FCC Action Anticipated on ARRL’s “Symbol Rate” Petition for Rule Making

The FCC has put “on circulation” its decision on the ARRL’s Petition for Rule Making (RM-11708), seeking to change the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to delete the symbol rate limit in §97.307(f) and replace it with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz. Proceedings on circulation are pending action by the full Commission, although there is a cur...

03-May-2016, 23:58:00 (www.arrl.org)

Carole Perry, WB2MGP, to Moderate ARRL Hamvention Forums Focusing on Youth

Noted Amateur Radio teacher and mentor Carole Perry, WB2MGP, will once again moderate ARRL’s Dayton Hamvention® forums focusing on youth and youth activities. She will lead the League’s Instructors’ Forum on Friday, May 20, 10:30 AM-12 PM, and the Youth Forum on Saturday, May 21, 9:15 AM-12 PM. Among the Youth Forum presenters will be 9-year-old Hope Lea, KM4IPF, who will talk about her experie...

03-May-2016, 23:44:00 (www.arrl.org)

No Need for Panic Regarding Synthetic Aperture Radars on 70 Centimeters, ARRL CTO Says

A recent BBC news article regarding a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) contract award for operation within the 70 centimeter band has raised some concern within the Amateur Radio community. The contract to Airbus Space would involve determining the density of Earth’s forests using a P-band (432-438 MHz) SAR. That band segment was allocated for use by the Earth Exploration Satellite (Active) Servi...

03-May-2016, 23:40:00 (www.arrl.org)

Deadline is June 1 for US Radio Amateurs to Submit IARU Region 2 HF Band Plan Suggestions

The deadline is June 1 for US radio amateurs to submit suggestions to the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee regarding possible changes to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Plan. That band plan and other significant Amateur Radio spectrum issues will be on the agenda for the IARU Region 2 General Assembly in Chile this fall. The ARRL joins other IARU me...

02-May-2016, 19:06:00 (www.arrl.org)

ARRL Aims to Connect Engineers, Educators, Students at IEEE International Microwave Symposium

For the fourth consecutive year, the ARRL will be represented at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS). The theme at the May 23-27 event in San Francisco is, “Connecting minds, exchanging ideas.” The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society sponsors the conference and hosts meetings of its various technical committees. Dubbed “The World Series of RF,” the IMS annually attracts so...

02-May-2016, 18:45:00 (www.arrl.org)

Digital Mode Operators Invited to Take Part in 2016 Most Wanted DXCC Entities Survey

Digital mode operators are invited to participate in the 2016 Digital Mode Most Wanted Survey. Previously known as the “RTTY Most Needed DXCC Entities Survey,” the name has been changed to reflect current trends and to be more in line with the Digital DXCC award. Several entities at the top of the last list, compiled in 2011, have been active recently. More than 350 digital mode operators took ...

29-Apr-2016, 18:25:00 (www.arrl.org)

The K7RA Solar Update

At 0121 UTC on April 29 the Australian Space Forecast Centre released a geomagnetic disturbance warning for April 30 and May 1. Increased geomagnetic activity is predicted due to high speed solar wind coming from a coronal hole. There is a chance of minor storm levels.

Over the past reporting week (April 21-27), average daily sunspot numbers rose from 40 to 43.3, and average daily solar flux dec...

29-Apr-2016, 17:44:00 (www.arrl.org)

Ashfield Primary School, Otley

The next ARISS schools contact between Ashfield Primary School in Otley, West Yorkshire and Tim Peake on the International Space Station has now been confirmed for Thursday, 5 May at 0908BST (0808UTC). Listen for Tim calling “GB1APS this is GB1SS” on 145.800MHz narrowband FM.  
29-Apr-2016, 16:56:59 (rsgb.org)

Next Tim Peake contact confirmed

The ARISS UK Operations team is delighted to announce that the ARISS Schools contact between Ashfield Primary School in Otley, West Yorkshire and Tim Peake on the International Space Station has now been confirmed for Thursday the 5th of May at 0908BST. It will be a direct contact operated by GB1APS. The contact should be […]
29-Apr-2016, 15:28:08 (rsgb.org)