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NASA Spacecraft Launches on Mission to Explore Frontier of Space:
by The ARRL Letter on October 17, 2019
NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts. ICON was launched on October 11 after a Stargazer L-1011 aircraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carried it to about 39,000 feet. Then, a Pegasus rocket fired the roughly refrigerator-sized ICON into space.

So Now What? Podcast:
by The ARRL Letter on October 17, 2019
"Ham Lingo" will be the focus of the new (October 17) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

Next School Club Roundup Set for October 21 - 25:
by The ARRL Letter on October 17, 2019
ARRL's twice-yearly School Club Roundup (SCR) gets under way on Monday, October 21, at 1300 UTC, and runs through Friday, October 25, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate for up to 24 hours during the entire contest and for 6 hours during any single 24-hour period. Any mode -- SSB, CW, or digital -- is allowed for the event.

PACTOR Developer SCS Announces Monitoring Software:
by The ARRL Letter on October 17, 2019
SCS, the company that created PACTOR, has unveiled software that offers the ability to monitor the content of PACTOR 1, 2, and 3 transmissions over the air. The free PMON software runs under the Linux operating system. A software version to monitor PACTOR 4 is scheduled to become available next year. PMON will offer "thorough observation and documentation of all presently available PACTOR 1, 2, and 3 transmissions," SCS said.

AMSAT Goal: 'Amateur Radio In Every CubeSat':
by The ARRL Letter on October 17, 2019
AMSAT wants to see Amateur Radio in every CubeSat, and it's partnering with non-Amateur Radio partners to make that happen. In the "Apogee View" editorial for the September/October issue of The AMSAT Journal, Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, wrote, "[W]e continue to support a stream of LEO satellites. RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E is ready for launch no earlier than December 1, 2019, on the ELaNa XX mission. The linear transponder and telemetry system carried aboard Fox-1E was designed for use in different CubeSats by merely adding an interface adapter for connection to the host bus."

Homebrew Heroes Award for 2019 In Amateur Radio Announced:
by The ARRL Letter on October 17, 2019
The Homebrew Heroes Award Program has announced its first annual recipient. He is Hans Summers, G0UPL, of East Sussex in the UK. The annual award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations who help define the frontiers of Amateur Radio technology through the long-standing tradition of constructing their own equipment.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on October 17, 2019
In Brief...

New Radio Repeater Installed in Skamania County:
by on October 16, 2019
Skamania County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SCARES) has recently installed a radio repeater on Augspurger Mountain for the primary purpose of facilitating emergency radio communications when normal methods of communications are unavailable. At an elevation of 2,900 feet, Augspurger Mountain provides the ability for amateur radio operators (aka “hams”) to communicate throughout most of southern Skamania County along with Klickitat, Hood River, and Wasco counties, according to a press release. Repeaters provide a relay between radio operators extending the distance they can communicate and also around physical obstacles such as mountains.

East Texas Emergency Response Teams Hold Multi-County Training:
by on October 16, 2019
(KLTV) - The wounds will range from scratches to life-threatening injuries and the impact area will be widespread; however, when a “tornado” crashes through multiple East Texas counties this week, emergency responders will get valuable practice on the best way to respond. Multiple counties are taking part in disaster preparedness drills on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17 in Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Panola, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, and Wood counties. The “tornado” will be one of the scenarios first responders, hospitals, clinics, and long-term healthcare facilities prepare for. Chenault said this year, more agencies than ever are taking part in the preparedness training, including police departments, sheriff’s offices, fire departments, emergency management offices, hospitals and clinics, nursing homes, local amateur ham radio operators, and more.

Voyager Missions Saw Solar Activity Sending Pressure Pulse Into Space:
by on October 16, 2019
The Voyagers 1 and 2 spacecraft measured the Sun sending a pulse like a “tsunami” into the interstellar medium, according to a new paper. The pulse, called a global merged interaction region, comprised solar emissions that combined and then crashed into the boundary between the region of the Sun’s influence and interstellar space. Since the Voyager missions were on either side of the boundary during this time, scientists were able to calculate properties of the disturbance, as well as previously unmeasured properties of the region of space called the heliosheath. It was a lucky series of events.

Ham Talk Live #186 -- VR and Contesting:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on October 16, 2019
Tune into Ham Talk Live! Thursday night at 9 pm EDT (Friday 0100Z) by going to When the audio player indicates LIVE, just hit the play button!

FCC and Commercial Products Used in Amateur Radio:
by on October 16, 2019
The South Bay Amateur Radio Club will be presenting a discussion of the legal requirements as determined by the FCC for commercial products used in amateur radio and how this applies to both manufacturer and purchasers of radios.

CAL-FIRE Severing Ties With Ham Radio Operators, Jeopardizing Millions:
by on October 15, 2019
Ham radio operators are finding themselves under attack at the same time the largest power company, bankrupted PG and E decided to use rolling blackouts during wildfire season. Ham operators are a citizen run form of communication that can be mobilized when governments systems go down during an emergency. The FCC created this service to fill the need for a pool of experts who could provide backup to first responders. A letter was recently sent to California Ham operators from CAL FIRE severing ties between them unless a rental fee was paid. This move is unprecedented in the history of California is and becoming widely criticized by citizens throughout the state. With power outages “the new normal” in California, the need for alternate emergency communication is vital for the safety and well being of residents. A letter sent by Technical Services and Lands CAL FIRE Lorina Pisa stated, “With constantly changing technological advances, there is no longer the same benefit to the state as previously provided.” Attorney A. Nathan Zeliff wrote to Governor Gavin Newsom in response to Pisi’s letter dated Sept. 23, informing him the action to cut ties with the radio operators throughout California could jeopardize millions of lives. The operators are known to help communities with disasters when other forms of communication are cut off. “Your claim that Ham radio is no longer a ‘benefit’ to the state, is delusional,” said Zeliff. CAL FIRE Information Officer Scott McLean said they haven’t had to use Ham radio operators since the late 1990’s, “My dad used to be a Ham radio operator, I understand what they do,” said McLean. “But CAL FIRE has their own repeaters.”

Scottish Microwave Round Table:
by RSGB on October 15, 2019
The Scottish Microwave Round Table will take place in Burntisland in Fife on Saturday, 2 November 2019.

2019 Construction Competition Winners:
by RSGB on October 15, 2019
The winners of the 2019 RSGB Construction Competition were announced today at the RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes.

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