San Diego area ARES Amateur Radio

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San Diego ARES Amateurs Stand Down after Wildfires

With the wildfires in Southern California well on their way to be being contained, San Diego area ARES Amateur Radio operators have ceased assisting their served agencies; many hams had been called to action early last week. When the fires began early Sunday morning, October 21, ARRL San Diego Section Emergency Coordinator Jim Cammarano, KG6R, conferred with California Fire VIP Red Flag Coordinator Rich Beisgl N6NJK; Beisgl told Cammarano that local ARES groups were not needed at that time. “A few hours later, I called again and our status remained the same. They assured me that they would call me immediately if they required [assistance from] San Diego ARES. With the Santa Ana winds blowing, the fires had rapidly advanced far beyond the point where volunteer radio operators would be safe in performing such a role,” Cammarano said.

Source: This Week in Amateur Radio

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ARRL And MFJ Team Up

Who ever thought the makers of Mighty Fine Junk would team up with the likes of the “prestigious” ARRL.
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ARRL and MFJ Team Up to Offer 40 Meter Transceiver Kits
(Nov 3, 2007)
— Earlier this fall, ARRL introduced the third edition of its Low Power Communication book, authored by Rich Arland, W3OSS. This new edition includes the complete assembly manual for a 40 meter transceiver kit produced by MFJ Enterprises. “ARRL has also bundled the book with the kit, giving readers a firsthand experience at project-building and operating,” said ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. This is the first time ARRL has offered a publication bundled with a radio kit. Inderbitzen said orders for the kit have been brisk. “We’re delighted that MFJ agreed to collaborate with us on this unique publication and product undertaking. The initial surge of interest exceeded our expectation, and we’ve already gone back to MFJ a couple of times for more units.”
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