Category: Follow-up

Developer: Part of Hara Arena must be demolished (Ohio)

Structural engineers are still examining Hara Arena, but the property’s developer is confident that while the main arena structure can be saved, an attached section will have to be demolished. Michael Heitz is the Lexington, Ky.-based developer who has acquired several distressed Dayton industrial sites over the years, including the closed Hara Arena and its […]

via the ARRL: New Beta Version of FT4 Now Available, Mock Contest Session Just Ahead

The WSJT-X Development Group has released yet another new beta version of the FT4 protocol now available for testing in WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7. The FT4 included in this “release candidate 7” version is notcompatible with any previous release. Over the weekend, the developers had made WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc6 available for downloading and testing but “because of a serious bug,” pulled that version not long […]

via the ARRL: Emergency Messaging Demonstration for Red Cross, FEMA is a Success

With Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials monitoring, dozens of radio amateurs along the US east coast on May 23 demonstrated Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages without commercial power, infrastructure, or permanently established stations. The event took place in coordination with ARRL. The demonstration was a mock response to a simulated […]

via the ARRL: ITU Working Party 5A1 Completes Draft New Report on WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1

Working Group 1 of ITU-R Working Party 5A completed work on the sharing and compatibility studies required for WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1 during the meeting of WP 5A that concluded on May 9. The report, which began as a nine-page document in 2016, grew to 158 pages developed from 60 input contributions over a 3-year period. Working […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Invites Applications for Volunteer Monitor Positions

ARRL is now accepting applications from individuals interested in becoming part of the new Volunteer Monitor program, a joint undertaking of ARRL and the FCC. The program seeks volunteers who — working under the direction of ARRL — will monitor and survey the Amateur Radio bands both to detect improper activity and to recognize exemplary on-the-air behavior. Prospective […]

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 […]