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  • Ham Radio Offers Endless Possibilities; Chatting with the ISS, Home School:

    In almost every public and private place, you can find them -- people seemingly glued to their cell phones and apparently trying to stay connected to their world. But, there's a body of folks in America and the world, Sumter County included, that are staying electronically connected via a more than century-old pastime -- amateur radio. Ham radio, as amateur radio has been traditionally labeled, has been around since the very early 1900s, according to popular sources. And, it seems to have a strong following in Sumter. "It's not grandpa with Morse code," King said. The amateur radio in use today involves everything from hand held transceivers - "walkie-talkies" - to repeater stations (tower locations with equipment to retransmit a radio signal) to satellites. You don't even have to know Morse code. King, a retired law enforcement officer, said he got involved with ham radio because of the community service aspect. Years ago, his department needed hams to establish a back-up communications system for major emergencies. He was one of the officers who volunteered to get the required license.

    10/19/2018 10:25 PM

  • Socorro Hamfest Hosts State Convention:

    Amateur radio operators and emergency-communications volunteers from throughout New Mexico and surrounding states will meet in Socorro today and Saturday for Hamfest 2018. And this year, for the first time, the American Radio Relay League is holding its state convention in Socorro in conjunction with SARA's annual Hamfest at the Firefighters Training Academy. ARRL is the national association for amateur radio operators.

    10/19/2018 10:22 PM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #42 de K7RA:

    Solar activity increased last week. Compared to the previous seven days, average daily sunspot number increased from 1.6 to 12.6, while average daily solar flux rose from 68.9 to 71. After six days with sunspots making a re-appearance (October 12-17), there were no sunspots on Thursday, October 18. Sunspot area was listed at 0 on October 15-17, which means that the area was less than 10 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

    10/19/2018 06:10 PM

  • Amateur Radio Operators Needed to Help Communication After Michael:

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The North Florida American Radio Relay League is looking for local amateur radio operators to help facilitated communication in areas of the Panhandle hit hardest by Hurricane Michael. "During the first 24-48 hours after Michael made landfall, the only communications that were available in several of the impacted counties was through HF (high frequency) radio and amateur radio operators," said Scott Roberts, with the NFARR. Several counties with damage to critical infrastructure remain without any form of communication. In some areas, the only method of communication between shelters and emergency management is through ham radio. A handful of volunteers were deployed from Duval County this week to assist at shelters in the Panhandle. But more are needed to help relay information and direct resources inside the affected areas.

    10/18/2018 10:14 PM

  • Weather Forecasts from Space Could Help Protect Us from Solar Flares:

    Information from satellites in space could be used to better predict when solar storms will strike Earth. Scientists claim that using data collected from two Nasa spacecrafts that orbit the sun solar wind forecasts were improved by 20 per cent. This could also help us prepare for coronal mass ejections (CMEs) which have the power to wipe out power systems on Earth nearly 150 million miles away. The data from satellites is currently not used for space weather forecasts. The STEREO spacecrafts are a pair of satellites that were launched in 2006 and are currently taking images of the Sun from angles impossible to see from Earth. University of Reading researchers believe this data could be used to improve forecasting of the Sun's activity.

    10/18/2018 10:13 PM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #43:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by CT1BOL, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • ARRL Executive Committee to Meet in Minneapolis:

    The ARRL Executive Committee (EC) is set to meet on Saturday, October 20, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will preside. In addition to reports from the President and former Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, the EC will hear a status report of the ad hoc committee to draft updates/changes to the Code of Conduct.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • ARRL Northern Florida Section Seeks Volunteers to Deploy to Hurricane Zone:

    Northern Florida ARES is seeking volunteers to deploy for up to a week to areas of the state devastated by Hurricane Michael. Serious communication issues remain in the Florida Panhandle in the storm's wake, with the telecommunications infrastructure ravaged and storm victims unable to communicate with family members outside the region. The Florida State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is hoping to recruit eight operators. Section Emergency Coordinator Karl Martin, KG4HBN, said ARES needs as many volunteers as possible.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • FT8 to be Permitted in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup:

    The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that participants in the 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup will be permitted to use the new FT8 protocol, which is part of the WSJT-X software suite. The RTTY Roundup takes place January 5 - 6, 2019.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    "Winterizing Your Station" is the topic of the current (October 11) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • Scouting's Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) Looking Forward to Successful Event:

    Some 450 sites in the US are among nearly 3,000 locations around the world that will host Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) stations over the October 19 - 21 weekend.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • Philippine Organizations Join Forces for 'Robust' JOTA-JOTI Presence:

    The National Headquarters of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) joined forces to prepare early for the 61st Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and the 22nd Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI). BSP Vice President for Luzon Vice Governor Nas Ona, DU1ON, and PARA COO Roberto Vicencio, DU1VHY, have been pushing for a robust Philippine presence during the joint events.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition Team Under Way Aboard The Braveheart:

    After 18 months of intensive planning, the 14-member international VP6D team now is en route on the long voyage to Ducie Island from Mangareva, French Polynesia, aboard the MV Braveheart. Team members have been heard operating as VP6D/mm on 40- and 20- meter CW, according to The Daily DX. The team rendezvoused in Tahiti before flying to Mangareva and set sail on October 16. The DXpedition is scheduled to begin on October 20 and continue until November 3. VP6D will use DXA to post contacts on a near real-time basis. Logs will be uploaded daily to VP6D (there is no leader board) and, ultimately, to Logbook of The World (LoTW).

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • Dwingeloo Telescope Receives Dark-Side Lunar Images from Chinese Satellite:

    The 25-meter Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands has received photos of the dark side of the moon, transmitted by the Chinese Longjiang-2 lunar satellite (DSLWP-B), Lunar-OSCAR 94 (LO-94). One especially dramatic image shows the far side of the moon with Earth in the background, taken by the Longjiang-2 satellite and transmitted by an onboard Amateur Radio transceiver. The Dwingeloo Radio Telescope had been restored by the C.A. Muller Radio Astronomy Station PI9CAM group (CAMRAS).

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • In Brief...

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    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • Bidding in ARRL Online Auction Set to Begin on October 19:

    More than 230 items will be on the block as bidding gets under way on Friday, October 19, at 10 AM ET (1400 UTC) for the 13th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction. The auction will continue through Friday, October 26, at 10 PM ET (0200 UTC on Saturday, October 27). An auction preview opens on Wednesday, October 17.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • ARRL Website Security Software Update Could Affect LoTW ADIF Downloads:

    The ARRL website updated its security software on October 15 in order to meet standards required to continue accepting credit cards for internet purchases. ARRL Information Technology Department Manager Mike Keane, K1MK, said that the upgrade should not affect the vast majority of members, beyond a guarantee of better security on the website. It's possible that those using old browsers or running outdated operating systems could encounter a browser error message when trying to log in or make a purchase on the website.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • Foundations of Amateur Radio #176:

    Mistakes are common in all aspects of life. Sometimes they are only known to you, other times they are public knowledge and open to ridicule and lambasting. Getting on air for the first time is an accomplishment and often the initial source of mistakes, mishaps and great frustration. Once you've made it on air, the reception to this feat is often underwhelming, people around you don't appear to appreciate the amount of effort you went to in order to key your microphone and for others to be able to hear that.

    10/18/2018 02:00 AM

  • Lewiston Antenna Farm Making Contact with the World:

    To passers-by, George Hirst's antenna farm at 790 West Center in Lewiston might appear as though the retired electrical engineer is trying to communicate with other planets; or some neighbors might think he is listening to conversations in their homes. Not hardly. Hirst is an avid ham radio operator and talks to people all over the world. He has as many as 10 antennae on his four acre lot, but he takes some down during the summer. He has recorded all of his 319 contacts dotting the planet. He can contact up to 340 worldwide.

    10/17/2018 12:21 AM