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Propagation Forecast Bulletin #49 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on December 2, 2016
SWS Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning 16/53 issued at 2301 UTC/01 December 2016 by the Australian Space Forecast Centre. A small coronal hole will move into a geoeffective position around 4 Dec. This could result in brief active to minor storm periods from late 3 Dec or early 4 Dec. Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 03 to 04 December 2016.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2040, Friday, December 2, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on December 2, 2016
The following is a QST. An amateur radio operator is killed by a suspect being pursued by police. Hams assist with shelter communications during Tennessee wildfires. An uninhabited Hawaiian island comes alive with radio -- and we share memories of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. All this and more as we bring you Amateur Radio Newsline Report #2040 in an expanded edition this week.

Virtual Buildathon from Chertsey:
by RSGB on December 2, 2016
Chertsey Radio Club will be hosting a Virtual Buildathon starting in December. Bob, M6FLT will be building a kit over a couple of weeks, live on camera, and will be able to answer questions as participants follow him. The kit will be a Kanga Products Fox-3, 40m CW transceiver and k16 keyer kit. Participants buy the kit but there is no cost to join in with the session.

Ham Radio Club's Christmas Dinner Meeting Set for 6 PM Dec. 12:
by on December 2, 2016
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 -- The Kentucky Amateur Radio Society (KARS) December meeting/Christmas Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. karslogolowres12, 2016, at Coltonís Steakhouse, 1001 Granite Dr. in Bardstown. The Christmas Dinner will begin with a short KARS business meeting. During the business meeting the nominated officers for 2017 will be presented, nominations from the floor will be accepted, and the vote for the 2017 officers will be held. The election will close the meeting and Christmas Dinner will follow. Members attending are asked to arrive promptly at 6 p.m. so the business meeting may be conducted expeditiously.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #49:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on December 1, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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 December 1, 2016
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Urgent Last Call to Press for Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act:
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
It's now down to the wire: ARRL has issued a last call for members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up during the "lame duck" session of Congress that adjourns in a couple of weeks. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, and the Senate must follow suit if the bill is to succeed. If it fails in the Senate, the entire process will have to be repeated in the new Congress. The legislation is now in the Senate in two forms -- as H.R. 1301 and alternately in the packaged bill S. 253.

Transatlantic Reception Anniversary Special Event Set for December 11:
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
An Amateur Radio special event on December 11 will commemorate the 95th anniversary of the first transatlantic shortwave reception between Greenwich, Connecticut, and Scotland. A school near the original site is hosting the event. ARRL, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and the Radio Club of America (RCA), are partnering in sponsoring the activity. The Greenwich Historical Society will also participate.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
"Yagi Antennas" is the topic of the latest (December 1) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

National Parks On the Air Update:
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program is down to its final month. Over 460 of the 489 NPOTA units have been activated, with over 15,500 visits to eligible sites. With 30 days to go, there is a big push to cross the 1 million contact threshold. This past week saw nearly 30,000 contacts uploaded to Logbook of The World, bringing the year-to- date total to more than 915,000 contacts. There will be plenty of NPOTA activity in December; how many stations can you work in the final month?

Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Shelter Communication Support in Tennessee
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
Amateur Radio volunteers this week provided communication support to American Red Cross shelters in Sevier County, Tennessee, where area residents fleeing wildfires took refuge. At the peak, an estimated 1,300 evacuees occupied six Red Cross or independently operated shelters, state authorities said. Wind-driven flames and embers from the Chimney Top Fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, now closed, spread on November 28 to threaten the communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in East Tennessee. Highway 441 into Gatlinburg remains open only to emergency traffic and outbound evacuation traffic. The fire caused considerable destruction in Gatlinburg.

ARRL Expands Initiative to Fire Up Collegiate Amateur Radio Clubs:
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
A growing number of campus radio clubs and student radio amateurs have begun to share ideas and suggestions on the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) Facebook page, which is aimed at sparking renewed participation, activity, and idea-sharing among this special sector of the Amateur Radio community. The now-expanded initiative stemmed from two well-attended ARRL New England Division Convention forums for radio amateurs attending college, one hosted by the Amateur Radio clubs at Harvard (W1AF) and Yale (W1YU). As the forum explained, the activity level at campus Amateur Radio club stations can vary wildly from one year to the next, as students graduate and newcomers arrive.

FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith Says Amateur Enforcement Will Be Aggressive
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith told a standing-room-only audience at the ARRL Pacific Division Convention (Pacificon) in October that, despite FCC cutbacks, Amateur Radio enforcement will not be compromised. Smith spoke for nearly an hour and a half on a variety of FCC issues related to Amateur Radio, and the entire presentation is available on YouTube, thanks to Bob Miller, WB6KWT, and his son Robert, KA7JKP, who recorded the forum. Smith said that with the FCC set to shut down 11 field offices across the country in January, the Enforcement Bureau has reorganized into three US regions, and she does not anticipate any significant issues for the Amateur Service as a result.

Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hurricane Otto:
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on Thanksgiving Day for Hurricane Otto. The Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 MPH made landfall on the southern Nicaraguan coast on November 24 and passed over Central America with no reported fatalities, but it generated flooding. The net stood down at 2200 UTC. Amateur Radio emergency nets also convened in Central America on 40 and 75 meters in anticipation of Tropical Storm Otto, which was the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record this late in the year.

SKYWARN Recognition Day On-the-Air Event is Saturday, December 3:
by The ARRL Letter on December 1, 2016
The annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) on-the-air activity will take place Saturday, December 3, from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 2, in US time zones).

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