Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2131 for Friday, August 31, 2018 Audio – https://ift.tt/2ouzlOy
Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2131 with a release date of Friday, August 31, 2018 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a QST. Hams respond to a hurricane in Hawaii and an earthquake in Venezuela; the ARRLs new president talks about rebranding the league and Honduras expands its safety net with newly donated radios. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2131 comes your way right now.
BREAKING NEWS: ARRESTS MADE IN DEATH OF CALIF. AMATEUR
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We begin this week’s report with breaking news. As Newsline went to production, police in California released information about the death of amateur radio operator Henry Stange WA6RXZ and announced that they have charged two people with homicide. Henry’s body was found on June 2 in a shallow grave in Joshua Tree National Park. An three-month investigation by the Murrieta Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff resulted in the arrests of Curtis Krueger, age 30, and Ashlie Stapp, age 27, on the 29th of August.
Further details about the killing were not immediately available.
Henry Stange, who lived in Murrieta, was 54 years old.
(MURRIETA POLICE DEPARTMENT)
RADIO RESPONDS TO EMERGENCIES IN VENEZUELA AND HAWAII
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: With the recent earthquake in Venezuela and hurricane in Hawaii, its been a challenging time for hams involved in emergency communications. We turn to Kevin Trotman N5PRE for this recap on Venezuela.
KEVIN: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake rocked the northern coast of Venezuela and parts of the Caribbean on August 21st and shock waves could be felt as far east as Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Grenada and as far west as Bogota, Colombia. The U.S. Coast and Geological Survey said because of its depth of nearly 77 miles the quake did not cause major damage or lead to any casualties in Caracas but buildings were evacuated nonetheless. Scattered power outages were reported. The YV5RNE National Emergency Network of the Radio Club Venezolano activated on 7.088 MHZ but officials later reported there was no loss of life and damage was limited. Although cellular communications and scattered outages had been reported, hams networks functioned well on HF, VHF and even EchoLink.
For Amateur Radio Newsline Im Kevin Trotman N5PRE.
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Hawaii, emergency amateur radio operations became active after Hurricane Lane stormed into the region. Hawaii ARES and the Salvation Army Emergency Radio Network were among those responding to keep communications open and WinLink was used for formal handling of messages. Although the storm dumped as much as 19 inches of rain on parts of Hawaiis Big Island, the region was spared the worst of a direct hit and the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm by the 24th of August. At Newslines production time, residents and hams alike were keeping an eye out, however, for the next event on the horizon: Tropical Storm Miriam.
(IARU REGION 1)
ARRL PRESIDENT SPEAKS AT WEST VIRGINIA CONVENTION
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Should the ARRL rebrand itself to appeal to a new generation? The organizations new president posed that possibility at a recent appearance in West Virginia. Jim Damron N8TMW was there.
JIM DAMRON: The 60th annual West Virginia State ARRL convention was held August 25th in Central West Virginia at the WVU Jacksons Mill Conference Center near Weston. A highlight of the convention was an address by ARRL president Rick Roderick K5UR. In his 45-minute keynote speech to a capacity crowd, president Roderick asked:
RODERICK: Are we even relevant anymore as ham
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