Website Technical Issue v20170528

WordPress’ recent update (v4.7.5; 18 May 2017) seems to have introduced a bug in the “Feedback Notification System.” Prior to the v4.7.5 update, Feedback and Comment postings were automagically Emailed to your Kindly ‘Ole Volunteer Webmaster when posted. After the v4.7.5 update, automatic Email notifications became INOP. WordPress has been notified of the issue. Your Webmaster is monitoring the situation. Also, every ~3 days, or so, he will manually check our Club’s website’s Notification Queue. This will explain why there might be a delay in a response. Until the issue is resolved, if you have an urgent matter, please send an Email directly to gearsw6rhc.

Government’s Recognize Importance of Ham Radio Operators

Great article in GovTech’s Emergency Management column regarding the important—and increasing—role of Amateur Radio in government-led emergency operations.

GEARS March Meeting

I hope your celebration of this great Irish Patron Saint’s Day will include attending our monthly GEARS meeting!

Kent Jorgensen will be our featured speaker, with a presentation about his six-month effort to recover a fully intact aircraft from a South American jungle.

Also: We will be seeking confirmation from members who plan to participate in the VELO Wildflower Bike Ride event on April 30th.

At the Butte County Search and Rescue building. Doors open AT 6:00 P.M.



What a month our area has seen this past month. A big thank you to our Butte County ARES Emergency Coordinator Dale Anderson, KK6EVX and others who gave of their time and talents during the Oroville Dam evacuation incident. There was a shortage of operators, so this is an opportunity to ask for members of our club to step up and contact Dale to be ARES members. This incident was a prime example of how quickly things can change and the need can arise for quick response to provide communications.

As we know we are a very unique and exclusive group in that through our hobby we alone have the capabilities to provide communications across the street or around the world with many different modes. No other volunteer groups can do quite what we can do, we are a needed asset to our fellow man in times of need.

Being an ARES member does not require a lot of time or fancy stations, it just means that you will be willing to be properly trained and willing to work shifts during an incident. The more willing and available ARES operators means a lighter load on everyone. Please consider this and contact Dale if you can commit to this crucial part of Amateur Radio.

Larry Marcum, KA6GND

GEARS President

HAARP Signals Widely Copied, Experiments to Continue

HAARP Signals Widely Copied, Experiments to Continue


Many listeners were able to copy signals from Alaska’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) early on February 20 (UTC). The facility has begun its first scientific research campaign since being taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, said the Twitter and e-mail feedback from his first evening’s run has been “fantastic.” Fallen will fire up the powerful HAARP transmitters again on February 21 starting at 0300 UTC (the evening of February 20 in US time zones) with a few tweaks.

“I may adjust the frequency to 2.83 MHz and 3.33 MHz, but generally it will be 2.8-ish and 3.3-ish either way,” he told ARRL.

Fallen is starting and stopping each experiment block with an audio broadcast, transmitting AM carriers on or about 2.8 and 3.3 MHz, with the resulting skywave signal — the “Luxembourg Effect” — being a mix of both frequencies. He has transmitted a simple piece of music, composed locally, specifically to help demonstrate the Luxembourg effect. Fallen said he got reports on the first evening from Georgia, Michigan, British Columbia, Southern California, and Finland — among other locations.

“The CW artificial aurora experiment that follows (weather dependent) is 90 seconds on, 30 seconds off, with the following sequence: 2.80, 2.80, 2.82, 2.84 MHz,” Fallen said. “The ionosphere has been looking ratty all day, so I do not have much hope for the artificial aurora experiments.”

He said his Twitter feed (@ctfallen) has included “a lot of great waterfalls, videos, and audio by hams and SWLers. It’s quite an event, of sorts.”

Fallen is working under a National Science Foundation grant. He’s posting additional information on his “Gakona HAARPoon 2017” blog. He points out that exact times, transmit frequencies, and experiment modes “are subject to change in response to a variety of factors.” Selected updates will be posted via Twitter.

Fallen encourages radio amateurs and SWLs to record the events they hear and post reports to social media or e-mail him.