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The Explorers Club Allows Guests to Speak with Astronauts:
by pagesix.com on October 22, 2014
The Explorers Club will allow guests at its Saturday “Space Stories” talk to make contact with astronauts overhead on the International Space Station via the club’s amateur ham radio. One catch: NASA insisted on vetting questions in advance.

'Ham Radio Can Counter Dark Side of Social Networking':
by zeenews.india.com on October 22, 2014
Kolkata: Amateur or ham radio can counter the negative effects of social networking by providing a safer and alternative route for making friends worldwide, according to a licensed ham operator based in West Bengal. "Today, social networking's dark side (like fake profiles) are affecting the youth. If popularized, the ham radio can be used by them to forge friendships with good people," Amabarish Nag Biswas, a licenced amateur radio operator and founder of the West Bengal Radio Club, told a news agency. He was part of the three-member team that helped in establishing communication base during the relief operations in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud. Cyclonic storm Hudhud caused severe damage to Visakhapatnam city and coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh while some districts of adjoining Odisha have also been affected. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club) were deployed by the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and Andhra Police department to "establish temporary fail-proof communication system" in the cyclone-hit districts of the states.

CQ Policy Statement on Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs:
by CQ Communications on October 21, 2014
(Hicksville, NY - October 21, 2014) -- In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests.

York-Area Scouts Use Ham Radios to Talk to Scouts Around the World:
by yorkdispatch.com on October 21, 2014
The legend surrounding the source of ham radio's name sounds like a bad punchline, but Brad Kline says he's heard it's the truth. Here's how it goes: In the radio's early days, the amateur radio users kept talking too much, hogging the airwaves, Kline said. "They kept hamming it up," said Kline, a member and one-time president of the York-area Keystone VHF Club, a 140-member organization of ham enthusiasts. So government officials began to refer to them derisively as "hams," but the amateur radio operators readily appropriated the moniker, said Kline, whose call sign is KO3T -- now, they call themselves "hams."

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather for Annual Greeneville Hamfest:
by greenevillesun.com on October 21, 2014
The second annual HAMfest for ameuter radio enthusiasts brought an estimated crowd of 400 to the event held Saturday. Vendors came from as far way as Wisconsin and Alabama for the indoor and outdoor flea-market-style festival at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Enthusiasts browsed booths offering radio equipment, accessories and other electronic equipment associated with amateur radio. "We keep growing every year. From beginners to professionals, it's a great event for anyone interested in amateur radio," said Larry White, president of the Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club.

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Gather in Kalamazoo:
by wwmt.com on October 21, 2014
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Amateur radio operators got together in Kalamazoo Sunday for the 32nd Annual Ham Fest at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. Vendors showed off radios, new and old. The event was hosted by the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team. "There are so many things that amateur radio does and is able to do, shortwave communications are all around the world, direct, not through repeaters or through the internet, although we can do things on the internet," said HamFest Workgroup Treasurer Chip Locke. Ham radios are also used during natural disasters when modern technology fails.

Ham Radio Operators Link on Global Airwaves:
by jdnews.com on October 20, 2014
Do not be alarmed if you heard high-pitched feedback and static coming from the Onslow County Fairgrounds this weekend. Members of the Onslow County Amateur Radio Club (OARC) and local scouts have gathered for the Jamboree-On-The-Air, a nationwide event in its 57th year that lets members of the Boy Scouts of America connect with one another and other ham radio operators across the world. Boy Scouts had the opportunity to earn their radio merit badge by learning about the equipment and making contact with someone else. According to Michelle Criner, an adult volunteer for Boy Scouts of America, there were 19 Cub Scout packs and two Boy Scouts in attendance at the jamboree. “They enjoy it. They enjoy the Morse Code, but they more enjoy to see how many connections they can get and where they’re at,” Criner said. “If you hit Africa, Australia, no matter where you hit because you can hear different people speak different languages.”

Boy Scouts Have Weekend Submarine Adventure:
by muskogeephoenix.com on October 20, 2014
Michael Lux has visited the USS Batfish several times, but this was the first time he’s spent the night aboard the submarine. “This is once in a lifetime experience,” said Lux, 16, of Broken Arrow. With tents of various sizes and colors scattered around Muskogee’s War Memorial Park, Boy Scout Troop 995 from Broken Arrow, arrived Friday evening to spend the weekend exploring, working and learning about World War II, ham radios, the USS Batfish and the valor of the sailors who served aboard the submarine. The event is part of the national Boy Scouts annual Jamboree on the Air that lets scouts of any age communicate with scouts and other ham operators from around the world, according to the scouts’ web site. In 2012 the jamboree drew 700,000 participants globally.

Amateur Radio Operators Get Their Own Day:
by kten.com on October 19, 2014
LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- Amateur Radio Operators, they help during times of need, including emergencies and severe weather; but they also like to have fun. Amateur Radio or Ham Radio - most people consider it to be their grandfather's hobby, but what people don't realize is how useful this hobby can be. "...when cell phone service fails, the internet is down, the only thing that will be left is amateur radio communications..." said David Reeder, a Fannin county amateur operator. Amateur radio is not just a day-to-day interest for some, but also used during and to prepare for emergencies. Because of its importance, the City of Paris has declared October 18th as Ham Radio Day. "Well I think it is a good opportunity for ham radio operators to have a day of recognition in the sense that they provide a very valuable service and not only enjoy but can be a benefit to any community," Paris Mayor Matt Frierson said.

Boy Scouts: 'Jamboree On the Air':
by yourerie.com on October 19, 2014
Boy Scouts: 'Jamboree On the Air':

Ham Radio Day in Paris:
by kxii.com on October 19, 2014
PARIS, TX -- Hundreds of radio enthusiasts will set up shop in Paris Saturday. People from all over the US are expected to fill the parking lot of Main Trading Company for a day the Paris Mayor has declared "HAM radio day". The free event is open to the public and will have food, live music and hundreds of people that share one thing in common, their love of radio. Organizers say they hope the event raises awareness about how useful HAM radios can be. "In the event of a disaster or emergency a HAM radio can be useful in tying families, communities, hospital and even military together," said Richard Lenoir.

Design The Next AMSAT Satellite!
by Jerry Buxton (N0JY) on October 18, 2014
At the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium AMSAT Vice President – Engineering Jerry Buxton announced the plan for the next generation of AMSAT satellites. “The door is open for everyone, to submit their ideas. AMSAT Engineering has a long term strategy and this is the first step.”

Ham Radio Operators Were Keys to Communication After Quake:
by pressbanner.com on October 18, 2014
In the wake of the Loma Prieta earthquake, Santa Cruz County residents had no real way of connecting to the outside world, as power lines were down and phone service outside the immediate community was not possible. In order to help establish contact with state and federal emergency agencies in order to coordinate relief efforts, members of the Santa Cruz Amateur Radio Club -- a group of amateur radio enthusiasts, or ham radio operators, as they’re colloquially known -- came forward to help county emergency service agencies re-establish communication with Sacramento. For nearly a week after the quake, ham radio operators were on duty around the clock at relief centers and hospitals countywide, as well as the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services -- then located in the basement of the Governmental Center in Santa Cruz.

Amateur Radio Operators Get Their Own Day:
by kten.com on October 18, 2014
LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- Amateur Radio Operators, they help during times of need, including emergencies and severe weather; but they also like to have fun. Amateur Radio or Ham Radio - most people consider it to be their grandfather's hobby, but what people don't realize is how useful this hobby can be. "...when cell phone service fails, the internet is down, the only thing that will be left is amateur radio communications..." said David Reeder, a Fannin county amateur operator. Amateur radio is not just a day-to-day interest for some, but also used during and to prepare for emergencies. Because of its importance, the City of Paris has declared October 18th as Ham Radio Day. "Well I think it is a good opportunity for ham radio operators to have a day of recognition in the sense that they provide a very valuable service and not only enjoy but can be a benefit to any community," Paris Mayor Matt Frierson said. "This year we wanted to make the city and the community even more aware of the hobby, what's going on, and the service the hams can provide in the event of a disaster," said Main Trading Company Owner, Richard Lenoir.

Blizzard Saturday in Colorado? No, Just a Radio Test:
by gazette.com on October 18, 2014
Ham radio operators and listeners might hear about some extreme weather this Saturday as part of a test of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES, of Colorado. It's just a test, though. Pikes Peak ARES will flash back to the blizzard of October 1997 from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for its annual Simulated Emergency Test. The service provides a communication link for emergency responders, shelters and neighborhoods because amateaur radio is generally self-sufficient for power and doesn't use normal communication grids.


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