8 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

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Source:  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/8-things-you-don’t-know-about-nikola-tesla.  Accessed on 06 July 2015, 20:15 hrs, UTC.

Thanks to Dean Manley (KH6B) for reminding me about Nikola Tesla’s birthday on 10 July 2015.  Some consider this eccentric genius to be  the inventor of radio and the intelligence behind smartphones, the Internet (sorry, Al Gore), and electromagnetic weapons that form the foundation of modern anti-missile systems.  Tesla pioneered the use of alternating current (AC) the stuff that runs through our power lines.  Tesla and Edison were two sides of the same coin (although Edison supported DC or direct current).  Tesla was the tech/theory guy, while Edison was the successful marketing and promotions officer.  Both inventors made our modern century possible.  Tesla’s inventions, papers, and notebooks were seized by the FBI shortly after Tesla’s death in 1943.  What else did Tesla envision?  Perhaps these secret papers will further revolutionize the way we work and talk with each other.  A very remarkable man.

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2015 ARRL/TAPR DCC (Digital Communications Conference) Call for Papers & Registration

2015 ARRL/TAPR DCC (Digital Communications Conference) Call for Papers & Registration.

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Source:  https://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?485459-ARRL-TAPR-DCC.  Accessed on 06 July 2015, 19:36 hrs, UTC.

The 2015 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) will be held from 09-11 October 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  Submission date for technical and scientific papers is 17 August 2015.  You may send your finished papers to–maty@arrl.org.  Pre-registration deadline is 19 September 2015. For details, visit http://www.tapr.com/dcc#registration.

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ICQPodcast interviews Paul Bigwood (G3WYW) Yaesu

ICQPodcast interviews Paul Bigwood (G3WYW) Yaesu.

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Source:  https://forums.qrz.com/showthreads.php?485574-ICQPodcast-interviews-Paul-Bigwood-(G3WYW)-yaesu.  Accessed on 06 July 2015, 19:16 hrs, UTC.

Martin Butler continues his on-the-spot coverage at the  Friedrichshafen Ham Show in Southern Germany.  This time, Martin interviews Paul Bigwood (G3WYW) of Yaesu.  Great discussion!

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ICQPodcast Friedrichshafen interviews | Southgate Amateur Radio News

ICQPodcast Friedrichshafen interviews | Southgate Amateur Radio News.

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Please click link to view two short interviews by the ICQPodcast crew.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.  Accessed on 06 July 2015, 01:28 hrs, UTC.

Great interview by Martin Butler (M1MRB) of the ICQPodcast program.  Comments from Graham Sommerville (M3ZGS) of BHI Noise Cancelling are most illuminating.  The interviews were done at the Ham Radio Exhibition at Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany.  You can download the complete program here:

http://icqpodcast.com/download-the-show.

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Inexpensive Digital Ham Radio Using ISM ICs:

Inexpensive Digital Ham Radio Using ISM ICs:.

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Source:  http://www.eham.net/articles/34933.

Reporter:  Griff Hamlin (W5VWP).

Griff Hamlin (W5VWP) offers a simple, relatively inexpensive way to build Digital Ham Radios using ISM ICs.  Hamlin uses inexpensive low power 433 MHz or 900 MHz FSK digital transceivers for his projects.  Hamlin says “this approach gives hams an alternative that is about midway between the existing fast data rate but slow non-mobile range provided by WiFi gear and the slow data-rate but longer range of packet radio.”

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Amateur radio operator’s tower wins approval Republican American

Amateur radio operator’s tower wins approval Republican American.

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Please click on link to read synopsis of this groundbreaking article.  You must register with the newspaper ($.75) to read the full details.  The synopsis covers the basic topic fairly well.

Sources:  http://www.eham.net/articles/34935 and http://www.rep.am.com/articles/2015/07/04/news/local/892550.txt.  Accessed on 06 July 2015, 02:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Laraine Weschler.

The Planning and Zoning Committee of Watertown, Connecticut has ruled in favor of an amateur radio operator, who applied for a permit to build an antenna tower in a residential neighborhood.  The committee approved the application for a 62.5-foot/19.05 meters tower along Scotia Hill Road.  The tower must be lowered to a minimum height until all conditins of the permit are met.

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W1AW/5 Will Represent ARRL Headquarters in the 2015 IARU HF World Championship

W1AW/5 Will Represent ARRL Headquarters in the 2015 IARU HF World Championship.

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Source:  http://www.arrl.org/view/w1aw-5-will-represent-arrl-headquarters-in-the-2015-iaru-world-championship.  Accessed on 06 July 2015, 00:28 hrs, UTC.

This is one of my favorite operating events.  The IARU HF World Championship begins n 11 July 2015 at 1200 UTC and continues for 24 hours. The object of the event is to contact other amateur radio operators around the world, especially IARU officials and other amateur radio-society headquarters stations.  Good luck to all!

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Solar storms hit Earth, experts concerned | Christian News on Christian Today

Solar storms hit Earth, experts concerned | Christian News on Christian Today.

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Sources:  http://www.eham.net/articles/34927 and http://www.christianitytoday.com/article/solar.storms.hit.earth.experts.concerned/57643.htm.  Accessed on 04 July 2015, 23:49 hrs, UTC.

Reporter Fritz Gleyo.

It’s interesting to see more stories appearing in the public press about the dangers to our digital age presented by the sun’s geomagnetic activity.  Reporter Friz Gleyo does an excellent job of explaining just how vulnerable modern civilization is to the  damage from Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), solar flares, and other solar weather phenomena.  Gleyo quotes theoretical physicist Michio Kaku as saying, “Society as we know it would be thrown back perhaps a 100 years into the past.”  An 1859 “Carrington Event” could render most of our digital world inoperative, including our computers, smart phones, satellites, cars, and hospital equipment.  Those needing life saving kidney dialysis, breathing apparatus, and other life protection equipment would be hard pressed to survive.  The fabric of modern society could unravel before our eyes, with terrible consequences for those who haven’t prepared for these events.  The restoration of electrical power would take years and distribution of food, fuel, and medical supplies would be problematic.  Are you prepared? Do you have an emergency “go kit” for your amateur radio station?  Is your equipment protected from EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse)?  Perhaps all hams should have a tube rig without solid state devices inside.  It’s not a question of if” but of “when” the next CME will hit us head-on.

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Announcing: Oct 2015 WØTLM Technician License Class – The KØNR Radio Site

Announcing: Oct 2015 WØTLM Technician License Class – The KØNR Radio Site.

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Source:  http://www.k0nr.com/wordpress/2015/06/announcing-oct-20a5-w0tlm-technician-license-class.  Accessed on 04 July 2015, 23:29 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Bob Witte (K0NR).

If you live in Colorado and want to get your technician class Amateur Radio License, a two-day technician license class will be offered by the Tri-Lakes Monument Radio Association. The class will be held on two successive Saturdays, 03 October 2015 and 10 October 2015, beginning at 8:00 a.m. both days.  The class will be given at the Black Forest Fire Station 1, Black Forest, Colorado.  Pre-registration is required.  For details contact Bob Witte–bob@k0nr.com or by calling (719)-659-3727.

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W2LJ’s Blog – QRP – Do More With Less.: Happy Independence Day!

W2LJ’s Blog – QRP – Do More With Less.: Happy Independence Day!.

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Source:  http://www.w2lj.blogspot.com/2015/07/happy-independence-day.html.

A concise and appropriate message for Independence Day.  Those of us living in the USA have a lot to be thankful for–take nothing for granted in this unpredictable century. Everything is subject to change.  Enjoy what you have, thank those who’ve served the nation, and work for justice.

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