Category: International

via the RSGB: Special Event Stations and COVID-19

In the light of government guidance on the Covid-19 pandemic, Ofcom is relaxing the requirement that Special Event Stations be open to members of the public. Ofcom says that applicants may disregard that requirement in the application form and on the online portal, although the form and portal will be amended to remove it in […]

Via the ARRL: International Marconi Day 2020 has been Canceled

The annual International Marconi Day (IMD) ham radio operating event that was set to take place on April 25 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-hour amateur radio event celebrates the birth of Marconi on April 25, 1874. Sponsored by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, which operates as GB4IMD, International Marconi Day […]

Via the ARRL: Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown

Spain’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society URE has obtained temporary permission from the country’s telecommunications regulator for unlicensed people to use amateur stations during the coronavirus lockdown. “The main objective of the request is to disseminate and promote amateur radio among schoolchildren who must be confined at home,” the announcement from the Ministry of […]

via the RSGB: RSGB contest committees launch ‘Hope QSO Party’

To help and support radio amateurs who are isolated at home and would appreciate contact with other people, the RSGB Contest Committees are launching a new six-week initiative starting on Monday 6 April, called the ‘Hope QSO Party’. Open to every radio amateur, not just RSGB members, this contest will also welcome international participation with […]

via the RSGB: RSGB’s NRC volunteers welcome visitors on the air

Whilst the National Radio Centre itself is currently closed, as is the Bletchley Park museum, the NRC volunteer team have taken the opportunity to run some nets to keep in touch with each other. We are acutely aware that whilst in self-isolation, it is more important than ever to stay in communication, so what better […]

HAM jumps into the frontline (India)

City-based HAM or Amateur Radio operators are providing assistance by extending communication support to the government in the ongoing fight against the spread of the COVID-19 in the state. HAM operators have set up an Amateur Radio Station at the Chief Minister’s War Room on COVID-19 which will attend complaints related to civic issues and […]

Amateur radio buffs participate in Russian international contest

Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) participated in the 27th edition of the Russian International Amateur Radio Competition (RDXC-2020), organised by the Russian Amateur Radio Union to allow all radio amateurs in the world to participate in the competition. Mass participation at the association’s headquarters was replaced in this year’s competition with the sole participation of […]

via the RSGB: RSGB HFCC and VHFCC update to recent rule changes

As a result of the government’s updated position on people’s movements, the VHFCC and HFCC have taken the decision that, until further notice, we can no longer allow any entries from stations operating from portable or alternative addresses or from multi-operator stations. Single operator entries from shared stations will also not be accepted unless the […]

Via the ARRL: International Amateur Radio Union Adjusting to COVID-19

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has reported on how it is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, given the various restrictions in place to slow the spread of the virus. IARU said the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva remains off limits to visitors until April 17 at the earliest. ITU has cancelled some meetings, […]

Amateur radio satellite spreads Fight Coronavirus message

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Indonesia’s national amateur radio society ORARI reports the ham radio satellite LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) is being used to send a Fight Coronavirus message using APRS A translation of the ORARI post says: The satellite spreads the text message“Stay Healthy, Stay at Home #LawanCorona“. This was conveyed by Researcher of the Center for Satellite Technology, Sonny Dwi Harsono when contacted, Friday, […]

Via the ARRL: IARU Region 2 Seeks Help in Remaking Amateur Radio for the 21st Century

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) is looking for a few young hams interested in helping to remake amateur radio for the 21st century. “Frustrated that there are so few of your friends and age group that are interested in ham radio? Frustrated that amateur radio is in a rut, not doing […]

via the RSGB: RAYNET helps in flooding emergency

North Humber RAYNET were recently activated during the widespread flooding that occurred on 27 February 2020 in Snaith, East Yorkshire. A temporary control station was first established at the ‘washlands’ near the village of the East Cowick during the afternoon of the 26th, with 13 members attending the developing situation over three days. Members were positioned […]

Via the ARRL: St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society Reports Continued “Smart Meter” RFI

The St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS) reports continued interference to St. Kitts radio amateurs from so-called power company “smart meters.” SKNAARS, an IARU member-society, took its complaint to the national telecommunications regulator last year, and the regulator issued a cease-and-desist order last October 7. SKNAARS said this week that Saint Kitts amateur radio opera… […]

Via the ARRL: France Authorizes Use of 60-Meter Band

France’s telecommunications regulator ARCEP has authorized the use of a 60-meter band — as agreed upon at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 — for French radio amateurs. The formal announcement was published in the Official Journal of the Republic of France (JORF) on February 13, IARU member-society REF (Réseau des Émetteurs Français) has reported. The band 5351.5 – […]

Via the ARRL: Partially Submerged NEMO-1 WSPR Buoy Retrieved by Fishing Boat

The NEMO-1 WSPR buoy launched by AMSAT-Argentina (AMSAT-LU) on January 30 was retrieved 12 days later by a fishing vessel. The buoy transmitted WSPR on 14.095.6 MHz and APRS on VHF FM using the call sign LU7AA. The captain of the tuna vessel Juan Pablo II considered that the buoy was partially submerged, decided to […]