Category: International

Lightning knocks out woman’s brain implant

Deep brain stimulators — pacemaker-like implants that deliver electrical impulses to specific regions in the brain — are common treatments for Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders. It’s known that strong electromagnetic fields from the likes of ham radio antennae and arc welders can damage the devices. Now, researchers report the case of a 66-year-old woman […]

via the RSGB: NHS amateur radio callsign launches

GB1NHS is the new National Health Service amateur radio station. The RSGB’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park is hosting the launch event on Tuesday, 8 May 2018. National Radio Centre Coordinator Martyn Baker, G0GMB, will make the initial transmission using the call sign at 10.45am and the event will run to 2pm. The launch is part of […]

via the ARRL: Second 3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition Attempt Unlikely for 2018 – 2019 Austral Season

The ill-fated 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet Island, halted earlier this year because of poor weather and engine problems with its transportation vessel, will very likely not be rescheduled for the 2018 – 2019 Austral season, organizers say. “It has become apparent that the chance of finding a suitable and affordable vessel for the 2018 to 2019 Austral […]

via the ARRL: Europe Day On the Air 2018 Activity May 4 – 6

Stations taking part in Europe Day “on the air” (EUDOTA) 2018 will be active from Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6, with special call signs AO1EU, AO2EU, AO3EU, AO4EU, AO5EU, AO6EU, AO7EU, AO8EU, and AO9EU. (Europe Day is Wednesday, May 9.) Sponsored by the EA Digital Foundation with the support of the European Radio […]

via the ARRL: The Royal Mint to Host June Amateur Radio Special Event

For the second year, the Barry Amateur Radio Society (BARS) of South Wales in the UK has gained permission to operate within the Royal Mint, and regulator Ofcom has granted the call sign GB4RME (“Royal Mint Experience”). The theme of the June 1 – 2 event is “Covert Radio as used in World War II.” […]

via the ARRL: GR9RW will be Royal Wedding Special Event Call Sign

To celebrate the marriage of Great Britain’s Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle, special event call sign GR9RW will be on the air May 19 – 23. It’s believed that this will mark the first use of a GR9 call sign prefix in the UK. The royal wedding will take place on May 19 at St. […]

via the ARRL: Hams on Dominica Conduct “Preparedness” Field Day in Advance of Hurricane Season

Members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Incorporated (DARCI) held a second field-day-style emergency preparedness, awareness, and recruiting exercise on April 21. Radio amateurs on the Caribbean island are continuing the process of taking on a larger role in emergency preparedness and response for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins June 1. Dominica suffered severe […]

via the ARRL: International Amateur Radio Regulatory Developments Announced

Several countries recently have proposed or instituted changes or announced developments with respect to Amateur Radio regulation. In China, according to the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club (CRAC), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing has announced that radio amateurs will gain access to a 60-meter band starting on July 1. The latest edition […]

via the RSGB: Sunday Times letter response

Following a letter in the Sunday Times earlier this month which suggested that amateur radio aerials affected nearby Wi-Fi, the RSGB submitted a full response. The Society is delighted that not only did the paper print one of the points it made, but it also included a valid comment by another radio amateur who referenced the RSGB. […]

SouthGate: Ham radio license changes in Norway

Norway’s communications regulator Nkom is consulting on changes to the amateur radio regulations Among the planned changes is allowing 1 kW output at VHF/UHF for EME or Meteor Scatter operation. The previous limit for the VHF/UHF bands had been 100 or 300 watts. It is also proposed to add maximum allowed power for transmissions from […]

via the ARRL: International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day is April 26

“Girls Can Do ICT!” is the theme of International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies (ICT) Day on April 26. An initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Girls in ICT Day aims to “create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field,” […]

via the ARRL: Special Call Signs to be On the Air for 2018 FIFA World Cup, More Invited

Special Canadian call sign VB18FIFA will be among those active around the world from June 1 to July 15 for a World Cup 2018 football Amateur Radio “marathon.” The event will be held during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Russia’s IARU member-society SRR is encouraging Amateur Radio organizations to field World-Cup-related call signs, preferably […]

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