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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

Maritime Mobile Service Network Responds to Mayday Call from Stranded Vessel

The crew of a sailing vessel that foundered on a reef in the South Pacific in early May was rescued in good shape, thanks in part to the alert ear of Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) member Russell Taylor, AI6GV, of San Marcos, California. On May 3, Taylor monitored a "Mayday" call on 14.300 MHz from the Alaska-based Morning Dove, at the time some 200 miles northeast of French Polynesia. The vessel's captain, Bruce Moroney, KL3RK, reported that his 46-foot ketch had become stuck on a reef and was unable to move. The crew transmitted the Mayday distress call after the vessel began taking on water.

"I tried to reverse with no effect," Moroney explained afterward to Latitude 38. "Within 10 minutes, conditions became extreme." Moroney said that after the ketch's hull and diesel fuel tank breached, an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) was activated, and a Mayday put out. "Within 15 minutes, the radios were underwater," Moroney said.

Taylor apprised the US Coast Guard of the situation and of the vessel's position. The French Navy subsequently dispatched a helicopter to the area within about 6 hours of the incident, airlifting the four unharmed crew members to safety. Efforts were reported under way to retrieve the grounded vessel.

The Coast Guard later called Taylor, to tell him that had he not monitored the Mayday, the consequences could have been devastating for the crew.

Assisting in the event were longtime net member William Sturridge, KI4MMZ, in Florida, and his friend Peter Mott, ZL1PWM, in New Zealand, who relayed information.

The Maritime Mobile Service Network monitors 14.300 MHz with operators on scheduled shifts from 1700 to 0300 UTC.

"This incident occurred well after scheduled net operations, when propagation on 20 meters usually is minimal at best," Assistant Net Manager Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL, said. He pointed out that MMSN members often continue to monitor the frequency outside of the net's regular schedule, keeping an ear open for just such events. Read more.

-- Thanks to Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL, and MMSN Manager Rene Stiegler, K4EDX, and to Latitude 38, 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




Excellent promotional video for Ham Radio

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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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