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Foundations of Amateur Radio -- Episode 73:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on October 28, 2016
What's the secret to getting into Amateur Radio? The entry to this amazing hobby is simpler than you might imagine and it can get you further than you thought possible. Episode 73 shows the way.

Ham Radio Contest and Strategy:
by on October 28, 2016
Have you heard about Ham radio before? If not, FYI! it is all about fun and entertainment. Ham Radio Contesting is an essential gathering where all the Professional and beginner hams are returning from multiple theme fairs just to be part of this contest from all around the country and the globe. If any of us is looking for a perfect chance to show their skills globally, as a new receiver or the transmitter its the perfect place to do so. Such contests are never based on dealing with commercial support exclusively, but one way or another it is always about winning and winning a big prize. Beyond winning a prize, ham contest is a platform for enhancing your skills, plus it will certainly be a perfect place to learn and gain more experience in this field. Via this, the participants will be able to create contact with the legendary hams at any length and distance.

Learning Morse Code Without Trying:
by on October 28, 2016
It's not exactly beating something into someone's head. More like tapping it into the side. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a system that teaches people Morse code within four hours using a series of vibrations felt near the ear. Participants wearing Google Glass learned it without paying attention to the signals -- they played games while feeling the taps and hearing the corresponding letters. After those few hours, they were 94 percent accurate keying a sentence that included every letter of the alphabet and 98 percent accurate writing codes for every letter.

STEREO -- 10 Years of Revolutionary Solar Views:
by on October 27, 2016
Launched 10 years ago, on Oct. 25, 2006, the twin spacecraft of NASA's STEREO mission -- short for Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory -- have given us unprecedented views of the sun, including the first-ever simultaneous view of the entire star at once. This kind of comprehensive data is key to understanding how the sun erupts with things like coronal mass ejections and energetic particles, as well as how those events move through space, sometimes impacting Earth and other worlds. Ten years ago, the twin STEREO spacecraft joined a fleet of NASA spacecraft monitoring the sun and its influence on Earth and space -- and they provided a new and unique perspective. The two STEREO observatories, called STEREO-A and STEREO-B -- for Ahead and Behind, respectively -- were sent out from Earth in opposite directions. Using gravitational assists from both the moon and Earth, the STEREO spacecraft were accelerated to Earth-escape velocities. STEREO-A was inserted into an orbit slightly smaller, and therefore faster, than Earth's. For STEREO-B, the reverse happened: It was nudged into an orbit slightly larger than Earth's so that it traveled around the sun more slowly, falling increasingly behind the Earth. As the spacecraft slowly fanned out away from the centerline between Earth and the sun where every other sun-watching spacecraft is located -- they revealed more and more new information about our closest star. "STEREO gives us a much more thorough view of the sun, solar wind and solar activity," said Terry Kucera, deputy project scientist for STEREO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "The view from the far side of the sun lets us record more events and get more complete pictures of each event."

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #44:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 27, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by ON4EI, VE2EVN, 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.

Rule Making Petition to FCC Calls for Vanity Call Sign Rule Changes:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 27, 2016
The FCC is inviting comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11775) from a Nevada radio amateur that seeks changes to the rules governing the Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Program. Christopher LaRue, W4ADL, of North Las Vegas, is proposing that any licensee obtaining a vanity call sign be required to keep it for the full license term. LaRue contends in his petition that excessive and frequent vanity call sign filings are hampering the ability of other qualified licensees to obtain vanity call signs in one of the more desirable 1 x 2 or 2 x 1 formats. LaRue said that since the FCC dropped the fee to file for a vanity call sign, some applicants are taking advantage by regularly obtaining new call signs, thereby keeping them out of circulation.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Ecuador Radio Club Recognizes ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager, Ham Aid:
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, was recognized by the Guayaquil Radio Club (GRC) of Ecuador for coordinating the work of ARRL and several other radio amateurs to provide Ham Aid equipment to Ecuador this past spring, following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in April.

Philippine Hams Team up to Confront Back-to-Back Typhoons:
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network volunteers were ready for Super Typhoon Haima, which struck the northeastern Philippines on October 19 with winds peaking at more than 180 MPH prior to landfall -- a category 5 storm. Roberto Vicencio, DU1VHY, reported that HERO had already activated its net on 7.110 MHz for an earlier category 3 storm, Typhoon Sharika, which hit Luzon Island before moving west and weakening. But the powerful Haima forced thousands of residents to flee. More than a dozen deaths in the Philippines were blamed on the storm.

ARISS Radio Failure Prompts Shift to ISS Russian Service Module Ham Gear:
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
The International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced that the Ericsson MP-A VHF handheld transceiver that astronauts had been using to speak via Amateur Radio with students and educational groups around the world for more than 16 years recently began displaying an error message, rendering it unusable, at least for now. While the ARISS technical team is looking into how to restore operation from the ISS Columbus module, it will support ARISS contacts from NA1SS using the 25 W Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the Russian Service Module. Cosmonauts have been using that radio to carry out their ARISS school contacts from RS0ISS. For the time being, the packet digipeater, which relied on the Ericsson transceiver, will be unavailable. Switching to the 70-centimeter capability in the Columbus module for some operations is being coordinated. New ISS ham gear is on the way, though.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
"HF Mobile Antennas" is the topic of the latest (October 20) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Broadcasters, Jammers Wreak Havoc On Amateur Radio Frequencies:
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
The battle continues between Radio Eritrea (Voice of the Broad Masses) and Radio Ethiopia, which is said to be jamming the Eritrean broadcaster with broadband white noise. The problem for radio amateurs is that the battle is taking place in the 40-meter phone band -- 7.145 and 7.175 MHz -- with the jamming signal reported by the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) to be 20 kHz wide on each channel.

National Parks On the Air Update:
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
Amateurs taking part in the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program are making a serious push to complete 1 million contacts from eligible NPS units before December 31. NPOTA crossed the 750,000 mark last week, and in just 7 days, more than 25,000 new contacts were uploaded to Logbook of the World, putting the year-to-date total at 778,000. Every US radio amateur can help NPOTA break the 1 million mark by getting on the air and working the Activators at parks, or by going out and activating an NPOTA unit!

Georgia Section Manager Changing on November 1:
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
Georgia Section Manager Gene Clark, W4AYK, of Albany, has announced that he's stepping down at the end of October, after serving since October 2009. David Benoist, AG4ZR, of Senoia, has been appointed as Georgia Section Manager, effective November 1, to complete the current term of office, which extends until September 30, 2017.

Battleship Missouri Serves as Amateur Radio Licensing Class, Testing Venue:
by The ARRL Letter on October 27, 2016
The ARRL-affiliated Emergency Amateur Radio Club (EARC) in Honolulu held the first-ever Amateur Radio licensing classes and test session on board the battleship USS Missouri, now a World War II memorial berthed in Pearl Harbor. The October 8 test session was the culmination of 5 weeks of classes and a tour of KH6BB, the ship's club station. Eight applicants passed the Technician exam, and two of them went on to pass the General class test as well.

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