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...

International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, the last pressurized module was fitted in 2011, and the station is expected to operate until 2028. Development and assembly of the station continues, with components scheduled for...

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...

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

When, Where & How to See It This Weekend By Sarah Lewin Space.com – According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year; and in 2018, they’ll be the best shower of the year. During the Perseids’ peak this weekend,...

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...

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...

ARISS Packet Radio System Expected to be Back Late this Year

ARRL – The currently silent packet radio system on the International Space Station could be back on the air by year’s end. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) hardware team members have located an original duplicate of the packet module that had been in use on the...

Slow phone or computer? How to avoid getting ‘cryptojacked’

By Josh Elliott/Global News – Your computer or smartphone might be helping criminals crank out thousands of dollars in online currency, and you wouldn’t even know it. A new hacking tool known as “cryptojacking” is on the rise, and it threatens to secretly use your computer to generate online money for cybercriminals....