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QSO Today Episode 42 Carol Milazzo KP4MD:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on May 25, 2015
From the very beginning of her ham radio journey, almost 50 years ago, Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, applies the scientific method to her study and enjoyment of amateur radio. Whether she is modeling antennas for installation in her attic or to using WSPRnet to study VHF and UHF propagation, Carol takes meticulous notes, adds footnotes and illustrations, and now produces video. This makes Carol a terrific online Internet Elmer. KP4MD joins Eric, 4Z1UG, on QSO Today.

ANZAC 100 Logs Milestone:
by WIA on May 25, 2015
The QSOs generated by the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program and now uploaded as digital files has already exceeded 5,000 - but will soon nudge 10,000 contacts. Plenty of activity in the ANZAC 100 program is planned right around Australia with soon to be held commemorations in Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. The timing and details of all events are on the WIA website. Meantime, this is the last weekend for the ZL100ANZAC callsign by the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART). Already it has many thousands of contacts. Both the WIA and NZART are running complementary programs, with commemorative events held also in Turkey, Belgium and elsewhere. It honours those Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) soldiers who fought in WWI and since. On Sunday May 31, the event ‘Our local ANZACs’ take to the bands as VK100ANZAC run by the Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club NTARC. At its club rooms VK100ANZAC will be on air for three days, accompanied by audio visual presentations, photographs and posters. It marks the close of a 3 week period of action on Gallipoli, in which Australia's and the Empire's most decorated soldier, Harry Murray, was awarded his first bravery decoration, the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Awards Presented to Deserving Amateurs:
by WIA on May 25, 2015
Presentation of the annual awards is always a highlight of the Institute’s Annual General Meeting and Open Forum. As you heard on last week’s broadcast, a special Certificate of Appreciation, and a small gift, was presented to WIA employee Dianne Ashton VK3FDIZ, who is retiring from the WIA Exams Service after nine years. The AGM audience gave her a standing ovation.

Ham Radio Catches Students' Fancy:
by on May 24, 2015
VIJAYAWADA: You may be under the impression that HAM radio’s days are over! On the contrary, students who are pursuing electronics and communication streams are taking up HAM (Home Amateur Machine) operating as a hobby, in pursuit of engineering projects, and they say that it is indeed quite an interesting hobby. “Ham radio operation is a scientific hobby and is reckoned to be the second line of communication when all the other means of communication fail. It is also a tool to promote friendship globally, even as many youngsters, especially those pursuing electronic engineering, are pursuing it as a hobby in pursuit of engineering projects,” said A Ramesh Babu, training coordinator of Academy of Ham Radio in the city. As many as 70 students are undergoing training as amateur HAM radio operators at the academy by paying Rs 1,000 and a majority of them are engineering graduates. The students will be provided with a licence to set up their HAM radio station after the completion of programme.

The Long Reach of Short Waves:
by on May 24, 2015
It’s not easy to part with my portal to the rest of the world: I sold my short-wave radio today. I hadn’t used it much in the last 10 years, and not at all in the last two, but I had owned it since high school, so there was an emotional attachment. I bought it in 1962 after reading the book “Alas, Babylon.” The early ’60s was a time when nuclear war seemed probable, if not inevitable, and the book was about a group of survivors of such a war in central Florida. They would have been completely cut off except that one character in the story was a ham-radio operator, and he used his short-wave radio to contact other survivors, which gave the group hope. I said to myself that I needed to get one, too. I looked in the classifieds and found someone selling a Hallicrafters SX-110 in Brooklyn. That was a long trek into undiscovered country from my home in the north Bronx, but I was determined. I bought two subway tokens for 15 cents each and took the D train for the hour-and-a-half ride. The purchase went without problems, and I was soon on my way home with a large box on my lap. I had no interest in becoming a ham operator: The equipment was too expensive and learning Morse code intimidated me. I just wanted to do short-wave listening, to learn about how news events I was hearing about were being interpreted in other countries. After some investigating, I found I had to make another subway trip to Grand Central Radio for a copy of the “World Radio and TV Handbook” that listed frequencies for radio stations around the world. Even though the frequencies changed often, the handbook gave me a place to start.

Saskatoon Man Launching Balloons High Into the Sky:
by on May 23, 2015
'Up, up and away' could easily be Bruce Coates' motto. The Saskatoon man is one of a growing community of "balloonatics" in the province who release high-altitude weather balloons high into the air for fun and for science. "We haul various payloads. Whether it be cameras or electronic equipment or, in our case, ham radio gear. We get as close as we can get to space without having a rocket," Coates explained to CBC Radio's Blue Sky host, Garth Materie.

May Busy Month for Oklahoma Amateur Radio Operators:
by on May 23, 2015
The month of May has been a busy month for amateur radio operators across Oklahoma and Memorial Day weekend may be the busiest. With most of Oklahoma’s rivers and lakes running at or close to flood state, Oklahoma’s “ham’s are now watching for floods in addition to serving as storm spotters watching and reporting on severe weather and tornadoes. This last weekend radio amateurs in Northeast Oklahoma tracked three confirmed tornadoes, and two possible tornadoes. They also took multiple storm reports for each storm and submitted their reports in real time via NWS Chat. There are just over 11,000 FCC licensed amateur radio operators (“hams”) in Oklahoma. Most are members of the American Radio Relay League, the National for Amateur Radio. As storms swept into Central Oklahoma on May 6, radio amateurs -- in their role as SKYWARN storm spotters got busy, confirming observations and reporting the effects of the damaging weather.

New QSO Radio Show:
by Holly M Misslin (KG4WXV) on May 22, 2015
New QSO Radio Show with guest Bill Morine - N2COP. Bill is past ARRL North Carolina Section Manager and current Vice Director for ARRL's Roanoke Division.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #21 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on May 22, 2015
Sunspot numbers drifted below 100 over the past week (May 14 to 20), and so the average daily sunspot number declined from 146.9 over the previous seven days to 92.1 in the recent period. Average daily solar flux dropped from 156.3 to 123.3.

Emergency Preparedness Fair Set for May 30:
by on May 22, 2015
The East 1488 Community Emergency Response Team in partnership with the East 1488 Community Association will sponsor the 6th annual East 1488 Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Home Depot Parking lot located at 6119 FM 1488, off Egypt Lane, East of Hwy 2978. The fair is held to help residents become better prepared for disasters or emergencies, whether widespread or personal. Drawings will be held for prizes throughout the day and attendees will take away items and information that will help them as they prepare their 72-hour emergency kits and develop their family emergency plans. “When the word disaster is mentioned, most people immediately think of hurricanes,” Cindy Burks, president of the East 1488 CERT said. “However, risk factors for residents of Montgomery County include, but are not limited to, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, chemical leaks/spills and acts of terrorism.” Burks said it is very important that residents, especially those who live in rural communities, prepare themselves to meet the challenges they will face following an emergency. At the fair, residents can listen to preparedness presentations on a variety of related topics throughout the day.

Campbellford Lions Club Looking to Support Community:
by on May 22, 2015
CAMPBELLFORD - The Lions Club of Campbellford asked Mayor Hector Macmillan to join them at their regular meeting on May 13th. The Club was looking for ways they can help the municipality. Macmillan was prepared with a list of projects that the Club could take on. “The Fire Department’s command centre has reached the end of it life” began Macmillan. The department is looking for something that is more sustainable and economical than the renovated recreational vehicle that they are currently using. A Command Trailer has been suggested as a viable alternative. Macmillan then talked about the redevelopment of the recreational centres and the need to fund the other two thirds of their costs. “Something else that is hot off the press this morning, and the fire chief is really behind this smaller project, is a proposal to train all or some of the firefighters as ham radio operators,” said Macmillan. This is part of preparing for an emergency. If all other communication went down we would still be able to use the ham radios. The project would consist of purchasing the radios and the installation of infrastructure on the water tower. The training of the firefighters would be done by the local ham radio operators.

Sounding Rocket to Help Calibrate NASA's SDO:
by on May 22, 2015
Watching the sun is dangerous work for a telescope. Solar instruments in space naturally degrade over time, bombarded by a constant stream of solar particles that can cause a film of material to adhere to the optics. Decades of research and engineering skill have improved protecting such optics, but one crucial solution is to regularly recalibrate the instruments to accommodate such changes. In mid-May, the seventh calibration mission for an instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, will launch into space onboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight. The instrument to be calibrated is called EVE, short for the EUV Variability Experiment, where EUV stands for extreme ultraviolet. EVE's job is to observe the total energy output of the sun in EUV light waves. The calibration mission is scheduled to launch on May 21, 2015, on a Terrier-Black Brant suborbital sounding rocket around 3 pm EDT from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. EVE measures the total energy output of the sun, known as irradiance, for each wavelength of light in the extreme ultraviolet range. By tracking the irradiance, scientists can observe how it changes with different events on the sun. None of these wavelengths can penetrate Earth's atmosphere to reach humans on Earth, but each can have a profound effect on the air above our planet. Some of this light energy gets absorbed in the thermosphere, causing it to expand like a balloon when heated, which can create more drag on satellites in space. Other wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light can have an effect on the composition of the charged ions in Earth's ionosphere, which can hinder radio communications or GPS navigation systems. What's more, the total amount of each kind of light changes in different ways based on what's happening on the sun, including such things as the approximately 11-year solar cycle during which the sun ramps up to a time of more eruptions and magnetic activity - called solar maximum - and back down again to the quiet of solar minimum. While one wavelength of light might increase only by about 60 percent over this solar cycle, another wavelength might grow to be 100 times stronger. As scientists seek to understand how changes on the sun affect our home planet, they need to parse out the details of what causes an increase in the different kinds of light waves.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #20:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on May 21, 2015
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by G3VOF, 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 May 21, 2015
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Dayton Hamvention 2015: Great Weekend, Friendly Crowd:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
Another Dayton Hamvention is in the log, and the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) already has begun counting down to the 2016 event (May 20-22, 2016). While Hamvention traditionally provides an ideal occasion for Amateur Radio manufacturers to introduce their latest offerings, new gear was in somewhat shorter-than-usual supply at the 2015 event. On the other hand, this may have shifted attention toward Hamvention's other activities, such as the always-popular forums and, of course, the flea market. There were scattered showers on all 3 days.

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