California Fire Situation Improves

San Francisco Section District Emergency Coordinator Len Gwinn, WA6KLK, in the Redwood Valley told ARRL this week that Amateur Radio volunteers in Mendocino and Lake counties have stood down, and things are “kind of back to normal, in that no emergency stations are being operated.” Gwinn, who spent more than 3 decades with Cal Fire and a few more years as a volunteer, said the sound of the wild…

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Shortwave Station Bends But Doesn’t Break

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Despite being a commercial operation, WRMI has been very friendly to amateur radio. Glad to see they are recovering from Irma.

"Among the many victims of Hurricane Irma in September was the transmitter/antenna farm of Radio Miami International, WRMI in Okeechobee, located on a cattle ranch 40 miles inland from Port St. Lucie on Florida’s Atlantic coast. "

"The post-Irma scene looked as if a drunken giant had…

Shortwave Station Bends But Doesn’t Break
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Focus on Emergency Communication at Pacificon 2017

Emergency communication will be a prominent part of the program at Pacificon 2017, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, October 20-22 in San Ramon, California, sponsored by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club.

National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, will speak on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday session will cover “SATERN and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in the 21st Century,” whi…

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Icom/AmateurLogic.TV award IC-7300 base station package

The original Amateur Radio video podcast, AmateurLogic.TV, celebrated their 12th anniversary with a complete base station giveaway.

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Icom supplied a new IC-7300 HF radio.
MFJ provided a new 5-band cobweb antenna, 100' RG-8X, and a MFJ-4230MVP Power Supply.
Heil Sound threw in a Heil Proset IC headset.

The lucky winner of the package is Ed Thomas, WD8KCT from North Canton, OH.

A number of consolation prizes were…

Icom/AmateurLogic.TV award IC-7300 base station package
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“Force of 50” Volunteers’ Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends

The 22 “Force of 50” radio amateurs who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month as American Red Cross volunteers have ended their mission and will be back on the US mainland by week’s end. They had been in Puerto Rico for about 3 weeks.

“The Force of 50 volunteers demonstrated an extraordinary range of skills possessed by this accomplished team,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. “There wa…

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"Lightning Talks" from the TAPR DCC on HamRadioNow

This is a series of 6 quick talks at the DCC. They were an impromptu fill-in for a presenter who took ill, recruited with just a few hours notice from the audience. It worked great, and will probably become a regular feature of the DCC.

HamRadioNow is presenting full-length video of all the 2017 DCC presentations, as quickly as we can edit them. Check our web site: http://HamRadioNow.tv for more, and audio downloads….

"Lightning Talks" from the TAPR DCC on HamRadioNow
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Ham Talk Live! Episode 86 – Getting Started with Satellites with KX9X

Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern on Ham Talk Live!, Sean Kutzko, KX9X, joins us once again… but this time to talk about getting started with satellite operations! So if you want to know how to get started, be sure to tune in and call in with your questions for Sean!

Tune into Ham Talk Live! Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern time by going to hamtalklive.com. When the audio player indicates LIVE, just hit the play button! If you miss the show live, you can listen on demand 24/7/365.25 also at…

Ham Talk Live! Episode 86 – Getting Started with Satellites with KX9X
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David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, Confirmed as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

The US Senate today confirmed ARRL member David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, of Burke, Virginia, as the next Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Trachtenberg, 60, is the president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting LLC, a national security consultancy. He is National Planning Coordinator and Northeast Division Director for USAF MARS, and is active in the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club (P…

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New Ham Bands Spring to Life; Veteran LF Experimenter Denied Amateur Access to 2200 Meters

Amateur Radio’s two newest bands came to life on Friday the 13th. Both 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz) bands now are available to radio amateurs who have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate and did not hear anything back during the ensuing 30 days.

“Many of us filed notices with the Utilities Technology Council on September 15,…

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New Ham Bands Spring to Life; Veteran LF Experimenter Denied Amateur Access to 2200 Meters

Amateur Radio’s two newest bands came to life on Friday the 13th. Both 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz) bands now are available to radio amateurs who have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate and did not hear anything back during the ensuing 30 days.

“Many of us filed notices with the Utilities Technology Council on September 15,...