Alaska’s HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska, will soon undertake its first scientific research campaigns since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. Among the investigators is UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, who will be working under a National Science Foundation grant, “RAPID: Spatiotemporal Evolution of Radio-Induced Aurora.” Fallen says the HAARP transmissions will take place within the facility’s transmitter tuning range of 2.7 to 10 MHz and should be audible outside of Alaska and may even produce visible effects within the state.

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What Makes People Attracted Towards Ham Radio Sessions

Until now we all know some interesting facts and figures about Ham Radio, as this is a known hobby used to identify Amateur Radio, which brings all the electronic tools, communications altogether. It is quite obvious nowadays that the internet is full of DX radio information and accessing such info is one click away and millions of users are being attracted towards this tech. Not just this, the reason behind this attraction is beyond this.

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January VHF Rover Review

Participating in a radio contest actively was something I had yet to do before the VHF / UHF contest in January. With some inspiration from Rick (W6KKO) who was at the time actively preparing his home station to participate as single operator came the discussion of driving to the different grid squares and making contact. It was at that time I was told about rover stations. I decided that with all the stations in the area putting forth the effort and improving their stations, I would add two more radios to my truck and at least help them get more points. I never intended on keeping my score, as I was working solo and some of the contacts may come while I was moving. You never know, an operator from the Central Valley may be recognized as the winner, I thought.

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K6ARP Takes Division in 2016 ARRL January VHF Contest

ARRL January VHF Contest 2016 Award for K6ARP
ARRL January VHF Contest 2016 Award for K6ARP

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) received an award from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for First Place in the San Joaquin Valley Section and the Pacific Division, and 9th Place W/VE in the Multioperator category of the ARRL January VHF Contest in 2016.

Operators Rob Mavis AE6GE, Rick Tybursky W6KKO amassed a score of 10,800 points from the Bear Mountain Buzzards Contest Station.

“Mysterious Foghorn” is Chinese Over-the-Horizon Burst Radar

A waveform of the Chinese OTH radar “foghorn.” [Courtesy of Wolf Hadel, DK2OM]
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports a mysterious “foghorn” — a Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) burst radar — is operating in Amateur Radio bands.

“We observed the mysterious foghorn on 7, 10, and 14 MHz,” the newsletter recounted. “This is a Chinese OTH radar, which is often jumping, and sounding like a foghorn.” The signal is frequency modulation on pulse (FMOP) with 66.66 sweeps-per-second bursts.

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ARRL Board of Directors Adopts Legislative Objectives for 115th Congress

The ARRL Board of Directors has unanimously adopted five legislative objectives for the 115th US Congress. The Board took the action when it met in Connecticut January 20-21. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the session.

The first objective is to seek early congressional passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017, H.R. 555 and of any Senate companion bill that might be introduced. H.R. 555 cleared the House on January 23. The Board was told that specific instructions to the FCC on implementation of the bill would be included in the report language from Congress.

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