Oct. 16, 2019 -- The inevitability of a natural disaster occurring in the Florence area, or elsewhere in the state, was the impetus for an exercise conducted Saturday morning by the West Lane Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group. ARES is a subset of the Central Oregon Coast Amateur Radio Club which is a group of ham radio operators that not only enjoy talking to other ham operators around the world but want to provide communication options to the community and first responders in the event of a catastrophic natural disaster. ARES is intended to be a lifeline of communication in case of a disruption in normal telephone service during an emergency.
10/22/2019 03:51 AM
"What's your favorite color? What do you like to do for fun? Do you believe in unicorns?" These are just some of the questions Boy Scouts from northern San Luis Obispo County were asked by other Scouts from around the world over radio. It is part of JOTA-JOTI Jamboree, the world's largest digital Scout event where members can talk with nearly 2 million Scouts from more than 170 countries. The event aims to inspire Scouts to learn about communications technology and global citizenship values. Scouts from the local Boy Scouts of America and Paso Robles Amateur Radio Club partnered this weekend in Atascadero to participate in the international event.
10/22/2019 03:50 AM
The Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society celebrated it's 80th anniversary at a picnic in Wildwood Park on Sept. 7. This local Amateur Radio club was founded in August 1939 in Chico. Pictured are club members Gene Wright and Kent Jorgensen. (Contributed by Jim Matthews)
10/22/2019 03:49 AM
A new video has been released on YouTube of a talk given to the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, which was part of the RSGB 2019 Convention. The talk given by Professor Julia Hunter-Anderson is on the WUSAT-3 CubeSat project, and highlights potential uses of satellites for wildlife tracking.
10/21/2019 03:22 AM
JOTA-JOTI is the world's largest digital Scout event taking place online and over the air. This year's event takes place on the weekend of October 18-20. The educational event brings together more than 2 million Scouts every year in October for a weekend of Scouting and friendship. Young people can learn about communications technology and connect with fellow Scouts from over 170 countries. This offers an excellent opportunity for young Radio Amateurs to inspire young Scouts with the charms of radio techniques and for Scouts to share their world with Radio Amateurs of (nearly) their own age. Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) is an annual Scouting event that uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts around the world, around Canada, and in your own community.
10/20/2019 02:10 AM
The Greater Cincinnati ARA 160 meter 1936 net will hold its annual AM night on Thursday, December 26, 2019. The net is normally conducted each Thursday at 9PM EST in LSB but on the last Thursday of the year we switch to AM. The official start time is 9PM EST, however on AM night a pre-list of check-in's.
10/20/2019 02:11 AM
Anyone with a cellphone has a world at their fingertips, but what if cellphones ceased to exist? How could you communicate across long distances? One answer: Amateur radios, of course. The Southtowns Amateur Radio Society (STARS) of Hamburg is returning to the fourth annual Fredonia Mini Maker Faire and is determined to showcase the true power of ham radio. "Instead of showing us ham radio operators we're going to give the folks who come in a quick brush up on how to speak on the radio, we'll put them on the radio so they'll be actively involved in doing ham radio," Clause said. "Hopefully, they'll go away with all the information they need to get their license and how to setup their first station."
10/19/2019 02:30 AM
PORT TOWNSEND -- Tsunami sirens sounded and residents "dropped, covered and held" during the 2019 Great Washington ShakeOut drill, to practice what to do when an earthquake hits. At 10:17 a.m. Thursday, the tsunami sirens scattered through Port Townsend signaled the start of the international earthquake drill, which had 8,752 participants registered for Jefferson County, according to the registry at shakeout.org. More than 65 million people were registered to participate in the drill across the world as of Thursday afternoon. Multiple volunteers assisted the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), especially among amateur radio (ham radio) operators, which Keplinger was grateful to have. "We're very happy," Keplinger said. At the hospital, the staff participated in different ways, depending on department, but the main goal of the drill was to test their communications system in case of an emergency and not to interrupt patient time, said Amy Yaley, director of marketing and communications for Jefferson Healthcare. "It went great," Yaley said. "The focus for us was making sure our internal communication worked and to minimize the impact on our daily work-flow.
10/19/2019 02:29 AM
A research team led by the University of Tsukuba combined observations from ancient cuneiform tablets that mention unusual red skies with radioisotope data to identify solar storms that likely occurred around 679 to 655 BCE, prior to any previously datable events. This work may help modern astronomers predict future solar flares or coronal mass ejections that can damage satellite and terrestrial electronic devices. Humans have been looking to the skies for as long as we have been around. Some of the observations made by ancient Assyrian and Babylonian astrologers more than two millennia ago survive in the form of cuneiform records. These rectangular clay tablets were messages from professional scholars to kings who had commissioned astrological observations for the purpose of discerning omens -- including comets, meteors, and planetary motions.
10/19/2019 02:28 AM
Solar activity remains very low. At the bottom of the sunspot cycle, any sunspot activity is fleeting. Again, another week passes with no sunspots at all. Spaceweather.com reports no sunspots for the past two weeks, and the total number of spotless days this year is now 213 days, or 73 percent, matching the percentage of spotless days in 2008.
10/18/2019 07:38 PM
Amateur radio operators and emergency-communications volunteers from throughout New Mexico and surrounding states will meet Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, for Hamfest 2019. The annual Socorro Hamfest will be held at the New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free, and the public is invited. Hamfest, which customarily draws hundreds of visitors from New Mexico and the Southwest, will include a statewide meeting of volunteer members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). These volunteers train regularly and work with local governments and other organizations to provide vital communication links to help protect lives and property in disaster situations. This year, ARES is celebrating its 84th Anniversary. Other features of Hamfest include lectures, demonstrations, door prizes, displays, a radio-electronics swap meet, and commercial electronics vendors. There also will be working amateur radio stations, literature on amateur radio, and a wide variety of electronic equipment for viewing and sale.
10/18/2019 02:53 AM
EL PASO COUNTY -- Amid wildfires in California, there is some controversy with fire bosses there over the use of amateur Ham radio networks. In Southern Colorado there is no hesitation endorsing the importance of Ham radio. "An art that we need to keep, it's a capability we need to have and it's critical for the operation of emergency management within El Paso County," Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPROEM) Director Jim Reid said. Ham radio is described as amateur radio and a hobby. The volunteers who work with PPROEM are treated as pros. "We know what we're supposed to do, we train at it, we prepare, we make sure the equipment is working. That's why we're here every Wednesday." said Chuck Eklund, a Ham operator.
10/18/2019 02:53 AM
Regarding recent reports that California declared amateur (HAM) radio was "no longer a benefit" and that CAL FIRE was "causing removal of ham radio emergency communications infrastructure from entire State of California," ham radio American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Pacific Division Director, Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, offered "facts that explain the issue that has arisen with few amateur repeaters on CAL FIRE premises that have not properly identified their association with local emergency support." He said, "The State of California has not made any determination we can find 'that Ham Radio [is] no longer a benefit.' What happened is that CAL FIRE has transferred responsibility for its communications sites to its property management department. That department has the task of evaluating each site, its condition, use and tenants. If a repeater not known to be associated with the emergency management function of a local jurisdiction is found in a CAL FIRE vault, the default action is to move it out or subject it to commercial rental rates." "Our contact in the California Office of Emergency Services suggests that, if any affected repeater is in any way involved with local emergency or government support activity, they should ask that agency to engage with CAL FIRE concerning the repeater. If the agency makes the case, there is a good chance that the repeater will be unaffected."
10/18/2019 02:52 AM
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10/17/2019 07:52 PM
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10/17/2019 07:52 PM
ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. The goal of this new magazine is to be a vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and involved in radio communications.
10/17/2019 07:51 PM
Bidding began today, October 17, on more than 230 items on the block in the 14th annual ARRL Online Auction Bidding got under way at 10 AM EST (1400 UTC), and the auction will continue through Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST (Friday, October 25, at 0200 UTC).
10/17/2019 07:50 PM
By all credible and reliable accounts, the State of California has not turned its back on Amateur Radio as an emergency communication resource, nor have established repeater owners been asked to remove their equipment from state-owned sites unless they pay sizable fees. The California controversy, inflamed by a viral YouTube video, stemmed from a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) communication telling a repeater owner or group that Amateur Radio equipment would have to be removed from a state-owned site or "vault" if the owner(s) determined the cost was too great to proceed with a formal application to keep it there.
10/17/2019 07:48 PM
NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts. ICON was launched on October 11 after a Stargazer L-1011 aircraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carried it to about 39,000 feet. Then, a Pegasus rocket fired the roughly refrigerator-sized ICON into space.
10/17/2019 07:48 PM
"Ham Lingo" will be the focus of the new (October 17) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.
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