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Nationwide Amateur Radio Operators Simulated Emergency Testing Oct. 11:
by on September 30, 2014
Amateur radio operators in Ulster County will participate in nationwide simulated emergency testing on Oct. 11, according to the county Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Certified Amateur Radio Emergency Service volunteers will be deployed to positions across Ulster County as part of the test. The American Radio Relay League test is an exercise in emergency communications, administered by emergency coordinators.

Laketown Park in Kenner to Host Coast Guard Auxiliary Radio Day:
by on September 30, 2014
Laketown Park in Kenner, Shelter No. 2, will host the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Radio Day. The day commemorates the 75th anniversary for the USCG Aux Flotilla 45 -- High Caliber Communications, Division 4 -- D8CR, a day dedicated to communication through HF bands to USCG Auxiliary and non-USCG amateur radio operators around the nation.

Ham Radio is Still the Old Standby In Emergency Situations:
by on September 29, 2014
Ham radio is still the dependable back up when disaster strikes. 911 calls from cellphones now make up about 70 per cent of emergency calls, sometimes because cells are the only phones available, as at vehicle accidents, but also because a growing number of people have abandoned landlines and rely solely on their cellphones. Even in well-served areas this can have drawbacks in emergencies. Landlines identify the address the person is calling from, important if the person in distress is incapacitated or distraught, but cellphones can only give the location within a few hundred metres. Both landlines and cellphone systems can be overloaded in major emergencies even though 911 calls have priority. In a power outage, landlines can keep operating for a few day on backup power, much longer than cell systems. Cell phones may be charged by your car but the cell towers have limited battery backup. It is advisable to text emergency messages if voice cannot get through, since texting does not depend on a recipient to answer in real time. Emergency Services are looking more and more at social media, Twitter etc. to alert the public quickly in major incidents.

Amateur Radio Operators to Host Oct. 4 Expo in Georgetown:
by on September 28, 2014
Sussex Amateur Radio Association is again sponsoring the Delmarva Radio and Electronics Expo and American Radio Relay League Delaware State Convention Saturday, Oct. 4, at Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown. The expo, also known as a hamfest, is an annual, regional gathering of more than 1,600 amateur radio operators (hams) and electronics enthusiasts from Delmarva and surrounding areas. It is an opportunity to receive updates on radio and electronic technology, socialize, and visit with many new and used equipment vendors. Amateur radio operators are known for their technical ability and creativity, whether setting up a green, environmentally friendly radio room, or getting a message to its destination when power lines are down. This year’s hamfest will focus on alternative energy sources and communications modes. In addition to vendors offering a full spectrum of radio and power products, SARA has invited expert speakers to the event. Presentation topics include alternate energy sources, automated position reporting system, the electrical grid, solar power, the state of amateur radio, and grounding and lightning protection.

Amateurlogic Bonus Episode Released:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on September 27, 2014
Bonus Episode: George’s Visit to the Land of Radios George visits with the Crew at Icom America for a fascinating tour of their new facilities. Up close interviews with different departments. Find out how they do what they do.

Radio Payload on Lunar-Orbiting 4M-LXS To Transmit Messages from the Moon:
by on September 27, 2014
With the right equipment you may be able to receive messages from the moon sometime late next month: With the right equipment you may be able to receive messages from the moon sometime late this October! The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft will carry up to 2,500 thirteen-character digital messages to lunar orbit for retransmission using the JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. The mission is scheduled to run slightly longer than eight days, with the lunar flyby occurring about halfway through the mission. The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing's new lunar probe Chang’e-5, which will land on the moon, collect samples, and return to Earth.

Wilkinsburg Ceremony to Commemorate World's First Wireless Broadcast:
by on September 27, 2014
An unassuming, two-story, red brick garage on the border of Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg was the site of an important contribution to broadcast history — the world’s first wireless voice broadcast on Oct. 17, 1919. Using bare wires, crackling spark coils and homemade vacuum tubes, Frank Conrad sent a two-hour-long concert of jazz, opera, popular and orchestral music over the airwaves to amateur radio buffs who listened in on crystal radio sets. His broadcast proved so popular that he began sending it over the airwaves every Wednesday and Saturday evening, often reaching listeners a couple hundred miles away. Mr. Conrad was assistant chief engineer at Westinghouse’s East Pittsburgh plant. Harry P. Davis, a Westinghouse vice president, was aware of the popularity of the broadcasts but took little interest -- until he saw a newspaper ad for Horne’s department store in September 1920 offering radios for sale to pick up Mr. Conrad’s broadcasts. After that, he persuaded others in the company that Westinghouse should set up its own station. Mr. Conrad was asked to work on the new station, which made its first broadcast on Nov. 2, 1920, from a small wooden shack atop the "K" Building, the tallest at the Westinghouse East Pittsburgh plant, informing listeners of the results of the Harding-Cox presidential election. "Westinghouse had applied for a commercial license but hadn’t yet received it by the time of the broadcast," said Rick Harris, a graphic designer from Forest Hills and secretary-treasurer of the National Museum of Broadcasting. "The company used a temporary amateur call sign 8ZZ for the broadcast."

HR-4969 to Eliminate CCRs:
by Ed Eggert (K3VO) on September 26, 2014
It is important that everyone contact their Representive and request that they co-sign on to HR -4969. Clubs should write and send a list of their members who want the bill passed.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #39 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 26, 2014
Solar activity was down this week (September 18-24) when compared with a week earlier, but solar flux is on a rising trend.

Past Times: Amateur Radio Broadened Raleigh’s Horizons:
by on September 26, 2014
In some ways the Internet of its day, amateur radio allowed communications across miles and across oceans, with “high school ‘kids’ and ordinary clerks being on the same footing with adults and professional men.” In 1938, N and O readers learned of ham radio communications being established locally. Fifteen members of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Club concluded a 26-hour test at 6 o’clock yesterday afternoon after setting up a portable radio station in a tobacco barn several miles from the nearest power lines and communicating with 35 other amateur stations from Texas to Vermont. The amateurs, ranging in occupation from a college professor to a meat cutter, established their station six miles out of Raleigh on the Poole Road. Twenty watts, enough to operate an ordinary light bulb of the same wattage, were generated by a quarter horsepower gasoline engine inside another barn. Another small engine operated electric fans to keep the primary generator from overheating and shoo the flies away from the “hams,” as the amateurs call themselves.

Meet the Man Who Invented the Emoticon ... In 1879:
by on September 26, 2014
Walter C. Phillips created a code to help speed telegraph transmissions. 88 = Love. In 1982, computer scientist Scott Fahlman became the first person to suggest that typing the characters ":-)" or ":-(" could be used to express a happy or sad face, and therefore display a sense of emotion. On that fateful day the now-ubiquitous emoticon was born, but that shorthand we now know and love (or loathe, depending on your point of view) actually started more than a century earlier, when communicating long distances meant using a lot of dots and dashes. In the late 19th century, just about the only way to quickly send a message over long distances was by using the telegraph. These then-innovative devices used Morse code to translate text into long and short beeps (dashes and dots), which were received and retranslated back into text on the other side. Telegraphs sped up world communications in the late 1800s -- they were much faster than mailed letters, after all -- but they had a few key drawbacks. They were expensive (each letter mattered) and they still took time to transmit. A telegraph operator had to translate the message into Morse code and then sit down and transmit it one letter at a time. On the other end, another operator had to receive, write down and translate the messages. As you can imagine, this could take a while. Take the simple word "yesterday." In Morse code, that became "-.-- . ... - . .-. -.. .- -.--" Try typing that with any speed or accuracy. To journalist and telegraph operator Walter P. Phillips, that system was just way too slow. When news broke, he wanted to be able to transmit it as quickly as possible. (This, it should be noted, was a man who once transcribed 2,700 words from Morse code to English in an hour to win a contest.) Since many words and phrases were used all the time, Phillips decided that he could create a system of shorthand for them. And so what soon became known as the Phillips Code was born in 1879. Phillips created a list of hundreds -- later thousands -- of common words and phrases and then established abbreviations or codes for them. "Yesterday" became "YA" -- or just "-.-- .-" in Morse code. Much simpler and faster, right? Among the Phillips Code's other innovations (which served not just journalists but all message-senders and telegraph operators): the numbers "88" represented the phrase "love and kisses"; the letters "Tw" signified the word "tomorrow"; "Ik" stood in for "instantly killed" (an important phrase for reporters); and "Cb" represented "celebrate." There was even a special set of codes just for baseball: "Bas" meant "by a score of" and "Lob" meant "left on bases."

ARNewsline Report 1397 -- Sept 26 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on September 26, 2014
The following is a QST. Brazil will propose a permanent 60 meter ham radio allocation; rules restructuring underway in Australia and Austria; the FCC turns down a petition to create a 4 meter band in the USA; the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test to be held October 4th and 5th; a ham radio flood relief effort in India is stalled by government red tape and the Dayton Hamvention begins solicitation nominations for its 2015 awards program. All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1937 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #39:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 25, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HA3JB, ZL4PW, 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 September 25, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Parity Act Co-Sponsors Swells Before Congressional Recess:
by The ARRL Letter on September 25, 2014
An intense effort during the few days in September that Congress was in session has resulted in 47 co-sponsors for the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 4969). Another half-dozen or so US House Members have indicated that they will sign on when Congress returns, something they can do only while Congress is in session. Congress went into recess on September 19. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, and ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, visited dozens of congressional offices this month. Elsewhere, other ARRL elected and appointed officials and members from across the US met with members of Congress and with their staffers, wrote letters, and made phone calls to urge co-sponsorship.

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