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March 17, 2011Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
+ Public Service: After Devastating Earthquake, Japan's Radio Amateurs Provide Communications Support
JA1RL, the JARL HQ station -- along with other amateurs throughout the island nation -- is maintaining the effort to support the disaster relief operation, according to IARU Region 3 Secretary Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP. "In less damaged areas, the electric power supply is being restored gradually and local amateurs have started to establish stations at shelters," he said. Yamamoto said that JA1RL continues to operate as an emergency traffic center on 7.030 MHz, as well as 2 meters and 70 cm. It is receiving and reporting news from Japanese amateurs who are in the affected area. Using battery power or small generators, Japanese stations are active and are using various frequencies to exchange rescue and disaster relief operation information with JA1RL and others.
For more on how radio amateurs in Japan are providing communications support after earthquake, click here. For information on how US amateurs are helping out, click here. For more on how Japan, Hawaii and the Western US dealt with the immediate aftereffects of the earthquake and tsunami, click here.
+ Yaesu, ICOM and Kenwood Issue Statements Regarding Effects of Earthquake on Operations
+ FCC News: ARRL Files Petition, Request for Temporary Waiver with FCC Regarding VHF Voice and Data Emissions
+ Focus on Youth: Meet New ARRL Youth Editor Sterling Coffey, N0SSC
+ ARRL Recognizes: Nominations for ARRL Awards Now Open
+ On the Air: W1AW Announces Spring Schedule
With the switch from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time, W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, has updated the W1AW operating schedule to reflect the change. The Eastern times have not changed, but the UTC times have. Read more here.
ARRL Publications: Exam Software Now Included with ARRL License Manuals
+ Amateur Radio in Space: Hams Invited to Track Satellites
ARRL Executive Committee to Meet this Weekend
The ARRL Executive Committee will be meeting this weekend in Chicago. The agenda for their March 19, 2011 meeting is now available.
+ ARES® E-Letter Now Available in Audio Form
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