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This Week in Amateur Radio: North America's Amateur Radio News Magazine. Articles on amateur radio and news stories in the media featured here.
  1. An article in Tuesday's Times Record News has caused a storm among storm chasers, the severe weather enthusiasts who chase thunderstorms in hopes of photographing tornadoes or other weather phenomenon. Sunday night, the Wichita County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES, a group of HAM radio operators who observe weather dangers for local emergency managers, had to shoo at least two chasers from the group's radio frequency repeater. Audio of the exchange is found here.
  2. The storm chasing frenzy is causing headaches for emergency personnel in severe weather situations, such as happened Sunday. On several occasions Sunday, the control operator for Wichita County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the volunteer storm spotter group, had to shoo amateur storm chasers from their closed radio frequency. But the main problem is traffic congestion as amateur chasers converge on roads where severe weather is developing.
  3. Is getting up close and personal with a whirling cloud of moisture and debris useful for anyone? Am I, as a storm chaser, providing any good for anyone; or am I just being selfish and feeding off the storm-induced misery of others? The question is harder to answer than you might think.
  4. Eric Ward, a graduate student at MIT, has always wanted to work in the aerospace industry. "It's a field full of people who are both very passionate about space and also excited about tackling very hard problems," he says.
  5. Three Estes Park High School students in Todd Burke's scientific engineering and research class watched their radiation-measuring device sail high into the air on Feb. 13. SophomoreLevi Carpman and juniors Ben Switzer and Colin Soguero proposed their idea for the device to Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS) in August. EOSS is a Denver-based nonprofit organization that promotes science and education by exploring frontiers in amateur radio and high altitude balloons.
  6. Time is running short to apply for a spot in the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology this summer. The deadline is May 1. Now in its 13th year, the Teachers Institute is an intensive expenses paid professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom.
  7. The just-ended Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition logged more than 75,000 contacts, but the under-the-radar, contemporaneous VK0LD operation also put a new one into a few more logs. VK0EK logistics team member Mike Coffey, KJ4Z, operated as VK0LD from California, remotely controlling one of the VK0EK Elecraft K3S operating positions. He used a K3/0-Mini and the free RCForb client and remote server software to work 41 stations on 20 meters.
  8. The first-ever ARRL Youth Rally will be a feature of the League’s menu of activities at Hamvention 2016. The event is set for Saturday, May 21, and requires advance online registration. Hamvention takes place May 20-22, and the centerpiece of ARRL Hamvention exhibits and activities is ARRL EXPO, a huge exhibit area in one of the main exhibit halls in Hara Arena. The ARRL Youth Rally is open to youth and young adults aged 11 to 26. Participants will enjoy a full program of hands-on ham radio activities, discovery, sharing, and fun!
  9. ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, says he has expanded participation in his section’s “NVIS Antenna Day” on Saturday, April 23, by inviting stations in neighboring states to participate. This year’s activity also will introduce the “anchor stations” concept, to provide more consistent signal reports. The Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave or NVIS antenna has gained traction among emergency communication groups and others desiring a close-in radiation pattern for regional work on HF.
  10. According to a post on the IARU Region 1 website from Don Beattie, G3BJ, the 2016 World Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships are expected to attract a record-breaking number of participants. The World ARDF Championships will take place in the Black Sea resort of Albena, Bulgaria, on September 3-9.
  11. The road leading into Trupointe Co-op wasn’t lined with tractors and semis pulling trailers filled with grain Wednesday morning. Instead, the sides were lined with Sidney Fire Department fire engines and rescue squads. “We have four identical trainings set up,” said Sidney Fire Chief Brad Jones, “for our crew-based training. There is a four hour window in which they are taking refresher training for their HazMat training.”
  12. Schafer’s initial involvement in broadcasting began with on-air work at a station in his hometown of Hammond, Ind. He worked at several other stations in the state before moving to California in the early 1950s where he landed an engineering job with NBC in Hollywood. It was during this period that the FCC relaxed its rules to allow certain remote control of transmitters for certain classes of radio stations. This inspired Schafer to devise a system for transmitter remote control and monitoring and to launch Schafer Electronics.
  13. Conventional radio and television broadcasting are doomed, eventually. Or so one might reasonably assume from reading “British, Bold, Creative,” the BBC’s broadcast charter proposal for the next decade of its mandate. The BBC’s 10-year broadcast charter is up for renewal in 2016. The proposal is the Beeb’s funding pitch to Parliament.
  14. The Valahia University in Targoviste (UVT) and Vodafone Romania organize the first Romanian ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact in Romania on Tuesday afternoon, April 12.
  15. The Ukrainian operators continue to be active as ET7L from the INSA Radio Club in Mekanisa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Activity will be limited due to their work duties, but they are expected to be active until May 1st. Their activity has been on 9 bands and they have made 30,000 QSOs as of April 4th. They continue to pay attention to the Top band.
  16. Since then, they've become rampant, normally blasting listeners with various types of content, ranging from sketchy medical infomercials to lewd and pornographic content. Law enforcement officials say for the exception of Tibet, these types of illegal broadcasts have been noted all over China.
  17. International Marconi Day is a 24 hour amateur radio event held annually to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi on 25th April 1874. This year IMD will be held on Saturday 23rd April with many special event stations on air which count as points towards the Marconi Award.
  18. The stall providing fancy info on ham radio at the Global Education Fair, had a lot of visitors here on Tuesday. The operators of the stall Jose and son Tom, who have been experimenting on various aspects of amateur radio for years could be seen describing the use of radio frequency spectrum of ham radio for wireless communication and experiments. The stall set up by the National Institute of Amateur Radio were one among the attractions of Global Education Fair organised by Jam’iyyat Da’wa wa Tablighul (JDT) Islam at Vellimaadukunnu.
  19. Slovakia is gearing up to launch its first satellite to orbit with the aim of demonstrating the country’s ability to carry out scientific experiments in space. The pocket-sized one-unit CubeSat, named skCUBE, is currently slated for liftoff in June atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The central European state is one of the last countries on the continent to have its own satellite. Weighing about 2.2 lbs. (1 kg), skCUBE is a 4-inch (10-centimeter) cube that will carry an onboard computer, a communications system, and a small camera to conduct experiments when orbiting Earth. The main goal of this project is to demonstrate that Slovakia is capable of doing highly sophisticated space research.
  20. Special call-sign AU6HAP from India. This activity to operate radio amateur from HAMPI is to tell the world the glory and the prosperity of this great 'forgotten kingdom of 'VIJAYANAGAR'. The participants in the AU6HAP call-sign activity are------- VU2DSI -- Datta Deogaonkar VU3WON-- Jagadev Galgali VU2KOC -- Omprakssh Khiyani VU2BRJ -- Bhaskar Joshi VU3KOD -- Puranik Shiva VU3NXU -- Siddhu Suhas -- SWL The AU6HAP activity details Period -- 17 April to 20 April 2016 Frequency -- 7035,7150 khz 14210, 14250 khz 21235, 21350 khz 28450, 28545 khz (operating frequency depends on propagation) QSL Info -- please send QSL to VU2DSI, Surabhi,Meherabad, Ahmednagar.414006.India. IF POSSIBLE please addressed envelope with one IRC.