exercise. Success of the exercise depended in large part on Amateur Radio point-to-point communication.

Future FAA Rules Could Affect Some Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structures
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
Yet-to-be-developed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stemming from the recent passage in Congress of H.R. 636, the FAA Reauthorization Act, could pose additional marking requirements for a small number of Amateur Radio towers. The bill instructs the FAA to enact rules similar to state-level statutes now in place that are aimed at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorological evaluation towers (METs) set up in rural areas.

ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, Steps Down:
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
Saying it was time that the ARRL Central Division had younger leadership, Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, of Saint Charles, Illinois, has resigned from the League's Board of Directors. He has been succeeded by Vice Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, of Batavia, Illinois.

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, Appointed Central Division Vice Director:
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as Central Division Vice Director. He succeeds Kermit Carlson, W9XA, who became the Division's Director upon the resignation of Dick Isely, W9GIG, on July 16. Luetzelschwab said he plans to bring lots of energy to the job and to be visible to Central Division members.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
"HF Propagation" is the topic of the current (July 14) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

The National Parks On the Air Update:
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
The ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program now has more than one-half million contacts resulting from nearly 9000 activations of NPS units in 2016! As we've just crossed the halfway point of NPOTA, we hope to reach 1 million contacts by the end of the year.

Pikes Peak ARES Supports Pikes Peak International Hill Climb:
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
In late June, members of the Pikes Peak Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Region 2, District 2 team ("Pikes Peak ARES") supported the 100th anniversary running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb -- "The Race to the Clouds" -- the second-oldest motorsport event in the US (right behind the Indy 500). One hundred vehicles attempt the course, from a starting point of 9390 feet above sea level to the 14,110 foot summit. A good run is less than 10 minutes, although two made it in less than 9 minutes this year.

Amateur 47 GHz Allocation Avoids 5G Juggernaut in the US for Now:
by The ARRL Letter on July 21, 2016
There's good news regarding the future of Amateur Radio's primary allocation at 47 GHz in the US. Still a test bed for point-to-point propagation experimentation by dedicated enthusiasts, the 47-47.2 GHz band is among those under consideration at the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) to accommodate so-called 5G wireless broadband devices.


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