Ham Radio Operators Serve As ?Eyes On The Ground? When Severe Weather Hits (Illinois)

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When severe weather hit north-central Illinois last week, there was an army of volunteers out gathering information, and funneling it to the National Weather Service to provide a more accurate picture of what was going on.

Among those volunteers were amateur radio operators.

Apollo 13 radio communications issue

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After the explosion of Oxygen Tank 2 in Apollo 13?s service module the crew discovered the Lunar Module radio communications system couldn?t hear Mission Control

Goshen teen used his radio to help send word to families throughout the country (MIchigan)

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Thys Van Hout couldn?t speak a word of English when he and his family emigrated from The Netherlands to Goshen in 1956.

Less than a decade later, it was his voice that was responsible for relaying both messages of hope and despair to people across the country after perhaps the greatest tragedy in Elkhart County history.

FCC eyes AM radio changes

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to make things easier for AM radio stations.

Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday unveiled a plan to get rid of “outdated regulations” and overcome “interference-related issues that have long plagued AM stations across the country.”

Perry County Tests Radio Communication Systems

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The recent tornado in northern Illinois is a reminder to always to prepared for emergencies.

Natural disasters can hit at a moments notice. That’s why David Searby and the Perry County Emergency Management Agency practuce for different scenarios.

Australian Ham?s PicoSpace Balloon Circumnavigates the Globe

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A foil, party-type balloon carrying a ham radio payload has circumnavigated the globe. Launched on April 6 by Australian radio amateur Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, of Kensington, Victoria, Australia, the balloon, designated PS-41, completed its round-the-world journey on April 16 and is still in the air. Along the way, it has been tracked by a network of Amateur Radio operators. Nguyen has been trying since early last year to have one of his launches go full circle.

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference is Cancelled

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The sponsors of the 2015 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC 2015) have announced that the event has been cancelled due to a lack of interest.

FCC Proposes to Make Past Amateur Radio Address Information Private

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The FCC is seeking comments on a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 15-81 that would restrict routine public inspection of an Amateur Radio licensee?s address history. The Commission said it was taking the action in an effort to enhance the privacy of individual licensees. The change would not affect public access to a licensee?s current address information.

?Fox hunt? by amateur radio operators (India)

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It took a group of amateur radio operators around two hours to locate the ?fox? at a 19{+t}{+h}Kerala Foxhunt that was organised by Quilon Amateur Radio League in association with the Alappuzha Amateur Radio Society in Alappuzha on Sunday.

ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Coordinator Recommends Renewing Experimental License

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ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, said the mission of the multi-station experimental operation “has actually been accomplished,” but since the US still has no medium-frequency (MF) Amateur Service allocation, he believes the Experimental license ought to be renewed. Raab commented in his most recent quarterly status report on the experiment, prepared with John Langridge KB5NJD, and Warren Ziegler, K2ORS. The interim report said the WD2XSH operations have demonstrated that the Amateur Radio community is interested in MF operation.

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