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Swedish Telecoms Regulator Considering Charging Hams a Fee to Run More Than 200 W

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:10

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) is considering lowering the transmitter output power for general Amateur Radio stations to 200 W PEP. Under a set of wide-ranging proposed regulatory changes affecting many radio services, radio amateurs who want to run higher power would have to apply for a license and pay an annual fee of about $33.

Amateur Radio licenses were eliminated in Sweden in 2...

Wind-Up Radio Inventor Trevor Baylis Dead at 80

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:02

Inventor and Honorary Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Member, Trevor Baylis of London, died March 5 after a long illness. His wind-up radio made communication available to people across Africa who had no access to electricity. When Baylis learned of the spread of AIDS in Africa in 1991, he set about developing his spring-powered wind-up radio that did not require batteries or other power ...

Flight Delay Keeping 9M0W Team from Spratly

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:50

[UPDATED 2018-03-07 @ 1439] The DXpedition team's departure has again been delayed by 1 day.]

The 9M0W DXpedition team to Spratly Islands had expected to be on the air March 6, but now reports that its their flight to Spratly was delayed by 1 day.

“We have confirmed our flight for tomorrow, March 7, at 5:45 AM and will be [on the air] as planned, but 1 day later…until March 13,” the team announce...

Reminder: FT8 “DXpedition Mode” Test Set for March 6

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:03

The WSJT Development Group will conduct a field test of the new FT8 “DXpedition Modethis evening, March 6 (in North American time zones). FT8 DXpedition mode is a feature included in the second beta version of WSJT-X 1.9.0 (v 1.9.0-rc2). It’s designed to enable DXpeditions to make FT8 contacts at very high rates. The public test run of FT8 DXpedition Mode will simulate a rare DXpedition pileu...

MARS Team Provides HF and Amateur Radio Communication Training on USNS Mercy

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:59

On February 21, contractor Tim Millea, AJ7UU, and MARS Volunteer Doug Smith, W7KF, embarked on the USNS Mercy from San Diego to Hawaii. Their mission during the first leg of the voyage has been to conduct Technician and General class Amateur Radio classes for more than a dozen military and civilian personnel crewing the Mercy; and to provide training in military HF communication procedures.

The ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:16

We’ve seen many days with no sunspots over the past year, especially in more recent times. Periods with more than three days of blank sun include January 4-11, 2017, March 6-20, 2017, May 9-15, 2017, June 9-12, July 18-24, October 8-14, October 16-20, November 1-13, November 19-24, December 1-5, December 13-19, December 28, 2017 through January 3, 2018, January 20-29, 2018, and February 18-25. ...

Online Registration Ends on April 1 for 69th Annual International DX Convention

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 13:05

Online registration for the 69th annual International DX Convention at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California, ends on April 1 (early registration ends on March 15). The event is sponsored by the Southern California DX Club.

The International DX Convention is the world’s foremost DX convention, and top DXers from around the world will be there. Forums and seminars will be available...

ARRL January VHF Contest Preliminary Results Posted

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:00

The ARRL Contest Branch has posted the preliminary results of the ARRL January VHF Contest to the Contest Results page of the ARRL website, www.arrl.org/contest-results-articles (select 2018 events, scroll down to January VHF).

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 08:00

“Adding an Amplifier to your Station” is the topic of the latest (March 1) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone ...

ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician Licensees

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:25

ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals, which stem from recommendations put forth by the ARRL Board of Directors’ Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initia...

NTIA Targets Portion of 3.4 GHz Band for Potential Wireless Broadband Use

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:19

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has identified 3450 to 3550 MHz for potential wireless broadband use. Amateur Radio has a secondary allocation of 3300 to 3500 MHz, sharing the spectrum with government radars; the popular “weak-signal” frequency is 3456.1 MHz. The NTIA oversees the use of spectrum by federal government agencies.

“America is the world’s leader...

Two Ham Astronauts Return Safely to Earth

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:43

Two ham astronauts were among three members of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 54 crew that returned to Earth on February 27 after about 6 months in space. Astronauts Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, and Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, landed in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft, along with cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. Their time on station marked the beginning of the first long-term increase in cre...