Tag: ARRL

FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding

An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called “small satellite” rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT. Both organizations filed comments on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding last year, seeking changes in the FCCs interpretations and procedures affecting satellites […]

The K7RA Solar Update

No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, August 8 through 14. According to Spaceweather.com, 67% of the days so far in 2019 have been spotless, and for all of 2018 it was 61%. In the previous solar minimum in 2008 and 2009 the spotless days ran 73% and 71%, respectively. […]

via the ARRL: Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, Named as Honorary Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers

The Governing Council of India’s Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) has conferred its Honorary Fellowship on noted researcher Ulrich Rohde, N1UL. The IETE is a prominent professional society in the field of electronics, telecommunication computer science/engineering, broadcasting, information technology, and related areas. The Honorary Fellowship is accorded to an eminent individual in the […]

via the ARRL: Australian Radio Amateur Reports First FT8 Contact on 122 GHz

In Australia, Roland Lang, VK4FB, and Stefan Durtschi, VK4CSD, completed what is being claimed as the world’s first FT8 contact on 122 GHz. The distance spanned during the August 11 contact was 92.08 kilometers (approximately 57.1 miles). Signals were –17 dB on one end, and –20 dB on the other. Earlier this summer, VK4FB and […]

via the ARRL: Questions Raised About Current Process for Awarding the E.T. Krenkel Medal

Questions about how the E.T. Krenkel Medal is being awarded, including whether recipients have to pay a fee to get the medal, have been brought to ARRL’s attention. In the past, several prominent radio amateurs and organizations — including QST— have been awarded and received the medal without any advance notice and without having to provide […]

via the ARRL: 22nd International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Set for August 17 – 18

Amateur Radio operations at some 400 lighthouses and lightships will commence on August 17 as the 22nd International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) activity gets under way. Germany and the US lead the field in registered operations. New this year is the US Virgin Islands’ Buck Island Lighthouse, built by the Danish government shortly Denmark sold […]

via the ARRL: Chinese Satellite Profiles Earth’s RF Spectrum as Seen from Lunar Orbit

The Chinese DSLWP-B (LO-94) satellite that had been in lunar orbit provided a profile of Earth’s HF spectrum as seen from the moon. The microsatellite subsequently was crashed into the moon’s surface after having completed its mission. DSLWP stands for “Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder.” Among other things, DSLWP-B was designed to test […]

via the ARRL: FCC Staff Recommends Designating 988 as National Suicide, Mental Health Crisis Hotline

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and its Office of Economics and Analytics have sent a report to Congress that recommends that the Commission considers designating 988 as a three-digit emergency code for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The report, mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, finds that such a […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Board Pledges to Oppose French Proposal for 2 Meters

At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors resolved that “at the appropriate time” ARRL will oppose a proposal by France to include 144 – 146 MHz among spectrum to study for non-safety Aeronautical Mobile Service applications with an eye toward sharing the spectrum with the Amateur Services. The action came as the Board met July […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program Application Window Opens on September 1

Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between September 1 and December 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off […]

via the ARRL: Young Radio Amateurs from around the World Gather for YOTA Summer Camp

The 9th annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Summer Camp opened over the weekend with pomp, circumstance, and celebratory dancing. This year’s Summer Camp is taking place in Bankya, Bulgaria, under the sponsorship of the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA), Bulgaria’s International Amateur Radio Union member-society. After welcoming words from BFRA and IARU Region […]

via the ARRL: AMSAT 50th Anniversary Space Symposium Banquet Speakers Announced

Tickets now are available for the AMSAT Symposium Saturday evening banquet on Saturday, October 19. A panel of guest speakers will present “The Foundations of AMSAT” followed by a question-and-answer session. Guest speakers will include Lance Ginner, K6GSJ (Project OSCAR); George Jacobs, W3ASK (author, diplomat); Perry Klein, W3PK (AMSAT founding president); Owen Mace (Australis-OSCAR 5 builder); Richard […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1067

This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1067 Release Date: August 10, 2019 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and Fred Fittee, NF2F, and George W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:07:44 Download here: […]

via the ARRL: AMSAT and ARISS Designing Amateur Radio System for Lunar Gateway

Details are still being fleshed out, but AMSAT and ARISS are working on the design of an Amateur Radio system for NASA’s Lunar Gateway. As NASA explains, the Gateway “will be a small spaceship in orbit around the moon that will provide access to more of the lunar surface than ever before with living quarters for astronauts, a lab […]