ZL3X WPX SSB 2013 video | Southgate Amateur Radio News


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ZL3X, The Quake Contesters – a new contest group formed in 2012 and named after the large series of earthquakes that have plagued Christchurch since September 2010 – have released a short video of their activities during the 2013 ZL3X WPX contest …

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Nice, informative video by our ham friends in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Hams Needed For Public Service Event – 9/28 | Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association


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Hams Needed For Public Service Event – 9/28 | Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association http://t.co/8z4EW4QlbU

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Here’s an opportunity for Massachusetts hams to help a worthwhile cause.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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LETTER: Residents on both side of the border need to work together to fight … – South Delta Leader


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LETTER: Residents on both side of the border need to work together to fight …

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

This angry letter concerning those "monstrous 150-foot towers" of this AM broadcast station gave me a mild chuckle.  For once, amateur radio operators weren’t on the receiving end of community ire.  This article is full of NIMBY (not in my backyard) sentiments and overblown charges that the proposed towers will somehow ruin the quality of life in these border cities.  If the cross border communities wish to stop the expansion of this 50 KW directional station, they should cite specific studies showing how this station endangers life…That means demonstrable results, statistics, and recorded health events.  On Hawaii Island, residents get inundated with the same poorly-defined arguments against cellualar telephone towers.  One should base opposition on facts and results, not emotional tirades.  It may well be that this radio station presents a real danger to the community, but where are the studies, facts, and results backing up the community position.  Has anyone called for a formal study to investigate these fears?  Chicken Little is alive and well in a society poorly versed in science and objective thinking.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Entrepreneur turns ham radio skills into cellphone repair business – Frederick News Post (subscription)


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Entrepreneur turns ham radio skills into cellphone repair business
Frederick News Post (subscription)
CDC Cellular Repair Services, LLC has recently opened at 5716-E Industry Lane.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

An excellent story about the practical application of skills learned through Amateur Radio.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur Radio Licensing Exam in Bangladesh – Southgate Amateur Radio Club


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Amateur Radio Licensing Exam in Bangladesh
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
After 5 years, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC) has announced, ‘Amateur radio licensing exam 2013’ will be held on 9th of November 2013.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

This is a major step in promoting the use of Amateur Radio in a country often buffeted by cyclones and flooding.  Good luck to all those testing for their amateur radio licenses.  You have much to offer your country.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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FUNcube-1 launch date announced – Southgate Amateur Radio Club


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FUNcube-1 launch date announced
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
… stimulation and encouragement for students to become interested in all STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) subjects in an unique way.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

The FUNcube-1 will be launched on 21 November 2013.  The 1U CubeSat "will provide a signal directly from a satellited to the classroom…and wil support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects.  The bird will also carry an amateur radio transponder.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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HamRadioNow KickStarter for DCC is over the top… !!! – Southgate Amateur Radio Club


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HamRadioNow KickStarter for DCC is over the top… !!!
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
The conference takes place September 20-22, 2013 in Seattle and is the showcase for the latest hardware and software advances in amateur radio.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

The TAPR-ARRL Digital Communications Conference will be held in Seattle from 20-22 September 2013.  Fundraisers have generated $12,427 for the original goal of $10,000.  For details, visit http://www.tapr.org/dcc.html.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Antenna Topics: The Bent Dipole or …


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Have you ever wanted to erect a full half wave dipole antenna for your favorite amateur radio band, but just didn’t have enough horizontal space to put the antenna? This could be a problem for 80 and 40 meter dipoles, which …

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Some recent notes from my Amateur Radio Antenna blog.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Launch of Cassiope Slips to Sept. 10


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The first launch of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on the first mission not relating to a NASA initiative, will have to wait a bit longer. Liftoff of the Cassiope communications satellite on the highly successful F9 launch vehicle has been pushed back five days, from Sept. 5 to Sept. 10.

 

The launch window extends two hours, opening at 4 p.m. GMT and closing two hours later at 6 p.m. GMT (12-2 p.m. EDT and 9-11 a.m. PDT).

 

Cassiope is a communications satellite owned by MacDonald Detwiller & Associates Inc. Upon reaching orbit it will assist as part of a digital broadcast courier service and study Earth’s ionosphere.

 

 

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

This launch of a non-NASA related satellite will be delayed until 10 September.  Private business is getting more involved in launch vehicles, a trend that could reduce costs associated with satellities.  Has AMSAT looked into having private companies launch their satellites?  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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First 3D Printer Launching to Space Station in 2014


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A 3D printer is slated to arrive at the International Space Station next year, where it will crank out the first parts ever manufactured off planet Earth.

The company Made in Space is partnering with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on the 3D Printing in Zero G Experiment (or 3D Print for short), which aims to jump-start an off-planet manufacturing capability that could aid humanity’s push out into the solar system.

 

“The 3D Print experiment with NASA is a step towards the future. The ability to 3D-print parts and tools on demand greatly increases the reliability and safety of space missions while also dropping the cost by orders of magnitude,” Made in Space CEO Aaron Kemmer said in a statement.

 

“The first printers will start by building test coupons, and will then build a broad range of parts, such as tools and science equipment,” he added.

The 3D printer is slated to blast off in August 2014, tagging along with a cargo mission private spaceflight company SpaceX is launching to the orbiting lab for NASA.

 

The device will build objects layer by layer out of polymers and other materials, using a technique called extrusion additive manufacturing. The blueprints for these objects will be pre-loaded onto a computer bound for the orbiting lab or uplinked from Earth, Made in Space officials said.

Advocates say 3D printing can help make living in space easier and cheaper.

 

For example, more than 30 percent of the spare parts currently aboard the International Space Station can be manufactured by Made in Space’s machine, company co-founder and chief technologist Jason Dunn told NASA chief Charles Bolden and congressman Mike Honda (D-Calif.) during a presentation at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Ca.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

If the 3D printer is successful on board the ISS, many of the parts needed to run the station can be produced in orbit.  Supporters of the 3D printer project believe the device could make "living in space easier and cheaper."  I can think of a variety of Amateur Radio uses for the device, including making parts for your transceiver, power supply, transmatch, or antenna when needed.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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