Category: International

Telecommunications Ministry in India Orders Halt to Online Transceiver Sales

The Mumbai Mirror in India reports that a complaint by radio amateurs has prompted the Telecommunications Ministry to order online purveyors, including eBay and Amazon, to stop selling wireless transmitting equipment. According to the newspaper, a group of hams wrote the Wireless Advisor in the Telecommunications Ministry last fall to warn that online sales of […]

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 […]

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, and ARISS-UK Team Awarded the Louis Varney Cup

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) UK Team were awarded the Louis Varney Cup on April 22 at the RSGB 90th Annual General Meeting in Cardiff, Wales. RSGB recognized Morgan and the ARISS-UK team for advances in space communications. Accepting the trophy were Graham Shirville, G3VZV; Noel Matthews, […]

Taiwan to Drop Amateur Radio Morse Code Requirement

According to an article in Taipei Times, the National Communications Commission (NCC) in Taiwan (the Republic of China) has proposed to abolish the Amateur Radio Morse code requirement and to permit operation on 432-440 MHz on a secondary basis, among other changes to the Amateur Radio rules there. The NCC has said that a Morse […]

Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Take Part in 2017 Caribbean Tsunami Exercise

As they have done in past years, radio amateurs in Puerto Rico took part in the Caribe Wave tsunami exercise on March 21. Tsunami Preparedness Week was March 19-25 for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Caribe Wave is the annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the […]

Ham Radio Club in India Reunites Lost, Injured Pilgrims and Travelers with Families

For the past 24 years, members of India’s West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) have helped to reunite lost or injured individuals, many of them pilgrims attending the Ganga Sagar Mela festival each January. The Ganga Sagar fair and pilgrimage, held on Sagar Island’s southern tip in the Ganges Delta on the Bay of Bengal, attracts […]

via the RSGB: Youth contesting program will continue

In 2017, the Youth Contesting Program of IARU Region 1 will continue. Youth members from IARU Region 1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from so-called Top Gun stations. These young amateurs will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results […]

Spratly Islands DXpedition Postponed

An international Amateur Radio team has postponed its DXpedition to the Spratly Islands, planned for December 2017. The DXpedition, which will take place from Layang Layang Island (Swallow Reef — AS-051) under Malaysian call sign 9M0W, will be on the air March 10-20, 2018. Operation will be on 160 through 6 meters, CW, SSB, and […]

Ofcom consults on localised mobile communication services on aircraft

Ofcom is consulting on plans to make new regulations that would enable airline passengers to use mobile devices, with 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, on-board aircraft, without the need for a wireless telegraphy licence, if certain standards and requirements are met. The plans would mean that passengers could use their devices without causing interference to […]

Plans to launch Belarusian university nanosatellite in 2017

The Belarusian State University (BSU) plans to launch a university nanosatellite in 2017, BelTA learned from Sergei Zolotoi, Director of the R&D enterprise Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), on 10 April. “The BSU has created a university satellite and plans to launch it in 2017,” Sergei Zolotoi said. The […]

How Aussie uni students convinced NASA to launch the first amateur radio satellite

In 1967, a group of students from the Melbourne University Astronautical Society came up with an idea to build a small amateur radio satellite. It was just 10 years after the world’s first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched and Australia had yet to enter the space race. Russia had successfully launched Yuri Gagarin into space […]

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