Category: International

Sweden: New rules for ham radio permit applications

The SSA reports applications for amateur radio permits will now take 2-3 weeks longer due to National Security considerations A translation of the SSA post reads: PTS [communications regulator] will prepare permit cases with the Security Police and the Swedish Armed Forces from the turn of the year due to a change in the law aimed at strengthening Sweden’s […]

Via the ARRL: Spanish Radio Amateurs May Exchange Current Call Signs for Permanent 2 × 1 Call Signs

Regulators in Spain are now allowing radio amateurs there to exchange their current longer-format call signs for permanent 2 × 1 call signs, and some familiar Spanish call signs are likely to be changing. Salva Moreno, EA5BB, told ARRL that hams in Spain who decided to make the change are now awaiting the official license […]

Via the ARRL: ARES Volunteers Establish “Plan B” Communication Network in Puerto Rico

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in Puerto Rico continued over the weekend to report for daily duty at an American Red Cross (ARC) distribution center in Mayagüez and at ARC Headquarters in San Juan. The two sites are at the ready to provide a “Plan B” communication backbone in the event the seismic situation […]

Via the ARRL: Germany Special Event Recognizes Anniversary of SDR Development

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) this year is honoring 35 years of software-defined radio (SDR) technology with special call sign and special DOK. “In order to acknowledge the high importance of digital signal processing for communications technology in general, and amateur radio in particular, a special event station DL35SDR will be active from the […]

Via the ARRL: SAQ Alexanderson Alternator 2019 Christmas Eve Transmission Heard by More than 400 Listeners

The Alexanderson alternator 2019 Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz from SAQ in Grimeton, Sweden, was heard by more than 400 listeners. SAQ reported conditions were very good, with clear, dry weather, and the vintage transmitter functioned flawlessly. Lars Kålland, SM6NM, was at the key to deliver the Christmas message, his last as he is […]

Via the ARRL: Norway Experiences Unexpected Ground Current “Shockwave”

Spaceweather.com reports that on January 6, unexpected electrical currents were detected in the soil of northern Norway starting at around 1930 UTC. “It seemed to be some kind of shockwave,” said Rob Stammes, who monitors ground currents at the Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory in Lofoten. “My instruments detected a sudden, strong variation in both ground currents […]

Via the ARRL: Earthquakes Compromised Power Generation Capacity, Puerto Rico Section Manager Says

ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, says small tremors continue on the island in the wake of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the southwestern part of the island on January 7. A magnitude 5.8 quake struck a day earlier. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported widespread power outages after generating […]

Via the ARRL: China Telecoms Regulator Proposing to Delete Some Current Amateur Allocations

China’s telecommunications regulator has proposed amending the Measures for the Administration of Amateur Radio Stations, and some amateur bands are in danger of being eliminated. Lide Zhang, BI8CKU, told ARRL that the proposal would prohibit amateur operation on the 2200-meter band as well as on 144 – 146 MHz, 1260 – 1300 MHz, 3400 – 3500 MHz, 5650 […]

Via the ARRL: Australian Bushfires Causing Major Telecommunication Outages, Hams Asked to Remain Alert

Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) President Greg Kelly, VK2GPK, says the bushfires in Australia have caused or are expected to cause significant disruption of telecommunication services in the states of Victoria and New South Wales. “The scope and range of these impacts is unknown at this stage but are predicted to cover all internet and […]

Via the ARRL: Over-the-Horizon Radars Causing Widespread Interference on 40 Meters

Over-the-horizon (OTH) radars continue to plague various amateur radio bands. Those operating on exclusive ham radio allocations have been complaining for years, but military systems have a blanket waiver to use amateur radio frequencies. The latest edition of the International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports that a radar in northern Iran — likely military […]

Via the ARRL: CAMSAT CAS-6 Amateur Radio Satellite Launched Successfully

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CAMSAT has announced that the CAMSAT CAS-6 amateur radio payload launched successfully on December 20, piggybacked on a TIANQIN-1 technology test satellite. “The satellite is currently in orbital testing,” CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL on December 20. “The amateur radio payload is expected to be operational in about 3 days.” The microsatellite will be […]

Via the ARRL: Christmas Carols to be Broadcast on HF from Antarctica

A program of Christmas carols will be broadcast from Antarctica on Christmas Eve. The transmissions on 7995 kHz USB will begin on December 23 at 2300 UTC, coordinated by McMurdo Communications Operations (MacOps) — known as “The Voice of Antarctica.” Each year, the station’s residents celebrate the holiday by singing Christmas Carols to those at remote […]

Via the ARRL: European Space Agency Issues Challenge to Radio Amateurs

The European Space Agency (ESA) is challenging radio amateurs (or anyone with appropriate receiving equipment) to hear the first signals from ESA’s OPS-SAT space software laboratory. The spacecraft is set to launch on December 17 into a low-Earth orbit from French Guiana. Once in orbit, the satellite will deploy solar panels and a UHF antenna […]

Via the ARRL: SAQ, Sweden’s Alexanderson Alternator, Announces Scheduled Christmas Eve Transmission

SAQ, the call sign of the 1920s vintage Alexanderson transmitter in Grimeton, Sweden, is set to be on the air for its annual Christmas Eve transmission. SAQ transmits CW with up to 200 kW on 17.2 kHz. Tune-up is scheduled to begin at around 0730 UTC, with the holiday message transmitted on December 24 at 0800 UTC. […]

via the RSGB: Sweden to discontinue 2.3 and 3.4GHz permits

Amateurs in Sweden have been able to apply for temporary permits to allow operation in 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands. Their regulator, the PTS, has announced these temporary permits will no longer be issued from 1 January 2020. The reason is 5G. Swedish amateurs are presently permitted by their regulations to run a maximum of 100mW […]

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Days 16+17+18: Satellites and 23cm

WRC-19 entered its final week with effort aimed at pinning down the remaining difficult items, including the future agenda for WRC-23 and WRC-27; and preparing for its final plenary sessions to approve the results of various agenda items, including 50 MHz. Read more: via Radio Society of Great Britain – Main Site http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/2019/11/20/wrc-19-day-18-satellites-and-23cm/

Via the ARRL: World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Concludes

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, wrapped up on Friday, November 22. The month-long event, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), was the largest ever, with some 3,300 delegates in attendance. ITU has posted the provisional WRC-19 Final Acts on its website as a 567-page PDF. The WRC-19 Final Acts will […]

via the RSGB: WRC-19 Day-20: And Finally!

Friday, 22 November saw WRC-19 conclude its month long biggest ever conference. Many of the 3,300 delegates had started to travel home even before the release of the ‘Provisional Final Acts’ and closing ceremony. The ITU website has released the provisional acts as a huge 567-page PDF document – a tribute to the hardworking editorial […]