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OSCAR News - September, 25

There is a lot of news in this issue relating to Emergency Communications.

OSCAR Meeting
The next regular OSCAR meeting is 10-Sep: 09:00 AM (local time) at Hardees in Owatonna.

CAER Tabletop Exercise
USA Today had an article in July about dispensing medicines for mass inoculations. Steel County and Dodge County are coordinating a tabletop exercise on 22-Sep. Willis KAKEL will represent Amateur Radio.

MN Section Emergency Coordinator From MN Section News
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, was appointed Section Emergency Coordinator, effective August 1. Frank previously served as Section Affiliated Club Coordinator. (If you note any similarity with the editor's call sign, it is intentional.) Frank is in process of putting up an ARES resource page at www.gokarns.com.

National Preparedness Month From ARES E-Letter
September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross, National Preparedness Month 2005 is "to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action". National Preparedness Month will teach Americans about preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist threats. Events, activities, and messages across the nation will encourage individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, be informed about different threats and get involved in preparing their communities. The initiative launches on September 1, 2005 in Washington, D.C.

Amateur Radio Public Awareness Day From ARES E-Letter
Along with National Preparedness Month, the ARRL will sponsor Amateur Radio Awareness Day and this fall's Simulated Emergency Test. Amateurs can participate in a 15-hour operating event on emergency power. On that day, amateurs make contacts with others who are also using only emergency power to demonstrate preparedness for emergency communications for the public. Emergency power can be any source that is completely separate from commercial mains: solar panels, generators, storage batteries, alternators powered by bicycles, battery packs in HTs, and wind power, for examples. Operation can be from home or field.

Times: 9 AM Eastern (6 AM Pacific) on Saturday, September 17, 2005, until 12 AM Eastern (9 PM Pacific). All bands and modes included. The exchange is up to the individual operators but can include the traditional signal report, location, and the type of emergency power being used, for examples. W1AW will be QRV on generator power. A special QSL card will be available to those stations using emergency power that contact W1AW.

Simulated Emergency Test (SET) From AR Newsline
The 2005 A-R-R-L Simulated Emergency Test or SET will take place on October 1st and 2nd. SET is a annual nationwide exercise to test all facets of Amateur Radio's ability to respond to crisis situations and provide emergency communications. More information on this years SET can be found on line at ARRL Sections. Just follow the links to find pertinent Simulated Emergency Test news links.

10-Codes QRT From AR Newsline
FEMA is implementing the new National Emergency Management System over the next 90 days. The agency is requiring all agencies to stop using 10 codes and instead to speak or write in clear text. And while the National Emergency Management System Integration Center says that no entity will loose funding if the mandate is not strictly adhered to, it could change this position later on.

Italian Red Cross From AR Newsline
The Italian Red Cross will activate its first ever amateur radio station in October under the callsign IZ4GQA. The pioneering new station is the brainchild of the radio communications department of the Italian Red Cross's Emilia Romagna region. The department had been looking for a communication tool that would provide wider coverage than existing radio networks, incur no fees and be capable of working in crisis and emergency situations. An amateur radio station appeared to be the perfect solution. An Italian Red Cross spokesman said: "Now we can communicate on all ham bands, being able to connect Red Cross stations not only in our region, not only in Italy, but all over the world."

Weather Legislation From W5YI
A bill introduced by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa) threatens to basically do away with weather information crucial to SkyWarn. If enacted, the legislation would stop the National Weather Service from providing any service that can be handled by private weather-forecasting companies. If Santorum's bill passes, the weather service will be forced to stop broadcasting except when dangerous conditions develop.

Storm Chasing From AR Newsline
The Role of Amateur Radio in Storm Chasing is the title of feature article in the latest World Radio. In it, author Seth Price, N3MRA, takes us into the intriguing world of those who equip their vehicles with radios and video cameras to hunt down and record some of the most breath-taking phenomena that Mother Nature can ever conger up. And through Price's article you will et a glimpse of how its all done, and why. It all begins on page 6 of the September issue of Worldradio.

Spyware Researchers Discover ID Theft Ring From eWeek
Spyware researchers picking apart "CoolWebSearch" (routinely hijacks Web searchers, browser home pages and other Internet Explorer settings) have stumbled upon what appears to be a massive identity theft ring hijacking confidential data from millions of infected computers, using keystroke loggers to grab confidential information that could be used to create fake online identities. Anti-virus vendor Trend Micro Inc. provides a free online scanning tool that detects and deletes the "CoolWebSearch" application. Read the entire article. Software additions such as Spybot and Ad-Aware can be downloaded from PC World for free to check for spyware that might be on your machine.

Radiation Fields From ARRL Contest Rate Sheet
Ever want to see what the radiation fields from a moving electron look like? You can by downloading the free program Radiation2D from: http://www.c-band.kek.jp. To see the field from a dipole, select [Setup] > [Trajectory] > [Dipole Oscillation} and set Velocity = 0.8 and amplitude = 0.02. You can clearly see how the field is most concentrated broadside to the movement of the electrons (i.e. - perpendicular to the antenna). The circle trajectory is fun, too. Good for hours of fun when the bands aren't producing.

Used Satellite?? From AR Newsline
Ham radio is being given access to a slightly used but working FM relay satellite. The bird is POSAT One which was launched over a decade ago on September 25th 1993. The primary mission for PO-28 was for commercial use on frequencies outside the Amateur bands. But the bird was designed with the capability to operate on Amateur service frequencies as well. The satellite will be switched permanently to the Amateur frequencies. Once completed, PO-28 will Uplink on 145.925 and 145.975 MHz. Downlink will be in the 70 centimeter band on 435.075 and 435.275 MHz

P-C Sat 2 Satellite From NewslineAR Newsline
The new P-C Sat 2 satellite is now on-orbit on the International Space Station and will operate in conjunction with all of the other exciting modes on the ARISS system. But because these are all multiple transceivers all on the same station, their operation have to be coordinated so there is no mutual interference.

The PCSat2 ground team has asked Earth stations to refrain from transmitting on the uplink until commissioning is complete. The ground team is seeking reports of 1200 and 9600 baud telemetry on 437.975 MHz.The uplink is on 29.4021 MHz and the downlink can be found at 435.275 FM. The FM downlink lets everyone operate full duplex and everyone to see the same view of the pass band as everyone else. This means you can hear and see exactly what your signal sounds and looks like to everyone else.

FCC No Code Proposal From ARRL Letter
Any FCC decision to eliminate the 5 WPM Morse code requirement for HF access would have no impact on the CW privileges of Amateur Radio licensees. The FCC has not proposed to extend HF privileges to current Technician licensees who have not passed a Morse code examination. The Commission's NPRM&O suggests that in a no-Morse-requirement regime, such Technician licensees would be able to gain HF access by taking the Element 3 (General class) written examination.

Gold Bird From AR Newsline
Bird Electronic Corporation is celebrating the milestone of the manufacture of its 300,000th Model 43 Thruline Wattmeter. To commemorate this milestone, this specific unit produced with a special gold-plated finish, is being auctioned with the proceeds from this sale to be donated to a charity of the Winning Bidder's choice.

Bird began production of the Model 43 in 1952 and it quickly became a cornerstone of the two-way radio industry. Bird Electronic Corporation is a division of the Bird Technologies Group. The auction ends on Wednesday, August 31st. More information on the auction is on-line at Bird and click on the auction graphic.

Radio Astronomy Interference From AR Newsline
Radio Astronomers, including some from the National Academy of Sciences are worried that transmissions from airborne mobile phones could cover up weak radio signals from outer space. This they say would jeopardize vital radio telescope observations into deep space phenomena. The problem is that cell phones generate radiation not only at their main operating frequency but also at multiples of this frequency. The frequency of one of these harmonics falls into the small band of the electromagnetic spectrum reserved for use by radio astronomers. Because the signals detected by radio telescopes are incredibly weak, having traveled many light years across the universe, they could easily be swamped by radio interference from mobile phones. Even a single phone conversation on a plane at 35000 feet could disrupt radio telescope observations for thousands of miles.

On The BPL Front From Various Sources

San Diego Gas & Electric Company R-F-I observers were invited to make baseline measurements and observe spectrum tests on Wednesday, July 27th before the first B-P-L equipment was installed. The system is scheduled to become operational on August 31, 2005 and could be left on for a year. By the way, the test area happens to be near the San Diego branch of Ham Radio Outlet, although its not knoen if the B-P-L equipment will illuminate HRO's store.

To the north, telecommunication regulator Industry Canada has opened the public commentary period aimed at setting rules to introduce powerline inrternet access in that nation. Called a public consultation in Canada, the procedure will guide the development of a new certification standard for medium voltage powerline carrier systems. On the ham radio side, Radio Amateurs of Canada says that it will reply to this consultation paper both through the Radio Advisory Board of Canada of which it is a member, and directly to Industry Canada.