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Sawnee Amateur Radio Association uses ham radio for emergencies, fun

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 07:50 PM PST

A local group is able to talk to people on the other side of the world and
report emergencies without using a cell phone or the internet.

Members of the Sawnee Amateur Radio Association use amateur, or ham, radios
for both personal enjoyment and as a source of communication in
emergencies, which member Tom McElroy said is a part of a license each
operator must obtain from the Federal Communications Commission.

“That license says, ‘you can have millions of dollars’ worth of radio
spectrum for your use, however in exchange, in time of need when all else
fails, you people had better be able to operate your radios to serve your
community,” he said. “So we make it fun to serve our community.”

Jim Farmer, the group’s president, said he has met people from across the
country and the world through ham radio and it even led him to his career
in electrical engineering.

Disaster Management dept calendar to feature photo of young ham (India)

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 07:47 PM PST

Kolkata: The achievements of a young ham in the field of disaster
management has received the acknowledgment of the state Disaster Management
& Civil Defence department. A page of the calendar of the department this
year comes with the picture of young ham Saborni Nag Biswas, who is one of
the youngest amateur radio enthusiasts in the country. Saborni has been a
regular in the Gangasagar Mela for the last few years, working with a team
of ham radio operators in close coordination with the state Disaster
Management department and the district administration. This will be her
fourth appearance in the mela. She was instrumental in uniting a couple
from Uttar Pradesh at the mela two years ago, when the husband-wife duo had
been estranged from each other. The helpless woman had sought help from
young Saborni and with the assistance of her ham team, she managed to trace
her husband in 48 hours. "A year back, the couple visited our residence at
Sodepur. It was a great honour for me," said Saborni.

Frederick County man dies after falling through ice near Libertytown

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 07:44 PM PST

A Frederick County man died Friday after attempting to rescue his family’s
dog, which had wandered onto a frozen pond outside his home near

David Collingham, 59, was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital
after spending more than an hour submerged in water under the ice,
according to Tom Coe, deputy chief with the Frederick County Division of
Fire and Rescue Services.


As the owner of International Quality Registrars Corporation — an
accreditation company based in Frederick — Collingham was well-known in the
community. But he was also a titan in the world of amateur radio, where he
went by the call sign K3LP.

In his more than 40 years as a ham radio operator, Collingham befriended
hundreds of people around the world and led dozens of expeditions to
promote amateur radio in hard-to-reach countries, said Paul Ewing, a friend
from San Jose, California.

“There are several hundred thousand amateur radio operators worldwide, and
I would venture to say that most knew of David and knew of his activities,”
Ewing said. “A ham radio friend in Thailand called me early yesterday
morning and asked if I heard the news — that’s how far the word had spread.
It’s a shock and just a deep loss, that this pillar, this giant, is gone.”

Whats the buzz? Ham radio fans fine-tune skills at Brookville conference
(New York)

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 07:39 PM PST

For ham radio enthusiasts gathered at a conference Saturday in Brookville,
it was clear that their calling is a passion.

About 300 fans attended the annual Ham Radio University conference at LIU
Post in Brookville, participating in more than 30 educational forums and
hands-on workshops — from building their first amateur radio stations to
creating their own ham antennas and honing their skills, organizers said.

Luigi Cassetta, 41, of Westchester County, was at his second event and said
he enjoyed the hands-on learning during the Cable Theory and RF Connectors
workshop, where he learned about the different characteristics of the
cables used in ham radios.

German regulator takes action over radio interference

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 07:37 PM PST

The DARC reports that in 2017, the Federal Network Agency BNetzA withdrew
about 460,000 products on the Internet, which could cause radio
interference or electromagnetic incompatibility

A Google English translation says:

"The trend of recent years has it that many unsafe products reach the
German market via the Internet. Many of these products come from the Far
East. We also end offers of unsafe products even where the dealers do not
cooperate with us, "explains Jochen Homann, President of the Federal
Network Agency.

He adds: "Our market surveillance is a contribution to consumer protection,
which also has a preventive effect." In 2017, the Federal Network Agency
ended 665 offers of unsafe products that could cause radio interference or
electromagnetic incompatibility. A total of around 460,000 products were
affected. The trend from the past few years suggests that there are many
unsafe products on the Internet.

FCC to Consider Cellphone Geo-Targeting for Emergency Alerts

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 07:30 PM PST

Emergency alerts warning of flooding, tornadoes or other looming disasters
could be targeted to specific neighborhoods under proposed upgrades to the
nation's emergency alerts system, filling a gap exposed during Hurricane

The proposed changes, announced Tuesday by Federal Communications
Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, would allow officials to use "device-based
geo-targeting" to send alerts to all the cellphones in areas as small as
one-tenth of a mile in radius. The current Wireless Emergency Alerts system
only allows officials to target all cellphones in a county.

"If adopted, it will be the single most important improvement to the
nation's alerts and warnings infrastructure in years," said Francisco
Sanchez, Harris County's deputy emergency management coordinator.

FCC Delivers Year-End Rush of Unlicensed Notices

Posted: 11 Jan 2018 07:27 PM PST

It looks like there were no early New Year’s Eve revelries for the folks in
the enforcement bureau — and no celebrating for the half-dozen individuals
who were issued Notices of Unlicensed Operation by the Federal
Communications Commission at the end of 2017.

The FCC delivered a slew of unlicensed broadcast actions in the last few
days of December 2017 by sending warning notices to a Florida church, a
mortgage funding outfit, an investment corporation and several
alliteratively named individuals.

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