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In Brief...

from The ARRL Letter on May 23, 2019
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In Brief...

Educator, author, and contester Fred Cady, KE7X, of Bozeman, Montana, died on May 16. An ARRL Life Member, he turned 77 earlier this month. Cady was a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Montana State University. He coauthored The Successful Ham Radio Operator's Handbook with Vic DiCiccio, VE3YT. He also wrote several manuals on how to use Elecraft equipment. First licensed in 1959, Cady earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He taught for more than 40 years and published five textbooks on microcomputers. An avid CW contester, Cady was a member of the world record-holding Team Vertical contest group. "Fred was my very dear friend and an important mentor for me," DiCiccio said. "Working with him to write The Successful Ham book was a joy. He helped so many people as a professor, author of his books, and in his role as a volunteer fireman, fire chief, and deputy chief. He will be deeply missed."

Radio Amateurs in India recently provided post-disaster communication. According to a May 12 article in The Hindu newspaper, after Cyclone Fani struck eastern India on May 3, two teams of Amateur Radio operators from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal came to the rescue. The town of Puri in the state of Odisha remained cut off for 2 days, and VHF communication systems used by police had very limited range. The Odisha state control room was not able to establish regular communication with district headquarters, "resulting in utter confusion in relief and rescue operations," the newspaper said. Emergency managers now are looking into how and why post-disaster communication failed for the first time since 1999. In the wake of Cyclone Fani, ham radio provided the primary mode of communication for the first several hours.

IARU Member-Societies have ratified leadership nominations and will consider new members International Amateur Radio Union (IARU member-societies on May 3 completed voting to ratify the nominations of IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, and Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, to new terms. With 57 affirmative votes required for ratification, Ellam received 75 votes, and Garpestad received 74 votes. Applications for IARU membership have been received via IARU Region 1 from the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS and the Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA). As of January 2019, there were 66 members out of a total of 479 licensed radio amateurs in Saudi Arabia. SARA has six members, two of whom are licensed. It is believed that there are four licensed amateurs in Seychelles. Voting will close on October 9.

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has announced a Cricket World Cup Amateur Radio Marathon, from May 30 until July 14. The Cricket World Cup will take place in England and Wales. UK and international call signs will be active on nine HF bands on SSB, CW, and digital modes. Award certificates will be offered based on the number of contacts made with the special UK and international stations. Sponsors are inviting other countries to take part and to activate special call signs with the suffix "19CWC" or similar. A total of 31 special call signs will be on the air in the UK, with GB19CWC representing the 2019 Cricket World Cup Headquarters in England. Listen for other "GB19" prefix call signs. Teams will field special event stations as well. Details, including the rules for awards and a list of international call signs, are on the RSGB website. Follow your progress on the Ham Log website. Email for more information on the marathon. -- Thanks to Nick Totterdell, G4FAL


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