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Icom IC-706MKIIG The Final Word!

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Despite deniers in the USA, it has been confirmed that Wednesday 9 December is the last day that the ICOM plant in Wakayama Japan will produce the IC-706 MKIIG transceiver. ICOM Australia said it has checked with Japan and been reassured that the earlier advice received that the popular transceiver has been discontinued is correct. The reason is that some components used in the IC-706MKIIG are no longer available and the model had to cease production.

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Amateur Radio Quiz: From One End to the Other

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At the bottom of the solar cycle during the month of the winter solstice, there are two contests that span the limits of our MF/HF spectrum. The ARRL 160 Meter Contest ran last weekend and conditions were expected to be excellent. The other is the ARRL 10 Meter Contest -- what's up with that being in December? Will there be anybody to work? Technicians should take advantage of their 10 meter privileges and find that a band completely devoid of activity on a weekday that suddenly springs to life at 0000 UTC this coming Friday. Find out a lot about propagation, the subject of this month's ARRL Web quiz!

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New ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast Episode:

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Series Two Episode Twenty-Five of the ICQ Podcast has been released. Episode includes latest news, your feedback, upcoming events and Martin discusses PC Interfacing.

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Morse Key Maker Moving to Knoxville:

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Vibroplex has been making Morse Keys for telegraphs since 1904. According to the ARRL Scott Robbins recently bought the company and will move it from Mobile, Alabama to Knoxville at the end of September. Telegraphs are considered obsolete in the 21st century, but a small community of ham radio operators still use them. In ham lingo, a Morse Key is referred to as a "bug" Among the companies famous "bugs" are the Original, Deluxe, Blue Racer and the No. 6 (Lightning Bug).

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Deep Solar Minimum: Not Getting Enough Attention?

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Global warming theory is a frequent subject of politicians, scientists, and activists. The subject has become a monstrosity of political and economic power. How big is global warming? Follow the money. Today a further concern has emerged when the EPA declared CO2 a public health hazard. Regardless of a person's position on the subject of whether mankind is warming the earth the spectre of a Government agency doing an end-around of the legislative process if it were to follow through with costly regulation. One environmental subject that is going relatively unnoticed is the deepening Solar Minimum. The number of sunspotless days has continued to expand over the past three years despite the solar cycle 24 to have been expected to have revved up by now. In 2008 73 percent of days featured o sunspots. 2009 stands at 76 percent and still growing. This makes 2009 second only to 1913 in terms of spotless days. The trough of Solar Cycle 23 and 24 has reached 768 days which is 58 percent longer than the average of 485 long term average. So... why should we be concerned? A long term quiet sun is well correlated with cold, A relatively dull solar cycle through the 1960's ultimately led to Ice Age fears in the late 1970's. What can happen if Solar Cycle 24 is a dud? Do we know enough about the sun to be assured that IF 1960-1970's style cooling does take place that Cycle 25 will come to our rescue with warming irradiance?

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Utah Hams Coordinate Rescue

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In areas where cell phone signals just won't work, Amateur Radio gets through. That's what happened when Brent Yeates, KA7FAP, of North Logan, Utah, found out just before noon on Wednesday, December 2 when he came across a dairy truck that had crashed and rolled over in the Logan River as he drove on Route 89 through Logan Canyon.

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US Ambassador William A. Wilson, K6ARO (SK)

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William A. "Bill" Wilson, K6ARO, the first US Ambassador to the Holy See (the Vatican), passed away from cancer on the morning of Saturday, December 5. He was 95. First appointed as presidential envoy to Rome in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, Wilson was appointed the first full ambassador to the Holy See in 1984, once official relations were established, serving until 1986.

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Hams Looking for DARPA Red Balloons:

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An article was just posted on the link shown above that discusses the use of amateur radio groups and networks to try to locate the DARPA Red Balloons in their recent Red Balloon Challenge.

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Scott Robbins, W4PA, to Purchase Vibroplex

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Scott Robbins, W4PA, of Knoxville, Tennessee, told the ARRL that he has signed an agreement to purchase The Vibroplex Company, Inc from present owner Felton "Mitch" Mitchell, W4OA, effective December 21, 2009. "Vibroplex represents the great tradition of CW operation in Amateur Radio going back many, many years," Robbins told the ARRL. "I'm tickled to be able to continue the more than 100 years of history that has gone into this company."

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Ham Radio Fills Cell Phone Signal Gap in Canyon Crash:

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When a semi truck and trailer rolled and crashed in Logan Canyon Wednesday morning, a passing motorist stopped to help when the rig's wheels were still spinning and managed to notify emergency dispatchers in an area of national forest where cell phone reception is nonexistent. But Brent Yeates of North Logan wasn't using a cell phone; he was using a handheld amateur radio to report the incident after the semitrailer filled with 38,000 pounds of dairy products landed in the Logan River. Another radio operator, Brent L. Carruth of Logan, heard Yeates make the call just before noon Wednesday. Carruth said he listened to Yeates give a first-hand account of the condition of the driver and the seriousness of the crash. Utah Highway Patrol officials originally reported that the call for help came from a motorist who traveled to a cell phone reception area before dialing 911. Carruth, however, explained how Yeates' small transceiver was used to call 911 right from the scene of the crash. "What happened Wednesday, where a radio operator happened upon an accident, was not an isolated incident," he said. "It happens more frequently than one might suppose." Yeates agrees. He owns property in the canyon and travels it weekly. He says he helps a crash victim at least once a year.

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This Week in Amateur Radio #869 - Week of 12/6/09

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Edition #869 of This Week in Amateur Radio, and This Week in Amateur Radio Headline News, have been released. Both are now posted and available for download at www.twiar.org. Subscribe on our site or: FIND US NOW ON I-TUNES! --> You can also direct download through our portal for web enabled devices (PS3, Blackberry, etc) at www.kxkvi.blogspot.com. Visit our blog at www.twiari.blogspot.com. This Week in Amateur Radio Full Version with special features and all the news,SPECIAL EXPANDED EDITION: 126 minutes. This Week in Amateur Radio Headline News version runs 60 minutes with limited special features. This Week in Amateur Radio is available for regular download at our web site in MP3 format. Streaming audio is also available, as is RSS/XML subscriptions for the podcast. Enjoy, and see you next week! de George - W2XBS This Week in Amateur Radio

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DXpedition to Kurdistan -- Iraq:

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WIA Announces Proposed Emergency Communications Training Arrangements:

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This year the WIA has been considering training of amateurs for activities associated with emergency communications preparedness. In the July and September issues of Amateur Radio magazine, the WIA Comment focussed on issues surrounding amateur operator emergency communications, training and general preparedness. From the feedback received, the Board considered that a national accredited training system was an essential element in the broad range of issues associated with emergency communications provided by amateur operators. In association with the WIA' s Recognised Training Organisation (RTO), TrainSafe, a nationally recognised training package has now been developed.

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Ham Radio Operators Show Off Storm Warning Capabilities:

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GAYLORD -- Ham radio operators will be showing off their SkyWarn emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications in emergencies worldwide. During Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio -- often called "Ham radio" -- was often the only way people could communicate. When trouble is brewing, ham radio people are often the first to provide critical information and communications.

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Atlantis Leaves Columbus With a Radio Eye on Earth's Sea Traffic:

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The recent Shuttle mission to the International Space Station has brought ESA's Columbus module a step nearer to beginning an ambitious experiment to track global maritime traffic from space. Astronauts Michael Foreman and Randolph Bresnik installed the Automatic Identification System (AIS) antenna on the outside of Columbus during their second spacewalk of the STS-129 mission, on 21 November. This VHF antenna is designed to pick up signals from the standard AIS transponders carried by all international ships over 300 tonnes, cargo vessels over 500 tonnes and all types of passenger carriers. The spacewalkers began by installing a Grappling Adaptor To On-Orbit Railing (GATOR) onto one of Columbus's handrails, to which the antenna was attached. GATOR also enabled the attachment of a second Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) antenna onto Columbus, to be used for ham radio, during the six hour, eight-minute spacewalk -- around an hour of which was devoted to ESA work. Space Shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth on 27 November. Both AIS and ARISS antennas were developed by the ARISS organisation in collaboration with ESA. They were installed on the Earth-facing starboard side of Columbus, the AIS antenna placed forward and the ARISS antenna aft.

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DOD Runs Red Balloon Test Saturday:

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The U. S. Defense Department is conducting a Communications/Internet exercise Saturday (12-5-09) that may be of interest to many hams. They will be tethering 10 big red balloons at undisclosed locations in the US.

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Special Event Station During Climate Conference in Copenhagen:

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During COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark from Dec 7th to 18th a special event station will be manned by OZ5BAL, the local ham radio club of Ballerup in NW-Copenhagen.

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Russell Wemmer 94, W0MXJ (SK):

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In 1941, just two months after getting his ham license, Russell decided to spend the day roaming the low hills around Sedan Kansas hunting rabbits. The weather was pleasant for December but apparently too cold for the small game there about. Getting home before dark, he fired up the transmitter and sent out “CQ”. He got an immediate response, “Get off the air”. He listened for awhile but there was no one on any of the bands. Giving up hope of making a contact, he turned to the commercial band to hear that Pearl Harbor had been attacked and the country was at war. Russell would not get to use his ham license until after the end of WWII.

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Propagation Forecast Bulletin #50 de K7RA:

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Recent sunspot activity--which ended on November 22--pushed up the moving average we've been tracking for several years. Because we have all the data for November, we now have the most recent 3-month average of daily sunspot numbers, which centers on October. For 2009, the 3 month moving average centered on January through October was 2.19, 2.02, 1.49, 2.01, 4.23, 5.2, 4, 4, 4.64 and 7.1. The latest value is the highest since April 2008, when it was 8.89.

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Surfin': Twitter, Facebook and Ham Radio

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This week, Surfin' considers how Internet social networking connects with ham radio.

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Carthage Man (N0SZP) Protects City, Area From Mother Nature's Wrath:

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When tornadoes broke out on a historic afternoon in 1999 in and around Oklahoma City, Carthage's Dwayne Beaver was there. Well, he wasn't physically there, but thanks to the wide and sophisticated array of computer gadgetry at his disposal, he was able to swiftly navigate over to a weather camera bolted to a metal tower in south Oklahoma City. After a few seconds of buffering, the scene on his computer screen went live. There, before him, was the swirling mass of an F-4 tornado. No, What Beaver does is much more important for the folks living here in Carthage and the Southwest Missouri region. As a member of Mokan SKYWARN, Beaver is one of the first men to spot and warn of approaching storms, relaying important information over a repeater, which is then retransmitted on the Web. He also passes on weather-related information using his ham radio, his voice one of the most recognized and popular in the four-state region. The SKYWANR group is comprised of many local amateurs that constantly "look to the skies" for potential danger from Mother Nature. Where severe storms are possible, storm spotting groups such as SKYWARN in the United States coordinate amateur radio operators to keep track of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Reports from spotters and chasers are given to the National Weather Service so that they have the information to warn the general public. Spotters also give reports during winter storms, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires.

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