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ANZAC Centenary Callsigns Deadline:
by WIA on March 4, 2015
All applications for the commemorative ANZAC suffixed callsigns issued by the WIA must be made fairly soon and certainly finalised before the end of March. The WIA Board has a deadline of March 31 for its ANZAC callsigns, with applications accepted online and filled in using the correct UTC day or days. The callsign applications are only for up to a week at a time. If seeking an ANZAC callsign read the requirements and obligations which include eQSLing, logging and award eligibility. This information will not only be of interest to ANZAC stations, but they can mention them frequently on air and refer to the WIA website for full further detail. ANZAC callsign bookings have been good and where overlaps in proposed dates have occurred, the majority of groups are showing consideration and have been flexible enough to adapt. Also a number of other clubs and individuals are to use the alternative AX callsign prefix, available this year for up to 48 hours. Following WIA representations the ACMA in recognition that this is the Centenary of ANZAC, will allow for the use of AX on Saturday and Sunday April 25 and 26.

WIA: QSL Collection Report:
by WIA on March 4, 2015
During 2015 some major work has been carried out to tidy up the WIA Bayswater factory space behind the WIA Office. This work included the QSL collection area. The WIA, thanks to the work of Ken Matchett VK3TL - Silent Key, has the 2nd largest historic QSL collection in the world. This is a collection of QSL cards that have been donated by Radio Amateurs and Short-Wave Listeners from both Australia and overseas, the aim of which is to preserve the history of Amateur Radio. QSL cards also have an archival value in that old QSLs, through their description of radio equipment and comments made by our Radio Amateurs, can depict the fascinating world of amateur radio in its early days. Members of the WIA have reason to be proud of their WIA QSL Collection, as it contains some of the rarest archival material in the world. The QSL of Reinhartz 1XAM of the USA, and De Loy of France is in the collection. It was this amateur radio transmission between these two experimenters in November 1923 that bridged the Atlantic for the first time. The QSLs of Frank Bell Z4AA and Cecil Goyder G2SZ are also in the collection. These experimenters made the first two-way amateur radio contact between New Zealand and England in 1924. The Collection has also an excellent range of post WW1 QSLs such as rare DX, IOTA, DOK, Prefix and USA County QSLs, in addition to a thematic collection and a pictorial collection containing some of the World’s most attractively designed QSLs.

Morsy -- Morse Code Encoder and Player:
by downloads.zdnet.com on March 4, 2015
Morse code generator.Morsy allows you, even if you are not an amateur radio, to translate automatically and in real time a textual note to Morse visual code. Dont worry if you dont know the Morse code, this app translate and play your message instantly. You can also share morse code with your friends.

Brownie Kathryn Takes to the Airways to Say Hello:
by halsteadgazette.co.uk on March 3, 2015
A BROWNIE took to the airwaves to speak to girls in the Scouting movement on World Thinking Day. Kathryn Sipple, seven, of the 17th Leigh Brownies, is the great grand-daughter of amateur radio antenna designer Gordon “Dicky” Bird and sent greetings to 15 Guides and Brownies in South Ockendon on Sunday. As the youngest member of the Essex Ham radio club, she broadcast the messages under the guidance of her parents, both of whom are licensed radio amateurs. She also completed her first electronics project at the weekend, at Southend’s Raspberry Jam technology event, where the team from Essex Ham was demonstrating how to send and receive radio messages to and from the International Space Station.

Austin Amateur Radio Supply Closes:
by (AMATEURRADIO) on March 3, 2015
Texas amateur radio equipment distributor Austin Amateur Radio Supply has closed its doors. Started by Johnny Paul, WA5BGO, SK, over 35 years ago, Austin Amateur Radio Supply had been a regular advertiser in the major ham publications. After Paul’s death in late 2013, Austin Amateur Radio continued operation for well over a year.

Amateur Radio Club Gathers for Hamfest:
by thenewsdispatch.com on March 2, 2015
La PORTE -- The La Porte Civic Auditorium was filled with hams and non-hams alike during the La Porte County Amateur Radio Club's annual Cabin Fever Hamfest on Saturday. About 60 vendors were set up, selling radio equipment, electronic items, tools, radio paraphernalia and more. One booth offered custom-embroidered hats and T-shirts. "It's basically an electronics flea market," Brian Salzer, president of LPCARC, said. "We have radio equipment and odds and ends of other things. Old parts, new parts, basically stuff like that."

Ham Radio Vital to Emergency Communications:
by herald-citizen.com on March 2, 2015
COOKEVILLE -- It’s a hobby that is considered “old school” by many, but it is a vital component when it comes to communication during disasters. “Ham radios were very useful during Katrina and 9/11,” Marty Smith, emergency coordinator with the Putnam County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), said. The ARES came about during the civil defense days and consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

Radio Donation Boosts County Emergency Capabilities:
by pricecountydaily.com on March 1, 2015
Late Park Falls resident Bill Berg held a number of distinctions in life, including but nowhere limited to World War II veteran, father, musician, and amateur radio operator. Berg’s legacy will continue to impact local communities via the donation of his radio equipment, which stands ready to support emergency response efforts in Price County. Robert Loomis, a member of the Price County Repeater Association and local Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) rep, presented Berg’s family with a certificate of appreciation for making the donation to ARES at the February meeting of the Price County Board of Supervisors. Loomis touched on the value of the high-frequency radio equipment, now installed in the office of emergency government. “It really expands our capabilities here to support communications in the event that public safety communications fail,” Loomis said. County Board Chairman Robert Kopisch also weighed in on the donation’s significance, noting “in Price County, we have so many gaps in communications that this is really a necessary piece of our response in emergency management.” As one example of how the technology form can represent a vital safety net in times of potential public danger, amateur radio helped those in the county maintain communications after severe storms temporarily put other ways of staying in touch out of commission last September.

QSO Today Episode 31 Kevin Custer W3KKC:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on February 28, 2015
Beginning at the age of five, when his father could get him inside a Gates broadcast transmitter to change out the bypass capacitors in the final amplifier, to a childhood of radio and audio repair, Kevin Custer, W3KKC, has gone on to make radio his life’s work. Kevin’s Repeater Builder website has become the go to Internet resource for information on surplus land mobile radios, equipment, and test gear for building and maintaining amateur radio repeaters. Kevin joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.

FCC's Net Neutrality Vote: Celebrations, Legal Threats and Morse Code:
by fortune.com on February 28, 2015
Republicans, telecoms and their industry groups lashed out at the FCC over new rules that more strictly regulate the Internet. Democrats and Internet content companies celebrated. The Federal Communication Commission voted Thursday to enact new net neutrality rules that give the commission oversight of the Internet in an effort to ensure a level playing field on the web. But if anyone needed proof that the debate over net neutrality and government regulation of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is far from over, they needed only to look at the wide range of responses to the FCC’s Thursday vote. Companies, industry groups, politicians and even the White House weighed in with their (differing) views on the new FCC rules and where things should go from here.

VI8ANZAC is On the Air:
by WIA on February 28, 2015
The Darwin Amateur Radio Club (DARC) continues to be active with the VI8ANZAC callsign to mark the Albert Chalmers Borella journey re-enactment - and has caused many dog-piles on the bands. DARC President Gary Gibson VK8GN reports that concentration has been on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m. The lower bands are a bit of a challenge during the Australian northern wet season with very high noise levels.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #9 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 27, 2015
Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same (59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined, from 121.4 to 116.3.

ARNewsline Report 1954 Feb 27 2015:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on February 27, 2015
The following is a QST. Ham radio responds as a pair of tropical cyclones hit Australia; the FCC and the Food and Drug Administration look the future of medical remote electronics; printed FCC issued ham licenses come to an end; stunning images received from the latest ISS slow scan television experiment and the nominating period opens for the 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award. Find out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1954 coming your way right now.

Area Man Uses Ham Radio to Call for Help:
by ozarkcountytimes.com on February 27, 2015
Ham radio – and a “guardian angel” – were the stars of a road-crash rescue Saturday morning on Arkansas Highway 201 just south of the Missouri line. James “Jim” Long, who lives in Baxter County, Arkansas, said he set out for Mountain Home Saturday morning to get to the truck he drives on weekends for Magness Oil, but the roads were treacherously slick with ice and slush, and he stopped on a hilltop, where he had a cell phone signal, and called his dispatcher to say he wasn’t going to make it in. The dispatcher agreed, and Long had turned around and was heading back home when he came upon a car on its side at the bottom of a hill. “Its back end was up on the guardrail, and I was looking at the bottom of it,” he said. The driver, Ashley Miller, 25, was also on her way to work – at Hobby Lobby in Mountain Home. She told the Times Tuesday that she “hit a patch of black ice and felt the car spin. I saw the guardrail coming up and then I hit, and next thing I know I’m upside down in my car.” She said rescue personnel told her later the car, a Ford Escape, may have flipped three or four times before landing on the guardrail. “I had blood coming out of my head. Then I heard someone coming, and I honked my horn so they would know someone was in there,” she said. Long heard the honking horn and a woman crying inside the vehicle. “I went to see about her,” he said. One of the first things he saw was two infant car seats in the back – both empty. “I thought, ‘Oh, thank God there weren’t any kids with her,’” he said. “I was wanting out of there,” Miller said. “I smelled gas and the seat belt was cutting into me. My head was cut, and I had a laceration on my arm. Mr. Jim tried to open the door, but it wouldn’t open. Then he tried the moon roof. I switched the key, and the roof opened a little so he could pry it open. He came through the roof and reached in and cut my seat belt off. Then he helped pull me out.” The vehicle’s airbags did not deploy, she said. “Mr. Jim helped me over to his truck and wrapped me up with his coat,” Miller said. The crash had happened “down in a creek bottom where there wasn’t a cell phone signal,” Long said. But he has a HAM radio in his pickup, and he used it to call for help, connecting with the HAM repeater in Mountain Home. “One of my fellow HAMs came right back and said he would call 911,” said Long, who only knows the man monitoring the signal that morning as Junior, whose call sign is N9JSM. “It wasn’t long at all before a first responder from Clarkridge Fire Department got there, and then the Baxter County Sheriff’s deputy and the ambulance,” he said. Miller was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, where she was treated and released.

Verizon Issues Furious Response to FCC, in Morse Code, Dated 1934:
by arstechnica.com on February 27, 2015
Verizon wants 1st Amendment right to edit the Web, but rules from 1934 are too old. Verizon is just so mad at the Federal Communications Commission today that a normal press release wouldn't do. After all, Verizon issues so many press releases denouncing the FCC for trying to regulate telecommunications that today's vote on net neutrality required a special one to make sure it would be remembered.


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