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Thruway Pumpkin Patrol Gears Up for Halloween Pranks:
by on October 25, 2014
State Police are gearing up with the 38th annual Pumpkin Patrol to prevent Halloween pranks that could harm drivers along the State Thruway. Troop T officers along with community volunteers will monitor overpasses Oct. 30 and 31, police said. More than 300 volunteers from 15 organizations will participate, including local citizen band radio clubs and amateur radio operators.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Staying On the Air:
by on October 25, 2014
A group of dedicated ham radio enthusiasts are keeping the old-fashioned hobby alive on the Gold Coast. Towering antennas sprout from the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society's (GCARS) purpose-built shack in the industrial area of Molendinar. The building houses the group's eclectic collection of modern and revamped transmitters and receivers. GCCARS president George George says the appeal of amateur radio is in the skill. "You can pick up a telephone and dial anybody in the States, England, anywhere," he said. "But to turn a radio on, tune in your antenna and for them to be tuned in at the same time and you're fighting all the elements... this is what the hobby's all about."

Solar Flare Knocks Out Some Radio Temporarily:
by on October 25, 2014
Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening. Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Christopher Balch said it affected radio that uses part of the upper atmosphere. That includes some radar and plane systems, but not all, and amateur radio.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #43 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 24, 2014
Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. The contest is always held on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the last full weekend in November.

Boy Scouts Get Their Hands on 'Ham' Radio in Cheltenham:
by on October 24, 2014
Cadewryn Fletcher, 11, a Boy Scout from Upper Marlboro said he was nervous to step up to the mic Saturday night and talk to a stranger over amateur radio. But with encouragement from his mother and brother, Cadewryn sat at a picnic table with amateur radio operator Kenneth Greenhouse, 68, of Upper Marlboro and chatted about his favorite color with a Boy Scout in Saskatchewan, Canada. “I think it’s awesome,” said Cadewryn’s mother, Renea Fletcher, 47, “I guess for so many years you tell them, ‘Don’t talk to strangers,’ and now it’s time to talk to strangers.” Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Prince George’s County gathered at the American Legion Southern Maryland District Youth Camp in Cheltenham on Oct. 18 for the 57th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air, an amateur radio event that connected scouts all over the world. Amateur radio, also known as “ham” radio, started out as an experimental communication technology that is now used primarily for emergency situations, said Kenny Courtney, 74, of Clinton, a member of the American Legion Post 275 Amateur Radio Team in Glenarden.

Sun Unleashes Powerful X-Class Solar Flare:
by on October 24, 2014
A monster solar flare erupted early Sunday (Oct. 19) from a huge sunspot that may just be getting warmed up. The sun fired off an X-class solar flare -- the most powerful type -- that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT (5:01 GMT) Sunday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare. The flare erupted from a sunspot called AR (Active Region) 2192, which has since grown to become 78,000 miles (125,000 kilometers) wide, according to -- almost as big as the planet Jupiter.

Ham Radio Groups Tapped as Extra Eyes, Ears for PNP:
by on October 24, 2014
MANILA, Philippines -- Hobbled by the lack of manpower, the Philippine National Police is turning to “radiomen” to boost its anticrime campaign in Metro Manila. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday tapped private radio communication groups as force multipliers for the PNP, even as he cited a slight drop in the number of reported crimes in the capital. In a meeting with members of various radio groups and senior PNP officials at Camp Crame, Roxas ordered Director Carmelo Valmoria, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), to set up a protocol that would guide members of the radio groups in reporting crimes to the police. “For a start, we can deploy your members to the 12 places in Metro Manila which are considered to be crime-prone areas,” Roxas told the officials of the radio groups. “You can be the additional eyes and ears of the police versus the criminals (in Metro Manila).”

ARNewsline Report 1941 -- Oct 24 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on October 24, 2014
The following is a QST. Hams in the Philippines to assist in Manila crime watch; the Sun unleashes an X class flare on October 22; China launches a ham radio payload to circle the moon; CQ issues a revised policy statement in regard to Crimea in contest scoring; the Veterans Administrations announces plans for its own High Frequency radio network; Russia plans to launch newly designed smart mini satellites and how to collect cosmic rays on a smart phone. Find out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1941 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #43:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 23, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KD6XH, 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.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on October 23, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Radio Amateurs Play a Role In Separate Storm Responses:
by The ARRL Letter on October 23, 2014
Amateur Radio volunteers activated on opposite ends of the US late last week and over the weekend as separate hurricanes struck Bermuda and Hawaii. Both regions were prepared and fared well with no deaths, serious injuries, or major property damage reported.

ARRL Board May Seek Member Input On 15 Meter Novice/Tech Digital Privileges
by The ARRL Letter on October 23, 2014
A proposal aired at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting endorsing additional HF digital privileges for Technicians and referred to the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) for study came in for considerable discussion when the EC met on October 4 in Memphis. The original motion by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, called for a Petition for Rule Making to the FCC seeking digital privileges for Techs on narrow segments of 80, 40, and 15 meters. Rehman's motion had noted that Technicians already enjoy digital privileges on 10 meters, a band with highly variable propagation that will diminish as the sunspot cycle declines.

W1AW Centennial Operations Head Next to WY, MA, and US Virgin Islands:
by The ARRL Letter on October 23, 2014
The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Nevada and West Virginia. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 29 (the evening of October 28 in US time zones), to Wyoming (W1AW/7) and Massachusetts (W1AW/1). W1AW/KP2 also will be active until November 5 from the US Virgin Islands. So far during 2014, W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week, and by year's end W1AW will have been on the air from every state at least twice.

IARU Administrative Council Seeks to Rein In Electromagnetic Interference:
by The ARRL Letter on October 23, 2014
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has called upon International Telecommunication Union (ITU) signatory nations to take steps to ensure that the operation of "electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks," does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations.

Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Is Now Underway!
by The ARRL Letter on October 23, 2014
Bidding for the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction is now underway. More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST "Product Review" articles and road tested by the ARRL Laboratory team. In addition to other miscellaneous transceivers and accessories there are more than 100 vintage books.

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