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via HACKADAY: One Man’s Tale Of EMC Compliance Testing

If you turn over almost any electronic device, you should find all those compliance logos: CE, FCC, UL, TÜV, and friends. They mean that the device meets required standards set by a particular region or testing organisation, and is safe for you, the consumer. Among those standards are those concerning EMC, or ElectroMagnetic Compatibility. These […]

SpaceX seeks FCC approval to test satellite communications system in Seattle area

SpaceX has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to begin ground testing of a satellite communications system between its facilities in Redmond, Wash., as early as this month. Redmond is the base of operations for SpaceX’s multibillion-dollar effort to create a 4,425-satellite constellation in low Earth orbit for global broadband internet access and […]

ARRL Section Manager Evacuates When Fire Comes Within Two Blocks

ARRL San Francisco Section Manager Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, says the message he stresses during the weekly Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA) ARES net is this: “When an incident occurs, take to the air and form a net. Anyone can act as net control.” Radio amateurs took that lesson to heart, he said, in the wake […]

via the ARRL: Ham Radio Bridging the Gap in Wildfire-Stricken California

More than a dozen wildfires in Northern California have damaged or destroyed cellular telephone and Internet infrastructure in some areas, and Amateur Radio has helped to fill the communication gap. Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman told news media on October 10 that damage to cell towers and fiber optic telephone phone and computer lines had left officials […]

via the ARRL: Red Cross Asks Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteer Team Members to Stay Longer

The American Red Cross (ARC) has extended its invitation for the existing Amateur Radio volunteers in Puerto Rico to extend their stay. Members of the “Force of 50” deployed to Puerto Rico at the beginning of the month, and all are working there as ARC volunteers. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, arrived in […]

via the ARRL: Puerto Rico Volunteer Aids Burn Victim, Contacts Family via Ham Radio

“We had a stressful night on the island!” That’s how Puerto Rico volunteer Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S, described a medical emergency on the island of Culebra in which Amateur Radio played a major role. Dougherty, a Force of 50 American Red Cross volunteer who is supporting communication at Culebra Hospital, said fumes from a gasoline fuel […]

via the ARRL: FCC Grants Experimental License for Project to Help Provide Cell Service in Puerto Rico

The FCC has granted an experimental license for “Project Loon,” led by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to help provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico. “More than 2 weeks after Hurricane Maria struck, millions of Puerto Ricans are still without access to much-needed communications services,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. He explained […]

via the ARRL: ARRL 2018 Puerto Rico State Convention Cancelled

The Organizing Committee for the 2018 ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention has announced the cancellation of the 2018 convention, set for January 26-28, 2018, in Hatillo. “It is with great sadness in my heart that we are announcing the cancellation of our 2018 Convention,” said 2018 Convention Chairman Juan “Coki” Montijo, WP4OV. “Our island has […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations

ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, […]

845 Life: Newburgh teen is a real pro with amateur radio (New York)

When all communication fails, there are always amateur radio operators to step in. Natural disasters such as hurricanes and storms can cause flooding and disable systems: But they don’t affect amateur radio. “After Hurricane Sandy, our system was activated to help communicate emergencies throughout the region,” says Sean Flynn, 17, of the Town of Newburgh. […]

Las Vegas Killer Stephen Paddock’s Father Led Double Life as FBI Most-Wanted Bank Robber

Fifty-seven years before Stephen Paddock arrived in Las Vegas with 18 firearms that included at least one fully automatic weapon, his father drove into town with a little snub-nosed revolver tucked into the front seat of his car. The revolver was apparently the same one that Benjamin Hoskins Paddock had displayed to a teller at […]

Weird IP networks: Internet via birds and ham radios

If you’re reading this, you have internet access. You probably have it either through a local cable or fibre ISP or through your cell phone provider. We all have one (usually both) of these. Speedy. Reliable (mostly). Boring. What happens when that infrastructure goes down? Maybe the power goes out somewhere along the network. Maybe […]

Trying to communicate after the hurricane: ‘It’s as if Puerto Rico doesn’t exist’

The morning after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, Sofia Maldonado tried to call her parents, who were still on the island. “You call them, call them, and no answer,” she says. She switched to texts. Still nothing. “Not having communications with your parents or your friends or anyone, it’s very hard because you don’t […]

Ham radio operators take part in largest ever severe weather drill (Ohio)

Ham radio operators are a big part of emergency communications in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Now, local operators are taking part in the largest ever amateur radio severe weather drill. It simulates what would happen if a massive weather disaster happened here. Just steps away from the WHIO-TV newsroom, ham radio […]

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