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Second Ham Fined for Frequency Interference:
by on July 23, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A second ham radio operator has been busted this week for interfering with the operations of his fellow amateur radio station operators. Brian Brow of North Huntingdon, Penn, was fined $11,500 by the Federal Communications Commission for “intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification.” Ham frequencies are shared. Licensees are not allowed to monopolize them. “Deliberate interference undermines the utility of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing communications among licensed users that comply with the commission’s rules,” the FCC censure stated. “In addition, the failure to transmit call sign information disrupts the orderly administration of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing licensed users from identifying a transmission’s source. Mr. Crow was warned previously in writing by the Enforcement Bureau about causing interference to other amateur radio operators, warranting an increased penalty.” Crow was the second ham operator this week to be fined by the FCC. Michael Guernsey of Parchment, Mich., was fined $22,000 for monopolizing the ham frequency with prerecorded music and “animal sounds,” according to the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture describing his violation. Guernsey was said to be involved in a “long-standing and well-documented dispute” with fellow ham operators on the frequency.

Ham Radio Operators Help Rescue Injured Hiker:
by on July 23, 2014
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - Three ham radio operators relaying messages helped rescue a man injured on a backcountry hiking trail. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said a ham radio operator was hiking on the Fourth of July Trail in Boulder County on Monday when he found a man who had been fallen and was hurt. The ham radio operator in Boulder County contacted a second ham radio operator in Colorado Springs, who then called 911 dispatchers in Boulder County to replay the message. A third ham radio operator with the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was able to confirm the location of the hiker and his injuries. "This was a huge benefit to the rescuers," deputies said.

Ham Stations to Provide Public Service During Storms:
by tri-parishtimes on July 23, 2014
Amateur radio, or ham radio as it’s called on the inside, means a lot to those who are members of this relatively unknown club. “We hide in plain view,” said ham radio aficionado Martin Wade. “There’s only one [set of ham call letters for you] in the world. Sometimes we’re so proud of them we even put them on our tombstone.” But in the near future, ham radio could mean a lot to residents of Terrebonne and southern Lafourche parishes during times of emergency. That’s because Wade serves as the broadcast committee chairman of the Bayou Regional Amateur Radio Society. The group is slated to bring public service radio – a resource that could prove invaluable during state of emergency times – to the Houma metro area as well as a portion of southern Lafourche parish. Wade says the FCC granted the bayou region two amateur radio licenses in February to operate low-power FM signals. One station will be located in Galliano and the other will be located in Houma. According to the FCC, the antenna cannot exceed 100 feet in height and cannot transmit at a power greater than 100 watts, Wade says. The signals will broadcast roughly 10 square miles, according to Wade. “We’ll be able to cover everything out to Bayou Cane with a clear signal and everything as a far south probably about to Chauvin without any problems. It’ll pretty much cover the Houma metropolitan area, and south Lafourche we’ll be able to cover Galliano, Golden Meadow, Cut Off and possibly southern Larose with a workable signal.” The mission of the stations will be to provide community service programming in the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

Scientists Baffled as Sun Spots Disappear During Peak of Solar Activity:
by on July 23, 2014
Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active. Just a few weeks ago it was bursting with sunspots but now it seems to be going days without even developing a single dark spot. Solar physicist Tony Phillips has named it an 'All Quiet Event.' Researchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active.

FCC Issues K3VR $11,500 NAL:
by Mark Stennett (NA6M) on July 22, 2014

India's VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 22, 2014
Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft's failing technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. "Mani" Subramani, VU2WMY/KJ6LRS, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that VO-52's lithium-ion batteries had failed, and the satellite was officially decommissioned on July 21.

Hams and Uncle Sam Grow Closer:
by on July 22, 2014
It’s nice to see federal authorities taking explicit note of the role of ham radio in times of disaster, and even nicer to see the government building upon that. Amateur radio proponents have long emphasized their service’s role in emergencies and their relationships with emergency and government authorities. Now FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is part of the Department of Homeland Security, has signed a memo of understanding with the American Radio Relay League to increase their cooperation.“This agreement will allow FEMA and ARRL to work together to provide resources, services and personnel, as available, in order to strengthen capacity in areas of emergency communications, mass care and emergency assistance, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, while also raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource,” they said in a statement. Echoing a theme that Radio World readers know well, the announcement quoted FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate calling radio “one of the most resilient communications technologies we have.” He continued: “When the power is out and telecommunications are down, the amateur radio community can serve as a vital resource in support of emergency responders and survivors during a disaster.” They said their memo outlines ways in which the two organizations will cooperate to carry out their responsibilities, “with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.”

FCC Issues KZ8O $22,000 NAL:
by Mark Stennett (NA6M) on July 22, 2014
The FCC today, issued a Notice Of Apparent Liability For Forfeiture to Michael Guernsey, KZ8O, citing intentional interference and failure to identify his station. More information may be seen at:

The Inaugural Victorian D-Star Users Group Meeting:
by WIA on July 21, 2014
The inaugural Victorian D-Star users group meeting will be held at the EMDRC Clubrooms in Burwood, Saturday 2nd August from 10am. Everyone is Welcome. The first meeting will include a Skype hook up with Michael Carey VK5ZEA. Michael will be giving a presentation on "Whats new in D-Star"

HI2DX Saona Island DXpedition NA-122:
by Hotel India DX Club, Inc on July 20, 2014
Saona Island was baptized "Saona" by Christopher Columbus, who discovered it in May 1494 during his second voyage to the Americas. The name was meant "... to honor Michele da Cuneo, [Columbus'] friend from Savona.

An Engineer's Field Day:
by on July 20, 2014
First, what is Field Day? It is an amateur radio event that is part contest, part emergency preparedness exercise, and part public demonstration of amateur radio. In my opinion, it's also a lot of fun. After all, what could be better than combining camping and radio with plenty of food and drink in the company of friends? Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and is primarily a North American event. It takes place on the fourth full weekend in June. Unlike most ham radio events, this one encourages clubs and other groups to set up operation out in public locations, instead of at our home stations. The first Field Day was held in 1933, when an announcement in ARRL's QST magazine prompted several hams to operate using portable stations. This was not a trivial matter, given that these were vacuum tube radios. The event was a success, so it was repeated the following year and has been running ever since (except during World War II, when all ham activity was banned in the USA). What does it take to operate a portable ham station? The essential items for a ham station are a radio transceiver, a microphone, an antenna, a feed-line to connect the radio to the antenna, and some way to power the radio and any accessories. This doesn't seem like much, but -- like most things -- it's often easier said than done. Of course, once you have the basics, there are some other things that are really useful and nice to have, like a table and chair. Since the event lasts for 24 hours, you also need shelter, food, and lights. Now consider that, as a club, you are going to set up several stations with a number of club members, who all have their own ideas on how things should be done. The complexity increases rapidly with the number of stations and the number of members, so the challenge is to use equipment brought by a dozen people or so to put several stations on the air simultaneously.

Irving Club Teaches Ham Radio Use, Serves With Emergency Communications:
by on July 19, 2014
Dennis Riise said he first took an interest in ham radios in the early 1950s when he was in high school, because it opened up the world. “The interesting part for me,” said Riise, an Irving resident, “was that then the only way you could talk to people in other states was on a telephone -- long distance.” Riise has been working with ham radios for more than 50 years now. He operates under the call sign K5AVT and helped found the Irving Amateur Radio Club in 1955. Today, the nonprofit organization helps operators get their FCC licenses and provides communications support to the city during events and emergencies while also encouraging ham radio use. “It has a different appeal to everyone who tries it,” said club secretary Bob Alexander, call sign W5AH.

Hospital Has SPARC of Security:
by on July 19, 2014
Beaumont is ready for any kind of natural disaster: the city and the San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) have partnered to provide ham radio operations at City Hall in the event of a disaster that could interrupt communications between cities and residents. The service is now in place in the Emergency Services Department office at the civic center. Rick Cook, emergency services coordinator, said he is very pleased to be working with the amateur radio club. “They’re the backbone of communications, in my opinion,” said Cook. A Homeland Security grant was secured to buy the two radios – UHF/VF, and AF. The UHF is ultra-high; VHF is very high; and AF is high frequency. The radios are the same ones that are being used by San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital and some of the senior communities including Sun Lakes and Solera.

Woburn Ham Radio Operator Participates in D-Day Reenactment:
by on July 19, 2014
Amateur or "ham" radio operators have a long and colorful history not only in the U.S., but throughout the world, and they have played critical roles at important times. Last month, hams from throughout North America and Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day by replicating the beachhead communications of the invasion. Among the participants was Woburn resident Dennis Kenney, who is a member of the U.S. Army's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). The D-Day drill called for operators from MARS stations to reach out with short wave radio, using minimal power and simple wire antennas for transmission. As some operators did 70 years ago, Kenney experienced a problem with wire communications. When he started up his radio, he realized he could hear nothing on any of the frequencies. He tried his backup radio and still no contacts “I went out back to check on the antenna,” said Kenney, “and I saw my antenna cable burned and dangling from the tree with nothing connected to it.”

Ham Radio Crucial In Disasters, FEMA Chief Says:
by on July 19, 2014
HARTFORD -- Even in the age of smart phones and iPads, ham radio is indispensible in a disaster, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says. That's why FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed a new agreement Friday strengthening its partnership with the Newington-based American Radio Relay League. With more than 160,000 members, the ARRL is the nation's leading ham radio group. "Because you have so much technology on an every-day daily basis, you don't understand that it's not that survivable in a disaster," said Fugate, who holds a ham license. "When all else fails, we need to partner with amateur radio. We look at amateur radio as the last line of defense."

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