Published December 31st, 2006
By Miguel Helft, The New York Times
“Freed from all pretense of practical relevance in an age of digital communications, Morse will now become the object of loving passion by radioheads, much as another ‘dead’ language, Latin, is kept alive today by Latin-speaking enthusiasts around the world,” Paul Saffo, a fellow at the Institute for the Future, wrote in his blog.
It may be the ultimate SOS. Morse Code is in distress.
The language of dots and dashes has been the lingua franca of amateur radio, a vibrant community of technology buffs and hobbyists who have provided a communications lifeline in emergencies and disasters.
That community has been shaken, however, by news that the U.S. government will no longer require Morse Code proficiency as a condition for an amateur radio license. It was deemed dispensable because other modes of communicating over radio, like voice, teletype and even video, have grown in popularity.
Continue reading Holding the Torch for ‘Dead’ Morse Code
Published: January 8, 2007
By CAT SIEH
The Union Democrat
The National Weather Service relies on Mother Lode volunteers to fill in the gaps left by its instruments, but current weather watchers are scattered, leaving many areas with a lack of data.
Of 13 watchers in Calaveras County, many are located in the same communities, leaving other areas with just one volunteer.
Getting in touch with that person on short notice can prove challenging for the NWS.
Continue reading NWS: Weather Watcher Numbers Spotty
First Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.
United Methodist Church
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AMATEUR RADIO VE EXAMS IN FRESNO/CLOVIS
UNLICENSED THRU EXTRA CLASS
ARRL VEC—AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE 2007
Exams for all Amateur license classes will be conducted on the following dates in Fresno California. All exams are given on Saturday and begin at 9:30 AM.
February 17 & 24 – May 19 – August 18 -November 17
Bonaventure Mobile Home Park, 1724 Minnewawa Ave Clovis CA 93612-2545. Exams are held in the community room.
From Highway 99 South of Fresno, exit Clovis Ave. Go north to Shaw and turn left on Shaw to Minnewawa. Turn right on Minnewawa and then left to the Mobile Home Park
From Highway 41 or Highway 99 North of Fresno, take Shaw Ave. exit, turn right (East), to Minnewawa Ave and turn left. Then turn left into the Mobile Home Park.
Theory exams are multiple choice. Express mail is used to send paperwork to ARRL, who sends data to FCC via electronic mail, thus assuring the fastest possible service on new licenses which typically arrive in about two weeks.
- Two IDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, one with photo
- Taxpayer ID Number / Social Security Number
- Fee $14.00 per test session, bring exact change please
IF UPGRADING BRING:
- ULS registration Number or FCC Registration Number
- Original and copy of Amateur License and CSCEÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
Talk in on W6T0 146.940 repeater. Walk-inÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only, no pre-registration required.
More Info?? Contact Charles, (559) 431-2038
10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, January 9, 2007
By JOAN OSTERWALDER
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.
Continue reading Radio Operator Celebrated for Helping Save Sailor
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.
Continue reading HAM Operators Practice for the Times they’re Needed
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.
Continue reading Arkansas Radio Club Making Great (Air)waves
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.
Continue reading Unlike FCC, Fans say Morse is Here to Stay
By KATE PERRY, Staff writer
SCHENECTADY — Forget instant messaging. Amateur radio was the thing for some kids across the country Sunday.
In Schenectady, you could hear a young voice over the scratchy static coming from the transceiver — a radio that can transmit and receive — set up in the basement of the Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium.
“Hi — I’m Carter, and I’m wondering what age you are and what grade you are in. Over,” said an 11-year-old calling out from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Continue reading These Kids are the Next Wave for Ham Radio