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  • Amateur Radio Club Offers Fun Hobby, Emergency Capabilities:

    FORT POLK, La. -- What do you know about radio airwaves? If you're like most people, it's probably not a lot. Most folks experience these frequencies from music and talk shows coming through their car speakers and, as technology has increased, through Wi-Fi and internet computer connections. That one-sided interaction means most people don't understand the science behind communication through radios (unless you are a Soldier on Fort Polk). That's something the West Central Louisiana Amateur Radio Club is trying to change one person at a time. Randy Day, WCLARC president, said his club is an organization of amateur radio operators that promote amateur radio technology as a hobby and provide emergency communications in case of a disaster.

    02/22/2019 11:51 PM

  • Foundations of Amateur Radio #194:

    Previously I've spoken about the joy of making something out of not much. On that theme I've covered WSPR, the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter, a mechanism to use a modest station to report signals received, which is something any suitably interested person can participate in, no license required.

    02/22/2019 11:52 PM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #08 de K7RA:

    No sunspots are visible since January 30. The lack of sunspot activity has persisted for over 3 weeks, as of February 21. This past week (February 14 to 20) the average daily solar flux was only marginally higher, rising just barely from 70.4 to 70.6. Geomagnetic indicators were lower, with average daily planetary A index declining from 8.1 to 4.9, and average daily mid-latitude A index (measured at a single magnetometer in Virginia) dropping from 6.1 to 3.9.

    02/22/2019 05:31 PM

  • Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2156 for Friday, February 22nd, 2019:

    The following is a QST. Big satellite success in South Africa. Hams prep for cyclone response in India - and we are seeking Newsline's Young Ham of the Year for 2019. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2156 comes your way right now.

    02/22/2019 05:33 PM

  • Students Talk with Astronaut with Help from Amateur Radio Operators:

    Middle school students at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando had an out of this world experience -- the chance to talk with an astronaut on the International Space Station. The school partnered with amateur radio operators to connect with the station last week. Eighth grader Elyssa Santos is hanging out with her friends in the atrium at her school. There are tables set up displaying science and space tech -- like freeze dried ice cream. She's excited because in just a few minutes, she's going to be talking to an astronaut. Science teacher Kristi Carrington set up the conversation with the space station by partnering with ARISS, a group of amateur radio operators who visit schools and set up radio connections to the station. The International Space Station has two amateur, or ham, radios on board for safety. They're rarely used for an emergency but when the station flies over head, licensed operators can use a transmitter and receiver to talk to astronauts.

    02/21/2019 11:28 PM

  • IARU Region 2 General XX Assembly to Be Held in Lima, Peru:

    On behalf of the IARU Region 2 Executive Committee, I am pleased to give notice of the IARU Region 2 General XX Assembly, to be held in Lima, Peru, from September 29 to October 2, 2019. This Assembly may also be referred as "Lima 2019".

    02/21/2019 11:27 PM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #08:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA4NC, F4EBK, W2AIV, W3UR, WB2REM, 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.

    02/21/2019 02:00 AM

  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    02/21/2019 04:41 PM

  • New Plan Aligns ARES with the Needs of Served Agencies:

    The new ARES Plan adopted by the ARRL Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in January represents an effort to provide ARES with a clearly defined mission, goals, and objectives; specific training requirements, and a system for consistent reporting and record-keeping. The Board's Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) spent more than 3 years crafting the ARES Plan which, ARRL officials believe, provides a much-needed update of the program's role in public service and emergency preparedness in the 21st century. Concerns focused on bringing ARES into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), and creating more consistent and standardized ARES training requirements. Given dramatic changes and upgrades in national, regional, and local emergency and disaster response organizations, ARRL faced a major challenge, said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chaired the PSEWG.

    02/21/2019 04:41 PM

  • Winter Section Manager Election Results Announced:

    Four new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected in the just-concluded winter election cycle, and one incumbent Section Manager was re-elected to a new term. Section Manager election ballots were counted on February 19 at ARRL Headquarters. Four incumbent Section Managers ran without opposition during this election cycle. All terms start on April 1.

    02/21/2019 04:40 PM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    "Are We Entering a Maunder Minimum?" is the topic of the latest (February 14) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

    02/21/2019 04:40 PM

  • Testing Jig Eases Job of Measuring Junk Box Resistors:

    Paul Danzer, N1II, was faced with sorting a box of 100 old resistors to verify their approximate values. The idea of attaching digital multimeter clip leads to each resistor 100 times was not very appealing. His solution was to build a fixture from thin sheet aluminum.

    02/21/2019 04:40 PM

  • Amateur Radio is Aboard During Attempt to Become Oldest Circumnavigator:

    Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS/KC2IOV, is used to solitude. The 76-year-old yachtswoman passed some 300 miles to the south of the southern tip of Africa on Valentine's Day as she forged on toward Australia and New Zealand in her 38-foot sailing vessel Nereida. While underway, Socrates keeps in touch with a community of friends via Amateur Radio -- although she had to yield to the ARRL International DX CW activity last weekend -- and she's sticking to a schedule of 7.160 MHz at 0230 UTC daily. Socrates reported making contact with some ham radio friends on the US west coast on February 17. She's been blogging her progress.

    02/21/2019 04:39 PM

  • KickSat-2 is Alive and Being Tracked, Sprites Deployment Pending:

    For the first couple of days after the 3U KickSat-2 was deployed from Cygnus NG-10 last November, nothing was heard from the satellite. But in a February 16 post to AMSAT-BB, Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, reported receiving several short and weak transmissions from KickSat 2 -- short telemetry bursts on 437.5077 MHz. Stanford University Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, is the principal investigator for the KickSat project, which NASA adopted as an official technology demonstration mission.

    02/21/2019 04:39 PM

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade Will Ease Access to Linux Files:

    Microsoft plans to make it easier for Windows 10 to access files stored by some Linux-based operating systems. The next major Windows 10 update, version 1903, due in March or April, will allow Windows 10 File Explorer to access, move, and copy files stored inside Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distributions -- or "distros" in the Linux world.

    02/21/2019 04:38 PM

  • XX9D In Macau: And You Think Your Noise Problem is Bad:

    The group that's been activating Macau as XX9D since February 11 reports its biggest challenge is not so much managing the pileups but hearing the pileups in the first place due to high noise levels. Nonetheless, the group has managed some 18,000 contacts on 160 through 6 meters, and the operators credit FT8 with making many of those possible.

    02/21/2019 04:38 PM

  • World Scout Jamboree is Possible ARISS Amateur Radio Contact Host:

    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station US team (ARISS-US) has announced the list of schools or organizations that may host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station (ISS) crew members from July through December. The list includes the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is set for this summer at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

    02/21/2019 04:38 PM

  • ARRL Headquarters Seeks Radiosport and Field Services Manager:

    ARRL is accepting applications for the position of Radiosport and Field Services Manager at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary. The successful candidate would be responsible for managing the Radiosport and Field Services functions, including employee training and program and services delivery to members and field volunteers.

    02/21/2019 04:37 PM

  • No Internet, No Problem: How to Send Bitcoin by Amateur Radio:

    Imagine waking up one morning to find that the internet is down. Not because the wifi's been disconnected: instead, your government has pulled the plug . You've no idea when it'll be back online, and in the meantime, you're cut off from life as you know it, ranging from contact with loved ones abroad to paying for anything by card. Since society isn't big on keeping cash these days, and ATMs stock up on only so much paper money at a time, chances are you'll have to sidestep - or engage in - a few fistfights if you're to put a meal on the table. Since bitcoin is, itself, a form of digital currency, it takes a good amount of preplanning to set up a transaction, but in theory, it could still operate even when conventional options are forcefully removed from the equation. While the setup seems simple enough (Google "ham radio for beginners" for a primer), in practice this is probably not something you'll dive into unless you're just messing around or, in real life, shit gets real. In truth, there are restrictions aplenty when it comes to sending bitcoin by radio. First off, legalities. To stay on the right side of the law, some countries require you to be a licensed ham operator, and even then you're unable to send any encrypted messages or use the airwaves for commercial purposes unless so licensed. At this point, it's not yet clear which governmental task force will join the SEC and co in clamping down on illegal apocalyptic bitcoin-via-radio transactions. Since legal restriction is the mother of all invention, Novak and Patterson circumvented this by broadcasting their experimental, non-commercial wallet encryption sendoff via public cypher.

    02/20/2019 02:00 AM

  • Geostationary Satellite Transponder Active:

    The geostationary amateur radio narrowband transponder on the Es'hail-2/QO-100 was made available for amateur experimental use on the afternoon of Tuesday, 12 February 2019. The 250kHz bandwidth transponder uses the 2.4GHz band for the uplink with the downlink in the 10.45GHz band and should provide communications over a wide portion of the globe.

    02/20/2019 12:56 AM