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Canadian Liberation March Special Event - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Canadian Liberation March Special Event
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Canadian Liberation March Special Event.
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Special event station OQ4CLM ("Canadian Liberation March) will be operational between 16 October and 15 November 2013 from the Dutch town of Knokke.  Canadian forces liberated that town in 1944 during World War II.  QSL via ON3AIM.  Aloha de 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
The Daily Camera
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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Good 2M Antennas to start on?

Probably the Best Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Forum in the World. (Amateur Radio: Good 2M Antennas to start on? http://t.co/Clx58MfrqB)
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An interesting, informative question from a ham-to-be on the best 2meter antenna to start his amateur radio experience.  The answer from a more experienced  ham is sincere, straight-to-the-point, and helpful.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR ... - ARRL

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Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR ...
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The "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (HR.4969 got a final send off during closing ceremonies of the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.  The bi-partisan measure would mandate the FCC to extend the "reasonable accommodation" clause of PRB-1 to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas.  Currently, PRB-1 applies only to state and municipal land-use ordinances.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Today’s space race: Google Lunar X Prize

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Msnbc’s Craig Melvin dives into today’s space competition organized by the X Prize foundation and sponsored by Google. Joined by Astrobotic CEO John Thornton, the pair discusses a $30 million dollar prize awarded to the team that lands a robot safely on the moon, moves 500 meters on, above, or below the Moon’s surface and sends back HDTV Mooncasts for everyone to enjoy.

 


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The commercialization of the moon is definitely on its way.  One of these days, someone will put a repeater on the moon....talk about a huge satellite.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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An introduction to HF Software Defined Radio: SDR for Amateur Radio Operators: Andrew Barron ZL3DW: 9781500119935: Amazon.com: Books

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This looks like a good introduction to the world of SDR (software defined radio).  The paperback by Andrew Barron (ZL3DW) will give new as well as experienced amateur radio operators a fresh look at SDR equipment.  This book can be ordered through Amazon.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Rancho Cucamonga ham operator shares gold medal victory - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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Rancho Cucamonga ham operator shares gold medal victory
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Craig, 33, was raised in a ham radio family, earning his license when he was just 8 years old.
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A nice personal story of victory at the recent World Radiosport Team Championship 2014.  Dan Craig and Chris Hurlbut of Bozeman, Montana won the Gold Medal at this prestigious event involving amateur radio teams from 38 countries.  Craig (N6MJ) and Hurlbut (KL9A) amassed a score of 7,184,844, leading the 59 competing teams from the start.  The WRTC is held every four years and attracts the best amateur radio operators to compete in 24 hour of intense communications skills.  For a complete run down of the finishers, visit http://www.wrtc2014.org/results. ; Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham Radio Crucial In Disasters, FEMA Chief Says - Hartford Courant

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tHam Radio Crucial In Disasters, FEMA Chief Says
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That's why FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed a new agreement Friday strengthening its partnership with the Newington-based American Radio Relay League.

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According to "The Hartford Courant", FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed a new agreement on Friday with ARRL Headquarters. Fugate said the document further strengthens FEMA's relationship with the American Radio Relay League, the largest organization of ham operators in the United States. Fugate stressed that "Ham Radio is indispensable in a disaster...when all else fails, we need to partner with amateur radio...we look at amateur radio as the last line of defense."  The signing was the highlight of the ARRL centennial celebration, which ends Sunday, 20 July 2014.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 could help homeowners erect antennas

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The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) is asking for immediate grassroots support of H.R.
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Some more background information on the bipartisan House Resolution known as the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014."  ARRL President Kay Craigie has asked amateur radio operators to support the measure, which could give some relief from restrictive antenna regulation in HOAs and CC & R-controlled housing.  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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Desoto Times Tribune > News > Local > Reaching the world

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enter site/page/section description here. (RT @jilly: Reaching the world - Amateur radio vital in disasters http://t.co/IGHzGjhXbk #hamr)
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A nice follow up report on last month's ARRL Field Day event from "The Desoto Times Tribune" newspaper.  Reporter Bob Bakken did a pretty good job of covering the Olive Branch Amateur Radio Club's participation in the emergency communications exercise. The highlight of the club's Field Day activity was a contact with astronaut Ken Wiseman (NA1ISS) on board the International Space Station.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Hilariously Useless Comments About Science from the US Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court is not composed of scientists. We've seen this before. But they do end up hearing a lot of cases that involve science, and are forced to describe the concepts and technology before them. They do not always rise to the challenge.

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This article on the technological and scientific shortcomings of the U.S. Supreme Court is both humorous and, sadly, frightening.  Author Katharine Trendacosta does a good job of explaining  how Supreme Court Justices try to understand and rule on the rapid technological developments that are changing society.  Sometimes, their arguments involve convoluted arguments that could better be expressed with plain English.  Other times, their view reflects a scientific naivete that is simply astounding.  All of this could be funny until you realize the court's decisions will affect science, technology, and even Amateur Radio.  Take the "Amateur Radio Parity Act 2014 (HR.4969)" for instance.  Legislators with little or no knowledge of physics, propagation, or basic communications technology will try to force the FCC into rewriting the rules regarding ham antennas on private property.  While many of us amateur radio operators consider this a good thing, considering the presence of TV antennas, satellite dishes, and even broadcast antennas on some privately-owned buildings, the average citizen has no interest in amateur radio and relegates hams into the same group as CB operators.  For many citizens outside the orbit of amateur radio, any amateur radio antenna is considered an "eyesore" that will reduce property values. I've seen this NIMBY (not in my backyard) on Hawaii Island where people oppose cell phone towers, while complaining about poor cell phone reception in their neighborhoods.  These people have no understanding of how communications systems operate, and, more frequently, just don't care as long as the antenna isn't near them.  So, when this kind of attitude results in lawsuits, amateur radio operators have to spend a lot of time educating  people who should know better.  I'm amazed that our judicial system functions as well as it does, considering the scientific ignorance that pervades daily life. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Rather funny, until you realize that though they're not scientists, they do made decisions that affect science.

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Amateur radio license exams - Port St. Joe Star

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Amateur radio license exams
Port St. Joe Star
Amateur radio license exams will be given at 10 a.m. ET Aug. 16 at the Emergency Operations Center in Port St. Joe. Get your license and get on the air or upgrade an existing license.
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An excellent example of a brief, to-the-point public service announcement  promoting an Amateur Radio.  The script is also suitable for a radio or television public service announcement (psa).  The  author of this announcement gave all of the important points in a brief statement. Plus, he/she allowed plenty of "lead time" for the newspaper to print the announcement.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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45 years after Tranquility: One small step to a bright future | NASASpaceFlight.com

45 years after Tranquility: One small step to a bright future | NASASpaceFlight.com | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it

Forty-five years ago tonight, people across the world held their breaths as a hair-raising, heart-pounded descent occurred a quarter of a million miles away from Earth. At the Sea of Tranquility, on 20 July 1969, two humans succeeded in what many had considered impossible: landing and walking on the surface of another world.

 

 


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I remember that night 45-years ago. I was stationed at Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, California and watched this over a television set in my squadron's briefing room.  I wished I could have been there, but as a "desk commando" (admin type), I was in no way qualified to be part of that historic mission.  I was so glad when the landing and departure were a success.  We were back in the space game again!  Those were the days.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Woburn Ham Radio operator participates in D-Day reenactment - Woburn Daily Times

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Woburn Ham Radio operator participates in D-Day reenactment
Woburn Daily Times
The D-Day drill called for operators from MARS stations to reach out with short wave radio, using minimal power and simple wire antennas for transmission.
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Last month, amateur radio operators throughout North Americaand Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of "D-Day" by duplicating the beachhead communications of the invasion.  Among the participants was Woburn resident and amateur radio operator Dennis Kenney, who is a member of the U.S. Army's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS).  Despite a lightning strike near his home during the exercise, Kenny was able to return to the air.  The "D-Day" drill was quite competitive, with operators seeking European and U.S. contacts during the communications drill.  Kenney tied for 11th place out of 82 participants.  Congratulations to all participants for commemorating a day the changed the history of Europe.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Club teaches ham radio use, serves community with emergency communications - Dallas Morning News

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Dallas Morning News Club teaches ham radio use, serves community with emergency communications Dallas Morning News Max Perry, president of the Irving Amateur Radio Club, poses for a photograph in his radio room at his home in Irving, Texas on July...
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Pretty decent article from "The Dallas News" promoting the emergency communications aspect of Amateur Radio.  The article focuses on the activities of amateur radio operators in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.  Max Perry (N5BSA), the president of the Irving Amateur Radio Club says amateur radio is "a wonderful hobby..."  It's "considered a self-teaching method of electronics.  That's where it came from:  An individual can study electronics and teach himself." Perry adds that one of the club's major projects "includes acting as emergency support during severe weather or large community events."  The club also participates in SKYWARN and RACES, "both of which aim to support emergency responders with radio communications."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Shortwave Central: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

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Another Amateur Radio first took place in 1960, when the first EME (moonbounce) contact was made on 1296 MHz between W6HB in California and W1BU in Massachusetts. During the 1950s and 1960s, The USSR and the ...
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Another segment of the continuing series :A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL" by Al Brogdon (W1AB).  Included in this article are the DX-peditions of Danny Weil (VP2VB), the addition of more amateur radio prefixes (WA and WB), the introduction of the log periodic antenna, VHF contacts between Hawaii and California. the creation of CONELRAD, and the first moon bounce (EME) contacts between amateur radio operators.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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