Information Net for July 30

Ham Radio Operators Stay Tuned In

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Amateur radio (credit: ines saraiva)
by Jane Courtney
Special to The Sonoma Valley Sun

Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ

Whether it’s ravaging floods, raging fire or a devastating earthquake, vital information will be passed along to emergency personnel and the public when amateur radio operators power up their communication system.

In Sonoma Valley, there is a group of dedicated volunteers at the ready. Within three hours of an emergency, they are trained to find a radio signal and start transmitting news of rescue operations, evacuations, damaged roadways, and status of food, water and medical supplies, among other information.

The Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club (VOMARC) has about 50 local members, all licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to operate high, ultra high and very high frequency radios (including Morse code) to assist in disasters.

“The idea of emergency preparedness is that in a disaster, ham radio operators would be your communication,” Jones said. The more prepared they are, he said, the better the chances of providing life-saving information.

Members stay sharp by taking part in field-day drills, like the one held recently in Eldridge on a hilly location known as Camp Via.

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2014 National ARRL Centennial Hamfest

From Brad WF7T, facilitator of the Tennessee Contest Group (K4TCG):

I encourage you guys to lend your support to the proposal to hold the 2014 National ARRL Centennial convention in Huntsville.

If you have never been to this Hamfest, then I encourage you to go this August. It continues to get better and better each year. It is great to have a major event such as this so close to us. The 2014 ARRL Centennial convention in Huntsville would be fantastic!

I sent a message to the ARRL president Kay Craigie N3KN, and copied the Delta Division (K5UZ) and Southeast Division (W4OZK) leadership, our section manager (N9DGK), the ARRL Contest Committee (expo@arrl.net), and the Huntsville Hamfest guys (ky5rtim@gmail.com and jcwint@bellsouth.net). Mark K0EJ is the co-facilitator of the TN Contest Group and would not need a copy of your responses if you choose to send one.

KK4IWN/AG

Big congratulations go to Cathy Goodrich KK4IWN on passing her General license test.

Information Net for July 23

University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Read by: GEORGE KC4TMV

University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee (credit: Wikipedia)

Amateur Radio, sometimes called “ham radio,” is an exciting hobby that you can join! It doesn’t matter whether you’re technically inclined or not. Technology is just one part of Amateur Radio; it’s also about having fun, helping people, serving your country, socializing, and making connections that span cultures and continents. And, we’re here to help you get started.

Are you interested in computers? How would you like to build a wireless WAN that you can reliably use 50 miles away, from your car? Maybe you’re studying foreign languages. Well, you can get lots of practice conversing with native speakers, day or night, for free. And the camaraderie among the millions of Amateur Radio operators around the world is legendary. If you travel, you’ll automatically have new friends every place you go.

Amateur Radio can broaden your horizons in ways you never dreamed possible. Where else can you get to know a Senator, a farmer, a trucker, a CEO, a diplomat, a scientist, an astronaut, a famous entertainer, a king, a shopkeeper, or a fellow student, without even having to be introduced first?

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Canadian Special Event Stations

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National flag of Canada (credit: Wikipedia)

There are a couple of Canadian Special Event stations that everyone may like to work.

  • CG3B is operated by Niagara Peninsula ARCmembers from July 01 – 31, 2012 to celebrate the 200th Bi-Centennial of Friendship between Canada and the United States of America. Their published frequencies are:
    • 80 m – 3.718.12
    • 40 m – 7.018.12, 7.118.12, 7.218.12
    • 20 m – 14.018.12, 14.118.12, 14.218.12, 14.318.12
    • 17 m – 18.118.12
    • 15 m – 21.018.12, 21.118.12, 21.218.12, 21.318.12, 21.418.12
    • 12 m – 24.918.12
    • 10 m – 28.018.12, 28.118.12, 28.218.12, 28.318.12, 28.418.12, 28.518.12
    • 6 m – 50.018.12, 50.118.12
  • VA3CWM, operated by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in celebration of their 40th anniversary. They mentioned that they are often on 20 meters on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Jerry KE4ETY recommends the web site DXWatch.com when chasing DX. “[You can] just log on and follow the links to do DX searches by callsign.”

Information Net for July 9

Ham Happenings: CK6S for Calgary Stampede July 5 to July 15

Read by: NICKI KF4DHK

The Calgary Amateur Radio Association will be operating special event station CK6S from July 5 to 15th. This to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The event’s roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. In 1912, American promoter Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and festival, known as the Stampede. He returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honor of soldiers returning from World War I. Weadick’s festival became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. The ham radio special event station CK6S plans to use frequencies in the general portion of the United States phone bands. These will be around 3.825, 7.180, 14.250, 21.320 and 28.475 MHz. A special QSL card will be available through the QSL bureau or direct by following the CK6S/VE6AO QSL instructions at QRZ.com.

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Information Net for July 2

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Read by: RICK N9GRW

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena—lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning strikes year round. The goal of this Website is to safeguard U.S. residents from lightning. In the United States, an average of 54 people are reported killed each year by lightning. To date, there have been 4 deaths in 2012. Hundreds of people are permanently injured each year. People struck by lightning suffer from a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms, including memory loss, attention deficits, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression, and more.

Lightning is a serious danger. Through the Nation Weather Service Lighting Safety Web site we hope you’ll learn more about lightning risks and how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your belongings.

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