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Lebanon Students Talk to Astronaut on ISS:
by wsmv.com on August 27, 2014
LEBANON, TN (WSMV) - Students in Lebanon had an out-of-this-world experience Tuesday when they talked to an astronaut on the International Space Station. I am really excited," eighth-grader Israel Irizarry said. "When I grow up, I am planning to be an astronomer working at NASA. I just love space so much." Irizarry and other students at Winfree Bryant Middle School had their questions ready. "This is all about the students talking with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station," science teacher Tammy Sheppard said. The event was streamed on YouTube while more than 600 students crowded into the school's auditorium, tracking the progress of the ISS. "They're about 220 miles up above earth and traveling about 17,500 miles an hour," Sheppard said. Students were able to talk to the astronaut thanks to amateur radio operators and the frequencies from NASA. "On amateur radio, it is not uncommon to talk around the world, said Perry Ogletree, amateur radio operator. "In fact, we have a lot of operators who bounce signals off the moon to talk to the people on the other side of the earth."

Radio Amateurs Call on New Recruits to Tune Into the World:
by darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk on August 27, 2014
As social media takes over, enthusiasts from North Yorkshire are calling for recruits to join a new club using historic communications technology to talk to the world. The first ever Colburn and Richmondshire Amateur Radio club has been set up by friends Colin Lyne, Chris Watkins and Craig Dennis who are desperate to encourage people to get involved to keep the hobby alive. “What many young people especially don’t realise is it’s basically the same technology as mobile phones, only it’s pretty much free to run. They can get their licence, buy a radio, and they enter the world of free speech, nationally and internationally,” said Mr Lyne. “The main aim of the club is to bring together like minded enthusiasts to help them develop and encourage them in the hobby and to bring in new members young and old to help them discover how exciting it is,” he added.

Speakers for Hams:
by AMADEO Di GIACOMO CRUZAT (EA3OW) on August 27, 2014
I am pleased to inform you about the launch of Phonema, a little company created by radio amateurs to provide high-quality speakers. The Phonema speakers are designed to harmonize aesthetically with modern transceivers and to integrate SDR.

AOR Digital Voice Receiver:
by Jim Tittsler (7J1AJH) on August 27, 2014
In addition to synchronous AM and USB/LSB/CW. It includes an SD reader for recording audio, uploading memory frequencies, and firmware updates. They weren't ready to release pricing information, but it certainly looks like an interesting box for monitoring a variety of modes.

Radio is Bernhard's Calling:
by whyallanewsonline.com.au on August 26, 2014
Bernhard Scmidt’s enthusiasm for amateur radio is contagious. “This is heaven,” 70-year-old Bernhard said as he showed off his hobby room and radio equipment. Bernhard is a member of the Whyalla Amateur Radio Club -- a group of people who share an interest in amateur radio communications. Bernhard first joined the club in 1990 and soon gained his Amateur Radio Operator’s Licence. “I went to the club here and they helped me get my licence,” he said. Bernhard produced his radio logbook from a pile of radio textbooks and other related material – a quick glance showed he had talked to people from all over the world. “It’s a rewarding hobby,” Bernhard said. Along with other members, Bernhard recently took part in the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, an event where amateur radio operators broadcast from and receive radio messages at lighthouses around the world. The Whyalla Amateur Radio Club was posted at the Point Lowly lighthouse, from there it communicated with many other enthusiasts. Last year, the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend involved about 60 lighthouses across Australia and more than 400 worldwide.

Amateurlogic Bonus Episode:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on August 25, 2014
George and Wayne make their yearly pilgrimage to the Huntsville Hamfest. We visited with some old friends to find out what they’ve been up to and got some great stories you’ll enjoy.

Hamfest Takes Over Joplin:
by fourstateshomepage.com on August 25, 2014
Hamfest Takes Over Joplin:

Hams Test Their Gear:
by theridgefieldpress.com on August 24, 2014
Hamming it up? Not exactly! Thomas Kimball, Sander Pool and Sean McEvoy participated in the Region 5 Amateur Radio Test along with 44 other emergency operation centers (EOC) in Connecticut Saturday, Aug. 9. The goal was to test both the equipment and the communications capabilities. “When collected, it gives us an idea of which EOC can talk to which EOC,” said Sander Pool, who leads the team of ham radio operators for Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Center and is the Community Emergency Response Team -- or CERT.

Broadcasting to World from Old Hunstanton:
by lynnnews.co.uk on August 24, 2014
Showcasing amateur radio for their seventh year as part of the annual International Lighthouses on the Air weekend, members of the King’s Lynn Amateur Radio Club set up their equipment on the clifftop near Hunstanton Lighthouse on Friday, ahead of an around-the-clock weekend communicating with other lighthouses around the world. Radio operator Mick Smith said: “This year we are experimenting with a wire beam aerial covering five different bands that has been recently refurbished by club member Peter Elms. We’ve had a bit of difficulty with the high winds overnight but more club members are on their way to help steady the structure.”

GAREC 2014 a Huge Success:
by WIA on August 23, 2014
The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communication (GAREC) conference held in Huntsville Alabama USA shared many informative presentations, videos and discussions on recent experiences plus some media interest. Organiser Greg Sarratt W4OZK said the local television station interviewed IARU Region 1 Coordinator Greg Mossop G0DUB, ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson N1ND, and himself, for the evening news program. GAREC 2014 was hosted by ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association. It was attended by delegates from all three IARU regions. Greg W4OZK said that besides routine items such as IARU regional reports and a desktop exercise, presentations were received on many interesting topics. These included Emergency Communications as an element of promoting Amateur Radio, the Salvation Army's SATERN program digital modes and remote control operation, the US Defence Department use of the Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS) for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, and a combined Emergency Services Dispatch Centre providing interoperable communications. During the conference and in open sessions a number of themes began to emerge and were discussed. These included the importance of meaningful conversations with served agencies to ensure that their communications needs are met, and to focus attention on Amateur Radio as a trusted partner in emergency response in all phases of the communications life cycle. The use of social media was also discussed as a medium to send near real-time information on an event which does not compromise our relationships with the served agencies.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #34 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 22, 2014
Solar indices and outlook are stronger this week. Average daily sunspot numbers rose 19.7 points to 114.6, while average daily solar flux increased 25.7 points to 138.8. Average daily estimated planetary A index dropped from 7.4 to 4.3. This compares the August 14 to 20 period against the previous seven days.

ARNewsline Report 1932 -- August 22 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on August 22, 2014
The following is a QST. Hams in Hawaii are ready as tropical storms head their way; The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference looks at the future; Ham radio gets the message through when all else fails; a new microsat is hand launched from the ISS and the story of a retirement community that has adopted ham radio. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1932 coming your way right now.

RSGB: December is YOTA Month:
by RSGB on August 22, 2014
December is IARU Region 1 YOTA month and the RSGB has arranged for Clubs/Groups to use the special Callsign G14YOTA (and its Regional variations) on a rota basis. The application process for the use of the special Callsign has now been finalised. There are only 31 allocations so applicants are asked to give three choices of date in an attempt to resolve diary conflicts. There are some conditions attached to using the G14YOTA Callsign and these are included on the application form and on the website. The main one is the requirement to use the Callsign to put Youngsters On The Air; anyone under the age of 26 is considered to be a youngster. Events might be limited to Club/Group members or you might like to open the doors to Scouting/Guiding/Cadet groups, or you might like to spend a day at your local school/college/university. Applicants are encouraged to think about making the most out of the activation by including other activities, such as Morse demonstrations, ARDF hunts, WSPR beacon displays, listening to remote SDRs, use of Arduino/Raspberry Pi, etc, etc. RSGB will provide some promotional material, stickers, badges, etc.

State Minister Receives Amateur Radio Group Head:
by bna.bh on August 22, 2014
Minister of State for Telecommunications Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa today received Bahrain Amateur Radio Group Chairman Fawaz Bader Sulaibeekh. The minister discussed with Sulaibeekh the registration of the group and commended the members' efforts efforts, contributions and participation in international events and contests to showcase Bahrain's landmark achievements.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #34:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 21, 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.


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