Storm-Related Mishap Claims Life of Volunteer Fire Chief Doug Deckard, KC5PLA

Volunteer firefighter Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard, KC5PLA, of Quitman, Arkansas, died on April 30 after being struck by a car during torrential rainfall while checking water lines in his community. Deckard, an ARRL member, was 51. He served as Cove Creek/Pearson Volunteer Fire Chief.

Arkansas State Police say Deckard had pulled off the roadway along Highway 25 near Quitman and was working outs…

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NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

NOAA is considering ending the North Atlantic and North Pacific marine storm warning announcements at minutes 8, 9, and 10 for WWV, and at minutes 48, 49, 50, and 51 for WWVH. Termination would be on October 1, 2017. NOAA wants to hear from as many interested parties as possible. Comments need to be received by NOAA by May 31.

Send all comments or issues concerning this proposed action via e-mai…

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Outer Banks Repeater Association Receives 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

The Outer Banks Repeater Association (OBRA) in North Carolina has been presented with the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. OBRA President Andrew Darling, AA3YQ, accepted the citation at the April 17 Dare County Commissioners meeting in Manteo. The citation, signed by Governor Roy Cooper, said that OBRA members set themselves apart from other volunteer organizations “by always being avai…

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Support 2017 Boston Marathon

Nearly 280 Amateur Radio communication volunteers on April 17 participated the 2017 Boston Marathon, the 121st running of the event organized by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Warmer-than-typical temperatures for the Patriots’ Day race raised concern for increased medical issues, but lower humidity and some cloud cover later in the afternoon mitigated the potential for problems.

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More 60-Meter News

Radio amateurs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are among the latest to gain access to a 60meter band. The allocation is 5,351.55,366.5 kHz at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP.

Malta also has opened a 60-meter band for its Amateur Radio licensees. The island’s telecoms regulator, the Malta Communications Authority, published an updated National Frequency Plan in April that includes the WRC-15 se…

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