via the ARRL: NBC News Left Field Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

A team from NBC News’ nascent digital news unit Left Field was in Hawaii to visit with some radio amateurs to produce a report when the false nuclear missile alert happened on January 13. Left Field’s report points out how much we rely on cell phones and 21st century technology…and what we would do if […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #989

This Week in Amateur Radio #989 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. February 10, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by, Amy Jo Clark, Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB,, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:12:05 Listen here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR989 Trending stories […]

via the RSGB: Four countries add 5MHz band

Lots of news this week for the 5MHz band. Following extensive discussions with their regulator, Czech amateurs can access both the new WRC-15 60m amateur secondary allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz and their existing 12 60m channels. The WRC-15 allocation is available on an individual permit basis, with a maximum power of 15W EIRP. The New Zealand national […]

Man set up radio transmitter by ‘alien UFO base’ Area 51… what he recorded terrified him

AN AMATEUR radio operator who set up a transmitter near the secretive Area 51 base has captured this extraordinary sound on camera. Thousands of YouTube viewers have watched a man who has set up a radio transmitter within range of the top-secret military base in Nevada. He explains he has done it specifically to capture […]

via HACKADAY: Black Holes and the Elusive Mystery That Lies Within an Equation

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” This famous quote by Isaac Newton points to an axiom that lies at the heart of The Sciences — knowledge precedes knowledge. What we know today is entirely based upon what we learned in the past. This general pattern […]

via the ARRL: Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in Obtaining Radio Wireless Patch

The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio (SOAR), in conjunction with the Girl Scout Council of Southern Nevada, hosted a Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day on February 3 in Las Vegas, for more than 60 girls and their adult chaperones. ARRL began offering its Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program for Girl Scouts in 2016. The program defines the requirements for Girl Scouts […]

Four ways Ham Radio connects and inspires the world

Crew members aboard the International Space Station are able to communicate with students all over the world using the station’s ham radio, a radio that uses amateur radio technology to operate. Since its inaugural contact in 2000, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) project has been used to connect more than a quarter of a million students with the astronauts living and working aboard the space station, exposing […]

How Amateur Radio Played a Role in the Hawaii EAS Emergency Response

In the minutes after the false missile EAS alert was delivered in Hawaii, there was a great deal of general confusion — a lack of communication, general perplexity about the next steps, and phone call after phone call that didn’t get through to the right recipients. But one group in particular said it knew exactly […]

via the ARRL: USA ARDF Championships Set for June 13-17 in California

The 18th USA Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) will take place June 13-17 near Truckee, California, some 30 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada. The competition sites are at about 6,300 feet elevation near Donner Summit. An optional training day will be held on Wednesday, June 13. Thursday will be devoted to foxoring, a combination of […]

OneWeb spars with SpaceX, Boeing, SES and Space Norway over FCC coverage rule

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Federal Communications Commission requirement that developers of non-geostationary-orbit (NGSO) satellite systems provide full coverage of the United States to get market access has prospective megaconstellation operators pitted against each other. The FCC, in a notice of proposed rulemaking that closed Jan. 29, asked for input on whether it should maintain the […]

Berkeley neighbors seek to widen grassroots emergency radio system (California)

Berkeley is more prepared than many municipalities to face a major disaster such as an earthquake or fire, but until recently there was no infrastructure by which neighborhood disaster teams could communicate with each other if the power grid and internet went down. Now, an emergency neighborhood communications system has been set up by a […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Comments on Technological Advisory Council Spectrum Policy Recommendations

In comments to the FCC on a series of Technological Advisory Council (TAC) spectrum management policy recommendations, ARRL said that while some of the Council’s recommendations are valid, it would be “highly inappropriate” to generalize about applying them broadly in all radio services. The comments, filed on January 31, were in response to a December […]

via the ARRL: Dominica Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Cites Amateur Radio’s Role after Maria

A post-hurricane disaster needs assessment published this past fall by the Government of Dominica points up the significance of Amateur Radio’s role in the relief and recovery effort on the tiny Caribbean island nation in the wake of Hurricane Maria last September. It also calls for expanding the pool of radio amateurs on the island […]

via the ARRL: ES100-Prefix Special Event Stations Mark Estonia’s Centennial

The ES100 Project invites hams around the world to chase 15 different ES100-prefix call signs to celebrate Estonia’s centennial. The activity runs from February 1 until March 31. For awards, each contact counts two points for European stations and four points for non-European stations per mode and per band, with three award levels: Bronze for […]

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