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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 HACKADAY: SDR IF Experiments

The R820T tuner IC is used in the popular Airspy software defined radio (SDR) as well as many of the inexpensive RTL SDR dongles. [TLeconte] did some experiments on intermediate frequency (IF) configuration of the chip, and you’ll find his results interesting. Using 5 million samples per second and the device’s real mode, the tests look at […]

via the ARRL: W5KUB to Stream Hamvention® 2018 Worldwide

“Amateur Radio Roundtable” Host Tom Medlin, W5KUB, will once again livestream selected activities from the 2018 Hamvention® in Xenia, Ohio, during what he calls the “Hamvention Marathon Webcast” — more than 40 hours of live video from the annual show. This will mark Medlin’s 17th year covering the show for those unable to attend Hamvention. “Our motto is […]

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: FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is leaving the Commission. She announced at the FCC’s April 17 meeting that it would be her last as a commissioner. She plans to leave before the Commission’s next scheduled meeting on May 10. Following her 2013 appointment by President Barack Obama, Clyburn served as acting FCC chair, the first woman to head […]

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 […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #999 – Expanded 2-hour Edition

This Week in Amateur Radio #999-Expanded 2-hour Edition Here is a summary of the news trending this week. April 21, 2018. This weeks edition is anchored by Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Will Rogers, K5WLR, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 2:01:56 Download full […]

via the ARRL: IARU President Extends Greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018

Wednesday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 93rd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates Amateur Radio’s contribution to society. “World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for our member-societies to show our capabilities and promote the use of […]

Former “Coast to Coast AM” Radio Show Host Art Bell, W6OBB, SK

Former “Coast to Coast AM” and “Dreamland” radio host Art Bell, W6OBB, of Pahrump, Nevada, died on Friday, April 13, at his home, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced. He was 72. A KSNV news report indicated that Bell’s family was with him when he died. The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy would be performed. […]

SirenJack: Hackers can hijack emergency alert sirens with a $35 radio and laptop

Thanks to a flaw in popular emergency alert systems, hackers with knowledge of radio frequencies could remotely hijack the system with as little as a laptop and a $35 two-way radio and activate the sirens, trigger false alarms, or even broadcast any audio of their choosing. The vulnerability, dubbed SirenJack, is in emergency alert systems […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio’s Service and Support Commended on National Volunteer Week

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, used the occasion of National Volunteer Week, April 15 – 21, to express gratitude to “the thousands of Amateur Radio operators who have given, and who continue to give, of their time and expertise” to serve as vital communication links during emergencies, disasters, and community events. Throughout the past year, […]

via the ARRL: More Frequent Spotless Days Now, Can Signal Solar Activity in the Future, Top Contester Says

The sunspot numbers have not been good, and it does not seem they’ll be getting much better anytime soon. According to the April 6 “K7RA Solar Update,” only 2 days of the March 29 – April 4 reporting week saw sunspots, and that was at the bare minimum. No sunspots showed at all for the […]

This Week in Amateur Radio #998

This Week in Amateur Radio #998 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. April 14, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fitte, NF2F, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:16:15 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR998 Trending […]

via the ARRL: Second Public Test of FT8 DXpedition Mode Demonstrates High Contact Rates Possible

The second public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode has shown that the mock DXpedition stations (“Foxes”) were able to work the pileups of callers (“Hounds”) at a fairly good clip. Logged data showed that 390 unique stations were copied by one or more of the three Foxes. FT8 is part of the WSJT-X digital software suite. Ned […]

How a Legendary Storm Chaser Changed the Face of Tornado Science

May 31, 2013 seemed like just another rainy spring day in El Reno, Oklahoma. The afternoon was hot, the air heavy with moisture. On the darkening horizon, thick clouds billowed in a promise of rain. But around 4 p.m. local time, the winds shifted slightly and the afternoon shower turned deadly. Two hours later, the […]

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