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SK – Dr. Laurance Nickey KB5BDY


Dr. Nickey passed away August 21, 2018 after a long and amazing life dedicated to improving medical care to the El Paso Community.  He served as the Director of the El Paso City - County Health District from 1993 until he retired in 1995.


Dr. Nickey was also an active ham and member of W5ES since 1987, and one of his favorite activities was working 10 meters every Sunday morning to pass out contacts for the “Worked All El Paso” certificate.


https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/elpasotimes/obituary.aspx?n=laurance-nickey&pid=190027286&fhid=7166


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Here’s another opportunity to get your Technician License!


The El Paso Amateur Radio Club (W5ES) will be holding Technician Licensing Classes / Review Sessions for 3 consecutive Saturday mornings (September 15th, 22, & 29) from 9 AM to 12 noon at the W5ES Clubhouse, 2100 San Diego Ave, in El Paso.


A VE Test Session will then be conducted on Saturday, October 6 at 9 AM.


For more information call Paul AE5OJ at (915) 253-4952.


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SKYWARN Advanced Training class will be held at the Sun City ARC, 3709 Wickham Ave, 79924 on September 21st at 7 PM. The presenter will be Jason Laney from the El Paso NWS WFO.


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The Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest & ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention is just a few weeks away - the weekend of September 21 thru 23 in Albuquerque at the Isleta Resort and Casino's convention facility.


Lots of updated information on the website:  https://www.dukecityhamfest.org/


For the latest information, sign up for their email list (sign-up form on the website’s “Contact Us” page), or view their Twitter and Facebook pages.


This is a great ham radio event for hams all over the southwest to attend.   Huge prizes, lots of vendor, and lots of activities!

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The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council release September 17, 2018:

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems
Postponed Until October 3, 2018
WASHINGTON -FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts 
(WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. 
The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.
October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation's emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina. 
For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.
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