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How Radio Operators Could Save Lives In an Emergency and How You Can Help:
by on November 16, 2018
Santa Clara’s amateur radio group doesn’t get a lot of recognition, but if another major earthquake ever hits the Bay Area, the small group could be the difference between life and death. “I consider them to be an extremely valuable asset,” said Lisa Schoenthal, the City of Santa Clara’s Emergency Services Coordinator. “During times of catastrophic emergency, [ham radios] have been the only mode of communication.” In April of 2015, an earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000 more. A year later at a talk in Santa Clara, Dr. Sanjeeb Panday from Nepal talked to local amateur radio operators about the vital role hams played in mobilizing emergency services. The quake knocked out power and internet in much of Nepal. Since amateur radios run on batteries and do not rely on internet connectivity, they were still able to communicate after the earthquake. Amateur radio also made a difference in Puerto Rico during 2017’s Hurricane Maria. The hurricane knocked out cell towers. Amateur radios do not rely on cell towers, so they were a natural choice for communication following the disaster. These two emergencies made Santa Clara more aware of how vital ham radio operators are to the City’s safety.

Resident's Radio Tower Request Upsets Neighbors Who Say It Would Be Eyesore
by on November 16, 2018
A Kettering resident wants to put up an amateur radio tower on property along Mad River Road and some residents who live on the road don’t want the tower built in their neighborhood. More than 30 people who live in the neighborhood submitted a petition to the Kettering Board of Zoning Appeals Monday night at a hearing to discuss the issue. Wynn Rollert, 77, has requested approval to be granted a variance on his property in the 4800 block of Mad River Road in order to install a 50-foot tower in the rear of his yard. Kettering’s Zoning Code allows for amateur radio towers to be 25-feet without a variance, so that is why he wants approval for the extra 25-feet. Rollert has been a ham operator and amateur radio enthusiast since 1952 he said Monday night. He said he would like to use commercial-grade equipment including the UHF/VHF frequency tower for two-to-three hours a day to communicate with other ham operators at remote sites especially during emergency situations.

Foundations of Amateur Radio #180:
by Onno VK6FLAB on November 16, 2018
KS5I who has been around the block a couple of times. He recalls the excitement he experienced when he was first licensed in 1967, the year I was born.

SpaceX Launch from KSC to Achieve 'Dream' of Ham Radio Enthusiasts:
by on November 16, 2018
“November-Alpha-One-Sierra-Sierra, this is Kilo-Six-Whiskey-Alpha-Oscar.” That call could be the start of a conversation between a licensed amateur radio operator on the ground and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. But the contact would only be possible for up to 10 minutes of the station's orbit as it whizzed 250 miles overhead at 17,500 mph. Ham radio communication through the space station and other satellites has always been limited to low orbits offering short windows for communication within a spacecraft’s coverage area as it passes by. That is set to change with SpaceX’s planned Thursday afternoon launch from Kennedy Space Center of a Qatari communications satellite, Es’hail-2, to an orbit high over the equator. “We’ve never gotten a transponder up in geostationary orbit,” said Joe Spier, president of the nonprofit Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT, in North America. “It’s this repeater station in the sky that stays overhead all the time, and that has long been a dream of radio amateurs.”

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.

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