The Northern Lights and other auroras are disappearing from some parts of Earth — but scientists predict a big comeback

aurora australis nasa space station ex52 june 25 2017The Aurora Australis on June 25, 2017, as seen from the International Space Station. NASA

First, the bad news for stargazers: Auroras are going dark in many parts of the world.

The number of these atmospheric light shows won’t bottom out for several years, which means locations far from Earth’s poles — such as the UK and northern continental US — may rarely if ever see the Northern Lights during that time. A study published earlier this year hints this dearth of auroras may last for decades.

But there’s plenty of good news.

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2018 EMCOMM Events

February 17, 2018 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park – Signup

March 3, 2018 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA  – Signup

April 7, 2018 – California Classic Bicycle Ride  – Signup
& March of Dimes Walk – Signup

April 21, 2018 – Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk – Signup

May 5, 2018 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – Signup

June 30, 2018 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – Signup

September 8, 2018 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride – Signup

October 13, 2018 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Signup

Voyager 1 spacecraft thrusters fired up for first time since 1980

By Alaa Elassar and Ralph Ellis, CNN

(CNN)It’s a good idea to have a backup plan, especially in interstellar space.

NASA scientists needed to reorient the 40-year-old Voyager 1 — the space agency’s farthest spacecraft — so its antenna would point toward Earth, 13 billion miles away. But the “attitude control thrusters,” the first option to make the spacecraft turn in space, have been wearing out.

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Amateur Radio-Carrying D-Star One CubeSat among Spacecraft Apparently Lost

The first Amateur Radio satellite to employ the D-Star digital voice and data format — D-Star One — was among about 20 secondary payloads lost on November 28 after an otherwise nominal launch of a three-stage Soyuz 2.1 booster from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome in the far reaches of eastern Russia. The mission carried the Russian Meteor M2-1 satellite — the primary payload — as well as a Canadian Telestar experimental satellite, and 17 other secondary payloads, including D-Star One. According to reports, a fault occurred in the sophisticated and autonomous Fregat upper stage, which, after separating from the launch vehicle, inserts multiple spacecraft into their respective orbits. A so-called “space tug,” Fregat has been in service for nearly 2 decades and has suffered three previous failures. Russian space agency Roscosmos is investigating the Fregat failure.

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CARP Christmas Party – Friday December 1st, 2017 – Please RSVP

Come join us for the annual CARP Christmas Party on Friday December 1st at 7:00 pm in the Clovis Senior Center classroom.  Hope to see you there, it is always have a good time, great food and a lot of fun.

The festivities for the evening include:

Food

The dinner is pot-luck style with the club providing turkey, ham and tri-tip for the main dish along with rolls and coffee. Please bring a side dish, salad or desert. Please signup/RSVP what you are bringing at the Perfect Potluck website.

Awards

There will be participation awards and the prestigious CARP Bonehead award.

Drawings

There will be a general prize drawing and a grand prize drawing:

General Drawing

Prizes include Amazon 7″ Fire Tablet, flashlights, teddy bear, gift certificates, and more!

Grand Prize Drawing

4 – Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets 

Membership Drawing

Pay your 2017 CARP Club membership dues between now and at the Christmas Party and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a special prize.

Time/Date:

Friday December 1st 2017 at 7:00 pm

RSVP:

Please signup/RSVP what you are bringing at the Perfect Potluck website.

Location:

Clovis Senior Center – Classroom
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA

Contact:

info@k6arp.org

Website:

http://www.k6arp.org

2018 EMCOMM Events

February 17, 2018 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park – Signup

March 3, 2018 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA  – Signup

April 7, 2018 – California Classic Bicycle Ride  – Signup
& March of Dimes Walk – Signup

April 21, 2018 – Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Walk – Signup

May 5, 2018 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride – Signup

June 30, 2018 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride – Signup

September 8, 2018 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride – Signup

October 13, 2018 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride – Signup

Status Report: The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 – S. 1534is alive, but with legislative action slowed to a glacial pace on Capitol Hill in recent months, there’s been no real progress to report since this past summer. At present, the bill is under consideration by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and it remains an active concern for ARRL. The League is working diligently to shake the bill loose and move it forward.

While it may appear that time is short, S. 1534 does not need to pass the Senate by this years’ end. We have until the current session of Congress adjourns, which is not until December 31, 2018. Once the bill passes both Houses, the FCC would still have to implement its essence in the Part 97 Amateur Service rules.

Introduced on July 12, 2017, S. 1534 marked another step forward for the landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sponsored the bill in the Senate. The US House version of the legislation, HR 555, passed the House of Representatives by unanimous consent in January 2017.

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/status-report-the-amateur-radio-parity-act-of-2017

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