Category: HF

via the RSGB: More countries get 60m

More countries are permitting access to the 60m band. Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba has allocated 5.3515 to 5.3665MHz with secondary status to Full licensees. The band has footnote 5.133B that limits the power in the Caribbean region of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to 25 watts EIRP. Amateurs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) […]

More 60-Meter News

Radio amateurs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are among the latest to gain access to a 60-meter band. The allocation is 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. Malta also has opened a 60-meter band for its Amateur Radio licensees. The island’s telecoms regulator, the Malta Communications Authority, published an updated […]

WRTC 2018 Plans Call for Greater Participation by Young Contesters

The 8th World Radiosport Team Championship, WRTC 2018 in Germany next July, will offer seats on three teams for contesters who are 25 or younger at the time of the event. Prospective participants need only to apply. The international event July 12-16, 2018, will feature 42 competing teams. This will mark Germany’s first time hosting […]

Russian “Buzzer” Disappears, Chinese “Foghorn” Returns

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) March newsletter reports that the Russian “buzzer” on 6,998.0 kHz has disappeared. For a long time the system interfered with the lower edge of the 40-meter band. In addition, a Russian F1B transmission on 7,193 kHz — believed to be emanating from Kaliningrad — […]

STANAG 4285 Signal Showing Up on 40 Meters, Other Intruders Spotted

A STANAG 4285 intruder has been showing up on 7101.8 kHz, according to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS). “The signal was strong in South America, but rather weak in Europe,” the latest edition of the IARUMS newsletter reported. “We had the same problem in earlier times. Location probably Falkland […]

ARRL Reiterates its Case for New Band at 5 MHz

In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition for Rule Making (RM-11785), ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide 60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested band, with a permitted power level […]

MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets

Today’s Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program has changed markedly from what it was just a few years ago. So says US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, who contends that MARS must adapt in order to remain relevant and useful to its sponsor, the US Department of Defense (DOD). “Probably the most significant […]

HAARP Signals Widely Copied, Experiments to Continue

Many listeners were able to copy signals from Alaska’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) early on February 20 (UTC). The facility has begun its first scientific research campaign since being taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, […]

Washington Club Gets North Cook Islands Ham Back on the Air after Lengthy Absence

Thanks to the generosity of members of the ARRL-affiliated Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC) Pia “Papa Pia” Taraeka, E51PT, of Manihiki, North Cook Islands, is back on the after a more than 3-decade absence. “My interest in Amateur Radio started around 1962 as a radio operator working for the Cook Island and New Zealand governments,” […]

Chinese Over-the-Horizon Radar QRMing Low End of 40 Meters

The IARU Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System newsletter reports that one of China’s HF Over-the-Horizon radars (OTH-R) has been transmitting on 6.999 MHz, impinging on the very low end of the 40-meter band. As the newsletter reported: “A jumping Chinese OTH radar covered the CW DX-edge of our exclusive 7 MHz band on November 17 […]

Waters & Stanton announce the new Apache Labs Anan 8000DLE – the Ham Radio Transceiver of 2017

The ANAN-8000DLE HF & 6M 200W SDR Transceiver meets and exceeds the requirements of even the most discerning Amateur Radio Operator, it is based on the work of the OpenHPSDR community. Keeping in mind the various requirements posed by new cutting edge technologies implemented in the radio it has been designed from scratch, the design […]

Scouting leader encourages others to get involved (Nova Scotia)

Thanks to the Pictou County Amateur Radio Club, cubs from Stellarton, Thorburn, Lantz and Canso will have the chance to talk to other cubs in countries such as Britain, Germany and the United States. The world’s largest international Scouting event, it has been going on for more than 50 years. District commissioner and 4th Thorburn […]

via the ARRL: ARES Activates as Florida Girds for Hurricane Matthew

The entire State of Florida now is under an Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Level 1 — or full — activation as Hurricane Matthew heads for landfall in the US. The deadly storm already has caused 16 deaths, most of them in Haiti, as it moved northward through the Caribbean. Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator […]

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