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Lewiston Antenna Farm Making Contact with the World:
by on October 17, 2018
To passers-by, George Hirst’s antenna farm at 790 West Center in Lewiston might appear as though the retired electrical engineer is trying to communicate with other planets; or some neighbors might think he is listening to conversations in their homes. Not hardly. Hirst is an avid ham radio operator and talks to people all over the world. He has as many as 10 antennae on his four acre lot, but he takes some down during the summer. He has recorded all of his 319 contacts dotting the planet. He can contact up to 340 worldwide.

RNIB's 150th Birthday: Blind Glasgow Pensioner Broadcast to Mark Occasion:
by on October 17, 2018
Terry Robinson, from Crosshill, will take to the airwaves today to mark the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland’s birthday. The 68-year-old radio enthusiast has been blind since childhood, but it did not stop him pursuing his love of communicating over the airwaves. The pensioner’s main interest is to contact others using special call signs, and he has already logged more than 2,000 contacts.

Lee STEM Students Question an Astronaut:
by on October 17, 2018
Students from across Lee County got an out-of-this-world experience Monday afternoon as they were able to speak to an astronaut, in space, via Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). At Allen Park Elementary in Fort Myers, 21 students had the chance to ask astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor a question of their choosing, having prepared nearly a year for this opportunity. "The students are amazing and have worked very hard towards this goal," said fifth grade science teacher at Allen Park, Courtney Black, in a written statement. "Their enthusiasm and dedication towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and space exploration leaves me with no doubt that someday, they will be the on the other side of an ARISS contact. This group of future astronauts, engineers and educators serves as a daily inspiration and a reminder of the importance of investing in our future." "We have enjoyed every minute working with the students and seeing the excitement build for the ISS contact," said Brian Darley, CenturyLink network technician and program chair of the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club, in a written statement. "We are so proud to provide the connection that will have a lifelong impact for everyone involved."

Amateur Ham Radio Operators Ready to Help with Natural Disasters:
by on October 17, 2018
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- When natural disasters hit, many people are left without a way to communicate to their loved ones, and that’s when ham radio comes in handy. “This weekend I was doing some radio work and I talked to a number of stations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and southern Florida,” says amateur ham radio operator Jim Sheperd. It may be the age of smart phones, but when high winds knock down power lines, hi-tech can take a backseat.

Ham Talk Live #137 -- Linux in the Shack:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on October 17, 2018
Get your geek on Thursday night (10/18) at 9 PM EDT when the Linux in the Ham Shack Podcast crew joins Ham Talk Live! for some computing tips, tricks, and some digital mode discussion. Call in with your questions live for Russ Woodman, K5TUX, Bill Stearns, NE4RD, and the crew.

Now That the Disaster Has Moved On, What's Next?
by on October 17, 2018
Helmuth von Moltke the Elder could have easily been talking about today’s disasters when he wrote the now famous phrase: “No plan survives first contact with the enemy.” When he wrote that, von Moltke was writing about the battle plans of the Prussian military in 1880, but the advice is timeless. More important, it’s just as true for disaster plans as it is for the battle plans with which von Moltke was working. What von Moltke was trying to get across is the need for careful planning and the need to allow flexibility to be part of the plan. When it comes to disaster plans, the real flexibility needs to apply to the aftermath, which is when all the really hard work begins. If you were in the area, the only way you could alert the world that you survived was through ham radio, which, as always in the case of major disasters, was up and running immediately, providing health and welfare messaging, summoning assistance and alerting the world to conditions.

Latest from IARU Region 3:
by WIA on October 16, 2018
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 has just released its latest Newsletter.

Faces of Fauquier: Ham Radio Led to Arts Career:
by on October 16, 2018
In a pinch, his western Wisconsin hometown community theater needed a lighting board operator. Rick Davis didn’t know a lick about staging a play but had a knack for electronics. “I got my ham radio license when I was 10,” recalls Dr. Davis, a Warrenton resident who wears many hats at George Mason University, including executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center near Manassas. “My mother was a volunteer costume designer for our community theater, and they lost their lighting board operator for a summer theater show. Recognizing an opportunity, she volunteered him for the job. “My mother just perked up and said, ‘My little Ricky’s only 10 or 11, but he knows electronics.’ So I got pulled into the theater that way and just never left.”

M7 Foundation Licenses:
by RSGB on October 16, 2018
Ofcom have advised us that its Licensing Portal is now issuing M7 call signs to new applicants for the Foundation licence.

Amateurlogic 122 is Here:
by peter berrett (VK3PB) on October 15, 2018
As one of the first video podcasts period, AmateurLogic.TV celebrates 13 years this month. Tommy builds the SDR Pi. Emile discusses the Internet of Cheap Old Things. George exposes Harmonic Distortion. Jim joins the party and shows us the interesting projects he’s been working on.

EMO Worker Tries to Drum Up Enthusiasm for Ham Radio:
by on October 15, 2018
A ham radio probably isn't the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it's the only one that works. Ham radios can use wireless transmission to send messages to battery-operated radios. And they can be useful when large storms knock out telecommunications, says Mike Johnson, the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management coordinator.

Ham Says Amateur Radio Vital if Cellular and Satellite Communications Fail:
by on October 15, 2018
Cellular phones and satellite communications are common place in Door and Kewaunee Counties. They’re also vulnerable to sudden disruption. So local amateur radio operators are ready to relay emergency communications if that happens. Mike Green of Baileys Harbor is a retired police officer and amateur radio operator. Green and other operators put their skills to the test for a simulated emergency.

Nassau County Radio Operators Aid Communications After Hurricane Michael:
by on October 14, 2018
The Nassau County’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services (NCARES) team is helping state emergency management authorities with communications networking and technical expertise in Panhandle counties hard hit by Hurricane Michael. The hurricane destroyed critical infrastructure throughout several counties west of Tallahassee. Many are relying on volunteer Ham Radio operators utilizing the State Amateur Radio Network (SARnet) to relay information about structural damage, supply shortages, and requests for assistance from the Panhandle to Northeast Florida. Those needs can be directly into Emergency Management’s web-based disaster information and mission request system, said Martha Oberdorfer, spokeswoman for Nassau County Emergency Management.

Students Join Ham Radio Enthusiasts in Deerfield:
by on October 14, 2018
Ham radio and Morse code enthusiasts are gathering at the Deerfield Fairgrounds this weekend for the New England Amateur Radio Festival. The event has come to New Hampshrie for decades, but this year for the first time, a program called New England Tech Trek is catered specifically to middle and high schoolers. High school teacher Lisa Marcou brought a group from Concord Regional Technical Center. Standing in between a table of circuitry boards and remote-controlled robots, she calls the event a "one-stop-shop:" "It exposes them in one place to see a variety of different applications," she says. "So they're learning why they need physics, they're learning why they need to know how electrityc and electronics works; they're learning where code is used in all our automated systems."

Ham Radio Operators Felping with Post Hurricane Communications:
by on October 14, 2018
Three Alachua County amateur radio operators will be assisting Red Cross staff at a mass care shelter facility in a Panama City school in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Gordon Gibby, secretary of the North Florida Amateur Radio Club, said the trio left Gainesville Saturday morning to help with radio communications.

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