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Huntsville, AL
August 16


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Shelby, NC
August 30-31


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Blythe, GA
October 11


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Rome, GA
October 18


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Lawrenceville, GA
November 1


Marvin Cooper N2MC, SK

N2MC, Marvin, a frequent check in to both the GSSA and GTen nets, passed away Sunday at his home in Calhoun after an extended period of declining health. He was 76. Visitation was Tuesday at Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home in Calhoun and the funeral is Wednesday at the funeral home. Please keep his family in your prayers.


Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

Episode 29

During the decade of the 1960s and subsequently, Gus Browning, W4BPD, traveled the world and operated from over 100 countries, many of them extremely rare ones and sometimes the first ham operation for that country. Gus was an ordinary guy, always a gentleman, and an unflappable pileup operator. He was the first DXer elected to the DX Hall of Fame.

On December 12, 1961, OSCAR 1, the first Amateur Radio satellite, was launched into orbit. OSCAR 2 followed on June 2, 1962. Both paved the way for the amateur satellites that followed.

By 1963, the US ham population had reached a quarter of a million, although at that time there were more CB operators than hams.

During the 1960s, repeater operation began on 2 meters. At first, there was a fair amount of confusion -- questions of legality had to be sorted out by the FCC, a lot of hams thought channelized operation wasn't a good thing, equipment had to be developed, etc. But eventually things settled down, and repeater operation on 2 meters took off, with repeater operation on other VHF/UHF ham bands and 6 meters soon to follow.

On March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake and the resulting tsunami struck Alaska and caused extensive damages in many parts of the state. As in most natural and man-made disasters, hams were quick to put together emergency communication links to help with disaster relief.

Late in 1967, incentive licensing returned to ham radio. This had been an on-again/off-again issue with FCC for about 15 years.

-- Al Brogdon, W1AB

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A historic radio transmitter has been saved from the scrap-heap thanks to three organizations who worked diligently to preserve it. The announced transfer of the Voice of America broadcasting station in Delano California to the General Services Administration for disposal had potentially sealed the fate of the last compete Collins Model 821A-1 250,000 watt High Frequency Autotune transmitters in the world.

Meantime the Collins Collectors Association and the Antique Wireless Association had formalized an alliance named the Collins Radio Heritage Group. Hearing of the potential loss of the transmitter the latter working in cooperation with members of the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association began campaigning to save some of the significant historical artifacts related to the Delano Voice of America transmitter site.

In December of 2013 a proposal was submitted to the Voice of America and the Government Services Administration to recover, preserve and display the transmitter and the studio control console from the Delano site. This past May the proposal was approved and recovery began. The effort was recently completed with the transmitter, studio board and other associated remote gear being removed and shipped to the Antique Wireless Association Museum in Bloomfield New York where they will be displayed.



The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have announced a new Memorandum of Agreement. One that is destined to enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication.

Calling radio is one of the most resilient communications technologies we have, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, penned his name to a Memorandum of Agreement with the American Radio Relay League. This to further mutual cooperation in times of disaster and preparing for such emergencies.

The new agreement will allow FEMA and the ARRL to work together to provide resources, services and personnel to fortify the relief agency’s capacity in certain areas. These include emergency communications, disaster preparedness along with response and recovery assistance. It will also task the two with jointly raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource.

The agreement also outlines the ways in which the two organizations will cooperate to carry out their individual responsibilities with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations. This, in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

The signing ceremony took place on July 18th at the ARRL’s Centenary Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, with League President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signing the document for the League. This agreement takes the United States Amateur Radio service yet another step forward in becoming a vital communications resource when disaster strikes and especially in those instances when all other means of communications fail.

And to quote FEMA Administrator Fugate: “Amateur Radio is taking that hobby and turning it into saving lives.” After FEMA Administrator Fugate’s talk, League President Craigie presented him with the ARRL Medal of Honor. (ARRL)

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