Two-Way Radio Users Worried California’s Cellphone Ban Is Too Broad

by: Macy Jenkins

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Back in January, it became illegal to hold your cell phone while driving. But now some drivers say the law unfairly targets radio users as well and they want that to change.

“I’m driving down the road and talking on this radio,” said Norm Lucas, holding his high frequency radio microphone. “Doing that simple act while driving is a $20 ticket.”

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California Classic 2017 Comm Volunteers Needed

When

Saturday April 1, 2017. Time: Various throughout the day (assignment times vary)

Where

Fresno, CA and outlying areas.

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

~18+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: California Classic 2017 Comm Volunteer Signup

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

Hamming it up: Whether used for hobby or emergency, ham radio is booming form of communication

By Pippi Mayfield

DULUTH — They are considered the last line of communication. When everything else fails, they can bridge the communication gap and connect people.

Doug Nelson and Dave Miller are just two of the 750,000 registered amateur radio — better known as ham radio — users.

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ARISS Moves Closer to Launching New Radio System to Space Station

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) reports it has met a major milestone and now is “one giant step” closer to flying its new interoperable radio system to the International Space Station. Eventual plans call for installing a new JVC Kenwood TM-D710GA-based radio system on the station as part of an overall approach that will allow greater interoperability between the Columbus module and the Russian Service Module.

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ARRL Weighs In on New California ‘Driving While Wireless’ Statute

ARRL is recommending that Amateur Radio be specifically excluded from a California statute prohibiting the use of “wireless communication devices” while driving. ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director Marty Woll, N6VI, is taking point on the effort to revise the statute, known by its legislative bill number AB 1785. It was signed into law last September, and it took effect on January 1, amending §23123.5 of the state’s Vehicle Code.

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Radio Garden Turns Earth Into Radio Tuner

Publicly funded art installation makes dialing around planet a visceral experience

by: James Careless

OTTAWA — Imagine being able to spin an image of the earth on your computer screen, tuning into radio feeds that pop up as you move across the planet’s surface. You can, using the Radio Garden website (http://radio.garden/).

Source stations show up as green dots and on a multi-page menu at lower right.
Credit: Radio Garden

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2017 EMCOMM Events

February 18, 2017 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park – SignUp

March 5, 2017 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA – SignUp

April 1, 2017 – California Classic Bicycle Ride – SignUp

April 29, 2017 – March of Dimes – SignUp

May 6, 2017 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – SignUp

June 24, 2017 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – SignUp

September 16, 2017 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride – SignUp

October 14, 2017 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – SignUp

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California