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Elmhurst Amateur Radio Operators Celebrate Club’s 80th Anniversary:
by on September 28, 2016
ELMHURST -- The Elmhurst York Radio Club recently celebrated its 80th year as an organization dedicated to supporting amateur radio. The club honored the anniversary with an Aug. 19 open house event at the Elmhurst Fire Department Training Facility, 910 N. Addison Ave. Founded in 1936, York Radio Club was started to help members enjoy the hobby and provide a framework for amateur radio operators, or hams, on how to offer public service to Elmhurst. The club was formed two years after the U.S. Congress created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the airwaves, but amateur radio operators had been experimenting with signal transmission since the 1890s. In fact, the distinction between commercial and amateur radio stations didn’t exist before the FCC came in to allocate portions of the electromagnetic spectrum to different radio operators. “We were given huge chunks of the spectrum, and to this day we haven’t lost any of them because we’re so valuable to them,” York Radio Club member Todd Benson said. Hams are individuals with a unique call sign who are licensed to operate a radio station. According to Benson, there are about 700,000 hams in the United States.

Why Is Ham Radio So Important?
by on September 28, 2016
Some still argue about the necessity of ham radio and the role it plays in people’s everyday lives. On the one hand, the world is developing vastly introducing new advanced technologies and ways of communication. We can benefit from various free online messengers, digital radios, social networks and many other modern communication tools. On the other hand, amateur radio is something that shapes people’s lifestyle. The very action boosts real passion and enthusiasm. For this reason, it has been attracting many new hams from around the globe for many decades. Moreover, we should never underestimate the role of DX radio stations from the technical point of view. In some situations, they can appear to be the only source of information while all other services and networks are down.

Ham Talk Live #33 -- Bouvet Island DXpedition:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on September 27, 2016
This week on Ham Talk Live! the leader of the upcoming Bouvet Island DXpedition, Ralph Fedor, K0IR, will be my guest to talk about the adventures of DXpeditions, the challenges specific to Bouvet Island, how to work the team, and how to contribute.

Radio Club Offers Incentive To Residents To Become Licensed Operators:
by on September 27, 2016
A local club is hoping to encourage amateurs to become licensed radio operators by offering an incentive. The Livingston County Amateur Radio Klub, or LARK, is giving away a new Dual Band radio to anyone who successfully passes their exam to become a licensed radio operator. LARK Technical Director, Les Butler, says “being an amateur radio operator is a fun and very rewarding hobby”. Amateur Technician Class licenses are issued by the Federal Communications Commission. With that type of licenses, operators can communicate with others that are hundreds of miles away. Butler says those FM communications can even reach astronauts at the International Space Station.

Review of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan:
by WIA on September 27, 2016
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened consultation on its proposed update of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan. The ACMA announced it on its website on 22 September 2016. The Authority has issued a discussion paper and related documents, referring directly to possible changes, and invites submissions before 24 October 2016. The Spectrum Plan includes a table of frequency allocations from 8.3 kHz through to 420 terahertz (THz) that divides up the spectrum to show the general purpose of each band, to which services they are allocated, and associated footnotes relevant to particular allocations. It was last reviewed in 2013. The Spectrum Plan reflects Australia’s treaty obligations following the International Telecommunications Union’s World Radiocommunications Conference in late 2015. The ACMA acknowledges that Australia was a signatory to the decisions of that ITU conference, was working with those affected domestically, but due to various factors, all foreshadowed changes may not occur by the end of 2016.

WIA: Amateur Reciprocal Qualifications Review:
by WIA on September 27, 2016
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has reset the qualification equivalency of the US Technician Licence for new applications to that of the entry level Australian Foundation Licence. The majority of submissions to the ACMA inquiry fully agreed that the Foundation Licence was the most appropriate for reciprocal licensing purposes. Before the review it was set at the highest Advance Licence. The ACMA said a report prepared by the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) indicated that the US Technician Class Licence was no longer equivalent to the Advanced Licence. The WIA sought to lower the level of reciprocity to the Foundation Licence. It also reflected the ACMA’s confirmation by independent inquiry that the basis on which the US Technician Class Licence was conferred had changed over time. The ACMA review asked: Do you support the ACMA and the WIA’s stance that the US Technician Class licence is no longer equivalent to the Advanced Licence and that the Foundation Licence is the most appropriate for reciprocal licensing purposes? A total of 23 submissions received, 15 agreed, seven disagreed and one neither agreed nor disagreed with the proposal.

Geomagnetic Blitz of September 1941:
by By Jeffrey J. Love and Pierdavide Coïsson on September 26, 2016
Seventy-five years ago, a massive geomagnetic storm disrupted electrical power, interrupted radio broadcasts, and illuminated the night sky in a World War II battle theater.

Radio Club's Youngest Member Becomes Certified:
by on September 26, 2016
Toby Vander Wilt, 7, of the Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club, recently passed the entry-level exam to become a ham radio technician.

WIA Review Seeks Foundation License Enhancement:
by WIA on September 26, 2016
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) in its submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority on license conditions sought as a priority a review of maximum permitted powers for each of the Advanced, Standard and Foundation licences. The WIA has proposed that such a review be carried out in a sensible, pragmatic approach to enable licensees to pursue their interests commensurate with their established knowledge – as measured by the assessment process – and within reasonable bounds of public and personal safety considerations. The submission acknowledged that the WIA is aware of differing views on the issue and notes the disparity in current permitted powers of all three Australian license grades compared to the similar license grades in other countries.

WICEN in Search for Missing Aircraft:
by WIA on September 26, 2016
The search continued to solve the enduring mystery disappearance of an aircraft VH-MDX last heard from 35 years ago in the rugged Barrington Tops National Park, about 200 kms north of Sydney. It is a regular WICEN (NSW) event who with the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad and several others look for the plane wreckage. WICEN (NSW) President Steven Heimann VK2BOS said the exercise searches for the Cessna 210 missing with five people on board in stormy night in August 1981. WICEN was involved in the original search and in the 35 years since. The pilot of VH-MDX took off from Coolangatta in Queensland for Bankstown in New South Wales. Over Barrington Tops he radioed that his aircraft was unstable, losing altitude, may have had a lightning strike and ice on the wings. Steven VK2BOS said about 50 were involved last weekend, but unable to find a trace. In many places they had to cut through thick vines while avoiding Gympie Gympie stinging trees that can result in severe pain for humans that last days or months. An ambulance stood by in case any searcher was injured in the exercise on September 16-18, but their services were not needed. Some 12 from WICEN (NSW) met the communication challenges posed by the extremely rugged terrain. Each volunteer has rain-proof communications and in contact with WICEN (NSW) at several command posts.

MIT's Flea Market Specializes in Rare, Obscure Electronics:
by on September 26, 2016
Once a month in the summer, a small parking lot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus transforms into a high-tech flea market known for its outlandish offerings. Tables overflow with antique radio equipment, some of it a century old. Visitors can buy a telescope that's the size of a cannon. One man has hauled in a NASA space capsule he owns. It's known as Swapfest, a place where tinkerers from across New England go to buy and sell the gadgets they can't find in stores. Some arrive searching for parts to build robots. Others are amateur radio enthusiasts adding to their collections. For some, it's simply an outdoor museum of the strange and surprising. "You can pretty much find all things nerdly," said Steve Finberg, an MIT alumnus and longtime organizer, who arrives every month wearing a cowboy hat and a bushy beard. "The flea is where you go to buy the stuff you didn't know you needed." The event started 30 years ago as a campus fundraiser for student radio clubs at MIT. It still supports those groups, but it's grown far bigger. Sellers now drive from hours away to hawk their goods, some arriving the night before to claim marquee spots for their tables. Hundreds of shoppers come to browse every month.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on September 25, 2016
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Amateur Radio Roundtable: Interference, BPL, and ATT's New AirGig:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on September 25, 2016
This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable, our guest will be Ed Hare, W1RFI who is the ARRL laboratory manager. Ed will discuss interference, BPL, and ATT's new AirGig service across power lines.

Weather Volunteers Keep Their Eyes On the Skies:
by on September 25, 2016
Sarnia residents Ron Cross and Briana Reide aren’t the type to seek shelter when a storm approaches. As volunteers with CANWARN, the Sarnia couple instead opts to spot and report what’s happening using their ham radio, providing useful details for Environment Canada weather reports. “They look at their computers but they can’t see what’s going on out there,” Cross says. “They rely on us to give them the information. Eyes and ears up.” The Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network is an organization with volunteers across the country. A typical volunteer is a ham radio operator who does what’s called “ground-truthing, confirming on the ground what Environment Canada officials see on radar and satellite images.

Ham Radio Clubs in IITs, NITs Could Boost Emergency Communications:
by on September 24, 2016
Setting up amateur radio clubs in Indian educational institutions, particularly in technical establishments like the IITs and NITs, could help in disaster management and strengthening the communication domain, an Austrian amateur radio practitioner said here on Friday. Computer network administration expert Miroslav Skoric, who has over two decades of experience in amateur radio digital communication, pointed to prestigious varsities and institutes in developed nations like the US, France and Germany, among others, having small ham radio set ups. "There could be small groups of amateur radio operators in the IITs, NITs and establishments of similar level. "In case of emergency, it is essential to establish some ad hoc communication system because internet and phones wouldn't work," Skoric told IANS here on the sidelines of a conference. Further, he said, local ham clubs would boost collaborations between practitioners and researchers to improve quality of software and ham radio equipment.

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