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Ham Radio Club will Celebrate 40th Anniversary:
by on March 25, 2017
Wireless receiving sets have long local history: It all goes back for him, longtime wireless receiving set (or ham) radio operator John Levo says, to a day when he was in junior high school and hanging out with his dad and other farmers at the Faris Implement Store in New Vienna. “One day went into the store and heard a lot of people talking about the new (WSRW) radio station in Hillsboro,” Levo said. “That got my interest. I went home and turned it on and heard stations from all kinds of other places and got hooked on radio -- big.” It was 1963 when Levo took a class in Blanchester that gave him his ham radio license. Fast forward about 14 years to 1977. On April 17 that year 22 local “hams,” or ham radio operators, including Levo, met at the Hillsboro Farm Bureau Conference Room to form the Highland Amateur Radio Association (HARA) with Gary Harris as its first president. Today, there are nearly 100 HARA members and more than 150 ham radio operators in Highland County, according to Levo. On April 22, HARA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a dinner at the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church. Levo said an invitation is extended to current members, past members, former licensed hams, and others interested in amateur radio and radio communications. It is the use of ham radios and related events that Levo says is what kept him interested all these years -- talking to people around the world, attending trade shows and conventions, and the places those events have taken him.

Alliston Historical Society Learns About Early Days of Radio:
by on March 25, 2017
Alliston Historical Society members were treated to a nostalgic and humorous talk from Harvey Hart. This gentleman not only was an informative speaker about the early years in radio history, but entertained us with many audio clips from well-known shows that were so popular that listeners went to great lengths not to miss a single episode.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #94:
by Onno VK6FLAB on March 25, 2017
"Life's too short for QRP." With propagation at an all time low, amplifiers are out in force and QRP is delegated to second class citizen status, but is that really warranted and what does this mean for holders of introductory Amateur Radio licenses.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest for 26 March, 2017:
by WA Amateur Radio News on March 25, 2017
In this news we wrap up an exciting week in Amateur Radio with the John Moyle Memorial Field Day. We also have an update on HARGfest, some news about Don VK6DN and Roy VK6XV, the WA VHF Group, the Directors Corner, the Helpline and a new segment, the Soapbox in which you can share your views and opinions on a topic of interest to Radio Amateurs in Western Australia.

Sunnyvale Ham Radio Outlet Closes After 26 Years:
by on March 24, 2017
Due in part to rising rent in the city, the outlet at 510 Lawrence Expressway chose to close its doors and merge operations with its Oakland location, according to shop employees. Steve Gilmore, national sales manager for Ham Radio Outlet, stated on the store website that changes needed to be made to its Northern California locations. “Some of the costs associated with operating in the Sunnyvale location have absolutely skyrocketed, and the traffic and parking availability in our current Sunnyvale location has become seriously problematic,” Gilmore’s statement read. Store manager Jon Kelly told this newspaper that the rising minimum wage in the region also factored into the decision to consolidate stores. Kelly said the shop was a destination for radio enthusiasts locally and from around the globe. Business came from locals, but plenty of visitors in the area for job training or business trips at nearby tech companies would often drop in. “We have a lot of regulars that come in. It’s nearly as much of a clubhouse as it is a store, which is okay sometimes and less okay other times,” Kelly said. On the store’s last day a printed sign by the door read, “Hey guys, your wife called and said you can buy anything you want!” with “and you better hurry” scrawled under it in pen. Ham radio, also known as amateur radio, is a popular hobby that often involves the building of radios and broadcasting over “amateur band” frequencies to talk with other ham radio users. The radios are useful in times of disaster when other types of communication channels may not be available. Operators need to obtain a license to operate on amateur bands above 30mhz, according to the National Association for Amateur Radio.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2056 for Friday, March 24, 2017:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on March 24, 2017
The following is a QST. South African hams take on the rising noise floor. AM mode gets its day in the sun -- and you'll go nuts for the world's smallest homebrew transmitter. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2056 comes your way right now.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #12 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on March 24, 2017
The sun just finished an extended period (16 days) of zero sunspots. There were none on March 4, one visible on March 5, then none on March 6 to 20. Finally one sunspot group appeared on March 21 to 23, with a sunspot number of 12 on all three days. A sunspot number of 12 does not mean there were 12 sunspots. Every group of sunspots counts as 10 points, and every sunspot within those groups counts for one point. Therefore, the minimum non-zero sunspot number is 11. So for the past three days there were two sunspots in one group.

Ham Radio Operators Keep Emergency Communication Lines Open at Hospitals:
by on March 24, 2017
Andy Finick walks up the stairs and opens the door onto a roof at Franciscan Health in Hammond. He points up to a higher roof at several antennae that would -- in an unthinkable emergency -- provide communications for the hospital. In Northwest Indiana, Finick, a licensed amateur radio operator, helps hospitals maintain communications when all other systems fail in an emergency situation. He has radio equipment bolstered with a repeater system and antennae squirreled away in hospitals throughout Lake County.

'Ham Radio Operator of the Year' Honored:
by on March 24, 2017
The High Desert Amateur Radio Group (HIDARG) has announced its annual “Ham Radio Operator of the Year" award for 2016. Bill Johnson, of Bend, call sign N7RGB, was presented with the award at the group’s recent meeting. Each year, the Board of Directors selects a recipient for this special award. They look for a ham who has been crucial to the success of our local ham community. The recipient is a person who has shown a dedication to ham radio that exceeds all expectations over a long period of time. Bill Johnson was chosen for the award primarily for years of service provided as part of the team that designed and engineered the ham radio repeater system covering a major portion of Oregon. This extensive repeater system stretches across much of Central and Eastern Oregon. The primary function is to provide backup emergency communications. Agencies served include all hospitals in Central Oregon and all public safety agencies.

'Hotbed' Amateur Radio Waves Getting Bigger:
by on March 24, 2017
A “hotbed” of activity and “growth” membership are not the two words that roll off the tongue when you think of amateur radio. That is, however, exactly how the president of the Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC), Urey Chan, describes the surprising movement taking place within the confines of organizations across the Lower Mainland and Canada. According to Chan, 40 per cent of the national growth in amateur radio licenses is here in the Lower Mainland, where the interest in the activity is matching pace with the increase in population. And, although not known for being a sexy hobby by any stretch, the Richmond president puts the majority of the recent rise in popularity in the formerly dusty pastime down to people’s preoccupation with being prepared for a natural disaster. “The president of our national organization was in Vancouver recently and he spoke of a demographic analysis, which showed that amateur radio is actually on the rise in Canada,” said Chan. “It just doesn’t receive the media profile it deserves; it’s actually rising at the same growth rate of the population in the Lower Mainland. “It is (sexy) when you tie it to emergency operations and preparedness; people’s eyes widen and all of a sudden they’re interested when you mention the connection. “That’s by far the main reason for the growth; 40 per cent of which, in terms of the national figures, comes from the Lower Mainland. This is the hotbed here for amateur radio.”

Radio Operators Help Update Regulations:
by on March 24, 2017
After 18 months of lobbying, a group of amateur radio operators in Delta has helped update a regulation in B.C.'s distracted driving law they say helps clarify the rules around their operation. Several members of the Delta Amateur Radio Society were caught using hand-held microphones while driving in 2014. One was subsequently convicted for distracted driving and fined $100. Members researched the fines and found that a regulation in the Motor Vehicle Act did, in fact, permit the use of handheld microphones for drivers, but because the regulation was outdated and the pictures in the RoadSafetyBC Guide did not reflect new technology, the judge might have erred in the decision, said the group's secretary, Chris Scholefield. "We believe he [our member] was legitimately using that as permitted, but the judge declared his microphone was an electronic device, even though the regulation says you're permitted to use a hand microphone," said Scholefield. "We took up his cause and I worked with Vicki Huntington and the people of Victoria to make some changes. What we really wanted to do is change the regulation to clarify that." Last April, Delta Amateur Radio Society members accompanied the Delta South MLA to Victoria where they gave a presentation to government officials. "They didn't want to change the regulation because they're waiting for other provinces, specifically Ontario, to decide what they're going to do, but they did offer to change the RoadSafetyBC Guide, and introduce a new section on operational twoway radios to clarify what is permitted and what is not permitted," he said. "It is a major improvement because the guide now has a new section on the operation of a radio."

Westminster Attack: Attacker Left Hints Using Morse Code A Day In Advance:
by on March 23, 2017
Although the attack outside UK’s Houses of Parliament is still shrouded in mystery right now, reports have emerged that a thread posted on web forum 4chan yesterday hinted at the attack. In the post, the user posted a string of morse code which was uploaded together with a picture of a two handguns, with a photoshopped paper with 21/3/2017 written on it. The pastebin file contains a simple binary code, which when translated, points to a GPS location around the Big Ben, near the place where the attacker reportedly crashed his car after mowing pedestrians on the Westminster bridge. Users of the site 4chan then noted that the code referred to the iconic clocktower in London, but the significance of it was lost on them until the attack happened today. When asked regarding the significance of the post, 4chan owner, Hiroyuki Nishimura said that he understands the gravity of the situation, and his side will be fully cooperative with the authorities.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #12:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on March 23, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by F5IXR, WB0TEV, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, 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 23, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Reiterates Its Case for New Band at 5 MHz:
by The ARRL Letter on March 23, 2017
In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition for Rule Making (RM-11785), ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide, 60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested band, with a permitted power level of 100 W EIRP and retention of current operating rules. More than 5 dozen comments, all supporting the proposed allocation, were filed on the League's petition. While some suggested more spectrum or higher power, or a combination, ARRL said in its comments that it does not at this time favor any changes in its initial request for a new band. The League proposal would implement a portion of the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that provided for a secondary international amateur allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz at a maximum of 15 W EIRP.

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