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Residents Survive CA Blaze in Chilly Lake

When over a dozen people became trapped by the Camp Fire last week, a firefighter sent them wading into the Lake Concow reservoir. Nov. 14 — CONCOW, CA — When Scott realized that his lakeside home in the wooded hills … Continue reading

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If You Drive in Los Angeles the Cops can Track Your Every Move

It was a particularly chilly cold case. At 1 am on November 18, 2010, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of gunfire in a leafy cul-de-sac near Universal Studios. They found Jong Kim lying in front … Continue reading

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Maritime Mobile Service Network Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew Member

Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9 for a crew member suffering chest pains on board the 48-foot sailing vessel Marie Elena, some 300 miles east … Continue reading

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Woolsey Fire Containment Grows As Fire Crews Battle Strong Winds

Updated November 14, 2018 MALIBU, CA – The deadly Woolsey Fire has burned 97,620 acres, destroyed 453 structures, threatened another 57,000, forced the evacuation of more than 265,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and is 40 percent contained … Continue reading

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Amateur Radio Volunteers at the Ready for California Fire Duty

  [Updated 2018 November 13 @ 1024 UTC] Amateur Radio volunteers have been active or are standing by on several fronts as wildfires continue to rage in large sections of California.  Camp Fire In Butte County, in Northern California, the Camp … Continue reading

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Police Preparing for Big Protests as Trump Makes First California Visit as President

With President Trump heading to the Los Angeles area Tuesday for a high-dollar campaign fundraiser on his first White House visit to California, law enforcement will be ratcheting up in preparation for potential protests. While details of the Trump visit … Continue reading

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NBC News Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

  A team from NBC News’ digital news unit Left Field was in Hawaii to visit with some radio amateurs to produce a report when the false nuclear missile alert happened on January 13. Left Field’s report points out how … Continue reading

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Fake ‘Mayday’ Calls to Coast Guard Under Investigation, Public’s Help Sought

At least eight false Mayday calls since the start of the year have the U.S. Coast Guard’s Los Angeles/Long Beach command center concerned, and the public’s help was sought Thursday to find the man who’s been making them. The false … Continue reading

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How Amateur Radio Played a Role in the Hawaii EAS Emergency Response

In the minutes after the false missile EAS alert was delivered in Hawaii, there was a great deal of general confusion — a lack of communication, general perplexity about the next steps, and phone call after phone call that didn’t … Continue reading

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Signal Strength – It Is All Relative

By Rich Carlson, N9JIG So what does Signal Strength really mean? Most scanners these days have a Signal Strength indicator, usually with up to 4 or 5 bars to indicate a strong signal. How are these calibrated? Is 4 bars … Continue reading

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