Category: Follow-up

via HACKADAY: Bidirectional IP with New Packet Radio

There are a few options if you want to network computers on amateur radio. There are WiFi hacks of sort, and of course there’s always packet radio. New Packet Radio, a project from [f4hdk] that’s now on hackaday.io, is unlike anything we’ve seen before. It’s a modem that’s ready to go, uses standard 433 ISM band […]

via the ARRL: Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition Thwarted by Bureaucracy

Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition operators Col McGowan, MM0NDX; Jonathan Bowes, MM0OKG, and Christian Cabre, EA3NT, have thrown in the towel on their efforts to operate from two infrequently activated African islands — Moucha Island (AF-053) and the very rare Sept-Frères (AF-059). Their J20DX operation was set to run from April 16 – April 21, but […]

via the ARRL: ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer Monitor Program

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that paves the way to implement the new and enhanced Volunteer Monitor program. The memorandum establishes the Volunteer Monitors as a replacement for the Official Observers (OO) program. Current OOs have been encouraged to participate in the new program. “We are excited by the opportunity to […]

via the ARRL: FCC Agrees to 90-Day Pause in Consideration of WT Docket 16-239

It has been almost six years since the ARRL requested the FCC to consider changes to the Amateur digital rules in 11-708 and almost three years since the ARRL filed comments in the resultant proceeding, identified by the FCC as 16-239. The Commission’s proposed changes differed from the ARRL’s initial filing and caused the ARRL […]

Reversing course: Kettering OKs resident’s controversial radio tower (Ohio)

Kettering officials on Tuesday night reversed the Board of Zoning Appeals and now will allow a resident to build a 50-foot radio tower on his property in the 4800 block of Mad River Road. MORE: Radio tower request pits Kettering man against neighbors Last year, Wynn Rollert, 77, a HAM radio operator, had requested a variance […]

via the ARRL: 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition “Postponed, Not Canceled”

The 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is off, at least for now. The skipper of the MV Atlantic Tuna determined it was not safe to continue its voyage to the remote Antarctic island after the vessel suffered some damage from severe storm conditions. The DXpedition had expected to arrive on the island on March 26 and be on […]

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 […]