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ARRL Audio News - August 11, 2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:56
News, features and opinion from ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.
Categories: Amateur Radio

2m Hamming Off-Road

Badlands Off Road Adventures - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:01

It is great to be able to reach out to an Amateur Radio repeater when off-road

You recently got your ham ticket and are eager to experience ham radio while four wheeling.

Installing a mobile 2 meter/440 radio

You’re ready to make the leap to a mobile radio. Great! Even though this is your first rig, installing isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Of course, if you’re not comfortable buying the parts or doing the work, find a handy helper. Ask your Elmer or contact a local ham radio club.

This is not a step-by-step review. I just want to provide you on overview of the process and encourage you to do it yourself. Radio use and access is very personal. I want you to be happy and comfortable with your radio installation.

Take your time on planning and installing the mobile radio. Use the steps below to break your project up into discrete manageable parts.

  • Install the radio
  • Provide it with “clean” power
  • Add an external speaker
  • Install the antenna

HT

In the meantime, get on the air with a quick and inexpensive option using a handheld radio (referred as “HT” – short hand for handy talky) and removable antenna. Long term you want the big power from your mobile radio!

HTs are available from a variety of suppliers. Do some research to find the right one for you. Most today are dual-band, covering both the 2m and 440 MHz (70 cm) bands.

The products you need include:

– Handheld radio and at least one extra battery pack.

– Mag mount or window clip-on antenna. Either can be used with a mobile radio, too.

This arrangement is essentially plug and play. The biggest challenge involves locating the antenna. Many 4WD vehicles don’t have trunks or hard roofs, so you’ll have to experiment a bit.

Try the hood or a fender. Do you get static or engine noise? Try the side opposite the AM/FM radio antenna to create space between the antennas.  Some guys attach to the swing arm for the spare tire (extra grounding may be needed).

Mobile Rig placement:

You want the rig accessible but not interfering with your field of vision or any controls on the vehicle. The radio and mic should be within easy reach.

Does your radio have a detachable front panel? Many 4WD vehicles have “secret compartments” that are great for hiding the body of a radio. But you’ll also need a spot for the front panel. Place it where there is minimal eye movement.

Some generalities apply to any type of mobile radio:

– Keep it away from direct sunlight and source of moisture (like under a seat).

– Make sure there is sufficient air flow around the unit. Even at low power the radio generates a fair amount of heat.

– The 9-pin DIN socket, on the back of the radio, should be accessible for ease of programming. Keep away from the dash panel, shifter or other part.

– Mount into metal using bolts. That’ll be more solid than trying to screw into plastic. Keep as many wires as possible out of sight and neatly stowed.

– Ground directly to the battery. Grounding to the body with the multitude of computers and circuits in modern vehicle, can result in interference with the radio or the vehicle operation.

Do you need ideas on where to locate your radio? Google – Ham radio install <insert your vehicle> and click on images.

Use clean power:

By this I mean tap the battery directly, for both positive and ground leads. The 12v power outlet works fine for an HT, but won’t handle the power needed for a mobile rig. Make sure both leads are fused, too. 12 ga. wire or larger is preferred.

Anderson Power Poles

Consider using Anderson Powerpoles and RIGrunner connector blocks. Powerpoles have standardized red and black leads designed to make connections easy—and error free.

RIGrunners are like power strips used in the home. They’re designed for Powerpoles and allow you to connect multiple devices to a single power source (the battery, in this case). Mount the RIGrunner to the inside of the firewall or hide in the glove compartment. Attach Powerpoles to the radio’s power leads, and use a grommet any time you run wire through the firewall.

RIGrunner

 

RIGrunners come in various sizes. Right now you’re focused on installing your 2m/440 ham rig. But even the smallest RIGrunner can support several devices. You have the flexibility to add an HF rig, CB radio or other devices later.

External speaker:

An external speaker is all but a necessity for four wheeling. The radio’s built-in speaker doesn’t put out much volume, and can be really difficult to hear while bounding around off road. A separate speaker is inexpensive and can be mounted where it’ll do the most good.

Antenna installation:

Having used a mag mount antenna already, you should have a good idea where to mount a permanent antenna. Of course, you can continue using the mag mount; there’s no requirement that you change.

If you’re uncomfortable drilling a hole, find a buddy. Done right, there is minimal damage to the body and you won’t have to worry about rust creep.

Next is the issue of cable. Antennas come with coax, and it’s generally RG-58 (1/4” thick). You could augment that with a thin style, like RG-174 or RG-188. Run a short section (keep it short to minimize signal loss) under a door frame, lift gate, or tailgate. Buy a barrel connector, too, so you can attach to the antenna cable. This option can also be used with a mag mount or window mount antenna.

With all the bouncing around we do while off road, barrel connectors can loosen over time. The result is static on the radio. As part of the 360 inspections, check the barrel connector on the coax, too.

One thing I should point out. Regardless of the type of antenna you use, it probably will have to be tuned. This requires an SWR meter designed for VHF and above. Make sure you test under normal operating conditions.

Installing a 2m/440 mobile radio may at first seem intimidating. But if you break it down into the various steps, you see that it’s a fairly straightforward process. If you still need help, there are numerous ham radio operators in your area willing and able to help. Ham radio operation adds an interesting and safety-oriented dimension to four wheeling.

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Did you miss the previous article? Some Upcoming Events (click on the link for details)

West side of Long Valley Caldera in CA

Summary of upcoming events.

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

We have new stock of all colors!

Yellow is back in stock! The Orange and Red went fast last time with blue not far behind so if you want a specific color order now while we have most of them available. The Bandana layout follows the “Vehicle Recovery Plan” with pathways to more detail. A unique section of the Bandana, gives the steps for a “Winch Rigging Check: Walk through” so that you verify every element of the rigging before you commit to the pull. Stuff this in your recovery kit and you will always be ready. Warning – the Bandana is not a substitute for proper training and use of quality equipment used within the bounds of their safe working load. We advise you to use the information provided in the Winching Recovery Bandana at your own risk. We cannot control the quality and specifications of the equipment used and the methods actually employed. The original press release with larger graphics is on the website

73
KI6FHA
I hope to see you on the trails!
Tom Severin, President
Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc.
4-Wheel Drive School
310-613-5473
www.4x4training.com
Make it Fun. Keep it Safe.

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You are welcome to use it anytime, just be sure to include the following author/copyright information: Tom Severin, 4×4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vehicles to the fullest extent in difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Visit www.4x4training.com to develop or improve your driving skill.

Copyright 2017, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc.

Hot Shot’s Secret Introduces Two-Step Fuel Additive Treatment Plan

4x4 Wire - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:07

Developed to Improve Fuel Mileage and Engine Performance for All Diesel Vehicles

Mt. Gilead, OH, (August 9, 2017)…Lubrication Specialties Inc., manufacturer of  Hot Shot’s Secret fuel and oil additives, announces a new two-step fuel additive treatment plan developed to work with all diesel engines, light, medium and heavy-duty, for both import and domestic vehicles.

Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Extreme, is formulated as a top-tier lubricity additive, moisture dispersant and fuel stabilizer that restores power and performance to all diesel engines; especially engines with long-term or extreme use. Diesel Extreme is used first in the two-step treatment plan as prescribed with a treatment ratio of four ounces to every 10 gallons every six months, or 6,000 miles. Diesel Extreme cleans the fuel tank, fuel lines and injectors.

Categories: Legislation

ARRL Audio News - August 4, 2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:40
ARRL Audio News is a weekly compilation of news stories from the ARRL Letter. Hosted by ARRL's Sean Kutzko (KX9X) and Carla Pereira (KC1HSX), ARRL Audio News features no music or advertising, and is suitable for playing over Amateur Radio repeater systems. In this week's report: • The ARRL Board Explores Entry-Level License Options and Ways to Face Future Challenges • Amateur Radio Participation is Key to a University Solar Eclipse Experiment • Thousands of hams are getting on the air with the new FT8 Digital mode. Is ARRL Audio News aired on your local Amateur Radio repeater? Would you like to submit an ID like the ones you hear in the podcast? Visit the ARRL Audio News website at www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news to contact us!
Categories: Amateur Radio

MYCHANIC LED Blade MultiLight

4x4 Wire - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:30

Have you ever grabbed your trusty flashlight needing just a little more light in the dark shadows of the engine bay?  And, then realized the dim glow from the build means the batteries are failing.  There you stand, needing more light and no fresh batteries.

Well, for that reason, I am always on the lookout for lights; especially lights that are LED and rechargeable. 

The folks at MYCHANIC are offering an intriguing LED light, the Blade MultiLight.  At 250 Lumens, this compact rechargeable LED light does provide plenty of light to brighten the dark recesses of the engine bay.

Categories: Legislation

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan is working on the Landscape

MuirNet - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 09:10

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has released a new video demonstrating how the mitigation program in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan is successfully conserving habitat for this iconic grassland bird. The video documents work being done on a West Texas ranch that is being funded by industry participation in the plan. The video was produced through a partnership between WAFWA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Pheasants Forever.

The range-wide plan allows industry to continue operations while reducing and mitigating impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. Industry contributions support conservation actions implemented by participating private landowners. Pioneer Natural Resources is one of more than 160 companies that are enrolled in the plan.

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Categories: Legislation

ARRL Audio News - July 28, 2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:59
ARRL Audio News is a weekly compilation of news stories from the ARRL Letter. Hosted by ARRL's Sean Kutzko (KX9X) and Carla Pereira (KC1HSX), ARRL Audio News features no music or advertising, and is suitable for playing over Amateur Radio repeater systems. In this week's report: • ARRL’s President Asks Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534 • ARRL Publishes its 2016 Annual Report • And an Oklahoma Radio Amateur is First to Score Satellite VUCC from Greenland Is ARRL Audio News aired on your local Amateur Radio repeater? Would you like to submit an ID like the ones you hear in the podcast? Visit the ARRL Audio News website at www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news to contact us!
Categories: Amateur Radio

Officials Remind Public of Flash Flood Hazards, Information Resources

4x4 Wire - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:43

Payson, Ariz., July 21, 2017 — The recent tragic flash flood event north of Payson serves as a reminder that flash floods can occur in any drainage, creek and river throughout the state during heavy rains and monsoon storms.

Floods are among nature’s most common and destructive natural hazards. The public should be aware that even when storms do not appear to be in the immediate area, rain from a storm miles upstream can drain quickly and create flash floods miles downstream.

According to the National Weather Service’s U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics, flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. These flash floods are extremely dangerous and swift, carrying debris, trees, rocks, large boulders, and mud that can sweep away anything or anyone in its path along stream, creek and river channels.

Categories: Legislation

ARRL Audio News - July 21, 2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:32
ARRL Audio News is a weekly compilation of news stories from the ARRL Letter. Hosted by ARRL's Sean Kutzko (KX9X) and Carla Pereira (KC1HSX), ARRL Audio News features no music or advertising, and is suitable for playing over Amateur Radio repeater systems. In this week's report: • Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced in US Senate • Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants "The Felony Question" • Ham Radio is There, as Honolulu Hosts a Successful 10th Annual "Geek Meet" Is ARRL Audio News aired on your local Amateur Radio repeater? Would you like to submit an ID like the ones you hear in the podcast? Visit the ARRL Audio News website at www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news to contact us!
Categories: Amateur Radio

Are You a Roads Scholar?

Badlands Off Road Adventures - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:37

Borrego Springs, CA

 

Off-road vehicles aren’t exactly sports cars. In fact, just the opposite. We can’t safely drive then the same way as our family car. They take longer to stop, are less stable in fast turns, and sometimes have poor visibility. Poor drivers (the bottom 25%, or 1 in 4) don’t realize this. They often don’t allow us space (much less a semi) to stop, turn, etc.

Anecdotally, I figure I drive only about 10% of any four-wheeling trip off-road. That means 90% of my driving time is on paved roads. That’s probably true for you as well.

This means we must substitute reading terrain and picking lines with defensive driving and avoiding road rage for a greater distance.

Our defensive driving philosophy

To another driver on the road you are not a person but just a vehicle occupying space traveling at a certain speed. So, if you get cut off it is not personal. They are not talented drivers like you are. They are all idiots and they are likely to make mistakes (errors in judgement) right in front of you. And who is screwed if they make a mistake?  You are. But as a brilliant driver it is your responsibility to make sure you pay for fewer of other people’s blunders by leaving more space.
Do you really want to drive close to idiots? Leave space. Practice defensive driving!

When someone cuts you off or takes aggressive action that says, “my time is more valuable that yours”, does that frost your butt? Do you want to signal your displeasure? Before your let road rage take over, Think about this.
Do you believe that your action will teach them anything?  They are already idiots!
So, leave space, be polite, and try to anticipate the actions of other drivers.

Leave Space:
Ok – so we know, vehicle after vehicle is going to try to fill in that front space! But try to keep at least a 3-second gap between you and the vehicle ahead—much longer during inclement weather. Double the space in front if someone is tailgating your vehicle.

Anticipating actions of others: This is the fun part of highway driving! How often can you detect impending situations, subtle behaviors of the driver or the position of the vehicle and correctly call out the action? Why is the driver in front and one lane to your left continuously looking over his right shoulder? If he changes lanes without signally, did you call it? If the front right wheel of the vehicle beside you is creeping over the center divider, is he drifting or about to cut in front of you? Score if you get it right! Double score because you avoided an accident. But of course, watch for turn signals, brake lights and other signs of an impending move. If traffic is bunching up, it could indicate an accident or road condition up ahead. If at a lighted intersection, pause for a second or so after getting the green light. Make sure all the cross traffic is stopped or visibly slowing down, no one is running a red light, or thinking of turning in front of you. Watch for bikes, smaller motorcycles and pedestrians.

Aggressive drivers: This was the leading cause of accidents until smarts phone popped “distracted driving” to the top of the list.   Don’t let aggressive drivers get to you. Let the idiot pass so he can get out of your space. Stay focused on your drive, and avoid the temptation to offer the one-finger salute. You risk escalating the situation to a case of road rage.

Speaking of smart phones, don’t pick the highest risk area (like approaching intersections) to succumb to temptation and look at your messages!

“Stale” green light: Cruising at 60 mph you’re coming upon a green light you didn’t see change, but wonder if it’ll change soon. Contrary to popular instincts, you don’t accelerate. There are clues to help you decide if there is still time or it is about to turn. If the road ahead is clear and the on-coming pack of cars is well past you, the light has been green quite a while (at least in the life cycle of a green light). If traffic going in the other direction is piling up at the red (6 or more) or the left turn is stacking up, it has been green for quite a while. In these cases, you have only 1 – 3 seconds of green left. Just a few seconds left and you’re not quite to the intersection. Do you take it or slow down for the yellow light you know is coming? At what point do you make that decision?

We put a lot of stress on our vehicles off-road. Critical parts can be a hair away from failure. For all problems, you find there are others for which no visual check can detect before getting on the road. These parts failures and the remote highways we drive, means you’re going to face challenges while behind the wheel. There are many, and I’ll address a collection of them here

No brakes: Normally we find the broken lines and leaking fluid in our 360 checks of the vehicle before getting back on the road. (BTW, there are 2 absolute items you very much want to check – that you can steer and stop the vehicle!)

There are problems that will not show up in a 360 check. Hard lines running the length of the frame can be rubbed thin after 300,000 miles of hard use. Drum brakes packed with wet sand will grind your brake pads, making them ineffective in as little as 100 miles.

So, quickly determine if anything has rolled behind the brake pedal. Pump the brakes to help build pressure. Stab and hold the brake pedal while downshifting. Apply the emergency brake, and steer off the road. As a last resort, scrape the side of the vehicle (another advantage of having rock sliders!) against the guard rail or roadside brush; this could slow the vehicle. If there’s an exit lane on your side of the road—especially a truckers’ runaway lane—take it. I have always wanted to try one of these but without the terror of really needing it!  Coast to a safe spot off the road.

Steering failure: This can be scary at 60 mph in the middle lane of a 3-lane highway. Grip the wheel as steering will be difficult. Apply steady pressure to the brakes, and find a safe place to pull over. Steering failure can be caused by several factors, including loss of tire pressure, as well as a broken belt, hose, tie rod end or track bar. The worst is a tie rod end disintegrating or a track bar letting go. Without these items as a fulcrum, turning the steering wheel has no effect. There are known cases of an adjustable track bar braking in half where the threaded rod was welded into the bar. I assisted a driver, who lost the bolt on one end while driving 65 mph on the interstate. Luckily, he made it to the shoulder. All I did was provide a new ½ x13 bolt so he could get home.

Tire blow out: And speaking of steering difficulty with loss of tire pressure … God knows we abuse our tires off-road. For a tire blowout accelerate slightly to maintain speed. (Yes, I know this sounds odd.) Counter steer to offset the pull caused by the blowout. Once in control, slow down and look for a place to exit. Pull over on the same side of the blowout so you can safely replace the bad tire.

Sudden acceleration/stuck throttle: Stab the accelerator several times, and shift into neutral. Stand on the brakes—use both feet if necessary. If the vehicle goes into neutral, it’s best to leave the engine running so the steering and other systems continue running until you are in a safe spot.  Newer “drive by wire” vehicles may not respond to shifting to neutral so try to kill the ignition. A built in override of 3 jabs on the start button might do it. If that doesn’t work, press and hold for several seconds (check your owner’s manual – now– not during the crisis).

Animal collisions: Take extra precaution if driving in an area or at a time when animals are likely to be on the move. Reduce speed at dusk and watch for wildlife along the roadside (and the telltale shining eyes). If you see a large animal by the road, lay on the horn—deer, in particular, will often flee.

Do you see the Deer?

Don’t take unsafe evasive action to avoid an impact, except for large animals like moose and elk – well maybe skunks too. Reduce your speed as best as possible, and aim for where the animal is coming from. You’re hoping for a glancing blow. Let off the brakes just before impact.

 Crisis stop: Our 4- wheel drive vehicles are designed to turn off ABS when we engage 4WD. Some turn it off for both 4 high and 4 low. Others only for 4 low.  Remind yourself which mode you are in. If your vehicle has ABS active, stomp and hold pressure on the brake pedal. Try to steer clear of the situation. If you don’t have ABS active, you can simulate it by pumping the brakes. Keep a solid grip on the steering wheel so you maintain control of the vehicle.

As a veteran driver, you most likely have faced many of these situations. (I know you’ve encountered aggressive drivers!) Take the time to thoroughly read and internalize this information. Visualize how you would react should you face any of these situations. That mental exercise can pay dividends. You can’t do anything about other drivers or nature’s hazards, but you can put the odds in your favor with proper education and preparation.

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Did you miss the previous article? Some Upcoming Events (click on the link for details)

West side of Long Valley Caldera in CA

Summary of upcoming events.

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

We have new stock of all colors!

Yellow is back in stock! The Orange and Red went fast last time with blue not far behind so if you want a specific color order now while we have most of them available. The Bandana layout follows the “Vehicle Recovery Plan” with pathways to more detail. A unique section of the Bandana, gives the steps for a “Winch Rigging Check: Walk through” so that you verify every element of the rigging before you commit to the pull. Stuff this in your recovery kit and you will always be ready. Warning – the Bandana is not a substitute for proper training and use of quality equipment used within the bounds of their safe working load. We advise you to use the information provided in the Winching Recovery Bandana at your own risk. We cannot control the quality and specifications of the equipment used and the methods actually employed. The original press release with larger graphics is on the website

73
KI6FHA
I hope to see you on the trails!
Tom Severin, President
Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc.
4-Wheel Drive School
310-613-5473
www.4x4training.com
Make it Fun. Keep it Safe.#####

If you find this information valuable, please pass it on to a friend. You can forward them the email. If you received a forwarded copy of this newsletter and would like to subscribe for yourself, go to: www.4x4training.com/contacts.html and follow the instructions to join our mail list.

Want To Use This Article In Your Magazine, E-Zine, Club Newsletter Or Web Site?
You are welcome to use it anytime, just be sure to include the following author/copyright information: Tom Severin, 4×4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vehicles to the fullest extent in difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Visit www.4x4training.com to develop or improve your driving skill.

Copyright 2017, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc.

ARRL Audio News - July 14,2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:09
ARRL Audio News is a weekly compilation of news stories from the ARRL Letter. Hosted by ARRL's Sean Kutzko (KX9X) and Carla Pereira (KC1HSX), ARRL Audio News features no music or advertising, and is suitable for playing over Amateur Radio repeater systems. In this week's report: • FCC Crackdowns on Pirate Broadcasters Targets at Least One More Amateur Licensee • Amateur Radio Volunteers in British Columbia Reported Assisting Relief Agencies • K2BSA Will Be On the Air During the National Scout Jamboree Is ARRL Audio News aired on your local Amateur Radio repeater? Would you like to submit an ID like the ones you hear in the podcast? Visit the ARRL Audio News website at www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news to contact us!
Categories: Amateur Radio

Charities Earn Money By Using Trucks To Make a Difference

4x4 Wire - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 09:38
AmericanTrucks “Positive Payload” Program Supports Charities Who Rely on Volunteer’s Trucks

MALVERN, Pa. (July 11, 2017) – AmericanTrucks is excited to officially announce the launch of the Positive Payload program. Reinvesting in the community through supporting non-profit charities, the Positive Payload program assists charities that rely on pickup trucks to get the job done, with a $2,000 donation. AmericanTrucks is looking to help any non-profit charity organization that uses F-150s, Silverados, Sierras, or Rams in any capacity to better their community.

Categories: Legislation

July 7, 2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:37
ARRL representatives attend World Radiocommunication Conference preparation session; President Trump names Brendan Carr to fill vacant FCC seat; more than 250 stations registered for next month's lightship/lighthouse weekend; more!
Categories: Amateur Radio

Western Governors’ Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative

MuirNet - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:20

Western Governors' on June 27, 2017 released the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative Special Report, highlighting mechanisms to bring states, federal land managers, private landowners and other stakeholders together to discuss issues and opportunities in forest and rangeland management.

In the report, experts and stakeholders from throughout the West share insights on land management practices and identify improvements that will enable western states to develop healthy, resilient landscapes and communities.

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Categories: Legislation

Aerial Surveys Confirm Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population is Holding Steady

MuirNet - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 13:50

The latest lesser prairie-chicken survey shows bird population trends remain stable after six years of aerial survey data collection. The survey indicates an estimated breeding population of 33,269 birds this year, up from 24,648 birds counted last year. Though scientists are encouraged by the numbers, they know that year-to-year fluctuations are the norm with upland birds like the lesser prairie-chicken.

“The survey results indicate a 34% increase in the number of birds, but we don’t read too much into short-term population fluctuations,” explained Roger Wolfe, WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-chicken Program Manager. “The monitoring technique used for this survey is designed to track trends which more accurately reflect the amount of available habitat and population stability. The bottom line is that the population trend over the last five years indicates a stable population, which is good news for all involved in lesser prairie-chicken conservation efforts.”

Lesser-prairie chickens can be found in four ecoregions in five states: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  Wildlife biologists note prairie chicken numbers regularly fluctuate up and down from year to year due to changes in habitat conditions mainly influenced by weather patterns. The surveys this year indicated apparent population increases in three of the four ecoregions and range-wide, with an apparent decrease estimated in the fourth ecoregion.

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Categories: Legislation

Plague Confirmed at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

MuirNet - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 13:35

June 30, 2017 - Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) near Muleshoe, Texas is informing the public that plague has been confirmed on the Refuge and is currently confined to two populations of prairie dogs.  For public safety, Paul’s Lake and the access road to the lake are temporarily closed to all public access.

Plague is widespread across the western United States and outbreaks are fairly common.  Caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis, plague can be transmitted from animal to animal and from animal to human by the bites of infective fleas.

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Categories: Legislation

What They're Saying: Wildfire Crisis Edition

MuirNet - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:35

June 30, 2017 | House Committee on Natural Resources  

Thanks to years of neglect, the nation’s once flourishing federal forests have morphed into dense, dead and burned out wastelands. These overgrown, fire-prone thickets are increasingly susceptible to catastrophic wildfire, threatening the lives and livelihoods of countless communities. What’s even more disturbing than the escalating toll placed upon private property, human safety and the environment: it’s all preventable.

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Categories: Legislation

Mexican Wolf Draft Revised Recovery Plan Released for Public Comment

MuirNet - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:25

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft revision to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. The plan guides Mexican wolf recovery efforts by the bureau and its partners, with the ultimate goal of removing this wolf subspecies from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections and returning management to the appropriate states and tribes. The Service is now seeking public input and peer review on the draft revised plan through a public comment period and series of public meetings. The comment period will remain open through August 29, 2017.

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Categories: Legislation

June 30, 2017

ARRL Audio News - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 21:15
Changes to amateur allocations at 76 GHz; two new scholarships available; hams assist during emergency at Pike's Peak race; more . . .
Categories: Amateur Radio

Conaway Praises EPA Repeal of WOTUS

MuirNet - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:29
Conaway Praises EPA Repeal of WOTUS, Calls for Continued Work to Protect Farmers and Ranchers “WOTUS has never been about clean water, it was about feeding the Obama EPA’s insatiable appetite for power. Well that ends now.”

Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today it is repealing the Obama administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and called on other agencies to revise and re-evaluate their enforcement of this onerous provision. Following the EPA’s announcement, Chairman Conawaymade the below remarks: 

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