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DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #29:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 20, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KI1U, 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 July 20, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced In US Senate:
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowners' association (HOA) or subject to any private land-use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes. The Senate bill, S. 1534, is identical to H.R. 555, which passed the US House of Representatives in January.

Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants 'The Felony Question':
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
A revised FCC Form 605 -- Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services -- going into effect in September will ask all applicants to indicate if they have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony. The Communications Act obliges the Commission to ask "the felony question," as it did on the old Form 610 and still does on other applications. This action will correct its omission on Form 605, which has existed for years. Applicants' responses and explanations will be used to determine eligibility to be a Commission licensee. The FCC told ARRL that it's still deciding whether to issue a public notice on the change.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
"Power Supplies" is the topic of the latest (July 20) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Many Special Events Will Be On the Air to Mark the Total Solar Eclipse:
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
Radio amateurs from several states will gather in southern Illinois on August 17-21 to operate special event station W9E leading up to and during the 2017 solar eclipse on August 21. W9E, which will operate from Marion, Illinois, is one of several announced solar eclipse special events.

UK Telecoms Regulator Ofcom to Auction Former Amateur Radio Spectrum:
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced plans to auction access to 190 MHz of former Amateur Radio spectrum in two bands -- 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz -- to make more room for mobile broadband services.

New HAARP Research Campaign to Begin in September:
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
Last February, many HF listeners across North America and elsewhere were able to copy signals from Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) during its first scientific research campaign since it was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute in 2015. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL this week that the next HAARP research campaign, which will get under way in mid-to-late September, will carry on the experiments begun during the previous campaigns. This time, though, even more listeners may be able to hear HAARP.

Ham Radio is There, as Honolulu Hosts a Successful 10th Annual 'Geek Meet':
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
In the middle of Honolulu, with the yacht club, harbor, the ocean, and the beach, Amateur Radio was there on July 2 for the 10th annual Geek Meet at Magic Island. Hawaii's Geek Meet is a fun, casual, family-friendly, grassroots gathering for people who are curious and have a passion they want to share, including Amateur Radio. Members of the Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Honolulu and Pacific Section PIO Stacy Holbrook, KH6OWL, staffed a booth the 2017 Geek Meet.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on July 20, 2017
ARRL Board of Directors to Meet: The ARRL Board of Directors will meet for its second, regularly scheduled session of the year on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, in Farmington, Connecticut. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the gathering.

Olympia Amateur Radio Society Shares Their Skills:
by on July 19, 2017
What is ham radio, really? Have you ever wondered why the truck in front of you has a funny looking license plate and a bunch of weird antennas on the roof? How about seeing a neighbor with all kinds of antennas in the yard and on the roof? Who are these people? We are amateur “ham” radio operators who have chosen a hobby that involves many aspects of communications. We are members of an organization called “OARS” (Olympia Amateur Radio Society). Our club is associated with the Thurston County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service)/RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) organization which assists in emergency communication support at various locations around the county. One of the most important parts of our hobby is emergency communications. If we were to have the disaster that is predicted in the recent Cascadia Rising exercise, it would be utter chaos. Land lines would be out, cell phone networks would be overloaded, internet would be jammed up, police and fire communications could be overloaded. Hams to the rescue! We practice on a regular basis for emergencies such as this. One example of our practice was held on the weekend of June 24 and 25, called “Field Day”. It is aptly called this because we set up our stations out in the field and simulate emergency conditions –conditions that would exist if we had just experienced a major earthquake.

No Power? Radio to the Rescue!
by on July 19, 2017
The all-important Indo-Pak test match is on. The game is in a crucial situation with either side having equal chances to win. This over by R. Ashwin will decide the fate. As he prepares his run-up, you hear a burst outside and before you know it, the power is gone. You are dejected, but your father thinks on his feet and turns on the radio for the updates. Now, you no longer miss out on the action, thanks to the radio. So, who invented this pocket-size entertainment and how did it turn into the radio we all know today? Let's find out. Radio has its roots in the experiments conducted by several scientists in the area of electromagnetic waves and its transmission. Guglielmo Marconi is the person credited with the first transmission of radio waves, however his success relies on the theoritical works of James Clerk Maxwell, Heinrich Hertz and Nikola Tesla. Tesla infact invented a device called the Tesla Coil which converts relatively low-voltage current to high-voltage low current at high frequencies. A form of this coil is still used in television and radio sets today.

Excitement in Store for City Hams:
by on July 19, 2017
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), it will send pictures relating to its past and present activities which will be transmitted at 2.57 a.m. on July 21. The good news is that the Vijayawada Ham Radio Centre has made special arrangements to capture the signals from the premises of Potti Sriramulu College of Engineering and Technology in city. ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio. A team of Ham Radio experts along with professors and students of the ECE branch will take part in this event on their college premises. Hams from most parts of the world will be able to receive these signals. The pictures will be transmitted in the form of signals which can be converted into pictures using computers, laptops or with simple smart phones through ‘PD 120’ software freely available on the internet. The 20-year-long history of ARISS will be displayed through a collection of 12 unique images depicting amazing accomplishment of the ARISS over last two decades. Slow Scanning Television (SSTV) signals will be sent to the earth at 145.80 MHz using FM and the event is expected to continue over a two-day period.

Longest Ever Study of the Sun Paves the Way for Space Weather Forecasts:
by on July 18, 2017
The Sun has been gradually getting hotter for the past seven years, as part of its 11-year solar cycle, according to a new study. For the first time, changes in the temperature of the Sun's hot atmosphere, the corona, have been studied over a timescale of years. “To do this, we analysed Extreme Ultraviolet radiation emitted by the corona, and measured by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly telescopes aboard the Solar Dynamic Observatory spacecraft,” Huw Morgan, from Aberystwyth University and lead author of the study, told WIRED. Studying the solar coronais important for understanding what drives the solar cycle, how this cycle affects light and heat output by the Sun, and how cycle-related changes may affect Earth. This new paper is a step towards being able to predict space weather, likesolar storms, which Morgan expects will be possible within the next couple of decades. “Many important aspects of the Sun, and its connection with the corona and space weather, are poorly understood,” Morgan told WIRED. “Yet with each new observing mission, and advances in computer modelling, we are moving closer to understanding this complex system. This study is another small piece of the jigsaw.”

Why the Navy Sees Morse Code as the Future of Communication:
by on July 18, 2017
For centuries, mariners around the globe have used lamps and shutters to beam messages via Morse code from ship to ship. But today, Morse code isn’t being learned by every sailor, even though lamp light communication is still being used. So, how we reconcile these two facts? Well, if you’re the U.S. Navy you update your lamp light communication systems to encode the modern form of Morse code: texting. In a test recent carried out aboard the USS Stout, the U.S. Navy used a new mechanism it calls the Flashing Light to Text Converter (FLTC) system. During the test, sailors aboard the Stout fired off text messages and the FLTC converted them to their Morse code lamp light signals which were interpreted by the USS Monterey, moored at a dock in Norfolk, Virginia. "The best part of this flashing light converter is how easy it is for sailors to use," said Scott Lowery, a Naval Surface Warfare Center engineer. "It's very intuitive because it mirrors the messaging systems used on iPhones. You just type your message and send it with the push of a button." Though the FLTC is still in its prototype phase, the Office of Naval Research seems to be developing a foolproof system for delivering messages even if radio communications are down. Essentially, the FLTC uses nothing more than a lamps that are either LED-based (they can flicker on and off digitally) or have shutters that are controlled by fast acting stepper motors which open and close mechanically, and a GoPro camera for receiving incoming messages. The neat bit of technology that ties these elements together is an algorithm that can interpret text message sent from a computer, of handheld device, convert them to Morse code, clap out the message via light, and vice versa.

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