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Spread Your Thoughts, Wherever You Can Be Heard:
by dailyprogress.com on April 28, 2015
My husband has been an avid amateur radio operator (“ham”) our entire married life - he came to me that way! Many an early morning I have been awakened by the sounds of ham radio. I can confirm that the “dits and dahs” of Morse Code radio transmissions have no problem permeating walls. He calls it communications, but to me it is mostly unintelligible gibberish interspersed with loud static. Evidently those seemingly random “dits and dahs” from the speaker of his shortwave receiver translate into reportedly important chit-chat such as "how is the weather in your part of the world” or “how strong is my signal?” Listening to his radios (no viable escape option) seems to indicate to me that with the exception of the quite notable emergency communications aspect of amateur radio, hams sure can use their transmitters a lot without actually saying much of anything! Essentially, effective communications is the passage of information in such a way that purpose and meaning is conveyed. While my weekly columns are one way transmissions, I always strive to share a message or pass information that in some way adds value to our regional economic community. Candidly, I’m also working to reinforce the Culpeper Chamber’s ‘brand’ by providing clear and strong examples of your chamber’s relevance in helping build an enhanced and healthy climate for economic development. I do realize that my transmissions are meaningless communiques if no one receives them. Accordingly, this is a great opportunity to thank the Culpeper Star-Exponent for providing this valuable space each week to speak directly to the paper’s sizeable readership - in print and online.

Amateur Radio Operators Oregon Drill Lands On Same Day As Nepal Earthquake:
by mycentraloregon.com on April 28, 2015
Salem, Ore. -- More than 300 people in 27 counties statewide participated in a radio operator exercise centered at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service “QuakeEX I” exercise took place the same day a 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Nepal. “Oregon is due for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that could be even larger than the one that struck Nepal,” said Kim Lippert, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. “An earthquake of that size will cut standard forms of communication, making amateur radio operators critical.” The amateur radio event hosted by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management tested amateur radio emergency communication capabilities. More than 2000 messages were sent during the exercise. The training provided an opportunity for county and state amateur radio emergency communication units to prepare for a worst case scenario like a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

Ford F-Series Super Duty Strobe Lights Wish You a Happy Morse Code Day:
by trucktrend.com on April 28, 2015
Ford is celebrating the birthday of Samuel Morse with a new YouTube video featuring a 2016 F-Series Super Duty flashing a secret message via some amber strobe lights. Samuel Morse, born on this day in 1791, invented his unique method of communication after personal tragedy. Receiving a letter that his wife had died while he was away, he rushed to his home only to find that she’d already been buried. He resolved to devise a new instant form of communication to prevent that grief from befalling anyone else. Today, Morse code is still widely used among aviation, nautical, and communication professionals as a reliable, interchangeable form of communication.

Blenheim Radio Ham Listens to Nepalese Emergency:
by stuff.co.nz on April 28, 2015
A Blenheim amateur radio enthusiast is among a worldwide network of radio hams helping keep the airwaves clear for emergency messages coming out of Nepal following the earthquake. Phillip Conza is among 80-100 radio hams around the world who have linked up to listen to messages being relayed out of Nepal by an amateur radio colleague, named Satish. Cellphone and satellite phones are also being used to get information on the earthquake out of Nepal. It is the first time Conza has been involved in an international disaster using his global radio links. Because the radio signal from Nepal to his Blenheim house is weak he has connected to a Polish radio station by internet instead to hear any messages. "The station is operating on high frequency signal and we are tuning in to help keep the signal clear from other users," he said. Information received from Nepal by the amateur radio hams is being passed to a central controller and on to embassies, when and if they need it. Conza said he had not yet been asked to send any messages to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. "I belong to the international amateur radio community and I'm listening for my own interest and also if I can help in any humanitarian way if I'm needed," he said. "I got involved when I heard there was a need to keep all the frequencies clear so amateur radio members could get their messages out of Nepal." He manned his radio equipment for more than 12 hours on Sunday, he said.

Caister Radio Hams Tune Into 36 Countries During Marconi Celebration:
by edp24.co.uk on April 28, 2015
Members of the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) set themselves up at the Caister Lifeboat visitor centre to join other hams on International Marconi Day, which marks the inventor’s birthday. Using the call GB0CMS and a mixture of Morse code and telephony (speech), contacts were made with other radio amateurs across Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. Notable contacts were with other special Marconi stations in the UK, Italy, Sweden, and Spain. The hams ran the all-day special event station at Caister Lifeboat to commemorate the village’s original Marconi wireless station, established in 1900. The station was in a house in the High Street known as Pretoria Villa and its original purpose was to communicate with ships in the North Sea and the Cross Sands lightship. On Saturday, the closest to Guglielmo Marconi’s birthday, stations around the world are set up at sites with historical links to the inventor’s work. These include Poldhu in England; Cape Cod Massachusetts; Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; Villa Griffone, Bologna, Italy and many others. Visitors to the station on the day included many other local radio amateurs and members of the public.

Interesting Facts About Samuel Morse and the Morse Code:
by mid-day.com on April 28, 2015
Samuel Morse was inspired to explore a means of rapid long distance communication after suffering a personal tragedy in 1825. While at Washington DC, Morse had received a letter from his father about his ailing wife's sudden death. By the time he reached his hometown New Haven she was already buried. He therefore resolved to devote himself to find a means of immediate communication after this incident. Morse developed the concept of a single-wire telegraph after witnessing various experiments with Charles Thomas Jackson's electromagnet after meeting the fellow American in 1832 while in Europe.

QSO Today EP 39 Don Keith N4KC:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on April 27, 2015
The launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, by the Russians, in October of 1957, inspired Don Keith, N4KC, to become a ham radio operator as a kid. Since then, Don has followed a path through radio broadcasting and is now the author of over 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction. A series of non-fiction books on World War II submarines has made Don an expert in this area. His passion for ham radio creates a daily practice, even before he sits down to write. Don joins Eric, 4Z1UG, to discuss his passion for amateur radio, on QSO Today.

Ham Radio Operators Getting the Word Out About Local Club:
by sulphurdailynews.com on April 27, 2015
Amateur radio is just a fun hobby for some people while others take it more seriously. For friends and ham operators Raymond Cook and Chris Fuselier, it’s both. The pair are trying to get word out about the Sulphur Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Cook is president of the club and Fuselier is vice president. They estimate there are over 100 ham radio operators in the area and they are always looking for more. The club meets at Pitt Grill in Sulphur on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m., and anyone can attend the meetings. Some of the things discussed include the proper way to talk when on the radio, how to get your technician’s license, and upcoming events. They both agree that it’s good, clean fun but also note that ham operators, or amateur radio operators if you prefer, provide a valuable service to the community. “It’s good during disasters,” said Fuselier, “When normal radio communication is interrupted between emergency agencies, that’s when ham operators can step in and help bridge the gap.”

Telegraph Club Celebrates 30 Years:
by nonpareilonline.com on April 27, 2015
MISSOURI VALLEY – .--. .- .-. - / .... .. ... - --- .-. .. .- -. ... --..-- / .--. .- .-. - / .-.. .. ...- .. -. --. / .... .. ... - --- .-. -.-- --..-- / .- / --. .-. --- ..- .--. / -.. . -.. .. -.-. .- - . -.. / - --- / - .... . / .- .-. - / --- ..-. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . / - . .-.. . --. .-. .- .--. .... -.-- / --. .- - .... . .-. . -.. / - --- --. . - .... . .-. / --- -. -.-. . / -- --- .-. . / ... .- - ..- .-. -.. .- -.-- .-.-.- If you knew Morse Code, you’d know what this story was about by now. Part historians, part living history, a group dedicated to the art of Morse code telegraphy gathered together once more Saturday. The 30th annual luncheon meeting of the Morse Telegraph Club chapter “FN” was held at Pizza Ranch, drawing a crowd of about 30 self-labeled “old-timers.” Many of the members are retirees from decades of working for various railroad companies in the Midwest. Charles “Mac” McMillan, president of the club, said the previous president and founder, Gene Zimmerman, had been a telegraph operator in Fremont. “FN is the Morse Code designation for the Fremont station, so that’s what he named the chapter,” McMillan said.

Bunbury Watermill On Air During National Mills Weekend:
by thenantwichnews.co.uk on April 27, 2015
Bunbury Watermill will be open with a difference during the National Mills Open Weekend May 9-10. South Cheshire Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) will be setting up a temporary short-wave radio station, call sign GB4BM. And it will be communicating with many other temporary stations to be set up in historic mills throughout the country. The radio station will operate in the visitor centre from 10am to 5pm, and the mill itself will be open to visitors from 1pm to 5pm each day.

Washington Gifted School Students Launch Near-Space Experiment:
by pjstar.com on April 26, 2015
PEORIA -- The windy day made it difficult to steady a huge balloon filled with about 1,000 cubic feet of helium while volunteers attached the payloads -- two Styrofoam ice chests equipped with cheap video cameras, ham radios, GPS systems and middle-school science experiments, all held together by heavy-duty tape. Space exploration may be for the experts. But exploring near-space can be a do-it-yourself project. A few dozen students at Washington Gifted School, led by members of Peoria Amateur Radio Club, helped launch the high-altitude balloon Friday from the school’s athletic field along Grand Avenue. The launch was part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge. The students, participants in one of a variety of projects offered by the school’s Exploratory Club, also were one of almost 300 teams from 47 countries competing in the challenge.

35th Annual Hamfest:
by woay.com on April 26, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE -- Rain did not stop locals from attending an annual event which promotes amateur radio operation. The 35th annual Hamfest took place today at the Fayetteville First Church of God. The event featured amateur radio operators from West Virginia and nearby states with excess equipment they are wanting to sell or trade. A ham is an old term to describe an amateur radio operator. Organizers say the event is a way to bring people together. "They sell items that they have that they no longer want it gives a chance to get together and actually meet people that you talk to on the radio that you may not ever see otherwise," Robert Kelly an organizer at the event.

Neighbors At Odds Over Ham Radio Tower:
by pe.com on April 26, 2015
A couple moved after antenna and tower that extend up to nearly 58 feet went in next door, while others don’t mind the equipment. A large amateur radio tower that juts above roofs is getting mixed reactions in Riverside’s Wood Streets neighborhood. A couple who lived next door until recently say tension over an installation some describe as ugly and unsuitable for the historic neighborhood pushed them to move away earlier than planned. Others say they’re not bothered at all. After getting a city permit, math teacher Paul Braiman added an extendable ham radio tower in his backyard in July. On Thursday evening, city Deputy Development Director Emilio Ramirez visited the house to discuss the tower and set an appointment for more discussion Friday. He wouldn’t say what they talked about Thursday and could not be reached Friday. “This has gotten far more complicated than I ever thought it would,” Braiman said later. “All I wanted to do was my hobby and serve my community.”

New QSO Radio Show and Podcasts:
by Holly M Misslin (KG4WXV) on April 25, 2015
New QSO Radio Show hosted by Ted Randall with guest Jack Roland - KE0VH developed the SBE IRLP HAMnet. This will air on WTWW 9.475 KHz from 1pm - 3pm CDT and again on WTWW 5.085 KHz from 7pm - 9pm CDT. Both times are for today Saturday, April, 25, 2015.

ARNewsline Report 1962 -- April 24 2015:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on April 25, 2015
The following is a QST. An Australian ham radio floater balloon makes a trip around the world; the FCC proposes new privacy rules for amateur radio operators historical information; the 2014 CQ World Wide SSB contest disqualifies some hams and warns others; Palmyra Atoll DX operation announced for early 2016; Barbados warns CBers and hams not to use excessive power and possibly the greatest selfie is taken by a ham radio operator on the I-S-S. Find out who took it on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1962 coming your way right now.


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