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Ham Radio Aficionados Reminisce During Hamfest, Discuss Importance:
by on September 17, 2019
The dusty vacuum tubes, resistors, capacitors and coils dated back to another age of communications, but the attendees of the Virginia Beach Hamfest earlier this month maintain radio is as relevant in the digital era as it has ever been. Hams see themselves as the last line of communications when the cell towers fail during a hurricane or another disaster. They met at the Virginia Beach Convention Center to buy and sell equipment, exchange ideas, meet old friends and learn about the latest innovations in amateur radio. “When all else fails, ham radio communicates. We are at the very basic level,” said Bill Holland, vice president of Tidewater Radio Conventions Inc., an organizer of the event.

HR2: Buddipole PowerPlus Demonstration:
by Jason Johnston (KC5HWB) on September 17, 2019
Today's episode of Ham Radio 2.0 is a review and demonstration of the Buddipole Powerplus unit, used for power distribution, battery backup and battery charging. It is a 40-amp rated unit, designed to power 1 or 2 radios, plus up to 4 smaller devices, including 2-USB power ports. Check the video and let me know in the comments if you use this device.

'Hams' to Help Emergency Operations During Storm Area 51 Event:
by on September 16, 2019
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) -- On Tuesday, Sept. 17, hams (or amateur radio operators) will begin deploying to various areas in Lincoln, Clark and Nye Counties to provide support for the ‘Storm Area 51’ event over the weekend of Sept. 20. The goal of the operators is to provide timely and accurate communication for the event’s emergency personnel and incident command so that proper action can be taken. The ham operators will be prepared to “dry camp” (or fully self-contained) through Sunday, Sept. 22, after setting up stations and several portable repeaters and link stations near Alamo, Hiko, Tickaboo Valley and Rachel, Nevada.

Amateur Radio Open Operating Night:
by on September 16, 2019
If you are a ham radio operator and don’t have your shack set up yet, or a ham that would like to try operating on high frequencies, this event is for you! Open Operating Nights give you an opportunity to become familiar with the radios and computers in the RACES Room, and also the opportunity to learn new skills. Some evenings special projects are available for you to sharpen your techniques.

Amateurlogic Episode 134 is Here:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on September 15, 2019
AmateurLogic 134: Friday The 13th - II In this episode, George found some neat items at the Huntsville Hamfest. Emile builds the COMM Pi CD Archiver with remote control. Tommy creates an IP address Emailer to keep track of your IP address when you are away. Plus we announce the details of the AmateurLogic.TV 14th Anniversary Contest.

WIA: Remembrance Day Contest 2019 Results:
by WIA on September 15, 2019
The following report on the 2019 Remembrance Day Contest results from Contest Manager Alan VK4SN. At the risk of repeating myself each year, once again congratulations go to VK7 as the 2019 Remembrance Day Contest Winning state. The number of logs received is commendable with over 17 percent of VK7 licensed operators submitting logs.

Arduino Microprocessors, Raspberry Pi’s and Ham Radio:
by on September 15, 2019
The South Bay ARC will be sponsoring a lecture about “Arduino microprocessors and Raspberry Pi’s” for use with amateur radio applications. The list of applications is growing for these relatively inexpensive devices which can be made to do all kinds of routine tasks for your amateur radio activities. Various models and a digital hotspot will also be discussed and shown.

CERT and VCARC to Separate Functions:
by on September 15, 2019
Gary Asbury, operating director of Valley Center CERT (Community Emergency Response Team,) dropped by The Roadrunner office this week to talk about changes that will happen in the near future with CERT and the Valley Center Amateur Radio Club (VCARC.) CERT is organizationally part of the county Office of Emergency Services and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and largely functions in tandem and under the command of the VC Fire Department. About five years ago, when Asbury was brought on board as director of CERT and joined the board of directors of the CERT 501(c)3 as vice president, radio was a much smaller component of CERT’s activities than it is today. “Officially in CERT, radio is not an organized part,” Asbury explained. “Because of the rural nature of Valley Center, it became apparent that in Valley Center, when there is an emergency, communication is key.” He continued, “We saw that and made radio a major component up here. It started small but has grown exponentially. Now CERT is the leading communications for the County from a civilian side.”

Bulgarians Get Digital Segment on 6-Meters:
by RSGB on September 14, 2019
Bulgarian radio amateurs have obtained temporary access to the digital portion of the 50 MHz band, 50.310 to 50.335 MHz.

SMARTSFEST Returning to Cologne Sept. 28:
by on September 14, 2019
Southwest Metro Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (SMARTS) Radio Club is hosting their annual Smartsfest at the Cologne Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. -- 12 p.m. Tickets are 10 dollars for adults and free for ages 16 and under. SMARTSFEST is a hamfest and hobby electronics expo that encompasses Amateur Radio and other aspects of electronics and computers as a hobby. There will be vendors selling new and used equipment and parts, clubs and other organizations informing attendees about their groups and activities, and demonstrations and seminars on various topics related to Amateur Radio and electronics in general. Amateur radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. The hobby includes a wide range of interests that extends far beyond talking on a radio. Many hobbyists enjoy designing and building small electronic projects, others focus on constructing much larger antenna builds. Amateur radio hobbyists also use their equipment and communication training to assist public service agencies as well as local communities. These activities include such things as natural disasters, storm spotting and event safety and coordination. Hamfests are a great opportunity for amateur radio operators both young and old to check out new gear, find parts for their next project or just talk with other ham radio enthusiasts. They also help to support the activities of the local radio clubs and maintain the equipment used for serving the local communities.

FCC Seeks to Streamline its Hearings Process:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 13, 2019
The FCC is asking for public comments on procedural changes that, if adopted, would streamline many administrative hearings under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #37 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 13, 2019
No sunspots this week. Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 3.4 to 0. At the same time, average daily solar flux rose from 67.4 to 69.4.

USKA Celebrates 90 Years with New Awards:
by HB9OCR on September 13, 2019
In 2019 USKA – the Swiss Amateur Radio Union celebrates its 90th anniversary. To commemorate this significant milestone in USKA history, The Union establishes Anniversary Award Program. Awards available to ham radio operators and SWL across the globe.

RV Radio Network Rolls into Superior:
by on September 13, 2019
The RV Radio Network rolled into Superior this week from destinations across the country for a rally that runs through Saturday, Sept. 14. The group of RV and ham radio enthusiasts is set up at the Head of the Lakes fairgrounds and kicked off the four-day rally Wednesday, Sept. 11. The group is smaller than some rallies that have been held in Douglas County, but it’s a nice group, a nice caliber of people, Douglas County Board Supervisor Pat Ryan said. She said there are several new people among the group. Ryan, a longtime member of the RV Radio Network, helped organize the rally. The group has about two rallies a year in different locations around the country.

Emergency Planning Committee Picking Up a Ham Radio:
by on September 13, 2019
The Havre and Hill County Local Emergency Planning Committee Tuesday passed a motion to allow Hill County Health Department Public Health Nurse Bridget Kallenberger to look into getting the emergency operation center, located in the Hill County Detention Center, a handheld ham radio. “I think it would be a good addition, something good to have on hand,” committee Chair Sheriff Jamie Ross said. The item, which was not on the meeting agenda, was approved unanimously by the committee. Kallenberger said before the vote that the state Department of Justice has 200 handheld ham radios it is going to give out to different entities across the state, and she thought it would be a good addition to the emergency operation center. She added that if the committee wanted one they would need an antenna and possibly a second power source to power the radio as well as a ham radio operator. She said that the Department of Justice is offering the radios with no strings attached. Ross said that a number of the Hill County Search and Rescue members are certified ham radio operators and also have their own equipment. Hill County Commissioner Mike Wendland said it would be a good addition to the emergency operations center because ham radios are reliable and useful in an emergency situation. “Obviously, one of those things about ham radio operators, everything else goes down, they still operate,” he said. “It’s a good thing.”

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