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Hurricane Watch Net Seeks Net Control Operators

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is looking for additional net control operators. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins on June 1 and ends on November 30; in the Eastern Pacific, it begins on May 15 and ends on November 30. Hurricanes can form at any time of the year, however, as witnessed by Hurricane Alex in January.

"With the 2016 hurricane season rapidly approaching, the Hurricane Watch Net is preparing for what looks to be an active season," HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. "It has been a long time since the US has seen a major hurricane make landfall." He believes the US may be overdue for one.

Graves said the HWN is always on the lookout for well-qualified, experienced net control operators who can effectively communicate with hurricane-prone areas from eastern Canada, the US East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. He said bilingual (English and Spanish) operators are a valuable asset.

Visit the HWN Membership Information Page, if you're interested in becoming a member of the Hurricane Watch Net. Read more.

-ARRL Letter

 

 

NCVEC Announces Third Public Release of 2016-2020 Amateur Extra Question Pool


The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released the third revision of the Amateur Extra class (Element 4) question pool that goes into effect on July 1. This revision supplants the Element 4 question pools released on January 8 and February 5, and includes corrections, modifications, and various editorial changes. The Element 4 question pool diagrams are in a separate document.

"We would like to remind the public that users of question pool documents are free to correct minor typographical or punctuation errors, including obvious minor omissions of same," the NCVEC Question Pool Committee said in releasing this revision. "Such corrections must not cause a change in the meaning of a question or any of the proposed answers to the questions."

The QPC notes that FCC Part 97 rule citations are not a part of the exam question itself, but are included for reference purposes, and that errors in or changes to Part 97 are not considered adequate reason to remove a question from the pool.

The QPC invites comments and questions.

-- Thanks to the NCVEC Question Pool Committee, ARRL Letter

 

 

Heil Sound Celebrating 50th Anniversary


Heil Sound, a name that's probably synonymous within the Amateur Radio community for its microphones and "boom set" microphone/headset combinations, is marking its 50th anniversary this year. Heil Sound came into being in 1966 as Ye Olde Music Shoppe -- a music store in Marissa, Illinois, the hometown of its founder, Bob Heil, K9EID. The celebration -- called "50 Years of Maximum Rock N' Roll" -- kicked off at the winter NAMM show. A commemorative series of interviews, packaged as podcasts, also debuted with the new year. The series highlights the history of Heil Sound.

Bob Heil initially made a name for himself working with music performers to provide sound reinforcement for their live gigs, initially supplying full sound system packages for venues and festivals throughout the Midwest and later working with world-class acts, such as Humble Pie, The Who, The Grateful Dead, and Joe Walsh, WB6ACU. Heil said it was the Dead's Jerry Garcia who suggested changing the name of his enterprise to Heil Sound. Among other innovations, Heil created the quadraphonic sound system for The Who's "Quadrophenia" tour as well as the Heil Talk Box made famous by Joe Walsh and Peter Frampton.

By 1982, Heil Sound had curtailed the touring side of the business and began concentrating on developing products for the Amateur Radio market. Heil also launched a home theater division. Amateur Radio and professional audio came together in 2006, when Walsh suggested that Heil Sound develop microphones for concert use. Heil Sound designed and manufactured high-quality microphones, and has gained a reputation among music performers for its professional microphone products, such as the PR30 and PR40.

Bob Heil and his wife and business partner Sarah -- who is the president of Heil Sound -- are frequent visitors at major Amateur Radio conventions and gatherings.

-ARRL Letter

 

 

We’re entering a ‘solar minimum’ — what it means, and how it influenced 2015

The sun erupted with two notable space weather events in 2015: the geomagnetic storms on June 22 and March 17. They lit up the northern skies with beautiful aurora, which in some places continued for days. But 2015 was also a relatively quiet year for space weather. To find out why, we need to look at the bigger picture for the answer.

-washington post

 

 

 



Excellent promotional video for Ham Radio

-Radio Society of Great Britain

 

Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

Look at this "history" of ham radio through the eyes of the ARRL, an interesting read!

 

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