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Florida Poly Students Make Connections Through Radio:

by AB7RG  2019-11-11
From the lawn outside the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, a group of Florida Polytechnic University students make contact and build connections with people across town, across the country, and around the world. Radio Frequency (RF), a committee of the Florida Poly chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is dedicated to bringing as many students as possible into the world of amateur radio. “Radio takes everything you ever learned or will learn in electrical engineering and applies it to the maximum,” said electrical engineering senior Vlad Fomitchev, chair of RF. “It really requires you to push the limits of what can be done.”

WIA DX Awards Start Dates Normalized:

by AB7RG  2019-11-10
The Awards Committee has decided to set the start date for all awards to the same date, the first of January 1946. All QSO’s from this date onwards are now eligible for all awards. Previously, awards had different start dates, depending on when they were first created. This means participants in the awards program may now qualify for new awards and/or endorsements.

Saudi Agreement Reached on Allocation of Frequencies for Amateur Radio:

by AB7RG  2019-11-10
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh, Nov 9, 2019, SPA -- Head of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's delegation to the 2019 World Radio communication Conference, who is Director of Frequency Department, at Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) Majid bin Abdulaziz Al-Qahtani, revealed that an agreement was reached on the allocation of additional frequencies for the amateur radio service, in the frequency band (50-54) MHz, in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's supportive position to enhance these uses, as part of its participation, in the conference, taking place, in Sharm El-Sheikh, till November 22, 2019.

Moore County Radio Hams Conduct Simulated Emergency Test:

by AB7RG  2019-11-09
It is always prudent to be well prepared for any emergency or disaster that might occur. To that end, the Moore County Amateur Radio Emergency Service conducted a simulated emergency test (SET) on October 26. An annual event, the SET is an emergency management coordination drill organized under the aegis of Moore County Emergency Management and the N.C. Emergency Operations Center's Auxiliary Communications program. The exercise provided a realistic training environment, designed to drill specific radio communications and support skills, with an eye toward providing a hedge against a future "bolt out of the blue" contingency affecting the citizens of both Moore and Lee counties. In the scenario, a "wide-spread catastrophe" struck the region. All surrounding counties, except Moore and Lee, were impacted with widespread power, telephone, cellular and internet outages, hampering citizens and county governments alike. State emergency managers asked that Moore and Lee counties plan to receive medically-stricken victims; and prepare to provide transportation, communication, and medical support to surrounding counties.

Convert Radio Waves to Alerts Using SDR, AWS Lambda and Amazon Transcribe:

by AB7RG  2019-11-11
Ham radio (Amateur radio) allows people to communicate using legal frequency ranges by personal devices that you can easily buy from the market. They are mostly used by amateur radio enthusiasts, and they can be used to communicate freely like a cell phone. Their transmit power varies depending on hardware, limited by legal limitations. They can be used from miles away, or they can be deployed in a single building. There are even amateur radio satellites in space which are used for weather forecasting, downloading space photos, or very long-range communications. In this blog post, we will show you how you can receive a radio signal from ham radio, using a USB RTL-SDR Dongle and convert it to an Opsgenie Alert using AWS Lambda and AWS Transcribe.

A Tribute to Fern Blodgett Sunde: First Female Radio Operator to Go to Sea:

by AB7RG  2019-11-10
In 2020, the Cobourg Museum Foundation and a committee of volunteers will commemorate Fern Blodgett Sunde, the first female wireless radio operator (“Sparks”) at sea. She served during the Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945), making numerous North Atlantic crossings aboard a Norwegian merchant vessel, the M/S Mosdale. It was incredibly dangerous -- the Mosdale, a fruit carrier, was one of six sister ships to start out in 1940. Only the Mosdale survived the war.

Amateur Radio Club of Augusta, GA Nov. 16, 2019 Picnic and Tailgate Sale:

by WA1EAW  2019-11-09
The Amateur Radio Club of Augusta (ARCA) will hold a semi-annual Ham Radio flea market event on November 16, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4145 Mack Lane, Augusta, Georgia. Tables are free for sellers of Ham Radio gear, computers or electronics.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #45 de K7RA:

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
Two new sunspot groups appeared this week, on two consecutive days, each lasting for only a day, with a daily sunspot number of 11 and 13 on Friday and Saturday of last week, just in time for ARRL CW Sweepstakes. Both sunspot groups had a magnetic polarity signature indicating Solar Cycle 25, and appeared after 4 weeks of no sunspots.