Amateur Radio in the News – 10/18/12

October 30, 2012 Dan KB6NU


Sunita Williams, KD5PLB

Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, is currently the commander aboard the International Space Station.

Ahmedabad students to make ‘space call’ to Sunita Williams. Sunita Williams, an Indian-American (right), will speak to students in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India at some point between November 12 and November 16. The article says that Williams, KD5PLB, is an avid ham radio operator and “has talked to a number of groups from around the world during both her space travels.”

Qatar to host amateur radio festival. An amateur radio festival will be held in Doha, Qatar, sometime in Decembler. According to The Penninsula, “This festival will include a contest between amateur radios from all over the world. The event dubbed the first of its kind in Middle East will take place in conjunction with the National Day celebrations. About 100 amateur radios (sic) from across the globe will be invited to the festival and the competition, besides a host of officials and experts.”

Amateur weather spotter recalls chasing destructive Dexter tornado. Last spring, a tornado tore through Dexter, a town not ten miles from me. Jeff, KN8A, the amateur profiled in this article, took part in the SkyWarn activity. It’s a good article on how one ham does his part.

Whitby Amateur Radio Club does double duty as road crew. Now this is really a public service! More amateur radio clubs should consider pitching in like this.


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