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Amateur Radio Operators Play Vital Communication Role During Emergencies:
by on March 29, 2017
Volunteers can serve as link between Santa Barbara County Emergency Operation Center and hospitals, and assist first responders: During fires, earthquakes and other emergencies, licensed amateur radio operators provide a vital service to help communities communicate. The Amateur Radio Emergency Services, or ARES, keeps key officials in contact during emergencies when more traditional communication methods may not be available. “It’s a way to take your hobby and do something useful for the community,” said Lou Dartanner, Santa Barbara County ARES district coordinator who has participated in the organization since the 1980s. “And especially in a disaster or emergency it allows us do some more mundane things that releases the fire personnel or law enforcement personnel to go do more important things.” Dartanner said the volunteer organization provides its members with an opportunity to do what they can and like to do. “You spend all this money on this radio equipment, it’s nice to be able to go out there and use it to do some good,” he said. The ham radio operators are included in the county disaster plan, and during a declared emergency ARES members work out of the Emergency Operations Center, where a complete radio system allows communication between the Public Health Department and hospitals.

Ham Talk Live #58 --- HN #300 and YHOTY by AE5DW:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on March 28, 2017
Coming up this week on Ham Talk Live! Our friend Don Wilbanks, AE5DW will be on the show talking about the upcoming Ham Nation episode number 300 and nominations for the Amateur Radio Newsline Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year Award. Tune in by going to Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern time to listen LIVE.

Amateur Radio Roundtable Live Tuesdays:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on March 28, 2017
This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable our guests are: Rich Moseson W2VU giving a peek into next months CQ, Marty S Sullaway KC1CWF, talking about his weeks CQ WPX contest and remote operation, and Joe Eisenberg K0NEB, giving us a report on the Houston hamfest. We have shack pictures and much more.

Students Collaborate in NASA-Sponsored Program:
by on March 28, 2017
CubeSat allows students to track satellite with ground station: Engineering students at the University have been working on a project, CubeSat, which will track a small satellite using a ground station. The satellite will communicate with the ground station to gather data, which will be shared with information from other universities, such as Virginia Tech and Old Dominion. CubeSat is sponsored by NASA and collaborates with other universities through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. CubeSat will be collecting data on atmospheric drag in low earth orbit. Currently, the students are finishing the design phase of the ground stations, which involves selecting proper equipment and securing funding for necessary purchases from the University. After the design phase of the project, students will start prototyping the stations. This project is conducted with Amateur Radio Club W4UVA. W4UVA is responsible for designing, constructing and operating two ground stations. The radio club has helped with a large portion of the ground station design and will operate the ground station and help students gather data. “In addition, a number of students -- including myself -- have obtained amateur radio licenses in order to legally operate and test our radio setups,” Mitchell said.

Planet-Sized 'Waves' Spotted in the Sun's Atmosphere:
by on March 28, 2017
Long-sought features may help researchers to improve models of solar activity and predict space weather. Huge ripples in Earth’s atmosphere called Rossby waves help to steer the planet's jet streams and weather patterns. Now, a study in Nature Astronomy offers the best evidence yet that similar large-scale features also exist on the Sun1. Rossby waves were discovered in Earth’s atmosphere in the late 1930s. Driven by a planet's rotation, they’ve been seen in the atmospheres of other planets, as well as in Earth’s oceans. In theory, these waves can form in any rotating fluid, says Scott McIntosh, a solar physicist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and lead study author. Researchers have long sought evidence of Rossby waves on the Sun, he says. And an enhanced understanding of these features and their movements could help scientists to better predict the formation of sunspots and the eruption of solar flares.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed for Severe Weather Season:
by on March 28, 2017
Joplin -- Even though severe weather season is already here, it's not too late for you to play an important role in helping to keep the community safe. Volunteers with the Joplin Amateur Radio Club say amateur radio can offer you a way to help warn those around you about impending severe weather. They say all you need to get started is your license, which costs about $15, and requires a test. During severe weather, amateur radio operators assist the National Weather Service by reporting on storms from home or the field. After a storm has passed through, they can help by reporting damage, coordinating communications and assisting in search and rescue efforts. Volunteers say it is a rewarding way to help keep your loved ones safe.

Tom Gallagher, ARRL CEO Joins Ham Nation:
by BOB HEIL on March 27, 2017
Clark, N1BCG will be joined by Tom Gallagher ARRL CEO in talking about the Ham nation Pine Board Project and the AM Rally that will be held this weekend. Tom will be talking about some of the exciting things happening in Newington.

Ham College 27 Has Been Posted:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on March 27, 2017
Safety part 1 and more Technician exam questions.

A Special Guest On Ham Nation:
by Bob Heil, K9EID on March 27, 2017
Tom Gallagher, ARRL C.E.O will be on this Wednesday’s Ham nation discussing the weekend AM RALLY special Event, and some of the exciting new things going on in Newington.

Ham Nation Pine Board Project:
by BOB HEIL, K9EID on March 27, 2017
Join the fun and excitement building an AM tube transmitter on pine board - the way it used to be done.

Radio Called WWII Tool of Control and Freedom at Library Lecture:
by on March 27, 2017
WARREN -- Radio as a powerful expression of freedom was the theme Saturday at the Warren Trumbull County Public Library, where about 30 people heard a lecture and several members of the Warren Amateur Radio Association were on hand to showcase the history of radio. The event was part of the One Book / One Community program focused on “All the Light We Cannot See,” a World War II-era novel by Cleveland native Anthony Doerr. The radio and its effects on the war are a main theme of the book. Guest speaker was Max V. Grubb, Ph.D., a communications professional and assistant professor of communications at Youngstown State University. Members of the Warren Amateur Radio Association said their goal in exhibiting old radios was to try to get youth and others interested in radio.

UK YOTA 2017 Team Announced:
by RSGB on March 26, 2017
The RSGB is delighted to announce that the members of the UK YOTA 2017 team are Peter Barnes, 2E0UAR and Jonathan Sawyer, M0JSX. Peter is 19, and a member of Thornbury and South Gloucestershire ARC. Jonathan is 23, and belongs to the Reading and District ARC.

Ham Radio Club will Celebrate 40th Anniversary:
by on March 25, 2017
Wireless receiving sets have long local history: It all goes back for him, longtime wireless receiving set (or ham) radio operator John Levo says, to a day when he was in junior high school and hanging out with his dad and other farmers at the Faris Implement Store in New Vienna. “One day went into the store and heard a lot of people talking about the new (WSRW) radio station in Hillsboro,” Levo said. “That got my interest. I went home and turned it on and heard stations from all kinds of other places and got hooked on radio -- big.” It was 1963 when Levo took a class in Blanchester that gave him his ham radio license. Fast forward about 14 years to 1977. On April 17 that year 22 local “hams,” or ham radio operators, including Levo, met at the Hillsboro Farm Bureau Conference Room to form the Highland Amateur Radio Association (HARA) with Gary Harris as its first president. Today, there are nearly 100 HARA members and more than 150 ham radio operators in Highland County, according to Levo. On April 22, HARA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a dinner at the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church. Levo said an invitation is extended to current members, past members, former licensed hams, and others interested in amateur radio and radio communications. It is the use of ham radios and related events that Levo says is what kept him interested all these years -- talking to people around the world, attending trade shows and conventions, and the places those events have taken him.

Alliston Historical Society Learns About Early Days of Radio:
by on March 25, 2017
Alliston Historical Society members were treated to a nostalgic and humorous talk from Harvey Hart. This gentleman not only was an informative speaker about the early years in radio history, but entertained us with many audio clips from well-known shows that were so popular that listeners went to great lengths not to miss a single episode.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #94:
by Onno VK6FLAB on March 25, 2017
"Life's too short for QRP." With propagation at an all time low, amplifiers are out in force and QRP is delegated to second class citizen status, but is that really warranted and what does this mean for holders of introductory Amateur Radio licenses.

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