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Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

California Fires Spark Amateur Radio Emergency Service Activations:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
Amateur Radio volunteers have been active or are standing by on several fronts as wildfires continue to rage in large sections of California.

Maritime Mobile Service Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew Member:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9 for a crew member suffering chest pains on board the 48-foot sailing vessel Marie Elena, some 300 miles east of Bermuda.

Southern New Jersey ARES Team Assists in Missing-Person Search:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
Ocean County, New Jersey, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers recently assisted search groups looking for a man with dementia who was reported missing on November 2 from a nursing home in Stafford Township. Searches concentrating on neighborhoods around the nursing home had been unsuccessful. The missing man's family organized a search on November 10, and Ocean County ARES was invited to participate.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
"External Speakers" is the topic of the current (November 8) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

AMSAT's Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Set to Launch on November 19:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
AMSAT is counting down to the launch of the next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1Cliff. According to space news outlet Spaceflight Now, the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base of Spaceflight's SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle, is currently scheduled for November 19 at 1832 UTC. The launch will involve the deployment of more than 70 government and commercial satellites heading into sun-synchronous polar orbits, including Fox-1Cliff, and Spaceflight Industries engineers have developed a strategy to keep multiple objects in similar orbits from colliding with one another.

Es'hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Launch Said to Be Imminent:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
According to AMSAT-Germany (AMSAT-DL), Es'hail-2, the world's first geostationary satellite carrying Amateur Radio transponders, will go into space from Cape Canaveral in a few days. Space news outlet Spaceflight Now says that the SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher is set to launch on Thursday, November 15, between 2049 and 2229 UTC. Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur Radio S-band and X-band payload capable of linking radio amateurs from Brazil to Thailand; it's unlikely that Es'hail-2 will be accessible from North America, at least not with conventional Amateur Radio satellite gear.

ARRL Staffers, State, Local Officials on Hand for MA ARISS School Contact:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology alumnus Mariusz Zielinski, KB1MDS, invited ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, Lifelong Learning Administrator Ally Riedel, KM3ALF, and ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, to witness an exciting November 2 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with students at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, Massachusetts, where Zielinski teaches.

Amateur Radio Issues Under Discussion in Geneva in Advance of WRC-19:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
As part of the run up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), three International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Group 5 (SG 5) Working Groups have been meeting this week in Geneva. ITU-R Study Groups develop the technical bases for decisions taken at WRCs and develop global standards, reports, and handbooks on radiocommunication matters. Working Group 5A-1 (WG 5A-1), chaired by Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, is responsible for Amateur Radio issues. Its primary task is to develop a technical report to support the work for WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1, considering an allocation of 50 - 54 MHz to the Amateur Service in ITU Region 1 (Europe and Africa) that would be in line with the 6-meter band in Regions 2 and 3. Other services, including broadcasters, utilize the 50 - 54 MHz band in Region 1. The work is in response to WRC-15 Resolution 658 to study spectrum needs in Region 1 for the Amateur Service in the 50 - 54 MHz band, and to study sharing among the Amateur Service and the mobile, fixed, radiolocation, and broadcasting services, in order to ensure protection of these services.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
In Brief...

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2018 is Saturday, December 1 UTC:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2018 takes place on Saturday, December 1, from 0000 until 2400 UTC. Developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and ARRL, SRD celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. During SKYWARN Recognition Day, special event stations will be on the air from NWS offices, contacting radio amateurs around the world.

ARRL Executive Committee Recommends Addition to Articles of Association:
by The ARRL Letter on November 15, 2018
At its October 20 meeting, the ARRL Executive Committee voted to recommend to the full Board of Directors an addition to Article 1 of the Articles of Association of ARRL, per requirements of the Connecticut Secretary of the State. The minor addition is necessary to bring the Articles into alignment with Connecticut state statutes.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #47:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on November 15, 2018
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA3B, UR5BCP, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

O'Connell Students in Arlington Call Space on a Ham Radio:
by on November 14, 2018
O’Connell teacher Melissa Pore, whose amateur radio call sign is KM4CZN, used her expertise and connections to arrange the call to the International Space Station through a program called ARISS -- Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. “It’s National STEM Day, so it’s fun to capitalize on the day,” said Pore. “To see students excel and do things I never could -- I never had the door open to me. I am here to open doors and provide more pathways to the students, more opportunities to engage not just in traditional lecture style, but with all hands-on engineering classes. The excitement is infectious between us all.” Mark Steiner, an ARISS team member, explained the program and introduced students to ham radio.

Next SpaceX Mission Launches a Satellite Even Amateurs Can Use:
by on November 14, 2018
The next launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set for Thursday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket will carry a payload designed to take amateur radio to new heights. Elon Musk's space company will reportedly launch the reusable "Block 5" booster that was used in July's Telstar 19V mission. This time around, however, it will carry Qatar's Es'hail-2 satellite to geostationary orbit. "Es'hail-2 will also provide the first Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) geostationary communication capability that connects users across the visible globe in one single hop and in real-time," the statement reads. A number of amateur radio satellites are already in space, but almost all are in low-earth orbit. Es'hail-2 will operate much higher in a geostationary orbit where it will have a "view" of more than a third of the globe. That will allow for communications, for example, between India and Brazil for so-called "hams."

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