Category: International

via the ARRL: “Force of 50” Volunteers’ Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends

The 22 “Force of 50” radio amateurs who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month as American Red Cross volunteers have ended their mission and will be back on the US mainland by week’s end. They had been in Puerto Rico for about 3 weeks. “The Force of 50 volunteers demonstrated an extraordinary range of […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Facilitates Another Patient Evacuation on Puerto Rico

“Force of 50” volunteer Val Hotzfeld, NV9L, reported from Puerto Rico today (October 15) that Amateur Radio volunteers on Culebra and in Fajardo — Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S, and Matthey Gonter, AC4MG — made it possible for physicians at the two locations to communicate directly in an effort to evacuate a patient who is an amputee. […]

via the ARRL: Gus Browning Memorial DXpedition Offers Opportunity to Work Bhutan on Top Band

If you have not already worked Bhutan on 160 meters, the Gus Browning Memorial DXpedition starting this weekend (and again briefly later this month) may be your big chance, especially if you live on the US West Coast. Bhutan (A5) is #89 on the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List overall, but it’s #22 on […]

via the ARRL: CW from Catalonia, Stanag-4285 from Turkey Make IARU Monitoring System Intruder List.

An unknown station transmitted “Freedom for Catalonia” in a CW loop on September 26 (1710 UTC) at 14.001 MHz, the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System said, in its September newsletter. Topping the intruder list, however, was a Stanag-4285 digital mode signal that appeared on 7.001.8 MHz for several days. The transmitting station was […]

via the ARRL: North Korea Said to be “Aggressively” Jamming BBC Korean Language Service

The BBC’s Korean-language service, launched on September 25, is being “aggressively targeted” by North Korean jamming, according to a report in The Telegraph of London. The service broadcasts global news, sports, and features to the entire Korean Peninsula for 3 hours starting at 1530 UTC (12:30 AM in North Korea) 7 days a week on 1,431, 5,810, and 9,940 […]

via the ARRL: Belarus Fields World Champion Team to the 2017 High-Speed Telegraphy Competition

Team Belarus topped the field at the 2017 High-Speed Telegraphy Competition (HST) in Hungary over the September 9-10 weekend. In addition, team member Stanislau Haurylenka, EW8GS, set a world record in the male category on RufZ XP, call sign recognition competition, with a speed of 943 characters per minute. The 14th High-Speed Telegraphy World Championships opened […]

via the ARRL: Advisory: Requests for Information from the Public and the Press

Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico, and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island. At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local media representatives have contacted them […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Volunteers Aiding Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands both suffered substantial damage from Hurricane Maria, although Puerto Rico took the bigger hit, and it is there that Amateur Radio has begun to fill a huge telecommunications gap. According to the FCC, service is out for 96% of the cellular telephone sites in Puerto Rico — and […]

via the ARRL: Caribbean Situation Critical, Clear Frequencies Essential

The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) again is requesting that radio amateurs not involved in the ongoing post-hurricane relief and recovery efforts via Amateur Radio to avoid operating on or near the net’s frequencies — 7.188 and 3.815 MHz. The net is handling critical traffic, primarily for Dominica and needs interference-free channels. “We’ve been […]

via the ARRL: IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential for interference with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateur on St. Lucia Relays Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica

In the immediate aftermath of then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria’s passage over Dominica on Monday, Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he’d gathered via repeater conversations with other hams there. The New York Times also reported and posted audio that Amateur Radio was a primary source to gather initial damage reports from the […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active in Wake of Earthquake in Central Mexico

The FMRE National Emergency Net (Red Nacional de Emergencia or RNE) activated Tuesday on 7.060 MHz following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the central Mexico state of Puebla at 1814 UTC. The epicenter was some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which also felt the temblor and suffered damage. FMRE President Al Tomez, XE2O, said […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) SSB Net will be in extended monitoring mode through Friday. “The latest storm track is […]

via the ARRL: W1AW Suspending Transmissions This Evening, Will Pass Health-and-Welfare Traffic from Puerto Rico

As part of the ongoing communications efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW has suspended its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions for the evening of Friday, September 22, to assist in handling outbound health-and-welfare traffic from Puerto Rico. Radio amateurs are reminded to keep the SATERN frequency of […]

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