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ARNewsline Report 1942 -- Oct. 31 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on October 31, 2014
The following is a Q-S-T. Several ham radio payloads are lost in a launch mishap of an Orbital Sciences re-supply mission to the International Space Station; Indonesia hams may play a part in that nations Ebola prevention plan; Islands on the Air program to freeze all actions involving the Crimea; a flea power pico balloon launched down- under is heard in the United States and Sunspot A R 2192 says a temporary goodbye by sending two more X-class flares our way. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1942 coming your way right now.

Strange Radio Signals Detected from Ancient Underwater Building Near Malibu
by news.yahoo.com on October 31, 2014
A mysterious underwater structure near Malibu, which conspiracy theorists believe could be a ‘stargate’ used to travel to alien planets has emitted strange new radio signals. A ham radio enthusiast captured audio of the strange radio signals emitted from the ‘ship’, which some believe has been known about by indigenous Chumash people for thousands of years. ‘Every day I would come across these signals,’ says Mr Emmett, 93, who has been an amateur radio operator since 1938. ‘The amazing thing about them is that they are steady as you like. I knew the signal had to be extremely close.’ Mr Emmett says he tracked the source of these signals using a powerful antenna mounted on a four-wheel-drive truck - and found they hailed from a mysterious underwater structure near his property in Florida. The structure was originally spotted by author Robert M Stanley - a friend of Mr Emmett's - who believes it may be a large alien craft which has lain underwater for thousands of years.

Ham Radio Operators Ready for 'Nilofar':
by newkerala.com on October 31, 2014
After their laudatory efforts during cyclone 'Hudhud', amateur radio operators (hams) from West Bengal and Hyderabad are on alert and ready to roll their services to establish radio communication in case their help is sought in the wake of cyclone 'Nilofar' scheduled to hit Gujarat Friday. Cyclone 'Nilofar', which developed over the Arabian Sea, is likely to make landfall in Naliya in Kutch district of Gujarat Friday, but with a reduced intensity, an India Meteorological Department bulletin said Tuesday. According to S. Ram Mohan, director, National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR), a Hyderabad-based NGO, five teams - two in Bengal and three in Hyderabad - are geared up for any deployment requirements in Gujarat. "Following our work during the recent cyclone Hudhud and earlier in the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, our hams know the drill. We are already on alert and on standby," Ram Mohan told IANS over the phone from Hyderabad. "We are ready to move if the Gujarat disaster management authorities need our help," he said, adding NIAR has written to the Prime Minister's Office Tuesday to apprise them of their intent. Ram Mohan said the teams can be mobilised and embedded with relief efforts only upon the request and directions of the central government and state disaster management units. In the aftermath of 'Hudhud', several members of the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club) were deployed by the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and the Andhra Pradesh Police to "establish temporary fail-proof communication system" in the disaster-struck districts of the states.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #44:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 30, 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 October 30, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Hawaii ARES Volunteers Finalize Plans for Possible Lava Flow Activation:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J, said this week that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers on the Big Island of Hawaii are ready to activate, if needed, in response to the Puna lava flow.

Satellites Carrying AR Payloads Among Those Lost In Launch Explosion:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
The RACE and GOMX-2 CubeSats, both carrying Amateur Radio payloads, were among more than 2 dozen satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Indian Radio Amateurs Continue Communication Support Following Cyclone:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
More than 2 weeks after Cyclone (hurricane) Hud Hud hit Vishakhapattanam and surrounding communities on India's Bay of Bengal, radio amateurs are continuing to provide communication support to authorities and residents. In the storm's immediate aftermath, all communication with Vishakhapattanam -- known as "Vizag" -- and the wider region was via Amateur Radio. With electric power knocked out, no mobile or landline telephone service was available, but Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) National Coordinator for Disaster Communication Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, said the Amateur Radio emergency communication network ran smoothly. Bhide told ARRL that it will take some time before things are back to normal in the stricken region.

Colorado EOSS-202 Balloon Flight Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads 'Awesome':
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
An Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS) balloon flight, launched on October 25 by students from Colorado and New Mexico, and carrying three ham radio payloads into near-space surpassed its planned altitude.

ARISS Encourages Schools To Apply for Space Station Contact Opportunities:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced that the application window is open for proposals from formal and informal educational institutions and organizations to host an Amateur Radio contact with an ISS crew member.

Bidding In Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Ends On Thursday, Oct 30:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
Bidding in the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction concludes on Thursday, October 30 (October 31 UTC). Bid closing times are staggered beginning at 0230 UTC and finishing at 0307 UTC on October 31.

W1AW Centennial Operations Set Sights On WA and KS, Plus American Samoa:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Wyoming, Massachusetts, and the US Virgin Islands. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, November 5 (the evening of November 4 in US time zones), to Kansas (W1AW/0) and Washington (W1AW/7).

4M Moon Orbiter Completes Lunar Flyby:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
The recently launched 4M (Manfred Memorial Moon Mission) Amateur Radio payload completed its loop around the moon on October 28 between 0030 and 0215 UTC. Among the 13-character onboard messages posted prior to launch was a encomium for Manfred Fuchs, to whom LUXspace dedicated the mission. Fuchs was the founder of LUXspace parent OHB. Roland Zurmely, PY4ZBZ, the first station to receive the 4M signal, was also the first to piece together the 158 JT65B 13-character messages comprising dedication, which described Fuchs as playing "an outstanding role in the European space industry over the last decades." Fuchs died earlier this year at the age of 75.

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) In January:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition, using the call sign K1N, will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

Indonesia's New Leaders are Radio Amateurs:
by The ARRL Letter on October 30, 2014
Indonesia's new national leaders are both Amateur Radio licensees. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, YD2JKW, holds a General class license. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, YC8HYK, is an Advanced class licensee.


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