3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island Updates its Progress

3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island Updates its Progress12/30/2021 Two new team members of the upcoming 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet have come aboard to replace, in part, three operators who have determined they’d be unable to make the trip — Sandro Nitoi, VE7NY; Laci Radócz, HA0NAR, and Dimtry Zhikharev, RA9USU. Joining the 3Y0J crew will be […]

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ARRL to Oppose Forest Service Administrative Fees for Amateur Facilities

ARRL to Oppose Forest Service Administrative Fees for Amateur Facilities12/24/2021 The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to implement a statutorily required annual fee for new and existing communications use authorizations to cover the costs of administering its authorization program. ARRL plans to vigorously oppose the imposition of the proposed fees on Amateur Radio. The Forest […]

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Observations of Over-the-Horizon Radar Interference in Ham Bands Top All Others

Observations of Over-the-Horizon Radar Interference in Ham Bands Top All Others12/15/2021 The volume of reports of over-the-horizon (OTH) radar interference from observers working with the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) dwarfs that of all other interference sources, the November IARUMS newsletter reports. https://www.iaru-r1.org/2021/iarums-region-1-newsletter-november-2021/ Nearly 800 OTH radars were observed during […]

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World Radio TV Handbook to Cease Publication

World Radio TV Handbook to Cease Publication12/15/2021 The EI7GL blog reports that publication of the World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH) will cease with the current 76th edition. For many years, the WRTH provided information about shortwave broadcast times and frequencies, but the number of listeners has dwindled as broadcasting has shifted to the internet. In […]

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November 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

November 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report12/08/2021 This is the November 2021 report of Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program activity. The VM program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. Operators in Ardmore, Tennessee; Lithonia, Georgia; Coconut Creek and Miramar, Florida, and East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, were issued […]

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ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, SK

ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, SK12/06/2021 ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, of Beaverton, Oregon, died on November 24. An ARRL Life Member, he was 84. An FCC engineer, Kane rose to the post of FCC San Francisco District Director and administered many ham radio and commercial license exams during […]

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Senator Blumenthal Supports Amateur Radio at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Senator Blumenthal Supports Amateur Radio at Senate Confirmation Hearing12/04/2021 Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) received an affirmative reply from FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel when he asked her to commit to providing his office “an update on the steps that the FCC is taking to support amateur radio operators.” The Senator posed the written question as part […]

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IARU Reports Another Over-the-Horizon Radar System is Under Construction in India

IARU Reports Another Over-the-Horizon Radar System is Under Construction in India12/01/2021 In October, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reported on the continuing run of over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) troublemakers that often cause severe interference on amateur radio bands — primarily in IARU Regions 1 and 3 but are audible […]

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Remembering Lou Arbanas

Remembering Lou ArbanasBy Suellene Petersen / K6CPA, PIC In the good old days before the current pandemic restrictions, my husband, Steve Petersen A6CP, and I were part of the Santa Cruz VE group which not only provided license testing but also had a teaching section which provided study sessions for licensing the first two levels. […]

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