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From technical to social aspects, ham radios have something for everyone

When dis­as­ter strikes some­where in the world, ham radio oper­a­tors are unique­ly qual­i­fied to assist with com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Their bat­tery-, solar- and gen­er­a­tor-run equip­ment works even when cell­phones, land­lines and broad­cast tow­ers are out of com­mis­sion. That’s why ham radio oper­a­tors some­times arrive with the first respon­ders after hur­ri­canes and earth­quakes.

Free course allows ‘hams’ to earn initial license

CHARLESTON — A course pre­sent­ed by the Charleston Area VE Group is help­ing ama­teur radio oper­a­tors, also known as hams, gain their ini­tial license. The course will review the ques­tion bank for the exam in order to famil­iar­ize those with the con­tent of the exam­i­na­tion.

Category: General News, Misc

Elementary school students talk to astronaut in space

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A group of Rhode Island ele­men­tary school stu­dents got a chance to speak to an astro­naut aboard the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion. Astro­naut Ricky Arnold used a ham radio to field ques­tions from the eager group at Pell Ele­men­tary School on Tues­day after­noon.

Category: General News, HF, Misc

DSLWP amateur radio satellites launched to Lunar orbit

DSLWP is a lunar for­ma­tion fly­ing mis­sion led by Harbin Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy for low fre­quen­cy radio astron­o­my, ama­teur radio and edu­ca­tion. It con­sists of a pair of 47 kg microsatel­lites launched from the Xichang Space Cen­ter into a lunar trans­fer orbit at 21:28 GMT on Sun­day, May 20, 2018 and they will enter a 300…


A radio ama­teur and Puer­to Rico Air Nation­al Guard mem­ber involved in hur­ri­cane recov­ery there died on May 2 when a Her­cules C-130 air­craft crashed in Geor­gia, killing all aboard. Among the nine fatal­i­ties was Eric Cir­cuns, WP4OXB, of Rio Grande, Puer­to Rico. The car­go plane, attached to the Puer­to Rico Air Nation­al Guard’s 156th Air­lift Wing, went down short­ly after take­off while on a rou­tine mis­sion to Ari­zona.

Eric had been part of this unit, and this air­craft had served dur­ing both hur­ri­cane Irma and Maria,” ARRL South­east­ern Divi­sion Assis­tant Direc­tor and Assis­tant Puer­to Rico SM Jose “Otis” Vicens, NP4G, said in a state­ment. “The peo­ple of Puer­to Rico thank him for his ser­vice and ulti­mate sac­ri­fice. He will be remem­bered.”

Accord­ing to media accounts, the 60-year-old air­craft was under repair in Savan­nah before it took off. It had been used in sev­er­al hur­ri­cane relief and recov­ery efforts and was report­ed to be on its way to Ari­zona to be decom­mis­sioned.

From  ARRL

Category: General News

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