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HamRadioCoin: Crypto via Radio, Alternative Blockchain Channel:
by cryptocoinsnews.com on November 23, 2014
HamRadioCoin utilizes the traditional Ham radio mesh to serve modern blockchain technology. This provides the blockchain and cryptocurrency with the first real alternative channel – a communications network that is both standardized and global. Ham radio has been in existence for over 80 years and who could have thought that its global array of operators would emerge as the perfect candidate for providing a P2P alternative to the internet. As we’ll explore below, the invaluable role of Ham radio extends its utility into science fiction as the “old” radio combines with the “new” blockchain.

Japan Records Huge Sunspot Cluster 66 Times Size of Earth:
by xinhuanet.com on November 22, 2014
TOKYO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Japanese space probe and observatory have recorded huge sunspot activity with a sunspot cluster 66 times the size of Earth, the Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday. Images of the sunspot cluster were released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Wednesday. The solar observation probe Hinode and NAOJ took pictures of the sunspots on Oct. 16-30, before the sun's rotation obstructed the view. The sunspot cluster could be seen again on Nov. 15, but it had shrunk to one-third of its peak size on Oct. 26. Sunspots appear in big clusters when the sun is most active. Large solar flares, a phenomenon triggered by sunspot activity, were also observed on the surface of the sun on six occasions in October.

City Puts Curbs on Towering Backyard Antenna:
by napavalleyregister.com on November 22, 2014
For several residents of Coombs Street in Napa, Jeff Hullquist is their least favorite neighbor – or rather, the 55-foot-tall antenna outside his house is. Since the longtime amateur radio enthusiast raised the spidery metal mast in April, some homeowners have attacked it for spoiling their views, and others claim the antenna has even disrupted their electronics – or, in one case, disabled a woman’s electric wheelchair. But their efforts to fight the mast in their midst has bumped against federal law Hullquist argues protects his right to build and use the antenna, even without a city permit. On Thursday, the city Planning Commission granted him a use permit for the ham radio antenna – but with limitations including a requirement to lower the mast to 21 feet between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to avoid intruding on his neighbors’ views. (The city allowed an exemption to transmit during a local emergency.) Hullquist also was barred from operating his transmitter while the antenna is retracted. Afterward, Hullquist promised to appeal his case to the City Council – which also is scheduled to hear a counter-appeal from an opponent of the antenna. The decision continues a seven-month stalemate pitting Coombs Street homeowners – who say the antenna also disfigures the Napa Abajo-Fuller Park Historic District that includes the street – against Hullquist, who has argued a Federal Communications Commission memorandum from 1985 blocks cities from passing laws that make ham radio use impossible.

WW1USA Special Event, Dec 27-28:
by Randy Schulze (KD0HKD) on November 21, 2014
One-Hundred years ago, a great war was raging across Europe. Regardless of this conflict, a small miracle of peace occurred over the battlefield on Christmas Eve 1914. The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #47 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 21, 2014
Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to 164.4.

Solar Flares May Head to Earth:
by wusa9.com on November 21, 2014
GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Scientists have their attention turned to the sun this week as solar flares could impact us here on Earth. NASA scientists are tracking a massive active sunspot that will rotate to face Earth this week. Last month this sunspot was the largest observed in 24 years. Radiation that is abruptly emitted from sunspots via solar flares can impact various types of technology. NASA scientist, Dr. Alex Young explains the worst case scenarios of solar flare impacts, "In the most extreme case the solar flare could cause radio blackouts for high frequency radio for the side of the earth facing, for maybe an hour or so. Also, we can see disruption in GPS. In the most extreme cases, fortunately the rarest cases, we can have an impact to our power grids which could be in the form of a brown out or even a black out." Solar activity cycles approximately every 11 years. Currently we are at a solar maximum of a slightly smaller cycle. Dr. Young explains why scientists are spending more time learning about solar activity, "The biggest concern here is that we have become more and more dependent on technology, and as we do that we become more and more susceptible to this type of solar activity."

WWII Navajo Code Talker Speaks at Mesalands:
by qcsunonline.com on November 21, 2014
Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talked a friend of his to make a visit to Tucumcari, and on Tuesday that friend, Thomas H. Begay, told about 100 students, and others about his experiences as one of the now-famed Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Begay’s talk was part of Native American Heritage Day at Mesalands Community College. Begay, now 87, expected he would be placed in gunnery school when he joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 after he was recruited at a Navajo boarding school. He was 15 at the time but was accepted anyway. When he got to California’s Camp Pendleton for training, however, he found himself surrounded by fellow Navajos, he said. They told him he was going to be a Code Talker, he said, and he protested. “Too bad,” they told him. The Navajo recruits trained together and learned everything they could about radios, semaphore signals and Morse code, he said, before they started gathering to develop a code that used the “difficult” Navajo language as a basis. They developed a code that the Japanese could not break, he said, after they had broken nearly every other code the Allies could devise.

Telegrapher Connects At Event In Waterville:
by toledoblade.com on November 21, 2014
It’s hard to believe Toledoan Barney Stickles hasn’t sent a telegram for official business in nearly a half century. With a sure hand and steady dots and dashes, Mr. Stickles, 83, hasn’t lost a beat since his time as a telegrapher for Wabash Railroad. He shared his experiences and the local impact of the railroad Wednesday at the Waterville Historical Society in Wakeman Hall with a crowd of about two dozen. The event was titled “Railroad Telegraphy: Connecting Waterville with the Outside World.” At 19, he heard the railroad was hiring telegraphers. After three months of schooling, Mr. Stickles passed the exam and had his first day of work July 22, 1951, in Lafayette, Ind. He later would become general agent in Toledo in 1964. Telegraphers, or “brass pounders,” were highly skilled workers, and some of the best paid, he said. He remembers bringing home $15 a week.

ARNewsline Report 1945 -- Nov. 21 2014:
by Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on November 21, 2014
The following is a QST. Malaysia shows its support of ham radio emergency communications; an unidentified German ham takes on Russian military communications; Japan announces a deep space satellite mission; some new DMR experiments take place down – under and some space junk turns out to be a new Russian satellite. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1945 coming your way right now.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #47:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 20, 2014
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AJ9C, VU3DSI, 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 November 20, 2014
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

MARS Volunteers Reach Out to Amateur Community to Test Interoperability:
by The ARRL Letter on November 20, 2014
The Army and Air Force branches of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) merged their long-distance radio networks in late October for a 48-hour Department of Defense-sponsored contingency communications exercise. The MARS volunteers provided communication support in the wake of a simulated disruption to the nation's telecommunications infrastructure.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Turn Out En Masse to Support Chicago Marathon:
by The ARRL Letter on November 20, 2014
A huge turnout of Amateur Radio volunteers supported communications October 12 for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and its 2000 volunteer medical teams. For the first time this year, the Amateur Radio volunteers also shadowed the nine triage units that attended to runners within Grant Park, the marathon's finish line. The hams communicated with the ambulance service, if further medical support was needed. Some of the 120 radio amateurs taking part in the event ended up walking as many as 9 miles just within the park during their volunteer stints. Some 45,000 runners from every US state and more than 100 countries took part in the Chicago Marathon. Approximately 2.5 million onlookers also enjoyed the ideal weather.

Red Badge Holders Could Be Key To Boosting Centennial QSO Party Totals:
by The ARRL Letter on November 20, 2014
It's getting down to crunch time: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party ends in just about 6 weeks! If you've been procrastinating about building your point totals to the certificate level, two more major opportunities to put some serious points into your log lie just ahead. "Red Badges on the Air" activities will take place on Saturday, November 22, and on Wednesday, December 31.

NJ Hams Enter Emergency Antenna-Raising Project In Innovation Competition:
by The ARRL Letter on November 20, 2014
A group of young Amateur Radio operators from Warren County in Northern New Jersey, has entered its 2013 Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum project -- the Emergency Antenna Platform System (EAPS) -- in the Boca Bearings Innovation Competition.


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