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Speaking to People Worldwide:
by on February 21, 2018
Dylan Krueger, 11, demonstrates how he can speak to people from around the world. He is studying to become a Ham Radio Operator, but until he gets licensed to speak on the Ham Radios, he is communicating with people around the world via HamSphere. Below, Krueger has two antennas coming out of his bedroom window which are attached to Ham Radios.

Telegraph Centre Cardwell at Queensland Celebrates World Radio Day:
by WIA on February 21, 2018
Far North Queensland radio amateurs will be assisting at the Bush Telegraph Centre, which is run by the Cassowary Coast Shire Council, on Tuesday 13 February. In the past they have been very supportive of the event assisting in displays and information on radio.

Satellite Show in Surrey BC:
by S CLINT BRADFORD (K6LCS) on February 20, 2018
Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be presenting his 96th satellite presentation - at the Surrey (BC) Amateur Radio Club on March 14, 2018. All are welcome to attend.

Ham Talk Live #103 -- Hamvention Changes:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on February 20, 2018
Thursday (2/22) at 9 PM EST on Ham Talk Live!, Michael Kalter, W8CI, the official spokesperson of the Dayton Hamvention will be here to talk about how the changes are coming along to the Hamvention and the fairgrounds. You can call in with your questions LIVE during the show, and we will preview our Hamvention 2018 coverage.

Win a HackRF One SDR and 49 More Prizes!
by (AMATEURRADIO) on February 20, 2018
NooElec and have teamed up again to give away a HackRF One SDR Transceiver Package and over 49 other radio-related prizes.

More Than a Hobby:
by on February 20, 2018
It is like an invisible, global society hiding in plain sight. For many, the idea of an amateur radio club conjures retro images of 1970s fathers tinkering in the shop or long-haul truckers on their CB radios in the 1980s. But amateur radio enthusiasts are alive and well in the internet age and play an essential role in emergency planning for communities. They have a lot of fun with it too.

Big Rockets, Small Rockets: The Age of Space Startups is Here:
by on February 20, 2018
The three-booster rocket blasted off, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s bright red sports car into space. On February 6, the American space transport startup SpaceX successfully launched the prototype heavy-lift rocket Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket on earth. At the post-launch interview, Musk said that the startup’s success should “encourage other companies and countries.” SpaceX, for one, is also developing new rockets for manned flight. The efficacy of Warspace’s cost-reduction strategy lies in its connections with the university. The university lets the company use the school facilities to test the satellites’ readiness for the harsh environments of space, in exchange for the experiment’s data. The use of commercially available parts has also contributed to lower costs. Its terrestrial antenna has a simple structure, designed so that amateur radio enthusiasts can also catch signals from the satellite. Satellite missions have always been a solemn matter, especially when funded by the government or universities. CEO Kameda is hopeful that the focus on budget reductions might also allow an element of “playfulness” to enter the project. Indeed, technological innovation and discoveries are often found in the process of play.

Berthoud High Students Go 'Ham' with Amateur Radio Competition:
by on February 19, 2018
Sequestered behind a room divider in the corner of the Berthoud High School library, a group of students, teachers and adult volunteers leaned over a radio. "CQ, CQ, this is high school station Whiskey Zero Bravo Hotel Sierra," Sergey Eggers, a junior at Berthoud High School, said into the radio microphone. "Standing by for a call from anywhere." As a participant in the American Radio Relay League's School Club Roundup, Eggers issued a call for a random radio contact anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Berthoud High School -- also known by its call sign W0BHS -- is in its first year taking part in the competition, which challenges amateur radio clubs at schools around the nation to make as many radio contacts as they can within 24 hours. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a form of electronic communication used by hobbyists to talk on designated radio bandwidths between cities, across the world, or even into space. While amateur radio operators usually must pass a test to be licensed by the Federal Communications Commission before taking to the airwaves, the students can participate with supervision from a rotating pool of licensed volunteers. About 90 students signed up to take a turn either at the mic or as an information logger during the week-long competition. Each student could take one or more 32-minute shifts at the radio during their lunch breaks, study halls or library time. The competition imposes strict rules -- a station may operate no more than 6 hours in a 24-hour period, and a maximum of 24 hours during the 107-hour event. The teams must also take breaks after each shift of 10 minutes at minimum. By midday Friday, the students had logged close to 400 contacts from 40 states, four Canadian provinces and six countries, including Germany, Finland and Kosovo. BHS has had an amateur radio club for three years, said Scott Kindt, a physics and chemistry teacher at the school and the radio club's faculty sponsor. Though participation in the club has been growing each year, Kindt was looking for new ways to get even more students interested in amateur radio operation.

DMR Talkgroup for Universities:
by RSGB on February 18, 2018
Paul Thieme, President of the Purdue University Amateur Radio Club, W9YB in the United States wants to hear from UK university amateur radio clubs that have linked DMR repeaters. Recently, his club has been working with Brandmeister worldwide officials to create a DMR talkgroup specifically for university amateur radio operators.

WIA Moves Towards 24/7 Ticketing System:
by WIA on February 18, 2018
We live in an age of digital transformation where organisations providing 24x7 self-service digital delivery to all help to improve service levels. Over the past few months the WIA office team have been trialling an enquiry, complaint and request management system to provide members with better service and status updates. A system that will also enable self-service, 24x7 via an online portal. This means you can check the details of your WIA enquiry or respond to clarifications 24 hours a day, seven days a week without needing to wait for when you can call the office.

ILLW 100 Entry is YL Team from Portugal:
by WIA on February 17, 2018
The Amateur Radio Ladies Portugal will be operating from Cabo Carvoeiro, Ladin overlooking a western point peninsula of the Atlantic Ocean.

New Policy for WIA QSL Bureau Operations:
by WIA on February 17, 2018
Late last year, the WIA QSL Card Committee developed a policy paper which updated the manner in which the WIA QSL Bureaus operate. That paper was submitted to the WIA Board for their consideration at the December Board meeting. The paper was ultimately approved by the Board at that meeting, and is now the agreed policy for the WIA Bureau operations.

WF Amateur Radio Society Looks to Add Millennials:
by on February 17, 2018
WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) -- The Wichita Falls Amateur Radio Society says people should still look to amateur radio operators in the event of an emergency, even when everyone can get instant updates on their mobile devices. During emergencies, cell towers tend to get over crowded. At those times, radio is the only way to communicate. The club consists mostly of people over age 40. So, they are making an effort to get young people involved. Even though they're struggling to get young people to join, families are playing a part in peaking their kids' interests and helping them get licenses.

The American Legion's 99th Birthday to be Celebrated:
by Marty Justis, W9WMJ on February 16, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS – March 15 is the designated birthday of The American Legion. It is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 – for the day in 1776 when rebelling patriots declared the independence of the British colonies and the spirit of America was born – March 15 is the day on which the Legion came to life.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #07 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 16, 2018
Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3.

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