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from The ARRL Letter on May 16, 2019
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An Amateur Radio weather warning alerted residents of an Ohio town to a possible tornado. A handful of Ohio SKYWARN weather spotters on April 14 forwarded reports to National Weather Service (NWS) Cleveland of a possible tornado near Shelby. As a result, NWS Cleveland was able to issue a tornado warning before the storm struck the town. No lives were lost, but six were injured. The tornado was rated as an EF-2 storm, but it was on the ground for 17 miles and covered a swath of 1/2 mile. Immediately after receiving word of the strike, coordinating through the county emergency management agency (EMA), District Emergency Coordinator Danny Baily, W8DLB, and others headed immediately to Shelby, where they met with law enforcement. Because all of District 6 was activated, it was decided to activate two counties to the north and three counties to the south of Richland. DMR Ohio Talk Group 3139 was used to coordinate resources. While no telecommunications were knocked out of service, hams were assigned to walk the perimeter to keep an eye open for any problems. -- Thanks to Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, in DELARA News

The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC has reissued a call for papers for its 2019 event. Technical papers are invited for presentation at the Conference, set for September 20 - 22 at the Marriott Detroit Metro Airport Hotel. Papers will also be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their papers included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline is August 5. Submit papers via email or mail to Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111. Papers will be published exactly as submitted, and authors will retain all rights.

The 2019 GNU Radio Conference (GRCon19, September 16 - 20 in Huntsville, Alabama, is seeking papers and presentations. Submissions are due by July 1. The GNU Radio Conference highlights the substantial and remarkable progress of the world's premier open-source digital signal processing framework for software-defined radios. In addition to presenting GNU Radio's theoretical and practical presence in academia, industry, the military, and among radio amateurs and hobbyists, GNU Radio Conference 2019 will have a special focus on the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first humans on the moon -- hence, the selection of "The Rocket City," home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, as the venue. Papers for inclusion in the Technical Proceedings are welcome, but submitters do not need to submit papers to the Proceedings in order to present at GRCon19. For more information, visit the GRCon19 website

Amateur Radio Roundtable will Livestream 50 Hours of Dayton Hamvention®. Amateur Radio Roundtable and host Tom Medlin, W5KUB, will be back at Dayton Hamvention to livestream the activity and action before, during, and after the May 17 - 19 event. Amateur Radio Roundtable's show coverage will go live on Thursday, May 16, and continue through the weekend. "This is a big event and we have viewers in about 150 countries," Medlin said. "Astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, will join us again for the 7th year as cohost. Join in the live chat room." More information is on the W5KUB Facebook group.

Selected Sessions of the 2019 Contest University (CTU will be Livestreamed, Compliments of Icom America. Streaming on the CTU website will begin on May 16 at 1200 UTC. Topics include Radiosport Contesting with Integrity; 2BSIQ & SO3R: Riding the Edge of Human Capabilities, and No-Compromise Remote Contesting.


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