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High Frequency Co-ordination Conference taking place in Tunisia

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The winter session of the High Frequency Co-ordination Conference (HFCC) is taking place this week in Tunisia, with the participation of 130 delegates, representing 30 countries and 50 broadcasting organizations

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No 'Shake Ups' During Weekend Communications Drill:

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Montesano, WA - On Saturday Dec 12, 2009 Grays Harbor County Emergency Management with the assistance from the Grays Harbor Amateur Radio Club, Washington State Emergency Management Division, Lewis County, Mason County, Pacific County, Bay Center, Wa Fire Station, the American Red Cross, Centralia EOC and the District 3 Net Control held a disaster communications drill. The drill was a severe earthquake that impacted the entire County. Westport Fire Chief Dennis Benn and the Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Grays Harbor County worked in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Members of Grays Harbor Amateur Radio Club manned the Ham Radio during the event and had to operate with only one person. In a true disaster event, on a weekend, having 3 people to run the entire event is acutely possible. Participation from the other Ham Radio operators gave the EOC a communicated status of the County with a collapse of the WalMart Store, a Collapse of a Fire Hall in Pacific Beach, bridge failures, landslides and a tsunami wave in the Westport/Grayland area.

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Middle School Kids Learn About Shortwave Radio

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Kids these days are consumed by cell phones, Twitter Tweets, text messaging and Facebook.

However, there is a group of youngsters in Calabasas, CA. that have become licensed Amateur Radio Operators. That action has led them to become leaders in a new wave of shortwave listeners.

They still consider Morse Code and the old guy with a box of radio parts and coax cable to be very old fashioned.

One middle school 16 year old always thought that cell phones were the most reliable form of communication,. “After all”  he said, “Everyone uses cellphones”.

Kids And Ham Radio

That thinking changed one day when there was a power outage in his area.

He then realized that cell phones and the Internet, things he took for granted every day,  just stopped working!

He also learned that battery powered radio equipment and solar powered repeaters continue to provide communication when “shore power” is dead.

When the youngster’s science teacher talked to his class about learning basic radio principals and receiving extra credit for passing the FCC Amateur Radio license exam, the youngster was all ears.

17 students passed the FCC exam that school year.

Over the next three years, 57 middle school students have earned their license. Plans are being made to offer the two day learning sequence in the coming school year.

The basis of the teacher’s motivation to bring Amateur Radio into the classroom was his personal decision to become a licensed Ham Radio operator right after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

The youngster said he was nervous when he first signed on after he obtained his license and his new radio.

“I heard all these adults talking and thought, What will I say? I have only talked to one person my age over the radio. But they can hear your voice and know that you’re young.” he said.

Since high school students have tried and failed to find teachers that will sponsor the program, an attempt will be made to create a high school club to serve as a follow-up to the middle school class and help to keep teens active on the air.

I helped my son achieve his No Code Tech license when he was 11 years old. We attended a two day learning sequence sponsored by  SPARC, the Suffolk Police Amateur Radio Club of Long Island New York.

I served as a VE for a number of years and held sessions at Suffolk Community College.

I assisted a long time friend and fellow Amateur KF2P with classroom instruction for the No Code Tech License while working at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Click on the comments link below and add your personal follow up to this story:

Are you a youngster with a Ham License? Who helped you get into the hobby?

As an adult, have you helped youngsters achieve their license?

Are you a teacher that would like to comment on this idea for your own classroom?

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Cave-Texting Device Involves Combination of Computer and Ham Radio:

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Teen Inventor's Cave Radio Could Save Lives Deep Underground: Science fair projects don't get much cooler than a texting device that broke the record for deepest underground digital communication in the United States. Such a device may help save people trapped deep underground and even allow scientists to conduct remote cave research, all thanks to a teen inventor from Los Alamos, New Mexico. NPR took a firsthand look at the deep, dark foray. Alexander Kendrick, 16, headed to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico to test his device almost 1,000 feet underground. His invention involves a computer attached to a ham radio that transmits data using low-frequency radio waves. By contrast, high-frequency transmissions used in FM broadcasts have a harder time penetrating solid rock. Kendrick's team climbed down to 946 feet, before they assembled a 6-foot-wide radio antenna out of PVC tubing and wire. Kendrick's dad had hiked to a spot directly above the team on the surface and awaited a message.

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Mod of the Month - April 2009

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April's collection of Mod of the Month nominees are here and we've found some amazingly awesome skill on show once again in our Project Log forum. We've joined up again with AC Ryan so check out this month's six nominees, vote and let us know what you think of them!

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Exploding cellphone kills Chinese man

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Heres the thing about batteries: they store energy. Lots of it. Channeled correctly, that energy does really awesome things for us -- but channeled chaotically, and.

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NZ4O LF/MF/HF/6M Prop Forecast #2009-25:

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NZ4O LF/MF/HF/6M Prop Forecast 2009-25:

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Ubisoft announces RUSE RTS game

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Ubisoft has just announced Ruse, a new WW2 RTS game where the focus is on tricking your enemies.

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Sunspot Saturday, January 24, 2009

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS reviewed, deemed pretty decent

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Photography Blogs just put up a rather exhaustive review of Canons PowerShot SX200 IS. If youve already forgotten, this little guy boasts a 12 megapixel sensor, a 12x optical zoom, and a 3-inch LCD.

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GPS Smartphone Shipments to Hit 77 Million in 2009

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Strategy Analysts has announced that its latest research has shown that in 2009 worldwide GPS smartphone shipments will hit 77 million units. Most of the major smartphones on the market feature GPS like the T-Mobile G1, iPhone 3GS, and Palm Pre.


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WoW to get in-game addiction therapists?

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London psychiatrists have proposed setting up a form of in-game therapy for player addicted to World of Warcraft.

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SICP and wishful thinking

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One of the most powerful ideas conveyed by SICP is the idea of designing programs by “wishful thinking”. It is a simple but powerful concept. The idea is that if you want to design a large program, then we think in terms of some building blocks and use them in our program as if they are primitives. We assume that it is someone else’s problem to write those and give it to us, for a moment. We then write our program in the clearest terms using the newly given building blocks. Once that’s done, we worry about how to implement those building blocks. The idea itself is a recursive one.

For a while I thought that this is a sort of top-down approach of programming. But I now feel that, it is not so. It is instead, bottom-up programming strategy. It is as if we grow the language to create the primitives we need and solve the problem at hand. The order in which we implement them is not important and that’s what we often confuse with the top-down vs bottom-up approach. Atleast that’s how I thought.

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