Guy wires cut, causing radio tower used by Oregon firefighters to topple
“The tower at this location is used for emergency communication for Loggers, Fire Personnel and Ham Radio Operators,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This is an integral piece of infrastructure in the woods in this particular region, especially with the onset of fire season. Loss of this capability is dangerous to responders, and could greatly impact logging and firefighting operations.” (CCSO)
The full final results have been published for the 2018 ARRL September VHF Contest.
I operated AE6GE Single Op High Power (SOHP) from the W6TV Contest Station located on Bear Mountain east of Fresno (DM06). Operating 6-meters through 1.2 GHz I accumulated a score of 17,697. Not my best score but OK for the amount of activity on the bands. The score was enough to take the Pacific Division in the SOHP category.
In addition 3rd place in 902 MHz and 4th place in 1.2 GHz QSOs overall.
It is sad to note, this was the last contest we would see Ron Hunt N6MTS (SK) operating his rover station. He did place fifth in the Top Ten Classic Rover category for completing 270 QSOs and covering 6 grid squares winning the Pacific Division in the Classic Rover (R) category with 21,586 points.
In 1842, French watchmaker Louis-François Breguet invented a simpler to use but less efficient alternative
By Allison Marsh
Over the years, I’ve played with interactive telegraph exhibits in science centers and museums. I can tap out the common ••• – – – ••• of the emergency distress signal, and I know the letters H (••••) and E (•), but beyond that, Morse code’s patterns of dots and dashes run together in my brain. Stories of telegraph operators who could decipher hundreds of characters a minute still amaze me.
Recently, though, I learned about the needle telegraph. On both the sending and receiving end, the needle or needles would simply point to the desired letter. Finally, a user-friendly telegraph system, provided the user knew how to read.
Korea Post has issued a postage stamp in recognition of the 19th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships, being held September 2 – 8 in Sokcho City, Gangwon Province, Korea. The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) will host the event. Representatives of at least 30 countries, including the US, are expected to participate. Events will include formal ARDF competitions on 2 meters and 80 meters, plus sprints and foxoring. Each country may have up to three persons per age/gender category on its team, in accordance with International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) ARDF rules. Nine men and three women have been preparing to represent the US in Korea.
Some home work will be required (Homework and class schedule) as to help prepare students for the test and also shorten the hours in class. Those that attend ALL CLASSES in the past have a high percentage of passing their first time.
FAME’s recent November/December 2015 class had a 100% (31 out of 31) pass.
Those that attend ALL CLASSES and complete ALL the homework will be entered into a drawing for a FREE hand held radio.
Theory exams are multiple choice. Priority 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 are posted to the FCC database by the end of the week following the exam.
Two ID’s, one with photo
Taxpayer ID Number (Social Security Number), or FCC Registration Number (preferred)
Fee $15.00 per test session. Bring Exact change please
Original and copy of Amateur License if upgrading
Walk in’s only for exam, no pre-registration for exam.
Instruction is based upon the contents Gordon West / W5YI – 2014-2018 Technician Class Book. The manual is available from many sources, but if you call and order the “classroom package” directly from the W5YI group (800 669-9594) let them know you are taking the class from the Fresno FAME group and you will get some additional materials included for free.
On line study questions (This is good to review while studying for the test. These are the EXACT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS for the exam. Check technician class exam)