Ham Radio to Supplement Storm Communications

by Tim Donnelly
Beaufort Gazette,
Beaufort SC

While professional, state-of-the-art equipment will take center stage during the area’s recovery from a hurricane, an old hobbyist pastime just might come to the rescue if all else fails.

Hilton Head Island is joining a growing disaster preparation trend by installing amateur radios to use as a backup system if the multitude of other communications systems is knocked by a storm.

It’s the same system — ham radio — hobbyists around the world have used to talk to each other for almost 100 years. It’s also the same one that helped relay distress signals and emergency information during Hurricane Katrina and other disasters while other lines were down or jammed.

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Ham Radioheads

by Alleen Lang
Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Online, Tooele UT

Amateur radio enthusiasts have been on the cutting edge of communications for 100 years, and the hobby continues to thrive in Tooele County with new hams applying for licenses every year.

There are a lot of different hobbies within the hobby” of amateur radio, said Ray Riding, past president of the West Desert Amateur Radio Club.Electronics, communication, the science of radio waves and the good feelings of helping a community in need are aspects of the hobby drawing an enthusiastic following.

Amateur radio brought Dave Williams to his current profession as communications technician for the Tooele County Emergency Management program.

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March of Dimes WalkAmerica 2007
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be providing communication support for the event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers. If you wish to participate with radio communications, please contact Rob Mavis.

SundayApril 22, 2007 – 7:30am

Woodward Park – Mountain View Shelter

Required Equipment:
2-meter HT

Suggested Equipment:
Jacket (It has rained in the past at this event)

Rob Mavis AE6GE
(559) 440-6053

More information as it becomes available.

Texas Group Hams it up with Amateur Radio

by Katy Moore, Staff Writer
Star Community Newspapers

February 14, 2007 – When disaster struck the Gulf Coast in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, cell phone towers were knocked out and communications came to a standstill in that region.

It took weeks for communications to be restored. It was a slow process, one that left many people wondering where their loved ones were and how anyone would rebuild.

Only one group had any access to the outside world. At least, that’s what Tom Brewer says. Brewer is the program director for the Metrocrest Amateaur Radio Society, and he said that in a tough situation, the most advanced technology sometimes fails and it’s left to the amateurs to go back to the basics.

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University of North Texas to add Ham Clubs

UNT’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering laying groundwork for student robotics, amateur radio clubs
UNT News Service

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Based on student demand, the University of North Texas’ Department of Computer Science and Engineering is planning to add two new student-led clubs. Organizational meetings are scheduled for Feb. 16 (Friday) for a UNT Robotics Society club, and a UNT amateur radio club.

David Keathly, UNT lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the department of computer science and engineering, has agreed to assist the two groups in their formation and will serve as initial faculty sponsor.

The Robotics Society will build robots, investigate concepts in robotics, participate in competitions, and assist as judges, coaches and mentors for middle and high school competitions. Keathly says, “The intent of the club is to enter a variety of competitions that are available to college students. Probably the best known of those clubs is the ‘RoboCup’ robot soccer competition.”

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Time Change to Bring Computer Glitches

A Mini, Minor Y2K: Earlier Daylight-Saving Time Could Foil Computer Calendars

By BRIAN BERGSTEIN,The Associated Press
ABC News online

For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft Corp. warns that users of its calendar programs “should view any appointments … as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees.” Wow, that’s sort of jarring is something treacherous afoot?

Actually, it’s a potential problem in any software that was programmed before a 2005 law decreed that daylight-saving time would start three weeks earlier and end one week later, beginning this year. Congress decided that more early evening daylight would translate into energy savings.

Software created earlier is set to automatically advance its timekeeping by one hour on the first Sunday in April, not the second Sunday in March (that’s March 11 this year).

The result is a glitch reminiscent of the Y2K bug, when cataclysmic crashes were feared if computers interpreted the year 2000 as 1900 and couldn’t reconcile time appearing to move backward. This bug is much less threatening, but it could cause head-scratching episodes when some computers are an hour off.

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Maine’s Governor Is A Real Ham

Matt Bush, Wed Editor

Governor John Baldacci doesn’t have a lot of free time these days. But between his many meetings and functions he has to attend, he likes to take part in a unique hobby. He is a licensed ham radio operator.

Governor Baldacci first got interested in Ham radio during the 1998 ice storm, and got his license after he was elected governor.

The governor uses the radio to chat with other Ham operators around the world. His call sign is KB1NXP.

The Governor keeps his radio in a location only a Governor could, right next to his homeland security phone and the red phone that is used strictly for state emergencies.

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