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Radio Operator Celebrated for Helping Save Sailor

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, January 9, 2007
By JOAN OSTERWALDER
The Press-Enterprise

A Riverside ham radio operator was hailed as a hero by the family of an American sailor who was rescued in the South American sea and arrived safely back in the United States on Tuesday.

Michael Morales, 55, was a lifeline to the family of Ken Barnes, who was adrift for three days more than 500 miles from the Chilean coast after a storm disabled his yacht.

Barnes, 47, of Newport Beach, attempted to become the first solo sailor to circle the globe from the West Coast. He left Long Beach on Oct. 28 and ran into a fierce storm that damaged his 44-foot ketch. Barnes called for help Jan. 2 and was picked up Friday by the fishing trawler Polar Pesca 1, backed by Chilean navy aircraft.
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HAM Operators Practice for the Times they’re Needed

Saturday, January 6, 2007
By Curt Hodges
The Jonesboro Sun

JONESBORO — While the Internet, cell phones and other modern means of communications are the hot things today, amateur radio is still the old standby.

During disasters, when all electricity is gone, ham radio operators are still the first-line crew — after practicing for the time they will be needed.

They’re all volunteers, giving of their own time, equipment and other things, said Jack Richardson of Jonesboro, a longtime amateur radio operator and retired as Craighead County’s director of emergency services and preparedness.

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Arkansas Radio Club Making Great (Air)waves

By Matt Doran
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

Becoming a licensed amateur radio operator in 1968, when hobby radio was in its “infantile” stages, proved a fateful decision for Brighton Township’s Jim Kvochick.

As a young man, he landed a job with a radio station because employers there figured he could pass the commercial radio test if he’d passed his amateur radio test, he said. Now 54 years old, Kvochick has been able to leverage his hobby of exploring technology into a position as a technology consultant for AT&T, a job he said he enjoys.

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Unlike FCC, Fans say Morse is Here to Stay

By Brian Albrecht, Reporter

The Plain Dealer
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If you can read this — it means goodbye — you’re conversant in Morse code, a language of dots and dashes that has linked people around the world for more than 150 years.

Recent action by the Federal Communications Commission, however, may prompt some to wonder whether this historic format of radio and telegraphy will soon join hieroglyphics in the dusty locker of dead languages.
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Daylight Savings Time Ends

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 amends the Uniform Time Act of 1966 by changing the start and end dates of daylight saving time starting in 2007. Clocks will be set ahead one hour on the second Sunday of March instead of the current first Sunday of April. Clocks will be set back one hour on the first Sunday in November, rather than the last Sunday of October. This will make electronic clocks that had pre-programmed dates for adjusting to daylight saving time obsolete and will require updates to computer operating systems. The date for the end of daylight saving time has the effect of increasing evening light on Halloween (October 31).

Daylight Savings Time Begins

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 amends the Uniform Time Act of 1966 by changing the start and end dates of daylight saving time starting in 2007. Clocks will be set ahead one hour on the second Sunday of March instead of the current first Sunday of April. Clocks will be set back one hour on the first Sunday in November, rather than the last Sunday of October. This will make electronic clocks that had pre-programmed dates for adjusting to daylight saving time obsolete and will require updates to computer operating systems. The date for the end of daylight saving time has the effect of increasing evening light on Halloween (October 31).