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City Eases Up On Amateur Radio Restrictions:
by argusobserver.com on February 22, 2018
Payette’s amateur radio operators need no longer fear for their hobby’s local future. The city’s latest ordinance regulating the placement and height of “personal wireless facilities, spires, poles, antennas, steeples, towers, and other such structures” is essentially a slightly reduced version of an ordinance passed a year ago. The new law largely does away with the previous version’s provisions which had raised a red flag among ham radio enthusiasts. Gone, with passage of the new measure, Ordinance 1438, is a restriction against placing “towers supporting amateur radio antennas” in the “front, side, or street side yard” of a residential lot. Gone also is last year’s new 30-foot tower height limit for an amateur radio antenna, where no limit had previously existed. Ordinance 1438 increases the limit to 70 feet, and does away with a requirement for a conditional use permit for any antenna taller than 35 feet.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #09:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 22, 2018
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA3B, EA5GL, WB0TEV, WE9V, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Ham Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization. The advent of ARES Connect is one of the key elements highlighted in "The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) 2017 Annual Report," released this week.

ARRL Announces 2018 Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology Sessions:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
As part of its educational outreach through the Education and Technology Program (ETP), ARRL will offer three sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology this July. The week-long workshops will be held at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, and in Dayton, Ohio -- hosted by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). The Teachers Institute (TI) is an expenses-paid, professional development seminar that provides teachers at all grade levels with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, radio science, space technology, and satellite communication, as well as weather science, introduction to microcontrollers, and basic robotics in their classrooms.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
"Vacuum Tubes" is the topic of the current (February 8) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Paul Danzer, N1II, Is 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award Winner:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
Acting on a recommendation of the QST editorial staff, the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has selected Paul Danzer, N1II, of Norwalk, Connecticut, as the winner of the 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award for his article, "The ABCs of a Digital Multimeter," which appeared in the October 2017 issue of QST (p. 37). The Foundation Board announced the award recipient on February 7.

'Improving Hurricane Preparedness' Is National Hurricane Conference Theme:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
The theme for the annual National Hurricane Conference, set for March 26 - 29, in Orlando, Florida, will be "Improving Hurricane Preparedness." The conference will include an Amateur Radio forum. Registration is now open. Some 1,500 attendees are expected.

Postponed DXpedition to Disputed Spratlys Reset for March:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
An international Amateur Radio team that postponed a December 2017 DXpedition to the disputed Spratly Islands now plans, according to its website, to be on the air in early March from Layang Layang Island -- also known as Swallow Reef -- under Malaysian call sign 9M0W, with CW, SSB, and digital operation on 160 through 6 meters. The team, headed by Hrane Milosevic, YT1AD, had to change its plans because the resort on Layang Layang Island, from which the DXpedition will operate, was closed from December until February. In addition to its call sign, the 9M0W team has a landing permit from the Malaysian government. While the Royal Malaysian Navy maintains a presence on the reef, ownership of the Spratlys has been asserted by the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines -- in addition to Malaysia. The Spratlys are number 56 on Club Log's DXCC Most-Wanted List.

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition to Extend Beyond Amateur Radio:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
Members of the 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island will be doing more than handing out contacts to the world's community of DXers. According to the 3Y01 Bouvet Island DXpedition, this will mark the first-ever Polish-led expedition to Bouvet, and it will include geographical exploration of the island, a trek to the top of the island's glacier, Olavtoppen, at 760 meters (nearly 2,500 feet) above sea level, and photo and video documentation of the team's voyage to Bouvet and stay on the island, both for sponsors and the Norwegian Polar Institute. The DXpedition also will place what the 3Y0I is describing as a "time capsule" on Olavtoppen. A dependency of Norway, Bouvet is considered to be among the most remote places on the planet.

Louisiana Elects New Section Manager:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager (SM) for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1. Robertson, of Bossier City, outpolled incumbent Section Manager Scott Wren, KD5DFL, 341 to 148 votes. Wren, of Pineville, has served as SM since April 2016. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 20. This was the only contested Section Manager election this winter.

Ham Radio 'A Special Hobby,' Young ARRL Member Tells College Publication:
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
A rising star in the Amateur Radio world -- 19-year-old Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, of Lawrenceville, Georgia -- has caught the eye of her school, Kettering University in Michigan, where she is majoring in mechanical engineering and engineering physics. Willet already has attracted attention through her ham radio activities. Last spring, she was the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual DX Dinner held in conjunction with Hamvention, where her topic was "Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime." The previous summer, she was a member of the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA), which operated from the island of Saba that year. Last year, she won a QST Cover Plaque Award for the article she wrote about her YDXA experience. At the 30th Hamvention Youth Forum in 2017, Willet spoke on "Plugging into Your Valuable Club Resources." She is the recipient of the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Scholarship.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on February 22, 2018
In Brief...

Louisiana Elects New Section Manager:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on February 21, 2018
ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1. Robertson, of Bossier City, outpolled incumbent Section Manager Scott Wren, KD5DFL, 341 to 148 votes. Wren, of Pineville, has served as SM since April 2016. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 20. This was the only contested Section Manager election this winter.

Speaking to People Worldwide:
by abilene-rc.com on February 21, 2018
Dylan Krueger, 11, demonstrates how he can speak to people from around the world. He is studying to become a Ham Radio Operator, but until he gets licensed to speak on the Ham Radios, he is communicating with people around the world via HamSphere. Below, Krueger has two antennas coming out of his bedroom window which are attached to Ham Radios.


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