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. […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Readies for Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian nears the US southeast coast, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reports the agency been working throughout the weekend to finalize preparations for the storm and coordinate with federal and state partners. “Our staff has reached out to wireless carriers and broadcasters to offer assistance,” Pai said in a statement. “With our government partners, […]

Via the ARRL: Storm Watch Continues Along Southeastern US Coast

As of 1500 UTC, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) was reporting that a hurricane warning has been extended northeastward along the North Carolina coast. The storm was located 90 miles east-northeast of Daytona, Florida, and 205 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. A Category 2 storm, Dorian is packing sustained winds of 105 MPH. The […]

Via the ARRL: Tracking Dorian: Hurricane Watch Net Hunkered Down for the Long Haul

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has been in continuous operation for Dorian since last Saturday at 2100 UTC, and it plans to remain in operation on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz until further notice, HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. The storm, then a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall on Grand Bahama Island with maximum […]

Via HACKADAY: Odd-Sized Military Headphone Connectors, Tamed!

Military headphones, at least the older ones, are like few other sound reproducers. They are an expression of function over form, with an emphasis on robustness over operator comfort. Electrically they most often have high-impedance drivers and annoyingly proprietary connectors for whichever obscure radio system they were a part of. [John Floren] has a HS-16A […]

FCC Plans $10,000 Penalty Against Alleged Radio Pirate

The Federal Communications Commission is moving toward issuing a $10,000 Notice of Apparent Liability against an individual accused of allegedly operating an unlicensed radio station in Arkansas. In August 2018, according to an FCC summary of the case, the commission received a complaint from a consumer that an unauthorized station was operating in Alma, Ark., a town […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program is Now Accepting Applications

Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between September 1 and December 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships […]

Via the ARRL: ARES on Alert for Hurricane Dorian’s Possible Arrival

With Hurricane Dorian essentially stalled over the northern Bahamas wreaking havoc, the waiting game for the dangerous Category 4 storm continues in the US Southeast. Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) teams in the ARRL South Florida Section are reported fully activated, and more than 20 evacuation shelters have been opened. Northern Florida is at a […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Grants Temporary Waiver Permitting Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Response and Relief

The FCC has granted ARRL’s emergency request for a temporary waiver to permit only those radio amateurs active and involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts to use the PACTOR 4 digital protocol on HF. The waiver is valid through 2100 UTC on Friday, September 6. The waiver request was necessary because Section 97.307(f) […]

Via the ARRL: Major Hurricane Dorian Prompts Sustained Activations

Hurricane Dorian, now a dangerous Category 5 storm, hit the island of Abaco in the Bahamas with 185 MPH winds and heavy rain. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on 14.325 MHz (7268 MHz alternate) and the VoIP Hurricane Net (EchoLink WX_TALK Conference) remain activated in conjunction with WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center to keep […]

Via HACKADAY: A Radio Transceiver From A Cable Modem Chipset

It’s a staple of our community’s work, to make electronic devices do things their manufacturers never intended for them. Analogue synthesisers using CMOS logic chips for example, or microcontrollers that bitbang Ethernet packets without MAC hardware. One of the most fascinating corners of this field comes in the form of software defined radios (SDRs), with […]

Zanzibar Island IOTA activation in February

Silvano, I2YSB, reports the Italian DXpedition Team (IDT) will be activating Zanzibar Island (AF-032) in Tanzania between February 4-18th, 2020. The IDT will be using two callsigns: 5I5TT for CW, SSB and RTTY; 5I4ZZ for FT8 and FT4. The Team will be comprised of 10 operators. Operators mentioned are Franco/I1FQH, Alfeo/ I1HJT, Tony/I2PJA, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/ […]

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: ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues

In an effort to more effectively address HF digital technology issues, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has reactivated the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee. The six-member panel, chaired by First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, will primarily focus on spectrum allocation issues that have gained increased visibility with discussions on accommodating automatically […]

Via the ARRL: US Jamboree on the Air Station Registration System Now Available

A new registration system has been established for US stations planning to participate in the 2019 Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) in October. JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said the new system will enable JOTA organizers to directly publish station information to facilitate contacts and more readily provide information to those who have registered. […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Resolves LED Products Marketing Violations Investigation with Consent Decree

The FCC on August 26 announced that it had entered into a Consent Decree to resolve an investigation into whether the lighting fixture business Seasons 4 Inc., of Toano, Virginia, violated FCC rules by marketing LED products as the company S4 Lights without the required equipment authorization, labeling, and user manual disclosures, and by failing […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1070

This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1070 Release Date: August 31, 2019 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Chris Perrine, KB2FAF,Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and George W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by George Bowen, W2XBS. Running Time: 1:18:03 Download here: […]

Via the ARRL: YOTA 2019 Summer Camp in Bulgaria Spawns Subregional Camps

Most of those attending the just-ended Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) summer camp in Bulgaria were first-timers, observed Monty, OE3VVU, a participant this year. Some 80 young radio amateurs from 27 countries convened near Sofia August 11 – 17 to, as he put it, “connect and learn from each other.” Monty said the successful 2019 summer camp […]

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 […]