Category: News

Via the ARRL: Dayton Hamvention Officials Keeping an Eye on Coronavirus Situation

With Dayton Hamvention® 2020 a little more than 10 weeks away, Hamvention officials say they are closely following the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Show organizers will post updates as the May 15 – 17 event nears, but they’re optimistic that coronavirus will not be an issue. “At this time, the Hamvention Executive Committee has been in […]

Via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Club President is among Two Killed in Knife Attack

The president of the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society in California, Paul McIntyre, KC5JAX, was one of two individuals killed on February 28 in a knife attack by a client at a recovery center. McIntyre, a father of two, had been interning at the Wellness and Recovery Center in Carmichael as part of his […]

Amateur radio skills prove useful during bushfire emergencies (Australia)

Amateur radio enthusiasts have proved themselves useful during the recent bushfires after traditional telecommunication channels broke down. Key points: Amateur radio operators in Australia must be licensed with the Australian Communications and Media Authority Licensed volunteers have been providing communications support to emergency services during bushfires They are especially useful when mobile phone reception is […]

Ham radio: A hobby still alive and thriving (Massachusetts)

Alan Lewis pledged to do two things when he retired: learn to weld and get an amateur radio license. He did both, and then took his amateur radio license one step further.   Almost immediately after getting his license, Lewis said he started getting involved in the public service aspects of amateur radio, including emergency communication.  […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1090

Release Date: January 18, 2020 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Dave Wilson, WA2HOY, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fitte, NF2F, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Paul Kolacki, K2FX, George Bowen, W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by George Bowen, W2XBS. Running Time: 1:31:41 Download here: […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Office of Engineering and Technology Chief Julius Knapp Retiring

The chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Julius Knapp has announced plans to retire on January 3 after a lengthy career at the FCC. “There remains an outstanding team of engineers, attorneys, and professionals in the Office of Engineering and Technology who are up to speed on all of our many […]

Via the ARRL: HuskySat-1 Successfully Lifted into Space

AMSAT reports that on November 2, a Cygnus cargo spacecraft carrying the University of Washington’s student-built HuskySat-1 CubeSat was successfully launched atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket. The Cygnus will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) today, November 4. Cygnus is then scheduled to depart the ISS on January 13, 2020, and raise its […]

SWFL amateur radio operators help connect with families in Bahamas (Florida)

Communication is key after a devastating storm. Families across Southwest Florida are trying to make sure families in the Bahamas are safe. That’s when ham radios come in handy. Volunteers of the Amateur Radio Association of Southwest Florida responded to the American Red Cross Center in Collier County and worked to get families connected with loved ones. […]

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 […]

Warrnambool amateur radio group back on the airwaves (Australia)

A Warrnambool amateur radio group is set to re-connect with other lighthouses around the world following a year-long hiatus.  VK3DX will host the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend at Portland’s Whalers Bluff lighthouse on August 17 and 18. Founding member Greg McNamara said the event was held on the third weekend of August every year, […]

TWIAR Now on Spotify, iHeartRadio!

This Week in Amateur Radio is now available on Spotify and iHeartRadio! TWIAR was one of the first services to use podcasting to distribute its weekly bulletin service when the concept was just getting off the ground. Spotify and iHeartRadio are two of the more popular services for podcasting today! Along with these two new […]

LABRE raises LED traffic light interference with ABNT

Brazil’s national amateur radio society LABRE has raised the issue of pollution of the precious RF spectrum by LED traffic light signals with the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT)  A translation of the LABRE post says:  LABRE, through its Spectral Management and Defense Group, participated in the first semester of meetings of study committees of […]

via the ARRL: Ham Radio Newscast Producer Hap Holly, KC9RP, and The RAIN Report Retiring

Hap Holly, KC9RP, who’s been producing the The RAIN Report Amateur Radio newscast every week for 30 years, has announced that he’s retiring and closing down The RAIN Report (Radio Amateur Information Network). “The archives will remain online for those who want to download and/or broadcast them,” Holly told ARRL. “My thought is to expand the archive from RAIN Reports […]

via the ARRL: Ohio ARES Active in Wake of Tornadoes that Badly Damaged Hara Arena

Hara Arena, in Trotwood, Ohio, which served as the home for Dayton Hamvention® for more than six decades, was among the structures damaged when tornadoes swept through the Dayton area on Memorial Day. According to a report from WHIO TV, Hara Arena suffered extensive damage. Drone video showed that the roof and side of the […]