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Casa Grande Ruins on the Air with Amateur Radio:
by on February 7, 2016
Coolidge, Arizona - Clark Johnson, Amateur Radio Activator (Ham Radio Operator) using the call sign K7LRK, will be at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument on Wednesday, February 17, as part of the American Radio Relay League's National Parks on the Air program. Visitors will be able to hear Clark's transmissions and any replies, as well as learn about Amateur Radio. His transmitter, which is a small tabletop radio that only weighs 18 ounces and has an output power of 10 watts, is very versatile and portable. Clark will set up his radio in the park picnic area under the center covered ramada. C.A.R.L. (Center for Amateur Radio Learning) and the Arizona Science Center will assist with providing brochures and activity handouts. Additional activators may be available to speak with visitors, answer questions, and permit a trial broadcast over the air. The activators plan to be set up from 10 am to 3pm.

Operation Seismos Brings National Guard to Iron County for Earthquake Drill
by on February 6, 2016
CEDAR CITY -- A heavy military presence will be felt in Cedar City this weekend as the Utah National Guard 213th Forward Support Company teams up with Iron County Emergency Management to conduct “Operation Seismos.” Soldiers in fatigues will have boots on the ground starting Friday as they step in to evaluate and help improve Iron County’s emergency preparedness capabilities in the event of a large earthquake that could wreak havoc on the region. The exercise began Wednesday morning with the simulation of a large earthquake that buckled Interstate 15 in two places, collapsed a fire station and set a couple of buildings on fire, Emergency Management Coordinator John Higley said. “It was a significant event as far as an exercise goes,” he said, and lessons have already been learned. “In this kind of weather we have found that we do have some issues,” Higley said. “The trailer that we set up in is extremely cold and we were not able to heat the trailer well enough to maintain it, so we’ve kind of abandoned that for now until we re-evaluate that and change some things.” Wednesday was spent working with ham radio operators in the area to transmit emergency messages digitally to access resources for the community, Higley said. Messages were sent back and forth between ham radio volunteers and the Emergency Coordination Center, and some of the work being done with the radio operators is groundbreaking, Higley said. “We are doing things not done elsewhere in the world as far as communications with our ham radio operators,” Higley said. “We are not just practicing voice communication but they are transmitting digital communications.” Ham radio operators were filling out forms in their cars out in the field, he said, and then transmitting the forms back to the Emergency Coordination Center digitally via email.

How to Use a Spectrum Analyzer:
by Ian Poole on February 5, 2016
This video gives an overview of the spectrum analyzer and details how to use and set up a spectrum analyzer.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #6 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 5, 2016
Over the recent reporting week (January 28 through February 3) both sunspot and solar flux averages were down a negligible amount, and geomagnetic numbers were down substantially, compared to the previous seven days.

Brentwood Radio Ham is Still Taking to the Airwaves at Age of 100:
by on February 5, 2016
AN AMATEUR radio ham operator from Hutton who has been taking to the airwaves since the 1920s has celebrated his 100th birthday. Fred Crockford, who turned 100 today (Wednesday), still spends two hours a day speaking to amateur radio operators all over the world, including in New Zealand and Australia. The grandfather-of-three and great-grandfather to a one-year-old girl, was born in Chertsey, Surrey, and began his lifelong love affair with amateur radio in 1926. He said: "We didn't have licences in those days -- it was just a number and two letters. "But from that it just went on and on. It was governed by the Post Office in those early days. "I have always been interested in amateur radio. "I passed my first exam in 1967 and got my full licence in 1983 and have been at it ever since. "The licence enables me to use equipment and speak to anyone on any band." He added: "We talk to whoever happens to be out there on that particular spot and at that particular moment. You give your call sign out, which in my case is G6YUY, and someone comes back to you and they could be from anywhere in the world.

Ham Radio Expo at Adoor:
by on February 5, 2016
The Amateur Radio Club (ARC) at Adoor will organise the 14th Ham Expo at Green Valley Conference Hall at Adoor on February 14. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Saleem Yousuf, ARC president, said the annual expo would be a get-together of ham radio operators from different parts of the country, sharing their knowledge and experiences. The ham radio operators would also exhibit their self-assembled communication devices at the expo and as many as 400 hams were expected to participate in the annual event, Mr. Yousuf said.

New Study Tries to Explain Sun's Magnetic Mystery:
by on February 5, 2016
The engine that drives our sun is the magnetic field heating its multi-million degree atmosphere called the corona. Magnetic field lines come from sun's interior into the corona. They are highly dynamic and follow the sun's 11-year cycle. The coronal loops of superheated plasma are the basis of coronal heating mechanisms. Until now, it was not fully understood why the sun's internal dynamo follows the 11-year long period, during which solar activity spikes up around a period called "solar maximum." At the solar maximum the sun's magnetic activity increases and triggers clusters of active regions as well as dark spots called "sunspots." During this time, massive solar eruptions peak and can affect our planet. In order to understand the solar cycle, the powerful flares in the corona and their impacts on Earth, scientists must understand the process of sun's magnetism. On NASA's website, aid space scientist Dean Pesnell explains that it clear for the scientific community where the magnetic field is created in the sun. In could be over a wide range of depths, from deep inside the sun to close to the solar surface. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is working in conjunction with other space weather observatories and solar telescopes to analyze the dynamic sun in more detail. Complementary computer models are used to interpret these observations based on known physics behind the solar corona. Such models help scientists to better understand the sun's magnetic field and environment.

Where to Go During a Communications Shutdown:
by on February 5, 2016
If you’ve been in meetings and exercises that simulate a total communications loss, you’ve likely wondered what you would do in the event of a catastrophic failure that takes down cellular, Internet, power, and even your own systems. Haiti, Jan. 12, 2010. Within a few days after the quake, a team of amateur radio operators from WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center was called upon to serve as the main source of medical communications. Over the next five weeks, the team manned a 24-hour net connecting Haiti field hospitals, the University of Miami Medical Center and the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort, relaying on-the-spot medical advice from stateside doctors, relaying medical supplies, charter airplane flight schedules and helping coordinate emergency helicopter and fast boat evacuations. In Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2011. The hospital, two local fire stations and the town took a direct hit by an F5 tornado. All normal communications were down for weeks. Regional amateur radio operators were called in to help establish communications. Fortunately, in these scenarios, there have been established relationships between government agencies and groups of volunteer amateur radio operators who were on call, up to speed and equipped to help. There have also been multiple examples nationwide of 911 centers losing radio communications with police, fire and ambulance because of accidental cable-cutting, cybercutting, or simple equipment failure. Local radio amateur group volunteers are called upon to help maintain communications until the normal operations resume.

HOA Trade Group Fights Bill that Would Ease Ham Radio Restriction:
by on February 4, 2016
Amateur Radio Parity Act would require associations to provide ‘reasonable accommodation’ of amateur radio. In a disaster, it is often the only dependable means of two-way communication, but an organization that supports homeowner associations across the United States is opposing a bill that would prevent HOAs from banning amateur radio operation. Community Association Institute, whose 1,100 Illinois chapter members include association managers, board members, and unit owners, says the Amateur Radio Parity Act is “unnecessary” because the Federal Communications Commission has said it will not get involved with HOA rules that, says the FCC, are “contractual agreements between private parties.” “Such agreements are voluntarily entered into by the buyer or tenant when the agreement is executed and do not usually concern this Commission,” wrote the FCC in 2012 and repeated in a statement released by CAI on January 12. Introduced last June by Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), the Amateur Radio Parity Act would direct the FCC to make HOAs, or any private land owner, provide the same “reasonable accommodation” of amateur radio that cities have been required to provide since 1985. HOAs, says CAI, are concerned with the outdoor antennas that amateur radio equipment requires, even though it can be no more than a stretch of wire. CAI says its members oppose the legislation “because they support the preservation of the community association model of allowing neighbors to create reasonable rules for their neighborhoods.” The American Radio Relay League, which represents more than 161,000 ham radio operators, says municipalities can still regulate antenna height and placement, depending on what best fits the community, and the Amateur Radio Parity Act would allow HOAs to do this, as well. ARRL has an agreement with Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide ham radio assistance, for free, in the event of a national emergency.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #5:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 4, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, The Daily DX, 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 February 4, 2016
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Announces Partnership with RFinder - The Worldwide Repeater Directory:
by The ARRL Letter on February 4, 2016
ARRL has established an agreement with RFinder, the creator of a web and app-based directory of Amateur Radio repeaters worldwide, for RFinder to be the League's preferred online resource of repeater frequencies.

US House Cosponsor List for Amateur Radio Parity Act Grows:
by The ARRL Letter on February 4, 2016
The list of cosponsors for the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R. 1301) continues to grow. The addition of Rep Stevan Pearce, KG5KIQ (R-NM), and Rep Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) as cosponsors on February 1 raises the total to 120 from both sides of the aisle. Pearce and O'Rourke are among four cosponsors to sign on to the bill since the start of the year. The other two are Reps Robert Brady (D-PA) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), who became cosponsors on January 12 and 13, respectively.

Join the Fun at the 2016 ARRL National Convention In Orlando!
by The ARRL Letter on February 4, 2016
The 2016 ARRL National Convention is February 12-14 at Orlando HamCation. This year marks the 70th anniversary of HamCation, one of the largest annual hamfests in the US. Chairman Peter Meijers, AI4KM, reports that advance ticket sales have been very brisk, and the largest commercial building at the fairgrounds -- which will be filled with ham radio manufacturers, equipment dealers, and other exhibitors -- sold out early this year.

ARRL Board Adopts New Strategic Plan:
by The ARRL Letter on February 4, 2016
The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted an updated Strategic Plan that defines the League's vision and guides its direction over the next 5 years. ARRL COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group, said the revised plan represents more than 8 months of work on the part of the group's seven members. Now-Honorary ARRL Vice President Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, chaired the panel, which met some 2 dozen times, mostly via webinar. Kramer said input to the Strategic Plan was considerable and comprehensive.

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