McKean County Amateur Radio Club starts licensing class – Bradford Era


McKean County Amateur Radio Club starts licensing class
Bradford Era
The McKean County Amateur Radio Club, an affiliated club with the American Radio Relay League, will conduct a technician licensing class next month.

Source: www.bradfordera.com

One of the best ways to get your first Amateur Radio License is to attend a special class taught by your local amateur radio club.  If you live in the Bradford, Pennsylvania area, a Technician Class License Course is coming soon.  The McKean Amateur Radio Club will conduct a two-day Technician License Course from 06 to 07 September 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the McKean County Emergency Management Agency Office in Smethport.  The class is open to everyone, regardless of age or electronics background.  For details, go here–n3llr@arrl.net.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Special Event Station PA7ØOMG – Southgate Amateur Radio Club


Special Event Station PA7ØOMG
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
During 10 days we will activate the callsign PA7ØOMG and try to work as many amateur radio operators across the world.

Source: www.southgatearc.org

Here’s the latest update on Special Event Station PA70OMG, which will be on-air from 12-21 September 2014 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of "Operation Market Garden" in World War II.  Allied paratroopers landed in the Nijmegen region on 17 September 1944 to help liberate the area after four years of German occupation.  Equipment, antenna sites, and funding are progressing well.  For details, visit http://www.pa2p.nl/pa70omg/.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).  

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Bonus Episode: Huntsville Hamfest 2014 – Ham Radio


George and Wayne make their annual pilgrimage to Huntsville Hamfest. We met with a few of our ham radio friends to find out what they’ve been up to and got s…

Source: www.youtube.com

A nicely produced, down-to-earth video record of the Huntsville Hamfest 2014.  The program is 1:11:48 and contains a lot of interesting information for those of us who were unable to attend the Hamfest this year.  I enjoyed the show.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Graphene as the Next Great Miracle Material for Space | The Commercial Space Blog


On August 20th, Ottawa-based Grafoid Inc, a company involved in the research, development and production of graphene, opened a 225,000 square foot production facility in Kingston, Ontario. The move has Canada positioned to become a world leader in the production of the much-hyped super-material, with effects on many industries, not the least of which is aerospace.

Source: acuriousguy.blogspot.ca

This Ottawa-based company has just opened a 225,000 square-foot graphene facility, which could make Grafoid, Inc. a major player in the production of this material.  Graphene will have a tremendous impact on the aerospace and communications industries.  Graphene will also affect the type of amateur radio equipment we buy in the future.  According to Grafoid, Inc. graphene will replace silicon in microcircuits and computer chips.  The graphene chips will be smaller, use less power, and could be used in sensor displays and solar batteries.  Our equipment is about to get smaller and lighter.  Interesting development.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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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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