Category: Business

Guy wires cut, causing radio tower used by Oregon firefighters to topple

Someone cut the guy wires holding up a 150-foot tall repeater tower, causing the tower to fall, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office said. The vandalism caused in excess of $60,000 in damage, investigators estimated. The crime is being investigated as felony Criminal Mischief. “A reward is being posted for the identification and conviction of the […]

via the ARRL: QRZ.com Institutes Password Security, Seller Verification Programs

In an effort to combat fraudsters and password phishers, the popular QRZ.com Amateur Radio website is offering the option of establishing two-factor authentication (2FA) for its registered users. The site’s founder and president, Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, explains that 2FA secures a user’s password on the site. “With 2FA, your actual password becomes nearly moot, and revealing […]

via the ARRL: Make: Magazine Going Dark

Maker Media, which published Make: magazine and produced Maker Faire, has laid off its staff and is terminating operations due to financial problems. Maker Media CEO and founder Dale Dougherty confirmed to TechCrunch that the company was ceasing operations and that it had laid off all 22 employees, citing financial difficulties with publishing a magazine and the lack of corporate […]

via the ARRL: National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting to Expand Hours during Hamvention

The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting, located at the site of the former Voice of America Bethany Relay Station in West Chester, Ohio (between Dayton and Cincinnati, off the I-75 Tylersville Road exit), will expand its hours during Hamvention 2019 weekend. The WC8VOA station will be open. The museum includes a comprehensive collection […]

Radio ham who revolutionized the video game industry

IGN Entertainment have published an article about the African-American radio amateur Jerry Lawson WA6LVN (SK) who revolutionized the video game industry. His enthusiasm for amateur radio started when his parents bought him a ham radio receiver kit. “I built it and it worked,” he recalled. “I think the greatest joy I ever had in my life […]

Police bust their own radio shop manager for dodgy software updates (Manitoba)

The manager in charge of Winnipeg’s police radios was arrested last Thursday for allegedly using fraudulent licenses to update the encrypted Motorola radios that police use to keep their conversations private, CBC News reports. According to court documents, an employee tipped authorities off about the alleged actions of Ed Richardson, who was the manager of the radio […]

FCC: Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Procedures are Now in Effect

The FCC is reminding electronic device retailers that Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) procedures are now in effect and being enforced. In an FCC Enforcement Advisory released February 15, the FCC Enforcement Bureau (EB) pointed out that marketers of RF devices may be subject to new compliance requirements provided in the SDoC procedures. “In general, a device […]

Why Wi-Fi Channels 12, 13, and 14 Are Illegal in the USA

Wireless routers have fourteen different channels they can use for 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, but three of them are off limits. Channels 12 and 13 are allowed in low-power mode, while channel 14 is banned—and only allowed in Japan. Wi-Fi uses radio waves to communicate over short distances. Wi-Fi networks can operate on several different channels to help reduce interference. Each […]

Electronics Notes opens a Ham Radio store

The website, Electronics Notesprovides a huge amount of reference material for engineers, students and hobbyists. Within this there is a huge amount of material for radio amateurs on subjects like amateur radio itself as well as radio receiver technology, RF design, antennas, radio propagation and a whole lot more. To complement this, Electronics Notes has opened […]

via HACKADAY: Welcome to the Slow Death of Satellite TV in America

During an earnings call on November 29th, CEO of AT&T Communications John Donovan effectively signed the death warrant for satellite television in the United States. Just three years after spending $67 billion purchasing the nations’s largest satellite TV provider, DirecTV, he made a comment which left little doubt about the telecom giant’s plan for the service’s roughly […]

FCC Tells LED Sign Marketers to Abide by Statutes and Rules

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has called on on marketers of light-emitting diode (LED) signs to ensure that these lights comply with FCC rules. Since March of this year, the agency has entered into 21 settlement agreements with companies that marketed noncompliant LED signs in violation of the Communications Act and FCC rules. The settlements yielded approximately $850,000 […]

via the ARRL: Palm Radio Going out of Business

Key and paddle maker Palm Radio is going out of business, Dieter Engels, DJ6TE, announced on the company’s website. “For health reasons and after the passing of Brunhilde, DK7SN; Uli, DL2BAT, and Klaus, DL9SKE, I am not able to continue Palm Radio in its current form,” Engels wrote. “I will only deliver remaining stock,” and he invited […]

via the ARRL: FCC Approves Use of Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System in the US

The FCC has granted, in part, the European Commission’s request for a waiver of Commission rules so that non-federal devices in the US may access specific signals transmitted from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) known as Galileo. The action means that consumers and industry in the US may access certain satellite signals from the Galileo […]