Category: News

VIDEO: Spacewalk 360: RT releases first-ever panoramic video of man in outer space (with Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches)

The video, which shows out-of-this-world views of Planet Earth, is the first time that the so-called extravehicular activity (EVA) has been filmed in 360. The immersive new format previously helped viewers explore the ISS modules as part of the Space 360 project. Cosmonauts Sergey Ryazansky and Fedor Yurchikhin captured the breathtaking scenery while doing their […]

Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Meet a Variety of Communication Needs

Amateur Radio volunteers deployed as American Red Cross volunteers to Puerto Rico, as part of the “Force of 50” last weekend, have been focusing their efforts where their help is most needed. “The American Red Cross gave us priority directive to move six of our operators to various highly impacted sites on the island,” volunteer […]

via the ARRL: IARU Region 2 Announces Ham Aid Donation of Funds and Equipment

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 has pledged to donate $5,000 as well as two Ham Aid kits to the Puerto Rico-Caribbean relief effort. The IARU is an organization consisting of over 160 national Amateur Radio societies around the world. The organization, which has been the spokesman and watchdog for the world Amateur Radio […]

via the ARRL: NCDXF Announces Grant to Ham Aid

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has contributed $2,500 to the ARRL Ham Aid Fund. Ham Aid was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes in the US and Caribbean. ARRL has supplied Ham Aid kits for the hurricane emergency response efforts in […]

via the ARRL: Vice President Mike Pence Visits Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico

Vice President Mike Pence visited radio amateurs and emergency responders at the Puerto Rico Emergency Operations Center (PREOC) in San Juan’s Convention Center on the evening of October 6. “He gave a very motivating speech, and our very own Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, shook his hand,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, reported. Pence visited Puerto Rico on […]

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Arrives in Puerto Rico, Volunteers Aid Hospitals

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday and is being oriented to the operation. Vice President Mike Pence visited the Emergency Operations Center yesterday, and spoke with volunteers. The response continued, with 16 Amateur Radio stations operational on the island, serving 14 hospitals and towns. An Amateur Radio operator at […]

via the ARRL: Ham Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Install Repeater, Work with Hospitals and Reunification

The Amateur Radio volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico continue to provide assistance in a number of areas. Amateur Radio resources have been reallocated around the island to better meet communications needs. Volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, and a FEMA team member were tasked with calling 68 hospitals and medical facilities. They asked a series […]

Tuned out: Moyer Electronics to shutter after 70 years in business (Pennsylvania)

An electronics parts store that has been doing business in the city for 70 years will be closing its doors Oct. 1. But Moyer Electronics will still be able to serve Hazleton customers from its other stores in Pottsville and Sunbury, its owner said. Bill Moyer, whose father, Charles, started the business in Pottsville in […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateurs Volunteer to Support 2017 US Air Force Marathon

When about 15,000 runners left the starting line at the US Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K races, more than 65 Amateur Radio volunteers were on hand in the Dayton, Ohio, area on September 16 to help ensure their safety. The event starts and ends at the Air Force Museum, and the course runs through […]

via the ARRL: California QSO Party Sets New Club Competition Categories

California QSO Party (CQP) Chair John Miller, K6MM, says three new club competition categories have been created for the popular CQP, which, this year, takes place October 7-8. The Northern California Contest Club sponsors the annual event. In the Small category, the 10 highest scores from a club whose members enter in that category will […]

Ham Radio Hobbyists Are Connecting the Caribbean After Hurricane Maria

“Let me just see if we got any answers to the relays.” “‘Whiskey Papa Three Radio’—listening,” said Ángel Vázquez over radio. When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with devastating force, making landfall on September 20, Vázquez was hunkered down at home. On a normal day, he would’ve been at work; not far away, at the […]

Radio Stations in Puerto Rico Struggling

It’s hard to determine exactly how many radio broadcast signals still exist on Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. We do know Puerto Rico’s electrical grid is shredded and will take months to rebuild so any radio stations on the air right now are probably operating on a backup power source. Communication to the island is […]

To reach hurricane victims, Copiague man goes ham (New York)

Bob Myers says he’s been operating amateur radios since he was a teen. “My call letters are K-2-T-V,” he says. That’s “kilo, 2, tango, victor,” when he’s communicating over the airwaves. Short-wave radios are capable of communicating with Puerto Rico, where the storm knocked out the entire power grid, Myers says. Earlier Thursday, he says […]

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