Ham Operators are a Cut Above the Rest

The Times of India

In the time of Internet and cellphones, ham radio is closer to heritage than technology. But this ancient means of radio communication is, against all expectations, fascinating the young. They are joining ham groups in impressive numbers.

Like this group of 12 fans who have gathered in a flat on a lazy Sunday. These are the members of The Mumbai Amateur Radio Society. There is visible excitement on their faces. They have just made their first contact of the day with a person who has an Italian call sign (identification code), but is currently in Saudi Arabia. The contact’s call sign is IT9ESW, a language these people understand.

Eighteen-year-old Bhoumik Shah, a science undergraduate, is trying to listen into the conversation between IT9ESW and MARS, which has 220 members of whom 40 are in the age group of 15 to 21. A ham radio operator is an amateur who uses advanced equipment to communicate with other enthusiasts around the world.

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DirecTV Considers Internet Via Power Lines

by Ed Oswald
BetaNews

DirecTV is considering offering broadband internet service via power lines next year, with the company mulling a wide-scale test in a major US city.

The satellite provider is one of several talking to power-line Internet equipment manufacturers about offering high-speed Internet services. A test to see if such a service is feasible would occur in a “top 50” city and would have a coverage area of at least half the city.

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VE Exam: Clovis

AMATEUR RADIO VE EXAM IN CLOVIS

Sponsor:
Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers
Date/Time:
Tuesday June 19, 2007, 7:00 pm.

Location:
Clovis Senior Center
Exercise Room
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA 93612

Information:
Theory exams are multiple choice.

Bring:

  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number / Social Security Number
  • Cost $14.00

If Upgrading Bring:

  • ULS registration Number or FCC Registration Number
  • Original and copy of Amateur License and CSCE’s

Contact:
Ray Harkins
(559) 270-0520
info@k6arp.org

Website:
http://www.k6arp.org/

Registration:
Walk-in’s Allowed

Postage Rate Increase on Monday

ABC30.com

Be sure to pick up some two-cent stamps and generic first-class postage this weekend.

Saturday is the last day you can mail a letter for 39 cents. Starting Monday, the rate gets bumped up to 41 cents. Postal officials say mail that won’t get picked up until Monday should have higher postage, but it usually allows some leeway when rates change.

Also: For the first time, the u-s-p-s will begin charging by the shape of mail. That means larger envelopes and packages will automatically cost more than smaller mail.

    Here are some prices you need to know:

  • First-Class® letters $0.41 (first ounce) $0.17 (each additional ounce)
  • First-Class® Large Envelopes $0.80 (first ounce) $0.17 (each additional ounce)
  • First-Class® Packages $1.13 (first ounce) $0.17 (each additional ounce)
  • Priority Mail® Flat Rate Boxes $8.95
  • Priority Mail® Flat Rate Envelopes $4.60

VE Exam: Oakhurst

AMATEUR RADIO VE EXAM IN OAKHURST

Sponsor:
Mountain Amateur Radio Club

Date/Time:
Sunday June 10, 2007, 1:00 pm.
Sunday September 16, 2007, 1:00 pm.

Location:
7th Day Adventist Church
Holbrook Hall
5060 Road 426
Oakhurst, CA 93644

Directions:
Turn off Hwy. 41 onto Road 426. Go approximately 2.7 miles up Road 426 to Road 423 and the church will be on the right-hand side of the road.

Information:
Bring two forms of personal identification and Taxpayer ID (Social Security Number) or FRN registration number. Original and a copy of your license (if any) and the Original and a copy of any CSCE’s that you possess. The test fee will be $14.

Contact:
Edward Hamilton N6XOH
(559) 642-2789

Website:

Registration:
Walk-in’s Allowed

Talk-in will be on the 147.180+ repeater.


VE Exam: Bakersfield

AMATEUR RADIO VE EXAM IN BAKERSFIELD

Sponsor:
LDS Church

Date/Time:
Saturday June 2, 2007, 3:30 pm.

Location:
LDS Church
5500 Fruitvale Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Information:
Cram Session Starts at 8:00 am

Theory exams are multiple choice.

Bring:

  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number / Social Security Number
  • Cost $14.00

If Upgrading Bring:

  • ULS registration Number or FCC Registration Number
  • Original and copy of Amateur License and CSCE’s

Contact:
Walter H. Wisniewski
wwisniewski@bak.rr.com
(661) 769-8654

Registration:
Walk-in’s Allowed

VE Exam: Visalia

AMATEUR RADIO VE EXAM IN VISALIA

Sponsor:
Tulare County Amateur Radio Club

Date/Time:
Tuesday May 15, 2007, 6:30 pm.

Location:
Tulare County Supervisor’s Chambers
2800 W. Burrel Ave
Visalia, CA

Information:
Theory exams are multiple choice.

Bring:

  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number / Social Security Number
  • Cost $14.00

If Upgrading Bring:

  • ULS registration Number or FCC Registration Number
  • Original and copy of Amateur License and CSCE’s

Contact:
David Millhouse
davidmillhouse@sbcglobal.net
(559) 734-0355
(559) 799-1429

Website:
http://kc6yru.net/tcarc/index.html

Registration:
Walk-in’s Allowed, but Pre-Registration is PREFERRED!

Redding Emergency Drill

Acorn-Online.com – The Redding Pilot

CERT: Emergency sheltering drill enhances Redding volunteers’ skills

Bright blue cots in precise rows dotted Joel Barlow High School’s gym, while people in caps and day-glow yellow vests scurried about. Outside, a hazardous materials decontamination unit and a trailer with accommodations for pets hosted occasional visitors in the front parking lot during the Community Emergency Response Team sheltering drill Saturday morning.

Greeters in CERTS (Community Emergency Response Team) hats and vests waited outside to give directions to visitors. A cheery welcome committee waited just inside the school doors to check in those needing assistance. Two information officers, First Selectman Natalie Ketcham and Jane Hamilton Merritt, were on hand, rounding up stray reporters.
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VE Exam: Porterville ARA

AMATEUR RADIO VE EXAM IN TERRA BELLA

Sponsor:
Porterville Amateur Radio Association

Date/Time:
Friday May 18, 2007, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Location:
Carl Smith Middle School
23825 Ave 92
Terra Bella,

Information:
Theory exams are multiple choice.

Bring:

  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number / Social Security Number
  • Cost $10.00

If Upgrading Bring:

  • ULS registration Number or FCC Registration Number
  • Original and copy of Amateur License and CSCE’s

Contact:
Pat Kieffer kg6wg@juno.com

Website:

VE EXAM: Kern County CVARC

AMATEUR RADIO VE EXAM IN BAKERSFIELD

Sponsor:
Kern County Central Valley Amateur Radio Club

Date/Time:
Second Friday of every Odd Month at 6:30 pm.
(January, March, May, July, September, November)

Location:
Wilson Road Vetrans Hall
1905 Wilson Rd., Room 3
Bakersfield, CA

Information:
Theory exams are multiple choice.

Bring:

  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number / Social Security Number

If Upgrading Bring:

  • ULS registration Number or FCC Registration Number
  • Original and copy of Amateur License and CSCE’s

Contact:
KCCVARC Info Line
(661) 872-1557

Website:
http://www.w6lie.org/

Walk-ins are allowed.

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California