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Amateur Radio Enthusiast Called in to Join Hunt for Space Teddy:
by on December 12, 2017
Space Teddy has been found safe and well - but he's stuck up a tree and faces a night alone in the bush before he can be rescued. The fluffy would-be astronaut became lost in dense bush on Waiheke Island this afternoon after plummeting back to Earth when his attempt to set a new world record failed. The weather conditions were perfect for students at Forrest Hill Primary to launch the stuffed toy, dubbed Space Teddy, into space today. Space Teddy landed in dense bush, 50m off the road on Waiheke Island an hour and a half after the balloon popped. Police had been unable to find him so van Rijnsoever headed to the island to look for Space Teddy himself tonight. He was eventually located 10m up a tree in tight, dense bush in a remote part of the island after van Rijnsoever called for backup from an amateur radio enthusiast.

Amateur Radio Roundtable:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on December 11, 2017
New segment starts this month. Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, retired from the FCC as Special Counsel of Enforcement, will be answering all of your FCC questions. Riley is also the new Vice Director, ARRL Atlantic Division.

Tri-State Native's Hobby Provides Potential Lifeline in Times of Need:
by on December 11, 2017
Ken Massey was born during the summer of 1929 in Kelly Bridge, Ohio, 4 miles outside of Ironton. Five years later, with the nation in the grip of a depression, his father was forced to sell their larger home and move to a smaller, more affordable location. "I grew up in a one-story frame house with a fireplace in the living room and a woodstove in the kitchen," Massey said. "We drank well water and lit up the night with kerosene lamps. We bathed in wash tubs, slept under feather tick blankets and used an outside toilet that never stopped up. In the evenings Dad would listen to Lum and Abner on our battery-powered Zenith floor model radio. He also loved listening to boxing matches." Ken and Avanelle have long been avid campers, a hobby that went through two motor homes before medical complications forced them to sell their camper. He has even enjoyed woodworking and photography, but his passion has always been amateur radio. "Amateur ham radio is a popular hobby and service that brings people together," Massey said. "We use ham radios to talk across town or around the world. It's social, educational and has often been a lifeline during disasters. When normal means of communication fail, like television and radio, licensed ham radio operators get the word out to areas in need. Ham radio may be a popular hobby, but it also has the capability to become that one connection ... to save lives."

Tapping Into a Ham Radio's Potential with SDRPlay:
by on December 11, 2017
Software-defined radios are great tools for the amateur radio operator, allowing visualization of large swaths of spectrum and letting hams quickly home in on faint signals with the click of a mouse. High-end ham radios often have this function built in, but by tapping into the RF stage of a transceiver with an SDR, even budget-conscious hams can enjoy high-end features.

Croatia 5MHz-Plus Top Band Extensions:
by RSGB on December 10, 2017
On 24 November 2017, the Croatian Regulatory Authority published changes to the rules on amateur radio communications in the Republic of Croatia. According to these changes, Croatian radio amateurs now have access to the WRC-15 60m amateur secondary allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz with 15W EIRP.

Codebreakers' Wall at Bletchley Park:
by RSGB on December 10, 2017
The Codebreakers’ Wall is a specially reserved area in the grounds of Bletchley Park for veterans, their families and supporters of Bletchley Park to have their names engraved into a brick to share with loved ones for many years to come.

Foundations of Amateur Radio eBook:
by Onno VK6FLAB on December 9, 2017
Six years in the making, after much prodding from fellow amateurs, the transcripts of the weekly podcast "Foundations of Amateur Radio" are now available as a series of eBook volumes on Amazon to bring together the over 300 different episodes covering topics about our amazing hobby. Short discussions about hundreds of different topics outlining the thousand different hobbies that amateur radio represents.

Amateurlogic Episode 112 is Released:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on December 9, 2017
Tommy’s battery power solution for Arduino. Peter wants to make new Hams. George builds the ultimate color ‘Heads Up’ Display. And Mike joins us for some special holiday fun.

ET, Phone Home! Antietam Students are Calling the ISS on Monday, Dec. 11:
by on December 9, 2017
PWCS students are calling the International Space Station (ISS)! Join 650 students at Antietam Elementary School on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p. m. (Arrive earlier.) Address is Antietam Elementary School, 12000 Antietam Road, Woodbridge. How big is amateur radio? Plenty big at Antietam Elementary School, where the student ham radio club (Ham-tietam) is gearing up for the greatest moment in the school’s history and a lifetime event for students. On Monday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p. m., students will talk with an astronaut on the International Space Station via ham radio.

4 Reasons Why You Should Become a Ham Radio Operator:
by on December 9, 2017
Imagine pursuing a hobby that’s directly connected to electronics, communication, space and so much more. We are talking about Ham Radio or the Amateur radio. When every other means of communication succumb to the wrath of nature and human conflicts, ham radio provides hope. More and more individuals are beginning to look at this hobby as the need of the hour for many reasons. Being useful in times of disaster is one thing, but the ability to teach us various life skills in a variety of domains is unique to this hobby. Mobiles, WiFi, wireless industrial applications, televisions, radars and so on all operate on specific frequency bands allotted to them. For instance, whoever wishes to use any part of the frequency spectrum needs to vomit a considerable chunk of money to the regulatory authority. This is simply unfair for those who wish to use it non-profit use! If the technological advancements don’t fall into the hands of people for free use, then what good are they? Fortunately, the amateur radio spectrum in various frequency bands is available for licensed use, and it does not cost money, unlike your cell phone. People have been making QSOs (radio contacts) across the world over these frequency bands. All you need to do is pass a simple exam and you will be awarded a license with a station call sign. Your call sign becomes your identity in the world of amateur radio.

200-Year-Old Journal Reveals Rare American Sunspot Records:
by on December 9, 2017
A 200-year-old journal found in a small house in Maine gives a rare look at the sun's face ages ago. The aged pages are among a mere handful of early American solar observations, and they could shed significant light on the solar activity cycle, astronomers said. In 1816, the Northern Hemisphere experienced what many refer to as the "year without a summer." Jonathan Fisher, a Congregational minister who studied extensively at Harvard University before becoming a reverend, thought that perhaps the sun was to blame. So, in June 1816, he began to make detailed drawings of sunspots in his journal.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #48 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on December 8, 2017
Solar activity declined slightly over the past week, another period which saw multiple days (five) with no sunspots. We will see more of these periods over the next 2 to 3 years as the sun progresses toward solar minimum. There was a geomagnetic storm peaking on December 5. In Alaska the College A index reached 55, and peaked around the middle of the UTC day with K index reaching 7 over two 3-hour readings.

Bay View Students Talk to Italian Astronaut Paulo Nespoli:
by on December 8, 2017
From St. Mary Academy Bay View: Students at St. Mary Academy – Bay View and Bishop Hendricken made history when they spoke with Italian astronaut Paulo Nespoli aboard the International Space Station via Amateur Radio at precisely 12:02 pm on Thursday, November 30th. in the Dr. Daniel S. Harrop Theater at Bishop Hendricken. This marked the first contact of its kind with a Rhode Island high school. This activity is part of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Program, which promotes learning opportunities as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) initiative. Once Hendricken's proposal to ARISS was accepted to become a Space Chat host school, Hendricken and Bay View held an "Ask the Astronaut" contest with their students and chose the top 16 most unique questions from nearly 200 entries. Eight students from each school became the first high schoolers in Rhode Island to be given the rare opportunity to speak to the ISS as it transited overhead at 17,500 miles an hour. Alexis Rodrigues, a 12th grade Bay View student and resident of Cranston, asked "If space tourism begins to take space travel out of the hands of government, are there major concerns to opening it up to the private sector?" The response from astronaut Paulo Nespoli can be heard on the link to the complete livestream video that is included with this press release. The Bishop Hendricken contact used an amateur radio ground station located in Casale Monferrato, Italy operated by Mr. Claudio Arriotti. Bishop Hendricken has four students who recently earned their FCC amateur radio licenses. The "space chat" activity inspired the group to launch a Bishop Hendricken radio club and have been granted call sign W1BHX by the FCC.

Hams Who Took On the Ockhi Onslaught:
by on December 8, 2017
As sea waves battered life around the Kerala coast when Cyclone Ockhi hit the State on November 30, a group of amateur radio operators from the Ham Radio Club and Emergency Communication got busy. Their network, to tune to frequencies from the sea of SOS calls and such signs of life, was in place within minutes of them getting the news of the damage that Ockhi had brought in its wake. Their swift action was probably taking a cue from Ham radio networks across the globe that had helped in rescue work during major hurricane disasters. Yet, this was not the team’s first such effort in the district. The Ham radio has helped even before when major accidents occurred here. It has also provided communication link during the first local body elections in Edamalakkudy, the remotest tribal grama panchayat in the State.

Scientists are Concerned About the Abnormal Phenomena On the Sun:
by on December 8, 2017
The average monthly number of sunspots (one of the main indicators of the level of solar activity) peaked in November 2017 minimum values for the last 8 years of observation. The corresponding number was 5.7. The last time a lower value was recorded in the last decade -- in August 2009. Sunspots occur in regions of very strong magnetic field, which is the main source of solar activity. Within such perceptions, the number of sunspots is roughly characterizes the reserves of magnetic energy or, to put it more figuratively, stocks of fuel that can be recycled into the energy of solar flares and explosions. It is from observations of the spots were first discovered by the solar cycle is the eleven-year “pulse” of the Sun, which changes its magnetic field, the number of sunspots, the solar wind velocity and many other global characteristics of our star.

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