Category: Follow-up

Via the ARRL: IARU attends ITU Inter-Regional Workshop

As part of its strategy to support topics related to Amateur Radio at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was on hand at the third inter-regional workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, this past week. The workshop, attended by member states and other International Telecommunication Union (ITU) sector members, considered and discussed […]

Via the ARRL: Dayton Hamvention Signs 5-Year Contract with Greene County Expo Center

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) has signed a 5-year agreement to keep Dayton Hamvention® at the Greene County Expo Center. The agreement was announced on September 9 by Hamvention General Chairman Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT. “It has been a wonderful experience working with the Expo Center team in the development of this agreement,” Gerbs said. […]

Historic ham radio event at courthouse deemed a success (West Virginia)

The Aug. 24 Ohio Statewide Courthouses On the Air Historical Special Event was a huge success in Lawrence County, Ohio. It was a perfect day for the event with blue skies, sunshine, and a light breeze. Members of the Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association and the Lawrence County Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service started early […]

Via the ARRL: 144 – 146 MHz Removed from French Proposal for Additional Aeronautical Applications

The 144 – 146 MHz Amateur Radio segment has been removed from a French proposal to study spectrum additional for Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) applications. France had included the band, which comprises the entire 2 meter band in ITU Region 1, for consideration as a European Conference of Telecommunications and Postal Administrations (CEPT) position for […]

Via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Resources Ready as Dorian Poised to Become a Major Hurricane

Amateur Radio resources organized this week as Hurricane Dorian threatened Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and worked its way through the Caribbean. A change in direction spared Puerto Rico — still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 — from taking a direct hit; the Virgin Islands suffered downed trees and widespread power […]

via the RSGB: Good news for the two-metre band

The past week has seen CEPT meet in Turkey, where it finalised positions on a wide range of WRC-19 Agenda Items, including proposals for WRC-23. So let’s look at the matters that interest radio amateurs. At 144MHz, after a major effort, the 144 to 146MHz frequency range was successfully withdrawn from the French WRC-23 aeronautical proposal. This […]

Via the ARRL: UN Headquarters’ 4U1UN Making Slow but Steady Progress in Returning to Air

Responding to inquiries noting the lack of 4U1UN activity, the United Nations Amateur Radio Club (UNARC) indicated on its Facebook page this week that it’s making slow but steady progress in its efforts to get the station back on the air from UN Headquarters. The main difficulties in getting 4U1UN up and running again following its displacement by […]

Via the ARRL: Trial Run for WW0WWV 100th Anniversary Special Event a Success

Special Event Station WW0WWV was on the air over the August 24 – 25 weekend from the WWV site near Fort Collins, Colorado, to wring out any issues in advance of the WWV centennial special event, September 28 – October 2. “The stormy sea of RF at the WWV/WWVB site was calmed a bit as initial tests […]

Alexanderson Alternator Station SAQ Hails “Incredible” Number of Listener Reports

Sweden’s Alexanderson Alternator station SAQ says it received 438 listener reports — “an incredible amount” — for its June 30 Alexanderson Day transmissions. The list included five reports from the US and three from Canada. The historic electro-mechanical transmitter, which dates back to the 1920s, is fired up periodically throughout the year on 17.2 kHz. “We are very thankful […]

via the ARRL: Chinese Satellite Profiles Earth’s RF Spectrum as Seen from Lunar Orbit

The Chinese DSLWP-B (LO-94) satellite that had been in lunar orbit provided a profile of Earth’s HF spectrum as seen from the moon. The microsatellite subsequently was crashed into the moon’s surface after having completed its mission. DSLWP stands for “Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder.” Among other things, DSLWP-B was designed to test […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Board Pledges to Oppose French Proposal for 2 Meters

At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors resolved that “at the appropriate time” ARRL will oppose a proposal by France to include 144 – 146 MHz among spectrum to study for non-safety Aeronautical Mobile Service applications with an eye toward sharing the spectrum with the Amateur Services. The action came as the Board met July […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Dayton Hamvention Videos Available

Video recordings of presentations made by several ARRL officials at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention® and ARRL National Convention are now available for viewing on the ARRL YouTube channel. Most of the videos were shot and edited by ARRL Great Lakes Division Vice Director Tom Delaney, W8WTD, with assistance from David Vine, WA1EAW, during the ARRL Members Forum […]

via the ARRL: World Scout Jamboree Ham Radio Balloon Crosses Atlantic

An APRS Amateur Radio balloon, call sign NA1WJ-5, launched from the recent World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, has floated across the Atlantic Ocean. The Scouting Magazine blog reports: “You can reach practically any corner of the globe via Amateur Radio. That’s the message K2BSA wanted to show Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree. Those in the Amateur Radio association […]

via the RSGB: WRC-19: request to support 50MHz

As the run-up to WRC-19 gathers pace, the UK Six Metre Group has also written to Ofcom in support of a positive approach to Agenda Item 1.1 concerning the future of the 50MHz band in ITU Region 1. At present, harmonisation and activity is impeded by the lack of a formal 50MHz ITU Region 1 amateur allocation. Whilst seeking positive UK […]

via the ARRL: Netherlands IARU Member-Society Reports “Disappointing Response” on 144 – 146 MHz Threat

The Netherlands International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society VERON reports a “disappointing response” from national regulator Agentschap Telecom to a call from Dutch radio amateurs that 144 – 146 MHz be protected. A recent proposal put forward by France at a CEPT pre-World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 meeting targeted a segment of 2 meters, among other […]

via the ARRL: Some European Telecoms Regulators Keeping an Open Mind on French 2-Meter Proposal

At least two European telecommunications regulators appear inclined to give serious consideration to a French proposal to allocate 146 – 148 MHz to the Aeronautical Mobile Service on a primary basis. A number of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 member-societies have written their governments’ regulators, expressing opposition to the proposal, aired at a […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Field Day 2019 Attracts Nearly 3,100 Entries

The 30-day deadline to submit ARRL Field Day entries via app upload and (timely postmarked) USPS mail is now past, and the ARRL Contest Branch reports 3,070 entries have been logged into the system. Last year saw 2,903 entries. ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said the total does not include entries postmarked […]

via the ARRL: ARES Responds to Early July Earthquakes and Aftershocks in Southern California

On the morning of July 4, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the California High Desert, with its epicenter near Trona in the Searles Valley, not far from Ridgecrest, population roughly 29,000. ARES volunteer Jerry Brooks, KK6PA, activated the Eastern Kern County ARES Net, and, as members assessed their own situations and were able to participate, […]

via the ARRL: Dayton Hamvention 2019 Attendance Approaches All-Time Peak

The Hamvention Executive Team announced on July 15 that attendance at Dayton Hamvention® 2019 was 32,472. This marks the highest attendance recorded since Hamvention moved in 2017 from Hara Arena to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio. This year’s attendance also approached an all-time Hamvention high. Attendance at the show peaked in […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net Secures after Hurricane Barry Activation

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) officially secured operations for Hurricane Barry at 1900 UTC. “When we first activated the Net on Friday, July 12 at 2300 UTC, Barry was a tropical storm forecast to become a hurricane prior to landfall,” Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “The storm was finally upgraded to a Category 1 […]