Category: International

via the ARRL: Canada’s Amateur Radio Population Showing Continued Growth

According to Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, Amateur Radio in Canada grew by 1,758 new licensees in 2018 — the largest number in the past 4 years. In his March editorial in RAC’s member journal The Canadian Amateur, MacDonell reported that the country’s ham radio population jumped from 63,317 to 70,198 between […]

via the ARRL: Technical Paper Raises Visibility of Wireless Power Transmission Interference Potential

A technical paper drafted by International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, is the latest official step to increase the visibility of wireless power transmission (WPT) systems’ interference threat to Amateur Radio. Submitted to the IARU-R1 Interim Meeting, set for April 27 – 28 in Vienna, the paper will update relevant committees on […]

via the ARRL: Highest-Ever Summits on the Air Activation Reported

Tom Rudzinski, SQ9FVE, made Summits on the Air (SOTA) history on February 16 by activating Aconcagua in Mendoza, Argentina. At 6,962 meters (22,841 feet) above sea level, the mountain is the highest peak in both the Southern and Western hemispheres. An experienced and skilled mountaineer, Rudzinski planned the expedition carefully, including all necessary support. He […]

via the ARRL: V84SAA DXpedition is Front-Page News in Brunei

The V84SAA DXpedition February 6 – 18 received a great deal of positive attention in Brunei — a tiny nation surrounded by Malaysia on the South China Sea. The arrival of the DXpedition team not only merited coverage on the local evening newscast, but a front-page newspaper article. According to the article, the DXpedition aimed “to increase […]

via the ARRL: ITU WRC-19 Conference Preparatory Meeting Under Way in Geneva

The second Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) in advance of World Radio Communication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) this fall got under way on February 18 at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva. Delegates from around the world are attending. This CPM will prepare a consolidated report that will support of the work of WRC-19, based on […]

via the ARRL: Fake News: Belgian News Magazine Misrepresents Amateur Radio Numbers

The Belgian Dutch-language weekly The Sunday (de Zondag) recently reported incorrectly that just 153 Amateur Radio licensees existed in the country, dramatically proclaiming, “Amateur Radio permits have dropped drastically in 5 years,” and asking, “Where have the radio hobbyists gone?” The error was based on a misunderstood parliamentary exchange. The facts are that 153 new licenses were issued in […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio is Aboard during Attempt to Become Oldest Circumnavigator

Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS/KC2IOV, is used to solitude. The lone 76-year-old yachtswoman passed the southern tip of Africa — some 300 miles to the north — on Valentine’s Day as she forged on toward Australia and New Zealand in her 38-foot sailing vessel Nereida. While underway, Socrates keeps in touch with a community of friends via Amateur […]

via the ARRL: Planned Experiment Will Disconnect Russia from the Internet

Authorities and major internet providers in Russia intend to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment purportedly aimed at enhancing national security, the Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) has reported. The stated reason for the experiment is to gather insights and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced […]

Taiwan in Time: The only ‘ham’ in Taiwan for 25 years

Until 1985, Taiwan’s amateur (ham) radio scene consisted of one person: Tim Chen (陳實忻), who held the country’s only license due to Martial Law era restrictions. According to a Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) report, this resulted in the unusual situation where Taiwan Garrison Command had to establish a set of […]

via the RSGB: ITU emergency comms document update

The ITU has updated a key recommendation for cross border usage of Emergency Communications Equipment. The new 2019 edition of ITU Recommendation M-1637 is clearer regarding countries facilitating the use of radio equipment that may be physically brought by visiting relief personnel into the territory where there is a disaster or emergency. The recommendation is […]

Pilot in Emiliano Sala Crash Was Avid Ham Radio Operator

Emiliano Sala, an Argentinian footballer, made headlines in the sports world recently when his plane disappeared over the English Channel en route to Cardiff City where he’d just signed a contract to play with the English Premier League team. Just over two weeks after the plane disappeared, the wreckage was found and Sala’s body was […]

via the ARRL: Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Hands Off Amateur Radio Exam and Call Sign Management

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is turning over Amateur Radio exam provision and call sign management to a new provider. WIA reports that telecommunications regulator ACMA has selected the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC) to take over as the preferred provider for the delivery of Amateur Radio examination, call sign management, 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: New IOTA “Ice DXpedition” to Inakari Island

A new Islands on the Air (IOTA) island — Inakari Island (EU192) — now is being activated for the first time until Monday, February 11, 0600 UTC, 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, […]

via the ARRL: Cuban Radio Amateurs Respond to Severe Tornado

From the early morning of January 27, radio amateurs in Cuba’s capital of Havana were keeping an eye on the weather. An extratropical low-pressure system in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico associated with a cold front approaching from the west was preceded by a line of pre-frontal storms, generating severe weather conditions that deteriorated considerably […]