UF researchers design low-cost DIY ventilator (Florida)

With parts available at Lowes and Home Depot, using open-source software, skilled volunteers may be able to help bridge the gap in life-saving technology against the coronavirus. As a University of Florida mechanical engineering student decades ago, Samsun Lampotang helped respiratory therapist colleagues build a minimal-transport ventilator that became a commercial success. So, when the […]

Via the ARRL: FCC to Hold Open Meeting on March 31 by Teleconference

The FCC will hold its March 31 open meeting by teleconference. “Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and related agency telework and headquarters access policies, this meeting will be in a wholly electronic format and will be open to the public on the internet via live feed from the FCC web page and on the FCC YouTube […]

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: Sean Kutzko, KX9X, Appointed AMSAT Volunteer Coordinator

AMSAT President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, has announced the appointment of Sean Kutzko, KX9X, of Urbana, Illinois, as Volunteer Coordinator. Licensed since 1982, Kutzko served for 10 years on the ARRL Headquarters staff as Contest Branch Manager and as Media and Public Relations Manager. “It’s an honor to be able to volunteer for AMSAT,” Kutzko said. […]

Via the ARRL: Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost Ventilator

Amateur radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to assist University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his engineering team in their quest to rapidly develop an open-source, low-cost patient ventilator that can be built anywhere from such commonly available components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves. The amateur radio volunteers are developing Arduino-based […]

Via the ARRL: Club Log Allocates 100% of its Computing Resources to COVID-19 Protein Research

Michael Wells, G7VJR, has announced that Club Log is contributing 120 CPU cores (most running at 3.4 GHz) to the Folding@Home Project that’s simulating the dynamics of COVID-19 proteins to hunt for new therapeutic opportunities. Wells said he’s assigned a higher priority to the Folding@Home work, so radio amateurs may experience slightly longer upload times. […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL Headquarters is Closing

ARRL Headquarters will comply with an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities reduce in-person workforces by 100% no later than March 23, 2020, at 8 PM. ARRL will equip as many Headquarters staffers as possible to work remotely. W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions will continue. Customer […]

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, […]

Via HACKADAY: High Power LoRa and Tropospheric Reflection Experiments

We’re used to LoRa as a free-to-use digital radio protocol allowing not-very-high data rate communications over distances of a few miles. It’s made all kinds of distributed sensor systems a breeze, and some experimenters have made an art of achieving communication over hundreds of miles. But what would happen if you took a brute-force approach […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL Headquarters Remains in Operation, Many Staffers Working Remotely

Interim ARRL Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, informed members on March 20 that ARRL will remain operational to meet their needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Shelley noted that ARRL is taking steps to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees, in line with the recommendations provided by US and Connecticut health […]

Via the ARRL: Errata to 2020 – 2024 Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool Released

The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has issued errata to the new (2020 – 2024) Amateur Extra-class question pool that goes into effect on July 1. Most changes are minor, involving typographical or style errors. Read more – via American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources http://www.arrl.org/news/view/errata-to-2020-2024-amateur-extra-class-question-pool-released

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, […]

Preppers, once mocked, say they were ready for coronavirus crisis

Throughout the U.S., “preppers” have been planning for an occasion just like the coronavirus pandemic for years. Now, as a run on rest room paper and vital provides have created huge strains and panic in our nation’s supermarkets and shops, some are in a position to sit again and calm down — whereas being humble sufficient to keep […]

Via the ARRL: Ham Radio Clubs Connect Amid Social Distancing

As college campuses have sent students home to finish their classes online, members of the K7UAZ Amateur Radio Club in Tucson — a student organization at the University of Arizona — have moved their radio club meetings to, well, the radio. K7UAZ Station Manager Curt Laumann, K7ZOO, said that when the university largely shuttered its campus, club […]

Via the ARRL: Refund Procedures in Place for Dayton Hamvention-Associated Social Events

Refunds are being processed for Dayton Hamvention-associated social gatherings, including Contest University, Contest Dinner, and Top Band Dinner. Each event has its own procedures. Those who signed up for the DX Dinner will be able to obtain refunds via PayPal. An email to all registrants will provide details. — Thanks to Tim Duffy, K3LR, SWODXA Read more – via American Radio […]