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  ARRL Tells FCC to Restore Balance of Modes on 80 and 75 Meters
Posted by: News Man - 11-19-2017, 07:20 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

In comments filed on March 23 on its Petition for Rule Making (RM 11759) seeking changes to 80 and 75 meters, the ARRL has told the FCC that its primary objective is to “rebalance” the bands by correcting a 10-year old FCC error.

“ARRL’s proposal is not fairly viewed as a proposal to take anything away from anyone,” the League’s comments assured. “It is more properly viewed as the effectuation of a fair, equitable, and efficient ‘band plan’ looking forward for the foreseeable future that balances everyone’s needs, and which remedies a plainly unfair plan, imprudently created in the 2006 Report and Order in WT Docket 04-140.”


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  Kingman Reef (KH5) Deleted from DXCC List
Posted by: News Man - 11-17-2017, 12:15 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

The ARRL Awards Committee has voted to delete Kingman Reef (KH5) from the DXCC List, effective March 29, 2016. Kingman Reef will be added to the Deleted Entities List on March 29, 2016. The total number of entities on the List will drop from 340 to 339. The deletion process is described in DXCC Rules Section II DXCC List Criteria, Part 5(a) Deletion Criteria.
“An entity may be deleted from the List if it no longer satisfies the criteria under which it was added. However, if the entity continues to meet one or more currently existing rules, it will remain on the List.”


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  555 Plasma Speaker
Posted by: News Man - 11-16-2017, 08:57 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

The 555 can do anything. OK, that’s become a bit of a trope in our community, but there is quite a lot of truth behind it: this little timer chip is an astonishingly versatile component.

[Alexander Lang] has added another achievement to the 555’s repertoire, he’s used one in the creation of a plasma speaker. Working at Hackspace Manchester, he’s used the 555 as a pulse-width modulator that drives a flyback transformer through a MOSFET, which feeds a spark gap mounted in a lasercut enclosure. The results maybe aren’t yet hi-fi, but it works, and is very audible.


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  Comedian, Actor, TV Writer and Personality Garry Shandling, ex-KD6OY, SK
Posted by: News Man - 11-16-2017, 12:22 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

Comedian, actor, and TV personality Garry Shandling, ex-KD6OY, died March 24 after suffering an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 66. Shandling became a ham as a teenager in the 1960s, long before he entered show business.

“When I was 13 I had a ham radio set (true!), so I could sit in my room and talk to people the world-over. Geeky? Or just ahead of my time!!?” Shandling had tweeted in May 2011.


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  The signal and the noise (Florida)
Posted by: News Man - 11-15-2017, 10:14 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

Bill Preen scanned for other HAM radio operators on his digital setup.

“I think I got one from Switzerland,” he said.

Preen is a member of the Suwannee Amateur Radio Club, a group of about 30 HAM radio operators based out of a club house off of North U.S. Highway 129.

SARC has existed for about eight years, Preen said. The club was founded by John Beaver, of local trucking company Beaver Bulk, Inc.


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  New York City Keeps Its TV Station
Posted by: News Man - 11-15-2017, 02:28 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

The City of New York owns one of the most valuable television stations in the country, a channel worth as much as $769 million in a coming auction.

Last year, officials said they were considering selling the station. But the city has decided not to cash out. It plans to keep broadcasting WNYE-TV, a noncommercial channel that airs such programming as “Firehouse Kitchen,” a cooking show with local firefighters, and “Neighborhood Slice,” a documentary series on city life.


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  Weather spotter's goal is to keep community safe
Posted by: News Man - 11-15-2017, 06:25 AM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

For weather spotter Tim Ahrens, the number one goal is keeping the community safe.
Goal number two, of course, is getting as close as safely possible to severe weather.
“The first time I came in contact with a funnel cloud, it was this rush of adrenaline,” he said. “Time just sort of stops.”
Ahrens, a former firefighter who now works full time as a patient care technician at Boone Hospital, became trained as a weather spotter at 15 years old. Since then, he has become a licensed HAM radio operator and has taken several advanced courses on radar and weather patterns provided by the National Weather Service.


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  Swap Net Listings For November 14, 2017
Posted by: W7RMG - 11-14-2017, 09:09 PM - Forum: Tuesday Night Weekly List - No Replies

Hey Everybody,
Here again with this week's Tuesday Night Swap Net Listings.
All listings will be posted here on the my513.net forums each week after the net ends.
If you need your listing updated or corrected, you may send me a Private Message (PM) here on the forums and let me know what needs to be changed.
If your item(s) have been sold I will simply indicate it as such in your listing instead of just deleting it. This verifies to others that the item(s) have definitely been sold.
Listings will not be posted the following week unless the lister relists their sale or wanted item(s) during the net.
If you see something here you are interested in, please contact the lister via their contact information.

W7ETK – STEVE – CORVALLIS – steveaudio@yahoo.com
FOR SALE: Scanners, different makes, models, styles. Contact for more info.
FOR SALE: Assorted low amp power supplies, good for low current circuit designs or devices. MAKE OFFER ON ALL.
KI7ONN – MATT – MEDFORD – ki7onn@arrl.net
FOR SALE: Heil microphone adapter with PTT cable. Model CH-1-I8, brand new, for Icom round mic connector, XLR-4 - $20.00.
KF7OMB – JOHN – ALBANY – 541-928-1540 or cell 541-223-1925
WANTED: For an Icom IC-720: an SM-5 desk microphone or other that will work on the 720.
W7TVS - TRAVIS - JUNCTION CITY - 541-248-0219 call or text
FOR SALE: Icom IC-7000, MARS mod, includes stock mic, 100W LDG 100 Auto Tuner, external 7 inch screen, power cord, mobile mounting bracket and original box.
Travis wants to do a little upgrading. This is an excellent package deal for  - $750.00.
This is the last Travis will list this item. If no interests, Travis will keep it.
KI7OKW – DAVE – EUGENE – ki7okw@yahoo.com
WANTED: Inexpensive HT, like Baofung dual band, willing to spend around $40.00 for one.
Thanks to all who checked in and/or listed tonight.
Total amount of check ins (including listings) 13.
Got stuff to sell or want but can’t check into Swap Net? No worries! Just shoot me an email at the link below with your list and I’ll get it on the air for you. Just give a brief description about each of your items and include your contact information. Remember, ham radio items only but also can include computer gear, test gear and electronic parts.

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  The Way It Was: Recalling the dawn of amateur radio (Ohio)
Posted by: News Man - 11-14-2017, 06:17 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

I graduated from high school in 1935, just about the time when radio was still very new. Amateur radio operators were having fun building their own transmitters and competing to see who had the best ones. The government assigned certain frequencies just for amateur use. Some frequencies would only reach a short distance, while others sent signals that bounced off certain layers in the atmosphere and reached halfway around the world.

I tried to get into that, but it required the ability to transmit and receive a minimum of 10 words per minute Morse code in order to get a license. I just barely managed 10, when the minimum was raised to 12, and I quit trying.


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  Saving Historic Radio Before It’s Too Late
Posted by: News Man - 11-13-2017, 10:57 PM - Forum: Amateur News - No Replies

It was the most amazing scoring performance in the history of the professional basketball. So remarkable, in fact, that conspiracy theorists have floated the idea that it never happened at all.

On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a Philadelphia Warriors victory over the New York Knicks. No NBA player had ever achieved the feat, and none has repeated it since.


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