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by AB7RG  2019-10-28
Some are in it just for fun, to see who they can talk to in faraway places. Kevin Lear and Robert Gutshall are members of the Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club, which meets at the United Fire Department Hall in Logan Township. Some are in it just for fun, to see who they can talk to in faraway places. Others do it to help their community because ham radio operators often assist in rescue situations. Still others do both, combining public service with a hobby that goes back decades, yet is new and incorporates the latest in digital technology. Robert Gutshall of Altoona got his ham radio operator license in 1955, at age 11. He’d heard about a group, the Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club, and wanted to know more about it. The club got its official start in 1938 and originally met at what is now the Blair Bedford Central Labor Council building in Wehnwood. The group now meets at the United Fire Department Hall in Logan Township.

Amateur Radio Operators Face Off in Statewide Competition:

by AB7RG  2019-10-27
Bud Seamen of Prescott, Ariz., and three friends traveled from different parts of California and Arizona to the Desert Tower near Jacumba on Oct. 5 to join in a statewide Ham radio competition. The California QSO Party is an annual competition that has taken place the first weekend of October since 1966. “We make the commute to the Desert Tower every year to take advantage of the region’s unique geography for this competition,” Seaman said. Explaining what a Ham radio is and how it works, Seaman said, “It is a hobby. We spend our time talking to other people around the world. We have to get a license to operate and participate in emergency communications.”

Wadena Amateur Radio Recalls 8 Severe Weather Events:

by AB7RG  2019-10-27
During the season club volunteers responded to eight severe weather activations. The average is seven to 10. A total of 38 Ham radio operator slots were filled for a total of 48 hours of service. As part of using communication skills, radios and repeaters, several club members are trained as Skywarn Weather Spotters by the National Weather Service. They provide on the ground weather spotting for the areas of Wadena County, northern Todd County, and eastern Otter Tail County. Club members living across the area provide real time information on storms that is relayed to the National Weather Service Offices of Grand Forks and Twin Cities.

Billings Council Donates to Radio Repeater Upgrades:

by AB7RG  2019-10-26
KAGAWONG – Billings township council has agreed to donate funds toward an upgrade to the emergency communications repeater, as requested by the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. (MARC). “For emergency management purposes this is very valuable, and not just for our municipality, but all of Manitoulin Island,” said Ian Anderson, mayor of Billings Township at a regular council meeting held this past Monday. “I’m sure everyone has read the background material on this. The radio club has fundraised and provided a considerable amount of their own money towards the upgrade in equipment for the radio tower,” said Mayor Anderson. The club and their equipment provides critical service to the Township of Billings for emergency management purposes at no cost, he pointed out.

Plasma Flow Near Surface of the Sun Explains Sunspots, Other Phenomena:

by AB7RG  2019-10-28
For 400 years, people have followed sunspots, dark spots that appear for weeks on the surface of the sun. They have observed but failed to explain why the number of points peaks every 11 years. A study from the University of Washington published this month in the journal. Plasma Physics He proposes a plasma movement model that would explain the 11-year sunspot cycle and several other mysterious properties of the sun. "Our model is completely different from a normal image of the sun," said first author Thomas Jarboe, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at UW. "I really believe that we are the first people to tell you the nature and source of solar magnetic phenomena: how the sun works." The authors created a model based on their previous work with fusion energy research. The model shows that a thin layer beneath the sun's surface is key to many of the features we see from Earth, such as sunspots, magnetic inversions and solar flux, and is backed by comparisons with sun observations. "Observation data is key to confirming our image of how the sun works," Jarboe said.

Qatar Amateur Radio Society Takes Part in Two-Day CQ WW SSB Contest:

by AB7RG  2019-10-27
The Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) is participating in the International Amateur Radio Contest -- CQ WW SSB 2019, which is held annually and is ranked as the most important international radio amateur competition on the global calendar in the field of radio hobby. The association participates in the competition, under the support and guidance of HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Chairman Board of Directors of QARS. QARS bagged fifth position in the world and first in Asia in the last edition of the competition. Many Qatari amateurs have expressed their desire to be a part of the national team time and again due to its good reputation and outstanding results it achieves every time. As part of the preparation process for the competition, the association has set up an international station at the headquarters of the Qatar Scouts and Guides Association Al Khor City and has allotted six stations working on all international frequencies, as well as processing towers and antennas and all the necessary equipment and computers. The association is participating in the international call signal of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (A73A).

Ham College 58 is Here:

by VK3PB  2019-10-27
General Amateur Radio Exam part 29. Changes in the new question pool. General questions pool updates 1 of 3.

Build a Long-Distance Data Network Using Ham Radio:

by AB7RG  2019-10-26
I have been a hobbyist and maker for almost 15 years now. I like inventing things and diving into low-level things. In 2013, I was looking at a protocol called NBP, used to create a data network over amateur radio links. NBP was developed in the 2000s as a potential replacement for the venerable AX.25 protocol [PDF] that’s been in use for digital links since the mid-1980s. I believed it was possible to create an even better protocol with a modern design that would be easier to use and inexpensive to physically implement. It took six years, but the result is New Packet Radio (NPR), which I chose to publish under my call sign, F4HDK, as a nom de plume. It supports today’s de facto universal standard of communication—the Internet’s IPv4 -- and allows data to be transmitted at up to 500 kilobits per second on the popular 70-centimeter UHF ham radio band. Admittedly, 500 kb/s is not as fast as the megabits per second that flow through amateur networks such as the European Hamnet or U.S. AREDN, which use gigahertz frequencies like those of Wi-Fi. But it is still faster than the 1.2 kb/s normally used by AX.25 links, and the 70-cm band permits long-distance links even when obstructions prevent line-of-sight transmissions.