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Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station Up and Running:
by petoskeynews.com on January 25, 2015
EAST JORDAN -- Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station is operational and the first class of technicians has received ham radio licenses with help from members of the Top Of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (TOMARC) in Gaylord. Great Lakes Energy, a local electric company, also aided the radio station recently when sliding snow ripped the new ham radio antenna off the center's roof. A Great Lakes crew came out and set up a utility pole for Raven Hill to use as a freestanding antenna. Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4737 Fuller Road in East Jordan, is known for its exceptional indoor and outdoor hands-on science, history and art activities and explorations. It is located on 157 acres of natural beauty in Charlevoix County.

Radio Amateurs Get Practical Thank You for Tour de France Backup:
by harrogate-news.co.uk on January 25, 2015
A voluntary radio communications team which played a key role in ensuring the Tour de France ran safely and smoothly through the Yorkshire Dales has been ‘rewarded’ with thousands of pounds worth of equipment. Members of RAYNET (The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network) provided a back-up communications system across the Day 1 and Day 2 routes in North Yorkshire where the use of alternative technologies such as mobile phone networks were difficult, impossible or likely to overload with the arrival of more than one million spectators. During the Grand Depart of the Tour de France last July, RAYNET volunteers operated radios in many key locations, including Kidstones Pass, Grinton Moor and Blubberhouses Moor and engineered four hilltop repeater sites to link control rooms in Skipton, Richmond, Harrogate and York with a main control in Wakefield. Earlier they had trained North Yorkshire County Council staff, who had roles in control rooms but no previous experience of radio use, in the basics of operating procedure, message handling and logging. At short notice on the afternoon before race start RAYNET loaned handheld radios to fill a shortage in two areas.

5-Year-Old Passes Ham Radio Exam:
by 9news.com on January 25, 2015
KUSA -- Ham radio can be a hobby for some and a mission for others. "We coordinate with agencies like the Red Cross or the local sheriff, the weather service to give reports during emergency situations. We're the extra eyes and ears on the ground," ham radio operator Zeke Ragdale said. It's something Ragdale has been doing for the last three years, and it's a hobby his 5-year-old son, Colton, has been watching. That was until Colton was old enough to read. "I think Colton saw his parents using radios and talking to one another and wanted to become involved. So he took the FCC test and passed," Ragdale said. At just 5 years old, Colton passed the test the FCC requires for anyone to operate the radios. That makes Colton among the youngest operators around. "He was talking to people in Japan. He's too young to do everything we do, but we'll keep practicing with him," Ragdale said. Colton got 93 percent of the test questions correct, which is impressive for most operators, but that score takes things to a new level when you're just a kindergartener.

First Light / EME to Follow:
by Martin Flynn (W2RWJ) on January 24, 2015
The TIROS Restoration Team would like to announce first light at 21cm for the TLM-18 antenna system. First light occurred on 19 January, 2015 at approximately 17:00 GMT.

ARNewsline Report 1949 -- Jan 24 2015:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on January 24, 2015
The following is a QST. Michigan gets its own PRB One antenna law; a launch date for the Fox 1 hamsat is announced; ARES called out in Ohio to assist after phone outage; the flight of the VK around-the-world floater balloon falls short of its round-the-world trip; the K1N Nevassa Island DXpedition will be on the S-Oh 50 ham radio satellite, and old Sol is at it again. Find out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1949 coming your way right now.

Emergency Management Seeks Communications Grant:
by washtimesherald.com on January 24, 2015
Daviess County officials are in the process of securing a grant to provide an additional layer of communication in the event of a disaster. The Daviess County Commissioners have approved the action of the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency to get a $20,720 grant from the Indiana Office of Homeland Security to add amateur radio antennas to the roof of the county security center. "This grant will enhance our emergency operation center," said Daviess County E.M.A. Director Paul Goss. "It will allow us to put antennas on the roof of the security center for amateur radio, so if all other means of communication fail we will be able to use amateur radio and speak to anywhere in the state or in the world for that matter." The amateur radio addition is a back up to a back up to a back up in Daviess County. "During the last tornado we lost power at the security center," said Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit. "That time we moved our mobile command center in and were able to continue communicating without any problems. I believe this amateur radio addition is in case of a major-major disaster where all of the other systems would somehow break down."

Ham Radio Key to Community Survival:
by emissourian.com on January 24, 2015
Ham radio has captured the attention of a sustainable-community guru who says a community’s ability to sustain itself depends first on its ability to survive, and ham radio often provides the last line of defense in infrastructure breakdown. Jim McHugh, founder of the Magi Foundation and the Pacific Ring Initiative, met with members of the local amateur radio club Jan. 15 to suggest that the club help define a model response to communication grid collapse. Communication is a basic need and would be a logical service for the foundation to craft a model program, McHugh said. The Pacific Meramec Valley Amateur Radio Club (PMVARC) was formed in February 2014 to promote digital amateur radio and assist in local emergencies when traditional communication such as landlines, cell towers and electricity are knocked out.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #4 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 23, 2015
Average daily sunspot numbers for January 15-21 dropped 50.7 points relative to the previous seven days, to 61.9. Average daily solar flux declined from 151.3 to 126.2. For the past ten days sunspot numbers have remained below 100. This benchmark has no special significance, but the last time there were this many consecutive days with double-digit sunspot numbers was October 5-20, 2014.

Ham Radio Debate Here Attracts National Attention:
by emissourian.com on January 23, 2015
A story in the Pacific Missourian about attempts to get a ham radio repeater installed in Pacific as part of the city’s emergency communication system attracted the attention of a national ham radio public information coordinator. After reading the story online at emissourian, John Bigley, N7UR American Radio Relay League (ARRL) assistant director, posted a comment about the article. “When a 30-second disaster such as a tornado, turns a town like Pacific into a town like Joplin, thousands of good, decent folks will be suffering,” stated Bigley, a Las Vegas resident, who is the Nevada assistant section manager and public information coordinator. He sent an email to Bob Masson, president of the local ham radio club, saying he had been following the club’s struggles to get the repeater out of the box and on the air on emissourian and posted a response. Bigley said he’s surprised at the city’s proposed cost to install the repeater.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #3:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 22, 2015
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.

March Issue of American Legion Magazine to Feature Amateur Radio:
by Don Keith, N4KC on January 22, 2015
The March 2015 edition of American Legion Magazine will include a feature article about the hobby of amateur radio. Written by best-selling author Don Keith, N4KC, the article will tell readers of the publication how ham radio remains exciting, important, and relevant, even after one-hundred years of existence and so much technological change. It will also remind American Legion members about their organization's own club-The American Legion Amateur Radio Club or TALARC-as well as how its members can get their licenses, establish club stations at more of the 14,000 posts around the country, and more. The Legion has an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security for assistance during emergencies and the article talks about how amateur radio meshes well with that effort.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on January 22, 2015
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Board Okays Changes to DXCC Program, VHF and Above Contesting Rules:
by The ARRL Letter on January 22, 2015
The ARRL Board of Directors has tweaked the DX Century Club (DXCC) rules to clarify and expand their recognition of remotely controlled station technology. It has also added a rule that puts greater ethical responsibility on operators with respect to remotely controlled operation. In addition, the Board adopted changes to the ARRL VHF/UHF contest rules that are aimed at encouraging greater participation. The Board took the actions during its annual meeting January 16-17 in Windsor, Connecticut.

ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, Retires:
by The ARRL Letter on January 22, 2015
ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, has stepped down, and Vice Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, has succeeded him. Bodson announced his retirement on January 16 -- before the official end of his term next January 1 -- at the Board of Directors' Annual Meeting in Windsor, Connecticut.

ARRL Executive Committee Approves Education and Technology Program Grants:
by The ARRL Letter on January 22, 2015
The ARRL Executive Committee has approved Education and Technology Program (ETP) station and progress grants to five schools. Two schools received ETP station grants at an estimated total of $3600, while three others already enrolled in the program received progress grants totaling $800.


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