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China Earthquake – Hams Asked To Keep 7.050MHz 7.060MHz & 14.270MHz Clear

Posted by k6jeb on 14th May 2008

Amateurs in China are asking that 7.050MHz 7.060MHz and 14.270MHz be kept clear as an emergency frequency in the wake of the devastating May 12th earthquake there. Please remember that even if you cannot hear a station on the frequency, you might interfere with reception of transmissions by a station within range of both your signals and theirs.

Michael Chen, BD5RV, reports in a post on

“that a group of radio amateurs is now transmitting from Wenchuan, the center of quake. Its signal is reported to be very weak. They tried to keep communication with BY8AA in Chengdu, seeking for all resources needed. During a contact finished a few minutes ago, they were asking for raincoats, water, tents, and outdoor living facilities.”

Michael also asked that this request be forwarded as widely as possible.

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Ronald A Parise, WA4SIR – Silent Key

Posted by k6jeb on 12th May 2008

Ronald A Parise, WA4SIRDr Ronald A. Parise, PhD, WA4SIR, passed away Friday May 9, 2008 after a very long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 57.

Parise flew as a payload specialist on two space shuttle missions: STS-35 on Columbia in December 1990 and STS-67 on the Endeavour in March 1995. These two missions, ASTRO-1 and ASTRO-2 respectively, carried out ultraviolet and x-ray astronomical observations, logging more than 614 hours and 10.6 million miles in space.

Parise was one of the first astronomers to operate a telescope from space, making hundreds of observations during the mission. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Chairman Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO, said Parise’s personal contributions to these two missions provided scientists with “an unprecedented view of our universe, expanding our understanding of the birth, life and death of stars and galaxies.”

First licensed when he was 11, Parise kept Amateur Radio at the forefront of everything he did, including his operations from space. During his two shuttle flights, he spoke with hundreds of hams on the ground. He was instrumental in guiding the development of a simple ham radio system that could be used in multiple configurations on the space shuttle; as a result, his first flight on Columbia ushered in what Bauer called the “frequent flyer era” of the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) payload.

Parise was the first ham in space to operate packet radio. “His flight pioneered the telebridge ground station concept to enable more schools to talk to shuttle crew members despite time and orbit constraints,” Bauer said. “In his two shuttle flights, he inspired countless students to seek technical careers and he created memories at the schools and communities that will never be forgotten. Ron was also the ultimate ham radio operator — in space and on the ground.”

Bauer said that Parise’s love for Amateur Radio and his love of inspiring students continued well beyond his two shuttle flights: “During the formation of the ARISS program, Ron was a tremendous resource to the newly forming international team. I know of many instances where Ron’s wisdom and sage advice was instrumental in helping our international team resolve issues when we reached critical technical or political roadblocks. He was a key volunteer in the development of the ham radio hardware systems that are now on-board ISS. The ARISS team is deeply indebted to WA4SIR for his leadership, technical advice and tremendous vision.”

Parise worked hand-in-hand with the students at the US Naval Academy and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on the development of their student satellites. He helped develop Radio Jove, a student educational project to listen to the radio signals emanating from Jupiter. Parise spoke at numerous schools over the years, inspiring students to pursue careers in science, math and technology.

“Ron Parise was–and continues to be–an inspiration to countless students, ham radio operators, and friends the world over. His accomplishments were many, including space explorer, pioneer, astrophysicist, pilot, ham radio operator, avionics and software expert, inspirational speaker and motivator, student satellite mentor, husband, father and friend. While he certainly did some truly extraordinary things in his lifetime, Ron Parise is best known and cherished for keeping family and friends first, and for this, we will miss him most,” Bauer said.

In an effort to continue Parise’s work to inspire the next generation, his family has set up a scholarship fund in Parise’s honor for students pursuing technical degrees at Youngtown State University, Parise’s alma mater. In lieu of flowers, those interested are welcome to send donations to:

The Dr Ronald A. Parise Scholarship Fund
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555

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Paul J. Parker, WB6DHH – Silent Key

Posted by k6jeb on 7th May 2008

It is with extreme sadness that I report that my friend since elementary school, Paul J. Parker, WB6DHH became a silent key on April 13, 2008. Paul succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

Paul was first licensed in January 1963, WN6DHH He was a life member of the ARRL and was elected Section Communications Manager for the East Bay Section of the ARRL in 1969. He was an active member of the Mt. Diablo Radio Club for nearly 40 years where he served as an instructor and volunteer examiner, as well as assisting with the operation of the W6CX repeater and Pacificon.

Paul loved the Morse code.

Paul’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 10th at 1:00 pm at East Bay Fellowship in the UTurn auditorium (youth building), 2615 Camino Tassajara, Danville , CA 94506 (map) . The church phone number is (925) 736-5100.

If you wish, in lieu of sending flowers, gifts to the American Cancer Society in Paul’s memory would be appreciated.

Paul’s ashes will be spread in the Pacific Ocean under the Golden Gate Bridge and in the Sea Otter Sound, Alaska

Jack Cooper, KG6LV
ARRL Pacific Division Assistant Director

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Ham Radio Support of 2008 Devil Mountain Run for Children’s Hospital

Posted by k6jeb on 7th May 2008

Thanks to Ed Richie for again coordinating ham radio support for the Devil Mountain Run on Sunday May 4, 2008.

Here are some photos from that event:
After going to the link, click on “Slide show” in upper right of screen. Then click on large arrows on right or left of photo to navigate.


Pete Harris

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John Stuart KM6QX does it again! …. 4-Wheelin’ Ham Radio Communications for Trailride Event on Mt. Diablo

Posted by k6jeb on 6th May 2008

John Stuart KM6QXJohn Stuart, KM6QX continues to be a treasure to MDARC, and to ham radio. Among the many ham-related things that John does is to organize and coordinate ham radio support for several great community service events each year. He has coordinated such things as world-class bike race events up Mt. Diablo, marathon running events out of Castle Rock in Walnut Creek, Police Olympics in Briones Park, various thrilling Trail Adventure Triathalon events in local regional parks, and various horse trailride events that require hams to go off road with 4-wheel vehicles to reach checkpoints. When you do an event that John has organized, it’s alway exciting, challenging, and you usually experience something you remember for a long time. There have been several incidents in which John has coordinated rescue services to injured or lost event participants. He has been intimately involved in setting up state-of-the-art radio equipment in the San Ramon Valley Emergency Services Communications Command Vehicle, for the San Ramon Fire District. He continues to provide great service to the community, and great learning experiences for hams. Best of all, the events he organizes are just plain fun!

This past weekend John coordinated the 50-mile Concord Mt. Diablo Trailride event that he has helped organize for close to 20 years. This included hams driving 4-wheel drive vehicles over beautiful back country trails on Mt. Diablo, trails that are usually closed to public auto access. It was a fantastic day on the mountain, the hills were bright green, the wild flowers were blooming and the views were spectacular. Hams traveled from one P&R station to another (horse pulse and respiration check stations), bringing race judges, vets and event organizers to the stations before the horses arrived there. Hams provided coordination of information to help assure the safety of horse riding participants.

Here are a few photos of this weekend’s Concord Mt. Diablo Trailride event:

Photos of trailride event:
After going to the link, click on “Slideshow” in upper right of screen. Then click on large arrows on right or left of photo to navigate.

Pete Harris

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