December 4, 2013
Discovering Amateur Radio
Radioqrv.com has published a 30-minute video of an Introduction to ham radio called Discovering Amateur Radio. The video explains and gives examples of some of the many uses of amateur radio technologies from research to disaster communications.
by: Ron Hunt N6MTS
May 2, 2013
Central Valley T-Hunters Report for November 2, 2013
Hidden Transmitter Antenna Overlooking Hensley Lake
Once again, the CV T-Hunters met for another challenging event. We started from the Hwy41 & HWY 145 park-N-Ride lot on Saturday morning at about 10AM. We had 6 teams hunting and we were searching for two transmitters.
2013 SKYWARN Recognition Day
December 7, 2013, from 0000z to 2400z
SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
About 50 offices have already registered and more register each day. At this rate, we’ll likely surpass 100 participating offices again.
If you will be utilizing echolink during SRD and would like to participate via the “Eastern or Western Reflector” please visit VoipWx.net for more details.
November 19, 2013
by Mike Wall
Dazzling Nighttime Rocket Launch Puts 29 Satellites In Orbit, a New Record
A Minotaur 1 rocket rises into the Virginia sky on Nov. 19, 2013, carrying a record-breaking 29 satellites to orbit on the ORS-3 mission. – Credit: NASA TV
A spectacular rocket launch from Virginia’s eastern shore late Tuesday (Nov. 19) lit up the night sky like an artificial sun, kicking off a record-breaking mission to put 29 satellites into orbit.
The Orbital Sciences-built Minotaur 1 rocket launched into space at 8:15 p.m. EST (0115 GMT Wednesday) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to begin the ORS-3 mission, which is run by the U.S. military’s Operationally Responsive Space Office. The launch was expected to be visible to millions of observes along the U.S. East Coast, weather permitting.
CARP and the Central Valley T-Hunters have scheduled the following dates for T-hunts for 2014.
These are the dates for the regular bi-monthly hunts:
- January 4
- March 8
- May 10
- July 26
- September 6
- November 22
All T-hunts start at 10:00AM with starting points to be announced.
Mark your calendars!
Clovis CERT Level-1 Basic Course is scheduled for January 2014
(All classes held at Fire/Police Headquarters – 1233 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612 with the exception of the Simulation. Thursday, Friday classes from 6:30PM – 9PM Saturday classes from 9AM – 2PM.)
If interested reply to: CERT@ci.clovis.ca.us
November 13, 2013
Amateur Radio Satellites Ready to Fly on Dnepr Launch Nov 21
A Russian Dnepr rocket is set to launch on November 21 at 07:10:11 UTC from Dombarovsky near Yasny. This launch is expected to deploy 32 satellites, many of which are amateur radio or experimental using amateur radio frequencies.
Nader, ST2NH has developed graphics depicting the known satellites on the launch, as well as published frequencies of those using amateur radio. Nader’s blog can be found at http://st2nh-blogger.blogspot.co.uk/
November 8, 2013
Amateur Radio Volunteers Ready as Strong Typhoon Hits Philippines
Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm, has hit the Philippines, triggering flooding, destroying buildings, and causing millions to take shelter. Ramon Anquilan, DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) reports that the typhoon made landfall at about 4:40 AM local time November 8 in Guian Estern Samar, about 600 kilometers southeast of Manila. Neighboring provinces are affected. The storm made a second landfall over Dulag-Tolosa, Leyte, with maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour (146 MPH) near the center, with gusts up to 275 kilometers per hour (171 MPH).
“HERO [Ham Emergency Radio Operators] have reported that those along the typhoon path have shut down their radios as they wait out for it to pass,” said DU1UGZ. “In a few hours, we feel we should be hearing them again.” Some 270 pieces of emergency traffic have been posted, with more expected. Earlier PARA called for the frequencies of 7.095 MHz and 144.740 MHz to be kept clear for emergency traffic.
Linked Ham Radio Repeater System Instrumental in Hiker Rescue
A hiker in distress in Nevada is thankful that he had his hand-held transceiver along when he found himself stranded in the hills near Henderson. Western Intertie Network (WIN) System member Jim Frederick, KF6QBW, in Arizona reports he was monitoring the system November 3 around midday when he heard, “Mayday, Mayday. Hiker in distress!” from his WIN System repeater.
“I grabbed a charged battery for my VX-5, and the call came over the radio again,” Frederick says. He responded, and the hiker on the other end, Nathan Rischling, KDØHFM, of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, told him he’d misread the elevation on his topographical map, had ended up on a very steep and rough area, had stuck his hand on a cactus, and could find no safe way out of his situation. He had a GPS, however, and was able to provide Frederick with his precise coordinates. Rischling said he had a day’s worth of food and water but needed help getting off the mountain, as he would not get back to his starting point before sundown and didn’t think his GPS battery would last out the trip.
Written by G0DUB for VK3PC
November 8, 2013 10:44
Super Typhoon hits the Philippines
The Super Typhoon Haiyan has affected the Philippines, triggering flooding, destroying buildings and causing millions of people to take shelter.
Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) reports that the typhoon made landfall at about 4.40am local time today in Guian Estern Samar, about 600 kilometres southeast of Manila, and neighbouring provinces are affected.
Then it made second landfall over Dulag-Tolosa, Leyte with maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometres per hour near the centre and gusting up to 275 kph.