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UKube-1 falls silent

UKube-1, the UK Space Agency’s first CubeSat, was launched into space in July 2014. It completed its successful nominal mission fourteen month later in September 2015 Since that date, for the past three years, the FUNcube based payload has continued to provide a transponder for use by radio amateurs and, additionally, 30+ channels of real…Continue readingUKube-1 falls silent

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Simulated Emergency Test: October 2018

Date: Saturday, October 13 Note: In Ontario the Simulated Emergency Test will be held on Saturday, October 13 but at Emergency Operations Centres that are located in Municipal offices, that can’t get access on the weekend, the SET will also be held on Wednesday, October 10. The Simulated Emergency Test is a North America-wide exercise…Continue readingSimulated Emergency Test: October 2018

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Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World

ARRL – Following a devastating 7.7-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on September 28, members of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society ORARI and other volunteers have been providing emergency communication for community and government interests. The quake and tsunami destroyed the city of Palu, completely cutting power and telephone connections, as well as the…Continue readingAmateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World

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FCC Grants Temporary Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief ARRL – The FCC has granted an ARRL request for a temporary waiver of Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Service rules to permit the use of PACTOR 4 digital mode for Amateur Radio communication within the continental US related to Hurricane…Continue readingFCC Grants Temporary Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

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IARU Focuses on WRC-19 Preparation and Succession Planning

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on September 8 and 9, 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, immediately prior to the IARU Region 3 Conference. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers…Continue readingIARU Focuses on WRC-19 Preparation and Succession Planning

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ARISS Packet System Revives

An Amazing Recovery: ARISS Packet System Revives ARRL – Similar to the AO-7 satellite resurrection several years ago, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet radio system on the International Space Station (ISS) has begun working again. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said over the weekend that reports he’d…Continue readingARISS Packet System Revives

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New FCC Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Published

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

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NIST FY 2019 Budget Would Eliminate WWV and WWVH

UPDATED: White House petition setup. See below. ARRL – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2019 budget request includes shutting down “NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii” — in other words, WWV and WWVH. Radio amateurs, HF listeners, and others around the world routinely make use of the time and frequency…Continue readingNIST FY 2019 Budget Would Eliminate WWV and WWVH

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4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Operation Could Resume

4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Club Operation Could Resume Later this Year ARRL – 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…Continue reading4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Operation Could Resume

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Indonesia – Lombok Earthquake

IARU – As Radio Amateurs in Indonesia respond for the second time to an Earthquake in the Lombok area, please take care to avoid causing QRM to their activities on 7.110MHz and emergency activities on satellite IO-86. The second powerful earthquake inthe area killed at least 98 people and seriously injured more than 200 others. The…Continue readingIndonesia – Lombok Earthquake