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15 year-old radio ham helps save the day

The Hindu reports how Tom K. Jose VU3TMO traveled to a cyclone-hit city and used his amateur radio skills to contribute to disaster management

When Hudhud swept through Visakhapatnam disrupting its communication network and a team of amateur radio (Ham) operators from the city were sought, the 15-year-old student of Little Flower Junior College, Uppal, volunteered for the task.

Ofcom: Packet radio systems and beacons

The Ofcom website carries a statement regarding the replacement of RSGB 'Letters of Authority' for packet radio systems and beacons

Ofcom say:
In past years, a number of variations were issued to individual Amateur Radio licensees via the Radio Society of Great Britain (“RSGB”).
The letters that the RSGB sent suggested that it was the RSGB who was authorising the use of radio apparatus.

Towards a new RAYNET

The RSGB website carries a statement regarding the structure of amateur radio emergency communications in the UK

The Board of the RSGB and the Committee of Management of RAEN have agreed to the formation of a Joint Working Group to facilitate a closer working relationship between the two organisations.

It will also explore ways in which RAYNET could become a single, unified body that would support and co-ordinate the work of all groups and members.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1941 October 24 2014

Hams in the Philippines to assist in Manila crime watch
The Sun unleashes an X class flare on October 22
China launches a ham radio payload to circle the moon
CQ clarifies policy statement in regard to Crimea in contest scoring
VA announces plans for its own High Frequency radio network
Russia plans to launch newly designed smart mini satellites
How to collect cosmic rays on a smart phone

http://www.arnewsline.org/storage/audio/nsln1941.mp3

Ingen sändning från Grimeton FN-dagen den 24 oktober

Den planerade sändningen under FN-dagen i morgon, 24 oktober, från Grimeton SAQ på 17,2 kHz är inställd. Antennerna används av andra system.

The planned transmission from Grimeton SAQ on 17.2 kHz is cancelled. The antennas are in use by other systems.

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//Erik SM7DZV

Grimeton sänder på FN-dagen den 24 oktober

Grimeton/SAQ kommer troligen att sända med sin Alexanderson alternator den 24 oktober, på FN-dagen. Vi är inte hundraprocentigt säkra på att ha tillgång till antennen, eftersom en annan organisation använder den.

– Sändningen kommer som vanligt att ske på 17,2 kHz klockan 10:00 UTC. Start och avstämning börjar 09:30 UTC. Meddelandet som sänds har skrivits av danska studenter. Denna gång efterfrågas inga lyssnarrapporter. QSL kommer inte att besvaras.

RSGB helps pupils celebrate the birth of global radio communications

Pupils at Mill Hill School in London are taking to the airwaves this week to mark the 90th anniversary of the historic contact between Cecil Goyder, a former pupil at Mill Hill School, and Frank Bell, a New Zealand sheep farmer.

The radio station (2SZ) is being run by RSGB volunteers and throughout the week small groups of pupils are visiting it, learning about amateur radio and having the opportunity to speak over the air.

ARRL Executive Committee Adopts Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy

The ARRL Executive Committee has adopted an updated Policy Statement http://www.arrl.org/mobile-amateur-radio-policy on Amateur Radio mobile operation. While agreeing that driver inattention is a leading cause of auto accidents and that concern over driver distraction "is not unreasonable," the policy cites Amateur Radio's 70-year history of two-way mobile operation as evidence that such radio use does not contribute to driver inattention.

Hams help in cyclone disaster

Infrastructure is still being restored following Cyclone Hudhud on Sunday that hit Odisha in the Bay of Bengal on the east coast of India.

National disaster communication coordinator, Jayu Bhide VU2JAU said it uprooted 75% of trees, blocked most roads, cut power and communication lines.

He said, "There was no water, petrol pumps were out of action and airports closed. So far 22 people had been killed, others injured and many made homeless."

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