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WV Radio Operators to Help Celebrate National Parks Centennial:
by on May 3, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE -- The National Parks Service turns 100 this year, and West Virginia amateur radio operators, also known as hams, will help celebrate the milestone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the New River Gorge Bridge. These federally licensed radio operators will make contacts worldwide from temporary amateur radio stations near the bridge. Award certificates -- issued by the national organization for ham radio, the American Radio Relay League -- will be given to hams who verify contacts with the stations. The event is part of the ARRL-sponsored National Parks on the Air. The bridge is part of the National Parks Service New River Gorge National River Area. The public will be able to visit one of the ham stations and see it in action. “West Virginia ham radio operators are excited to help promote the National Park Service Centennial,” said event organizer Randy Damron. “NPS is one of our country’s greatest treasures ... and the New River Gorge Bridge is certainly one of West Virginia’s greatest treasures. These temporary radio setups help amateurs maintain their skills of providing communications during emergencies -- plus they are lots of fun!”

IES Communications Announces an Exclusive Distribution Agreement:
by on May 3, 2016
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, May 2, 2016 /CNW/ - IES Communications announces that it will become the exclusive distributor of Modulator Demodulator Software Radio (MDSR) kits for Eastern Canada. MDSR kits allow amateur radio operators, commonly known as hams, to modify their radios so that they can be completely controlled via software on a personal computer. By allowing complete software control, the capabilities of ham radios can be enhanced, thus affording operators with a wide range of communications options that can improve their communication effectiveness. MDSR kits are available for a variety of ham radio models, including those manufactured by ICOM, Kenwood and Yaesu. Eric Meth, founder of IES Communications and ham radio operator with the call sign VE3EI, has been a leader in the Canadian two-way radio communications industry since 1969 added "This agreement will really help IES Communications to continue to service all of its client's needs, especially those that are also ham radio operators. Software Defined Radios (SDRs) are becoming very popular within the ham radio community and the MDSR kit will really help many hams gets started with SDRs affordably using their existing ham radio equipment." The MDSR kits allows ham radio operators to cost effectively retrofit new and old ham radio units, saving them from the need and unnecessary expense of purchasing new and often expensive commercial Software Defined Radio equipment to get the benefits that SDRs offer. The benefits of purchasing a MDSR kits include:

Ham College 16 Has Been Released:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on May 2, 2016
Ham College 16 is now available. Part one of our look at the Digital Modes.

IARU Interim Meeting Minutes Released:
by RSGB on May 2, 2016
The minutes from the Interim Meeting of IARU Region 1 are now available on the RSGB Spectrum Forum website. Over the weekend of 16 and 17 April, delegates from Member Societies discussed numerous papers and proposals on HF, VHF/Microwave and EMC matters.

FCC and Dry Tortuga Expedition:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on May 1, 2016
This week’s Amateur Radio Roundtable show will feature Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, retired FCC Special Counsel for enforcement. Riley will be answering questions that our viewers have sent in to the show.

WIA Responds to the Government's Proposals for a New Act:
by WIA on May 1, 2016
Back in March, the Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, released a consultation paper on legislative proposals for a new radiocommunications act, during his speech at the ACMA's RadComms 2016 Conference in Sydney. The Minister said, "Australia’s current framework has been in place since 1992. At the time, it led the world . . . but the communications landscape has now changed dramatically . . . the Government’s Spectrum Review -- released in May last year – found that the existing framework is slow, rigid and administratively cumbersome." Senator Fifield went on to explain that "A new Radiocommunications Bill will modernise our regime, and allow industry greater scope to respond quickly in the market to emerging technologies and services."

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on May 1, 2016
Amateur Radio Newsline headlines for Ham Nation. May 4, 2016.<

Ham Radio Event at Dresden School:
by on April 30, 2016
DRESDEN - The Dresden Elementary Amateur Radio Station Club will have a live ham radio event at 2:30 p.m. May 17 at the elementary school.

Hey Ed, How Can We Make the Storm Spotter Training Better?
by on April 30, 2016
This is a little late in coming, but a big “thank you” is due to everyone who took the time to come to the second KTVQ Storm Spotter Training Session last Thursday, April 21, 2016. We hope you walked away with new knowledge and information that you can use. Special thanks to Tom Frieders from the Billings National Weather Service Office for condensing his Storm Spotter Training course to meet our needs. Tom’s presentation gave great information about how severe storms form, and how to identify them. Tom also discussed safety precautions, and how to report storms when you spot them. We started the evening with Ron Glass, who shared information about amateur radio and how ham operators help out emergency managers when natural and man made disasters occur. We had a great turnout of amateur radio enthusiasts to support him.

Emergency Responders Bring Communications Equipment Together in Drill:
by on April 30, 2016
Emergency responders and law enforcement from across Las Vegas valley got together Thursday with their mobile command units and their communication equipment that is necessary during major events, emergencies, or crises. The Metro-sponsored event was part of an annual communications drill held at the Las Vegas Speedway. "The equipment that is so vital to making sure there is communication between the front line firefighter, police officer, medic, way back to the command center to make sure we can provide services to the community," said Metro Deputy Chief Gary Scofield. Amateur radio volunteers and even members of the National Guard participated. "Cell towers may go out and there would be no communication other than this type of communication that we do, and this communication is kind of an old style. It still works, even when the lines are down," said amateur radio volunteer Gerry Earl.

Pirate Radio -- Surprising Challenge:
by Ben Finley - Associated Press on April 29, 2016
Interesting article on the challenges posed by pirate radio stations.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #18 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 29, 2016
At 0121 UTC on April 29 the Australian Space Forecast Centre released a geomagnetic disturbance warning for April 30 and May 1. Increased geomagnetic activity is predicted due to high speed solar wind coming from a coronal hole. There is a chance of minor storm levels.

Middletown School Set to Chat with International Space Station on May 6th:
by on April 29, 2016
On Wednesday, leaders of the global space communications consortium, Amateur Radio aboard the International Space Station , confirmed that Rhode Island’s first ever space-to-school chat has been scheduled for Friday May 6 as the ISS begins a noon-hour pass near Rhode Island. While access to the school will be limited due to space constraints, the general public is invited to enjoy the event via a large projection screen -- courtesy of newportFILM -- at the nearby St Lucy’s Catholic Faith Community, 909 West Main Rd, Middletown. The formal pre-chat event starts at 11:55AM and will also be live streamed to other audiences via Seating is limited and the public should obtain no-cost tickets via EventBrite using keywords “RI Space Chat.”

What the Digital Age Owes to the Inventor of Morse Code:
by on April 29, 2016
Samuel Morse was born on April 27, 1791, but his influence extends to this day The telegraph has become the epitome of an obsolete technology. The last telegram was sent two years ago, and Morse code blinked out a few years before that. But in terms of influence, Samuel Finley Breese Morse -- born on this day, April 27, in 1791 -- is anything but obsolete.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2009, April 29, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on April 29, 2016
The following is a QST. Hams in the UK put patriotism on the air for St. George's Day. Australian licensees could be getting more power. Romania joins other nations on 60 meters. And some breaking news about the longtime home of Dayton Hamvention. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2009 coming your way right now.

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