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Students Experience the Thrill of Ham Operation:
by thehindu.com on July 23, 2017
It was a thrilling experience for 70-odd students from the Electronics and Communications departments in Potti Sriramulu College of Engineering and Technology. They carefully observed as a group of Ham operators made swift arrangements to capture the signals from their college premises to help them see pictures transmitted by members of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), to mark its 20th anniversary. Ham operators A. Ramesh Babu (VU2RDM), Prabhu Das Ankala (VU2DOS) from Hyderabad, Subba Reddy (VU3OUA), B.Y. Prasad (VU3XOH) and B. Umakanth (VU3UBU) took the lead in conducting the event. The college Principal K. Nageswara Rao, faculty Ranga Rao and others were present. The Hams made a special three-element Yagi VHF uni-directional antenna and fixed it on a tripod so it could work from all directions with the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) at latitude 48.330, longitude 114.210, altitude 406.66 KM and speed of 27624 KMPH. This space station takes about three hours to complete one cycle around the globe. The Hams demonstrated how fast the ISS moves in the orbit and astronauts communicating to the ground station at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through Ham Radio. The Ham operators also monitored live activity of the ISS.

Joining the 'CERT' Team:
by mydailyregister.com on July 23, 2017
POINT PLEASANT -- Mason County 911 Director Dennis Zimmerman has achieved a a goal set forth when he was first hired -- establish a competent and ready CERT team for Mason County. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group formed of volunteer civilians with training to assist the public in times of emergency. Functioning as a part of the county Emergency Management Agency (EMA), CERT is a group that continues training while being ready to assist existing agencies in times of disaster. They also coordinate with amateur radio operators, also called HAM radio, for efficient communications. In a disaster situation radio space is often tied up with law enforcement and emergency medical services. Therefore non-emergency communications like CERT use amateur radio operators to communicate without tying up valuable radio time.

Old Weather Radio Technology Still Most Trusted for Tracking Monsoons:
by fronterasdesk.org on July 22, 2017
Weather Radio is the steady stream of rough messages broadcast 24/7 and picked up by your favorite radio stations when the weather turns. They’re a nearly daily occurrence in Arizona right now, warning of flash flooding in Douglas, winds in Tucson, and severe storms just outside Phoenix. This recent broadcast in Nogales warned people to move to the first floor of whatever building they were in. And if it sounds a little garbled, there’s a reason for that. Dan Leins is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tucson. Scientist and meteorologist Dan Leins demonstrates the NOAA Weather Radio at the National Weather Service in Tucson. "They got their start with a person who would go live on the radio when they had active weather going on. They would either speak live or do recordings on tape. And that would play back over and over and over again. That would run 24/7 if there was active weather in the middle of the night," Leins saidIt’s a technology from the last century. In fact, before Twitter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Radio All Hazards -- or, Weather Radio -- was intended as a way for the president to reach the country. "If there’s a natural disaster, if there was a nuclear disaster, the system was designed to pick up broadcasts like that and redistribute them nationally instantly. That was one of the main purposes that NOAA weather radio all hazards was deployed."

Amateur Radio Clubs Monitor Weather, Events:
by govtech.com on July 22, 2017
(TNS) -- Specialized technology and code names may sound like elements of a spy movie; but they are also tools used by members of amateur radio clubs. "We're the most anonymous organization you're going to find," said McPherson Amateur Radio Club member Richard Johnson. "Most people have no idea what we do or how we do it." The Newton Amateur Radio Club and the McPherson Amateur Radio Club support numerous events by providing communications services and serving as weather spotters. "We are basically two clubs operating jointly," said Russell Groves, president of the McPherson Amateur Radio Club. "They're separate entities with separate charters, but we do just about everything together." The majority of the events their members, who are also known as hams, work are marathons or bike rides that can cover more than 50 miles of roads or trails. As participants pass by stations, the radio operators note if anyone is experiencing health problems, is being chased by a dog, has an emergency call coming in or needs to drop out and arrange transportation from the middle of the course. "We try to be very efficient in the information we're passing. It isn't a lot of chit-chat, it's just information as needed to be conveyed to the right people," Groves said. "We keep track of the riders and the runners so we know where everybody is on the course. If someone doesn't make it from one stop to another, we're keeping track of that, too." The system also ensures riders or runners who get lost are found and that the event does not end until everyone is accounted for.

Amateur Radio Association Keeping 'The Other Wireless’ Alive:
by frontiersman.com on July 22, 2017
WASILLA -- The Matanuska Amateur Radio Association is a general interest amateur radio club with approximately 100 members. You may not see them, but if you have a scanner, chances are you’ve heard them. According to MARA secretary Tabitha Sherman, the group is comprised of folks from every walk of life with at least one thing in common, the love of amateur, or ham radio. Group officers said MARA members are involved in every aspect of amateur radio. The organization makes a special effort to participate in providing communications support for public service events, field days, marathons, sled dog and snow machine races -- local and statewide, avalanche rescues, and wildland fires.

Is Our Sun Slowing Down in Its Middle Age?
by skyandtelescope.com on July 22, 2017
The Sun has changed its figure, researchers say, and might keep it that way. The structure of the Sun's surface, where sunspots live, appears to have changed markedly 23 years ago. That’s when solar magnetic activity might have started slowing down, Rachel Howe (University of Birmingham, UK, and Aarhaus University, Denmark) and collaborators speculate in paper to appear in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (full text here). Such a structural change might help explain the Sun's mysteriously weak cycles in recent years.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #111:
by Onno VK6FLAB on July 21, 2017
For the most part of my Amateur Radio life I've been an active contester. I have spoken about why I love contesting and why I think it's an important aspect of this amazing hobby. Today I want to talk about how contests are run, specifically how complaints are handled and how we could improve.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #29 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 21, 2017
Average daily sunspot number this week declined just 1.7 to 26.6, even though there were two days in the reporting week with no sunspots, July 18 and 19. The blank sun condition continued at least one more day on Thursday, July 20 which lands it on the first day of the next reporting week, July 20 to 26.

Caboolture Radio Club to Open Up the Airwaves with its Annual Ham Fest:
by couriermail.com.au on July 21, 2017
CABOOLTURE Radio Club is tuning up for its annual Ham Fest. The event, on Saturday, July 22, allows visitors to buy second-hand electronic equipment. Last year more than 100 people showed up. It is one of the activities the 45-strong club membership does from its base in Smiths Rd, Caboolture. Club secretary John Arnfield said the club helped train those working on an Amateur Radio Foundation Licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced licence.

Ham's Heroes:
by telluridenews.com on July 21, 2017
When the zombie apocalypse hits, what will you do? Will you scramble to arm yourself, or collect supplies and hunker down in a remote location? What about finding other survivors? How will you reach them? A common characteristic of zombie invasions is the destruction and total failure of communication systems: cell phones, land lines, Wi-Fi, everything. That’s where the Montrose Amateur Radio Club comes in. In case of any emergency (undead or otherwise), the club is capable of operating outside the power grid, making it the only plausible communication system this side of messenger pigeons. “That certainly is true. Here in Montrose County we cooperate with the Montrose County Emergency Management,” club member Lew French said. “We are prepared to communicate on behalf of the the county with the state’s emergency operations center if the normal lines of communication go down.” Amateur radio operators, or hams as they’re referred to, can connect with people from all over the world using the shortwave system. “It’s a way to communicate through the air without using any infrastructure,” French said. “You can operate your radios off of 12 volt batteries.”

How to Make Sure You Can Communicate with Family During a Disaster:
by king5.com on July 21, 2017
Keeping everyone connected when disaster strikes in a key component at the Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center. Without communication, everything else breaks down. “Everything from knowing which roads are open, which ones are jammed or damaged in some way, all of that stuff,” said Scott Honaker, communications coordinator for Snohomish County Emergency Management. Emergency responders have all sorts of tools at their disposal to make sure first responders know what’s going on, but what about your family? How would you make sure everyone is safe? Amateur radio operators (usually called ham radios) are often the glue that hold communications together in an emergency. There are about 16,000 in Washington state. Ham radios can reach anywhere in the world without the issues linked to phone and cell service.

Johnson County Considers Encrypting All Police Radio Traffic:
by press-citizen.com on July 21, 2017
Citing concerns about privacy and officer safety, Johnson County is considering encrypting all police radio traffic. If the county chooses to encrypt the communications, all law enforcement responses to 911 calls, from routine events like public intoxication or welfare checks to large-scale emergencies like the 2015 Coral Ridge Mall shooting, will be inaccessible to the public in real time. Currently, members of the news media and public with access to a police scanner, the internet or a phone app can listen to law enforcement communications through a live or delayed feed. The change is under consideration by the Joint Emergency Communication Center policy board, made up of Johnson County elected officials and city representatives, and likely wouldn't occur until after the board's next meeting Sept. 23. Before the board makes a decision, it has asked law enforcement to provide a formal rationale detailing the pros and cons of moving to encryption.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #29:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 20, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KI1U, QRZ DX, 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 July 20, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced In US Senate:
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowners' association (HOA) or subject to any private land-use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes. The Senate bill, S. 1534, is identical to H.R. 555, which passed the US House of Representatives in January.


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