An Odd Pandemic Victim

An Odd Pandemic VictimBy Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, PIC, Santa Clara Valley Section, PacificDivision It was Field Day Saturday when Steve, AC6P, decided to finish tilting up an HF tribander so that he could make lots of contacts. What is wrong with this plan? Well, Steve should have had at least one more guy to help […]

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Hurricane Watch Net Activates for “Catastrophic” Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Watch Net Activates for “Catastrophic” Hurricane Ida08/29/2021 The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is on Alert Level 5, “Catastrophic Response Mode,” as Hurricane Ida heads toward landfall on the coast of Louisiana today — the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — after gaining considerable strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The net, on 14.325 and […]

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FCC Grants Temporary Waiver

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions for Hurricane Ida Traffic Sunday, August 29, 2021 The FCC has granted an ARRL emergency request for a temporary waiver intended to facilitate relief communications in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The waiver was orally granted on Saturday, August 28, and immediately permitted amateur […]

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Pacificon 2021

Reminder:  Pacificon 2021 is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 15-17, 2021. Details are here — http://www.pacificon.org/ […]

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Practicing for Outages With Emergency Radio

Santa Cruz County ARES rehearses for 911 information relay points in case of Public Safety Power Shutoffs and other disastersBy Allison Hershey (KM6RMN), PIC, Santa Cruz County ARES People in the South San Francisco Bay area were caught by surprise when communications failed after a short time during early Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). Many […]

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Radio Club of Haiti President Reports

Radio Club of Haiti President Reports Significant Structural Damage from Earthquake08/17/2021 In the immediate aftermath of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on August 14, Radio Club of Haiti President Jean-Robert Gaillard, HH2JR, reported significant structural damage in the region. At this time, it is not known if amateur radio volunteers have been part of the recovery. […]

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FCC Application Fees Unlikely to Go into Effect Until 2022

FCC Application Fees Unlikely to Go into Effect Until 202208/16/2021 The schedule of FCC amateur radio application fees likely will not go into effect before 2022. FCC staff confirmed during a recent virtual meeting with Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) that the agency is still working on the necessary changes to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) […]

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ARUMS Intruder Watch Reports “Burst Signal” from China

ARUMS Intruder Watch Reports “Burst Signal” from China The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that in addition to the already well-known intruders, some new or rarely heard signals have been spotted, including a burst signal from an over-the-horizon radar (OTH-R) in China. The IARUMS July newsletter reported that this […]

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July Volunteer Monitor Program Report Released

July Volunteer Monitor Program Report Released08/12/2021 The July 2021 activity report of the Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program has been released. This program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. Technician-class licensees in Spring Valley, Smith River, and Nipomo, California; Oneonta, New York; Idaho Falls, Idaho, […]

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