Amateur Radio Operators Assist With Earthquake Drills Worldwide

On October 15th, over 20 Mendocino County amateur radio operators — a.k.a ham radio operators — participated in the Great ShakeOut exercise.

Photo by Kate Maxwell. Worldwide Event

This is a worldwide event which mimics actual conditions if there was an actual large earthquake and/or tsunami. If such an event were to occur, there is a chance that the power, phone, cellphone and internet would be disrupted. Amateur radio is a communications system that operates independently of conventional infrastructure.


In 2017, during the October fires in Mendocino County, much of the communications for the central part for the county — including police and fire communications — were disrupted for several days. In that event, local hams provided critical communications.


For the drill initiated on Oct. 15, volunteers observed and reported the status of bridges and rivers for both earthquake damage and a possible tsunami. Reports were …

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The Worlds Largest Amateur Radio Competition Starts Soon: Here are the details

The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. There are over 35,000 participants who take on the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the main goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

Start Days

The 2020 CQ World-Wide DX ContestSSB: October 24-25 CW: November 28-29

Starts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday Ends 23:59:59 UTC Sunday


For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible.


Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.


SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). CW: RST report plus CQ Zone (e.g., 599 05).

Scoring Score

The final score is the result of the total QSO points multiplied by the sum of the zone and c…

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Boy Scouts From Crystal Lake Try Out Amateur Radio

Nine members from Troop 165 in Crystal Lake tuned into radio frequencies on Sunday, October 18th, to connect with fellow scouts and amateur radio operators from across the planet as part of the annual Boy Scouts of America Jamboree-on-the-Air event.

Morse Code

The scouts were inspired as they adjusted the dials on various radio apparatus, which ranged from transmitting messages in Morse code to real-time voice conversations with people as far away as Texas and England. It truly helped the scouts express interest in obtaining their own government permissions to get on the air.

Members of the McHenry County Wireless Association brought hardware and their knowledge of radio operation to the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center to help teach the scouts how to tune in and use frequencies that can allow communication across neighborhoods, counties, states, countries and oceans.

Bill Wacaser

Assistant scoutmaster Bill Wacaser also awakened …

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Meet Robert Bankston: The New President of AMSAT

The new president of AMSAT is Robert Bankston, KE4AL, from Dothan, Alabama.

Elected Him

The AMSAT Board of Directors elected Robert Bankston at its annual meeting on October 18, to succeed Clayton Coleman, W5PFG.

Bankston has served as treasurer and Vice President of User Services. He is a life member of both ARRL and AMSAT. He volunteered to develop and launch AMSAT’s online member portal and chaired the 2018 AMSAT Space Symposium.


For his part, Clayton said that it had been “both a joy and a privilege” to serve as AMSAT president during 2020, which he called “a rather difficult year” for many in amateur radio.

“With the talented and capable individuals sitting on AMSAT’s new Board and its officers, I am confident in a bright future ahead for AMSAT and the amateur radio satellite service.”

Others Elected

Other officers elected included Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, as Executive Vice President; Jerry Buxton…

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Ham Radio & Canada: The History Part 1

The beginning of Amateur Radio dates back to the early 1900s. It was used to benefit Canada in many ways. Centuries later, Amateur Radio is still a big advantage to Canada.

1901: The Beginning

The history of communication via amateur radio began in Canada in 1901, when two small federal government installations began operating across the Strait of Belle Isle (which Is location on the Northern Tip of Newfoundland.)

Later that year, Guglielmo Marconi conducted his famous transatlantic experiments between Poldhu, Cornwall, and St. John's, Newfoundland. Although the work of Marconi may have captured the imagination of many, the primary business of radio at this time was marine communication.

Creds to:

The ability to communicate with ships at sea was of great importance. Marine communication was the most glaring gap in the systems built around the telegraph and telephone. The government tended to concentrate their attention on it…

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Klamath County Library Offers A Course in Amateur Radio Basics: Get Registration Details Here

Before there were Zoom meetings, emails, or instant messenger services, amateur radio connected with their friends and loved ones across long distances.

Even in today's modern age of cell phones, emails, and other high-tech gadgets, when the grid goes down it's often the amateur radio operators who still provide emergency communications until things go back to normal.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Today the United States is home to more than 700,000 licensed amateur radio operators.

Around 40,000 of them are part of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (a.k.a ARES), a subset of the ARRL.

There are branches all over the country, and ARES members are the hams that show up at the simulated disasters, ready to relay information wherever it needs to go. They helped out during disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the 9/11 terror attacks. ARES were the ones getting messages out even after the cellphone towers went down, over…

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October 7th, 2020: Amateur Newsline Report

FCC Meeting

Hams have been waiting on the outcome of the FCC meeting that discussed whether to eliminate amateur radio access on the 3.4 GHz band. The ARRC has used the FFC to preserve hams secondary status on the 3.4 GHz band rather than proceed with the proposal to remove amateur activity. During a recent phone call with FCC staff, the ARRL took back the argument it had made earlier this year in formal comments filed with the commission. The ARRL has maintained that preserving secondary use by radio amateurs will have no negative impact on any primary licenses in the future.


Including those providing 5G services. The FCC was to meet on Wednesday, September 3oth on the matter. There was no indication on when that decision was to be made public. Stay tuned for further updates.

Hams & Hospitals

When it comes to planning for an emergency coverage, hams and hospitals go hand in hand. With the help of a local hospital, hams in Callum…

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