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When disaster strikes, local amateur radio operators keep communication lines open

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ROCKY GAP ' You might think of the Mountain Amateur Radio Club as a relief pitcher for the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services, or maybe (RT @Prep4Disaster: When disaster strikes, local amateur radio operators keep communication lines...
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Excellent public relations effort from the Mountain Amateur Radio Club highlighting the club's emergency communications ability.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Your First HF Dipole--an essay by Phillip Chambley (K4DPK).

Source:  http://www.eham.net/articles/32277, dated 23 July 2014. Originally published on 16 June 2010.

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On Wednesday, 23 July 2014, I ran across this intriguing, well-written article on HF dipole antennas from Phillip Chambley (K4DPK).  Chambley expressed so well what I've been trying to say in various antenna articles published in my Amateur Radio Antenna Blog (http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com).  In a few simple paragraphs, Chambley explains how dipoles work, how to design and build them, and what kind of feedlines should be used to get the most efficiency out of your homebrew dipole.  He also covers coax connectors, center insulators, support structures, weather proofing, preferred wire types, and basic safety procedures.  A very nice, understandable essay suitable for any class of amateur radio operator.  I'm in agreement with Lew Giovannetti (KB2DHG), who said, "When it comes to simple cheap and effective antennas, you can't beat a dipole."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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ComReg 5 Year Amateur Radio Licence notification process - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

ComReg 5 Year Amateur Radio Licence notification process
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ComReg 5 Year Amateur Radio Licence notification process.
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ComReg is reminding all Irish amateur radio operators who hold the lifetime Amateur Station License that they "must make a return to ComReg each and every five years to confirm whether the details of the license are accurate."  ComReg is in the process of notifying licensed ham operators via e-mail or regular post.  For details, visit licensing@comreg.ie.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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#ARRL on Tagboard

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Community hashtag for amateur radio operators and members of the American Radio Relay League (RT @wx5em: "Community hashtag for amateur radio operators" http://t.co/tMilQBnbmH #ARRL #hamradio ^LC)...
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The new community hashtag (#ARRL) for amateur radio operators and members of the ARRL is now in use on the twitter micoblogging platform.  The article provides several examples of how the new hashtag is being used.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Official web site of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King

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RT @RAST_ORG: Official web site of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His... http://t.co/38MzTtquf4
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Thanks to Tony Waltham (HS0ZDX) for this look at the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand's official website.  Included in this article is the complete report on new frequencies available to licensed Amateur Radio operators in Thailand.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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GAREC 2014 next month in Alabama USA | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association are proud to announce that the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will return to Huntsville, Alabama August 14-15 (Amateur Radio - GAREC 2014 next...
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The GAREC Conference will be held in conjunction with the 2014 ARRL Southeastern Division Convention/Annual Huntsville Hamfest.  The Huntsville Hamfest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 August 2014 at the Von Braun Convention Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  The conference will be centered on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communications.  For details, visit http://www.arrl.org/garec-2014. ; Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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434 MHz Codec2 Walkie Talkie | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Mike McCauley VK4AMM reports he has developed a 434 MHz Walkie Talkie using the amateur radio Codec2 digital voice mode (Amateur Radio - 434 MHz Codec2 Walkie Talkie: Mike McCauley VK4AMM reports he has developed a ...
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Here's an intriguing project from Mike McCauley (VK4AMM).  Mike says he has developed a 434 MHz HT using the Amateur Radio Codec2 digital voice mode.  The specs look impressive.  Mike adds that the project is a work in progress, so expect some modifications along the line.  For build information, visit http://www.airspayce.com/mikem/codec2Walkietalkies. ; Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Simple amateur radio antenna

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job description amateur antennas for HF and VHF bands (RT @wire_antennas: Ham radio antennas http://t.co/KV1WtAI7Mm)
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Another one of those intriguing antenna designs from our amateur radio friends in the Russian Federation.  I can't vouch for the claimed 21.4 dB gain claimed in the article.  But, the antenna is interesting and would probably be fun to build and work with.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The latest IOTA news from OPDX.

There are some choice DX contacts in this latest Islands On The Air (IOTA) report.

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Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org/news.

 

Among the tempting DX locations in this report is AS-014.  Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will be active as A43MI from Masirah Island between 07-11 August 2014 on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and the Digital modes.

 

AS-150 (Lingshan Island) will be active from 24 July through 27 July 2014 as BH4TVU.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB.  BA4TB will also be on-air during the RSGB IOTA Contest 25-27 July 2014.

 

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Balloons continue to amaze amateur radio enthusiasts.

A small balloon equipped with amateur radio equipment has made a successful transit from Australia to Brazil.

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Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org/news.

 

The pico balloon flight by a team an Australian team led by Andy Nguyen (VK3YT) left Central Victoria, Australia on Sunday, 13 July 2014 and travelled successfully across the Pacific Ocean. The balloon didn't land, but was last known by ARPS to be at an altitude of 8,727 meters, some 80 km north of Brasilia. Folowers of the project believe the high-altitude balloon left the coast of Brazil  early on 22 July 2014, heading east.  Andy said he used a small solar panel to keep transmitters active and he carefully watched the forecast for unusual Jet Stream winds.  The 10mw ARPS transmitter is on 145.175 MHz, identifying itself as VK3YT-8 and used THORB and OLIVIA 8/250 with RSID on 434.500 MHz.  Thanks to Jim LInton (VK3PC) for the update.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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UK 434 MHz balloon reaches Alaska.

Party balloon travels far.

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Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.

 

An ordinary party balloon equipped with a 434 MHz solar-powered transmitter launched by Leo Bodnar (M0XER) from Silverstone, UK travelled east across Asia and has reached Alaska.  Two of Leo's other balloons are still airbourne between Japan and Mongolia.  Talk about endurance from an ordinary object!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham radios aid in rescue of injured hiker on Boulder County trail - The Daily Camera

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Ham radios aid in rescue of injured hiker on Boulder County trail
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Boulder County emergency dispatchers received a call just after 12:30 p.m.
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According to the "Boulder County News," amateur radio played a significant role in the rescue of an injured hiker on the Fourth of July Trail near Boulder, Colorado.  Boulder County emergency personnel received a call from a Colorado Springs man who was said ham radio operators were in contact with another ham operator near the scene of the incident.  An amateur radio operator with the rescue group was able to reach the ham operator on the scene and confirm the location of the injured party.  Officials said ham radios used to find Michael Schuett were a "huge benefit" to the rescue units.  It pays to carry your HT with you.  Good job by everyone involved!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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UK CubeSail Ham Radio Satellite | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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UK CubeSail Ham Radio Satellite.CubeSail is an exciting, ground-breaking educational satellite project at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) that hopes to launch into a 680 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) from India...
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Watch out for this interesting satellite from the Surrey Space Center in the UK.  The educational satellite will be launched into a low earth  sun synchronous orbit this December from a space facility in India.  A key feature of the "CubeSail" satellite is a 25 square meter sail which will "demonstrate the propulsive effect of solar radiated pressure"  and show "the deorbiting application of the sail as a drag augmentation device."  The satellite will provide beacons for amateur radio operators, most likely using a 9600 Bit/s AX.25 RC-BPSK downlink on 435.240 MHz.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur Radio Electronics V10 Home Study eBook: Clive W. Humphris M0DXJ: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store

Amateur Radio Electronics V10 Home Study eBook: Clive W.
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Clive W. Humphris (M0DXJ) continues his popular "Amateur Radio Electronics" home study course with Volume 10 just being published as an eBook on Amazon.com.  His guide is informative, easy to understand, and gives you the basic electronics background you need to pass an Amateur Radio License test in the UK.  For amateur radio operators living in other countries, Clive's book remains a valuable reference tool.  This book is worth adding to your library.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Radio World: Five Questions: Cris Alexander

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Radio World TechBytes talks to Cris Alexander about broadcast engineering’s future and its challenges

Via David Hall
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Thanks to reporter David Hall for sending me to this story.  As a former broadcast technician and news director for Pacific Radio Group (Hawaii Island), the challenges outlined by Cris Alexander, the director of engineering for Crawford Broadcasting Company, certainly ring true.  According to Alexander, these are some of the challenges broadcast engineers are now facing:

1.  The integration of the personal computer into the broadcast infrastructure.

2.  Finding qualified personnel in the RF field.

3.  The disappearance of "Legacy Technologies" and the full integration of computer and IT into the broadcast plant.

4.  Finding competent and available tower contractors.

5.  Keeping employees current in terms of training and technologies.

6.  Becoming more professional in dress, speech, and communications skills.

 

When I first started working in commercial and university radio back in 1967, I was fortunate to have experienced, licensed engineers (remember the 1st phone license from the FCC?) guide me in the art of maintaining a commercial and nonprofit radio station.  Some of my engineering mentors were amateur radio operators and proved valuable later on when I needed help in getting my novice amateur radio license.  These early mentors in my commercial and amateur radio "careers" emphasized the need for continuous training, updated equipment, and basic electronics skills.   Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

 

 

 

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Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4 | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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The countdown has begun. TX Factor Episode 4 hits the screens at 00.01 BST on Friday 25th July (Amateur Radio - Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4: The countdown has begun. TX Factor Episode 4...
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The UK Amateur Radio television program, "TX Factor", episode 4 will be aired on Friday, 25 July 2014, at 00.01 British Standard Time (BST). The program covers "our visit to Europe's biggest rally at Ham Radio Freidrichshafen, Germany.  The program also features interviews and "the latest scoop on Yaesu's new System Fusion."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Universal Radio presents the Icom IC-7200 Amateur Radio

Eric, KC8VWL discusses some of the fine points of the Icom IC-7200 HF Amateur Radio. For further details and accessory information on this and many other Amateur and 2-way radios, please visit...
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A nice, concise review of the main features of the ICOM IC-7200 transceiver with Eric (KC8VWL).  For more information on this transceiver, visit http://www.Universal-Radio.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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BATC to webstream Space Colloquium | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Volunteers from the British Amateur Radio Club (BATC) will be webstreaming the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which takes place July 26-27 in Guildford (Amateur Radio - BATC to webstream Space Colloquium: Volunteers from the British...
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Members of the British Amateur Radio Club (BATC) will webstream the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium on 26-27 July 2014 from Guildford, UK.  For details, visit http://www.batc.tv/streams/amsat2014. ; Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The RSGB report that four 25 kHz bandwidth channels in the 144 MHz band between 144.00 and 144.100 MHz will be used at the Commonwealth Games July 22 to Aug 4 (Amateur Radio - 144 MHz channels to be used for the Commonwealth Games: The RSGB report...
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The Commonwealth Games are underway in the Glasgow area until 04 August 2014.  The RSGB says that four 25 kHz bandwidth channels between 144.00 and 144.100 MHz will be used for the multinational event.  Ofcom adds that "the use of Primary Amateur Spectrum is only for the specified time period and does not constitute a change in usage.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham stations to provide public service during storms - Tri Parish Times

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Ham stations to provide public service during storms
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Wade says the FCC granted the bayou region two amateur radio licenses in February to operate low-power FM signals.
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Members of the Bayou Regional Amateur Radio Society have taken emergency communications to the next level.  According to the "Tri-Parish Times & BusinessNews", amateur radio operators have secured a license for two, low-power FM stations to serve communities near Galliano and Houma.  According to amateur radio operator Martin Wade, the 100-watt FM signals will cover approximately 10-square miles with emergency information in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.  During non-emergency periods, the two FM stations will offer community and public service programs.  Both stations have emergency power back up and can be controlled remotely if needed.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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YJ0UO- Vanuatu- News- Information

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23G4BUO will be active from Vanuatu 23-27 July 2014 as YJ0UO.

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G4BUO will be on-air from Vanuatu in the South Pacific from  now through 27 July 2014.  He will be using the call sign of YJ0UO.  He will be active on CW in the HF bands.  He should be on-air for the RSGB IOTA contest running 26-27 July 2014.  QSL via his home call. Good luck!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Bill Moore (NC1L) seriously injured in traffic accident.

Recovery will be difficult and slow.

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Sources:  http://www.southgatearc.org/news and K5FUV.

 

DXCC manager Bill Moore (Nc1L) was seriously injured in a car accident about two weeks ago.  His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited movement of his arms.  Bill Kennamer (K5FUV) says recovery will slow and difficult, "and is not expected to be total."  Kennenamer says Moore wants to hear from his friends.  He is recovering at the Mount Sinai Rehab Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.  You can send cards and best wishes to:  92 Reservoir Rd, Newington, CT, 06111.  Pray for a miracle...it can happen.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Saying goodbye to HAMSAT VO-52.

Battery failure dooms Indian satellite.

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Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org/news.

 

AMSAT India's amateur radio satellite, VO-52 has been decommissioned, effective 11 July 2014.  The satellite, with a design lifetime of only 1 year, was launched 05 May 2005.  The satellite exceeded all expectations and was a popular "bird" throughout South East Asia.  AMSAT India spokesman, Mani (VU2WMY) said the lithium ion batteries failed in VO-52 and attempts to bring the satellite back to life have failed.  Mani said "HAMSAT VO-52 will always be remembered by all of us here in ISRO as one of the greatest satellites of ours."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Congressman Claims FCC Won’t Enforce, Investigate Broadcast Indecency

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Congressman chastises the FCC for not adhering to broadcast standards covering indecency.

Via David Hall
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Thanks to reporter David Hall for this juicy tidbit from the commercial broadcast world.  It seems as if everyone connected with broadcasting, and to some extent in Amateur Radio, wants the FCC to "crack down" on indecent programs and advertising on the airwaves.  Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford claims that complaints of indecency on broadcast stations have gone "uninvestigated and unenforced."  All well and good, but remember, FCC enforcement usually means more personnel and equipment to monitor the airwaves for compliance.  That translates into money, something Congress has been unwilling to release for many worthwhile projects.  We can all desire better enforcement on a number of issues, both commercial and amateur, but, until Congress shows a willingness to pay for extra monitoring, all of this wrangling is just talk.  Show me the money and then I'll believe the complaints have merit.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The First Social Network: Chewing the Rag With India's Ham Radio Operators - NDTV

The First Social Network: Chewing the Rag With India's Ham Radio Operators - NDTV | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
NDTV The First Social Network: Chewing the Rag With India's Ham Radio Operators NDTV In an office in Qutub Institutional Area, Sandeep Baruah, Scientist-E with the Vigyan Prasar, a part of the Department of Science and Technology, sits down to...
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A well-done  essay on the history, challenges, and future of Amateur Radio in India.  Ham operators in India have been in the forefront of providing emergency communications for areas devastated by natural disasters.  The article also contains some more pleasant aspects of the hobby, including "rag chewing" and the exchange of electronics information. India has also orbited satellites carrying amateur radio beacons.  Hams in India face many hurdles, including long waits for licensing exams, expensive equipment, and non-participation in amateur radio activities by newly licensed operators. So far, Indian hams have met their challenges in the highest traditions of Amateur Radio.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Couple Questions about Ham - Page 2 - The RadioReference.com Forums

Couple Questions about Ham - Page 2 - The RadioReference.com Forums | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
True, however the Baofang's are not type accepted for MURS.
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An interesting, informative forum discussion concerning the use of the popular Baofang HTs for MURS applications.  The advice seems clear:  don't do it. That would be a violation of FCC rules.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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