“Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?”

WWV in the Crosshairs
By Rich Moseson, W2VU, Editor
CQ Magazine

“Does anybody really know what time it is?” the rock group Chicago famously asked back in the ’70s, adding, “Does anybody really care … about time?” The answer to both questions is yes, especially today, when so much of what we do, where we go and how we get there are dependent on (our devices, at least) knowing the accurate time. It is perhaps appropriate that I’m writing this while on a (delayed) train, since it was the rise of rail travel that was responsible for standard time zones and the need for accurate timekeeping.

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ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team to Activate on September 12

The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team will activate today (September 12), ARRL Emergency Response Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced, as what the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is calling “dangerous Hurricane Florence” heads toward the southeastern US coast, where it’s “expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states.

ARRL shipped seven Ham Aid kits to South Carolina by way of Georgia on September 11 to assist with emergency preparedness needs in advance of Hurricane Florence. These kits are the same ones that ARRL volunteers took to Puerto Rico a year ago to assist with disaster communications following Hurricane Maria.

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ARRL Headquarters, Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN Monitoring Active Storms

With active storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins, ARRL Headquarters, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are all on alert. The most imminent storm is Hurricane Florence, now a major Category 3 storm, which is set to strike the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said over the weekend that the net is keeping a close eye on Hurricanes Florence and Isaac, a Category 1 storm that could affect the Lesser Antilles before heading into the eastern Caribbean.

“Florence is expected to affect the US East Coast midweek, [with] Isaac affecting the Windward Islands about the same time,” Graves said. “The impact of Florence could be catastrophic, as it is forecast to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.” Graves notes that Charleston, South Carolina, was last hit by Category 4 storm when Hugo made landfall in 1989.

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FCC Fines Drone-Maker, Pennsylvania Ham


In two unrelated actions, the FCC is proposing a fine of nearly $3 million for a drone manufacturer it says is using unauthorized audio/video transmitters in its devices, and agreed to a $7,000 payment from a Pennsylvania ham to settle a 4-year-old enforcement action for interference on 14.313 MHz.

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WEST TEXAS FIELD DAY TOUR

June 23 and 24, 2018

Saturday morning dawned bright and early for Shirley and I as we prepared for our round robin tour of several ham radio clubs in the West Texas Section. I had decided that I would visit seven clubs in eight locations, as the Lubbock club was having Field Day at two separate locations. My wife Shirley KO5M and our dog Bear decided to keep me company on the trip. A decision that they may well regret. Looking back

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Broadcaster to Transmit Field Day Greetings in MFSK64

A 100 kW HF broadcast transmitter in Nauen, Germany, will send Field Day greetings to North American radio amateurs in MFSK64 mode during the weekly “Giant Jukebox” broadcast of The Mighty KBC on 9,925 kHz, June 24, 0000 – 0200 UTC. The MFSK64, centered on 1,500 Hz, will begin at about 0130 UTC. An RSID will be transmitted just before the transmission to guide decoding software to the correct mode and audio frequency.

Reception reports are invited. — Thanks to Kim Elliott, KD9XB

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule

W1AW has announced its Field Day bulletin schedule. Those participating in Field Day can earn 100 bonus points for copying the special Field Day bulletin transmitted by W1AW or by K6KPH during its operating schedule on Field Day weekend. The Field Day bulletin must be copied via Amateur Radio. An accurate copy of the message must be included in your Field Day submission in order to earn the bonus points, which are available to all operating classes.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

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2018 ARRL Field Day

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

“What Is Field Day” (Printable PDF Flier)

We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio! Use our Field Day Locator to search for a Field Day site near you.

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Key City Amateur Radio Club conducts Technician Class

The Key City ARC, Abilene, Texas will conduct a Technician Class starting Saturday March 3, 2018.  Classes will be held at the Abilene Regional Hospital, Women Center starting at 8 a.m.  Classes will run approximately 8 weeks on Saturday mornings.  Contact Mike Roach 325-280-5174 or KF5ZQB@arrl.net

Nolan County Amateur Radio Association Conducts Technician Class

The Nolan County Amateur Radio Association, Sweetwater, Texas will be presenting a Technician Class starting February 13, 2018.  The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m at the Nolan County Health Department on the corner of 12th Street and Elm Street.  The training will last four weeks.  Testing will be done the following Tuesday evening.

For more information, please contact Gary Armstrong, KC5NOX at 325-235-4110 or email at kc5nox@arrl.net