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FDL Amateur Radio Club Explores Versatile Hobby:
by on August 2, 2015
FOND DU LAC – The Fond du Lac Amateur Radio Club is composed of professors, office workers, broadcasters, auto mechanics, information technology professionals, retirees, men, women and individuals of all ages -- a group as versatile as the interest that links them. Donald “Buddy” Larson, club president, says a person’s background doesn’t matter; the most important thing is someone’s level of interest in amateur radio. “The appeal of amateur radio is that there are a number of different aspects to it,” Larson said. “There’s something for everybody.” The club was established in Fond du Lac in the 1950s and now has more than 50 members. They meet once a month at Moraine Park Technical College. A major component of amateur radio is emergency management and services; in fact, all amateur radio operators are charged by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to seek involvement in this area and other public service opportunities.

Amateur Radio Clubs New Mobile Communications Van will be at Fair:
by on August 2, 2015
WEST UNION - Come out to the Fayette County Fair on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (Aug 5-7) from 1-6 p.m., and get a demonstration of the Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club’s (RIARC) new mobile communications vehicle. The City of Elgin transferred ownership of the vehicle to RIARC this past fall. Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club has spent the year reconfiguring the vehicle and equipping the vehicle with radios and antennas for Amateur Radio and public safety use during emergencies and disasters. The vehicle is also used during community events for supplemental communications and as a showcase to the multiple facets of the Amateur Radio hobby.

Despite Computers, There's Still Interest In Ham Radio:
by on August 1, 2015
You’d think that with all the computers in homes, all the smartphones in the hands of everybody from children through senior citizens, all the internet, the world wide web, the forums and blogs and Twitter and Facebook and email and chat boxes and social media, there would be absolutely no interest in an old-time hobby like ham radio. “We saw a dip,” Steve Miller, a former president of the Rolla Regional Amateur Radio Society, acknowledged on a cool Sunday morning in late June after having stayed up all night contacting other ham radio operators worldwide for the annual Field Day. That dip in ham radio interest occurred at the beginning of the home computer era when the technically minded who would have gone into the various facets of ham radio instead began exploring computers and the codes that operated them. After all, ham radio is perceived as being a bunch of people, mostly guys, who sit around and talk to one another by yacking on a microphone and listening to others on the radio. A lot of what they talk about are radios. Computers might seem a lot more interesting, especially to young people. “But we’re now seeing a resurgence,” he said, and there is renewed interest in everything from operating Morse code stations to voice transmissions to digital transmissions that combine computers and radios. And there are a number of reasons for that resurgence. “There’s a lot of interest in emergency preparedness,” Miller said. That interest can combine radio with power generation, as evidenced by the solar panels that were used during the Field Day exercise. The solar panels charged batteries that powered the radios and computers. “A lot of our members keep batteries topped off and ready to go in case of an emergency.” Another attraction is the combination of technologies, as already mentioned. Amateur radio today can include the radios, of course, plus solar power and computing.

Attack of the Zombie Satellite: Run Radio Hams, Run!
by on August 1, 2015
Knocked down, now up again, you just can't keep it down: A satellite launched by the US military has gone rogue and is causing interference to radio hams across Europe. The US Navy’s PCSat NO-44, which is only supposed to transmit over the US, is now drowning out European amateurs and the USN doesn’t know what to do about it. Former head of information security at BT and keen radio ham John Regnault got in touch with The Register to explain the problem. Licensed as an amateur satellite in the Amateur Satellite Service, PCSat was launched 30 September 2001 from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska aboard Athena I. It was designed to be a worldwide position, status reporting and message communications satellite for remote travellers. The satellite is on a tight polar orbit and passes over Europe every hour or so. It uses the APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) protocol to permit hundreds of users per pass to access the satellite. To demonstrate this concept, PCSat augments the existing worldwide terrestrial amateur radio APRS tracking system by providing links from the 90 per cent of the Earth's surface not covered by the terrestrial network, so when it passes over it drowns out other users of the frequency. The spectrum it interferes with is around 150MHz, and generally used by radio amateurs for meteor scatter, sending short text messages over distances of up to 2,000km by bouncing them off the ionisation caused when a meteorite breaks up in the atmosphere. The last thing a radio ham wants is to wait for a meteor shower to send a message and then have it drowned out by a passing satellite.

New Dodge Brothers Commercial Uses Morse Code to Send Message:
by on August 1, 2015
Ad campaigns are all about making their product stand out, showing consumers why whatever they are selling is the best. Recently, we mentioned that Dodge has released four new advertising campaigns to promote its lineup, giving us a taste of some -- probably inaccurate -- Dodge brother history. One of those commercials features the Dodge brothers sitting in the Dodge Charger Scat Pack edition, flashing the car’s lights. While you might think that these flashing lights are of no consequence, think again -- the brothers are actually using Morse code to send the audience a message. Talk about subliminal messaging. Though there wasn’t a lot of “sub” about it. As soon as the spot was released, Morse code experts -- and people who have Google -- looked up what the message could possibly be. And it’s a doozy. The Morse code message says,“I’d rather walk than drive your car.”

Strongest Aurora Found Beyond Our Solar System:
by on August 1, 2015
Astronomers have discovered the first aurora that is 10,000 times more powerful than any previously seen beyond the solar system. The aurora - similar to the famous "Northern Lights" on Earth - was found not from a planet but from a low-mass star at the boundary between stars and brown dwarfs. The discovery reveals a major difference between the magnetic activity of more-massive stars and that of brown dwarfs and planets, the researchers said. Brown dwarfs, also called "failed stars," are objects more massive than planets, yet too small to trigger the thermonuclear reactions at their cores that power stars. "All the magnetic activity we see on this object can be explained by powerful auroras," said Gregg Hallinan from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). This indicates that auroral activity replaces solar-like coronal activity on brown dwarfs and smaller objects.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #31 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 31, 2015
At 0132 UTC on July 30 the Australian Space Forecast Center issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning, saying a high speed solar wind from a recurring coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity levels to minor storms on July 31 and August 1. They predict quiet to minor storm levels on July 31 and minor storm declining to unsettled conditions on August 1.

New QSO Radio Show!
by Holly M Misslin (KG4WXV) on July 31, 2015
New QSO Radio Show hosted by Ted Randall - WB8PUM with guest John Stanley - K4ERO. John has lived in many countries and has held call signs - TI2ERO, HC1JX, VK8, VU2IE, HP, CE3 and S79J. He has a BSEE degree from MIT.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1970 July 31 2015:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on July 31, 2015
The following is a QST. The FCC gets tough to the tune of $22,000. British amateurs test for their American licenses. In Arizona, hams join Pima County?s emergency response team. One satellite scores big on Field Day. And a British special event station prevails despite poor propagation. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline report 1970 coming your way right now.

CO Springs Couple Transforms Area Summits into Temporary Radio Stations:
by on July 31, 2015
Stuck on the summit without a signal? Stay calm and reach for the breath mints - at least that's the unlikely advice that Frank and Lynn Skinner might offer. The husband and wife from Colorado Springs spend weekends hunting for radio signals on summits across the Pikes Peak region. They manage to snag them by means of a gizmo that would make MacGyver envious: a tiny radio tucked in an Altoids tin and powered by a 9-volt battery and a 35-foot wire that's either tossed into the trees or held aloft by a fishing pole. "It looks pretty funny when you're on a summit with a fishing pole, but it works," said Frank Skinner, who recently deployed one of his makeshift radios on the summit of Mt. Rosa, where he and his wife hunkered down against the wind in search of signs of life somewhere, anywhere. What sounds like a last-ditch effort in a postapocalyptic world is really just business as usual for participants in Summits on the Air, an emerging hobby in which amateur radio operators vie against one another to see how many summits they can transform into temporary radio stations. Founded in the U.K. in 2002, Summits on the Air is a blend of technology and outdoors adventure sharply at odds with ham radio's reputation as a discipline for basement dwellers.

Local Filmmakers Collaborate on 'Infinite,' a Michigan-Made Love Story:
by on July 31, 2015
Ryan Stratton and Aaron Keteyian met when they were 14 years old, and quickly discovered they shared a drive to create movies. Flash-forward six years and the duo has already written, directed and produced two films -- “Blood Angel” (2012) and “Smile” (2013). Stratton, a West Bloomfield resident, and Keteyian of Royal Oak have teamed up once again to make the 23-minute short “Infinite,” premiering at the Birmingham 8 theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. It’s a relatable love story told in an eccentric way. Keteyian produced “Infinite,” and Stratton was the writer, director and music composer. The partners developed the story together. “This is absolutely an unconventional take on a familiar story,” Keteyian says. In the film, ambitious graduate student Elizabeth Law (played by Caitlin Collins) is studying astronomy at MIT when she encounters William Cross (Franco Pulice), a well-known, thought-to-be dead astronaut trapped in space. They connect by chance one evening via Law’s ham radio. Law contacts the authorities and agrees to talk to Cross on the radio while they wait. The two unknowingly form a bond that allows them to open up and share their fears, doubts and secrets from their pasts. “Our characters undergo this really sort of interesting turbulent journey together,” Collins says. Law was contem

UK Warns Solar Storms Could Wreak Havoc:
by on July 31, 2015
The UK government has warned of potentially damaging effects of coronal mass ejections, solar flares and other severe space weather, in a new report published by the Cabinet Office. “Solar activity can produce x-rays, high-energy particles and coronal mass ejections of plasma. Where such activity is directed towards Earth there is the potential to cause wide-ranging impacts. These include power loss, aviation disruption, communication loss, and disturbance to (or loss of) satellite systems,” says the report, called Space Weather Preparedness Strategy.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #30:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 30, 2015
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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 30, 2015
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90
by The ARRL Letter on July 30, 2015
Keep those letters coming! According to the ARRL Regulatory Affairs Office, more than 4300 letters have been received from League members since the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 grassroots campaign began in March. All urge their members in both branches of Congress to become cosponsors of the bill.

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