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Ham Radio Operators Spring Into Action When Weather Becomes Dangerous:
by on March 24, 2019
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) -- When the weather gets severe and power is down - sometimes the only information available is from amateur radio operators. The Johnston County Amateur Society meets monthly and did so Thursday evening. They even brought their Mobile Command Center, a converted ambulance. The Society springs into action when the weather gets dangerous. "We are scattered all over the county and all over the state, so we see a lot of things before the weather service picks it up," said ham operator Mike Callam. Callam has been a licensed amateur radio, or ham, operator for 26 years and weather is his passion. "When Florence came through last year, I was out surveying for flooding. I live in a rural area and they don't have many officials able to come out there, so I called in some flooded roads and flooded streams." Whether it be from Hurricane Florence last year to the recent tornadoes in Alabama -- amateur radio operators spring into action when the weather gets dangerous.

Amateur Radio Operators Part of Statewide Tornado Drill:
by on March 24, 2019
If you hear sirens going off and radio chatter about a tornado this morning, don’t panic -- it is just a statewide drill so agencies can be prepared in case a real emergency happens. As part of that, Lawrence County members of Ohio Amateur Radio Association Emergency Service (ARES) will be partnering with the National Weather Service and other radio operators across the state as part of Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Solar Storms Could Be 100x More Damaging if You Live Near Certain Rock Type
by on March 24, 2019
The type of rocks you live near could greatly affect how much your area could be damaged by massive solar flares in future, a study has found. Usually all eyes are on the Sun in anticipation of a serious solar storm that threatens to incinerate delicate technology across the globe. Some are looking the other way back at our own planet though, and really, we ought to be grateful. It turns out geology could decide what survives and what fries, so researchers are busy mapping the rocks underfoot to see who is at risk of a techno-inferno when the big one strikes. Jeffrey Love is a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver, Colorado who has a passion for connecting the high above with the far below. He has been slowly constructing a picture of the arrangement of the rocks making up the North American continent that would buzz with electromagnetic activity in the event of extreme geomagnetic activity spilling from the Sun. To do this, the researchers compared records of solar storms with variations in geomagnetic fields as measured by several observatories, quantifying regions of geoelectrical activity over time. The differences between regions were far from trivial, with rocks in some environments making that electrical activity up to 100 times worse than in others.

From Analog to Digital: A Master at His Craft:
by on March 23, 2019
HARLINGEN -- Ignacio “Iggy” Cantu has literally made connections throughout his life. The 86-year-old engineer has worked at or has installed electronics in most of the Valley’s TV stations and even at NASA. When asked how long had been in the electronics business he smiled, chuckled and replied, “I was the radar operator on the Santa Maria when it came across with Christopher Columbus.” Cantu’s interest in technology and electronics began at a young age. He was just a child when his curiosity forged the path into his future. Cantu became friends with one of the carnival workers who was also an amateur radio operator (ham radio). “He was speaking to people all over the world,” Cantu said. His new friend taught him about Morse code, and other things needed to pass the test to acquire an Amateur Radio Operator’s license. “Back in those days you couldn’t buy radios and transmitters, well you could, but they cost a lot of money,” he said. “We had to wind our own transformers by hand, so that was my first experience with electronics.”

Staying One Step Ahead:
by on March 23, 2019
This week, several people in the area worked together to help prepare Lawrence County in the event a disaster should occur. Members of the Ohio Amateur Radio Association Emergency Service (ARES) partnered with the National Weather Service and other radio operators to take part in statewide tornado drill.

Foundations of Amateur Radio #198:
by Onno VK6FLAB on March 23, 2019
A topic that rarely if ever gets any serious air-time is the humble station log. It's a process where you track what contacts you've made with whom, when and what conditions prevailed at the time.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #12 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on March 22, 2019
Following a month of no sunspots in February, solar activity returned on March 5-12, then disappeared over five days, returning last week on March 18-20. But our reporting week (always Thursday through the following Wednesday) ended with a bang when the daily sunspot number rose to 28 on March 20, the first day of Spring. Sunspot numbers have not been as high since last August, when the sunspot numbers were 29, 31 and 26 on August 24-26.

Concordia Transmission Artist Launches a High-Frequency Project - In Alaska
by on March 22, 2019
In the shadow of Mount Sanford, surrounded by Alaskan wilderness, you’ll find the most powerful radio transmitter on earth. With 180 antennas spread across 33 acres, the HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program) facility is one-of-a-kind. It was designed by the United States military, and transferred in 2015 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, to study the powerful potential of the ionosphere -- an electrically charged layer of the earth’s atmosphere. On this remote site, scientists use a unique tool called the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI) to create radio-induced aurora, also known as airglow. But it’s never been used by a Canadian artist to transmit art -- until now. Ghosts in the Air Glow will consist of an hour-long transmission containing eight movements, each created for a specific frequency and intended to explore different concepts related to radio science and the HAARP site itself. Ghosts in the Air Glow will transmit one hour per day between March 25 and 28 and will be received and decoded by amateur radio operators with both traditional analogue and software-defined radio equipment across the world. However, for those among us who aren’t radio experts, the transmission will also be streamed live online.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #12:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on March 21, 2019
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AC8W, KK9A, W2TT, WB0TEV, 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.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

The Two 'Entry-Level' Petitions Now Accepting Comments Are Very Different:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
The FCC recently invited public comment on ARRL's 2018 Technician Enhancement Petition for Rule Making (RM-11828). It asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. It does not seek to create a new Amateur Radio license class.

FCC Adopts New Rules for Spectrum Above 95 GHz:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
The FCC has adopted new rules to encourage development of new communication technologies and expedite the deployment of new services above 95 GHz. The action was the latest move in the Commission's "Spectrum Horizons" branded initiative.

So Now What?
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
"The New Ham Radio Starter Pack" is the focus of the new (March 21) episode of the "So Now What?" podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you're a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! "So Now What?" offers insights from those who've been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.

Scammers Exploiting Gmail 'Dot' Accounts:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
Business technology news website ZDNet reported recently that scammer groups are exploiting so-called Gmail "dot accounts" for online fraud. A lesser-known characteristic of Gmail is that it ignores the dot character within Gmail addresses. "Dots don't matter in Gmail addresses," a Gmail Support response explains. "If someone accidentally adds dots to your address when emailing you, you'll still get that email." Google pointed out, though, that if you use Gmail through work, school, or other organization (such as or, dots do change your address. ZDNet says crooks use "dotted" Gmail addresses to file fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits and fake tax returns, and to circumvent trial periods for online services. More recently, someone exploited dotted Gmail accounts to trick Netflix account holders into adding credit card details to scammers' accounts, registered with the user's dotted Gmail address. A legitimate "update your card details" Netflix email would arrive in a real user's inbox, who would then unknowingly update a scammer's account instead of their own.

3Y0I DXpedition Team Has Departed for Bouvet Island:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
The 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition website has announced that the team of operators -- led by Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX -- set sail on March 19 from Cape Town, South Africa, for the remote Antarctic island onboard the MV Atlantic Tuna.

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