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McKean County Amateur Radio Club Starts Licensing Class:
by on September 1, 2014
The McKean County Amateur Radio Club, an affiliated club with the American Radio Relay League, will conduct a technician licensing class next month. Organizers said the class will teach candidates the theory, safety procedures and station operation to be able to take the technician tests for an amateur radio (HAM) license. Students will receive training on various types of communications modes available to amateur operators. Organizers said students do not need Morse code to use the popular 2 meter and other VHF-UHF band frequencies. Morse code will be offered to those interested in learning it.

Rising Number of Pirate Radio Stations In China Poses Plane Safety Threat:
by on September 1, 2014
BEIJING -- The Chinese authorities are concerned that a growing number of pirate radio stations may disrupt communications between passenger jets and air traffic controllers. The high-power stations are in Beijing and Tianjin municipalities and Hainan, Yunnan and Guangdong provinces, said the South China Morning Post. The authorities last year began cracking down on burgeoning pirate and ham radio operators. China had 2.7 million civil radio stations by the end of last year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in a report last year in the Global Times. Ham radio enthusiasts were told to register under new national regulations. But the pirate stations operating on frequencies often reserved for licensed stations or for other purposes are another matter: They run commercials for medical products and escort agencies, the SCMP said.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather in Shelby For Annual Event:
by on August 31, 2014
SHELBY -- Thousands of FCC licensed Ham radio enthusiasts, known as “Hams” gathered at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds this weekend for the annual Shelby Hamfest. They’re brushing up on the latest transmission techniques, Morse code, buying and selling equipment and learning about technological advances in a medium that originated in the 19th century. Ham enthusiast Bill Minikiewicz of South Carolina said he has been into ham since the late 1960s.“You've got an antenna and you're talking to somebody just like yourself halfway around the world” said Minikiewicz.And even in the era of the internet, hams say their hobby is still just as relevant and important as ever. Scott Cole of Tower Electronics attended Hamfest all the way from Green Bay, Wisconsin“Ham radio was and in some places still is the only means of getting communication or information back and forth,” said Cole.But it's not all doom and gloom and waiting around for bad news. Hams say this annual festival is their yearly chance to get together with friends who share a love for this unique hobby.

Ham Radio Featured at Dave Ramsey Studios:
by Holly M Misslin (KG4WXV) on August 30, 2014
The Dave Ramsey show is heard on over 500 radio stations across the US and is the largest independent syndicated radio show in existence. KG4WXX Matt is the son of Ted Randall WB8PUM the host of the long running “QSO Radio Show” that runs on Shortwave and heard around the world on WTWW.

Thousands Expected at Weekend's Hamfest:
by on August 30, 2014
Thousands of attendees are expected to be on hand for the return of the Shelby Amateur Radio Club’s Hamfest, which begins Saturday. “This is its 58th year in Shelby since it began,” Hamfest Chairman Ben Melvin said. The event was taken to Dallas in 2008, but returned to Shelby last year.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #35 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 29, 2014
Average daily sunspot numbers this week moved from 101.7 to 113.4, while average daily solar flux changed from 111.8 to 130.5. The active day according to geomagnetic indicators was Wednesday, August 27, when the planetary A index reached 20. This was the result of a CME which created aurora at both north and south poles.

2014 Arizona QSO Party Announcement!
by Gary Keck (KE7DX) on August 29, 2014
Announcing the 2014 Arizona QSO Party, sponsored by the ARRL Arizona Section and Catalina Radio Club, from Oct 11 1600Z to Oct 12 0600Z and Oct 12 1400Z to Oct 12 2359Z. Phone, CW and Digital modes on 160/80/40/20/15/10/6/2 meters. Single-Op, Multi-Op, Arizona Multi-Multi, Arizona County Expedition and Mobile categories. Work stations once per band and mode. Mobiles may be worked once per band and mode in each county. County Line operations (two counties max) count as 2 QSOs.

ARNewsline Report 1933 -- August 29 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on August 29, 2014
A ham radio floater balloon makes two trips around the world; an IARU Region One official says 23 centimeters is in jeopardy; Moldavia joins the CEPT universal licensing system; International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend sets a new record and a Morse sprint will honor the memory of the late Nancy Kott, WZ8C. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1933 coming your way right now.

Fontana Students Talk to Space Station Astronaut via Ham Radio:
by on August 29, 2014
The cafeteria at Dorothy Grant Elementary School in Fontana is usually full of laughter and talking as students eat their lunches; but on Aug. 27, the room was so quiet that one could easily hear a pin drop. That's because the students were waiting anxiously to take part in a rare event that would allow them to make contact, via amateur radio, with an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station. However, making the connection was proving difficult because there was no response when Eric Archer, an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, repeatedly stated: “NA1SS, NA1SS Copy, K6DGE Fontana California, over." But finally, after several unsuccessful attempts, German astronaut Alexander Gerst’s voice was heard on the speakers, loud and clear -- signaling the first ever K6DGE radio contact with the International Space Station as it passed from the western horizon to the east. Wasting no time and under the direction of Archer and Charlie Sulfana, a mentor assigned to Grant School by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Yesenia, a chosen student, asked Gerst why he decided to become an astronaut.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #35:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 28, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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 August 28, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Major ARRL 2nd Century Campaign Gift from JA1BK Will Support DX Log Archive
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
A major donation from noted DXer Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to the ARRL Second Century Campaign will support "The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK." Earnings from the generous gift will fund the creation and management of a DX Log Archive Program for paper DX logs of rare and significant DXpeditions that took place predominantly in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The archive also would include pre-1950 paper logs, as well as those from rare operations, and logs kept by long-time residents of very rare entities.

FCC Proposes to Fine CBer $14,000 for Not Permitting Station Inspection:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
The FCC continued this month to demonstrate that it's serious about enforcing its rules and regulations, proposing to fine a Florida Citizens Band operator $14,000 for failing to allow FCC agents inspect his station.

US-to-VK Transpacific Reception On 630 Meters Reported:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas. While the approximately 8710 miles covered is not a distance record nor a "first" for that part of the spectrum, it does represent the sorts of accomplishments that the Amateur Radio community in the US might come to enjoy if a band at 472-479 kHz ever becomes a reality.

Balloons Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Still Circling the Earth:
by The ARRL Letter on August 28, 2014
Three plastic foil-envelope balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads and launched from the UK by Leo Bodnar, M0XER, remain aloft and continue to circle the Earth. The oldest, identified as B-63, was released on July 8 and became the second of Bodnar's balloons to circumnavigate the globe. The first to do so, B-64, went up on July 12 and had completed one lap around the Northern Hemisphere by July 31. Air currents have carried the balloon within 9 km of the North Pole and within 10 km of its launch site. The last balloon to make it around the Earth was B-66, which Bodnar released on July 15.

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