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September 29, 1998 | CHRIS CEBALLOS
About a dozen amateur radio operators recently protested a zoning regulation being considered by the Planning Commission that would prohibit outdoor private radio antennas. Paul Levey, president of the South Orange Amateur Radio Assn., which represents 174 amateur radio operators in the city, spoke to the panel at length last week about federal regulations that require local ordinances to accommodate reasonable radio antennas.
November 30, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The jockeying has begun on Capitol Hill over congressional legislation known as the Internet Radio Fairness Act, or IRFA (HR 6480 and S3609), with many musicians, record companies and performing rights organizations lining up in opposition to the bills that are supported by Internet radio operators and other big tech companies such as Google. Wednesday's first day of hearings included testimony from producer-songwriter Jimmy Jam, SoundExchange president Michael Huppe, Hubbard Radio President and CEO Bruce Reese, Venrock investment partner (and former eMusic chief)
October 23, 1993 | ED BOND
If a major disaster strikes, it may fall to a small group of radio operators to help hold Burbank's rescue efforts together: the BEARS. The Burbank Emergency Amateur Radio Service, commonly called the BEARS, is a volunteer organization that would help supplement the city's emergency communications system, said Rich Baenen, the city's disaster preparedness coordinator.
April 14, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
GODALMING, England - He had just landed his biggest assignment yet, senior telegraph officer on the world's biggest ship. On the second day of its maiden voyage, he celebrated his 25th birthday. Four days later, in the first minutes of April 15, 1912, Jack Phillips was at his post in the wireless room of the Titanic, sending out distress signals and cries for help in Morse code. "CQD CQD," Phillips tapped out. Calling all ships - distress. "Come at once. We have struck a berg.
January 3, 1988 | Associated Press
Amateur radio operators in Washington and California appear to die at abnormally high rates from several forms of cancer, suggesting a possible link between cancer and electromagnetic fields, according to data collected by a state epidemiologist. Others cautioned that evidence of such a link has been inconsistent and that other factors may be involved. Dr. Samuel Milham Jr.
During the week, they're administrators, doctors, truck drivers and even talent scouts for a pro baseball team. But for a 24-hour period this weekend, these professionals and a couple dozen more became hard-core amateurs. Members of the West Coast Amateur Radio Club literally set up camp at Fairview Park on Saturday and Sunday to participate in an annual ritual called Field Day for ham radio operators.
Amateur radio operators in Culver City will be taking their civic duty to the airwaves as members of a new emergency communications network supporting the city's fire and police units. C-Cares (Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service) met for the first time at the end of November, when nearly 30 ham radio operators showed up to volunteer. There are roughly 250 registered amateur radio operators in Culver City, said H.L. Marks, one of the coordinators of the group.
With an almost imperceptible twist of his radio tuner, Ben Hathaway picked out the thin-sounding voice from a cacophony of static, buzzes and whistles. "CQ Field Day, CQ Field Day, this is Kilo-Eight-November-India," the voice of an Ohio-based ham operator said over Hathaway's powerful, high-frequency radio. "Anyone out there?" Hathaway hurriedly jotted down the operator's call sign on a scratch pad and then responded in a clipped monotone voice: "This is November-Six-Frank-Mexico, N-6-F-M.
June 26, 1986
The Diamond Bar Homeowners Assn. has declared "Amateur Radio Week" through Sunday in recognition of emergency communications provided by more than 75 licensed amateur radio operators in the community. To demonstrate how ham radios can be used in a disaster, the Diamond Bar Amateur Radio Society will set up a solar-powered radio station this weekend at the corner of Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue, where members will broadcast continuously from 11 a.m. Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday.
February 25, 1991 | TOM McQUEENEY
The city is offering a free weekend course on radio theory for residents willing to volunteer as radio operators after a major earthquake. The two-day course, to be held this Saturday and Sunday, is intended to increase the city's pool of radio operators that would base themselves at Irvine schools after a large temblor cut or reduced telephone contact, said Frances E. Winslow, the city's emergency management coordinator. The training, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.
October 30, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
After growing up in a rough part of Bellflower, Arturo E. Rodriguez enlisted in the Army soon after high school. Later, deployed to Afghanistan, Rodriguez sometimes drew joking parallels between the conflict he witnessed there and in his hometown. During a firefight last year, he joked with a close friend, an Army buddy from a similar neighborhood in Los Angeles, saying they'd gone "from one war zone to another," the friend said later. Although he was just 19, the baby-faced soldier carried himself like a man several years older, those close to him said.
May 1, 2010 | By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
Before KNX-AM (1070) offered "all news, all the time," and before KFWB-AM (980) promised to give you "the world" in 22 minutes, there was XTRA-AM (690). XTRA made its debut May 6, 1961, when the Hollywood Reporter called it the nation's first all-news radio operation. It was also one of the most unusual. First, it wasn't based in the United States; it was located in Tijuana, and occasionally the studio received surprise visits by farm animals and reptiles. XTRA didn't have a reporter in the U.S., let alone Southern California.
September 27, 2009 | Anna Gorman
Javier Olvera never made plans with his friends while on military leave in Palmdale last spring. Instead, he rounded them up for impromptu trips to the beach, park and Littlerock Dam in the Antelope Valley. "He would say it was never good to plan because things never come out according to plan," said his brother, Nery, 25. The only plan Javier did make was to start college after four years of service in the Marine Corps. But that idea was dashed last month when he was killed in combat in southwest Afghanistan.
July 24, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators appeared poised Wednesday to give final approval to the merger of the nation's only two satellite radio operators, which would bring together the two struggling companies after a 17-month quest. Deborah Taylor Tate, a Republican who held the swing vote on the five-member Federal Communications Commission, reportedly was ready to vote in favor of the $3.9-billion merger if Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. agreed to new conditions.
February 24, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
For Wall Street viewers, the financial picture at CBS Corp. started coming into focus Thursday. The company posted a $9.14-billion fourth-quarter loss in its first earnings report since being split from Viacom Inc. at the start of the year. The loss was the result of a massive noncash write-down aimed at more realistically valuing the CBS television and radio operations.
May 22, 2004 | David Porter, Associated Press
Even with CD players and iPods, America's teens still listen to the radio. And they tune in even more when the DJs are their own age. Their unwavering devotion has meant that high school radio has managed to survive, even thrive, at the margins at the low end of the FM dial. In New Jersey, high school radio epitomizes what is characteristic nationwide. WCVH, out of Hunterdon Central High School, celebrated its 30th anniversary last month.
August 16, 1988
Amateur radio operators (hams), like myself, have just received bad news. The Federal Communications Commission has given away the lower half of the 220 megahertz Amateur Radio band (radio frequencies) to commercial users like United Parcel Service. For many years hams have gladly offered their services for public events and most importantly emergency communications. In California the loss of these frequencies will permanently destroy the valuable repeater links in the Condor Connection.
May 27, 1985 | DARYL KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
Don C. Wallace, a pioneer in radio communications and dean of the country's long-distance amateur radio operators, died Saturday in Long Beach after suffering a stroke. He was 86. From his "antenna ranch" atop a ridge on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Wallace had been in touch with more people in more countries than any other ham operator in the world since 1955, colleagues said Sunday. "He was the No. 1 man, No. 1 in the world," said Lloyd Colvin of Richmond, Calif.
November 11, 2001
Re "Bioterrorism Drill Puts Crews to the Test" (11/6/2001). In this article, The Times forgot to mention that amateur radio operators also volunteered and helped with this drill. Members of Ventura County sections of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services proved essential in helping Ventura County's hospitals and public health services coordinate the handling and treatment of the many drill "victims." ARES/RACES members also volunteer in real emergencies, so drills such as this one help them to become prepared.
"From A to Z" in antiques usually ends with Zsolnay, a popular pottery from Hungary. Zsolnay was founded in 1862 by Ignac Zsolnay at Pics. After 1878, the firm used a mark that pictured five church towers. At first they made earthenware, but by the 1880s they were making decorative vases and centerpieces based on ideas from Turkish, Peruvian, pre-Columbian and Chinese ceramics. The Art Nouveau style that was popular at the time also inspired some designs.
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