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Wireless Amber Alerts

Statistics show that the first three hours after an abduction are the most critical in recovery efforts.  If you have not done so, please consider opting in to receive AMBER Alert text messages on your cellular phone.  It takes only a few minutes to sign in.  In Los Angeles County, we average approximately six AMBER Alerts a year so you will not be receiving countless hits on your cell phone. 

It is easy to sign up via the link here

Explorer I 50 Year Anniversary

Temple Station was once part of space history when ham radio operators used the Disaster Communications Room at Temple Station to monitor radio signals from The United States response to Russia’s Sputnik. Please read this account of Temple Stations’ part in Ham Radio history.  Explorer I Story  Thanks to the Amateur Radio Community, the San Gabriel Valley Radio Club, and JPL. 

The Los Angeles Times also has a story “Propelling America into Space” on the Anniversary.

In Memoriam — JaMi Smith KK6CU

JaMi Smith

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of a great friend and ambassador for Amateur Radio, JaMi Smith.

JaMi was a founding member of Temple Station Hamwatch, as well as an active member of the Disaster Communications Service Technical Committee. He also served as a Temple Station Volunteer for more than 14 years.

We wish to thank his family for allowing him to devote so much of his time to his community.

Mayor of South El Monte Thanks Amateur Radio

RESCUE RADIO: HAMWATCH AND THE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT The mayor of South El Monte, California, has praised ham radio operators who assist her city and the nation in time of need and she did so in a most unusual way. On the air.

Click here to listen — Mayor Figueroa: “To all of you Hamwatch operators, thank you for helping all of your cities. National Night Out – remember to say no to crime, leave yiur lights on and thank you for doing a great job. God bless you and god bless America.” —

That’s Mayor Blanca Figueroa and the story of how she got to thank the ham community for its involvement is actually a story unto itself. One that kind of involves us here at Newsline. At least peripherally.

On Tuesday August 7th, communities across the nation participated in the “National Night Out.” This is an opportunity for communities to to promote activities aimed at increasing security with programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Emergency Response Teams and of course Amateur Radio.

One such event was held in the City of South El Monte, a suburb of Los Angeles. That’s where members of the Temple Station Hamwatch Group were present to display radio equipment and answer questions related to Ham Radio.

As part of the demonstration Deputy Hector Figueroa, KE6VRL, used a portable station to transmit what the group calls the “Amateur Radio Newsline – Check-In Net” at its regularly scheduled time on the local N6USO repeater. As the net was winding down, Mayor Figueroa requested a moment at the microphone. And as you heard, she used it to thank the members of Hamwatch and the Amateur Radio community for their ongoing efforts to communities all across the United States. (KE6VRL)