A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL: – eHam.net


A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:
eHam.net
US State Department employee Jim Bullington, K4LSD, saw that ham radio would be ideal for the task and proposed the idea to the ARRL Board of Directors (which happened to be in session at the time).

Source: www.eham.net

Another segment of Al Brogdon’s (W1AB) popular series "A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL."  This time, Al focuses on the 1970’s.  Included in the article are notes about the expansion of the QST format, the beginning of "Operation Vietnamese Refugees", the growth of CB radio, preparation for the World Administrative Radio Conference 1979 (WARC-79), and the growing popularity of radio transmitter hunts ("Fox Hunts").  A very good read.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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FT4TA, Tromelin 2014 DXpedition – Southgate Amateur Radio Club


FT4TA, Tromelin 2014 DXpedition
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
2014 marks the 60th birthday of the first amateur radio activity from Tromelin. Prepared in collaboration with the philatelic service of …

Source: www.southgatearc.org

The DXpedition to Tromelin Island (FT4TA) is proceeding according to plan.  Almost all of the station equipment has been collected and sent to Reunion Island.  Much of that equipment has since been flown by helicopter to Tromelin Island.  Contributions are still being received to cover operational expenses.  The DXpedition will be honored with a special postage stamp, which will be available at the Autumn Philatelic Exhibition in Paris (06-09 November 2014).  Special Event Station F6KOP will be on-air during that time to launch the stamp sale.  The DXpedition is less than 100 days away, and progress appears good.  For updates, visit http://www.tromelin2014.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather in Shelby For Annual Event – TWC News


Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Gather in Shelby For Annual Event
TWC News
Ham enthusiast Bill Minikiewicz of South Carolina said he has been into ham since the late 1960s.

Source: centralnc.twcnews.com

Hamfests are alway a curious blend of the old and new, with amateur radio operators checking out the latest equipment or searching for that one-of-a-kind classic rig.  This weekend’s Shelby Hamfest at the Cleveland County Fair grounds was no exception.  Thousands of amateur radio operators bought and sold equipment, freshened up their code sending skills, and became immersed in the latest communications technology.  The Hamfest was also an opportunity to reunite with friends and connect with those interested in pursuing the electronic "hobby" that lasts a lifetime.  Great show….Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham Radio Featured at Dave Ramsey Studios: – eHam.net


Ham Radio Featured at Dave Ramsey Studios:
eHam.net
The Dave Ramsey show is heard on over 500 radio stations across the US and is the largest independent syndicated radio show in existence.

Source: www.eham.net

Excellent exposure of amateur radio on the popular syndicated program, "The Dave Ramsey Show."  That program is heard on over 500 radio stations across the United States and "is the largest independent syndicated radio show in existence."  Ham radio was featured recently, highlighting the career of chief engineer Matt Aaron (KG4WXX).  Matt is the son of Ted Randall (WB8PUM), the host of the "QSO Radio Show" that airs over shortwave station WTWW.  For mor information on this interview, visit http://youtu.be/ENws2eLYCx8.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The Broadcasters’ Desktop Resource


Information and resources for the broadcast engineer and manager.

Source: www.thebdr.net

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this update.  While much of the material presented in this week’s report applies to broadcast engineers, there is plenty of valuable material for amateur radio operators, including Antenna Mounting, Better Field Intensity Measurements, FCC Questions Answered, and Testing Solid State Devices, part 2.  Good, basic stuff.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Race to Build NASA Space Taxi Down to the Wire | DNews


A three-way race to build a commercially operated spaceship to shuttle astronauts — and other paying customers — to and from low-Earth orbit is close the finish line, with NASA aiming to award development and flight service contracts as early as next week.

 

So far, two companies favoring capsule designs — Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX — have won the lion’s share of NASA’s Commercial Crew program funds. The effort, which began in 2010, is intended to provide a U.S. alternative for flying crews to the International Space Station, which orbits about 260 miles above Earth.

 

Source: news.discovery.com

The so-called "Space Taxi" is an effort to cut reliance on Russian launch vehicles to supply the International Space Station orbiting about 260 miles above Earth.  So far, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Boeing have garnered most of the NASA contracts to develop a commercial crew program.  It’s about time we developed our own support system and became more self-sufficient in launch and resupply vehicles.  If the cost of launches can be reduced, the U.S. could attract more space customers from the world of business, education, and even amateur radio (i.e. AMSAT).  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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US-to-VK Transpacific Reception On 630 Meters Reported: – eHam.net


US-to-VK Transpacific Reception On 630 Meters Reported:
eHam.net
A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas.

Source: www.eham.net

Here’s the latest update on that 630 meter (475.62 kHz) reception report from an Australian ham who picked up a radio amateur operator in Texas running a part 5 (experimental) station.  This band has much potential even at the low power imposed by communications officials.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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