Category: News

via the ARRL: Joe Spier, K6WAO, Elected as AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President

The AMSAT Board of Directors on August 8 elected AMSAT Vice President, Educational Relations, Joe Spier, K6WAO, of Reno, Nevada, as Executive Vice President. Spier’s new duties will include implementation of AMSAT-NA’s Strategic Planning. He will continue for now in his other duties as 2017 Space Symposium Chairman, AMSAT News Service co-editor, and in ARISS […]

Amateur radio operators hope phone outage is ‘wake-up call’ (Prince Edward Island)

Some amateur radio operators are hoping a massive phone outage in Atlantic Canada inspires people to be more prepared for emergency situations. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, uses FM frequencies to communicate with other devices without the use of landline, cell or internet services. “We’re really a backup network,” said licensed radio operator […]

Young English Radio Amateur Completes the Wainrights on the Air Challenge

Twelve-year-old Lauren Richardson, M6HLR — one of the youngest hams in England — completed the Wainrights on the Air Challenge on August 1. The Challenge is an ambitious activity that involves climbing all 214 of the Cumbrian Wainright fells — hills and mountains, described in A. Wainwright’s seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells (1955–66) […]

via the ARRL: Hara Arena — Hamvention’s Former Home — to be Auctioned by IRS

Hara Arena, the former home of Hamvention®, is going on the auction block, the IRS has announced. The now-beleaguered building and grounds were closed a year ago last month by its owners, the Wampler Family, which had attempted for years, unsuccessfully, to put Hara on a profitable plane. The minimum bid is $850,000; proceeds will […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Board Explores Entry-Level License Options, Ways to Face Future Challenges

Meeting July 21-22 in Farmington, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors took steps to chart a firmer future for Amateur Radio by enhancing the value of the entry-level license and by providing ongoing support for new licensees. The Board also conferred several annual awards, including the prestigious Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, the League’s top […]

Law enforcement radio encryption draws backlash (Washington)

Pushback from the public regarding the encryption of law enforcement radio traffic has led to discussions about the decision, though it’s not likely that those channels will go back to being clear any time soon. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency completed a switch to an all-digital radio system in June, which among other things involved […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Contest Rule Changes, Clarifications Reflect “Best Practices” in Radiosport

Just ahead of the 2017-2018 contest season, ARRL has announced rule changes and clarifications to League-sponsored contests. These include an improved process for submitting logs and reporting scores. Unless otherwise noted, these changes become effective starting with the September VHF Contest. “These changes reflect current ‘best practices’ in the contest community and help us improve […]

Amelia Earhart’s lost evidence might include info from Kentuckians

Two Kentuckians have said they know first-hand what happened to Amelia Earhart — and their opinions are wildly different. The mysterious disappearance of the American aviator is front and center once again this summer with a much talked-about History Channel documentary. There’s new evidence related to the theory that she didn’t die when she vanished […]

Year-round events planned for new fairgrounds site (Ohio)

A number of heated and air-conditioned buildings to attract events year-round — including the possibility of luring Hamvention back to Montgomery County — factor heavily into plans unveiled Monday for the county’s new fairgrounds in Jefferson Twp. As the fair opened for the 165th and last time on South Main Street in Dayton, John Yancik, […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #955

This Week in Amateur Radio #955 Week of June 17, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR955 Running Time: 1:11:05 Here is a summary of the news trending This Week in Amateur Radio. This is for Edition #952 with a release and air date of Saturday, June 17, 2017.This weeks edition is anchored by, Rich Lawrence KB2MOB, Don […]

Hamvention Improvements Already in the Works for 2018!

Even before Hamvention® 2017 had wound down at its new Xenia, Ohio, location, plans were on the drawing board to enhance next year’s show. Hamvention 2017 “went reasonably well,” spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, allowed, but he acknowledged that there are still a “lot of things to work on” for 2018. Kalter, who lives in Xenia, […]

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