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N.W.S. Weather Spotter Training

The National Weather Service will not be able to conduct in person spotter training classes this winter and spring due to restrictions associated with COVID-19. They will be holding virtual spotter training classes. They are open to the public and free of charge. Below are the links to the 6 scheduled classes: -Sandy N8YS Spotter Webinar 1: Friday, February 19, 2021 (1 PM - 3 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8258577384418148110 Spotter Webinar 2: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (7 PM - 9 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4105945167168648206 Spotter Webinar 3: Thursday, March 4, 2021 (7 PM - 9 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8790359481726954766 Spotter Webinar 4: Monday, March 8, 2021 (6 PM - 8 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5017422714408992270 Spotter Webinar 5: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 (6 PM - 8 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8257513057162542350 Spotter Webinar 6: Saturday, March 27, 2021 (12 PM - 2 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5687758669980329230

ARISS is Seeking Hosts for Ham Radio

Contacts with the Space Station

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host amateur radio contacts with an International Space Station (ISS) crew member. Contacts would likely be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2022. These voice radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long and in a question- and-answer format. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact dates. ARISS is looking for organizations that can draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact. The deadline for proposals is March 31, 2021. Visit the ARISS website for more details and a proposal form. ARISS has operated amateur radio from the ISS for 20 years, and scheduled ham radio contacts between ISS crew members and schools and student groups around the world are a hallmark of the ARISS program. The ham radio stations onboard also are available for crew members to use and serve as back-up communications capability. In the US, ARISS is sponsored by NASA, the ISS National Laboratory, ARRL, and AMSAT. -ARRL Letter

Plans to Retrieve Titanic Wireless

Equipment Put on Indefinite Hold

RMS Titanic, Inc., (RMST) the company that owns salvage rights to the Titanic shipwreck, has indefinitely put off its plans to retrieve the vessel's radio equipment for exhibit. The company cited the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, according to a January 29 court filing. The Atlanta-based company said its plans have faced "increasing difficulty associated with international travel and logistics, and the associated health risks to the expedition team." RMST's primary source of revenue comes from its exhibits of its vast collection of Titanic relics, which have been closed or seen only limited attendance due to virus-related restrictions. RMST -- a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions and the "salvor-in-possession" of the Titanic wreck site -- said its planned expedition to recover the ship's wireless station equipment remains a top priority, however, and will "take place as soon as reasonably practicable." The Marconi-equipped station transmitted the distress calls after the Titanic (on its maiden voyage) struck an iceberg some 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912 and began sinking. The transmissions, heard by some nearby vessels, have been credited with helping rescue some 700 passengers in lifeboats deployed from the Titanic, but about 1,500 passengers were lost. The bow of the Titanic on the ocean's bottom. [NOAA/IFE/URI Photo] RMST has been in an ongoing legal battle with the US government over whether the recovery operation would be legal. In May 2020, a US federal judge in Virginia gave permission to retrieve the wireless gear, ruling that the company would be permitted "minimally to cut into the wreck" to access the radio room. RMST has said the radio room may be reachable via an already-open skylight. But, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has contended that the retrieval expedition is still prohibited under US law and under an international agreement between the US and the UK. The wreck, some 2 1/2 miles beneath the surface, remained undiscovered until 1985. ‘-ARRL Letter
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N.W.S. Weather Spotter Training

The National Weather Service will not be able to conduct in person spotter training classes this winter and spring due to restrictions associated with COVID-19. They will be holding virtual spotter training classes. They are open to the public and free of charge. Below are the links to the 6 scheduled classes: -Sandy N8YS Spotter Webinar 1: Friday, February 19, 2021 (1 PM - 3 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/82585773 84418148110 Spotter Webinar 2: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (7 PM - 9 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/41059451 67168648206 Spotter Webinar 3: Thursday, March 4, 2021 (7 PM - 9 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/87903594 81726954766 Spotter Webinar 4: Monday, March 8, 2021 (6 PM - 8 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/50174227 14408992270 Spotter Webinar 5: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 (6 PM - 8 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/82575130 57162542350 Spotter Webinar 6: Saturday, March 27, 2021 (12 PM - 2 PM): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/56877586 69980329230

ARISS is Seeking Hosts for Ham

Radio Contacts with the Space

Station

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host amateur radio contacts with an International Space Station (ISS) crew member. Contacts would likely be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2022. These voice radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long and in a question-and-answer format. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact dates. ARISS is looking for organizations that can draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact. The deadline for proposals is March 31, 2021. Visit the ARISS website for more details and a proposal form. ARISS has operated amateur radio from the ISS for 20 years, and scheduled ham radio contacts between ISS crew members and schools and student groups around the world are a hallmark of the ARISS program. The ham radio stations onboard also are available for crew members to use and serve as back-up communications capability. In the US, ARISS is sponsored by NASA, the ISS National Laboratory, ARRL, and AMSAT. -ARRL Letter