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Ham Talk Live #82 -- Public Relations:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on September 20, 2017
Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern time, Scott Westerman, W9WSW is on the big show to talk about Ham Radio Public Relations and also the upcoming Great Lakes Ham Convention! Tune in to get some ideas of how to make your club more visible and relatable!

IARU Addresses New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat:
by WIA on September 20, 2017
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) held its annual in-person meeting on 15 and 16 September in Landshut, Germany, just before the IARU Region 1 Conference. It has addressed High Power Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles, seen as having a significant potential for interference to radiocommunications. The AC, consisting of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organisations, is responsible for policy and management. A media release issued on September 17 reported that the meeting reviewed its priorities and positions for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The agenda for WRC-19 along with WPT includes several other items of potential concern to radio amateurs, a possible Region 1 allocation of 50-54 MHz to the Amateur Service to harmonise with allocations in the other two regions. The IARU budget, based on anticipated financial contributions from Member Societies, was also reviewed to minimise expenditure, and adopted. The theme for World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2018, was confirmed as “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.”

S-24 Pgns Admin Urges Ham Radio to Reunite Nepali Man:
by millenniumpost.in on September 20, 2017
Kolkata: The South 24 Parganas district administration has urged the West Bengal Radio Club -- an organisation of Ham Radio operators in the state -- to reunite a Nepali man who has been lodged at a district hospital for more than three months with nobody turning up to take his responsibility.

Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Goes on Alert for Maria:
by ARRL on September 19, 2017
Caribbean Island residents and the Amateur Radio community have hardly had a chance to catch a breath from Hurricane Irma as recovery operations continue, but now Hurricane Maria is knocking on the door. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated today on 14.325 MHz, with plans to maintain operations on that frequency during the day and on 7.268 MHz after dark. “As propagation dictates, we may operate using both frequencies at the same time,” HWN Secretary Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said in making the announcement. The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate today at 1500 UTC until further notice, to track Hurricane Maria and its potential impact to the Leeward Islands. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate at 2100 UTC.

New Plymouth Amateur Radio Celebrates 90 Years On Air:
by stuff.co.nz on September 18, 2017
Ninety years is a long time to ride a wave. An airwave that is. This month a group of amateur radio operators in New Plymouth is getting set to celebrate 90 years of keeping in touch with each other and the community. The New Plymouth Amateur Radio Club started in 1926 and has evolved to become a vital link in the community, especially in emergencies when it helps police, search and rescue and civil defence when required. Club secretary Daniel Vandenberg said it was just one of the many roles the club provided. "We have a group of fully trained operators who are able to help support emergency communications," Vandenberg said. "We're one of the longest running service clubs in New Zealand." There were many different aspects to the amateur radio hobby, he said. Some used it to for keeping in touch with others while some clubs have competitions as well.

Tunisia Legalizes Individual Licenses:
by RSGB on September 17, 2017
The Ministry of Telecommunications of Tunisia has approved and issued a decree organizing amateur radio activity in Tunisia. It is now possible for Tunisian amateurs to apply, pass an exam and get their own amateur radio licenses.

A Texas Homage to Amelia Earhart’s Around-the-World Flight:
by texasmonthly.com on September 17, 2017
Exactly 80 years after Amelia Earhart attempted her round-the-world flight, the solo journey has finally been completed in a single-engine aircraft for the first time, ending in Kestrel Airpark in San Antonio. “This was an amazing journey,” says Brian Lloyd, who flew 28,000 miles in Spirit, his plane, during his circumnavigation of the globe. “It required more of me than I ever imagined it could, but I also found in myself the reserves of patience and energy to keep going no matter what.” Like Earhart's plane, Spirit has a high frequency radio, which Lloyd used to communicate with hundreds of people across the world. "Every place I went I was warmly greeted with open arms, even in places where we are told that the US is not liked," Lloyd says. "The key thing to remember is that the aviation and amateur radio communities are united around aviation and radio, and not really around politics or religion."

Amateur Radio Roundtable:
by tom Medlin (W5KUB) on September 17, 2017
Please join Katie Allen, WY7YL, Dave Casler, KE0OG, and Tom Medlin, W5KUB Tuesday nights for Amateur Radio Roundtable. This week Mike Caper WA9PIE will be showing us HRD. Cory Sickles, WA3UVV, will be talking about Yaesu's new products and discussing system fusion. Plus shack pictures and much more.

Hamlogs.net Debutes with YCCC/40:
by Gene Shablygin (W3UA) on September 16, 2017
Hamlogs.net – the web site which brings near real time scoring into QSO Party world, will offer support of the first USA QSO Party next week.

Please Keep Clear of Hurricane Nets:
by RSGB on September 16, 2017
In view of the arrival of Hurricane Max on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, the FMRE National Emergency Net has activated. The net is operating on 7.060 MHz and 14.120MHz so please avoid causing interference on or around those frequencies.

WIA Team Compete in Overseas ARDF Events:
by WIA on September 16, 2017
Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) competitions in the USA, and at the IARU Region 3 championship in Mongolia – saw the WIA Team win a swag of medals. Ewen VK3OW, Jenelle VK3FJTE and Jack VK3WWW were at the Harrison Ohio event in July, which was coupled with the IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships. Fierce competition saw them win medals. Then they broke up, most back to Australia for a rest, and another caught up with a stateside relative. Next was the 11th IARU Region 3 Championships hosted by the Mongolian Radio Sports Federation. The original three were joined by Peter VK3ADY and Kristian VK3FDAC. The WIA Team of five scored well in the medal tally. Congratulations to all.

'Sergio and Sergei' Ron Perlman On True Story of Cosmonaut Trapped In Space
by deadline.com on September 16, 2017
From writing partners Ernesto and Marta Daranas and directed by the former, Sergio and Sergei is one of the most unusual, intriguing comedies to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this year. A Cuban film starring Tomás Cao, Héctor Noas and Ron Perlman -- the only American actor on the production -- Sergio and Sergei tells the story of the unusual friendship formed between a Cuban philosophy professor and a Russian cosmonaut who finds himself trapped in space following the collapse of the Soviet Union. “It’s based on an actual story that took place in 1991, where there’s a Russian cosmonaut that’s been sent up to the Mir Space Station for a three month period, and he’s now in his fifth or sixth month and he doesn’t know what the hell’s going on. He finds this ham radio aficionado who happens to be a professor of philosophy in Cuba -- in Havana -- and he goes, ‘Don’t you know what happened man? The wall came down and the Soviet Union collapsed.’ And they sort of deduced that there’s nobody to get him down,” Perlman explains. “The country that sent him up there is disintegrated, and the new federation -- the Russian Federation -- is busted, they’ve got no money, so they couldn’t get him down if they wanted to. The Cuban guy gets in touch with this American journalist, who’s the reason why he has this ham radio outfit to begin with, and he says, ‘Man, what can we do?’ An executive producer on the project, Perlman’s character lived in New York, communicating with the other characters in the film through ham radio alone. But for the actor, taking on the project came with a desire to get the full Cuban experience. While all of Perlman’s scenes are New York interiors, New York was recreated on a Cuban interior set.

When Natural -- or Any -- Disaster Strikes, Being Prepared Matters:
by govtech.com on September 16, 2017
(TNS) -- Earthquakes, floods, fires, wind storms, oh my. These are just a few examples of the potential natural disasters that could hit Ridgecrest and the Indian Wells Valley. In light of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which flooded Houston and other Texas cities, and Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida and the Caribbean islands, it's best to prepare for such disasters, according to Kern County Emergency Services Manager Georgianna Armstrong. "There are ongoing disasters that are ever present and they can affect us in ways to varying degrees," Armstrong said. "The control that they can affect us directly correlates to how well we have been preparing our families and ourselves to withstand those events." "When we talk about preparing for disaster, we are really talking about building family strength and resiliency," Armstrong said. Another group that plays a pivotal role in emergencies and natural disasters are ham radio operators. Ham radio operators, through groups like ARES and RACES, are citizens trained and licensed to operate radio communications. Armstrong cited a quote from a skilled emergency services manager she knew. "If she had to choose between water and the ham radio operators, she would take the ham radio operators," Armstrong said. "They can be your last line of defense when communications fail so they are incredibly important to overall communications."

Foundations of Amateur Radio -- #119:
by Onno VK6FLAB on September 15, 2017
There is so much stuff associated with Amateur Radio that your family might be forgiven in thinking that your hobby is all about being in the middle of a junk-yard surrounded by the carcasses of disassembled gear, components, failed projects, obsolete equipment and scraps of wire, solder and countless screws, resistors and other bits and pieces that are just too valuable to dispose of.

VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 17 Sept 2017:
by WA Amateur Radio News on September 15, 2017
VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 17 Sept 2017:


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