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Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active in Wake of Earthquake in Central Mexico
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:42:00 -0500

The FMRE National Emergency Net has activated on 7.060 MHz following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the central Mexico state of Puebla at 1814 UTC on Tuesday. The net also uses 3.690 MHz and 14.120 MHz as well as IRLP reflector 9200, channel 08.

The epicenter was some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which felt the temblor. Preliminary reports indicate a lot of collapsed buildings and missing p...

W1AW Supporting Partners in Hurricane Response; Bulletins and Visitor Operations Currently Suspended
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:26:00 -0500

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions beginning September 19, 2017 in order to help support its partners for both HF and long-haul communications response for Hurricane Maria.W1AW will be monitoring the Hurricane Watch, SATERN, and Caribbean Emergency Weather nets; checking Winlink2000 e-mail; checking into the VoIP Weather Net, and prov...

HamSCI Presents Initial Eclipse Results at ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:07:00 -0500
ARISS Invites Proposals to Host Amateur Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:48:00 -0500

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations to host Amateur Radio contacts in 2018 with a crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The deadline to submit proposals is November 15. Contacts would be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2018.

Each year, A...

Rockwell Collins Sold to United Technologies
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:09:00 -0500

United Technologies has acquired avionics maker Rockwell Collins in a $30-billion deal. United Technologies said it wants to further enhance its role in aviation for both its military and commercial customers in the area of new aircraft connectivity systems.

Collins Radio and later Rockwell Collins for many years manufactured top-tier Amateur Radio equipment. Art Collins, W0CXX, founded Collins ...

AMSAT 2017 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium Issues Second Call for Papers
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:07:00 -0500

The AMSAT 2017 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium has issued a second call for papers. The event takes place the weekend of October 27-29 in Reno, Nevada.

AMSAT invites proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community. Tentative presentation titles are requested as soon as possible, with final copy du...

Radio Amateur on St. Lucia Relays Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:12:00 -0500

As ?potentially catastrophic Hurricane Maria? is headed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he gathered via repeater conversations with hams on Dominica, which was hit by Category 5 Hurricane Maria.

He recounted a damage report from Kerry Fevrier, J69YH, in Roseau, Dominica. ?Trees down, rive...

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Activates; FEMA Announces Interoperability Nets
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:14:00 -0500

Jeff Austin, 9Y4J, Emergency Coordinator Advisory Group, IARU Region 2, Area E, reports that the Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN), activated at 1030 UTC on 3.815 MHz. The net will use 3.815 and/or 7.188 MHz as propagation dictates. The CEWN will provide 24-hour coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm?s immediate wake, in case there is a need to pass health-and-welf...

IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:35:00 -0500

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential for interference with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities and positions with r...

Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Goes on Alert for Maria
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:53:00 -0500

Caribbean Island residents and the Amateur Radio community have hardly had a chance to catch a breath from Hurricane Irma as recovery operations continue, but now Hurricane Maria is knocking on the door. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated today on 14.325 MHz, with plans to maintain operations on that frequency during the day and on 7.268 MHz after dark.

?As propagation dictates, we may oper...

St. Croix Amateur Radio Club Supports Irma Response in US Virgin Islands
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:47:00 -0500

Amateur Radio volunteers from the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club are supporting the Hurricane Irma response at the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), utilizing 60-meter band channel 2 (5.346.5 MHz USB) to coordinate emergency communications. The net is continuously monitored and has scheduled situation reports (SITREPS) at 1200 and 2200 UTC.

The club?s NP2VI is the ne...

FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:42:00 -0500
Enigma Reloaded Event Returns on September 22
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:36:00 -0500

The 4th running of the Enigma Reloaded operating event will get under way on September 22 and continue until September 30. Sponsored by the A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club, the event celebrates the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in World War II, as well as the individuals who developed the device and contributed to its success.

Enigma Event 2017 takes place in two stages: F...

The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:53:00 -0500

At 0005 UTC on September 15 the Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning.

?The previous geomagnetic warning is extended for two more days. The high-speed streams associated with the coronal hole is expected to persist for a few days. If the Bz component of the IMF turned strongly southward for prolonged periods, earth could experience minor storm conditio...

New 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth World Record Set
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:50:00 -0500

A new 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth (EME or moon bounce) world record has been set. On September 9, Rex Moncur, VK7MO, and Jim Malone, WA3LBI, completed a 18,949.4-kilometer contact using QRA64D. This extends by approximately 600 kilometers the previous world record of 18,337 kilometers held by DL7FJ and ZL1GSG, who used CW.

The participants said the key was to find locations with nearly 0 take-off, ...


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