Museum of Radio and Technology channels memories of a bygone era (West Virginia)

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Touring the Museum of Radio and Technology is like stepping back in time to the beginning of radio, television, and computers.

It opened in 1991 in the old Harveytown Elementary School, 1640 Florence Ave., on Huntington?s West End and is touted as the largest radio museum in the nation and attracts visitors from throughout the world.

However, many locals are unaware of the rooms filled with history and treasures.

Why This West Virginia Town Has No Cellphones

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“Some people, they’ll come here, they’ll say ‘What do you do?’ I just say, ‘I’m doing it right now.’”

That’s Artie Barkley, a local resident featured in this National Geographic video about the National Radio Quiet Zone, extolling the virtues of one of the most peculiar and peaceful places in America.

Pocahontas County in West Virginia is home to the Green Bank Telescope, a marvelous piece of machinery that surveys the skies for radio signals from across the universe. But the telescope, built in 1956, is so sensitive that any local radio signals could interfere with its mission. “A cellphone on Mars would be the brightest radio object to us in the sky,” one of the scientists in the video notes.

Ham geeks in operation (India)

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A man from Naglonda is desperate to find out the safety of his brother staying at Vijayanagar Palace layout in the Hudhud-battered Visakhapatnam.

A colonel is living at PM Palem and his son in Kerala is frenetic to know how he is.

Walnut Creek: Volunteers know Loma Prieta ‘just a precursor’ (California)

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Although he doesn’t expect a locomotive to come crashing through his living room, Rossmoor resident Dick DuBey does expect the Hayward Fault to someday “let go.”

Recalling the feeling he experienced 25 years ago while crouched beneath his office desk in San Leandro during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, DuBey said it was like standing 10 feet from the thunderous roar and trembling ground of a passing steam train.

“To this day, I will always remember the ground wave passing under the building. The cement floor and the tile covering on it actually heaved and undulated about 4 to 6 inches. Then amazingly, everything subsided. The silence was almost deafening,” he said.

China Readies Moon Mission for Launch Next Week

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China is preparing to launch a mission next week that will help pave the way for an ambitious lunar sample-return effort.

The upcoming launch of the Chang’e 4 mission is expected to take place Oct. 23 from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, and will apparently send an experimental, recoverable probe to lunar orbit and back. The goal is to validate re-entry technology for Chang’e 5, a future robotic mission that will land on the moon, collect samples and return those specimens to Earth.

Longtime Radio Broadcaster to Retire (Idaho)

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Kelly Klaas is retiring after more than 45 years as a local radio broadcaster.

The Magic Valley native said he wanted to read news from an early age. “Walter Cronkite was my idol when I was like 12 years old.”

As for going with radio instead, he said, “It was just kind of one of those inner feelings when you hear people on the radio and think, ?Gee, I think I could do that.?”

FCC, Labor Team to Save Tower Workers’ Lives

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The FCC and the Department of Labor said Tuesday they have created a working group to prevent tower-related fatalities. That was one of the takeaways from a joint event on tower safety.

The group will “collaborate in the development and implementation of recommended safety practices for the growing telecommunications industry” according to the Department of Labor, after eight tower workers died in 2011 and 2012 combined, 13 workers died in 2013 and already 11 so far in 2014.

The focus is on cell phone towers, but with the incentive auction repacking and potential channel sharing, TV tall tower safety is a concern as well.

Lewis and Clark Radio Club turns 30

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Words from one of the 30-year-old Lewis and Clark Radio Club?s founders spoke volumes of the club?s community involvement over the years.

“To begin with, let me say it?s very difficult to write a three-plus decade description of an organization that?s been involved in so many areas of community service”, founding member Richard Morgan said.

Tactical operations center dedicated to abducted child (Oregon)

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A child’s disappearance is a parent’s worst nightmare, one with which Desiree Young of Medford has been living since June 4, 2010.

On that day, her 7-year-old son, Kyron, was dropped off by his stepmother at school in Portland and never came home.

His disappearance sparked a massive local, state and federal search effort that to date has turned up no sign of his whereabouts.

Why ham operators should consider 3D printing

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As a member of the ham radio community, I have always been fascinated by the maker mindset which has existed since the early days of radio. From making radio equipment from scratch, to kits and even modifying commercially available equipment, the maker movement and radio go hand in hand.

The 3D printing community shares many traits with the ham radio movement. At the heart of it all is making, creating and inventing. And just like ham radio operators, those involved with 3D printing are constantly learning new technical skills that can be used in other areas of our lives.

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