Category: International

via the ARRL: WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee Unveils New Website, Initial Qualification Rules

The World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) Organizing Committee has debuted its official website as well as the Initial Qualification Rules — already under debate — to be selected as a WRTC 2022 team leader. While 2022 may seem a long way off, the qualifying events — 24 in all — take place between February 2019 and November 2020. […]

via the ARRL: Australian Scout Jamboree to Field Special Event Station VI25AJ

Australian Scouts will be on the air from special event station VI25AJ January 4 – 14 from the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree (AJ2019), being held in Tailem Bend, South Australia. It’s anticipated that some 2,000 Scouts will have the opportunity to experience Amateur Radio during the 10-day event. VI25AJ will be active on HF using SSB […]

via the ARRL: US Radio Amateurs Help to Make YOTA Month Happen in Ethiopia

Two US radio amateurs helped to make Youngsters on the Air Month (YOTA Month) a success in Ethiopia. YOTA month takes place each December, and several participating stations obtain permission to use YOTA suffix call signs for the occasion. Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, and Bob Johnson, W9XY, traveled to Addis Ababa to assist the young members […]

France: Abolition of ham radio license fee

The French Union of Radio Clubs (URC) reports on the progress with abolishing the Tax on Radio Amateurs [license fee]  Sylvie Delassus F1PSH reports that even after a successful vote in the Senate it will still be necessary to wait for the official Decree.  Read the F1PSH URC post at https://www.news.urc.asso.fr/2018/12/21/merci-au-gilets-jaunes/ ANFR post dated November 28, 2018, […]

via the ARRL: Holiday Serenade on Sideband Set from Antarctica

Each year, volunteers at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, celebrate the holidays by serenading those at the remote, Antarctic field camps via HF radio. This year, ham radio operators and SWLs around the world are invited to listen in and email listener reports. The broadcast will be on Sunday, December 23, 2300 UTC (December 24, 1200 New […]

SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924. The event will be streamed live on the […]

via the ARRL: Broadcasters Intruding on Exclusive Amateur Radio Frequencies

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that Radio Hargeisa in Somaliland has returned to 7,120 kHz after a break of several weeks, while Radio Eritrea has been reported on 7,140 and 7,180 kHz. Radio Sudan has been transmitting on 7,205 kHz with excessive splatter, IARUMS said. German telecommunications authorities […]

via the ARRL: India Gains Three New Bands, Sweden Gets Permanent 60-Meter Access

Radio amateurs in India now have access to three new bands. India’s Ministry of Communications’ Department of Telecommunications has published an updated National Frequency Allocation Plan, effective October 25, which lists the new bands at 5 MHz (60 meters), 472 kHz (630 meters), and 136 kHz (2300 meters). All allocations are on a secondary basis. On […]

via the ARRL: Palm Radio Going out of Business

Key and paddle maker Palm Radio is going out of business, Dieter Engels, DJ6TE, announced on the company’s website. “For health reasons and after the passing of Brunhilde, DK7SN; Uli, DL2BAT, and Klaus, DL9SKE, I am not able to continue Palm Radio in its current form,” Engels wrote. “I will only deliver remaining stock,” and he invited […]

via the ARRL: Montenegro, Lithuania Latest to Join the 60-Meter Band Community

Montenegro and Lithuania are the latest countries to announce adoption of a new Amateur Radio band at 5 MHz. Both countries have authorized amateur operation on a secondary allocation of 5,351.5 – 5,366.5 kHz at up to 15 W EIRP, per the Final Acts of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015. Montenegro’s International Amateur Radio Union member-society, the Montenegrin […]

via the ARRL: South African Radio Amateurs Poised to Support Communication as Wildfires Rage

An intense heat wave and gale-force winds in the Western Cape region of South Africa have resulted in devastating runaway fires, threatening the towns of George and Karatara in the Southern Cape area since October 24. An Amateur Radio Joint Operational Center (JOC) was established on October 29, and radio amateurs were put on standby […]

via the ARRL: Detained Norwegian Radio Amateur Now Allowed to Leave Chad

A tense situation involving a Norwegian radio amateur that reached the diplomatic and foreign ministry level in the African Republic of Chad now has been resolved. Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA, had only operated as TT8KO for about a day before security police shut down his station on October 10. At that point, he’d logged and uploaded […]

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