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QSO Today -- Jim Kinter K5KTF -- Ham Mesh:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on November 28, 2014
Is is possible for ham radio operators to have a broadband wireless network for the transmission of voice, video, and data as a backup, to the Internet and the commercial infrastructures, that we depend upon? Jim Kinter, K5KTF, thinks it is. Jim is the chief evangelist for the Broadband Hamnet group in Austin, Texas. Ham radio broadband mesh networks is the topic of conversation in Eric’s, 4Z1UG, QSO Today with Jim Kinter, K5KTF. Ham radio mesh networking began with the conversion of Linksys home routers, with special firmware, into a robust wide-band data network to allow voice, video, and data between hams in the amateur bands. Join Eric and Jim in their QSO Today.

ARNewsline Report 1946 -- Nov. 28 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on November 28, 2014
The following is a Q-S-T. The Department of Homeland Security says that ham radio is an important part of its new Emergency Communications Plan; NASA to sponsor $5 million Cube Quest Challenge; the Northern California DX Foundation announces a major contribution to the January 2015 Navassa Island DXpedition; estate of former ham makes $1.4 million bequest to journalism school; FunCube One celebrates its first year in space and where are all the pay phones going in the Big Apple. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1946 coming your way right now.

Amateur Radio Emergency Exercise Held:
by ktvz.com on November 28, 2014
Central Oregon emergency officials participated in the “Oregon Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service Section Emergency Test” last weekend. A total of 16 ham radio operators staffed radio stations at St. Charles Medical Centers at Bend and Redmond, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, and the Redmond Fire and Rescue Main Station last Saturday. Participants were not given details of the simulated emergency until just before the drill began early Saturday morning. As part of the drill, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management notified local officials about steam and ash eruptions at St. Helens and reported a collapse of the crater dome was imminent. A major ash eruption was predicted to occur within 48 hours. The main purpose of the drill was to exercise the communication systems used by local agencies during major disasters. The assumption in this drill was that local agencies lost their day-to-day communications and needed the ham radio operators to relay messages. The State of Oregon, Deschutes County, and the local ham radio operators have created a system where the hams can take digital messages from local agencies and transmit them by radio to other parts of the country where the internet is still working and put those messages onto the amateur radio net.

New Amateur Radio Course Pilot:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on November 27, 2014
Ham College is a show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio. But us old guys should find it a good review and probably learn some things we missed (or forgot) the first time around. We'll help you study for your Amateur license exam and cover topics to get you up to speed and having fun.

Ham College 'The Pilot' Episode:
by George Thomas (W5JDX) on November 27, 2014
Ham College is a show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio. But us old guys should find it a good review and probably learn some things we missed (or forgot) the first time around. We'll help you study for your Amateur license exam and cover topics to get you up to speed and having fun. If the pilot turns out good and draws enough interest, this show will be coming in 2015.

A Century of Memories:
by uppermichiganssource.com on November 27, 2014
MARQUETTE -- As of Tuesday, Brookridge Heights Senior Living in Marquette has two centenarians. Marquette native John Akkala, class of '34 at Marquette Senior High School, turned 100 years old, and his family and friends threw a party to remember for him at Brookridge Heights. Akkala said he had many happy memories he had accumulated in a century, but one of his fondest was his very long career in amateur radio. "Amateur radio; I've been an amateur for 83 years, starting when I was in grade school," said Akkala.

Amateur Radio Test In Bend:
by mycentraloregon.com on November 26, 2014
Bend, Ore. -- Local emergency officials participated in the “Oregon Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service Section Emergency Test” over the weekend. A total of 16 ham radio operators staffed radio stations at St. Charles Medical Centers at Bend and Redmond, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, and the Redmond Fire Department. Participants were not given details of the simulated emergency until just before the drill began early Saturday morning. As part of the drill, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management notified local officials about steam and ash eruptions at St. Helens and reported a collapse of the crater dome was imminent. A major ash eruption was predicted to occur within 48 hours. The main purpose of the drill was to exercise the communication systems used by local agencies during major disasters. The assumption in this drill was that local agencies lost their day-to-day communications and needed the ham radio operators to relay messages. The State of Oregon, Deschutes County, and the local ham radio operators have created a system where the hams can take digital messages from local agencies and transmit them by radio to other parts of the country where the internet is still working and put those messages onto the net.

Sheriff's Office Participates In Operation Thor:
by ecprogress.com on November 26, 2014
On November 3-6, the Sinbad Desert Amateur Radio Club participated in a wilderness based rescue training exercise in conjunction with the Emery County Sheriff's Office Rope Rescue Team, Emery County Search and Rescue Rope Team, Black Dragon Rescue Systems and National Guard Civil Support Teams from New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho and Oklahoma. The Training took place among the high red rocks and deep canyons of Utah's picturesque San Rafael desert in eastern Utah. They trained in Cow Canyon and the CS teams also trained at the Hunter Power plant.

Calling to Santa Through Shortwave:
by mjtimes.sk.ca on November 25, 2014
Kids chat with Santa on the North Pole and go secret shopping. Dressed in a shirt from Frozen and braids in her hair like the character Anna, Kapri Brumwell, 3, was beaming from ear to ear. “I talked to Santa,” she said proudly, following her sit down to radio with and speak to Santa Claus on a television at the North Pole on Saturday at the Western Development Museum (WDM) via shortwave. “I talked about the Rocking Mally Horse.” That was one of her requests for Christmas. She also said she wanted a Barbie whistle horse. Her mémère, grandmother Darlene Penna, was so pleased to see her granddaughter wearing such big smiles at the event. The Moose Jaw Amateur Radio Club put on the Shortwave to Santa event. The club made all the arrangements for the kids to be able to chat with Santa Claus.

Ham Radio Operators Drill for Emergency:
by wiltonbulletin.com on November 25, 2014
This past weekend, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) conducted a statewide emergency communications drill that simulated a massive storm with flooding. This gave amateur radio operators all over the state the opportunity to practice their emergency radio skills. The communications test provides a public demonstration -- to agencies such as the Red Cross, state and local emergency managers, and the news media -- of the value that amateur radio provides. It helps radio amateurs gain communication experience using standard procedures and a variety of radio technologies, under simulated disaster-response conditions. Amateur radio operators, known as hams, use equipment that continues to work even when all power and cell towers fail. Hams have a long history of setting up communications for stricken areas around the world until the commercial systems area restored.

Showcase for Torbay Radio Buffs at Newton Abbot:
by torquayheraldexpress.co.uk on November 24, 2014
TORBAY Amateur Radio Society held its 50th annual communications rally at the Newton Abbot Racecourse. Almost 200 members of the public attended. With 26 different traders and stalls there was something for everyone. These events are a chance for amateur radio enthusiasts to meet each other face-to-face instead just making contact over the airwaves. As well as the usual stall where attendees can sell unwanted equipment for a small fee, there were stalls selling components, connectors, cables and also brand new and pre-used radios.

Amateur Radio Operators Attain Highest License:
by waxahachietx.com on November 24, 2014
Ellis County Amateur Radio Club is proud to congratulate the first members of the Amateur Extra class for passing the FCC test. This is the highest level of amateur radio licenses. John Denson coordinated the material for teaching the Technical and General license material for Amateur Radio, and then he saw the need for an Amateur Radio Extra class. The Technical Class License classes were taught by Tom Forhanafel. There have been several technical classes taught this year. What this means for Ellis County are more storm watchers and more people trained to help with communications if the need.

Warren County Students Design Device Inspired by Superstorm Sandy:
by lehighvalleylive.com on November 24, 2014
A Superstorm Sandy-inspired invention crafted by Warren County high school and college students may help fund the creation of the first-of-its-kind "hacker space" in the area. When Superstorm Sandy knocked out power and cell phone reception two years ago, emergency personnel called on ham radio operators to coordinate water distribution, White Township resident Rob Roschewsk said. There were places in the county where the radio operators couldn't get reception because of the dips and valleys. "We're looking at all these lampposts and wondering, 'Gee, how can we get an antenna on one of those,'" Roschewsk said. "That's kind of how this whole thing was born." About 10 young people who have an interest in ham radio operations designed last spring a system to carry antenna to the top of lampposts or telephone poles in an emergency, Roschewsk said. He's one of the adult mentors who helped the group of young inventors known as the 721st Mechanized Contest Battalion in their efforts. The device the battalion created fills a void, he said. The only way emergency personnel can carry out the same function now is if they have a truck or heavy equipment with a tower, Roschewsk said. The contraption the students created can fit in the trunk of an ordinary car.

HamRadioCoin: Crypto via Radio, Alternative Blockchain Channel:
by cryptocoinsnews.com on November 23, 2014
HamRadioCoin utilizes the traditional Ham radio mesh to serve modern blockchain technology. This provides the blockchain and cryptocurrency with the first real alternative channel – a communications network that is both standardized and global. Ham radio has been in existence for over 80 years and who could have thought that its global array of operators would emerge as the perfect candidate for providing a P2P alternative to the internet. As we’ll explore below, the invaluable role of Ham radio extends its utility into science fiction as the “old” radio combines with the “new” blockchain.

Japan Records Huge Sunspot Cluster 66 Times Size of Earth:
by xinhuanet.com on November 22, 2014
TOKYO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Japanese space probe and observatory have recorded huge sunspot activity with a sunspot cluster 66 times the size of Earth, the Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday. Images of the sunspot cluster were released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Wednesday. The solar observation probe Hinode and NAOJ took pictures of the sunspots on Oct. 16-30, before the sun's rotation obstructed the view. The sunspot cluster could be seen again on Nov. 15, but it had shrunk to one-third of its peak size on Oct. 26. Sunspots appear in big clusters when the sun is most active. Large solar flares, a phenomenon triggered by sunspot activity, were also observed on the surface of the sun on six occasions in October.


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