PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #963 – Expanded Edition

This Week in Amateur Radio #963 – Expanded Edition Week of August 12, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/2hTsHAS Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #963 with a release and air date of, August 12, 2017.This weeks edition is anchored by, Chris Perrine, Don Hewlick, K2ATJ, […]

via the ARRL: Radio Arcala to Leverage FT8 Digital Mode in Market Reef Activation

Radio Arcala (OH8X), the consortium of serious Finnish contesters, has heaped more praise on Nobel Laureate and software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, for the recent beta release of FT8 mode. OJ0BH/OJ0JR will be active August 12-19 from Market Reef and expects to make use of FT8 and other modes that are part of Taylor’s WSJT-X […]

via the ARRL: Joe Spier, K6WAO, Elected as AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President

The AMSAT Board of Directors on August 8 elected AMSAT Vice President, Educational Relations, Joe Spier, K6WAO, of Reno, Nevada, as Executive Vice President. Spier’s new duties will include implementation of AMSAT-NA’s Strategic Planning. He will continue for now in his other duties as 2017 Space Symposium Chairman, AMSAT News Service co-editor, and in ARISS […]

IARU Region 2 Area G Announces Emergency Communications Exercise

An emergency communications exercise primarily involving Amateur Radio stations in the countries of IARU Region 2 (IARU R2) Area G — Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay is planned for August 26. The objectives are “to help radio amateurs in Area G acquire experience in emergency communications, measure response capacity, and promote work and cooperation among […]

Radio Amateurs in Atlantic Canada Go on Standby During Telephone Outage

Atlantic Canada authorities called on Amateur Radio operators in parts of Nova Scotia on August 4, in the wake of a telephone service outage. According to CBC, Bell Aliant landline and cell services were down, starting at approximately 11:20 AM. Telus, Virgin, and Koodo users were also affected. Jeremy Fowler, VE1JHF, a member of the […]

via the ARRL: Applicants Must Use FCC Form 605 with “Felony Question,” Starting on September 7

In an August 7 Public Notice, the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) announced formally that FCC Form 605, Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services, now will ask whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. The FCC said this revision is […]

via the ARRL: NCDXF Announces $100,000 Contribution to the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has announced a contribution of $100,000 to the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition planned for January 2018. Bouvet is #2 on the ClubLog Most Wanted DXCC List. The contribution is the largest in the history of the NCDXF. “The 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet Island early next year is likely to […]

via HACKADAY: One Transistor RTL-SDR Upconverter

Even if you haven’t used one, you’ve probably seen the numerous projects with the inexpensive RTL-SDR USB dongle. Originally designed for TV use, the dongle is a software defined radio that many have repurposed for a variety of radio hacking projects. However, there’s one small issue. By default, the device only works down to about […]

First Bulgarian Amateur Radio CubeSat to Launch in 2018

The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) is collaborating with the Space Challenges program and EnduroSat to launch the first Bulgarian Amateur Radio CubeSat — EnduroSat One. The CubeSat will transmit a CW beacon and 9.6 k AX.25 telemetry on Amateur Radio frequencies. The 1U CubeSat will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) for […]

ARDF Enthusiasts Compete in USA National Championships

Fifteen US-eligible competitors took home first-place awards in the just-completed 17th USA National Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) in Harrison, Ohio. The competition ran from August 3 through 6 on the 4,345-acre Miami Whitewater Forest and other nearby wooded sites, and it attracted more than 80 fans of the sport — also known […]

Amateur radio operators hope phone outage is ‘wake-up call’ (Prince Edward Island)

Some amateur radio operators are hoping a massive phone outage in Atlantic Canada inspires people to be more prepared for emergency situations. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, uses FM frequencies to communicate with other devices without the use of landline, cell or internet services. “We’re really a backup network,” said licensed radio operator […]

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