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OSCAR News - February, 27
Waseca Radio Class From Viking ARS
Viking ARS (Waseca) is sponsoring an eight week-long Amateur Radio preparation course. Classes will be conducted on Thursday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM, at the Waseca County Emergency Operations Center, 122 3rd Avenue, NW, Waseca. The first meeting will be Thursday, February 1, 2007. The cost for a recommended course manual is $19.95. To reserve a manual or for more information regarding the course, contact Merlin Williams at 835-2344.

MN QSO Party
The MN Wireless Assn. has all of the details for the MN QSO Party on Saturday, 03-Feb.

Rochester Ham Fest (sort of) From Rochester ARC
Roger Kroupa is using the old Pawn America store next to Kmart to sell off what is left of his retail communications store. He is offering the building to hams that want to buy sell or trade items in the store while he is using it. Cost is one dollar to enter the building. Electricity is furnished free and you can tail gate on the lot if you do not want to carry items into the store. This is not officially a ham-fest. The date is February 17th from 8 to 1. Doors open at 7:30 for set up.

NIMS Training From CERTS
NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. The IS-700 course is required to be taken by anyone responding to a disaster. An individual not familiar with NIMS could become confused with how the whole process of disaster management. This course provides an introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), explaining the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS.

Elizabeth Auppl (CERT President) is providing this training at the Steele County Administration Center on 12-Feb at 6:00PM. Training is completed with a 25-question open book test. Please register with Elizabeth at eauppl@charterinternet.com.

If you can't make this session, you are encouraged to take the course on-line at FEMA. So the ARES records are up-to-date, let Tom NUW know when you have completed IS-700, or any FEMA course. Thanks.

Morse Code Requirement Ends From Several Sources
Morse testing to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio license in the United States will end on Friday, February 23rd. This follows a 30 day "take effect period" after the January 24th publication in the Federal Register. Technicians do not automatically upgrade to the General Class license. The written exam must be taken.

National Emergency Response Planning Committee From ARRL Bulletin
The ARRL Board of Directors accepted the Report of the National Emergency Response Planning Committee (NERPC) and set in motion a process to identify and implement action items in the report. The 13-member NERPC developed recommendations to improve the League's response to regional, national and international disasters. They also evaluated the responses and actions of ARRL and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) during Hurricane Katrina. While the level of expertise in emergency communications and emergency management among US radio amateurs is growing, the report noted, so is the expectation that the ARRL provide first-rate leadership and guidance.

Among the report's wide-ranging recommendations and suggestions:

  • enhance ARRL and ARES training in basic message handling.
  • develop a continuing education course covering installation, configuration, and use of Winlink 2000 for e-mail.
  • formally establish a national ARES volunteer database for use during major disasters and establish training criteria.
  • institute a Major Disaster Emergency Coordinator (MDEC) function to coordinate responses to large-scale national or regional disasters or emergencies.
  • become better acquainted with the emergency response needs of distant ARRL sections, such as Pacific, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Alaska.
  • improve working relationships with national-level served agencies.
  • ensure ARRL staff training in the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) and, as necessary, adapt ARRL's emergency response structure to the Unified Command model.

WOR Towers Demolished From CGC Communicator
On the second try, the three-tower Lyndhurst array for WOR(AM) in northern New Jersey came down. An earlier attempt to topple the 770 foot tall array was stopped by local police thinking that drivers along the NJ Turnpike might be distracted. Video clips are available at YouTube Video, WCBS Video, and RW Story.

More Sunspot Predictions From AR Newsline
The 21st edition of NASA News says that their forecast is based on historical records of geomagnetic storms. The Marshall Space Flight Center says that solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 looks like its going to be a big one possibly the most intense since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago.

Solar Flare Disrupts ISS From AR Newsline
A glitch experienced by the International Space Station's attitude control system may have been caused by the recent solar flare. The ISS typically relies on four gyroscopes tied to computer control to maintain attitude control without consuming fuel. When controllers noticed the problem, they switched attitude control to using the space stations thrusters until the solar storm died down and non-propellant mode is reactivated.

RFI Tutorial From ARRL Contest Rate Sheet
RFI questions about RFI are addressed in the tutorial published by Jim K9YC.

AO-51 Access From AR Newsline
AMSAT has announced that AO-51 is operating in carrier access mode. This means that users no longer need to transmit a 67 hertz access tone to utilize the satellites F-M voice transponder. Echo is a cross-band F-M repeater flying in Earth orbit. Echo carries two sets of transponders. Packet uplinks on 145.860 MHz and downlink on 435.150 MHz. The mode is FM 9 k 6 digital. F-M voice uses an uplink on 145.920 MHz and a downlink at 435.300 MHz. Echo and its operation is available on-line.

More Satellites From AR Newsline
More satellites of interest to radio amateurs are now in space. ANDE, RAFT and N-MARS were deployed from the Space Shuttle. ANDE and RAFT operate in the ham bands, carrying packet radio communications systems. More information about these satellites is available on-line.

Pehuensat One ham radio satellite is on the air. Launched from INdia, it transmits on 145.825 MHz FM voice in English, Spanish and Hindi followed by AX25 1200 bps packet.

Free M.I.T. courses From CGC Communicator
The contents of all 1,800 courses taught at M.I.T. will be available online to anyone in the world, anywhere in the world. Learners won't have to register for the classes, everyone is accepted, and the cost is free.

Ham Atlas From AR Newsline
An Amateur Radio reference library is on-line by Darek Milka, SP6VNK. It contains information on all 337 DXCC entities, over 3000 pictures and more than 1100 maps all of which are related to the hobby.

Digital TV Converters From CGC Communicator
The new Democratic Congress might "double or triple" the $1.5 billion already earmarked to assist consumers who want to purchase converter boxes to keep analog-TV sets percolating after the February 17, 2009 DTV transition date.

On The BPL Front From Multiple Sources
A bill was introduced in the 110th Congress calling on the FCC to study the interference potential of broadband over power line (BPL) technology and report its findings back to Congress. Rep Mike Ross submitted the "Emergency Amateur Radio Interference Protection Act of 2007" (HR 462) on January 12. HR 462 would require the Commission to address several technical facets, including variations in BPL emission field strength with distance from power lines, a technical justification for using a particular distance extrapolation factor when making measurements, the degree of notching necessary "to protect the reliability of mobile radio communications," and provide a technical justification for permitted BPL radiated emission levels relative to ambient noise levels.

Amateurs in Concord, Massachusetts are monitoring the town's electric utility plan to implement a BPL system, using gear supplied by PowerGrid Communications. Indications are there is good cooperation between all of the involved parties.