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?

Read by: RANDY KJ4TFU

There are lots of activities competing for your attention. Remember, though, that Amateur Radio can be integrated into any other activity you find yourself involved in. Take your radio along when you’re on an outing. It will work even in places cell phones can’t reach. The hobby doesn’t tie you down; it frees you up!

Amateur Radio is unique among hobbies, because it is whatever you want it to be. We have one foot firmly anchored in the past, and the other moving confidently into the future. Whether you are looking for a sophisticated, retro form of relaxation, or you want to experiment with bleeding-edge satellite data networks and information systems integration, that is Amateur Radio. And it’s easier than ever to get your license.

We’re the members of UTARC, and we’d like to share our fascinating, ever-changing hobby with you. Take this chance to learn more about us and the hobby. Then, come to our next meeting, or drop in at 401 East Stadium Hall. We’d love to meet you!

Outdated Code Hinders Growth Of Amateur Radio

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

Read by: RICK N9GRW

Nigel Hoyow, president of the Jamaica Amateur Radio Association (JARA), has stated that there was a deficiency in young amateur radio operators (ham) due to the fact that the current system operates under Morse code, a method which is long outdated.

Hoyow made the comment at a handing over ceremony at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management in Kingston on Thursday.

The Canadian International Development Agency and the Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund made the donation of telecommunications equipment to JARA.

“It goes without saying that the old operators are phasing out, youngsters such as the ones from the physics department at the University of the West Indies (UWI) are technologically advanced and hence require more recent systems. Many of these young operators have migrated to other countries such as Canada and the United States due to the Morse code, it is stifling our growth,” he told The Gleaner.

Outdated technology

Morse code is a requirement from the Spectrum Management Agency (SMA) to receive the training to attain an amateur training licence.

“Youngsters that are in the physics department at UWI, and even sixth-form students are having difficulties in an attaining amateur radio licence because of Morse code being a requirement. It is no longer being used in radio communication throughout the world,” he added.

The SMA regulates amateur radio operation in Jamaica and issues a licence to anyone who sits the exam. Morse code is a requirement for this exam.

Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ

Gerald Burton, operations manager of JARA, said the SMA had sent a request to the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology to remove the Morse Code Act from being a requirement to attain the amateur radio licence. It was sent in 2005 and since then there has been no response.

When contacted, Minister Phillip Paulwell said he was not aware of the request and would seek more information.

Amateur radio operators currently operate at five vantage points across the island, the additional two units that were donated at the ceremony will be placed in St Thomas and Westmoreland. The equipment is in commemoration of the ‘Telecommunications Infrastructure Strengthening Project for Emergency Communications and Early Warning Systems Efficacy’ Project.

“In the case of a hurricane, they can send messages of any affected communities to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and to other vantage points such as the centre in Miami and across the island, to name a few. Nothing has been done since the SMA sent the request in 2005 and that is stifling the growth of amateur radio in Jamaica,” Burton added.

Digital Edition of August QST Now Available

Read by: LARRY KC4ZOA

The digital version of the August QST is now available to ARRL members. The digital version includes many features not available in the print version, such as:

  • The complete 2011 edition of The DXCC Yearbook.
  • Video overviews of two MFJ automatic antenna tuners and the ICOM ID-31A transceiver.
  • An expanded version of “Remote Radio Control Made Easy,” by John Raydo, K0IZ.

Every issue of QST is filled with the news and features you need to keep active in Amateur Radio. After you read through it, visit the Digital QST Feedback Form and tell us what you enjoyed!

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