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Phone from Home: Salado Students Call Astronaut:
by tdtnews.com on April 22, 2018
SALADO -- “NA1SS, this is K5LBJ, over. NA1SS, this is K5LBJ, over,” 12-year-old Morgan Morreale said, and on the fourth “ring,” astronaut Scott Tingle picked up. A small group of students at Salado Intermediate School contacted the International Space Station by radio in front of an all-school assembly Tuesday morning, the culmination of a year-long science and technology program organized by teachers Colleen Gilchrest and Laura Tomlin. The students chosen to speak with Tingle, a U.S. Navy captain and engineer, read out questions that they had written followed by questions submitted by their schoolmates. “How do you all get along in space, even though there are people from all over the world, over,” Morgan asked. “We get along with a lot of patience and a lot of tolerance,” Tingle replied. “We train together ... we get to know each other and each other’s families pretty well.” Gilchrest said she first learned about Amateur Radio on the International Space Station when she and three other teachers attended a conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in February 2017.

Radio Amateur Interviewed on BBC:
by RSGB on April 22, 2018
James Patterson, M1DST -- a member of Swindon and District ARC -- was interviewed recently on BBC Wiltshire about amateur radio. He discussed whether it still has a place now we have modern technology and the internet.

British Island Waterways On the Air:
by RSGB on April 22, 2018
British Island Waterways on the Air (BIWOTA) is on the weekend 25 to 27 August 2018. The event is open to all boaters, cyclists, walkers and other users of the canals, towpaths and riverbanks for work or recreation.

Clare Ham Radio Enthusiasts Promote The Wild Atlantic Way:
by clare.fm on April 21, 2018
The Wild Atlantic Way is being promoted overseas through a unique initiative involving HAM radio enthusiasts across Clare. The project, which is funded by Clare Tourism and Clare County Council’s Community and Tourism Department, involves ham radio operators exchanging postcards depicting scenes of Clare locations along the Wild Atlantic Way with other overseas operators whom they make contact via radio and Morse code.

John Lindsey: Discovery of Radio Waves Eventually Gives Rise to Hams:
by syvnews.com on April 21, 2018
In a burst of brilliance in 1864, James Maxwell theorized that electromagnetic -- radio and light -- waves could travel through free space without the mythical “ether” or “quintessence.” A few years later, Heinrich Rudolf Hertz -- the unit of cycles per second is named for him -- was able to prove electromagnetic waves could propagate through free space, which confirmed Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism. In fact, for many years radio waves were called Hertzian waves. “Radio” is not an acronym or hyphenation but is derived from the word “radiation” or “to radiate.” Waldo Warren coined the word and it was adopted by the U.S. Navy in 1912. You see, the electromagnetic spectrum contains radio waves, microwaves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, X-rays and Gamma rays. Those are all forms of electromagnetic radiation. The waves travel in interesting ways across our sky, in outer space and even into the earth and oceans. Since the early 1900s, no other group has made a greater contribution to radio communications than our treasured amateur or so-called ham radio operators. Even though they are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, they are called amateur radio operators because the FCC has set aside certain noncommercial radio frequencies for their utilization. Amateur radio operators have a distinguished history of public service as well as emergency communications.

VK6WIA NewsWest for 22 April 2018:
by Glynn Davies (VK6FVGD) on April 20, 2018
In this Contesting edition of the news we look at upcoming contests and recent past experiences. There's a reminder for HARGfest, notifications from Ham College, the WA VHF Group, and the Broadcaster get together with the NewsWest Team, plus more.

Foundations of Amateur Radio #150:
by Onno VK6FLAB on April 20, 2018
Last week during F-troop something very interesting happened. If you're not familiar with F-troop, it's a weekly net for new and returning amateurs and every Saturday we welcome callers to the one hour net to discuss anything and everything amateur radio. It's been going for about seven or so years, about as long as I have been making this weekly contribution to the hobby.

DogparkSDR Version 1.12 Released:
by Don Agro (VE3VRW) on April 20, 2018
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 1.12 of dogparkSDR has been released. DogparkSDR is the first Native Mac client for the Flex Radio Systems Signature series SDR Radios.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #16 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 20, 2018
At 0631 UTC on April 20 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning. "Earth is currently under the influence of a high speed stream from a negative polarity equatorial coronal hole. Geomagnetic activity at Quiet to Active levels is expected and at times may reach up to Minor Storm levels if there are notable southward Bz periods.

Air Waves at the Seaside for Radio Enthusiasts:
by shropshirestar.com on April 20, 2018
Members of Telford and District Amateur Radio Society will set up a radio station on the Welsh coast to join a global celebration of the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi, who was born on April 25,1874, and is credited with the invention of radio as we know it today. Club secretary John Humphreys, call sign M0JZH, of Wellington, said: “We cannot hope to make our antennas as big as Marconi's, but this year our wire will be 80 metres end-to-end and handmade by club members which we will set up in a big field alongside the appropriately named Marconi Bungalows road in Tywyn for this Saturday, April 21.

In the Information Age, Radio Retains Its Relevance:
by echoak.com on April 20, 2018
Alaskans have ridden high on the 21st-century wave of information technology -- a dramatic tidal shift in the way we live and work. Most of us these days would feel somewhat incomplete without our iPhones, internet, cable and streaming video. But another mode of communication, radio, has stood the test of time. It is as relevant today as it was in the 1920s when the Territory of Alaska’s first commercial stations were established: KGBU in Ketchikan and KFQD in Anchorage. And as more stations came on the air in the 1940s -- KFAR in Fairbanks and KENI in Anchorage, colorful personalities began to emerge. Fairbanks’ station KFAR, for example, had two creative geniuses -- Ed Stevens and Ruben Gaines -- who simulated “live” coverage of baseball games. Their play-by-play announcing made it sound as if the coverage were live, which would have been impossible because back then there were no satellites. The pair received information about the game ahead of time by telephone and teletype. With crowd-cheering sound effects, as well as tapping a screwdriver head on a piece of board to simulate the sound of balls being hit by the bat, they made the games sound real -- pitch by pitch, inning by inning. Broadcaster Genie Chance, on what was then 550 AM KENI, remained on the air for more than 35 continuous hours following the quake, with the station running on a backup generator and a damaged transmitter. Ham radio operators across the state relayed important information for rescue coordination during the hours and days to follow. Today they continue to play a critically important role in statewide emergency response and coordination.

Today's Strange Sun: Cycle 24 Stays Weird:
by hudsonvalleyone.com on April 20, 2018
No question: The Sun has been behaving very oddly. First we had a drawn-out cycle, number 23, whose sunspot “minimum” was deeper and more free of spots than any that we’ve observed this past century. When the new cycle number 24 finally began in 2008, nearly two years behind schedule, solar experts wondered if the odd behavior would continue. “If the upcoming solar max of cycle 24 is normal or robust, and especially if an El Niño follows it two years later (as often happens), then the middle of this decade will be the hottest period since humans arrived on Earth. However, if the upcoming maximum is wimpy, as most solar researchers expect, or if the Sun is now entering an extended period of low activity with another deep minimum to follow, that is the best thing it could possibly do for us. Such a scenario would mitigate climate change. Essentially, the Sun has been buying us time.”

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #17:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 19, 2018
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by S50U, WB6Z, The Daily DX, 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 April 19, 2018
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

School's Contact with Space Station Raises Ham Radio Visibility in Alabama:
by The ARRL Letter on April 19, 2018
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact with crew member Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, was a huge success on more than one level. Fifteen students at Pinson Valley High School in Alabama had the opportunity to chat via ham radio on April 10 in a direct contact with Arnold, who was at the helm of NA1SS for his inaugural ARISS contact. Witnessing the event in the packed school auditorium was an audience of 650 invited guests and students, while the remaining 1,150 members of the student body watched from their classrooms. The event was livestreamed to all 57 schools in the district.


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