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SOTA Therapy: Five Summits, Two Days | AmateurRadio.com

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I am a week delayed in documenting this adventure, however, I had to write about it. I went back to my QTH near Santa Fe on Father's Day weekend for some SOTA therapy. I needed to fuel my addiction. There is a great SOTA ...
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Like many of us in the amateur radio world, Mike Crownover (AD5A) has become "addicted" to a certain segment of the ham universe.  In Mike's case, it's SOTA (Summits On The Air) operations, a practice akin to the popular IOTA (Islands On The Air) program.  On Father's Day weekend, Mike and his ham buddies sought out some "SOTA therapy--I needed to fuel my addiction."  Over the weekend, Mike and his friends activated three summits, and in the process made an interesting and enjoyable video log of the experience.  Mike and his group used the opportunity to not only operate from the top of some remote areas, but also to check out the abundant wildlife in these isolated areas.  Operating outdoors with your closest friends can be an invigorating way to spend the weekend.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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How to build and fly your own 2.4 GHz drone

BBC TV reports on the enthusiasts who are using 2400 MHz to control their home-made smartphone equipped drones

Read the full Southgate News story... (Amateur Radio - How to build and fly your own 2.4 GHz drone: BBC TV reports on the enthusiasts...
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Fascinating report from the BBC on enthusiasts who use 2.4 GHz to control their "homebrewed" smartphone-equipped drones. Thanks to an invention called the "Flone", a mobile phone can be transformed into a drone which can fly up to 20 meters (65 feet) above the ground, while taking photographs or video.  Check out the video produced by the BBC--http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28090632.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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4,000 Scouts to experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014 (4,000 Scouts to experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois: The Rainbow Council Amateur...
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Approximately 4,000 Boy Scouts are expected to attend the "Scout Air Fest" from 08 to 10 August 2014 on the grounds of the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois.  The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association has given the Rainbow Council permission to operate K2BSA as a demonstration activity and as a Special Events Station after Taps are sounded in the evening.  K2BSA will participate in the WAE CW DX Contest and the Maryland QSO Party during the event.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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PA2OLD - DKARS Magazine

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PA2OLD - Website about Ham Radio. (#hamradio #radioamateur #zendamateur #vrza #veron New radio amateur magazine from DKARS: http://t.co/OqMIdJxoLK)
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According to Dutch amateur radio operator PA2OLD, you can now download the first issue of the DKARS amateur radio magazine (PDF format) of the "Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society."  You can also received an e-mail copy of the 26-page publication by sending a request to:  magazine@dkars.nl.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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FCC Snares Ham Operators - Radio World

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FCC Snares Ham Operators
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The FCC proposed a total of $33,500 in fines against two amateur radio operators for intentionally interfering with other hams and failing to identify their stations on-air while transmitting.
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Many amateur radio operators avoid 14.313 MHz in the 20 meter amateur radio band because of the violations contained in this article.  The FCC Enforcement Bureau has levied fines totalling $33,500 against Michael Guernsey (KZ8O) and Brian Crow (K3VR) for malicious interference and failure to identify their stations.  Such behavior is unnecessary, demeans the amateur radio service, illegal, and  devoid of common sense.  Their licenses should be revoked, their equipment seized, and heavy penalties assessed. When I run into such antics, I avoid these  sociopaths by just turning the dial.  Perhaps the next time I hear similar acts of stupidity, I'll record the infraction and send a copy to the FCC.  Aloha de Russ (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.

 

Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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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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Here is the latest edition of the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast. This program features three outstanding programs:  A review of the Wouxon UV-8D, a discussion of the Museums on the air program with Sue Pycroft (G6DDS), and an international roundtable discussion from 15 June 2014.  Also included in the podcast is the latest amateur radio news and events from around the world.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Quick Study For Your General Class Amateur Radio License - Kindle edition by Aleksandra Rohde. Professional & Technical Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Quick Study For Your General Class Amateur Radio License - Kindle edition by Aleksandra Rohde. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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This General License Class study guide by Aleksandra Rohde should help Technician Class amateur radio operators prepare for their General Class license test.  You can download the 207-page e-book on your PC, smartphone, tablet, or Kindle device.  The $2.99 price tag seems reasonable.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive: - eHam.net

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive: eHam.net "Radios are going to become increasingly digital," he said, with analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion occurring "closer and closer to the antenna...
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Nice recap of the speech delivered by Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor (K1JT), who developed the popular WSJT suite of weak signal DSP software for Amateur Radio.  In his remarks to amateur radio operators meeting at the 100th anniversary of the ARRL in Hartford, Connecticut, Taylor said good engineering "will definitely be a combination of hardware and software" as amateur radio continues to thrive and serve the public interest.  For Taylor, amateur radio will continue to benefit from "a healthy fertilization between amateurs and professionals."  Taylor added that "radios are going to become increasingly digital" with analog-to-digital conversion occurring "closer and closer to the antenna."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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NASA: Earth escaped a near-miss solar storm in 2012

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o Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth's orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space agency website Wednesday.


However, few Earthlings had any idea what was going on. "If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire," said Daniel Baker, professor of atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado. Instead the storm cloud hit the STEREO-A spacecraft, a solar observatory that is "almost ideally equipped to measure the parameters of such an event," NASA said. Scientists have analyzed the treasure trove of data it collected and concluded that it would have been comparable to the largest known space storm in 1859, known as the Carrington event. It also would have been twice as bad as the 1989 solar storm that knocked out power across Quebec, scientists said.


"I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did," said Baker. The National Academy of Sciences has said the economic impact of a storm like the one in 1859 could cost the modern economy more than two trillion dollars and cause damage that might take years to repair. Experts say solar storms can cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything from radio to GPS communications to water supplies -- most of which rely on electric pumps.

 

They begin with an explosion on the Sun's surface, known as a solar flare, sending X-rays and extreme UV radiation toward Earth at light speed. Hours later, energetic particles follow and these electrons and protons can electrify satellites and damage their electronics.


Next are the coronal mass ejections, billion-ton clouds of magnetized plasma that take a day or more to cross the Sun-Earth divide. These are often deflected by Earth's magnetic shield, but a direct hit could be devastating.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Thanks to Dr. Stefan Gruenwald for this interesting and somewhat scary story of how our modern, digitally connected world could have disappeared on 23 July 2012, but didn't.  On that date, a huge solar flare just missed the Earth.  According to NASA, the flare was "big enough to knock modern society back to the 18th century."  Daniel Baker, a professor of atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado, said data retrieved from the sun orbiting spacecraft STEREO-A supported the contention that this super flare was on the same level as the famous 1859 Carrington Event and the much weaker, though still serious, 1989 flare that crippled power distribution in Quebec, Canada.  Baker believes a direct hit from the 23 July 2012 flare would have rendered most solid state electronics, and hence, most of our digital world, inoperative.  Recovery would have cost trillions and modern society would take years to rebuild the damage communications infrastructure.  Such a flare would have "fried" most of our modern amateur radio transceivers, rendering some of us with no communications capability.  This is a cautionary tale for everyone.  It's not a matter of if, but when.  Are you prepared? 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

Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4 | Southgate Amateur Radio News | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
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

Ham stations to provide public service during storms - Tri Parish Times | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Ham stations to provide public service during storms
Tri Parish Times
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

YJ0UO- Vanuatu- News- Information | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it

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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