Tag: drone

Amazon wants FCC approval to test mysterious wireless communications system

A cryptic filing with the Federal Communications Commission reveals a plan by Amazon to test a new wireless communications system at its downtown Seattle headquarters and in rural Washington state. “Amazon seeks FCC experimental authority to evaluate prototype equipment and associated software designed to support innovative communications capabilities and functionalities,” reads the application for FCC […]

Illegal Drone Transmitters Could Interfere with Air Traffic Control, ARRL Complaint Asserts

In what it calls an “extremely urgent complaint” to the FCC, ARRL has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft and marketed as Amateur Radio equipment. In a January 10 letter to the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the transmitters use frequencies […]

Agriculture, public safety may gain most from UAVs (Tennessee)

It might not be a surprise to learn that in Music City the entertainment industry has embraced drones in a big way. But an industry trade group points to agriculture and public safety as areas prime for drone adoption nationwide. Rocky Davidson, contact person for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with the FAA’s Nashville district office, […]

via HACKADAY: HF-Powered Drone Antenna

Amateur radio has a couple of sweet allocations in the VHF bands, but because the signals don’t reflect off the ionosphere like shortwave signals, the use is limited basically to line-of-sight. One workaround is to use a repeater with a tall antenna, but that requires a lot of infrastructure or a mountainside lair. What if […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #912

Week of August 20, 2016 This podcast is suitable for air on amateur radio frequencies. Download Here: https://archive.org/details/TWIAR912HAM Here are the stories making news … This Week in Amateur Radio: Hams assisting with Louisiana flooding disaster Symbol Rate petition comments due to the FCC by October 11 Search is on for buoys transmitting on10 meters […]

via the ARRL: Woodpecker Antenna Becomes Drone Obstacle Course

Veteran hams remember the infamous “Russian Woodpecker” over-the-horizon radar that wreaked havoc on the HF bands in years past. Recently, Anthony Cake, HB9EIG/G1RUL (son of Brian Cake, KF2YN, author of ARRL’s Antenna Designer’s Notebook), journeyed to one of the antenna sites in Ukraine to use it as an obstacle course for drone flying. via American […]

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