Category: Follow-up

via the ARRL: FCC Outlines Impact on its Operations of Potential Funding Lapse

The FCC said in a January 2 Public Notice that in the event of a continued partial lapse in federal government funding, it will suspend “most operations” at mid-day on Thursday, January 3. Some systems that have gone dark in prior government shutdowns will remain operational this time, however. That includes the FCC website, although it will […]

via the ARRL: FCC Reaches $900,000 Settlement in Unauthorized Satellite Launch Case

The FCC has settled an investigation into an alleged unauthorized launch and operation of small satellites by Swarm Technologies. The company agreed to a Consent Decree that included a $900,000 penalty, an extended period of FCC oversight, and a requirement of pre-launch notices to the FCC, among other stipulations. “We will aggressively enforce the FCC’s requirements that […]

via the ARRL: AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Set to Launch on November 19

AMSAT is counting down to the launch of the next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1Cliff. According to Spaceflight Now, the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base of Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle, is currently scheduled for November 19 at 1832 UTC. Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater, AMSAT’s L-Band Downshifter, the […]

via the ARRL: Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched

A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle lifted off flawlessly at 2046 UTC on November 15 from Cape Canaveral, carrying the first Amateur Radio payload destined for geostationary orbit. About 32 minutes after launch, SpaceX reports the spacecraft was successfully deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur […]

via the ARRL: Weather Forecast Forces Early Shutdown of VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition

The VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition announced just after 1600 UTC on October 31 that, “due to an expected worsening in landing conditions,” it would cease operations. VP6D now is off the air. The final contact count was 121,136. Most contacts — 67,686 — were on CW, with 28,736 on SSB and 24,714 on digital modes. The plan […]

via the ARRL: Detained Norwegian Radio Amateur Now Allowed to Leave Chad

A tense situation involving a Norwegian radio amateur that reached the diplomatic and foreign ministry level in the African Republic of Chad now has been resolved. Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA, had only operated as TT8KO for about a day before security police shut down his station on October 10. At that point, he’d logged and uploaded […]

via the ARRL: VP6D Ducie Island Operators Seeing Too Many Dupes

Operators at the VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition report the rain has stopped and tents and clothes are drying off, but say they’re seeing “far too many dupes” as they work their way through the pileups. “People are working us, and a few minutes later working us again,” an update said. “The ops are getting a bit frustrated.” […]

via the ARRL: VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition Reported “Progressing Well”

“Signals on this end are loud,” was the assessment as the VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition got under way over the weekend. “Pileups have been deep, energetic and generally well behaved. Thank you.” So far, the main priority has been setting up the CW camp and more antennas. “Over the next 2 to 3 days, we’ll complete the antenna […]

via the ARRL: ARRL, FCC Discussing Issue of Uncertified Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers

ARRL has taken a minor exception to the wording of a September 24 FCC Enforcement Advisory pertaining to the importation, marketing and sale of VHF and UHF transceivers and is in discussion with FCC personnel to resolve the matter. The Enforcement Advisory was in response to the importation into the US of certain radio products that are not FCC […]

via the ARRL: Northern Florida ARES Teams Handle Hurricane Duty

Over the past week, Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) teams in the ARRL Northern Florida Section went on alert and some activated to support emergency communication before and during Hurricane Michael. Miller Norton, W4EMN, the Communications Watch Officer at the Duval County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Jacksonville, Florida, was monitoring SARnet — a UHF-linked repeater network […]

via the ARRL: Investigation into International Space Station Leak Continues

NASA has issued a statement regarding a leak affecting the International Space Station (ISS). On August 29, a mysterious 2-millimeter hole was discovered on a Soyuz capsule docked to the ISS, resulting in a pressure leak. The Soyuz capsule last carried to the ISS cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, and astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor, KG5TMT, and Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO. It is scheduled […]

via the ARRL: AMSAT Announces 2018 Board of Directors Election Results

AMSAT-NA has announced that Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO, have won new 2-year terms on the AMSAT Board of Directors. The First Alternate is Peter Portanova, W2JV. The Second Alternate is Scott Harvey, KA7FVV. Both will serve 1-year terms. The results of the voting, with 698 ballots cast, were: Tom Clark, […]

via the ARRL: US ARDF Team Tops its Own World Championships Medal Count in Korea

Team USA took home 10 medals from the just-concluded 2018 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships, the highest medal count since the US team began participating in the international event 20 years ago. The 19th World ARDF Championships took place September 2 – 8 near the resort city of Sokcho in Korea’s Gangwon Province. Hidden […]

via the ARRL: YOTA South Africa 2018 Participants Urged to Share What They’ve Learned

The 74 delegates to the Youngsters of the Air (YOTA) South Africa 2018 gathering held in early August in South Africa enjoyed what one participant called “a mind-blowing experience.” As the event drew to a close, the event’s patron, Gary Immelman, ZS6YI, reminded the participants that they are Amateur Radio’s future leaders and urged them to become […]

Ham operators hear first-hand account of man’s flight around the world (Louisiana)

Brian Lloyd [WB6RQN] spent part of 2017 on a journey around the world in a single engine airplane as he retraced the route taken by aviator Amelia Earhart exactly 80 years earlier. She did not make it. He did and recently shared his adventure with the Shreveport Amateur Radio Association. “Because my focus was on […]

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