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VOM Amateur Radio Club Hosts Hamfest:
by on April 18, 2015
The Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club is holding its annual ARRL Hamfest from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25. The Hamfest will be held at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W., Sonoma. Admission is free for the Hamfest, and “hams” and those interesting in amateur radio are encouraged to bring the entire family. Raffle tickets will be distributed at no cost to each person registering, with door prize drawings held every half hour. The event will include a walk-in volunteer examiner session with registration starting at 9 a.m. with testing for all license elements immediately following.

Amateur Radio Clubs to Throw Annual Hamfest:
by on April 18, 2015
Local radio enthusiasts are slated to congregate at the Burke County Fairgrounds for the 18th annual Catawba Valley Hamfest on Saturday. The Hamfest is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and provides a chance for amateur radio operators to socialize, shop for new equipment, sell old equipment, and take training classes, according to a release from event organizers. “We talk on the radio all the time, so it’s a face-to-face meeting,” said Nathan Jaynes, president of the Hamfest board of directors. Of particular interest this year are skywarn spotter training classes offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jaynes said. “NOAA comes in and does those classes,” he said. “This is the first class we’ve had in this area for probably two years.” Also of interest will be amateur radio license testing, amateur radio equipment vendors and an electronics flea market, according to the release.

New Communications Center Vital Element to County's Emergency Operations:
by on April 18, 2015
Because backup communications are vital during an emergency, a new state-of-the-art Communications Center (CC) was designed to complement the Harris County, Texas Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (HCOHSEM) new Emergency Operations Center (EOC). In 2014, HCOHSEM acquired additional space at Houston TranStar to better accommodate staff and provide a larger and more efficient EOC to serve its more than 4.3 million residents. HCOHSEM is touted as a national model of best practices in emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery. “In a dynamic region with more declared disasters than most states,” HCOHSEM said its “formula for success is the engagement of all levels of government, the business community and volunteer organizations. HCOHSEM’s newest upgrades improve emergency operations not only in Harris County, but throughout the region. The EOC “exists to prepare and protect its residents from disasters of all kinds,” HCOHSEM said, adding that, “During an emergency, HCOHSEM activates its Emergency Operations Center to support and coordinate emergency operations, and to keep stakeholders and the public informed.” “HCOHSEM constantly works to develop new internal systems that further improve emergency operations,” said Harris County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Sloan. “Our new Communications Center is the technology component, it provides the equipment and systems needed during disaster operations.” Without solid communications during a crisis, HCOHSEM said, it would be impossible to provide assistance to local governments and incident managers in the field, and very difficult to inform the public.

Visalia Experiences Eadioactive Invasion. Again:
by on April 18, 2015
This weekend will see the 66th International DX Convention come to Visalia, where hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ham radio operators from around the world will "invade" the Visalia Convention Center. Each year, the Northern California DX Club (this year's host) and the Southern California DX Club alternate hosting the internationally known convention, drawing interested parties from around the world. The three-day convention, held in Visalia since 1978, has events for all the myriad aspects of Amateur Radio, from seminars on "DX-peditions" (traveling and setting up radio stations in remote locations, from tropical islands to Antarctica) and how to operate a radio station in a safe and neighbor-friendly manner, to updates in technology and operating procedures. Manufacturers and organizations set up tables and booths in the Convention Center to hawk their wares, from local US Tower, to international giants Icom and Yaesu.

ARNewsline Report 1961 -- April 17 2015:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on April 17, 2015
The following is a QST. The IARU Monitoring Service identifies new intruders into the ham radio bands; a geomagnetic storm sparks auroras over Canada and the United States; Australia may soon take ham radio into space; an unlicensed broadcaster in Kentucky hit with a $15,000 fine, and you may be surprised to learn what causes ham radio its worst interference. Find out right here on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1961 coming your way right now.

FCC to Open Up Valuable Airwaves for Tech and Telecom Companies:
by Malathi Nayak on April 17, 2015
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday voted to open a swath of government-controlled airwaves for commercial use by tech and telecom companies such as Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc as they seek to meet growing data demands from new wireless devices.

QSO Today EP 37 Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on April 17, 2015
Amateur radio was the key driver that led Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, to a MSEE in Electrical Engineering and then a career as an RF design engineer with both Motorola and later Magnavox. When the hobby bites us at an early age, doors open to a bright and successful future.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #16 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 17, 2015
Solar activity increased this week. Average daily sunspot numbers increased from 50.1 last week (April 2-8) to 65.6 in the recent (April 9-15) period. Average daily solar flux rose from 118.4 to 132.5. Geomagnetic indexes also increased.

FCC Proposes New Privacy Rules for Amateur Radio Operators:
by on April 17, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission is proposing new privacy rules for historical amateur radio operators. Under the proposed rules, these amateur radio operators would not be required to provide address information for public inspection. "The commission found that amending these rules will enhance amateur radio operators’ privacy without undermining the public interest in knowing who is authorized to operate on amateur spectrum," the FCC wrote. The public has 60 days to comment.

Morse Code Message for Art Piece Spelled Alarm for Some:
by on April 17, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The flashing lights were signaling a message of love in Morse code, but they spelled out something alarming to some passers-by who saw them in Lincoln's Haymarket district. The Lincoln Journal Star reported Thursday that incandescent lights had been set up on the third floor of one building and the fifth floor of another nearby. Switches were synchronized so a Morse message could be sent. It's all part of a public art piece by Jamie Burmeister, of Omaha. He told the newspaper that the message he's been sending is "LUV U." But some people who called police or businesses in the buildings thought the message was an SOS sent by people in trouble.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #15:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on April 16, 2015
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by CX3AL, SQ9AC, WW1ME, 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 April 16, 2015
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL, US House Members Coming Through to Support H.R. 1301:
by The ARRL Letter on April 16, 2015
Many ARRL members have answered the call to urge their US House member to co-sponsor The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301 -- helping to raise the list of co-sponsors to 39. But ARRL Regulatory Affairs Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said the campaign continues, and more voices are needed to join the chorus.

ARRL Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals Due by April 19:
by The ARRL Letter on April 16, 2015
The deadline for ARRL members to comment on possible changes to the League's HF Band Plans, suggested by the HF Band Planning Committee, is April 19. The survey is part of the committee's efforts to adjust the band plans for the RTTY/data/CW portions of 80 through 10 meters -- excepting 60 meters.

Special Event Stations to Mark World Amateur Radio Day on April 18:
by The ARRL Letter on April 16, 2015
Saturday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD). The event celebrates the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union on April 18, 1925, in Paris, with ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, as its first president.

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