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Radio Amateurs to Swap Spots on International Space Station (ISS) Crew

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10:48

One radio amateur now onboard the International Space Station will be heading home on June 3, while another will take his place on the crew a few days later.

Flight Engineer Scott Tingle, KG5NZA, will join Expedition 55 Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Norishige Kanai in returning to Earth on the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft after 168 days on station. A few days later, another trio of sp...

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Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, Promotes Amateur Radio in Media Announcements

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:13

Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, of the Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public service announcements promoting Amateur Radio. ARRL will provide the 30- and 60-second PSAs to Public Information Officers (PIOs) to share with their Section’s television and radio stations. The ARRL Media and Public Relations Department also will provide these announcemen...

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South Africa Gets 100 kHz Band at 5 MHz

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:53

South Africa telecommunications regulator Indepdent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has included a shared 100 kHz wide band at 5 MHz (60 meters) of 5,350 to 5,450 kHz in its just-published National Radio Frequency Plan 2018, at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. The band is being made available on a non-interference basis. In addition, ICASA allocated a single channel at 5,290 kHz f...

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MARS Urging Members to Use Computers that are Isolated from the Internet

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:34

US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Headquarters is recommending that MARS members “migrate to stand-alone computer systems for [MARS] radio operations,” subject to the availability of a dedicated computer.

“These computer systems (or their associated local area networks) should be ‘air-gapped’ from the internet,” Army MARS Headquarters Operations Officer David McGinnis, K7UXO, said i...

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IARU Region 1 Editorial Sounds Clarion Call on Danger VHF/UHF/Microwave Spectrum Grabs

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:47

The chair of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) VHF-UHF-µW Committee, Jacques Verleijen, ON4AVJ, has highlighted extant threats to the Amateur Radio spectrum above 30 MHz. In an editorial that heads the latest edition of the IARU R1 VHF-UHF-µW Newsletter, issued on May 29, Verleijen invited all IARU member-societies to consider ways to “promote, defend, and use our frequen...

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ARES Activated in Eight Maryland Counties for Severe Flooding

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:54

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in the Maryland-DC Section activated in the wake of regional flash flooding on May 27. Hit especially hard was Ellicott City, where vehicles were reported to have been washed away by fast-moving flood waters upward of 10 feet deep. At least one person was reported to be missing.

“As many watched Alberto, radio amateurs in Maryland watched more a...

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