Category: Follow-up

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. […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Applications Piling Up as Partial Government Shutdown Continues

Volunteer Examiner Coordinators across the US are continuing to receive paperwork from Amateur Radio exam sessions held during the partial government shutdown. While it’s still possible to access the Universal Licensing System (ULS) and file applications, the FCC is not processing individual, club, and exam session — new and upgrade — Amateur Radio applications. The […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Board of Directors Issues Statement on Amateur Radio Parity Act

At its annual meeting January 18 – 19, the ARRL Board of Directors decided that the organization needs to “review, re-examine, and reappraise ARRL’s regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions.” In order to effectively undertake such a review, the Board adopted a resolution to withdraw its December 18 Petition for Rule […]

via the ARRL: FCC Reactivating Equipment Authorization System

The FCC says it will reactivate its Equipment Authorization System (EAS), which had been unavailable since the FCC ran out of funds on January 3 because of the partial government shutdown that began a month ago. RF devices, including Amateur Radio equipment that contains a scanning received, and Amateur Radio power amplifiers must be properly […]

via the ARRL: Ailing ARISS “HamTV” Transmitter Back on Earth for Inspection, Possible Repair

The malfunctioning Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) “HamTV” transmitter now is back on Earth for repair or replacement, and it likely won’t be until sometime in 2020 at the earliest that Amateur Radio TV (DATV) capability will be restored to the orbiting laboratory. Onboard repair was not possible. Also known as “Ham […]

via the ARRL: Reports of Knacksat CubeSat Reception Requested

The Knacksat 1U CubeSat launched on December 3 by a SpaceX vehicle may be in safe mode. The Knacksat project team at King Mongkut’s University of Technology-North Bangkok, Thailand, has speculated that launch delays may have led to battery depletion, preventing normal antenna deployment. Safe mode will let the spacecraft recharge its battery and receive commands from […]

via the ARRL: New D-Star ONE Nanosatellites Launched; Es’hail Testing Under Way

A December 27 Soyuz launch deployed the two German Orbital Systems D-Star ONE satellites D-Star ONE – Sparrow and D-Star ONE – iSat. Beacons have been successfully received from both satellites, which carry a D-Star repeater with an uplink at 437.325 MHz and downlink at 435.525 MHz. The D-Star ONE – Phoenix 3U CubeSat, launched last February, was […]

via the ARRL: Aborted 3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition Offers Donation Refund Options

Leaders of the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition, which was abruptly aborted last February before the team was able to land on the island, are offering several options for partial refunds to those who contributed to their venture. The turn of events was a huge disappointment for the DX community, as well as for the DXpedition team. “Let […]

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 […]