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National Geographic Channel Ham Radio Guide Supports Before MARS Prequel

The National Geographic Channel has produced A Guide to Ham Radio to support its recently released digital short, Before MARS -- a prequel to its upcoming MARS series. The 33-minute prequel, which has a heavy Amateur Radio theme, provides the backstory of two principal characters in the upcoming MARS global event series.

In the prequel, twin teenaged sisters Hana and Joon Seung are the new kids in town, after their single mother relocates. In due course, they come across old ham radio transceivers -- one in an attic, the other in a thrift shop -- and use them to communicate with each other and with an older, local ham.

Tuning about, Hana -- whose character gets most of the attention -- hears an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) on her radio and eventually makes contact, as Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program participants do. In a touch of realism, the female astronaut uses the NA1SS call sign.

The Amateur Radio researcher on the film was veteran electrical engineer Michael Gilmer, N2MG, who said the producers contacted him through his connection with the eHam.net website. Patrick J. Kiger authored the online guide.

Gilmer concedes that the depictions of Amateur Radio in the production take a few liberties, although he believes that non-hams will likely overlook these and focus instead on the story arc of self-discovery and relationships within a theme of young women becoming interested in science and scientific careers.

The sisters' exposure to ham radio helps to inspire them to pursue careers in space exploration, become astronauts, and take part in a 2033 mission to Mars. MARS, which premieres on November 14, will include documentary sequences about real-life efforts to travel to and colonize Mars.



National Parks on the Air Update

With just 2 months left in the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program, the push for 1 million contacts from eligible NPS units remains strong. November 1 saw the 800,000th contact uploaded to Logbook of the World, breaking 25,000 contacts for the second straight week. 

ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, and QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, were interviewed by NPS Ranger Bill Urbin during their September NPOTA activation of Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (NS14). Video of that interview is available on the ARRL Facebook page.

Thirty-two activations are on tap for November 3-9, including Big Bend National Park in Texas, and Everglades National Park in Florida.

Details about these and other upcoming activations can be found on the NPOTA Activations calendar.

Keep up with the latest NPOTA news on Facebook. Follow NPOTA on Twitter (@ARRL_NPOTA).

(Copied from ARRL.ORG)



JOTA 2016 Info

What : 59th annual Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2016

Where: Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic School (Hosted by Troop 265)

When: October 15th - Noon to 6:00pm

Troop 265 will be hosting our annual Jamboree on the Air event complete with a several amateur radio stations available for any scout in the council to make radio contact with other scouts from all over the world.  This year's setup will include a decked out communications trailer from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, as well as the emergency communications trailer from Johnson County.  We will also have several stations setup and managed by members of the Midstate Amateur Radio Club out of Franklin, Indiana (http://midstatehams.org)  We will also be taking orders for the JOTA patch from anyone who attends and wants one.  The cost is $4 at the event, and they will be delivered at a future roundtable event.

Goblin Patrol

In the 1990’s a dangerous and deadly trend was sweeping the country. AF9SE Goblin Patrol

As a part of the Halloween holiday, malicious people were throwing pumpkins, watermelons or rocks off overpasses of the highways and interstates in America.  This caused numerous accidents, injuries and even deaths.  Fortunately, this has not happened in Johnson County for many years.  This is in large part because the members of the MidState Amateur Radio Club (MARC) volunteer for “Goblin Patrol”.  Every year at the request of the sheriff in Johnson County, MARC members volunteer to sit alongside the overpasses up and down Interstate 65 and keep a watchful eye for anyone that wants to repeat this dangerous prank.  Pictured here is Steve AF9SE checking into the Goblin Patrol Net with an update.  If you’re out and about on Halloween night and see a suspicious vehicle along the road, it may well be one of us keeping an eye on things to keep the goblins away.  73’s all.   

Here is a link to the History Channel with the history and some interesting information on our 2nd favorite holiday, second only to Christmas. 





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