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World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Special Event Set

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
The Egyptian Radio Amateur Society (ERASD) and Egypt’s National Telecommunications Radio Authority (NTRA) have announced a special event for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). SU8X and SU8WRC will be on the air from Sharm el-Sheikh in southern Egypt, the venue of WRC-19. Operation will begin October 26 UTC as SU8X participates in the CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB. Special event s...

Via the ARRL: Congressional Champion of Amateur Radio Greg Walden, W7EQI, Announces Retirement

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
One of amateur radio’s strongest supporters in the US House of Representatives, Oregon Republican Greg Walden, W7EQI — the top Republican on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee — said this week that he won't be seeking another term in 2020. Walden, 62, who will have served for 22 years the US House at the end of his current term, championed the Amateur Radio Parity Act as the chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He went on to chair the US House Energy and Commerce Committee in the 115th Congress, and has served as the panel’s ranking member since the Democratic Party gained control of the House. “I will close the public service chapter of my life, thankful for the friends I’ve made and the successful work we’ve done together,” Walden said in a statement.

Via the ARRL: Revised AMSAT-NA Website in the Offing

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
AMSAT Treasurer and Vice President of User Services Robert Bankston, KE4AL, has announced that the AMSAT Board has approved his recommendations for an internet-based membership management system, the transition to a digital full-color edition of AMSAT Journal, and a complete overhaul of the AMSAT-NA website. “I have been putting together these proposals for several months and thank the Board of...

Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Opens in Egypt

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) is under way in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. More than 3,500 delegates from 193 member-states around the world are attending the month-long gathering, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which opened today (October 28). WRC-19 delegates will discuss changes to the ITU Radio Regulations. Amateur radio issues are but a small p...

Via the ARRL: FCC Seeks Telecommunications Specialist

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
The FCC is looking for a telecommunications specialist to work at the HF Direction Finding Center in Columbia, Maryland. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary.The incumbent would perform “watch duty” and serve as a technical authority, providing technical assistance and guidance to communication systems users to resolve radio interference complaints and problems.

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-4: Consensus, or Not

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
WRC-19 takes decisions based on consensus rather than votes. Day 4, Thursday October 31st provided a few examples of the extremes, of when views converge, or not. Wireless Power for electric vehicles (WPT-EV) managed to reach consensus on one of its core regulatory aspects. Subject to finalisation, ‘No Change’ will be made to the ITU Radio Regulations in line with all submissions by various countries – a remarkably quick consensus result, for a topic of significant attention to amateur radio.

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-3: kHz, MHz and GHz

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
Amateur radio interests at WRC-19 span an amazing range of frequencies and applications from kHz to GHz. Day-3 saw the start of the Wireless Power Transmission topic. Agenda Item 9.1.6, specifically considers its high power use for charging electric vehicles, termed WPT-EV. Whilst it operates at relatively low frequencies such as 19-21 or 79-90 kHz, the kilowatts involved and nature of the switch-mode electronics create significant concerns regarding spurious emissions from its harmonics that may range up to HF.

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-2: The real work begins, inc 50 MHz

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
Following Monday’s opening, the second day saw most committees and sub-working groups stood up and many agenda items having their documents introduced. First thing of particular interest to amateur radio, was the release of two documents

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-1: A Grand Opening

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
Southern Rocker Larry “LJ” Junstrom, K4EB, died on October 6. He was reported to be 70. Junstrom was a founding member and bassist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, although he left the group before it recorded its first album. He’s better known as a member of another Southern Rock band, 38 Special, with which he performed from 1977 until retiring in 2014.“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,” said a sta...

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-0: Being Prepared

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 21:25
After four years of preparation, studies and proposals, the start of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference is at hand. Opening on Monday Oct-28, and running for four weeks. The recent pattern of WRCs has been every three to four years (WRC-12, WRC-15 and now WRC-19). Most recent events have been held at ITU HQ in Geneva. This time however, Egypt is making a great effort and hosting it in the very glossy Sharm el-Sheikh International Conference Centre (SHICC).

Lynyrd Skynyrd Founding Member Larry Junstrom, K4EB, SK

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:25
Southern Rocker Larry “LJ” Junstrom, K4EB, died on October 6. He was reported to be 70.Junstrom was a founding member and bassist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, although he left the group before it recorded its first album. He’s better known as a member of another Southern Rock band, 38 Special, with which he performed from 1977 until retiring in 2014.“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,” said a sta...

FCC Proposes Fining New York Radio Amateur $17,000 for Deliberate Interference

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:25
A New York Radio Amateur — Harold Guretzky, K6DPZ, of Richmond Hill — is facing a $17,000 fine imposed by the FCC. Guretzky was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on October 3 for causing intentional interference on a local repeater and preventing other radio amateurs from using it.“Given his history as a repeat offender, this violation warrants a significant penalty,” the FCC said in the NAL.

IARU Administrative Council Steps Up Efforts to Combat Radio Spectrum Pollution

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:25
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) met on September 28 and 29 in Lima, Peru, to conduct a final review of IARU preparations for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). The Council’s annual meeting took place just ahead of the triennial IARU Region 2 (IARU R2) General Assembly. Responsible for IARU p...

Space Weather Update: DSCOVR not to come back online until early 2020

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:25
As we have reported before, the real time solar wind monitoring satellite Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) which is located at the Sun-Earth L1 point is being kept in a safe hold at the moment. A glitch in its position system triggered the safe hold and that means it does not transmit any data back to Earth. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for DSCOVR.

New Amateur Radio License Conditions in Effect for Australian Radio Amateurs

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:25
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published changes to the Amateur Radio license conditions, effective on September 21. According to the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), all restrictions on emission modes have been removed for all licensees, and restrictions on permitted transmission bandwidths have been lifted for all licensees on all bands allowed for each lic...

Tokelau Islands ZK3A DXpedition Ceases Operation Early

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:25
Due to the illness of a ZK3A Tokelau Islands DXpedition team member, the operation has shut down a couple of days ahead of schedule.“ALL TEAM MEMBERS ARE FINE!” said an announcement on the ZK3A website. “A person on the island is ill. So, they have sent the boat there early to get this person medical help. The team has ceased operations and [is] packing up all equipment to get on that boat, bec...

Report: North Korea Testing Digital Broadcasting on 80 Meters

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 12:25
Radio World reports that the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) has resumed testing digital radio broadcasting on the 80-meter amateur band after a 2-year absence. North Korea is transmitting with the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) protocol. The latest transmissions on 3.560 MHz began in mid-August.“It appears unclear at this time, however, whether the current series of transmiss...

Nevada ARES/RACES Members Deploy for "Storm Area 51" Event

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 12:25
A social media joke early this summer setting up a "Storm Area 51, they Can't Stop Us All" group now has spiraled into emergency declarations in two Nevada counties and spurred an Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) deployment of personnel and equipment. Some predictions say the "Storm Area 51" event will draw thousands — many possibly ill-equipped to be out in the desert environment — to the Nevada Test and Training Range, which contains the US Air Force facility known as Area 51. ARES teams plan to staff and support six incident-specific locations along the 50-mile event corridor known as Extraterrestrial Highway, starting on September 19 and continuing until September 24. ARES/RACES personnel in Nevada began gearing up for Storm Area 51 on Monday, and Storm Area 51 visitors already have begun showing up.

ARRL Renews Request for FCC to Replace Symbol Rate with Bandwidth Limit

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 12:25
In ex parte comments filed on September 17 in WT Docket 16-239, ARRL renewed its request that the FCC delete symbol rate limits below 29.7 MHz for data transmissions in the Amateur Service rules. As it did in its initial filing, ARRL asked the FCC to couple the removal of the symbol rate limits with the adoption of a 2.8-kHz bandwidth limit. In response to ARRL's 2013 ARRL Petition for Rulemaki...

ARRL Seeking Emergency Management Director

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 12:25
ARRL is seeking an emergency management director to oversee a team responsible for supporting ARRL emergency communication programs and services, including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and National Traffic System (NTS), and to work with staff to develop standards, protocols, and processes designed to support the Field Organization. This is a full-time, exempt position at ARRL Hea...

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