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Deltona man impersonating police officer uses public warning system on real cop (Florida)

A Deltona man playing policeman caught up to a real one and used an illegal public address system and lights to warn a sheriff’s sergeant driving an unmarked vehicle in Pierson, Volusia sheriff’s officials said. Shortly after that, Sgt. Todd Smith turned on his real blue lights and pulled over Thomas Farmer, 64 (NOTE: QRZ […]

via the ARRL: US Navy Explores Amateur Radio as a Training Adjunct

The US Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has adopted Amateur Radio training as a possible new approach to basic RF and electronics instruction. More than 20 NAWCWD employees took part in a week-long class in Point Mugu, California, in December. The class, which culminated in an examination session for the Technician licensed, […]

Can learning ham radio make for better engineers and software developers?

When a group of Navy engineers and software developers took time away from their day jobs in December, they spent the time pursuing a task long considered passe: they became licensed amateur radio operators. Some 23 employees from Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) took a week-long class in amateur radio at Point Mugu, […]

Scanning for fun: Toledo man reflects on 50 years in radio business (Ohio)

What other people might call a museum, Jerry O’Reilly calls a hobby. Mr. O’Reilly has been fixing, building, and collecting radios for nearly his entire life. Now, at 73 years old, he owns thousands of models, spread across three stories in a brick building in downtown Toledo. CB radios. Ham radios. Heathkit radios, which he […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will depart ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010. “Mike has accomplished much during his nine years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, […]

Long Island man who found bones in his basement opens up about grisly find: ‘This is almost a perfect crime’ (New York)

The Long Island man who dug up bones in the basement of his childhood home searching for his long-missing father now sits in his cluttered living room wondering if he has unraveled a darker mystery. Michael Carroll, 57, believes the remains are those of his father George Carroll, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran who has […]

via the ARRL: FCC Releases Plan in the Event of a Partial Government Shutdown

The FCC has released its Plan for Orderly Shutdown in case funds become unavailable to continue operation. “If a potential lapse in appropriations is imminent, the FCC will determine whether and for how long prior-year funds are available to continue agency operations during a lapse,” the FCC said in its plan. According to the plan, if prior-year […]

Ham amateur radio operators ready to respond in Alaska

A hobby that helped save Alaskans during the 1964 earthquake is still keeping communications online when natural disasters shut them down. Ham amateur radio operators erect a “do-it-youself” antenna at a training session. Photo courtesy of MARA. Ham amateur radio operators function as first responders relaying crucial information to emergency management officials in disaster situations. […]

Amateur ham radio operators ready to help with natural disasters (Nevada)

When natural disasters hit, many people are left without a way to communicate to their loved ones, and that’s when ham radio comes in handy. “This weekend I was doing some radio work and I talked to a number of stations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and southern Florida,” says amateur ham radio […]

Door County radio operator says amateur radio vital if cellular and satellite communications fail (Wisconsin)

Cellular phones and satellite communications are common place in Door and Kewaunee Counties. They’re also vulnerable to sudden disruption. So local amateur radio operators are ready to relay emergency communications if that happens. Mike Green of Baileys Harbor is a retired police officer and amateur radio operator. Green and other operators put their skills to […]

Local ham radio operators helping with post hurricane communications (Florida)

Three Alachua County amateur radio operators will be assisting Red Cross staff at a mass care shelter facility in a Panama City school in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Gordon Gibby, secretary of the North Florida Amateur Radio Club, said the trio left Gainesville Saturday morning to help with radio communications. “Trained by local ham […]

EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio (New Brunswick)

A ham radio probably isn’t the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it’s the only one that works. Ham radios can use wireless transmission to send messages to battery-operated radios. And they can be useful when large storms knock out telecommunications, says Mike Johnson, the Cumberland Regional Emergency […]

HAM radio operators connect emergency teams and families stranded by Hurricane Michael

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (WFLA) – Anxious families who want to check on their relatives in the storm-ravaged Panhandle are having a tough time getting in touch with each other. Phone lines and cell phone service are out in some areas. Amateur Radio Operators are working to connect people with their loved ones.. In a disaster […]

via the ARRL: MARS Members to Support Defense Department Radio Communication Readiness Exercise

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) members will support a Department of Defense HF radio communication exercise October 24 – 26. The readiness exercise will test the ability to communicate via voice and military standard communication protocols, simulating the loss of conventional communication systems. MARS members will interface with the Amateur Radio community to collect information […]