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- FCC Announces Plans for Partial Government Shutdown
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:40:00 -0600
The FCC has issued a brief statement regarding its plans in the event of a partial government shutdown, which could start on January 20.
?In the event of a partial government shutdown, because of available funding, the Federal Communications Commission plans to remain open and pay staff at least through the close of business on Friday, January 26,? the FCC said.
This means the FCC will continue t...
- The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:26:00 -0600
It was a quiet week in space weather (January 11-17) with zero sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only slightly.
Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7. Seems counter-intuitive that sunspot and solar flux would move in opposite directions, but these are all very low numbers anyway,...
- AX Prefix will be on the Air for Australia Day
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:23:00 -0600
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allows all radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, Friday, January 26, the Wireless Institute of Australia reminds.
Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet?s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur ...
- Dugger Amateur Radio Club Hamfest Date Changed to February 17
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:05:00 -0600
The Dugger Amateur Radio Club in Dugger, Indiana, has announced that the date of its hamfest has been moved to February 17 at the City Park Community Building, 840 Hicum Street, in Dugger. Talk-in will be on 147.775 MHz (136.5 Hz). Contact Jonathan Olvey, KD9AMN, for more information.
- New Chinese Zhou Enlai Student Satellite Set to Launch
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:45:00 -0600
The 2U Zhou Enlai CubeSat, developed with primary and middle school students in China, is expected to launch on January 19. The satellite is named after the first Premier of the People?s Republic of China, who held office from 1949 until 1976. A report on the official Xinhua Net website said the CubeSat, constructed at Huai?an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in Jiangsu Province, has been t...
- Two More US Educational Organizations Move into Phase 2 of ARISS Selections
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:26:00 -0600
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced the addition of two more educational organizations to the Phase 2 list to host an ARISS ham radio contact with an ISS crew member. The selected schools submitted proposals before the deadline last November and join the 13 schools and groups announced in mid-December. The two extra scheduling opportunities are special events,...
- Permanent WSPR Beacon in Antarctica Now on the Air
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:21:00 -0600
The DP0GVN WSPR beacon now is in operation from the German Neumayer III Research Station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Antarctica. The installation is part of a scientific project of the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC).
?The beacon is still under test and will be shut down occa...
- 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Team Still at the Dock
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:04:00 -0600
The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team's vessel remains at the dock in Punta Arenas, Chile. Their vessel, MV Betanzos did leave the harbor yesterday and then returned. ?This was for some kind of inspection, which they passed,? The Daily DX reported.
The Bouvet MapShare website appears to show that the vessel remains docked. On January 16, the team reported that preparations to depart were contin...
- ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:14:00 -0600
ARRL?s chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help gui...
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0600
?Antenna Wire? is the topic of the latest (January 18) 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 -- whenever and wher...
- Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:52:00 -0600
A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received recently from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Ama...
- Camera Aboard Fox-1D Satellite Returns Photos of Earth
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0600
The Virginia Tech experimental camera payload on the Fox-1D satellite (AO-92), launched on January 12, has returned some very clear photos of our planet as seen from low-Earth orbit.
Earthbound followers of the newly launched satellite can use the FoxTelem software (v 1.05), with the source set to ?Auto? to receive either high-speed frames carrying camera payloads or data under voice (DUV) frame...
- Radio Club of Chile Supporting Communications During Pope?s Visit
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0600
The Radio Club of Chile (CE3AA) and its Emergency Service are supporting communications for the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security during Pope Francis? visit to Chile. Commemorative call sign XR18PAX will be on the air on SSB; XR3PAX on digital modes.
A special QSL card will be available for HF contacts. QSL to Radio Club de Chile, CE3AA, Papa Francisc...
- Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, SK
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:31:00 -0600
Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention® and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.
During his time on The ARRL Board of Directors, Weaver served on the Administratio...
- A Note to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:15:00 -0600
In the last few weeks, the ARRL?s Board of Directors has been the subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of mischaracterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board?s censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL?s Art...