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November 9 2011, the day the TV went off

The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency. The system also may be used by state …

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BARC and Jeffco ARES in Alabama before and after the tornados

I was impressed by the immense turnout on the BARC(146.88 tone88.5) repeater in Birmingham Alabama as the storms approached. Storm spotters reporting in, various other ham radio operators reporting conditions. The unity and control of the net was obvious. I listen more than I talk and enjoyed being a fly on the wall. This disaster …

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HR 607 – House bill 607 -Limit amateur radio service ability to respond to emergencies

This is a full reprint of the HR 607. Introduced by Mr. KING of New York , Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi, Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Ms. CLARKE of New York, Mrs. MILLER of Michigan, Mr. LONG, and Mr. GRIMM). This bill is another attempt to limit the public’s ability to communicate in the event of an emergency and should be stopped.
Please read the bill which is included in this article and get active!

Birmingham airport radio frequencies-BHM-Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International airport

This information is so oddly useless that when I needed it, I could not find it, so now I have posted it for me (and you) to have.   I have flown in and out of this airport many times and find its small and outdated facilities have a ‘hometown’ feel.  Birmingham, Alabama BHM-Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International airport Birmingham …

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Ham radio help requested for KySat-1 launch

Amateur Radio satellite KySat-1, due to be launched February 23!!! As you may know, KySat-1 along with CubeSats from Montana State University and University of Colorado, will be launched into orbit from Vandenburg AFB on February 23 at 0809 UTC. As with all satellite missions, for us, verifying operation and establishing communication early is critical …

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LightSquared gets satellite waiver…Really?

LightSquared gets satellite waiver – A bird in the air is worth ignoring-Satellite phones. The marginally insane plan for a US-spanning mobile network using frequencies reserved for satellite is looking more likely, thanks to an FCC decision that handsets won’t have to be satellite-capable.

Italian amateur radio repeaters impact satellite operations by disregarding the IARU bandplan

Italian amateur radio repeaters disregard IARU bandplan In Italy, FM and D-Star repeaters are being licensed in the 2m IARU Amateur Satellite segment 145.8-146.0MHz causing considerable interference to Amateur Radio Satellites and the International Space Station. It would appear that the Italian regulator permits repeaters anywhere within 2m on a provisional basis for 60 days. …

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Alabama stormnet-birmingham frequencies

Alabama ARES Jefferson County amateur radio storm reporting frequencies Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES® consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership …

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