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Ham Radio Specialist Picked Up the Signal Early In Life:
by on August 20, 2014
Strange voices filled the waxy ears of young Kevin Clements. They crackled with exotic dialects and alluring unfamiliarity. They emanated from the mysterious little wood-framed box before him -- an old ham radio he'd found in the musty basement of his Cambridge home. His father Jim gave him permission to bring it up to his bedroom and run a wire across to the window so he could connect with the glittering disco-ball heavens of the mid-1970s. The electronic display opened up into bright cat's eye lights when a signal came in. Clements' vacuum-tube heart purred with each feline flash and flicker. "I listened to faraway voices and accents -- and the beating of the Morse code would fill the room," recalled Clements, now a 52-year-old navy reservist in Hamilton who still taps into the ham radio atmosphere daily from his home in Welland. "It's still magic how it all works."

Kalamazoo Father and Daughter Launching Camera Into Space:
by on August 20, 2014
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- A dad and daughter from Kalamazoo are preparing to launch a camera into space! Mark and Katherine Gilbert have been working on the out-of-this-world project for nearly two years, hoping to take photos of earth from a capsule they created. The pair designed their own instrument pack, built it from the ground up and earned HAM radio technician licenses to make this long-anticipated launch possible.

Radiosport and Engineering at the Olympics of Ham Radio:
by on August 20, 2014
I had the privilege of organizing the Seventh World Radiosport Team Championship event last month (see this page for more info, or listen to the coverage on WBUR’s “Only a Game” NPR program). Many call this competition the “Olympics of Ham Radio.” This event involved inviting the world’s best operators to the same geographic area (in this case, the Boston area), and setting them up with identical stations to create a level playing field. In other radiosport competitions, the contestants usually try to operate from locations with advantageous HF propagation in rare countries, with favorable local terrain (hilltops instead of valleys) and use the biggest antenna systems they can install and maximum power. However, for this event we wanted to test operating skill and had to remove all the other variables.

Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on August 19, 2014
A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria or UNI), in collaboration with the Southwestern State University in Kursk, Russia. According to AMSAT-UK, the CubeSat's batteries were charged last week. It was launched in February 2014 on board a Progress cargo craft.

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by on August 19, 2014
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QSO Today Weekly Podcast, August 19 2014:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on August 19, 2014
Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with Ron, W6OM. Listen to Ron’s ham radio journey from his beginnings as a ten year old boy with a receiver rescued from the garbage, his apprenticeship under George Hutchens, the original W6OM, to his present “Elmering” of neighborhood boys to their Extra Class licenses. Ron uses a re-assigned Bauer 707 AM broadcast transmitter to join the 80 meter Western AM Net on 3870 kHz.

Zuni Hills Students to Chat with Astronaut Aboard Space Station:
by on August 19, 2014
Students at Zuni Hills Elementary School are scheduled to participate in a unique event just before 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. Sixth-grade science teacher, Jennifer Cheesman, will lead the effort to coordinate an Amateur Radio International Space Station radio contact between her students and astronauts aboard the ISS. In the spring of 2014, Cheesman’s students submitted questions to the NASA mailbox outside Cheesman’s classroom and a panel of teachers selected the top 20 to be asked during the ARISS contact. One student from each grade was selected to ask the astronaut a question. ARISS contacts are real-time radio communications between students and an astronaut living aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Contact will be made via telebridge which acts as a connection between the school and the space station. As the space station passes over the telebridge radio station, it allows for contact to be made. Students will set-up in the multi-purpose room waiting for the call to go through at 10:47 a.m. and will be able to listen to astronaut Gregory “Reid” Wiseman from the United States answering their questions. The radio contact will allow students, staff and guests to learn why science is important on board the ISS. Kevin Wesolowski, a local HAM operator, will assist with the technical side of the event as well as educate the student body in how amateur radio plays a part in their daily lives.

Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Set Shining Example:
by on August 19, 2014
AMATEUR radio enthusiasts camped out at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre over the weekend as part of International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Amateur radio operator Malcolm McIntosh said the aim of the event was to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time promote amateur radio. "It began in Scotland about 21 years ago in 1993," he said. Mr McIntosh is a member of the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club and said the set-up was based on the same principles as AM radio. "It's about information exchange, if it's a lighthouse or a lightship we ask for the details such as the name of the operator and the technical details," he said. Since the inception of the international event, participants from more than 50 countries participate, with approximately 500 lighthouses and lightships.

Come In, Lighthouses of the World:
by on August 19, 2014
BASED in a chart room next to the lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill, the maritime village’s amateur radio group connected with other lighthouses around the world over the weekend. International Lighthouse Weekend is held annually across the globe to celebrate the significant role of lighthouses throughout history. The weekend was initiated in 1998 by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland to promote public awareness of lighthouses and other aids to navigation and their need for preservation and restoration, as well as encouraging amateur radio operators to practice their skills.

Sunspots 2014: Two Big Surprises:
by on August 19, 2014
AUSTIN, August 16, 2014 -- A rare spotless day on the sun on July 17-18, 2014 triggered public speculation that an already stunted Cycle 24 was nearly over. Such is not the case. Defying the odds for so late in a sunspot cycle, another solar sunspot maximum was set last month. Another one is coming this month. In other major news, a long needed revision to the 400-year sunspot record was proposed. It’ll be the first change made to the sunspot record since it was first established by Rudolf Wolf back in 1849. The changes will affect long-term climate and other dependent scientific studies. One effect of the proposal will be to reduce modern sunspot totals. That will wipe out the so-called “Modern Maximum” and make the current sunspot cycle, Cycle 24, the weakest in 200 years.

Hamfest Brings Together Amateur Radio Operators:
by on August 18, 2014
TIPPECANOE Co., Ind. (WLFI) There weren’t any pork products, but they “hammed it up” at the Cary Boy Scout Camp Sunday morning. The 44th annual Hamfest featured amateur radio operators. Many were from the Greater Lafayette, but others came from outside the state. The event gives radio operators the chance to exchange equipment that would otherwise be tough to acquire. From devices that communicate with radios using morse code, to digital connections, the group enjoyed talking about their passion for the equipment.

Pulicat Lighthouse Celebrated by Hams:
by on August 18, 2014
Pulicat, a sleepy fishermen hamlet some 50 km north of Chennai, has secured a place on the world amateur radio with a group of HAM operators setting up a special radio station (VU69) on this picturesque place on Saturday to commemorate the two-day annual international lighthouse/lightship weekend. The trio K. Rajesh (VU3RGK), S. Narayanan (VU3GJP) and K. Premchand (VU2RPC) had set up the radio station and contacted over 500 similar groups across the world also commemorating the event in their places. “Our objective is to promote public awareness about lighthouses and lightships and the urgent need for their preservation and restoration. At the same time, we want to promote amateur radio and foster global goodwill through HAM. We like to conduct this event every year in different light houses in Tamil Nadu. We contacted over 200 light house stations across the world as part of the event,” Mr Rajesh said.

Plymouth Village Residents Get Ham Radio Certification for Emergencies:
by on August 17, 2014
REDLANDS -- A group of Plymouth Village residents are embracing social media, but not in the way you might think. Instead of relying on the latest technology to communicate with one another in case of an emergency, the group is turning back the clock to become ham radio operators. More than a dozen have already become certified operators and are working to familiarize themselves with a disaster relief plan if emergency personnel are unable to reach the retirement community right away. Keith Kasin, Plymouth Village executive director, is leading the group, which meets weekly to practice radio calls. A certified ham radio operator himself, Kasin came up with the idea after hearing of several disasters that left thousands stranded and unable to communicate for help. And with talk of a large-scale earthquake expected to hit the region at any time, the one way to communicate with personnel will be through devices.

'The World's Friendliest Hamfest' Opens in Downtown Huntsville:
by on August 17, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- If you were at the Von Braun Center Saturday, you might have met K4HVA, or talked to KI4ZYX, or maybe shared lunch with N4WN, possibly told a joke to KS4V, and maybe even smiled at KF4YZG. Huntsville Hamfest, part the ARRL's 2014 centennial celebration on Aug. 16, 2014, filled the VBC South Hall with antennae, radios, and every electronic testing gadget you can imagine. Hams, or amateur radio enthusiasts, perused the tables filled with everything from the latest radio to hear the unrest in Ukraine to an old-transmitting-tube WWII-era radios. For hams, the Huntsville Hamfest is a chance to greet one another by their call signs, talk about the muscles you pulled raising that 75-foot antenna the wife just loves in the backyard, or use your ham radio to talk to someone halfway around the world.

Ham Ops Participate in International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend:
by on August 17, 2014
ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK -- As part of International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, amateur radio operators were at Robert Moses State Park teaching visitors the history behind lighthouse communication. The radio operators, part of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, say ham radio is still an important means of communication. "In this day and age of cellphones, laptops and the Internet, people don't realize there was a whole world that existed before all of this 21st century technology," said John Melfi, club president.

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