Radio navigation set to make global return as GPS backup

GPS killed the radio nav in 2010, but a high-def version is set to return.

By: SEAN GALLAGHER
8/7/2017

Enlarge / This is the way we used to find our way around.

Way back in the 1980s, when I was a young naval officer, the Global Positioning System was still in its experimental stage. If you were in the middle of the ocean on a cloudy night, there was pretty much only one reliable way to know where you were: Loran-C, the hyperbolic low-frequency radio navigation system. Using a global network of terrestrial radio beacons, Loran-C gave navigators aboard ships and aircraft the ability to get a fix on their location within a few hundred feet by using the difference in the timing of two or more beacon signals.

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TYT MD-9600 Shipping Soon

TYT MD-9600 Shipping Next Week

Below is an email from  BuyTwoWayRadios.com

Believe it or not, the TYT MD-9600 is close to becoming a reality. If you haven’t been following this closely, the MD-9600 is a dual band (UHF/VHF) mobile radio from TYT that supports tier II DMR (as well as analog). Reasonably priced DMR mobiles have been scarce, which is why this radio got a lot of buzz when it was first announced (over a year ago). Since the original announcement, TYT has surprised us by making it dual-band, meaning this is now a radio that is fully capable of replacing most everyday mobiles!

TYT is telling us that our initial order will ship from their warehouse on Tuesday (8/8). We’re having it shipped express, so we expect to have them in our warehouse within a week of their shipping from China. We plan to work overtime to get all pre-orders shipped on the day they arrive!This radio is $359.00 and we expect demand to be high for a while after release. If you’re interested in getting one soon, we suggest that you pre-order ASAP.

RSVP for the SEQP

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is just a couple of weeks away! The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) to study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21 total solar eclipse.

During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. Let the HamSCI researchers know where you plan to be and what modes you plan to operate. Visit the SEQP Pre-Registration page.

Systems such as the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), PSKReporter, and WSPRNet. Participants’ logs will provide the contact and spot data that researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and at Virginia Tech will use to study eclipse-induced ionospheric effects.

Event rules and operating procedures are available on the HamSCI website.

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/rsvp-for-the-seqp

ARRL Posts Amateur Radio Parity Act FAQs

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 is now in the US Senate (S. 1534). ARRL has developed and posted a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), “The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Setting the Record Straight,” to explain and to clarify what the passage of the legislation would accomplish — as well as what it would not.

“There has been so much misinformation floating around on forums, blogs, podcasts, etc. regarding the Amateur Radio Parity Act, that we realized a listing of facts as to what the bill is and what it does was long overdue,” said ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s ad hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee.

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Comm Volunteers Needed – Tour de Fresno 2017

Amateur radio communicators are needed to assist with radio communications for the upcoming Tour de Fresno bicycle ride event.

Date & Time:

Saturday September 16, 2017. Time: 0600-1700+

Location:

Locations around the Central Valley

Mission:

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

Manpower needed:

20+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Tour de Fresno 2017 Signup Form

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

Amateur Radio Technician Class September 2017

OFF ROAD ENTHUSIAST? CERT MEMBER? PREPPER?  INTERESTED IN ELECTRONICS?

Free Amateur Radio Technician Class.
This is the first level license class designed to help prepare you to take the Amateur Radio FCC exam. This class is not mandatory but is a great way to learn for the exam and hear real world experience. This is not a class to learn to program radios.

Some home work will be required (Homework) as to help prepare students for the test and also shorten the hours in class. Those that attend ALL CLASSES in the past have a high percentage of passing their first time.

Class Dates

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 8:00am to 4:00pm*

*Exam will be on the last day of class from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location

Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

Sponsored by:

Signup for Classes

www.k6arp.org/fame

Contact for More Info:

CARP Summer Break 2017

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is currently on summer break. There will be no CARP meetings in the months of July or August. Even though we do not have any meetings in the summer months the club has many other activities. Keep checking here on the CARP website and/or check into our Thursday night nets for announcements for our other activities.

2017 EMCOMM Events

February 18, 2017 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park 

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

April 1, 2017 – California Classic Bicycle Ride 

April 29, 2017 – March of Dimes 

May 6, 2017 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride / Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk 

June 24, 2017 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride

July 29, 2017 – Tour de Lakes – 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