After considerable deliberation over which team placed third in the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014), it?s now official. At the awards ceremony July 14 concluding the international Amateur Radio contesting competition, the US team of Dan Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, operating as K1A, took home the gold for their winning team effort. They racked up 7,184,844 points. There was little suspense about the top spot; Craig and Hurlbut had led the international pack of 59 competing teams literally from the start. Craig, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, comes from a ham radio family and got his license when he was just 8 years old. He had competed in the last three WRTCs, finishing fourth in 2002, second in 2006 (with N2NL), and third in 2010 with KL9A. Hurlbut, 31, of Bozeman, Montana, became a ham when he was 10 and began contesting 4 years later.
The radio airwaves in Central Massachusetts came alive as thousands of messages were sent out by amateur radio operators, and thousands more were received from around the world during the weeklong World Radiosport Team Championship 2014 that concludes competition today.
New alert system gives president special code for emergency messagesThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking to overhaul the Emergency Alert System so the president can speak to the country at the flip of a switch in the event of a nationwide emergency.
The national Emergency Alert System broadcasts television alert messages to warn people about immediate dangers. The system is often used at the local level to warn people about weather conditions such as tornadoes or flash floods.
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, is eagerly anticipating the ARRL National Centennial Convention this week with a sense of history, awe, and honor. The Convention gets underway Thursday, July 17, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Craigie said this week that to be President when the ARRL celebrates its centennial is an extraordinary good fortune that I am sincerely grateful for.
The rows of cars and trucks with antennas in the parking lot were one giveaway.
The US Air Force has given the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Gakona, Alaska, a death row reprieve of sorts. The Secretary of the Air Force told Alaska Sen Lisa Murkowski July 2 that it is willing to slow the closure process and defer irreversible dismantling of the transmitter site until May of 2015. Those pushing for HAARP to remain open as a scientific research facility include several radio amateurs. HAARP proponents claim, however, that despite the delay, the Air Force has been picking the plant apart piece by piece, and that critical research instruments already have been taken off site.
In between noting down in Braille about those who have checked in, 72-year-old Perviz Mirza excitedly demands that the walkie-talkie be handed over to her! Though she and her 70-year-old brother, Vispi, take turns to go online on alternate days, excitement welled up when she heard familiar voices on Friday night. They were on the “net”, a ritual every active HAM follows every night.
If the idea of powering up an electronic messaging device, tossing out tidbits of information about yourself and what you?re doing, and hearing back from strangers from afar sounds like the modern miracles of the smartphone and Facebook, try again.
While cellphone and tablets are a great way to communicate, they won?t be of much use during a major earthquake or other disaster if power goes out and phone lines topple.
It?s unofficial at this point, but the US K1A team of Daniel Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, appears to have taken the gold medal at the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014) competition in New England. The top team never seemed in doubt; Craig and Hurlbut led the pack of 59 competing teams literally from the start, managing to work up an insurmountable lead of more than 7.5 million points (4631 contacts and 435 multipliers), subject to log checking. Craig, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, comes from a ham radio family and got his license when he was just 8 years old. Hurlbut, 31, of Bozeman, Montana, became a ham when he was 10 and was contesting 4 years later.