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Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World

ARRL – Following a devastating 7.7-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on September 28, members of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society ORARI and other volunteers have been providing emergency communication for community and government interests. The quake and tsunami destroyed the city of Palu, completely cutting power and telephone connections, as well as the…

IARU Focuses on WRC-19 Preparation and Succession Planning

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on September 8 and 9, 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, immediately prior to the IARU Region 3 Conference. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers…

ARISS Packet System Revives

An Amazing Recovery: ARISS Packet System Revives ARRL – Similar to the AO-7 satellite resurrection several years ago, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet radio system on the International Space Station (ISS) has begun working again. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said over the weekend that reports he’d…

New FCC Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Published

New FCC Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Published in The Federal Register Reorganized and updated FCC Personal Radio Services (PRS) Part 95 rules have been published in The Federal Register. Among other things, the PRS covers the Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), and the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS). The revised rules allot…

NIST FY 2019 Budget Would Eliminate WWV and WWVH

UPDATED: White House petition setup. See below. ARRL – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2019 budget request includes shutting down “NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii” — in other words, WWV and WWVH. Radio amateurs, HF listeners, and others around the world routinely make use of the time and frequency…

4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Operation Could Resume

4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Club Operation Could Resume Later this Year ARRL – Outside of beacon signals, 4U1UN, the Amateur Radio club station at United Nations Headquarters in New York, has not been heard on the air since 2015, and only then under the commemorative 4U70UN call sign marking the UN’s 70th anniversary that fall, with…

Indonesia – Lombok Earthquake

IARU – As Radio Amateurs in Indonesia respond for the second time to an Earthquake in the Lombok area, please take care to avoid causing QRM to their activities on 7.110MHz and emergency activities on satellite IO-86. The second powerful earthquake inthe area killed at least 98 people and seriously injured more than 200 others. The…

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ARISS Packet Radio System Expected to be Back Late this Year

ARRL – The currently silent packet radio system on the International Space Station could be back on the air by year’s end. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) hardware team members have located an original duplicate of the packet module that had been in use on the International Space Station (ISS) before failing…

FCC Cites Baofeng Importer

FCC Cites Baofeng Importer for Illegally Marketing Unauthorized RF Devices The FCC has issued a Citation and Order (Citation) to Amcrest Industries, LLC(formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive Baofeng hand-held transceivers, alleging that the company violated FCC rules and the Communications Act by illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices. The FCC asserts…

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