Tenn. Emergency Crews Train w/ Ham Operators

WTVF News Channel 5

FRANKLIN, TN, Jan. 20, 2007 – What would happen if disaster hit Middle Tennessee and wiped out emergency radio communication?

It turns out many communities would rely on amateur radio operators.

When county radios and cell phones won’t work, battery-powered radios manned by ham or amateur radio operators would still be up and running.

A network of such operators would help deliver crucial information and get help where it’s needed. For example, after Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast in 2005, some of the first calls for help came from ham radios.

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Bill Puts BPL in Ham’s Way

Ham radio enthusiasts demand study of interference from broadband over power lines.

Red Herring
by Cassimir Medford

Jan. 19, 2007 – A bill wending its way through the United States Congress would force a regulatory agency to determine whether ham radio operators are on the right frequency or just full of static.

Amateur radio operators claim that broadband over power line (BPL) technology is polluting the airwaves used by ham radio fans as well as emergency services.

U.S. Representative Mike Ross (D-Arkansas), a ham radio enthusiast, reintroduced the Emergency Amateur Radio Interference Protection Act, the 2007 version of a bill that was included in the ill-fated Telecommunications Act, which died in the U.S. Senate last year.

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FCC drops Morse requirement from amateur radio license

by Andrew Childers

Jan. 15, 2007 – Dropping Morse code from licensing requirements left some amateur radio operators beeping mad, but suited Bruce Becker just fine.

The Pasadena man, president of ARINC’s 20-member amateur radio club, came up one word short on his Morse code test during his last stab at a technician’s license 15 years ago and never found the time to test again.

“Right now I can use a high powered walkie talkie,” he said ruefully.

Last month the Federal Communications Commission announced it would be dropping the 170- year-old Morse code as a requirement from its technician licenses for amateur radio operators. The decision, debated for years, appalled some diehard Morse fans.

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‘Scouting 100’ Ham Radio Award

The World Scout Bureau is sponsoring the ‘Scouting 100 Radio Award’ for contacting Scout stations via Amateur Radio during 2007 – the centenary of Scouting.

This international award is also available to short-wave listeners and stations may be worked/logged on all bands and modes including EchoLink and IRLP, and endorsements are available for special modes or bands, such as “All Satellite Contacts” or “All QRP Contacts.

Award activity will focus around the international Scout frequencies

Complete details are on the Scouting 100 Award Web site www.scouting100award.org

Radio Licensing Test Removes Morse Requirement

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Dot, dash faithful say language has ‘mystique to it that will always attract people’

A staccato stream of dots and dashes squeezes through the speakers of the 1,500-watt radio, and Dave Fuseler reaches over to turn up the volume.

Somewhere out there, someone is talking in another dead language.

“Some people fall in love with it,” Fuseler says, listening to the Morse code transmission coming in from another ham radio operator.

All around the Lowcountry, operators like Fuseler are talking about the government’s recent decision to remove the Morse code from tests to get an amateur radio license. It is the end of an era, but it’s not like they didn’t see it coming. The historic code has been on its way out for years.
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Radiofest 2007

Radiofest 2007
Sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School ARC

Saturday, February 24
7:00 am to 2:00 pm

General Stillwell Community Center
Ord Military Community (old Fort Ord)
4260 Gigline Road
Seaside, CA 93955

Talk in frequency 146.970 MHz – PL 94.8

Sal DeFranco, N6SPD
PO Box 721
Seaside, CA 93955-0721
Phone: 831-394-6678
Fax: 831-394-3461
Email: sal@n6spd.com


Amateur Radio Fans ‘Ham’ it up During Festival

Published: January 14, 2007
By BOBBY HARRELL, staff writer

Lakewood, S.C. – Antenna equipment was among the wares on display during Saturday’s Hamfest.

Emmie Patience, of Belton, lived out her name during Hurricane Hugo in 1989. She was on her ham radio for eight days straight, acting as net manager for a network of radio operators during and after the hurricane, which devastated parts of Puerto Rico, South Carolina and North Carolina.

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The Fellowship of the Hams

Published Saturday, January 6, 2007
By Amanda Pennington
The Daily Pilot

Amateur radio operators can ham it up, but they’re quick to help in an emergency, as a local sailor found when he was stranded.

Gordon and Suzy West have made friends all over the country and all over the world, but not necessarily because of extensive world travel.

The Costa Mesa couple are “hams.” Antennae jut out from the roof of their house, and there’s a room dedicated to two-way and worldwide radios, screens, transceivers and other gadgetry. Gordon West has been a licensed ham radio operator for over 40 years, his wife for about 30 years.

Ham radio is more than a hobby for the Wests and their fellow hams — a fellowship they called a fraternity. It’s a way to stay connected in times of crisis.
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Holding the Torch for ‘Dead’ Morse Code

Published December 31st, 2006
By Miguel Helft, The New York Times
E-Commerce 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.

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