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via the ARRL: ARES Teams in Three West Central Florida Section Counties Ready to Support Shelters

As Hurricane Irma moves closer to the Florida Peninsula, ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams have been requested to provide communication support at evacuation shelters in Highlands, Hillsborough, and Polk counties. “Other counties in the West Central Florida Section are considering shelter operations,” Davis […]

via the ARRL: VoIP Hurricane Net to Activate

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate at 2300 UTC Friday, September 8, until Saturday, September 9, at 0600 UTC to track the impact of Hurricane Irma, expected to affect Cuba and the Bahamas, and of Hurricane Katia, expected to reach southeastern Mexico. A VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Hurricane Irma will restart on Saturday, September […]

via the ARRL: FEMA Announces Regions that Could Activate on 60-Meters for Hurricane Irma

The below listed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regions, including call signs, could be activating the 5 MHz/60-meter band frequencies in support of a possible response to Hurricane Irma on September 5. Region 1 — KF1EMA Region 2 — KF2EMA (includes Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) Region 3 — KF3EMA Region 4 — KF4EMA […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Preparations Ramp Up as Irma Strengthens to Category 5

Hurricane Irma, making its way through the Caribbean with the possibility of affecting South Florida by week’s end, has, in the words of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), become “an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane.” The NHC urged that hurricane preparations be rushed to completion in areas now under hurricane warnings. As of 1800 UTC, […]

Space Weather Prediction Center Upgrades Geomagnetic Storm Watch to G3 (Strong)

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has upgraded its geomagnetic storm watch for today and tomorrow (September 6 and 7) to G3 (Strong). “The G3 Watch is in anticipation of the expected arrival of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that took place in association with an M5 flare,” the SWPC said. The Center said its […]

More Professional and Citizen Research Suggests Eclipse Briefly Affected HF Propagation

Both professional and citizen scientists conducted formal and informal investigations into the effect of the August 21 solar eclipse on HF radio propagation. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, of HamSCI, has said it will take some time to get a more scientific analysis of data compiled during the Solar Eclipse QSO Party. Frissell and others are investigating […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net Now Watching Three Atlantic Basin Hurricanes

The already-busy Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) now is watching three hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin — Category 5 Irma; Category 1 José, following behind Irma, and Category 1 Katia in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the first time in more than 5 years that three storms have been active at the same time in the […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net to Activate for Hurricane Irma

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced plans to activate for the now-Category 4 Hurricane Irma on Tuesday, September 5, at 1800 UTC on 14.325 MHz. The net will remain in continuous operation until further notice, continuing on 20 meters for as long as propagation allows, then switching to 40 meters, 7.268 MHz. If propagation […]

Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, Breaks Cumulative Time-in-Space Record

President Donald Trump welcomed NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Jack Fischer, K2FSH, as they returned to Houston on September 3 following 6-month stints on board the International Space Station. Whitson, a veteran space traveler, broke the record among US astronauts — and women worldwide — for the most cumulative time in space. Whitson, Fischer, […]

Some Amateur Radio Preparations Under Way for Hurricane Irma

Amateur Radio emergency communication interests in the Caribbean are getting ready to respond as Hurricane Irma threatens the region. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that it’s already begun preparations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. On its current forecast track, Irma also could impact the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the British Virgin […]

Independent RadioShack Dealers Unleashed By Latest Bankruptcy

RadioShack’s second bankruptcy in two years may have brought its company-owned stores to the edge of oblivion, but it has apparently sparked a renaissance among the chain’s approximately 425 independent franchisees. As Wisconsin dealer-owner PJ Kruschel explains, inventory is beginning to flow again, and the departure of the corporate stores has ramped up customer demand […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #966

This Week in Amateur Radio #966 Week of September 2, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR966 Running Time: 1:14:35 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #966 with a release and air date of  September 02, 2017.This weeks edition is anchored by Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Don Hewlick, […]

OnStar Assisting With Hurricane Harvey Emergency Communications

Disasters like Hurricane Harvey push communication systems to their limits and often beyond. Between exceptionally high demand and issues like damaged cell towers and flooded landlines, people in trouble may not be able to contact the emergency services they desperately need. While amateur radio operators are hard at work supplementing the crippled networks, another, unexpected […]

via the ARRL: Top-Level Domain Name “.radio” Now Available

The global radio community now has an official top level domain name (TLD) as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) makes .radio officially available. .radio can be used for web and email addresses and will be managed by the EBU with the support of the other world broadcasting unions. Exceptionally for the internet world, this project […]

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