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Augusta Amateur Radio Association to Host WinterFest:
by on February 25, 2017
Augusta Amateur Radio Association’s 21st annual WinterFest will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Le Club Calumet, 334 West River Road, in Augusta. The event will feature a radio -- and computer -- related flea market (tables are free on a first-come, first-served basis), meetings for the various local ham nets (Seagull, Pine Tree, Slow Speed) and ARRL coordinated exams for all classes of amateur licenses.

Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 2052 for Friday, February 24, 2017:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on February 24, 2017
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2052 for Friday, February 24, 2017 is ON THE AIR!!!

VK6WIA -- NewsWest, 26 February 2017:
by WA Amateur Radio News on February 24, 2017
In this edition of NewsWest we bring you our traditional segments of Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline. We have advice of the WAVHF group's meeting and the upcoming HARGfest. A round up of Amateur Radio snippets, activity at Ham College, some QRP DX action and an update on DMR repeaters.

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #90:
by Onno VK6FLAB on February 24, 2017
A recurring theme is that in the "yea good ol' days of yore" Amateurs got real licenses and today anyone can get one in the back of a cornflake box. What with the demise of Morse, those pesky multiple-choice questions instead of a written exam, these new Amateurs really are not contributing to the hobby and really should be told in no uncertain terms that their pursuit of the hobby is meaningless until such time as they upgrade and tug their forelock in the process.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #8 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 24, 2017
At 0124 UTC on February 22 Australian Space Weather Services issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for February 22-24: "The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a recurrent coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity to active levels from 22 to 24 February with the possibility of minor storm periods on 23 and 24 February. "Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 23-24 February 2017.

New Section Manager Appointed in West Virginia:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 24, 2017
Dan Ringer, K8WV, will become West Virginia's Section Manager starting on March 1. He has been appointed to succeed Phillip Groves, N8SFO, who is stepping down for personal reasons after serving since July 2015. Ringer, an attorney who lives in Morgantown, will serve the remainder of the current term of office, which ends on September 30.

Disaster Preparedness: APRO to Use Amateur Radio:
by on February 24, 2017
GUWAHATI, Feb 23 - To add teeth to the disaster preparedness, Assam Police Radio Organisation (APRO) has decided to fall back on the use of amateur radio, also known as ham radio. The APRO is already working on a plan to regroup trained ham radio operators once again after the Government of India lifted the ban on its use recently. At a seminar organised by APRO on ‘Restoration of Communication in a Disaster Scenario - Role of First Responder’ here today, Director General of Assam Police Mukesh Sahay opined that the use of conventional and simple gadgets should never be done away with completely as they are easy to handle in times of crisis. “Disaster has increased both in number and gravity. Therefore, preparing for the ‘unknown unknowns’ is very crucial from the perspective of disaster preparedness, especially when all the communication channels might run out of order. Trained ham radio operators could come in handy at such times,” Sahay said. Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) Kula Saikia dwelt at length on the significance of developing infrastructure independent communication system, which may prove to be the most effective and the only medium of communication at times of crisis. “When all the conventional setups run out of order at the time of disaster, it is the infrastructure-free communication that may prove to be crucial,” Saikia said. On ham radio, he urged the APRO to regroup the system.

Vice President's Message Comes Through as UAE Satellite Begins Operations:
by on February 24, 2017
A message by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, is being beamed across the world from space as the first to be transmitted by the UAE’s Nayif-1 satellite. Nayif-1 was launched last week from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India and is being tracked by a team of scientists at a control centre at American University of Sharjah. The country’s first nanosatellite is transmitting the message in Arabic which reads: ‘The renaissance of peoples, nations and civilizations starts with education; and the future of nations starts at their schools.’ Nayif-1’s main mission objective is to send and receive messages on amateur radio frequencies. The nanosatellite boasts a number of advanced features, most notably it is programmed to transfer messages in Arabic. Amateur radio operators as far as Japan and Chile have received data from Nayif-1, originating from its ground station at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and relayed via the satellite. Ham radio operators in Spain, Sweden, Haiti, the US, and even those out to sea, took to twitter to say they were receiving the satellite’s message loud and clear. Fatma Lootah, deputy project manager of Nayif-1 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said the transmission was a landmark moment for the team. "There is a large community of amateur radio operators and if Arab operators get this message in their own language I think a lot of them will be inspired," said Ms Lootah. At AUS, seven engineering students collaborated with the space centre in the designing, building, testing and operating of Nayif-1. Abdulla Al Shehhi, one of the students who worked on the project for over a year, said Wednesday was a proud moment. "It’s an incredible feeling and I hope the message communicates to others, whether they are radio operators or students, that nothing is impossible," said the 24-year-old mechanical engineering graduate.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #8:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 23, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KK9A, 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 February 23, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Orlando HamCation a Hit, Posts New Attendance Record:
by The ARRL Letter on February 23, 2017
When Orlando HamCation hosted the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention on February 10-12, it posted a new attendance record. As a result of its growing popularity, the Orlando show may now be the third largest ham radio gathering in the world -- behind the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair, with an estimated 37,000 attendees in 2016, and Hamvention, which attracts some 25,000 visitors each May. This year, HamCation logged a record 19,000 attendees, up by 2,000 from last year and moving it ahead of Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign:
by The ARRL Letter on February 23, 2017
The just-concluded run of ionospheric investigations conducted from Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) observatory -- quite likely the most powerful HF transmission facility in the world -- revived the latent shortwave listener (SWL) lurking within most radio amateurs. Operating under Part 5 Experimental license WI2XFX, HAARP this month even aired some classical music as it conducted its first scientific research campaign since being taken over 18 months ago from the military by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on February 23, 2017
"HF Loop Antennas" is the topic of the just-released episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets:
by The ARRL Letter on February 23, 2017
Today's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program has changed markedly from what it was just a few years ago. So says US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, who contends that MARS must adapt in order to remain relevant and useful to its sponsor, the US Department of Defense (DOD).

ARISS Opens Window for Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew:
by The ARRL Letter on February 23, 2017
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational institutions and organizations -- individually or working in concert -- to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members. The window to submit a proposal is open through April 15. ARISS anticipates that contacts will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. Proposal information and documents are on the ARRL website.

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