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WB2REM Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL Ham Radio News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:24

The winning article for the April 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “HD8M DXpedition to the Galapagos Islands” by Jim Millner, WB2REM.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.

 

Coronavirus: How many test results has Worcester gotten back?

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:17

Worcester County has had five residents test positive for COVID-19, with three infected individuals released from monitoring after their recovery.

       

Run a 5K race without leaving your home? Wicomico County says go for it

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:07

Amid Salisbury coronavirus worries, run or walk a 5K next week — for a cause.

       

How sensitive work in Congress is being impeded by the coronavirus pandemic

National News from CNN - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:02
President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that Iran or its proxies may be planning a "sneak attack" against US forces, but some lawmakers say they can't evaluate the intelligence behind that assertion because the coronavirus outbreak has limited their access to classified material.

Ocean City eerily empty during Maryland stay-at-home order in photos

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 11:06

Ocean City during coronavirus is eerily empty with Gov. Larry Hogan's stay-at-home order for Maryland. See photos of the beach, boardwalk, shops.

       

Coronavirus April 2 updates: Maryland cases jump by 346

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:49

COVID-19 updates on Delmarva for Thursday, April 2: Maryland cases jump by 346, Dorchester County announces its second case, and more.

       

USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships Canceled

This Week in Amateur Radio - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:30
The FCC has granted temporary permission to wireless internet service providers (WISPs) in rural portions of 29 states and the US Virgin Islands to operate in the 5.8 GHz band (5.850 – 5.895 GHz). The authorization, to help meet the temporary surge in demand for residential fixed broadband services during the COVID-19 pandemic, was one of multiple waivers issued in the past week that grant temporary access to a variety of bands in response to the uptick in residential broadband demand.

FCC Grants Temporary Emergency Authority to WISPs Operating in 5.8 GHz Band

This Week in Amateur Radio - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:30
The FCC has granted temporary permission to wireless internet service providers (WISPs) in rural portions of 29 states and the US Virgin Islands to operate in the 5.8 GHz band (5.850 – 5.895 GHz). The authorization, to help meet the temporary surge in demand for residential fixed broadband services during the COVID-19 pandemic, was one of multiple waivers issued in the past week that grant temporary access to a variety of bands in response to the uptick in residential broadband demand.

RSGB contest committees launch ‘Hope QSO Party’

This Week in Amateur Radio - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:30
To help and support radio amateurs who are isolated at home and would appreciate contact with other people, the RSGB Contest Committees are launching a new six-week initiative starting on Monday 6 April, called the ‘Hope QSO Party’. Open to every radio amateur, not just RSGB members, this contest will also welcome international participation with the scoring being on an “Anyone works Anyone” basis. The initiative follows a recent survey to discover people’s views on how to support radio amateurs in these challenging times. By 1 April, 571 responses had been received and a significant majority of respondents wanted to participate in a series of short QSO party-style weekday contests. The committees appreciate that not everyone is keen on the proposal but the majority view supports this new activity on a temporary basis. The survey will remain open until Friday 3 April and we’ll present the full results next week.

"There Aren't Enough Tests": As Pandemic Intensifies, Global South Prepares for the Worst

Democracy Now - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:51

After devastating China, Europe and the United States, the coronavirus pandemic is now intensifying across the Global South. The United Nations warns the pandemic is poised to destroy fragile economies in poor nations, decimating food security, education and human rights. We speak with Yanis Ben Amor, assistant professor of global health and microbiological sciences at Columbia University and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute.

"Social Distancing Is a Privilege": Pandemic Highlights India's Class Divide as 1.3 Billion Lock Down

Democracy Now - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:40

In India, 1.3 billion people have been locked down for more than a week to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The country reports nearly 2,000 cases and at least 50 deaths. Millions living in poverty and migrant workers were stranded far from home when the lockdown was announced, and some have reportedly died making the perilous journey home. More than 80% of India’s workforce is informal, with most living off daily wages often less than $2 or $3 a day — wages they cannot earn under the present curfew — and more than 4 million Indians are homeless. We speak with Indian journalist Rana Ayyub, a contributing global opinions writer for The Washington Post. Her recent piece in Foreign Policy is headlined “Social Distancing Is a Privilege.”

Somerset County caretaker accused of stealing more than $20,000 from clients

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:21

Maryland State Police say Sandra J. Elliott, a Somerset County woman working as a caretaker, stole more than $20,000 from clients.

       

As U.S. Reels from COVID-19, Trump Backs Gilead's Exclusive Patent on Treatment & Suspends EPA Rules

Democracy Now - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:19

As the United States leads the world in coronavirus cases, the nation’s healthcare system is already stretched to capacity and protective gear in short supply. President Trump and his health advisors say more than 100,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, millions of people have lost their jobs, and a record 6.6 million unemployment claims were filed this week, on top of last week’s 3.3 million claims. For more on the economic impacts of the coronavirus, and how Trump has responded to the pandemic by rewarding pharmaceutical corporations like Gilead Sciences and indefinitely suspending environmental regulations, we speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Headlines for April 2, 2020

Democracy Now - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:00

Markets brace for millions of new US unemployment claims

National News from CNN - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:41
Mass layoffs tied to the coronavirus pandemic are expected to spark a surge in the number of Americans who filed for their first week of unemployment benefits — the latest sign that the US economy is in for a deep recession as shutdowns aimed at containing the virus continue.

How one company went from making military armor to face shields in coronavirus fight

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:20

Hardwire in Maryland shifts from making military armor to face shields. It's a personal fight for many workers with loved ones on the front lines

       

Hardwire ramps up production of new face shield protective equipment

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:20

Workers at one of Hardwire's manufacturing facilities assemble thousands of face shields to help protect people from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

       

Maryland body armor company Hardwire makes face shields for hospitals

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:20

Hardwire supplies armor to clients worldwide. Now they're taking on the personal fight of helping those on the front lines against the coronavirus.

       

Accomack to pay school staff, looks at options to make up lost study time

Delmarva Now ~ News - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 06:52

Accomack County schools staff will be paid through the end of academic year. The school board is also making plans to deal with time lost for students.

       

How quickly can the US economy bounce back? That depends

National News from CNN - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 06:23
A month ago, the big question about the economy was: Will we have a recession?

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