Category: VHF

FCC Issues Notice of Unlicensed Operation in Public Safety Interference Complaint

The FCC has issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NUO) to a Texas man for causing interference to a VHF public safety communications system in Dallas County. The FCC Enforcement Bureau issued the Notice to Bradley C. Pike of Dallas on May 17. On April 3, agents from the FCC’s Dallas Enforcement Bureau Office responded […]

Registration Now Open for USA ARDF Championships

Registration is now under way for the 2017 USA and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), which will take place August 3-6 near Harrison, Ohio, northwest of Cincinnati near the Indiana state line. Three optional training days are planned for Monday through Wednesday, July 31-August 2 near […]

VHF/UHF/Microwave Pioneer Don Hilliard, W0PW, SK

A pioneer on VHF, UHF, and microwave bands, and the designer of a popular Yagi model, Don Hilliard, W0PW (ex-W0EYE), of Clayton, Oklahoma, died on March 25 following a lengthy period of ill health. An ARRL member, he was 81. “Over the decades, Don made numerous contributions to the hobby and specifically in the VHF, […]

Xiaomi MiJia HT for Ham Radio

The world’s third largest smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched the MiJia VHF/UHF handheld transceiver, Mingchuan Wei BG2BHC says it has generated much interest among radio amateurs The MiJia covers 136-174 MHz and 403-470 MHz, is capable of operating under standby for 8 days and costs around $35 (249 yuan). It features a built-in FM radio […]

SpaceX launch ham radio transceiver to ISS

The CRS-10 mission carrying vital amateur radio equipment to the International Space Station launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 at 1439 UT on Sunday, February 19 Frank Bauer KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair and AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs writes: Included as part of today’s successful launch of the SpaceX Dragon vehicle to ISS is […]

Southeastern VHF Society Issues Call for Papers

The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHS) has issued a call for papers and presentations (PDF attached below) for delivery at its convention, April 28-29, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Papers and presentations are solicited on both technical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF, and microwave “weak-signal” Amateur Radio. Suggested topic areas include transmitters, receivers, transverters, RF power […]

They’re listening: What cops need to know about criminals on police frequencies

A sharp young officer in my state recently noticed a hand-held radio on the seat of a car he had stopped, and it seemed to be monitoring police radio traffic. The driver claimed it was a “scanner” as he handed it over, but the officer suspected otherwise. Hearing his own channel coming from the speaker, […]

via the ARRL: MARS Sets Interoperability Communications Exercise for August 15

US Department of Defense (DOD) Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) operators in the US, Germany, and Japan, will take part in an interoperability communications exercise in August. The exercise will take place on Monday, August 15, from 1200 UTC to 2359 UTC. The focus of the exercise is “to train during a simulated communications-constrained environment […]

Soaring above Midland County: Clubs launch weather balloons (Michigan)

Alarms rang in many middle and high school students’ houses on Friday, June 17, the first day of summer vacation. Why would these students want to get up early and congregate at Midland High School on their first day of summer bliss? The students were from Northeast Middle School’s Science Club and Midland High School’s […]

via the ARRL: Sporadic E Provides Some Excitement on 2 Meters

July 12 brought exciting times to VHF enthusiasts, when strong E skip propagation and a maximum usable frequency (MUF) approaching 200 MHz opened things up on 2 meters. Often a good indicator of favorable propagation above 6 meters is changing conditions on the FM broadcast band. Signals of distant FM stations overtaking those of the […]

How 1 ham radio guy helped a special kids camp 180 miles away on fire (Utah)

In the age of cell phones and internet, amateur radio operators – also known as “ham operators” – are commonly looked upon as an anachronism, a throwback to earlier times. However, sometimes the old technology can be more reliable than the new high-tech gadgets and smartphones. St. George ham operator Lynden Kendrick, who is a member […]

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