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Ham Operators Signal Discontent:
by on November 25, 2015
Andhra Pradesh has witnessed two major disasters in recent months, the stampede at the Godavari Pushkarams in July and the ongoing floods in Nellore and Chittoor district, but there has been no effort made by HAM radio operators to chip in with the relief effort. There are nearly 500 HAM radio operators, or amateur radio operators, in and around Vijayawada, equipped to serve as an important communication channel in disaster-affected areas. But they have been reduced to being silent spectators. In contrast, during the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand, HAM radio operators were active players on the frontline. Eager to play their part, the fraternity is urging the State government to make use of them in the Krishna Pushkarams next year, an event that provides a wide scope for them. Use of the HAM radio network could probably have prevented the stampede at the Godavari Pushkarams in July this year, some amateur radio operators feel. “At least in the ensuing Krishna Pushkarams, we want the government to use HAM radio operators as a parallel communication network,” says Arza Ramesh Babu, coordinator of the now-defunct Ham Radio Training Centre in Krishna district. “A growing number of people, especially engineering students, are evincing interest in this mode of communication. The government should develop the sector,” says Mr. Ramesh Babu. Radio amateurs use voice, text, image and data and have frequency allocations in the radio spectrum to enable communication across a city, region, country, continent, the world, or even into space. In the past, the Vijayawada Urban Development Authority (VUDA) office, now called the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), used to house a HAM training centre. It is gone now. In the absence of an office, amateur radio operators hold their meetings and workshops at the Regional Science Centre at Bhavanipuram. The HAM radio equipment in the Krishna district Collector’s office is 20-25 years old and has become obsolete.

The First Radio Sets: a Spark Gap and a Coherer:
by on November 24, 2015
[Ashish] let us know about his experiments in recreating the earliest type of radio set: a spark-gap transmitter and iron-filings coherer. He goes through the historical development of the kit in great detail, so we’re just going to skip that part. Go read it yourself! Instead, we’re going to tease you with the coolest part of the rig: the coherer. In [Ashish]’s build, it’s a piece of tubing with some iron filings between two bolts. When a sufficiently strong EM wave hits the filings, they stick together and bridge the gap between the bolts, allowing electricity to flow and light up an LED, for instance. You can see this in [Ashish]’s video below the break, along with kmore discussion of that coherer. A coherer is a one-shot receiver -- the filings have to be physically separated after each reception. Repeatedly tapping on the coherer by hand must have gotten old pretty quickly: period coherers included a “decoherer” -- an electromechanical tapper that reset the coherer multiple times per second by hitting it, and contribute to a low buzzing sound when receiving with one.

Broadcast: Major Edwin H. Armstrong, the Inventor of Frequency Modulation:
by on November 23, 2015
The Father of FM Broadcasting is Heard Over WNYC 63 Years Ago Today! In a rare appearance behind the microphone, Major Edwin H. Armstrong, the inventor of frequency modulation (FM) broadcasting, addressed the WNYC audience 63 years ago today. The occasion was the launch of WNYC's new FM transmitter.

Amateur Radio Roundtable:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on November 23, 2015
Special webcast Tues of Arizona Near Space Research balloon launch on at 8:00 PM Central (0200 UTC Wed) Tune in to Amateur Radio Roundtables regular Tues night show and hear from Jack Crabtree, W7JLC, founder of the research group. Also Joe Eisenberg will be back with us with more kits. Don't forget Riley Hollingsworth, retired FCC Special Counsel also answers your questions.

Reaching Out to Santa with Technology:
by on November 23, 2015
The ‘Shortwave To Santa Claus' event was held at the Western Development Museum, one of a few special holiday-themed events hosted Saturday. As well, there was a secret Santa where volunteers helped the kids shop for their parents. Members of the radio club said they are proud to host the event for the kids of Moose Jaw. "The club has been in operation since 1942," said Barry Mackenzie, club president for the past three years. "It's one of the oldest clubs in Saskatchewan." The club has eight members at the moment and all worked hard Saturday to keep Santa and kids connected. "I am head technical assistant to Moose Jaw," said Memere Lloyd, an eight-year member of the Radio Club. "If there's a technical issue, I relay it to the technical department in the North Pole."

VI0ANZAC to Be Heard from Casey Base:
by WIA on November 22, 2015
After two days of blizzard conditions the weather forecast is enabling VI0ANZAC to be on air from Casey Base in the Australian Antarctic Territory. As part of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program it plans to be operating on November 22, from 1pm (AEDT) or 0200 UTC. A large transport aircraft is due to land at Casey Base just before the operation begins. The only other time VI0ANZAC has been able to be on air was August 29-30, again cut short by blizzard conditions. The WIA reminds all that this is not a DXpedition, only possible during available spare time, and no pre-arranged skeds or indirect contact with the operator is possible. Fred Swainston VK3DAC will be on air and in contact with the operator Doug VK0MV during the event.

Hello? Any Allied Unit? Is Anyone Out There?
by on November 22, 2015
The radio club has been very active in the valley, with yearly gatherings and providing contact in occasional emergencies. The Ham Radio Class will start Monday, November 23, at 7 p.m. Those interested will meet in the public meeting room of the First Baptist Church on Cooper Lane in Hamilton. There is a minimal charge for materials. The classes will take you through the regulations and electronic information you need to get a license from Federal Communications Commission. Then you’ll be able to set up your own transmitter in your home to talk with other operators around the world. There’s even a setup that allows the ham operators to use the internet to help make distant connections.

Preparing for Emergencies: Amateur Radio Operators Ready to Help Out:
by on November 21, 2015
Amateur radio may be just a hobby to some, but during an emergency these radio operators will likely be able to keep the lines of communication open to the outside world. Also called hams, during an emergency when the power is off and the Internet and phones aren’t working, local amateur radio operators might very well be the best way to communicate with each other. For the past two years, Todd Smith of Rexburg has been helping to organize amateur radio operators as part of an effort by the LDS Church to be prepared for emergencies. As part of his church responsibilities, he currently serves as an assistant North America Idaho Area Emergency Communication Specialist that covers the states of Idaho and Montana, as coordinator for the Rexburg region, and as the emergency communication specialist for the Rexburg East Stake where he lives. He said most stakes in the Rexburg area have an emergency communication specialist and some wards also have ward specialists. If an emergency or disaster were to happen, the bishop or stake president will use these communication specialists to help relay information to church members and church leaders. Besides using amateur radios, the ward and stake volunteers may be trained in setting up calling trees to contact church members and how to use social media such as Facebook to provide information. “The church considers amateur radio to be a backup form of communication,” Todd said. “When everything else is not working, the church will turn to amateur radio.” The main reason why amateur radio works during emergencies is because each station is completely independent of any other resources. Many hams are set up to operate on battery power and the radios are not tied to the Internet or telephone lines.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #47 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 20, 2015
At 2347 UTC on November 17 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning. "Geomagnetic conditions are expected to rise from quiet to minor storm levels on 18 November due to the expected effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a coronal hole and possible glancing blow from the CMEs observed late on 15 and early on 16 November. This coronal hole effect may keep the conditions enhanced to unsettled to minor storm levels on 19 November. "Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 18-19 November, 2015" Solar activity declined again this week, with average daily sunspot numbers for the November 12-18 reporting week at 43.3, down from 72.3 during the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux was 105.5, down from 109.4.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1986 November 20 2015:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on November 20, 2015
The following is a QST. The FCC suffers another temporary outage of its Universal Licensing System. The amateur community gets ready to recognize hard-working SKYWARN volunteers. And a special station operating in the Antarctic refuses to let blizzards get in the way of QSOs. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline report 1986 coming your way right now.

Department of Conservation Approve Trip to Antipodes Islands:
by on November 20, 2015
After much consideration the Department of Conservation has given approval for a group of radio enthusiasts to travel to the Antipodes Islands but insists it is not setting a precedent. The group of international amateur radio enthusiasts were seeking to broadcast from the Antipodes Islands which lie 860km to the southeast of Stewart Island. Access to the Antipodes Islands is by permit only and the group has proposed to make a significant contribution to a mouse eradication programme that DOC wants to carry out. DXing is the hobby by which radio operators receive and identify distant radio signals, or make two-way radio contact with distant operators. DOC Murihiku operations manager Ros Cole said the trip was approved because it would allow DOC staff to carry out much needed work on the islands in preparation for its mouse eradication project next winter. It was about balancing the benefits with the costs, Cole said. "It's an exception rather than a precedent." A trip was planned to the Antipodes Islands on the Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury in March but the ship was called away to assist with relief after Cyclone Pam, Cole said. The DX radio group were chartering a ship to the Antipodes that would also transport researchers studying the Gibson's albatross. Trips to the Antipodes required a lot of planning and were resource heavy, Cole said. The opportunity the radio operators were providing would enable DOC to carry out the repairs to a hut on the island ahead of the operation in 2016, Cole said. The impact of the radio operators was likely to be minimal as they would spend their time based in the hut.

Ham Radio Operators Agree to Work as One Group in Times of Disasters:
by on November 20, 2015
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte November 18 (PIA) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) successfully brought all the ham radio operators in the province to an agreement to work as one group in times of disasters. PDRRMO Officer Danilo Atienza said, in times of disasters conventional communications such as telephones in long lines, cellphones, radio broadcasts, among others will bugged down due to broken lines and long power brown-out such that the ham radio networks will be the only available communications that will stand. With the presence of several ham radio networks in the locality such as MAGMA, ARCOM, Bu.of Fire Protection (BFP), PNP-SoLeyte Provincial Police Office (SLPPO), Philippine Red Cross-Southern Leyte Chapter, and different local government units handling ham radio communications, were requested to give up their respective identities in times of disasters and to work as one group, as well, he added. Hence, the Association of Southern Leyte Radio Communicators Group (ASLRCG) was formed with its newly elected officers namely, Chairman- Dr Jerome Paler, MAGMA; Vice Chairman- Ramonito Abadiano; ARCOM, Secretary- Venancio 's groups.Samalca and the Net Control Officers will be represented by each of the ham operators groups. National Telecommunications (NTC) Provincial Officer Engr Rose Seno, who gave the briefing on the basic principles of radio communictions, also informed the different groups of the official mandate that all the ham radio operators in any locality should group together in one frequency in times of disasters.It was agreed that ASLRCG will work in one frequency in times of disasters, while during “peacetime,” the ham operators may work independently pursuing their respective visions and missions, Atienza added.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #46:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 19, 2015
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AJ9C, NN1N, OH2YL, 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 November 19, 2015
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsors:
by The ARRL Letter on November 19, 2015
The Amateur Radio Parity Act S. 1685 took an essential step forward on November 18, when the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted to report the bill favorably and without amendment. It was one of a half-dozen bills that were approved by the committee in a brief markup session. S. 1685 was approved on a voice vote, with two Senators -- Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) -- asked to be recorded as voting "no."

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