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GAREC 2009 a success.

The fifth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference, GAREC-2009, hosted by the Japan Amateur Radio League in conjunction with their Ham Fair took place on 24-25 August attended by 29 representatives from 14 countries. The event provided an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and practical experiences with other emergency communications groups.

Space Shuttle Discovery to Launch with Three Hams on Board

Tuesday's launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-128) was scuttled when thunderstorms -- including a lightning strike just five miles from the launch pad -- popped up unexpectedly Monday evening, continuing into Tuesday morning. The shuttle, with a new launch date of Wednesday, August 26, will carry a crew of seven astronauts, including three radio amateurs.

Guide to Digital PMR

The digital Private Mobile Radio (dPMR) web site contains a guide to this digital Voice/Data mode for 6.25 kHz channel spacing.

dPMR is a digital technology designed for VHF/UHF that uses 4FSK/FDMA modulation and supports both voice and data. It operates with 6.25 kHz channel spacing instead of the 12.5 kHz channels required for FM (relevant ETSI standards TS 102 490 and TS 102 658).

ARRL Audio News for August 21, 2009

In this edition . . .; Santa Cruz Hams Provide Support During Wildfires; Hurricane Bill Downgraded to Category 2; Amateur Radio Hurricane Nets Ready; ARRL Audio News ID--Satellite Update--BREAK; HPM/140 Birthday Celebration Event Coming Next Month; ARRL Section Manager Election Results; The Local Club Resource; ARRL Audio News--News Briefs

3DA0SS Swaziland DXpedition a big success

David, GI4FUM, has returned from Swaziland and reports that the 3DA0SS expedition was a big success. Around 20,000 QSOs were made, many of them on the data modes. The International Scout Camp was also a great success with the scouts learning many new development skills


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