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Ham Operator Team Claims Top Spot in Maine:
by on December 7, 2016
An East Boothbay Ham radio team made more contacts than any other team during the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day June 25. The team, consisting of Al Sirois of East Boothbay, his brother Ron, of Salem, Massachusetts, Will Brinegar of Southport and Ron Scribner of Pittston made more short wave radio contacts than the other 22 Maine teams during the 24-hour test period. The league sponsors the annual field day to prepare amateur short wave radio operators for coordinating emergency communications during an actual disaster. During past catastrophes like the 9/11 terrorist attack, Oklahoma City bombing and Maine Ice Storm, ham radio operators coordinated emergency rescue responses between local, state and federal rescue teams. Sirois hosted the event last summer so other licensed amateur radio operators could test their skills during the worldwide exercise.

Ham Operators Participate in NWS Exercise:
by on December 7, 2016
Thirteen operators of the WX4PTC amateur radio station at the Peachtree City Weather Forecast Office made 475 contacts with other hams and NWS offices over a 24-hour span last weekend. Operators made contacts with stations from Florida, to California, to Washington, to Maine and most states in between. Our northernmost contact was a station just west of Edmonton, Alberta and our southernmost was a station in Puerto Rico, according to a participant. Hams made contacts with 40 other NWS offices and the Amateur Headquarters in Newington, Conn.

An Amateur Radio Repeater Using an RTL-SDR and a Raspberry Pi:
by on December 7, 2016
An amateur radio repeater used to be a complex assemblage of equipment that would easily fill a 19 rack. There would be a receiver and a separate transmitter, usually repurposed from commercial units, a home-made logic unit with a microprocessor to keep an eye on everything, and a hefty set of filters to stop the transmitter output swamping the receiver. Then there would have been an array of power supply units to provide continued working during power outages, probably with an associated bank of lead-acid cells. More recent repeaters have been commercial repeater units. The big radio manufacturers have spotted a market in amateur radio, and particularly as they have each pursued their own digital standards there has been something of an effort to provide repeater equipment to drive sales of digital transceivers. But what if you fancy setting up a simple repeater and you have neither a shed full of old radios or a hotline to the sales department of a large Japanese manufacturer? If you are [Anton Janovsky, ZR6AIC], you make your own low-powered repeater using an RTL-SDR, a low-pass filter, and a Raspberry Pi.

Ham Talk Live #42 Hurricane Watch Net:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on December 6, 2016
Coming your way on Ham Talk Live! this Thursday night is Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, the manager of the Hurricane Watch Net. We'll be talking Emergency Communications, how the HWN works, and how you can help!

Tom Gallagher, NY2RF on Ham Nation:
by BOB HEIL (K9EID) on December 6, 2016
TOM GALLAGHER NY2RF, ARRL CEO is featured guest on this weeks Ham Nation, Ham Radios most popular HD webcast viewed on Leo Laportes network. Tom will be talking about the Special Event this Saturday commemorating the 95th anniversary of the first TransAtlantic two way transmission from Greenwich, Ct to Scotland.

High School Raising Money with Ham for Ham:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on December 6, 2016
The Bloomington South Ham Radio Club, K9SOU, which encourages youngsters to explore and experience radio science, technology and global communication, is teaming up with another famous ham, the HoneyBaked Ham Company, to get much-needed funding for such ongoing expenses as equipment, parts and license manuals, among other things.

Slow-Scan Television Transmissions Scheduled from ISS:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on December 6, 2016
Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.

Amateur Radio Roundtable:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on December 6, 2016
This week on Amateur Radio Roundtable we will have Emmett Hohensee III W0QH returning to give us a report on the special event station at the submarine U.S.S. Batfish commemorating WWII. Emmett will also be talking about the many ham radio resources and publications to help you with antennas.

Shake-Up for RSGB Contests:
by RSGB on December 6, 2016
Starting in the New Year, some significant changes are being made to RSGB contests. This is as a result of the Presidential Review of Contesting and detailed consultation with the contest community. A summary of the changes is in the January edition of RadCom, which should start arriving with RSGB Members from Wednesday onwards.

Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on December 5, 2016
Amateur Radio Newsline Headlines for Ham Nation:

Skywarn Amateur Radio Recognition Day:
by on December 5, 2016
La Crosse County, WI (WXOW) -- The National Weather Service Station held their annual Skywarn Amateur Radio Recognition Day on Saturday. The day was developed in 1999 when weather service communication programs developed tremendously in order to celebrate the contributions that the volunteer radio operators make for the National Weather Service. National Weather Service meteorologists say that they rely on amature radio operators all around the nation when bad weather is occurring in order to get a feel about what is physically happening outside.

Remembering When Shortwave Radio Was a Window on the World:
by on December 5, 2016
Don't stop me because I know you've heard this one before. But it's a story worth repeating. The recent death of Fidel Castro brought back memories of learning about the world through a shortwave radio when I was a kid. For Christmas in 1962, my older brother Tim convinced me that we both should ask for the radio so he would have a better chance of actually getting one. I don't know how my parents did it because a shortwave didn't seem like something anyone could pick up at Hess Brothers or Boscov's, but on Christmas morning under the tree was a Hallicrafters shortwave radio. My brother and I would sit in the dark lit only by the dial light of the radio and tune into the overcrowded broadcast bands, fiddling the dials through the percolator-like noise and squeaks and squawks of the mysterious sounds of the universe. We could listen to broadcasts from around the world through Radio Moscow, Radio Berlin, Radio Prague, the BBC, the CBC, while turning a desk globe to track the source of those signals.

The Sun is Eerily Quiet Right Now:
by on December 4, 2016
NASA has released images showing a strangely spotless Sun this month, with hardly a mark on its surface. It's the lowest level of solar activity we've seen since 2011, even though the Sun is only halfway through its 11-year cycle, and five years off its solar minimum. But for some reason, it seems to have gone quiet a lot earlier than usual.

Amateur Radio Operator's Call Sign Silenced:
by on December 4, 2016
Arthur J.Barney Barnhart had a lifelong love of amateur radio, starting as a 16-year-old growing up in Mt. Pleasant Township and continuing throughout his life, his family said. He passed his knowledge and love of ham radio onto others, who became ham operators with the help of my dad, said his daughter, Annette Barnhart of Lexington Park, Md., who became an amateur radio operator herself as a teenager. He loved it to the end, said his wife of 55 years, Dolores A. Novotny Barnhart. Mr. Barnhart, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at his home. Now, in the world of ham radio operators, the man who held the call sign W3SII, becomes a silent key, Annette Barnhart said.

VK6WIA -- NewsWest, 4 December 2016:
by Onno Benschop (VK6FLAB) on December 3, 2016
In the news this week we take a close look at the dysfunction that is paralysing the Wireless Institute of Australia. We report on what appears to be financial mis-management, lack of procedure, substantial financial losses and give you an overview how this all came to be.

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