Category: General

via HACKADAY: Amateur Radio Just Isn’t Exciting

As ARRL president, [Rick Roderick, K5UR] spends a significant amount of time proselytising the hobby. He has a standard talk about amateur radio that involves tales gleaned from his many decades as a licence holder, and features QSL cards from rare DX contacts to show how radio amateurs talk all over the world. He’s delivered […]

Will you be able to call 911 during the solar eclipse? Emergency managers prepare for cell towers to jam (Oregon)

When an expected 1 million people converge on Oregon for next month’s solar eclipse — what many call the most dramatic celestial event viewable from Earth — they will be calling, texting, tweeting and posting selfies of their experience to Snapchat and Instagram. Perhaps the only people not smiling at the thought of this solar […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Contest Rule Changes, Clarifications Reflect “Best Practices” in Radiosport

Just ahead of the 2017-2018 contest season, ARRL has announced rule changes and clarifications to League-sponsored contests. These include an improved process for submitting logs and reporting scores. Unless otherwise noted, these changes become effective starting with the September VHF Contest. “These changes reflect current ‘best practices’ in the contest community and help us improve […]

Friedrichshafen’s Ham Radio Attendance Holds Steady

Despite being held in a different month and at the height of the tourist season, Germany’s Ham Radio 2017 — more popularly known by its location, Friedrichshafen — remained as popular as ever this year. This marked the 42nd annual Ham Radio, and the Friedrichshafen Fairground reported that Ham Radio and the concurrent Maker Faire […]

Tuning in: Amateur radio enthusiasts gather to talk gear, swap electronics (Alabama)

Hundreds of amateur radio enthusiasts came together in Cullman on Saturday for the Cullman Amateur Radio Club’s annual Hamfest. The festival, hosted at the Cullman Civic Center, routinely sees people coming in from all around the state, and from surrounding states like Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia, and they all come to meet with each other […]

Virginia Tech Expert to Study August Eclipse for Impacts on Radar, Ham Radio, GPS

August 21 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many in the U.S. to see a total eclipse — but for scientists and engineers, it’s a chance to conduct research on systems we rely on for communication, safety and even transportation. A Virginia Tech expert, backed by research funding from NASA and the National Science foundation, will […]

via the ARRL: Ham Radio is There, as Honolulu Hosts a Successful 10th Annual “Geek Meet”

Location, Location, Location! In the middle of Honolulu, with the yacht club, harbor, the ocean, and the beach, Amateur Radio was there on July 2 for the 10th annual “Geek Meet,” at Magic Island. Hawaii’s Geek Meet is a fun, casual, family-friendly, grassroots gathering for people who are curious and have a passion they want […]

via the RSGB: Why on earth does the RSGB need a Strategy? Why don’t you just ‘get on with it’?

This is a question that has been asked of Board members in the last few weeks since we published the Strategy. As the newly-elected Board Chair, let me try and answer the question. Every organisation needs a Strategy to know where it should focus its efforts and resources. The world of amateur radio is constantly developing […]

Steps to Lower Noise Floor and Revitalize AM Radio

Background noise interference is degrading the quality of broadcast reception, two-way communications, mobile cellphone services and every other form of wireless communications used today at an alarming rate. The FCC and the ITU agree that the DC to 60 GHz+ wide-spectrum background noise floor is increasing as more and more unregulated electronic devices are used […]

Amelia Earhart’s lost evidence might include info from Kentuckians

Two Kentuckians have said they know first-hand what happened to Amelia Earhart — and their opinions are wildly different. The mysterious disappearance of the American aviator is front and center once again this summer with a much talked-about History Channel documentary. There’s new evidence related to the theory that she didn’t die when she vanished […]

Year-round events planned for new fairgrounds site (Ohio)

A number of heated and air-conditioned buildings to attract events year-round — including the possibility of luring Hamvention back to Montgomery County — factor heavily into plans unveiled Monday for the county’s new fairgrounds in Jefferson Twp. As the fair opened for the 165th and last time on South Main Street in Dayton, John Yancik, […]

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