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Upcoming Hamfests

Covington Hamfest
Covington, GA
July 26


Huntsville Hamfest
ARRL Southeastern Convention
Huntsville, AL
August 16


Shelby Hamfest
Shelby, NC
August 30-31


Augusta Hamfest
Blythe, GA
October 11


Al Brock Memorial Hamfest
Rome, GA
October 18


Stone Mountain Hamfest
ARRL Ga State Convention
Lawrenceville, GA
November 1


GSSA Election Results

The election of officers and board members went off smoothly as most standing officers were re-elected to their respective post. The only change was the post vacated by the sudden passing of KJ4DRW Louis Shulman, which was filled by the election of WW4DW David Warren. For the current officer and board member slate, click on the "officers, net info" page to the left. Thanks to all the association members for their confidence and satisfaction of the state of our Georgia Single Sideband Association!


In a follow-up to a report earlier this year, solar researchers are now dubbing the sun's recent activity as a mini-max. This is because the maximum period of activity so far has been shorter than usual.

Researchers note that sunspots are now showing up and lower-density areas are appearing in the sun's corona. As such this current situation demonstrates how hard it is to accurately forecast a solar cycle.

They note that this cycle’s strange peak appears to have its roots in 2008 and 2009 when sunspot numbers were far lower than scientists expected. Solar flares, which are associated with sunspot numbers and the sun's magnetic activity, were also relatively quiet in that same time frame.

The average for a solar cycle from minimum to maximum and back to minimum is in theory 11 years, however it can actually take between 9 and 14 years. The current solar cycle is expected to start fading in 2015 but it will likely go out with some increased activity.

The researchers note that historically speaking, there are usually strong flares leading to numerous auroras on Earth at the end of the solar peak. This is because particles from the sun strike our planet's magnetic lines and excite gases in the upper atmosphere.

Ron Turner of Analytic Services Inc. is a senior science advisor for NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program. He summed it up by saying that the current Cycle 24 is one of the weakest in the 24 cycles since 1755. (NASA, other published news reports)

Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

Episode 28

This week, we'll look at the 1950s. Danny Weil, VP2VB, began his well-known series of Yasme DXpeditions around the world in 1955, putting some rare countries on the air. That series lasted until 1963, and it gave thousands of DXers the opportunity to work some new ones.
In the mid-1950s, The FCC ran out of 1 × 3 call signs with W and K prefixes and began reissuing lapsed W and K call signs. When those ran out, they went on to 2 × 3 call signs with WA (and, later, WB) prefixes.
The log periodic antenna -- a new and very useful concept -- was introduced to hams in the late 1950s. It had been developed by D.E. Isbell at the University of Illinois.
Late in 1958, hams lost the shared use of 11 meters, which then became the Class D Citizens Band.

During the late 1950s, amateurs continued to push the limits of VHF and higher bands. W6NLZ and KH6UK ran regular schedules on VHF and succeeded in making two-way contact on 144 MHz in 1957, and on 220 MHz in 1959.
Another Amateur Radio first took place in 1960, when the first EME (moonbounce) contact was made on 1296 MHz between W6HB in California and W1BU in Massachusetts.
During the 1950s and 1960s, The USSR and the US were in the midst of the so-called "Cold War." Fearing that Soviet bombers could home in on radio signals to find their targets, the CONELRAD (CONtrol of ELectromagnetic RADiation) system went into effect from 1957 to 1962. For their part hams were required to (1) monitor an AM broadcast station at least every 10 minutes to be sure it was still on the air; and (2) shut down, if broadcast stations went off the air. In the event of such an emergency, key 50 kW AM stations would move to either 640 or 1240 kHz to broadcast emergency information. The stations on each of those frequencies would go on and off the air in a continually varying sequence, while all carried the same audio to provide continuous information to the public

-- Al Brogdon, W1AB

Did you get behind on these? Want to catch up? Read the entire series less the current one above here.


According to Fox News reporter Jonathan Serrie, when power, phone and Internet services go down, a battery-powered amateur radio transceiver and portable antenna can provide that crucial link to the outside world. And that’s the theme of his 2 minute report on the new role for ham radio that emergency preparedness managers nationwide are adopting.

Serrie notes that Emory Health Care in Atlanta, Georgia, is among a growing number of hospital systems to adopt ham radio as a secondary means of communications. He says that hospital administrators and government officials took a lesson from Hurricane Katrina, which left some Gulf Coast medical centers isolated from the outside world, as wired telephones and cellular communications failed.

Serrie interviewed John Davis, WB4QDX, who noted that some of the technology that’s been around for almost a century is still relevant. And according to Davis, in addition to major hurricanes, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 rekindled interest in ham radio as a public safety tool.

Reporter Serrie noted that the number of amateur operators is at an all time high of over 720,000 hams licensed here in the United States. All in all a very positive report on one of the major roles that amateur radio is playing in service to the nation in the 21st century.

If you missed Jonathan Serrie’s report when it was first broadcast, you can catch it on the web.

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