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Lorne Greene on Ham Radio

Today I ran across a radio public service announcement from ARRL featuring Canadian actor Lorne Greene. I believe this aircheck is from 1979.

In the PSA, Greene explains that, although we may be experts, we are amateurs because we are unpaid volunteers in public service communications operations. Technological innovation by radio amateurs, nets, and amateur satellites are also mentioned. Greene finally tells interested listeners to write to Newington, Connecticut for more information, though the ARRL is never explicitly mentioned in the spot.

IRLP Returns to Tuscaloosa

University ARC IRLP node 4719 is back in service on the club’s 145.210 W4UAL repeater in Tuscaloosa.

Along with the return of IRLP connectivity comes the club’s return to its own Thursday Night Net, which has continued without the club during its extended absence.

A hardware failure brought down the IRLP node last November. Additional hardware failures, access restrictions during construction and a number of other setbacks and difficulties kept the node out of service for approximately 10 months.

The W4UAL 145.210/144.610 repeater, located on the University of Alabama campus, requires a 103.5 Hz PL tone for access. The University ARC Thursday Night Net meets weekly at 8 p.m. Central time on the club’s repeater, on various other connected repeaters and simplex frequencies around Alabama and beyond, and on IRLP, EchoLink and AllStar. A list of participating RF and online nodes is on the UARC Net page.

Alabama Students Make Amateur Radio Contact with International Space Station

At 1:02 p.m. on April 10, 2018, a group of Pinson Valley High School students gathered in the school’s auditorium to become the first Alabama high school students to contact the International Space Station via amateur radio. The students, operating as PVHS Amateur Radio Club station KN4BBD, had about 10 minutes to interview ISS crew member Richard “Ricky” Arnold II, KE5DAU, operating as ISS Amateur Radio Club station NA1SS. The contact was Commander Arnold’s first ARISS (Amateur Radio on the …