ARRL Takes Issue with NTIA’s WRC-15 Proposal for 5 MHz

The ARRL is taking issue with the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) stance of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with respect to an upgraded 60 meter Amateur Radio allocation. In response to WRC-15 agenda item 1.4, the NTIA has called for no change at 5250-5450 kHz. The League said in comments filed September 24 in IB Docket 04-286 that while i...

01-Oct-2014, 23:27:00 (

YLRL Stalwart, DXer Martha “Marte” Wessel, K0EPE, Low-Band DXer Pete Wessel, W0CM, SK

A well-known Kansas ham radio couple has died.

Martha “Marte” Wessel, K0EPE, of Liberal, Kansas, died September 23. She was 89. Her husband Walter “Pete” Wessel, W0CM, died 6 days later on September 29 at age 101. Both were ARRL members.

“Liberal has lost a YL legend and a lowband DX veteran,” said ARRL Honorary Vice President Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, referring to the couple.

Marte Wessel was on the DXC...

01-Oct-2014, 23:04:00 (

Past Sacramento Valley SCM, Santa Clara Valley SM, Pacific Vice Director Jettie B. Hill, W6RFF, SK

Long-time ARRL Field Organization volunteer Jettie B. Hill, of Roseville, California, died September 21. He was 93. An ARRL Life Member, Hill served as ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section Communications Manager (later “Section Manager”) from 1978 until 1982. He was the ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director in 1982 and 1983. Following his retirement in 1984, he relocated to Roseville and subsequently ...

01-Oct-2014, 22:51:00 (

ARRL Website Will Be Unavailable on October 3 Starting at 2000 UTC

The ARRL website is scheduled to be offline on Friday, October 3, starting at 2000 UTC. The length of the outage could run for several hours and possibly into Saturday, October 4. The ARRL IT Department will be performing maintenance in the process of testing and, if feasible, switching the site to a new server.

A “Down for Maintenance” message will appear for the duration of the outage whenever...

01-Oct-2014, 21:40:00 (

RSGB Outlines “New” Islands on the Air (IOTA) Vision, Seeks Partnership

Changes are in store for the Radio Society of Great Britain’s popular Islands on the Air (IOTA) program, as the RSGB repositions itself to assume a less-direct role in the award program’s management and administration going forward. The “New IOTA” will embrace the program’s international scope and likely include some online means of confirming contacts and claiming contact credits. For the time...

01-Oct-2014, 18:06:00 (

ARRL Again Asks FCC to Elevate Amateur Service 2300-2305 MHz Allocation to Primary

In comments filed in response to an AT&T Mobility Petition for Rule Making seeking a new air-to-ground communications system on 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Service (WCS) spectrum, the ARRL has once again asked the FCC to elevate the Amateur Service allocation at 2300 to 2305 MHz from secondary to primary. The Petition (RM-11731) asked the Commission to authorize an LTE-based in-flight conne...

01-Oct-2014, 17:57:00 (

PJ7PK – Guana Key of Pelikan, NA-247NEW

A team of five operators consisting Dom 3Z9DX, Jeremy EI5GM, Dave EI9FBB, Frans J69DS and Col MM0NDX will soon be on their way to St Maarten with the primary aim of activating Guana Key of Pelikan NA-247NEW. Approximate dates of activity are scheduled from October 6-10, but as with most island activations everything is dependent on calm seas and good […]
01-Oct-2014, 16:26:07 (

P40JW – Aruba

Jim, NT5V will be active from Aruba as P40JW between October 7-14, 2014. QRV on HF bands. QSL via H/c. FIRST FOR DX NEWS – DX-WORLD.NET
01-Oct-2014, 13:18:34 (

TX5Z – Austral Islands

REMINDER – Rob, N7QT will again be active from Raivavae Island OC-114, Austral Islands as TX5Z between October 3 – 13, 2014. QRV holiday style with primary focus on 80m/40m CW/SSB, digital. QSL via H/c. FIRST FOR DX NEWS – DX-WORLD.NET
01-Oct-2014, 13:00:58 (

3D2YA – Mamanuca Isl, Fiji

REMINDER – Akira JA1NLX will be active from Mana Island, Mamanuca group, OC-121, Fiji as 3D2YA between October 3-10, 2014. QRV on HF bands, CW/SSB/Digi. More info can be found here and here FIRST FOR DX NEWS – DX-WORLD.NET
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