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2018 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

The 37th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) will take place September 14-16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel. Make reservations now for 3 days of learning and enjoyment.

The Digital Communications Conference schedule includes technical and introductory forums, demonstrations, a Saturday evening banquet, and an in-depth Sunday seminar.

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Space Station Digital Amateur Radio TV System Transmitter Determined to be Defective

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) “Ham Video” digital Amateur Radio TV (DATV) transmitter on the International Space Station (ISS) is reported to be defective, with onboard repair not possible. Also known as HamTV, the DATV system stopped working in mid-April, and a subsequent test on June 1 using a second L/S band patch antenna on the Columbus module had failed. ARIS…

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Sweden’s SAQ Announces Annual Alexanderson Day VLF Transmission on July 1

Sweden’s World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station SAQ Alexanderson alternator will be on the air on July 1 on 17.2 kHz for its annual Alexanderson Day transmission. Three transmissions are scheduled: Startup/tuning at 0815 UTC, message transmission at 0845 UTC; startup/tuning at 1015 UTC, message transmission at 1045 UTC, and startup/tuning at 1215 UTC, message transmission at 1245 UTC. All three …

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Former Radio Amateur-Astronaut Named as Spain’s Minister of Science

Amateur Radio operator and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Petro Duque, ex-KC5RGG/ED4ISS, has been named as the Minister of Science in the new Spanish government. Duque, 55, first went into space aboard the Shuttle Discovery in 1998, and in 2003 he spent a week on the International Space Station, carrying out Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts with two schoo…

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Curtis Keyer Chip Developer Jack Curtis, K6KU, SK

The developer of the groundbreaking Curtis Morse keyer chip, John G. “Jack” Curtis, K6KU (ex-W3NSJ), of Granite Bay, California, died on June 4 after a long illness. An ARRL member, he was 87.

Growing up in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Curtis became fascinated with the “magic” of Amateur Radio as a youngster, and it eventually would become his career. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical…

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Iranian Radars Showing Up on 10 Meters

While 10 meters has not been the hottest band in the Amateur Radio toolkit of late, Iran apparently has found it an ideal spot to operate various radars. The interference was audible in International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) and perhaps elsewhere in the world.

“Iranian radars were very active on our 10-meter band every day [in May],” reported IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS) Coordin…

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A Fresh Voice for Broadcast Reporter Jamie Dupree, NS3T

A Washington, DC-based broadcast journalist and radio amateur, whose ability to speak was severely impaired a couple of years ago by a rare disorder, is adopting a technological solution to return his voice to the airwaves. ARRL member Jamie Dupree, NS3T, suffers from tongue protrusion dystonia, and he has limited speaking ability

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Reverse Beacon Network Beta Testing Separate Spot Stream for FT8

As a beta test, the popular Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) has announced that it’s now offering a separate telnet feed for FT8 spots (telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7001), in addition to the current spot feed (telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7000), which will be repurposed to handle only CW and RTTY spots. In addition, a beta version of Aggregator Version 5 that can handle FT8 spots received from WS…

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Canadian Radio Amateurs Petition Parliament to End Deliberate Interference

Radio Amateurs in Canada — primarily in the Province of Quebec — have mounted a petition drive demanding that members of the House of Commons prompt decisive regulatory action against a Quebec resident who has been causing deliberate interference. The petition does not spell out the particulars of the allegations but says the alleged offender — apparently unlicensed — is already known to authorities.

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CAMSAT Offers More Details on New Satellites, One Carrying HF Transponders

CAMSAT, China’s Amateur Radio Satellite organization, has offered additional details about the three Amateur Radio satellites it plans to launch later this year. Two of the satellites, designated CAS-5A and CAS-6, will carry transponders, and one of them will offer HF capability. CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL that the 6U CAS-5A will carry two HF transponders and two V/UHF transponders. T…

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Selection of Schools/Groups to Host Contacts with Space Station Narrowed to Seven

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced that five schools and two organizations have advanced to the next stage of planning to host Amateur Radio contacts with the ISS in the first half of next year. A review team of teachers from the ARISS-US Education Committee selected proposals, moving the process into phase 2.

“ARISS’s primary goal is to engage people in scie…

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