Category: News

How HAM radio operators are your friends (Nevada)

A recent radio conversation between two HAMs raised a disturbing issue that surprised both of them. The conversation involved the NTS (National Traffic Service) that uses amateur radio operators throughout the United States to relay information during large-scale emergencies, such as earthquakes. When phone connections are down, residents in stricken areas want to contact relatives […]

Volunteers help make Assault on Mount Mitchell successful (South Carolina)

The Assault on Mount Mitchell would spin out of control without the 200 to 300 volunteers it takes to man this 102.7-mile annual odyssey from Spartanburg up to the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River. “The logistics are mind-boggling,” Roger Habisreutinger said. He has been driving a truck loaded with these “fine-tuned, lightweight racing […]

via the ARRL: ARRL to Leverage Social Media for Hamvention Coverage

ARRL will be taking to social media from Hamvention®, when the show gets under way on May 19 from its new venue, the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The ARRL Hamvention team will be posting updates, observations and videos, and may even do live shots via Facebook Live video. “This will […]

via the ARRL: Driving to Hamvention? Take a 2-Meter Radio Along; Car Pool, if Possible

Hamvention® organizers say those planning to drive to Hamvention 2017 at its new location at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, should take along a 2-meter radio and be ready to use it, in order to make their arrival safer and easier. Gary Mullins, K8UW — chair of the Talk-In Committee […]

“Frequency,” “Last Man Standing” TV Shows QRT

Hollywood Reporter reports that The CW television network has pulled the plug on the Amateur Radio-themed show “Frequency,” which stars Peyton List as young police detective and radio amateur Raimy Sullivan. “Frequency was a combination of two of the season’s most popular trends: time travel and movie reboots,” Hollywood Reporter said, noting that the show […]

Ham-Astronauts to Perform 200th Spacewalk at International Space Station

Astronauts ISS Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, KG5FYH, will carry out a landmark 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station on Friday, May 12. NASA TV will cover the event live. Whitson and Fischer will venture outside the Quest airlock to replace a large avionics box that provides electrical […]

Nominations Open for AMSAT-NA Board of Directors

It’s time to nominate candidates for the upcoming AMSAT-NA Board of Directors election. Four directors’ terms expire this year — Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and Bob McGwier, N4HY. In addition, up to two Alternates may be elected for 1-year terms. A valid nomination requires either one member society or five […]

Hamvention® Promoting Use of Off-Site Parking Areas

Hamvention® General Chairman Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, is suggesting that visitors to the May 19-21 event at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, use off-site parking in order to avoid traffic problems. Hamvention will offer free on-site and off-site parking during the event. “We are now promoting using off-site parking as a […]

No more online sale of wireless radios (India)

Decision comes from Centre as unlicensed equipment could leave law enforcement agencies vulnerable. Following a complaint by a group of ham radio operators that wireless equipment being sold online on e-commerce sites can pose a serious national security threat, the union Telecommunications ministry has now ordered the ecommerce websites to stop selling wireless equipments online […]

Upcoming Army MARS Communication Exercises Highlighted at Regional Conference

US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, reviewed the upcoming calendar of communication exercises planned for the remainder of 2017, when he spoke via video link to attendees at the Army MARS Region 3 Conference April 6-8 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Hosting the event was Pennsylvania Army MARS, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management […]

FBI Part Of Investigation Into Dallas Outdoor Warning Siren System (Texas)

City of Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax wants residents to know there won’t be a repeat of this weekend’s siren debacle. “I am confident the fixes we put in place this weekend ensure we will not be compromised again,” he said Monday morning in reference to steps to protect the city’s Emergency Alert Outdoor Warning […]

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