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Twitter / TYTTwoWayRadio: Soyuz rocket will carry four ...

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Soyuz rocket will carry four amateur radio the CubeSat cubic Star into orbit http://t.co/5vRyY5BbHD
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Here's a look at a soon-to-be-launched package of four CubeSat "birds".  These small satellites seem to be gaining in popularity.  In a related story,  the Unversity of Hawaii at Hilo is planning to make a CubeSat "bird" for a future launch.  UH-Hilo is expanding its scientific programs from Marine Biology and Astronomy to "hands-on" launches of its own satellites.  Something tells me I'd better update my satellite antennas.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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CQ Newsroom: FEMA Administrator Plans Field Day Operation

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RT @KE5CVT: RT @kc5fm FEMA Administrator @craigatfema Plans Ham Radio Field Day Operation http://t.co/KDzFuwXo9N #arrl #hamr @chiefkidd
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This could be a fascinating contact for Field Day stations.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Indonesia Special Event | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Members of the ORARI Jawa Barat and YB Club DX, along with the Bandung Heritage Community will activate the special event station YE90PK between May 3-5th (Indonesia Special Event | Southgate Amateur Radio News: http://t.co/jojpHSweW1)...
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If you need Indonesia for your log book, try this station.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Berkeley unites for earthquake safety

Berkeley unites for earthquake safety | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
I was on the planning committee for this year's CERT exercise in Berkeley, and participated as an amateur radio... http://t.co/cOSHcCwvrj
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Those of us living on the Big Island of Hawaii share the concerns of California hams who prepare for the day no one wants to see.  Hawaii Island is frequented by many small and moderate earth quakes every month--a legacy of our proximity to the active Kilauea Volcano.  Unlike our friends in Berkeley, Hawaii residents have no place to run.  Emergency preparedness is a big thing here.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Amateur Radio

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In this April 12, 2013, photo, Padraig Lysandrou talks about his ham radio expedition to Cyprus in Bloomington, Ind. (RT @wa5ray: Amateur Radio: In this April 12, 2013, photo, Padraig Lysandrou talks about his ham radio expedition to Cyprus...
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A nice conversation with Padraig Lysandrou. KC9UUS.  He describes his mini dx-pedition in the May issue of QST, pp. 65 to 68.  He seems like a conscientious and talented amateur radio operator.  I enjoyed his interview.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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VIRGIN GALACTIC BREAKS SPEED OF SOUND IN FIRST ROCKET-POWERED FLIGHT OF SPACESHIPTWO | Virgin Galactic

VIRGIN GALACTIC BREAKS SPEED OF SOUND IN FIRST ROCKET-POWERED FLIGHT OF SPACESHIPTWO | Virgin Galactic | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, Calif. – Today, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJC, completed the first rocket-powered flight of its space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). The test, conducted by teams from Scaled Composites (Scaled) and Virgin Galactic, officially marks Virgin Galactic’s entrance into the final phase of vehicle testing prior to commercial service from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

 

“The first powered flight of Virgin Spaceship Enterprise was without any doubt, our single most important flight test to date,” said Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson, who was on the ground in Mojave to witness the occasion. “For the first time, we were able to prove the key components of the system, fully integrated and in flight. Today’s supersonic success opens the way for a rapid expansion of the spaceship’s powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by the year’s end. We saw history in the making today and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved.”


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So far, so good.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Does Ham Radio Suck?

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Does Ham Radio Suck? You Tell Me
I had hoped to do these little blog entries on a more frequent basis. However, because I pretty much e.
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This is one of the more lively debates I've encountered while reading the "forums.qrz.com" site.  W4HUF stirs up quite a hornet's nest with his contrarian views.  After three years as an amateur radio licensee, he has found most of the bad behavior and negative attitudes that most of us took a lifetime to accumulate.  I can't disagree with many of his comments, since I've run into the same pattern of behavior on the ham bands and in society as a whole.  What we're seeing in our hobby is the same coarseness, insensitivity, and irresponsibility that seems to dominate our everyday lives. Yet, there are amateurs who distinguish themselves, whether it be at the Boston Marathon tragedy, some natural disaster, or in bringing a new person into the amateur radio community.  Most of the people I meet on the air are decent folks with the same concerns as mine--families, jobs, an uncertain future, and the restrictions imposed by various officials on our lives.  Amateur Radio reflects the society to which it belongs.  There are "good, bad, and indifferent" people in all professions and hobbies.  Perhaps the problems faced by hams seem worse because our feelings and beliefs can be sent to the world almost instantly.  Sometimes we seem bigger than life because our signals can affect so many people in a short span of time.  Just look at the impact of internet social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  To paint Amateur Radio with a broad brush of negativity is easy because the social malcontents are so visible.  To find the selfless operators who serve their communities is a bit harder, because they don't get the publicity they deserve.  Having served as a "broadcast journalist" for nearly forty years, I know violence, ineptness, and sheer stupidity sell newspapers, the "news at six", and the advertising that keeps media outlets in business.  "Good news" is refreshing, but it doesn't attract many dollars.  Quality programming (however you define it) will always be supplanted by spectacle, sensationalism, and gossip.  As for Amateur Radio, it's just part of the fabric of society.  Change it or learn to live with its shortcomings.  I choose to remain positive.  My VFO never gets rusty.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

 

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Pulse expands NFC antenna product range - NFC World

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Electronic components supplier Pulse Electronics has announced a new catalog selection of NFC antennas aimed at a range of devices, including point-of- ("NFC WorldPulse expands NFC antenna product range » NFC World"

Via Paulo Gervasio
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Brief, informative article about Near Field Communications Antennas.  These antennas are used in a variety of mobile and retail applications, such as cell phones.  There could be additional applications for Amateur Radio HTs and other devices.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Reporters notebook for April 27: The power of ham radio

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LEWISTON — Ham radio can be more than a fun hobby, Lewiston-Auburn eighth-graders were told April 23. It can be a way to make international friends, fight terrorism and even boost a job resume.
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A short, concise account of a speech given to 8th graders by Dave Taylor, the technical adviser to the ARRL.  His words are uplifiting, positive, and inspirational...a good antidote for the grim news we hear everyday.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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9M2PJU - Malaysian Ham Radio: List Of Linux Operating System For Ham Radio Operator

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Mohamad Faizul Zulkifli: List Of Linux Operating System For Ham Radio Operator http://t.co/QU3Yd4zD3o
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A helpful list of Linux tools for Amateur Radio Operators from Mohamad Faizul Zulkifli (9M2PJU).  According to the article, Mohamad is using a "restructured version of Ubuntu LInux."   Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Karaoke On Ham Radio

While monitoring a local 220MHz repeater, I picked up this nice clear transmission on 224.600 of two people singing to their favorite tunes.
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Curious video from Steve, W7RMG.  I thought music was banned from Amateur Radio frequencies.  Is "American Idol" shifting to a new slot?  I seem to remember reading in "200 Meters and Down" by Clinton De Soto that some amateur radio operators in the early part of the 1900s played music over their experimental stations.  Never a dull moment on the airwaves.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Stopping digital pickpockets - Montreal Gazette - Montreal Gazette

Stopping digital pickpockets - Montreal Gazette - Montreal Gazette | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
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A tiny chip and radio antenna are embedded in the card, under the plastic, and work when the card is “waved” in front of a merchant's RFID (or newer NFC) terminal.
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A cautionary tale for all of us who use ATMs and RFID technology to pay bills.  Having been a victim of credit card and ATM fraud, I no longer use these devices unless absolutely necessary.  Until you've been affected by fraud, you have no idea just how unsettling the release of your personal information can be.  The article points out how easily signals from a smart phone can be intercepted by hackers and then used to breach your bank account and credit records.  I no longer bank over the internet because of security concerns.  Too many banks have had their systems penetrated.  Even key government agencies, such as the Veterans Administration, have had security problems.  You may remember the case of a VA worker who had his personal laptop stolen with VA records on it.  Being a veteran, that news was most disturbing.  I had to change all kinds of records and accounts to protect my personal information with that agency.  As for Amateur Radio, I always use checks for my purchases.  I just don't trust the encryption companies claim they are using.  Of course, your "mileage may very."  Consider yourself fortunate if you've escaped the hackers and opportunists who steal personal information.  Don't be complacent.  You have a lot to lose.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Multimode Fiber Provides Option for Microwave Data - Radio World

Multimode Fiber Provides Option for Microwave Data - Radio World | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Multimode Fiber Provides Option for Microwave Data
Radio World
I found some of my amateur radio friends who regularly use it as a transmission medium within large data infrastructures. As such, there is a lot of information on fiber-optics out there.
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Fascinating article for those of us into antenna experiements.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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NASA - Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

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null (RT @ISS_Research: @1WXNERD @nasa The Amateur Radio on ISS is used by the crew every week to talk to HAM operators and kids in schools http://t.co/Dm2PP6iRu6)...
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Students and astronauts seem to like these "chats".  Students ask some perceptive questions at times.  Hopefully, these educational programs using the ISS will encourage young folks to enter technical and scientific fields after they complete their education.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Norfolk Island | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Twelve amateur radio operators and members of the Oceania DX Group (ODXG), will be active as VK9NT from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between May 3-13th (Norfolk Island | Southgate Amateur Radio News: http://t.co/ub51gnPfs8)...
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I don't have this one in the log.  I guess it's my turn to wade through the QRM again...Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Malta Special Event | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Members of the Dutch Society of Radio Amateurs (VRZA Afd. Kagerland) club station (PI4KGL) will be active as 9H25 (that is the whole callsign) from Qawra between May 20th and June 4th.
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This should be a good DX catch.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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CubeBug-1 reaches orbit - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

CubeBug-1 reaches orbit Southgate Amateur Radio Club After the technology demonstration part of the mission is over, the satellite will enter a mode that will include services to the Amateur radio community, including an AX.25 Packet Radio...
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Good news for those tracking and using these small "birds".  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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IOTA news from OPDX | Southgate Amateur Radio News

IOTA news from OPDX | Southgate Amateur Radio News | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW (IOTA news from OPDX | Southgate Amateur Radio News: http://t.co/w9WKY08eWN)
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Here's the current news from the IOTA (Islands On The Air) program. There is some good DX in this bunch of islands.  Enjoy the adventure!  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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MA: Aereo will launch its controversial antenna and Internet-based TV service in Boston on May 15 | The Next Web

MA: Aereo will launch its controversial antenna and Internet-based TV service in Boston on May 15 | The Next Web | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it

 

Aereo has announced today that it will be rolling out its controversial Internet-based television service in Boston on May 15.

 

Consumers who choose to pre-order will be able to access all 28 supported channels on this date, followed by a wider public release for everyone in the Boston metropolitan area on May 30.

 

The exact boundaries of the service haven’t been specified, but Aereo says it should be able to support 4.5 million consumers in 16 counties dotted across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

 

It’s a landmark expansion for the company, which until now has only been available in New York. As announced in January, however, Aereo plans to launch its service in Miami, Austin, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Cleveland, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Providence and Madison throughout 2013.

 

There’s nothing quite like Aereo. Consumers in New York currently pay $12 per month to stream live TV programming from over 20 local broadcast networks, including industry heavyweights such as CBS, NBC and FOX.

 

The issue is that to access this content, Aereo uses a small army of antennas that essentially ‘pull’ the broadcast signal from the air and pipe it to users over the Internet.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Interesting concept. Could cable TV be on the way out? Aloha de KH6JRM.
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Cloud Warmer - DX Ham Radio in Costa Rica, projects, antennas, dx, morse code, digimodes: Ham Radio Wallpaper from 2012 ARRL DX Contest

Cloud Warmer - DX Ham Radio in Costa Rica, projects, antennas, dx, morse code, digimodes: Ham Radio Wallpaper from 2012 ARRL DX Contest | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
My award certificate for the 2012 ARRL DX Contest (CW) finally arrived in the mail more than a year later.
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A nice, informative website by Casey Bahr (TI2/NA7U), who lives in Costa Rica.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Youth@HamRadio.Fun: Dayton on Radar - ARRL

Youth@HamRadio.Fun: Dayton on Radar - ARRL | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
The New Mexico Tech Amateur Radio Club got back on the air after we fixed and erected its multiband vertical antenna. We didn't make any contacts, but found the antenna was tunable to several frequencies.
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Enjoyable, informative article by Sterling Coffey, N0SSC, ARRL Youth Director.  I've had many of the antenna and static electricity problems he describes in this narrative.  Coffey writes with passion and conviction.  He seems like a genuine asset to the Amateur Radio Community.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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FEMA National Preparedness Coalition

FEMA National Preparedness Coalition | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
I just joined the National Preparedness Coalition by taking the 'Pledge to Prepare' at community.fema.gov. I am going to get myself and my community ready for all sorts of emergencies, and you should too, register today!
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This may be of interest to ARES, MARS, and RACES operators.  It can't hurt to be prepared.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Cargo spaceship docks with ISS despite antenna mishap

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Moscow (AFP) April 26, 2013 An unmanned cargo vehicle on Friday successfully docked with the International Space Station, in a delicate manoeuvre after its navigation antenna failed to properly deploy following launch, Russian mission control and...

Via Chuck Black
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A very close call after a navigation antenna failed to deploy.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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BBC Essex - G8DET interviewed about Marconi | Southgate Amateur Radio News

BBC Essex - G8DET interviewed about Marconi | Southgate Amateur Radio News | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
The Chairman of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society John Bowen, G8DET, was interviewed on BBC Essex about Marconi (Ham Radio News | BBC Essex - G8DET interviewed about Marconi: The Chairman of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Soc...
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Excellent commentary by John Bowen, G8DET on a recent BBC program.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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After Antares test launch, Orbital aims for space station | Spaceflight Now

After Antares test launch, Orbital aims for space station | Spaceflight Now | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it

Buoyed by a flawless test launch of the Antares rocket, the heavy-lifting part of its commercial cargo resupply system for the International Space Station, Orbital Sciences Corp. has its eye on a summer demonstration flight of the company's Cygnus resupply freighter.

 

The next flight, scheduled to launch in June or July, will go all the way to the space station and offers a steeper technical challenge for the Virginia-based aerospace contractor than the successful launch of its first Antares rocket Sunday.

 

"I'm not going to hold my breath any less on the next one than I did on this one," said Frank Culbertson, executive vice president and general manager of Orbital's advanced programs group. "Every launch is a challenge, and you want to make sure that it's all done right."


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So far, Orbital's efforts have been successful.  Let's hope this company continues its space efforts.  Perhaps, NASA can get some much needed help from private businesses such as Orbital.  Maybe more amateur radio satellites can be launched with this system.  Please relay your comments to AMSAT.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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