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Locate TV transmitters, choose antennas, look at coverage maps, and optimize your HDTV setup. Learn about digital TV and how to incorporate it into your home theater system. Rediscover over the air (OTA) TV. Looking for something more accurate than antennaweb?

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Thanks to reporter David Hal for sharing this useful tool.  According to the company marketing this calculator, "TV Fool" will analyze your location to determine which broadcast television signals are available in your area."  The tool will be most useful in "trying to troubleshoot reception problems."  Nice program.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Call to Action: Protect Your Association’s Rules and Standards, Tell Your U.S. Representative to Oppose H.R. 4969 – CAI Government Affairs Blog


.@CAIsocial alerts on #HR4969, federal preemption of CC&Rs for HAM radio towers antennas http://t.co/XvedAzuTlG #HOA #condoHOA

Source: www.caionline.org

And now, here’s the other side of the debate on H.R. 4969–a measure that would allow more freedom for amateur radio operators to erect antennas and towers in HOA and CC &R controlled housing.  Michael Hedge claims passage of H.R. 4969 "may invalidate community association rules and architectural standards that govern the installation and use of amateur radio towers and antennas."  He adds that "homeowners who want to install a radio tower would NOT have to go through the architectural review process or follow existing community guidelines."  Hedge closing by saying, "The FCC has determined there is no compelling national interest to warrant contractual  agreements between private citizens."  Either way, please notify your Congress member of your feelings on this resolution. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).
 

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Ham radio users could be vital resource in emergency: Group reforming in … – Bradford Era


Ham radio users could be vital resource in emergency: Group reforming in …
Bradford Era
Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a well-known hobby, but it can also be also a major public service.

Source: www.bradfordera.com

This well-written article about emergency communications is slightly different from similar articles appearing in the press.  This time, emergency management personnel are looking for amateur radio operator, rather than the other way around.  McClean County, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Director Bruce Manning wants 30 amateur radio operators to join a special communications group that would support the county during disasters.  Manning says he’s trying to revive an amateur radio club that went dormant about 2 years ago.  The new group organized by Manning would be assigned to emergency shelters located at schools and churches.  Those interested in joining McClean County’s new emergency communications club should call Manning at (814)-887-5070.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Poway council to select from antenna options Tuesday night – Pomerado Newspaper Group


Poway council to select from antenna options Tuesday night Pomerado Newspaper Group The two options were selected for further review by the council following a May 6 public hearing attended by a roomful of “ham” radio operators along with a few…

Source: www.pomeradonews.com

The Poway City Council will meet this Tuesday to consider ways to resolve a nasty antenna height problem in the community.  One option calls for only a building permit for antennas up to 65 feet and would cost $480. "Notice of the proposed use would be sent only to contiguous property owners."  The second option specifies that for antennas between 35 and 65 feet in height, the applicant would pay a fee of $1,300 to file for a "minor antenna permit."  The applicant, through the Poway City Council, would notify property owners within 500 feet.  The granting and dismissal of permit applications would be done at the staff level.  Dismissed permits could be appealed to the Poway City Council. This could be precedent setting case for amateur radio operators.  I have a strange feeling that the second, more costly fee option will be adopted by the city council.  This might be a good time to go "stealth mode."  Out of sight, out of mind.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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From my Twitter feed: Antennas! – KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog


Richard GW1JFV @gw1jfv. Mr Cebik (W4RNL sk) Top 5 backyard multi-band wire antennas via N8SDR n8sdr.sopmcincy.org/images/Antenna… MW0IAN’s avatar Ian @MW0IAN The versatile endfed VK3YE …

Source: www.kb6nu.com

Daniel Romanchik always has something interesting on his website. This time, Dan features three outstanding antenna designs for those amateurs who prefer to build their own antennas:

 

1.  L. B. Cebik’s (W4RNL…sk).  "Top 5 backyard multiband wire antennas (excellent article).

2.  The versatile end fed VK3YE.

3.  FMW magnetic loop antenna by M0AJJ.

 

Anyone of these design would make a good addition to your antenna "farm".  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM0.

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Registration Remains Open for Global Amateur Radio Emergency … – ARRL


Registration Remains Open for Global Amateur Radio Emergency …
ARRL
Online registration ends July 31 open for the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference.

Source: www.arrl.org

Online registration for the 14-15 August 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) will close on 31 July 2014.  The conference will be held in Huntsville, Alabama in conjunction with the 16-17 August 2014 Huntsville Hamfest.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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California Hams Activate to Support Shelter Communications Following Wildfire


The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

Source: www.arrl.org

California hams were kept busy 26-27 July 2014 as they provided communications service to local emergency managers and The American Red Cross, which responded to a fast-spreading fire in Tuolumne County.  Amateur radio operators supported communications  at a shelter in Groveland.  According to Tuolumne County ARES Emergency Coordinator Carl Croci (NI6Z),  hams set up a UHF/VHF cross-band system between the Red Cross Headquarters in Fresno, California and the shelter site in Groveland.  Amateur radio operators were able to stand down the following day (27 July 2014) after 20 hours of emergency communications service.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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