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Emergency Preparedness Fair Set for May 30:
by on May 22, 2015
The East 1488 Community Emergency Response Team in partnership with the East 1488 Community Association will sponsor the 6th annual East 1488 Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Home Depot Parking lot located at 6119 FM 1488, off Egypt Lane, East of Hwy 2978. The fair is held to help residents become better prepared for disasters or emergencies, whether widespread or personal. Drawings will be held for prizes throughout the day and attendees will take away items and information that will help them as they prepare their 72-hour emergency kits and develop their family emergency plans. “When the word disaster is mentioned, most people immediately think of hurricanes,” Cindy Burks, president of the East 1488 CERT said. “However, risk factors for residents of Montgomery County include, but are not limited to, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, chemical leaks/spills and acts of terrorism.” Burks said it is very important that residents, especially those who live in rural communities, prepare themselves to meet the challenges they will face following an emergency. At the fair, residents can listen to preparedness presentations on a variety of related topics throughout the day.

Campbellford Lions Club Looking to Support Community:
by on May 22, 2015
CAMPBELLFORD - The Lions Club of Campbellford asked Mayor Hector Macmillan to join them at their regular meeting on May 13th. The Club was looking for ways they can help the municipality. Macmillan was prepared with a list of projects that the Club could take on. “The Fire Department’s command centre has reached the end of it life” began Macmillan. The department is looking for something that is more sustainable and economical than the renovated recreational vehicle that they are currently using. A Command Trailer has been suggested as a viable alternative. Macmillan then talked about the redevelopment of the recreational centres and the need to fund the other two thirds of their costs. “Something else that is hot off the press this morning, and the fire chief is really behind this smaller project, is a proposal to train all or some of the firefighters as ham radio operators,” said Macmillan. This is part of preparing for an emergency. If all other communication went down we would still be able to use the ham radios. The project would consist of purchasing the radios and the installation of infrastructure on the water tower. The training of the firefighters would be done by the local ham radio operators.

Sounding Rocket to Help Calibrate NASA's SDO:
by on May 22, 2015
Watching the sun is dangerous work for a telescope. Solar instruments in space naturally degrade over time, bombarded by a constant stream of solar particles that can cause a film of material to adhere to the optics. Decades of research and engineering skill have improved protecting such optics, but one crucial solution is to regularly recalibrate the instruments to accommodate such changes. In mid-May, the seventh calibration mission for an instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, will launch into space onboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight. The instrument to be calibrated is called EVE, short for the EUV Variability Experiment, where EUV stands for extreme ultraviolet. EVE's job is to observe the total energy output of the sun in EUV light waves. The calibration mission is scheduled to launch on May 21, 2015, on a Terrier-Black Brant suborbital sounding rocket around 3 pm EDT from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. EVE measures the total energy output of the sun, known as irradiance, for each wavelength of light in the extreme ultraviolet range. By tracking the irradiance, scientists can observe how it changes with different events on the sun. None of these wavelengths can penetrate Earth's atmosphere to reach humans on Earth, but each can have a profound effect on the air above our planet. Some of this light energy gets absorbed in the thermosphere, causing it to expand like a balloon when heated, which can create more drag on satellites in space. Other wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light can have an effect on the composition of the charged ions in Earth's ionosphere, which can hinder radio communications or GPS navigation systems. What's more, the total amount of each kind of light changes in different ways based on what's happening on the sun, including such things as the approximately 11-year solar cycle during which the sun ramps up to a time of more eruptions and magnetic activity - called solar maximum - and back down again to the quiet of solar minimum. While one wavelength of light might increase only by about 60 percent over this solar cycle, another wavelength might grow to be 100 times stronger. As scientists seek to understand how changes on the sun affect our home planet, they need to parse out the details of what causes an increase in the different kinds of light waves.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #20:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on May 21, 2015
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by G3VOF, 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 May 21, 2015
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Dayton Hamvention 2015: Great Weekend, Friendly Crowd:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
Another Dayton Hamvention is in the log, and the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) already has begun counting down to the 2016 event (May 20-22, 2016). While Hamvention traditionally provides an ideal occasion for Amateur Radio manufacturers to introduce their latest offerings, new gear was in somewhat shorter-than-usual supply at the 2015 event. On the other hand, this may have shifted attention toward Hamvention's other activities, such as the always-popular forums and, of course, the flea market. There were scattered showers on all 3 days.

Nepal Amateur Radio Earthquake Relief Response Again Suspended:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
Amateur Radio emergency operations on 20 meters, resumed in the aftermath of the second Nepal earthquake, have again been suspended, according to Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, the Amateur Radio Society of India National Coordinator for Disaster Communication. Bhide said he discussed the situation on May 17 with Satish Kharel, 9N1AA, and that the decision was based on the fact that all systems in the affected region "are working normally." VU2JAU, 9N1AA, and others have been among those active on 14.210 MHz since the initial earthquake on April 25.

WX4NHC at National Hurricane Center to Conduct Annual Station Test: May 30:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
Amateur Radio station WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami will conduct its annual station test on May 30, 1400 until 2200 UTC. The purpose of this event is to test Amateur Radio station equipment, antennas, and computers in advance of the 2015 hurricane season, June 1 through November 30.

Friedrichshafen's 'Ham Radio' Marks 40 Years In June with Space Theme:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
"Ham Radio," Europe's largest Amateur Radio event, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The annual gathering, known to most simply by its location -- Friedrichshafen -- takes place June 26-28 on the shore of Lake Constance in southwest Germany.

Radio Amateur Sworn In as New NASA Deputy Administrator:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dava Newman, KB1HIK, has been sworn in as the deputy administrator of NASA. President Barack Obama appointed Newman last October, and the US Senate confirmed her appointment on April 27. The swearing-in took place on May 15 in her MIT office in Cambridge. Newman is Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems and the director of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. She started her official duties as NASA's new deputy administrator on May 18 at the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.

Utah Section Manager Re-Elected, Two New SMS Coming Aboard In July:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
One incumbent Section Manger overcame a challenge to win his bid for a new term of office, while two SM candidates who ran unopposed will assume office this summer. Ballots in the two-person race in the ARRL Utah Section were counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters.

Cape Verde 2 Meter Beacon Heard In Bonaire:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
As reported in "The K7RA Solar Update" and the W1AW Propagation Bulletin (ARLP020/2015) for Friday, May 15, Dave Pedersen, PJ4VHF/N7BHC, on Bonaire copied a 2 meter CW signal from the D4C/B beacon on 144.436 MHz at Cape Verde via tropospheric ducting on May 6 (0100-0230 UTC). Bonaire is in the Caribbean just north of Venezuela, while Cape Verde is off the coast of Africa, west of Senegal -- a distance of nearly 3000 miles.

CQ Names 2015 Hall Of Fame Inductees:
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals, licensed or not, who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio, to their professions, or "to some other aspect of life on our planet," CQ said.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on May 21, 2015
ARRL VHF/UHF Contests Now Allow Self-Spotting: Beginning with the ARRL June VHF Contest, June 13-15, participants will be allowed to spot themselves on spotting networks. These changes were made to encourage greater participation and band utilization.

Professors Charged in RF Filter IP Theft:
by U.S. Dept of Justice on May 21, 2015
Chinese Professors Among Six Defendants Charged with Economic Espionage and Theft of Trade Secrets for Benefit of People’s Republic of China.

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