Saskatoon man launching balloons high into the sky – Saskatchewan – CBC News

Saskatoon man launching balloons high into the sky – Saskatchewan – CBC News.

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Sources:  http://www.eham.net/articles/34643 and http://www.cbc.ca.com.

Fascinating story of Canadian ham, Bruce Coates, and his exploration of the upper atmosphere with high altitute weather balloons.  So far, Coates has launched 21 balloons, which have carried amateur radio and photographic payloads.  Some of his high altitude shots are quite striking.

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ID-5100E Firmware Update Release E3 and CS-5100 Cloning Software Update Ver. 1.20

ID-5100E Firmware Update Release E3 and CS-5100 Cloning Software Update Ver. 1.20.

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Please click on the link to read the complete firmware update from Icom.

Source:  http://www.forums.qrz.com

Here are  the latest D-Star updates for the ID-5100E Firmware and  CS-5100 Cloning Software.  Instructions from Icom must be followed exactly to use the updates correctly. For information and the appropriate download, go to:  http://www.icom.co.jr/world/support/download/firm.

Sometimes, I think things are a bit too complicated these days.

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May busy month for Oklahoma amateur radio operators – Norman Transcript: Oklahoma

May busy month for Oklahoma amateur radio operators – Norman Transcript: Oklahoma.

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Sources:  http://www.eham.net/articles/34642 and http://www.normantranscripts.com.

May has brought severe weather to Oklahoma and parts of Texas.  Central Oklahoma has been hit by tornadoes, severe rain, and the flooding of lakes and rivers.  Amateur Radio operators serving with SKYWARN and ARES have been busy providing emergency communications and support for  communities without power and telephone service.  This article describes how hams are serving their local communities in time of natural disasters.

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First Person: The long reach of short waves | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

First Person: The long reach of short waves | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Sources:  http://www.eham.net/articles/34644 and http://www.postgazette.com

A bitter-sweet remembrance of shortwave listening from retired engineer Bruce Antonoff. Mr. Antonoff says he’s sold the shortwave radio he had as a younger man because he can’t get a decent antenna strung in his new apartment.  That is a shame, because, with a little ingenuity, he can get that old shortwave radio sounding great.  There are all kinds of alternate antennas that he can use–I’ve used fire escape ladders, window screens, and even the steel railings of balconies to get basic radio reception.  He shouldn’t give up so easily.  I’ve even operated my amateur radio equipment under extreme limitations imposed by HOAs and CC&Rs.  Mr. Antonoff can also buy a fairly inexpensive portable shortwave/fm/am combination radio and attach a small length of wire to the antenna to boost shortwave reception.  If all else fails, he can follow the BBC, NHK, and even the VOA on Internet streaming.  I hope he returns to his radio listening…he’s still missing a lot of interesting programming he can’t get in the USA.

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DHS National Space Weather Strategy

DHS National Space Weather Strategy.

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Please click link to download the full report and associated documents.

Source:  http://www.forums.qrz.com

This document is quite interesting and contains a lot of useful data when it comes to working with the forces of nature.  The article gives helpful links where you can download this weather report.

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Emergency Preparedness Fair set for May 30 – Your Houston News: News

Emergency Preparedness Fair set for May 30 – Your Houston News: News.

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Source:  http://www.eham.net/articles/34638

If you’ll be in the Houston, Texas area on 30 May 2015, you may want to drop in to this Emergency Preparedness Fair, where you can learn how to prepare for disasters and emergencies.  In addition to displays and informational booths, there will be demonstrations  and presentations of various survival techniques.  Amateur Radio operators belonging to ARES will be on hand to answer questions on the role of ham radio in providing emergency communications.

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The ARRL Letter, May 21, 2015

The ARRL Letter, May 21, 2015.

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Here’s the complete transcript from The ARRL Letter for 21 May 2015.  Here are some of the topics covered in this edition:

A full review of the recently completed ARRL 2015 Dayton Hamvention.

Friedrichshafen marks its 40 year in June.

Nepal relief efforts via Amateur Radio suspended.

“CQ” magazine names its 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees.

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New QSO Radio Show:

New QSO Radio Show:.

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Please click link to view program announcement and the frequencies for the international shortwave broadcast of the program over WTWW.

Source:  http://www.eham.net/articles/4639.

Here’s the latest information on the newest “QSO Radio Show”, featuring guest Bill Moore (N2COP).  Bill is the past ARRL North Carolina Section Manager and is the current ARRL Vice Director for ARRL’s Roanoke Division.  The program can be downloaded from iTunes.  You can also receive the program this Saturday, 23 May 2015, over International Shortwave Station WTWW at 1 p.m. CDT on 9.475 MHz and on WTWW at 7 p.m. CDT on 5.085 MHz.

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Can I Use My Ham Radio on Public Safety Frequencies? Updated – The KØNR Radio Site

Can I Use My Ham Radio on Public Safety Frequencies? Updated – The KØNR Radio Site.

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Source:  http://www.k0nr.com.

Bob Witte (K0NR) has a thoughtful, well-researched article discussing the use of Amateur Radio equipment on Public Land Mobile Frequencies.  Many hams are members of local fire, police, and public service agencies and have access to not only their own Motorola or Vertex commercial equipment but also to Amateur Radio equipment which can be used in an emergency communications capacity.  Bob says the ham rigs can be used so long as they are FCC Part 90 approved and can do the necessary frequency splits, such as 2.5 kHz and 5.0 kHz between frequencies.  Amateur Radio operators should be aware that many rigs from China do meet the FCC Part 90 regulations but may not be as hardy and durable as their Motorola and Vertex cousins.

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The K7RA Solar Update

The K7RA Solar Update.

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Please click on link to view Tad Cook’s (K7RA) solar update.

Source:  http://www.arrl.org

No voyage into the DX frontier would be complete without a visit to Tad Cook’s (K7RA) Solar Update.  Tad and his volunteer staff of space weather monitors gives you the complete look at HF propagation, solar flux, sunspot numbers, and space weather that will affect your operating schedule. Tad also supplies several links to various space weather and HF propagation sites.  A very useful tool.

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