Some weekend teasers

Here are a few tidbits in the News and Operating world of Amateur Radio. Have a great weekend!

K7RA Solar Update

On October 15 at 2345 UTC, the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning, which said that continued strengthening of the solar wind stream due to coronal hole effect may lead to isolated periods of minor geomagnetic storms on October 16.

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This Weekend is Jamboree on the Air

Scouting’s 58th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is Friday through Sunday, October 16-18. More than 400 US participants have registered, with nearly 4000 worldwide. There is still time to register your station. The BSA Radio Scouting Committee has posted an extensive listing of frequencies and operating information — Guidelines for Amateur Radio Operators. This provides information about getting on the air, including HF frequencies as well as D-STAR, EchoLink, and IRLP, and it’s been updated to include DMR.

JOTA participating stations are urged to file a post-JOTA report on their activity, including the number of participating Scouts, visitors, and Amateur Radio operators; radios on the air; contacts, and states and countries contacted. Photos and stories are welcome!

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National Parks on the Air – NPS Centennial

In 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and radio amateurs will be able to help mark the occasion with the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event. The fun begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2016.

“As ARRL just celebrated our own Centennial, and Amateur Radio is often enjoyed in the great outdoors, it seemed fitting to devise a program to help NPS celebrate their own 100th birthday,” said ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X. As he explained, NPOTA will run throughout 2016, with activity promoted and encouraged from each of the more than 430 official NPS administrative units and affiliated areas across the US. This includes all 59 National Parks as well as National Battlefields, Historic Sites, Memorials, Preserves, Reserves, Rivers, Seashores, National Scenic Trails, and other units.

And lots more – click the link above to read it all…

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