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Via the ARRL: Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters

The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a fun and educational activity for children of all ages […]

via the RSGB: BATC helps clubs to hold virtual meetings

In order to support the worldwide amateur radio community during the Covid-19 virus pandemic, British Amateur Television Club (BATC) is offering free use of the BATC Video Streaming Service and chat facility to any radio club or group of radio amateurs. This will help clubs to hold virtual meetings with HD video and audio streaming […]

Via the ARRL: Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication Exercise

Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) canceled the Ohio ARES State Conference set for April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic and repurposed the date for a statewide communication exercise, with an emphasis on communicating from home. “Ohio has a high-profile station at the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), with regular weekly EOC nets,” ARES […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee

In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based on […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Nominated for Another Term

President Donald Trump has nominated FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for another 5-year term on the Commission. The nomination was sent to the US Senate on March 18. O’Rielly was initially appointed to the FCC in 2013 by President Barack Obama. “During my tenure at the Commission, I have advocated for preserving and advancing American free […]

Via the ARRL: West Coast Qualifying Run for March 21 Canceled

Because of shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the West Coast Qualifying Run scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at 2100 UTC (2 PM PDT) has been canceled. These transmissions normally take place from K6KPH at the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) museum at the Point Reyes National Seashore. The park has closed all […]

Via HACKADAY: Link Coupling Antenna Tuner Wordless Workshop

Remember “Wordless Workshop” in Popular Science? [Roy Doty] illustrated a household problem and the solution for it cobbled up in the main character’s garage workshop. We wonder what [Roy] would have done with YouTube? Maybe something like the video from [VE2TAE] and [VE2AEV] showing their link coupling antenna tuning build. You can watch the video […]

Via the ARRL: Ham Radio University Founder Phil Lewis, N2MUN, SK

The founder of the annual Ham Radio University in New York, Phil Lewis, N2MUN, of Lindenhurst, New York, died on March 5. An ARRL member, he was 72. Lewis grew up on Long Island, attended RCA Institute, and worked for Hazeltine and, later, BAE Systems in the aerospace industry. Licensed in 1991, he was a member of […]

Via the ARRL: One VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference Postponed, Another Canceled

One of two US VHF-UHF-microwave groups has canceled its 2020 conference, while another has postponed its event. The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHFS) Board of Directors has announced the indefinite postponement of the annual SVHFS Conference. “Because of the health and safety concerns of our society members and the uncertainty of time of our national emergency […]

Via the ARRL: WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee Sticking to Schedule for Now

The World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) Organizing Committee is, at least for now, staying on course for the event in Italy, in light of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “We understand this is disrupting travel and operating plans in ways that affect different areas of the world unequally. However, it is not […]

via the RSGB: NASA Mars rover has a name

The NASA Mars 2020 rover has a new name—Perseverance—that captures the spirit of exploration, submitted by a 13-year-old student from Virginia. Targeted for launch this July, this rover will search for signs of past microbial life on Mars. After landing in February 2021, it also will collect samples of Martian rocks and dust for a […]

Via the ARRL: Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancellation of 2020 Show

For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancelations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency. “The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very […]

Via HACKADAY: Wire Loop And Amplifier Solve Audio Problem For The Hearing Impaired

Imagine being asked to provide sound reinforcement for a meeting that occurs in a large room, where anyone can be the speaker, and in a situation where microphones would hinder the flow of the meeting. Throw in a couple of attendees who have hearing disabilities, and you’ve got quite a challenge to make sure everyone […]

Via the ARRL: Cancellation of PSAT3 Launch Means No DARPA Launch Challenge Winner

The launch of the PSAT3 CubeSat has been canceled, ending chances for winning the DARPA Launch Challenge. The challenge offered a $10 million prize for any launch provider that could deliver a rocket with only 30 days’ notice of what payloads they would have and where they would launch from — and then, to do it again only 30 […]

Via the ARRL: ARISS Celebrating Successful Launch Carrying Interoperable Radio System to ISS

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating the successful launch and docking of the SpaceX-20 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). One payload on the flight is the ARISS Interoperable Radio System (IORS), which ARISS calls “the foundational element of the ARISS next-generation radio system” on the space station. […]