Tag: USA

FCC Seeks Telecommunications Specialist

The FCC has announced a position opening that may be of interest to a radio amateur. The Commission seeking a telecommunications specialist to work at the High Frequency Direction Finding Center (HFDFC) in Columbia, Maryland. This is a full-time position.The person holding this position performs “watch duty” and serves as a…

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Wins 2019 IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has been selected to receive the 2019 Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society Industrial Pioneer Award. The Industrial Pioneer Award recognizes exceptional and pioneering contributions in translating academic and industrial research results into improved industrial applications and/or commercial products. The IEEE Circuits and Systems Society sponsors the award, which…

Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition Equipment Impounded

Two of the J20DX operators, Col McGowan, MM0NDX, and Jonathan Bowes, MM0OKG, report that all of their radio equipment was impounded by customs at the airport upon arrival, despite the fact that the third operator, Christian Cabre, EA3NT, cleared customs smoothly 2 days earlier.“This remains the case today despite our official…

AMSAT Academy to be Held Prior to Hamvention

AMSAT Academy will take place on Thursday, May 16, the day before Hamvention. AMSAT says this is a unique opportunity for both beginners and advanced satellite operators to learn about Amateur Radio in space and working the FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites now in orbit.AMSAT Academy will take place on…

Hamvention Opening Gates to All on Final Day of 2019 Show

Hamvention® has announced that it will open the gates to all, without charge, on the final day of the annual gathering at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention 2019 General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said the idea is to encourage the curious to see what attracts some…

ARRL Foundation Announces Dick Hanna, K3VYY, Memorial Scholarship

The ARRL Foundation has announced the Dick Hanna, K3VYY, Memorial Scholarship. Created through the generosity of the Hanna Family in memory of J. Richard “Dick” Hanna, K3VYY, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, this scholarship is intended exclusively for educational use, to provide assistance with the cost of tuition, room, board, books and/or…

Honda Portable Generators Recalled Due to Potential Fire Hazard

American Honda has announced that it’s voluntarily recalling some 200,000 of its portable generators sold in the US due to a potential fire and burn hazard. The recall includes the EU2200i, EU2200i Companion, and EB2200i generators. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the affected portable generators can leak gasoline…

More ARISS SSTV Transmissions Scheduled

ARISS-Russia is planning to transmit slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station. Transmissions will begin on April 11 at approximately 1800 UTC and run continuously until approximately 1800 UTC on April 14, 2019. A computer in the ISS Russian Segment stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using…

New Jersey Club Hosts 2019 Thinking Day On The Air Event

The Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Society (JSARS) on February 16 hosted the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Council in support of the 2019 Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA) event. This event is devoted to connecting Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. The February event marked the first time either…

Solar Cycle 25 Predicted to be Similar to Cycle 24

Scientists charged with predicting the Sun’s activity for Cycle 25 say it’s likely to be much like that of current Cycle 24, which is declining and predicted to bottom out in 2019 or 2020. Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel experts said Cycle 25 may get off to a slow start but…

VK5SFA Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the April 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A High-Power 160- and 80-Meter Transmitting Loop Antenna” by Steve Adler, VK5SFA.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…

FT8 Contest Set for April 13 – 14

The European FT8 Club is sponsoring an FT8 DX Contest starting at 1200 UTC on April 13 and running through 1200 UTC on April 14. Everyone works everyone in this contest, and the maximum power is 100 W. The exchange is the same as the ARRL RTTY Roundup, with state/province for…

AMSAT-India Successfully Launches APRS Satellite

The Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) payload on AMSAT-India’s AISAT-1 satellite is operational on 145.825 MHz following a successful April 1 launch on the PSLV-C45 mission. The payload was powered up on schedule over Europe, and AMSAT-India announced that DK3WN was able to digipeat through the satellite. AMSAT-India requests that radio…

AMSAT Comments in FCC Orbital Debris Mitigation Proceeding

AMSAT has told the FCC that several proposed rule changes related to the mitigation of orbital debris would have an extremely detrimental effect on both the Amateur Satellite Service and AMSAT’s ability to launch and operate new satellites, including AMSAT’s upcoming GOLF satellites. AMSAT filed comments on April 5 on an…

ARRL Seeks Contest Program Manager

ARRL is inviting qualified candidates to apply for the position of Contest Program Manager. This is a permanent, full-time position at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.The Contest Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of ARRL’s Contest Program, including receipt and processing of entries, quality of results, awards fulfillment, public outreach,…

FCC Agrees to 90-Day Pause in Consideration of WT Docket 16-239

It has been almost six years since the ARRL requested the FCC toconsider changes to the Amateur digital rules in 11-708 and almost three years since the ARRL filed comments in the resultant proceeding, identified by the FCC as 16-239.The Commission’s proposed changes differed from the ARRL’s initial filing and caused…

Florida ARES, State of Florida Considering Memorandum of Understanding

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES®) Section Emergency Coordinators (SEC) from the ARRL Northern, West Central, and Southern Florida sections met recently with state Emergency Management Communication leaders to discuss improved integration of Amateur Radio during emergencies.A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ARES and the State of Florida was presented for…

Additional Amateur Radio-Related Petitions Now Open for Comment

The FCC has placed three Amateur Radio-related Petitions for Rule Making (PRMs) on public notice and has invited comments.Jerry Oxendine, K4KWH, of Gastonia, North Carolina, wants the FCC to clarify that state and localities should have no authority to regulate Amateur Radio with respect to enacting “distracted driving” statutes. In his…

2019 QST Key Design Competition Deadline is June 1

The deadline is June 1 to submit Morse key and paddle designs in the QST Key Competition. Hams have been building their own Morse keys since the dawn of Amateur Radio, and some creations have become legend. Design styles can include straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, or sideswiper. The winner…

ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew Members

Starting on April 1, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will accept applications from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) interested in hosting contacts with orbiting crew members on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts will be scheduled between January 1 and…

Colorado ARES Volunteers Muster for “Bomb Cyclone” Winter Storm

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in Colorado stepped up as a mid-month “bomb cyclone” winter storm struck the state, with heavy rain shifting to heavy snowfall. The storm affected several states and led to significant flooding in Nebraska. Parts of Colorado recorded winds of nearly 100 MPH and record-low barometric…

ARES Helps Iowa Water Utility to Resolve RFI Issue

Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works (DMWW) uses secure radiotelemetry to monitor various remote-site parameters to alert staff to problems. Earlier this year, DMWW experienced periodic and sometimes total failure of the radio system. After no solution could be found, staff reached out to various resources, including the FCC. Polk County ARES…

Canadian Amateur Radio Interference Case Adjudicated

Interference from what ISED, Canada’s telecommunications regulator, called an individual “operating an Amateur Radio station without proper authorization and was known to insult, threaten and impersonate other Amateur operators” has been adjudicated. The case resulted in a petition, which attracted 1,135 signatures, being presented to the House of Commons on January…

So Now What?

“The New Ham Radio Starter Pack” is the focus of the new (March 21) episode of the “So Now What?“ podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! “So Now What?” offers insights from…

XR0ZRC Update from Robinson Crusoe Island

The XR0ZRC DXpedition team on Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez Islands) reports that a very slow internet connection has hampered its ability to upload logs. Operators report that severe local noise on the low bands is making reception difficult.“The team is looking for another QTH for the low-band position,” an announcement…

Ohio ARES Provides “Situational Awareness” During January Blizzard

Ohio ARES members stared down “Snowmageddon” 2019, the mid-January blizzard that blanketed the lower Great Lakes region. Based on ominous forecasts and discussion with Assistant SECs across the state, Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, and the Ohio Watch Office, SEC Stan Broadway, N8BHL, asked ARES operators to provide observations and reports…