Can you lend a hand when distaster strikes? (Ohio)

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“He was so excited that we helped him pick up the branches and debris from his yard. Without us, he said, he would never have been able to clean it up!”

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Everglades Amateur Radio Club with Special Proclamation (Florida)

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Mayor Jeff Porter honored Everglades Amateur Radio Club by proclaiming the week of June 23-29, 2015 to be Amateur Radio Week in Homestead. Everglades Amateur Radio Club is not only a hobby for radio enthusiasts, but also collaborates with local emergency services during natural disasters or times of crisis when no other communications work.

K1N Navassa Island DXpedition is Ham Radio History

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The K1N Navassa Island DXpedition wrapped up on schedule early on Sunday, February 15. While some seekers went away empty handed – even after hours of trying to break the massive pileups (and some intentional interference) – thousands were more fortunate. Going into the DXpedition, Navassa Island (KP1) was the second most-wanted DXCC entity (after North Korea) on ClubLog’s Most Wanted List. After starting up in the waning hours of February 1, K1N logged 138,409 contacts with 35,702 unique call signs. The final K1N contact was made on February 15 at 1127 UTC.

US to Propose Additional Sharing of 10 GHz Band at WRC-15

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The US proposal for World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) Agenda Item 1.12 – to expand the Earth Exploration Satellite Service (EESS) in the vicinity of 10 GHz – supports allocating an additional 600 MHz of spectrum to the EESS (active) as a primary allocation in the frequency band 9.9-10.5 GHz, with certain limitations.

Peterson hams it up (Colorado)

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“You know you?re old when you see your stuff in a museum.” The man saying those words does not seem old.

Rick Peterson began his engineering career in the 1960s, “the start of the golden years of engineering,” as he puts it.

Canada Funds Amateur Radio Disaster Assistance Project in Saint Lucia

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The Government of Canada will provide more than $25,000 (CDN) to the Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club to improve Amateur Radio coverage and communication in the small Caribbean island nation in the event of a disaster. The project will install two repeater systems including solar back-up power, train 90 radio operators, and increase coverage for all of Saint Lucia?s 18 districts.

ARRL Warns Experimental Licensee to Avoid Interference to HF Ham Activity

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The ARRL has asked a Massachusetts company that plans to conduct experimental transmissions over wide portions of the HF spectrum either to avoid Amateur Radio allocations or to announce the times and frequencies of their transmissions in advance. The FCC last fall granted MITRE Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts, a 2-year Part 5 Experimental License, WH2XCI, to operate 21 transmitters at 10 fixed New York and Massachusetts sites. MITRE plans to test wideband HF communication techniques on a variety of bands between 2.5 MHz and 16 MHz.

Converting Morse Code to Text with Arduino

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Morse code used to be widely used around the globe. Before voice transmissions were possible over radio, Morse code was all the rage. Nowadays, it?s been replaced with more sophisticated technologies that allow us to transmit voice, or data much faster and more efficiently. You don?t even need to know Morse code to get an amateur radio license any more. That doesn?t mean that Morse code is dead, though. There are still plenty of hobbyists out there practicing for the fun of it.

Thank you for the radio (India)

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If memes are to be believed, then it is true when it is said, ?Home is where the wifi is.? Wifi signals have become almost synonymous with one?s connect to the world. But before all this came, there was only the humble radio. Be it entertainment or news, that was the world?s only medium to know what was happening elsewhere.

Gary Horton: Beloved slice of Americana fades away

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It?s safe for me to say that Radio Shack helped form my adolescent life – and might have even saved it. An odd statement, yet true.

I was 12 years old and my best elementary school friend, Neil Higashida, and I would often ride our bikes from our Mission Hills homes, past our San Jose Street Elementary School, down Devonshire, then south on Sepulveda to the Radio Shack store located in an odd old building with dirt lots on either side of its storefront.

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