Category: Follow-up

via the ARRL: OH10X IOTA “Ice DXpedition” to Inakari Island Logs More Than 8,000 Contacts

A new Islands On The Air (IOTA) island — Inakari Island (EU192) — was activated for the first time in February by a small international team. Kataja/Inakari Island was added to the official IOTA list last fall. Martti Laine, OH2BH; Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF; Niko Halminen, OH2GEK, and Gerben Menting, PG5M, traveled by snowmobile over the […]

via the ARRL: Commenting Electronically on FCC Proceedings

Those interested posting brief comments on Petitions for Rulemaking (PRMs) to the FCC, such as the ARRL Technician Enhancement proposal (RM-11828) using the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) should access FCC Electronic Comment Filing System Express. In the “Proceeding(s)” field, enter the number of the PRM, e.g. RM-11828 (using this format), complete all required fields, and […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Supports No Change to Table of Allocations for 45.5 – 47 and 47 – 47.2 GHz Bands

The FCC has opened a brief window for public comment on recommendations approved by the World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC). Comments are due March 18 on International Bureau Docket 16-185. The FCC said the short comment period was necessary to allow time to finalize the US position for submission to the upcoming meeting of the Inter-American Telecommunication […]

via the ARRL: 3Y0I DXpedition Team Reports It has Departed for Bouvet Island

The 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition website has announced that the team of operators — led by Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX — set sail on March 19 from Cape Town, South Africa, for the remote Antarctic island on board the MV Atlantic Tuna. “The 3YØI Bouvet Island Expedition has officially begun,” the announcement said. “If everything goes well, we should […]

via the ARRL: Demand High as New ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications Courses Open

The ARRL Lifelong Learning Department has launched a revised and updated Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001) course, and demand to sign up is prompting the recruitment of additional course mentors to expand the schedule. Registration just opened for the first of four EC-001 online sessions, which will run from Monday, April 1, until Friday, May 31. “The demand for […]

via the ARRL: German Radio Amateur Successfully Sends 2.5 mW OPERA Signal via Es’hail-2

Markus Vester, DF6NM, recently used the digital mode OPERA to send a 2.5 mW signal through the 2.4 – 10 GHz transponder of the Es’hail-2 (QO-100) geostationary satellite. OPERA is a “slow” digital mode for very weak signal work that enables the exchange of call signs and signal reports. According to a post on the Digital Radio […]

via the RSGB: Geostationary satellite transponder active

The geostationary amateur radio narrowband transponder on the Es’hail-2/QO-100 was made available for amateur experimental use on the afternoon of Tuesday, 12 February 2019. The 250kHz bandwidth transponder uses the 2.4GHz band for the uplink with the downlink in the 10.45GHz band and should provide communications over a wide portion of the globe. Potentially both Brazil […]

via the ARRL: ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 – 17 Weekend

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is planning another popular slow-scan television (SSTV) event in the wake of an SSTV experiment last weekend, during which signals were reported to have been weak. Even so, more than 5,500 images were submitted. Transmissions are scheduled to begin on Friday, February 15, at 0845 UTC and […]

via the ARRL: February 14 is Es’hail-2 (QO-100) Teleport Inauguration Day

Thursday, February 14, is Teleport Inauguration Day in Qatar, celebrating the opening of the new Es’hailSat teleport and the official opening of Es’hail-2, which carries the first geostationary Amateur Radio payload, a German P4A package. Es’hail-2 launched last November from Cape Canaveral. The two Amateur Radio transponders onboard what’s now known as Qatar OSCAR 100 […]

via the ARRL: ISS Packet Radio System is Back in Operation with New Equipment

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system is back on the air with new equipment. The replacement gear arrived last November and had been awaiting unpacking and installation. ARISS hardware team members on the ground were able to locate a functional duplicate of the old ISS packet TNC module that had […]

via the ARRL: Hundreds Report Hearing SAQ Alexanderson Alternator on Christmas Eve

Alexanderson Alternator transmissions on Christmas Eve 2018 from Sweden’s SAQ drew more than 340 listener reports from 28 countries, including seven reports from the US. “Many visitors had come to the transmission hall to enjoy coffee, cake, and Swedish ginger snaps as they were watching the activities with starting and running the old radio transmitter SAQ,” the […]

via the ARRL: Es’hail-2/P4A Satellite is Designated as Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100)

AMSAT has now granted OSCAR status to 100 Amateur Radio satellites. The latest, Es’hail-2/P4A — now Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100) —launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in November. It carries the first geosynchronous Amateur Radio payload. Es’hail-2/P4A was developed jointly by the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) and Es’hailSat (the Qatar Satellite Company), with AMSAT-DL as the […]

via the ARRL: FCC Now Processing Amateur Radio Applications

The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator said today that the FCC has begun processing Amateur Radio applications for the first time since early January, when it shut down because of the lapse in funding. “The FCC worked through its backlog very quickly, and started processing our files about noon today,” Assistant ARRL VEC Manager Amanda Grimaldi, […]

via the ARRL: December YOTA Month Activity Records More Than 80,000 Contacts

More than 80,000 contacts went into logs at YOTA suffix stations and others participating in December Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Month, with most operations in International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1). The final tally included 46,989 on SSB, another 28,064 on CW, some 3,814 on FT8, and the rest on various other modes. […]