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William Paterson Students Visit Vieques, Forge Radio Partnership:
by northjersey.com on January 17, 2018
WAYNE -- More than 1,600 miles may separate Wayne from the tiny Puerto Rican island of Vieques, but for one group of college students, its people will remain close to their hearts despite the ocean between them. Nearly four months after Hurricane Maria touched down, battering the secluded island and knocking out its only radio station, nine communications students from William Paterson University traveled to Vieques this month for a weeklong humanitarian mission. The students, including members of the college radio station's staff, donated equipment and expertise, and lent a helping hand to the island's ongoing efforts to rebuild. "Flying in, what stood out was all the blue FEMA tarps serving as makeshift roofs," said student Aziza McGill Ayinde. "Where there were once houses, you saw tents and a foundation." Vieques, located off Puerto Rico's southeast coast, became internationally known in 2003 when a series of protests led to the decommissioning of a U.S. Navy base that had used much of the island as a bombing test site since the 1940s. As part of the mission, William Paterson students gifted Radio Vieques' cadre of volunteers with a new computer and ham radio training to help maintain communication should the station go dark again.

NCVEC Question Pool Committee Releases Errata to Technician Question Pool:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 16, 2018
The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has announced some errors in the 2018-2022 FCC Element 2 (Technician class) Question Pool released on January 8.

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (SK):
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 16, 2018
Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on January 16, 2018
Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 series imaging satellite for the Indian government, separated from the launcher's fourth stage, followed by other satellites on the mission. By 27 minutes into the flight, confirmation came that all nanosatellites had been deployed. Fox-1D was in orbit.

Ham Radio Operators Display Emergency Capabilities During Winter Field Day:
by tristatehomepage.com on January 16, 2018
Whether it's winter storms, tornadoes, even fires -- 'ham radio' operators can provide critical communication during an emergency. And later this month, local operators will practice their skills during a two-day nationwide deployment called 'Winter Field Day.' Warrick County ham radio operators will join with thousands of amateur radio operators nationwide, who will be showing off their emergency capabilities on January 27 and 28. During the last few months, ham radio operators in towns across America have provided critical communications during unexpected emergencies -- including the California wildfires, winter storms and tornadoes, as well as other worldwide events. During Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Amateur Radio, often called 'ham radio,' was often the only way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer 'hams' traveled south to save lives and property. When disaster happens, Amateur Radio enthusiasts are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

Amazing 3D-Printed Radio Works, Despite Having No Battery or Outlet Plug:
by digitaltrends.com on January 16, 2018
Did you know you can build your very own working 3D-printed radio -- without any soldering, electronics experience, electric cord, or even batteries? That’s exactly what talented Houston, Texas-based 3D-printing and electronics enthusiast Sage Hansen has created. And he’s willing to show you how to do it, too. Called a crystal radio receiver, or sometimes a “cat’s whisker receiver,” this is an incredibly simple type of radio receiver that was popular in the earliest days of radio. The only power it requires to work is the received radio signal, which is used to produce sound. It is named after its most important component, the crystal detector or diode.

RSGB Band Plans Updated:
by RSGB on January 15, 2018
The 2018 RSGB Band Plans can be found in the forthcoming February edition of RadCom, due to arrive with Members this week, and online. These incorporate changes from the 2017 IARU Region 1 Conference, along with UK usage changes. The main changes are in the 5MHz HF band, and the 50, 144 and 430MHz VHF/UHF bands.

WIA: The Future of Amateur Radio Update:
by WIA on January 15, 2018
A key part of how we operate is the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Licence Conditions Determinations (LCD), which is to be reviewed later this year. The ACMA is expected to issue a discussion paper and make a public call for submissions.The WIA Board has received some inquiries about its LCD submission following the three consultation surveys in June 2017. There were more than 1100 respondents from the Amateur Radio community. The first survey showed that future Amateur Radio licencing must not be less than what is in the current apparatus licencing. Respondents wanted to see reduced regulation and greater self-determination. In relation to permitted power levels -- it must be reviewed in a sensible, pragmatic way for all licence levels taking into account personal safety and electromagnetic emissions.

Ham Talk Live #98 -- Building Satellites:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on January 15, 2018
Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern time, Jerry Buxton, N0JY the vice president for engineering at AMSAT will be on the show to talk about the process of building amateur radio satellites, and the latest on the newest bird, Fox 1D which just arrived in space last week! Jerry will take your questions LIVE.

Live Ham Radio Show Tuesday:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on January 14, 2018
This week KatieAllen WY7YL opens the show with your shack pictures. If you would like to see your pictures on the show, please post to our Facebook group. Martin Jue and Tom will have a discussion on a wide range of ham radio subjects, including antennas, operation, homebrewing, vintage equipment, and more.

Pacific Island Villagers Get Electricity and Water Storage:
by WIA on January 14, 2018
A radio amateur from Far North Queensland has achieved a lot for a remote village while on holidays in the Solomon Islands. Shane Lynd VK4KHZ visits the village of Busuone once a year, and has been helping to build a guest house/holiday home and teaching a couple of the locals about amateur radio. Shane VK4KHZ was there for five weeks and taught a couple of the local teenagers who want to become H44 amateur radio operators some basic amateur radio techniques and operating. During openings on 6 metres there was also a keen bunch of local on-lookers with many asking questions such as where is that person? One local in particular, Gibson Laeni, after several days of observing, was confident enough to grab the H44DA microphone and call CQ under supervision. With some further assistance, Gibson could become the first Busuone ham in the future.

A Cartoonist's Adventures in Radio:
by radioworld.com on January 14, 2018
What in the world is “radio illustration,” you ask? Who can listen to images like illustrations and cartoons? Well, it’s not quite that simple. The best explanation is looking at it from the perspective of the cartoonist! I began drawing cartoons and funny illustrations when I was a little kid. It was an obsession that has carried on into my adulthood. Radio World asked me to share some of my work and the story behind it. In the early 1970s, when the CB radio craze was rising in popularity, I placed a small classified ad in a trade publication. S-9 Magazine was devoted to citizen band radio enthusiasts across the United States and Canada. With knowledge in the area of CB and an interest in cartooning, I decided to offer to create “custom QSL cards.” (As many Radio World readers will know, a QSL is a radio enthusiast’s calling card of sorts. They’re a postcard-sized with the user’s call letters, their preferred channel they hang out at and of course, their “handle.” Even radio broadcasters sometimes have them!)

Sea Cadets Earn Ham Radio Technician License:
by thurstontalk.com on January 13, 2018
During the Winter break from school, local Sea Cadets of the Capitol Battalion Sea Cadets took the opportunity to earn their Amateur Radio Technician’s License. On December 18 through 20, Thurston County District 13 Griffin Fire Station hosted these local Cadets. The class and hands-on practice were provided by Lee Chambers KI7SS, Steve Ward WC7I, and Bruce Montgomery WA7BAM, from the Olympia Amateur Radio Society (OARS). Following their test on the 20th, the group received a gift of five hand-held VHF/UHF ham radios on Thursday followed by a field trip to Lee’s (KI7SS) shack. On Friday, they visited the Thurston County Emergency Operations Center and talked with Emergency Coordinator, Tom Bohon W7BHN. In order for the cadets to receive promotions in the Sea Cadets they have to complete several requirements. One of the requirements is to attend an advanced training for each promotion. These training camps, usually 1-2 weeks long, take place all around the country and cover just about any subject you can think of. But, due to budget changes this year within the federal government, it was unclear if there were going to be any training opportunities within driving distance of Olympia during winter break from school. The unit leadership started looking at training opportunities we could provide locally for our cadets. Ham radio seemed like a good fit on a number of levels, from the opportunity for more community service if they earned ham licenses, to fitting in with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program which would benefit our cadets in virtually any career field they choose to enter after leaving the Sea Cadet program.

Ham Radio Operators to Train for Next Disaster:
by chronicle.augusta.com on January 13, 2018
Amateur radio operators across Georgia will meet Saturday at the state’s public safety training center to learn how to best maintain critical emergency communications during a disaster. The Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service’s annual meeting will be at the Georgia Public Service Training Center in Forsyth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ham radio operators will update their training based on lessons learned from recent disasters. “Hurricane Irma tested our ability to respond to a major disaster, and we are using what we learned to better prepare our operators should we be called on again,” said David Benoist, Georgia section manager for the Amateur Radio Relay League. Disasters such as hurricanes Irma and Maria can take out critical communications infrastructure. Ham operators have the ability to still communicate without telephones or Internet, and ARES operators train specifically to assist emergency management agencies with necessary communications should other means not be available.

Do Shortwave 'Numbers Stations' Really Instruct Spies?
by radioworld.com on January 13, 2018
OTTAWA, Ontario -- “6-7-9-2-6. 5-6-9-9-0.” Tune across the shortwave bands (above AM/MW), and chances are you will come across a “numbers station.” There’s no programming to speak of; just a mechanical-sounding voice (male or female) methodically announcing seemingly random groups of single digit numbers for minutes on end. Congratulations! You are now officially a spy-catcher, to the extent that you may have tuned into a spy agency’s “numbers station” transmitting one-way instructions to their minions worldwide. Numbers stations are unidentified radio broadcasts that consist usually of a mechanical voice “reading out strings of seemingly random numbers,” explained Lewis Bush, author of “Shadows of the State” a new history of numbers stations and the spies who run them. “These are sometimes accompanied by music, tones or other sound effects.” He said. “There are also related stations broadcasting in Morse Code and digital modes.”


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