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WPI Ham Radio Club Provides Critical Communication for Marathon:
by on April 19, 2014
WORCESTER (CBS) -- Among the thousands of volunteers working to make this year’s Boston Marathon go as smoothly as possible will be the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s ham radio club, the WPI Wireless Association. Seniors Harrison Williams and Matthew Foreman and their team of about a dozen students and alumni coordinate the buses that take the runners and personnel to Hopkinton and then keep looping back to Boston to transport runners unable to finish. All of the communication for the buses is done by radio, no cell phones, Internet or texting. "This is certainly something that is very helpful in times when there’s no power and there’s no cell, no Internet, just people and a couple of radios and car batteries," Williams explained to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones. They were on the job last year and used some old fashioned skills and equipment to clear the course when the race was stopped after the bombings at the finish line. With cell service largely crashed after last year, Williams and the team had to quickly shift gears.

When A Sleepy California Town Was At The Center of War in the Pacific:
by on April 19, 2014
The newsmen ignored the Japanese bombs shaking seventy-five feet of rock above their heads. It was June 1940, and a team of Chinese and Western broadcasters continued their reports from a tunnel beneath Chongqing, China's wartime capital, the "world's most bombed city." Seven thousand miles away, in Ventura, a dentist woke early to listen to their broadcast. As he did every morning, beginning precisely at 5:53 a.m., Dr. Charles Stuart spent two hours carefully monitoring recording levels as acetate discs recorded the broadcast from XGOY, the Chinese government's radio station. Next to him, wearing dental assistant whites and huge headphones pressed to her ears, Stuart's secretary -- and wife -- Alacia Held, transcribed every word. Finally, a familiar farewell closed another day's broadcasts. "XGOY is signing off now," declared Melville Jacoby, a twenty-three-year-old freelance journalist hired to compile and read the station's broadcasts. "This is the Voice of China, the Chinese international broadcasting station, Szechuan, China. Good morning America and goodnight China." Seven decades later, I've spent years chasing every clue I can about Mel's life as a correspondent in wartime China. A cousin of my grandmother's, Mel grew up in one of Los Angeles's first Jewish families, and I wanted to know more than the family legend about the cousin who became Time's Far East bureau chief and fell in love amid the Chongqing air raids. On a summer afternoon in a park in Portland, Oregon, 211 pages into Peter Rand's China Hands, I saw Mel's name. I'd known about his broadcasting work for the Chinese. What I didn't know was a detail Rand pointed out. Mel's broadcasts from XGOY were "picked up in Ventura, California, by a ham radio operator, a dentist named Dr. Charles Stuart." I was floored. Not only was Mel in this book, but his work, I learned, depended on a dentist in my own hometown. Ventura. The sleepy seaside town I'd been so quick to escape was one of China's only links to the outside world during the war.

ARNewsline Report 1914 -- April 18 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on April 18, 2014
The following is a QST. The new Digital Ham Video system on the International Space Station is fully commissioned; another shortwave intruder is found in the 40 meter band; United Kingdom hams petition their telecommunications regulator to get back to enforcing the rules; Vietnam confirms expanded ham radio spectrum; the Crimea will not count as a new DXCC entity and radio is used to wake up a comet exploration probe. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1914 coming your way right now.

Amateur Radio Making Waves:
by on April 18, 2014
The arrival of Facebook and Twitter has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Ipswich's amateur radio devotees. Ipswich and District Amateur Radio Club marked World Amateur Radio Day with an expo in Booval at the weekend, calling on residents to get involved in the fun. Club president Glen Woodrow said the hobby had undergone something of a revival in recent years. "It has never been easier to enter the hobby through the basic Foundation Licence, and the club can show you how to join in the fun," Mr Woodrow said. At the weekend's Ipswich exhibition, members demonstrated how amateur radio works, as well as showing curious visitors how to get involved. Mr Woodrow said amateur radio users served their community by providing emergency communications during natural disasters such as floods and bushfires. Amateur operators also work behind the scenes on disaster preparedness. "Time and again they prove that even the digital world is reliant on infrastructure that can be overloaded or fail, but amateur radio can still get the message through," he said.

Hollister Recognized by State for Years of Volunteer Work:
by on April 18, 2014
Communications specialist aids local public safety for decades: SIERRA VISTA -- A local volunteer who has spent more than two decades assisting local public service entities with their communication needs has been selected to receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Since arriving in Sierra Vista in 1986, Robert Hollister has applied his extensive knowledge of radio communications to support local search and rescue efforts, upgrade rural fire district radio systems, help with emergency planning efforts for the county and more. "In a rural area, volunteers are absolutely vital to public safety, and we’ve got a great group in Cochise County,” said Norman Strum, emergency services coordinator for Cochise County. “We’ve got a great volunteer group, but he just kind of stands out on most of this stuff." A lifelong interest: On Monday, speaking from the Cochise Amateur Radio Association facility on Moson Road, Hollister said his natural fascination with radios as a teen turned into a career, which presented plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout his life.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #16:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 17, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by NC1L, QRZ DX, the Weekly 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.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #16 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 17, 2014
After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and 245. Sunspot numbers have reached this level several times in the past 12 months. On February 28, 2014 the daily sunspot number reached 279, it was 245 on January 6, and back on November 15-17, 2013 it was 272, 213 and 282.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on April 17, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

World Amateur Radio Day Is Friday, April 18:
by The ARRL Letter on April 17, 2014
"Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication" is the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2014, Friday, April 18. Radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day each year on April 18 to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was its first president.

ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss 'Fatally Flawed' Petition for Rule Making:
by The ARRL Letter on April 17, 2014
The ARRL has told the FCC that a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11715) from Mimosa Networks to permit unlicensed Part 15 wireless broadband services in the 10.0-10.5 GHz band is "fatally flawed" and should be dismissed.

Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Support for 30th Challenge Cup Relay:
by The ARRL Letter on April 17, 2014
Amateur Radio volunteers were key to maintaining safety and security for the thousands of law enforcement personnel who took part in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V) race on March 22.

Astronaut Live Amateur Radio Digital TV Test from the ISS:
by The ARRL Letter on April 17, 2014
Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, served as the host for a successful final commissioning test pass April 13 for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) "Ham Video" transmitter and camera. Operating as OR4ISS from the ISS Columbus module, Wakata transmitted digital video and audio, as ground stations in France and Italy tracked the station.

FUNCUBE/AO-73 Transponder will be Active Each Weekend:
by The ARRL Letter on April 17, 2014
The FUNcube/AO-73 Amateur Radio transponder will be active full time (with low-power beacon) on weekends.

KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition:
by The ARRL Letter on April 17, 2014
Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and the "Sprite" satellites it will deploy.

Deadline Is May 1 to Apply for ARRL Teachers Institute:
by The ARRL Letter on April 17, 2014
The ARRL Education and Technology Program (ETP) is still accepting applications for all sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this summer. The application deadline is May 1. Admission decisions will be made by May 9.

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