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New FCC Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Published in The Federal Register

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:31

Reorganized and updated FCC Personal Radio Services (PRS) Part 95 rules have been published in The Federal Register. Among other things, the PRS covers the Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), and the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS).

The revised rules allot additional FRS channels and increase the power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 W to 2 W. FRS channels are in...

Texas Volunteer Examiner Setting Sights on Next 1,000 Exam Sessions

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:48

In July, Franz Laugermann, K3FL, of Houston, achieved a milestone that no other VEC has before by taking part as a Volunteer Examiner in his 1,000th exam session. And, he told ARRL, he’s far from finished.

“As long as I can be here, I’m gonna go on doing this,” he said, adding that he’s set his sights on 2,000 sessions. “It’s so rewarding to help other people through this.” He estimated that he’...

Indonesian Hams Take Advantage of Satellite for Post-Earthquake Communication

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:08

Amateur Radio volunteers in Indonesia have been taking advantage of the LAPAN-ORARI (IO-86) ham satellite in addition to HF on 7.110 MHz as the Lombok area recovers from two recent earthquakes. The death toll now has topped 400. A second powerful earthquake in the area on August 5 killed at least 98 people and seriously injured more than 200 others.

Power in the area has been disrupted, and Kar...

Storm Takes Down Antennas at Memorial Ham Station on Swedish-Norwegian Border

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 09:05

The SJ9WL-LG5LG Morokulien memorial station on the border of Sweden and Norway is off the air after a large tree, brought down during a severe storm on August 10, caused extensive damage to the station’s antennas. According to one report, the station’s 100-foot tower was broken into pieces after the tree fell across three tower guys. That pulled the support structure toward the station building...

HAARP’s WSPR Research Campaign Yields Hundreds of Reports on 40 and 80 Meters

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 08:06

Just-completed research at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitters in Gakona, Alaska, successfully took advantage of the WSPR digital protocol and the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network (WSPRnet) on July 30 through August 1. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Space Physics Group researcher and HAARP Chief Scientist Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL that the ...

New US Submarine Forces Commander is Radio Amateur

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:07

US Navy Vice Admiral Charles A. “Chas” Richard, W4HFZ, assumed command of US submarine forces during a change-of-command ceremony on August 4, held aboard the submarine USS Washington (SSN-787). He assumed command from Vice Admiral Joseph Tofalo. An ARRL Life Member, Richard, 58, is well-known in the AMSAT and APRS communities. He had been serving as the deputy commander of US Strategic Command...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:31

Spaceweather.com reported on August 8, 2018 that “Solar minimum conditions are in effect. The Sun has been without sunspots for 39 of the past 42 days. To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the Sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century. Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the Sun's atmosphere, and st...

Time to Review Near-Final Field Day Submissions!

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:35

The ARRL Contest Branch advises all clubs, groups, and individuals to review their ARRL Field Day 2018 entries for any issues. Entries highlighted in yellow are missing important information and may end up as check logs, if not corrected. Missing items typically are such things as dupe or summary sheets. Supply the requested information by August 14, to be included in the final results in QST. ...

Amateur Radio Satellite Pioneer, Past AMSAT President Bill Tynan, W3XO, SK

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:50

A giant of the Amateur Radio satellite world has fallen. William A. “Bill” Tynan, W3XO, of Kerrville, Texas, died on August 7, following a lengthy illness. A past AMSAT President and the editor of the QST column “The World Above 50 MHz” from 1975 until 1992, Tynan was 91.

While growing up in Washington, DC, he was entranced by short-wave broadcasts and police radio traffic on his three-band tab...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:27

“Antenna Rotators” is the topic of the current (August 2) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor him...

ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:41

Following up on an ARRL Board of Directors directive at its July meeting, the Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has contacted all ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (SECs) seeking comments and suggestions regarding the proposed ARES Strategic Plan (attached below), via an online form. The deadline is October 31, in order to give the PSEWG sufficient ti...

4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Club Operation Could Resume Later this Year

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:19

Outside of beacon signals, 4U1UN, the Amateur Radio club station at United Nations Headquarters in New York, has not been heard on the air since 2015, and only then under the commemorative 4U70UN call sign marking the UN’s 70th anniversary that fall, with operation from a ground-level garden area within the UN Headquarters complex. That could change soon. The 4U1UN station, once within the icon...

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Volunteers Assist in California Fire Response

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:56

[UPDATED 2018-08-08 @ 1210 UTC] Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers have pitched in to assist where needed to provide or support communication as catastrophic wildfires have struck California. Volunteers from multiple ARRL Sections in the state have stepped up to help, as some fires remain out of control. The fires have claimed several lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes, and...

Launch of Es’hail-2 with First Phase 4 Amateur Transponders Expected Later this Year

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:45

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, has tweeted that it’s anticipating that SpaceX will launch its geostationary Es’hail-2 satellite sometime in the 4th quarter of 2018. The commercial Qatari satellite will provide the first Amateur Radio geostationary communication and will be capable of linking amateurs from Brazil to Thailand.

Es’hail-2 will carry two AMSAT-DL-designed Phase 4 Amateur Ra...