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Amateur Radio Group Hosts Event to Honor Service Men and Women:
by wane.com on May 29, 2016
“A Salute to Those Who Served,” has been held over Memorial Day weekend for 13 years, with the exception of 2015 when the group held the event on the anniversary of D-Day. The event honors military, veterans, first responders and military support groups in the area. Event creator Emery McClendon said remembering what these men and women sacrificed for our country is important. “They risked their lives, they gave all they have and their families missed them so much when they were deployed,” McClendon said. The event also featured two speakers, one who served in World War II and another who served in the Afghan and Iraq wars. Members of the Washington Township Fire Department attended the event at Praise Lutheran Church, where they brought two of their vehicles to hang an American flag in the air.

Volunteer Recognized for His Service with Emergency Planning:
by herald-dispatch.com on May 29, 2016
Take retired nurse Fred Herr, for example. After retirement, he was looking for an organization to volunteer his time and he found the Cabell-Huntington Health Department and Wayne County Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps. "It was just a good fit," Herr said. It was such a good fit Herr was named the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer of the Year. Herr has been a volunteer with the Cabell-Wayne MRC for more than nine years assisting with flu clinics, ham radio operations, emergency drills, the emergency operations center and shelter planning. He is also a member of the Cabell-Wayne Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to provide expertise in ham radio operations and emergency communications. Karen Hall-Dundas, MRC coordinator, said Herr has been a valuable resource to the volunteers and the health department. "His expert knowledge in communications has made him our go-to volunteer for ham radios and interoperable radios," Hall-Dundas said. "Fred and his wife Melanie always answer our call outs and drills even when they are in another country. We couldn't do it without great volunteers like Fred." Herr began working with ham radios as a hobby before he was married, but his interest was heightened when he realized the benefits they can have for public health in emergencies. "That's been one of its premises since the early beginnings," Herr said. "Even in our regulations in states, it can be used for emergency communications when other routes fail. It really started with (Hurricane) Katrina in 2005, they realized all these systems that the government builds and all the cell phone systems are subject to failure, whether natural or manmade. Amateur radio has the ability to become a back-up for communications and the health department picked up on that."

Tracking Storms with Kansas City Storm Spotters:
by kshb.com on May 29, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When severe weather strikes, volunteers like Justin Gann, the storm spotter team lead for Independence, are prepared to keep us safe. Spotters are not storm chasers. Instead, spotters help assist in everything from being the eyes and ears on the ground to helping alert the National Weather Service of potential severe weather. Not only do spotters monitor everything from live radar to weather chats, but they also use ham radios to communicate.

Ham College 17 is Released:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on May 28, 2016
Professor Thomas and Dean Martin present part two of our look at the Digital Modes and more Technician questions. VOIP. Ohm's Law questions.

Amateur Radio Newsline 2013 EXTRA!
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on May 28, 2016
Amateur Radio Newsline 2013 EXTRA! Don Wilbanks (AE5DW) interviews former Young Ham of the Year for 1998, Richard Paczkowski (KF4BIA) in this EXTRA!

Summer (15) Advanced Ham Radio Star:
by lisburntoday.co.uk on May 28, 2016
A local teenager has become Northern Ireland’s youngest ham radio advanced licensee. Fifteen-year-old Summer McCormick passed the advanced radio exam earlier this month. The Moira girl, a pupil at St Patricks Academy, Lisburn, passed her foundation exam at the age of just 12. A year or so later, a 13-year-old Summer successfully completed her intermediate exam, including a practical test in building circuits. Of her latest achievement, her proud parents said: “She spent whole weekends and evenings revising for it and her hard work paid off.” Summer’s main radio club is Lisburn-based Lagan Valley Amateur Radio Society.

Bengal: Climbers to Double Up as Ham Radio Experts:
by hindustantimes.com on May 28, 2016
The first batch of mountaineers from Bengal would soon get licences to operate HAM radios, giving a fillip to search operations on the killer peaks. The first licence was issued on Wednesday while another 22 will be given in the next few days. After months of training, 27 mountaineers appeared for an examination for HAM radio licence at Sodepur High School in North 24-Parganas. Twenty three passed the test and their licences will get licences soon. Dipankar Ghosh, one of Bengal’s well-known mountaineers who scaled 30 Himalayan peaks including Mt Everest, is also among those who cleared the test. This comes at a time when the state is shocked by Everest climbers going missing on way to the summit. “This may be the first licence issued to a mountaineer,” Ambarish Nag Biswas, secretary of secretary West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur club), told HT. He trained all the mountaineers before the test.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2013, May 27, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on May 27, 2016
The following is a QST. Dayton 2016 is done - and we share some moments in a special report. Girl Scouts join the pack - the Amateur Radio Patch pack, that is. In England, a World War II wireless station gets official protection. And we hear from our 1998 Young Ham of the Year Award winner. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2013 coming your way right now.

Exhibit at Palmer Museum is Rare, Global:
by yorknewstimes.com on May 27, 2016
YORK -- Sixty years of amateur radio enthusiasm is well and fully documented in a new exhibit at the Anna Bemis Palmer Museum in downtown York. This year local resident Bob Weiler donated the collection of his father’s six decades as a ham radio operator. Leo S. Weiler (1904-1982) accumulated QSL cards from 96 countries, each one sent back to confirm successful radio communications from the Hastings native. Museum curator Kent Bedient and his staff put together a towering exhibit of Leo Weiler’s cards, photos and awards for display behind interior windows where they will remain until mid-June. Bedient said Weiler got the ham radio bug as a 17-year-old and had it “until he died.” He explained that QSL cards (the letters, apparently, do not represent any particular words) were used by ham radio operators to confirm receipt of Weiler’s communications.

Framingham Radio Club Losing Home:
by metrowestdailynews.com on May 27, 2016
Today’s article “Museum must vacate home,” (May 24) relating to the Danforth Museum “scrambling to find space,” could describe us as well. We are the Framingham Amateur Radio Association (FARA), and we have been in the Danforth Building for a long time. Like the museum, we have been told that we must vacate by September due to the unaffordable cost of repairs to the building’s heating system. We are an active club of amateur (or “ham”) radio operators. Each member has a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, which permits us to use various radio frequencies. At the Danforth, we have a complete radio station which allows world-wide communications. FARA has provided many important local services over the years. For example, we maintain emergency communications capability in case of disasters such as floods, tornados, or terrorism. During the Boston Marathon bombing, we provided emergency radio assistance to authorities. We have taught years of radio classes and regularly give FCC license tests.

Fitting In at Hamvention:
by xeniagazette.com on May 27, 2016
For example, someone walking around a cattle ranch in Birkenstocks and shorts might seem incredibly out of place. Is it weird to be wearing this kind of apparel or just so because of the location? It really depends on the observer. Case in point. This past weekend I attended my very first “Hamvention;” the massive amateur radio convention held in Dayton, Ohio each spring. Hamvention, which is a registered trademark by the way, has for many years been the world’s largest amateur radio event dating back to 1952. It’s organized and sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) and draws thousands each year to attend workshops, learn about new technologies and shop the hundreds of vendors selling everything from antennas to software. I was raised around the CB radio, but never really exposed to the culture surrounding “ham” users. Incidentally, the term “ham” is a derivative of the colloquial name for an amateur radio operator. Unlike citizen band (CB) radio, amateur radio requires an FCC license and operates on a different set of frequencies and power guidelines. Each operator is assigned an alphanumeric call sign that become a kind of personal nickname in the ham circle. I admit some trepidation about attending, even though the adventure was my idea. My hesitation was mostly due to the shadowy reputation ham operators have for being made up mostly of the off-your-rocker survivalist, who walks around with a bag full of canned beans, a shotgun, and a ham radio and 15 foot antenna sticking out of his backpack. With no first-hand experience, it all seemed a bit bizarre.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #22 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on May 27, 2016
Solar indices pulled back this week, when average sunspot number was 25.3 for the May 19 to 25 period, down 38.8 points from the previous week's average of 64.1. Likewise, average daily solar flux over the same period was 97, down 3.4 points from the previous week's average of 100.4. Planetary A index average was 7.1, down 2.8 points from 9.9, and average daily mid-latitude A index was 7, down 3.9 points from 10.9.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #22:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on May 26, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by CO3JK, G3VOF, K1ZZ, 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 May 26, 2016
This Week In Radiosport:

Hamvention 2016 Youth Activities a Hit -- and HF Too!
by The ARRL Letter on May 26, 2016
Hamvention 2016 had a lot to offer the next generation of radio amateurs. ARRL's first Youth Rally on Saturday, May 21, attracted a full house of attendees, and some Hamvention visitors observed that younger radio amateurs and potential licensees seemed in greater profusion this year than in the past. Guiding the day-long Youth Rally activities were ARRL volunteer educator Tommy Gober, N5DUX, and his wife Jennifer, KE5LNK. Tommy Gober said the Youth Rally fed off energy generated during the earlier Hamvention Youth Forum, led for the 29th year by Carole Perry, WB2MGP, and featuring such young speakers as 17-year-olds Maria Lysandrou, KD9BUS, and Kelsey Seymour, K3LSY, speaking on a range of topics.


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