Google to shut down Google+

The Guardian – Google to shut down Google+ after failing to disclose user data leak. Company didn’t disclose leak for months to avoid a public relations headache and potential regulatory enforcement. This March, as Facebook was coming under global scrutiny over the harvesting of personal data for Cambridge Analytica, Google...

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...

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...

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...

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...

ISS Air Leak Fixed

The International Space Station’s (ISS) oxygen breach was contained by NASA and Roscosmos astronauts after the space station began losing air pressure yesterday. The ISS’ cabin pressure is now “holding steady” after ISS Expedition 56 crew members hunted down a breach in the spacecraft’s hull. Alarm bells went off...

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...

VA3DBJ.ca Pages Updated

Site Updated Site updated – The amateur radio page has been updated, with additional information for the Intentional Space Station communications. The Space/SpaceLodge page, has been added with ISS and other space flight communications information.  More information will be added as time permits. I hope to include SpaceX and...

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...

Parker Solar Probe Rockets Toward Sun

NASA’s Parker solar probe rockets toward sun for closest look yet By Marcia Dunn – The Associated Press – A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe...