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Wouxun KG-D2000 DMR HT Radio

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:49
Wouxun KG-D2000 DMR HT Radio

“The second model of DMR HT from Wouxun is dubbed the KG-D2000. Still a monoband UHF radio (VHF version might also be available) this DMR HT is very solid and has familiar programming software to those experienced in DMR codeplugs. Some of the features are limited on this unit, such as the number of channels and contacts it holds, but it is still a solid radio with great potential for Ham Radio DMR use.”

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Space Weather News | Orbit Outlook and Meteors 02.21.2019

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:42

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K3LR Talks RFI – Ham Nation 390

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 05:28

“Tim Duffy on RFI problems. Fixing RFI problems with Tim Duffy, go to a hamfest with Gordon West, true RMS vs. Average Voltmeters with George Thomas, Amateur Radio Newsline with Don Wilbanks and your chatroom questions with Amada Alden and more! Hosts: Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Amanda Alden.”

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Setting up a Buddipole Deluxe Kit in the Field

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 05:09

DESCRIPTION The Buddipole Deluxe Package includes everything you need for setting up an efficient portable antenna solution anywhere in the world in just a few minutes. The package includes the following custom components which all fit into the padded cordura nylon custom-carrying bag: Length collapsed: 24 inches (60cm)

Length extended (antenna): 16 feet (4.9m)

Power Rating: QRP to 250 Watts

Weight: 9.5 lbs (4,3 KG)

Coil Diameter: 1.75 inches (4.5cm)

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Updated TQSL configuration file released – LOTW

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 04:55

LOTW 

Updated TQSL configuration file released (config.xml v11.7) —

Config.xml version 11.7 has been released.

This is a update release containing additions made since the release of config.xml  version 11.6

Changed in this release: 

  • In the Satellite enumeration, added entries  for:
    • JO-97— Jordan-OSCAR 97 (JY1Sat)
    • FO-99 — Fuji-OSCAR 99 (NEXUS)
    • QO-100 — Qatar-OSCAR 100 (Es’hail-2/P4A)

The latest config.xml is available for download at <https://lotw.arrl.org/lotwuser/config.tq6>

Recent versions of TQSL should provide a notifcation that a new version of config.xml is available and offer to downoad and install it. 

Visit – https://lotw.arrl.org/lotwuser/default

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New Plan Aligns ARES with the Needs of Served Agencies

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 06:40

The new ARES Plan adopted by the ARRL Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in January represents an effort to provide ARES with a clearly defined mission, goals, and objectives; specific training requirements, and a system for consistent reporting and record-keeping. The Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) spent more than 3 years crafting the ARES Plan which, ARRL officials believe, provides a much-needed update of the program’s role in public service and emergency preparedness in the 21st century. Concerns focused on bringing ARES into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), and creating more consistent and standardized ARES training requirements. Given dramatic changes and upgrades in national, regional, and local emergency and disaster response organizations, ARRL faced a major challenge, said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chaired the PSEWG.

“If we didn’t address these issues, such as training standards and organizational management, ARES faced the very real possibility that it would no longer be viewed as a valid and valuable partner in emergency and disaster relief situations,” Williams said.

With input from ARES members and a peer review team, and the assistance of emergency response officials with some partner organizations, the PSEWG came up with a plan that provides guidelines to ensure that ARES remains a service of organized, trained, qualified, and credentialed Amateur Radio volunteers who can provide public service partners with radio communication expertise, capability, and capacity, Williams added.

A drafted ARES Plan was circulated among ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (ECs) to gather feedback. During the comment period from August through October 2018, the PSEWG heard from 55 ARRL Sections, representing 40 states — more than 125 pages of feedback in all. The PSEWG expressed appreciation to all who submitted comments and ideas.

The PSEWG reviewed every comment and suggestion, identifying about a dozen key items commonly cited by those in the Field Organization to improve the plan.

Based on input from ARES participants, the training requirements in the final ARES Plan consist of the free FEMA Professional Development Series. The series comprises these independent study (IS) courses: 120.c, 230.d, 235.c, 240.d, 241.b, 242.b, and 244.b (as they may be amended), as well as the ARRL’s EC-001 and EC-016 emergency communication courses. As part of adopting the ARES Plan, the ARRL Board approved a proposal to make the ARRL EC courses free for ARES members.

The plan highlights some additional training programs that ARES participants are encouraged to consider taking, but that are not required, such as AUXCOMM and training courses like ICS-300 and ICS-400.

The ARES Plan outlines a three-tiered membership structure based on increased responsibility levels and accompanying training requirements. Although the tiers are not a required path, they serve to define three distinct ways to participate in the ARES program; it’s up to the participant to determine his or her level of involvement.

The ARES Plan points out that public service events such as parades and marathons are within the realm of ARES activity and are, in fact, a key part of it, because such events are an integral part of effective training.

In recognizing the local and regional nature of emergency communication needs in disaster response activations, the Plan notes that training requirements are ultimately the responsibility of the Section Manager, with each SM approving training for local ARES teams, as local conditions and needs dictate.

The ARES Plan also highlights the relationship between ARES and the National Traffic System (NTS). The PSEWG indicated that it will continue moving forward with efforts to find ways to refine and strengthen that relationship.

While the intent of the ARES Plan is to align the ARES organizational structure with the NIMS and ICS systems, Williams noted that, within the ARES structure, the Emergency Coordinator (EC) will continue to lead the ARES team locally during an incident, while the District and Section Emergency Coordinators will continue to serve as resources and support for the EC. (The emergency preparedness staff at ARRL is in the process of updating the EC manual.) The ARES Plan stresses that ARES participants are not first responders, and it encourages ARES leaders to develop and grow their group’s partnerships with state emergency management agencies and officials. Williams said the adoption of the ARES Plan is not the end of this process.

“ARES cannot remain stagnant only to be updated once every few generations,” he said. “The ARES Plan, and the ARES program, must be able to evolve.” Williams added that the ARRL Headquarters emergency preparedness staff will review the program annually to ensure its continued relevance.

Source;ARRL

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MIT RADIO SOCIETY LECTURES ON RADIO TECHNOLOGY NOW FREELY AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 06:34

“Dr. Philip J. Erickson, W1PJE, is an assistant director and head of the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences group at Haystack Observatory, operated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since the late 1950s, MIT Haystack, located in Westford, MA, has used radio science to conduct frontier research into the properties of the near-Earth space environment, including the ionosphere, neutral atmosphere, overlying plasmasphere, and the magnetosphere that surrounds our planet.

Dr. Erickson is a licensed Extra class amateur and a member of ARRL, RSGB, the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club (NVARC), and the HamSCI initiative. He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and space plasma physics from Cornell University and is a member of both the American Geophysical Union and the International Radio Science Union.

Dr. Erickson is the lead principal investigator of a National Science Foundation sponsored UHF megawatt class ionospheric radar at MIT Haystack, and has authored or co-authored 75+ refereed articles in the areas of ionospheric and magnetospheric phenomena and radio physics. Dr. Erickson started his radio career with a random wire and a Hallicrafters SX-110 receiver, and enjoys 6 meter and HF propagation, QRP, EME, RF design, and digital weak signal modes. To find out more about Student Cable Video Productions and how you can participate, visit: sctv.mit.edu MIT Student Cable”

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KickSat-2 is Alive and Being Tracked

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 06:23

For the first couple of days after the 3U KickSat-2 was deployed from Cygnus NG-10 last November, nothing was heard from the satellite. But in a February 16 postto AMSAT-BB, Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, reported receiving several short and weak transmissions from KickSat 2 — short telemetry bursts on 437.5077 MHz. Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, is the principal investigator for the KickSat project, which NASA adopted as an official mission.

“Yes, KickSat-2 is alive,” Manchester told ARRL. “We have been tracking it since Thursday, [February 14,] and have been able to decode at least some packets. The signal is weak and we think the antenna did not properly deploy on the CubeSat.”

KickSat-2 is scheduled to deploy up to 104 tiny Sprite satellites into low Earth orbit. The Sprites then would transmit on 437.240 MHz at 10 mW, communicating with each other via a mesh network and with command stations on Earth. The Sprites, which are less than 2 square inches, are expected to reenter Earth’s atmosphere within weeks. Manchester did not indicate if attempts would be made to deploy the Sprites.

NASA calls KickSat-2 a technology demonstration mission that’s designed to demonstrate the deployment and operation of prototype Sprite “ChipSats,” also known as “femtosatellites.”

The FCC recently imposed a $900,000 penalty on a commercial concern, Swarm Technologies, for launching similar tiny satellites after the FCC had denied permission.

“These spacecraft are therefore below the size threshold at which detection by the Space Surveillance Network can be considered routine,” the FCC told Swarm Technologies.

Manchester had been trying without success to convince the FCC to allow him to deploy the Sprites from KickSat-2, but, apparently gun shy after the Swarm action, the agency denied permission at the last moment.

Once NASA adopted KickSat-2 as its own mission, however, the regulatory body shifted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the launch went forward.

In the Swarm Technologies proceeding, the FCC has argued that satellites smaller than 10 centimeters on any side were too small, although the agency has been accused of inconsistency in its approach to licensing small satellites. KickSat-2’s Sprites are 3.5 centimeters on the side and just 0.2 centimeters thick. Manchester’s 2014 KickSat was unable to deploy its Sprites before deorbiting.

The FCC issued an Enforcement Advisory last April to remind satellite operators that they must obtain FCC authorization for space station and Earth station operations. The advisory cautioned satellite operators and launch companies against proceeding with launch arrangements following a license denial or prior to receiving an FCC authorization.

Manchester is reported to be developing a plan to deploy a group of small satellites to survey the sky in the LF radio range, something that cannot be done from the ground owing to the ionosphere.

Source: ARRL

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Fake News: Belgian News Magazine Misrepresents Amateur Radio Numbers

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 06:09

The Belgian Dutch-language weekly The Sunday (de Zondag) recently reported incorrectly that just 153 Amateur Radio licensees existed in the country, dramatically proclaiming, “Amateur Radio permits have dropped drastically in 5 years,” and asking, “Where have the radio hobbyists gone?” The error was based on a misunderstood parliamentary exchange. The facts are that 153 new licenses were issued in Belgium last year, and that 4,702 call signs have been assigned to individuals.

The magazine’s subsequent correction accurately reported “about 5,000 radio amateurs” in Belgium, but introduced another error by stating that the number 153 referred to the number of radio stations (free channels). The story appears to have been pulled from the magazine’s website.

Elsewhere in Europe, statistics in France show a declining ham radio population there, with 13,126 licensees in 2018, a 1.2% drop from a year earlier. That compares with 19,540 hams in France in 1996.

Germany reports 64,476 Amateur Radio licensees in 2018, about the same as a year earlier but reflecting an overall decline. In 2000, Germany boasted 79,380 licensees. — Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News and other sources

Source: ARRL

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Amateur Radio is Aboard during Attempt to Become Oldest Circumnavigator

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:43

Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS/KC2IOV, is used to solitude. The lone 76-year-old yachtswoman passed the southern tip of Africa — some 300 miles to the north — on Valentine’s Day as she forged on toward Australia and New Zealand in her 38-foot sailing vessel Nereida. While underway, Socrates keeps in touch with a community of friends via Amateur Radio — although she had to yield to the ARRL International DX CW activity over the weekend — and she’s sticking to a schedule of 7.160 MHz at 0230 UTC daily. Socrates reported making contact with some ham radio friends on the US west coast on February 17. She’s been blogging her progress.

The retired math teacher and UK native also is no stranger to circumnavigating the globe, having already become the oldest woman to do complete a solo, non-stop, unassisted round-the-world voyage. Ham radio served as her link to terra firm during her earlier adventures. Since 2013, she’s made two additional attempts to become the oldest person to circumnavigate Earth, the goal she’s now attempting to achieve. She departed Vancouver, British Columbia, last October.

Socrates is working around a damaged mainsail. “We seem to be having many more days of light wind giving slow speed, than stronger wind giving good speed — need a wind of well over 15 knots and, preferably, for us to be headed downwind. Any upwind travel immediately gives poor boat speed — that’s when the damaged mainsail is badly missed,” she recounted in a recent blog entry. She’s been using the vessel’s trisail — typically used for high-wind conditions — because the Nereida’s mainsail repair was showing signs that it might not hold up in the wind. Socrates reports that she will continue to work on the mainsail as time permits. — Thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News for some information 

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FCC: Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Procedures are Now in Effect

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 05:21

The FCC is reminding electronic device retailers that Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) procedures are now in effect and being enforced. In an FCC Enforcement Advisory released February 15, the FCC Enforcement Bureau (EB) pointed out that marketers of RF devices may be subject to new compliance requirements provided in the SDoC procedures.

“In general, a device subject to SDoC is one that does not purposely transmit an RF signal for communications purposes, i.e., it does not send voice and/or data to a wireless receiver,” the Advisory said. Such devices are known as “unintentional radiators,” and most devices subject to SDoC are described in Sections 15.101(1) and 18.203 of the FCC rules.

Two separate procedures are in place to address equipment authorization of RF devices — SDoC and Certification. In July of 2017, the FCC amended some rules regarding the authorization of RF equipment, and those changes became effective in November of that year, with a 1-year transition period to phase out two equipment authorization procedures — Verification and Declaration of Conformity — and replace them with SDoC. The transition period ended on November 2, 2018.

According to the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET), the list of devices subject to SDoC covers “equipment that does not contain a radio transmitter and contains only digital circuitry — such as computer peripherals, microwave ovens, ISM [Industrial Scientific Medical] equipment, switching power supplies, LED light bulbs, radio receivers, and TV interface devices.” The OET said for equipment that contains both unintentional radiators and intentional radiators, the unintentional radiator portion generally may be authorized under either SDoC or certification, while intentional radiators such as radio transmitters, contained in the equipment are typically required to be certified. The OET notes, “Some unintentional radiators do require certification, such as scanning receivers, radar detectors, and access broadband over power line (Access BPL) equipment.”

In a separate Enforcement Advisory released on February 15, the FCC cautioned LED sign marketers to comply with FCC rules, noting that the EB has “observed a growing number of companies” marketing noncompliant LED signs. In general, LED sign panels are subject to SDoC procedures.

The OET said it’s not necessary that equipment authorized using the SDoC procedure be tested at an FCC-recognized accredited testing laboratory.

Source: ARRL

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MFJ-1936T GROUND ROD, W/CLAMP,+342T+WIRE BUNDLE

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:05

The MFJ-1936 is a HOT new product from MFJ for those who wish to be QUICK with their antenna set-ups! 

For those hams on-the-go to their next adventure or for those at home needing something stealthy and QUICK and easy-to-hide!

This is the MFJ QuickStik Antenna system. It consists of a durable four foot 3/8 inch diameter copper bonded steel earth ground rod, a 3/8-24 threaded HF antenna pipe mount with SO-239 connector for your coax run, and twenty five feet of counterpoise wire for coupling to the ground rod.

It`s super efficient and a very QUICK setup. Just set the mount, push the rod into the ground, add your antenna, counterpoise wire and coax and operate!!! Use hamsticks, telescopic 20-6 Meter whips, solid whips, screwdrivers, and even motorized screwdriver antennas if you wish.

The Copper ground rod is tough and will last for years of superior service. A pointed end makes it easy to push into the ground. Use it to help bleed off static and RFI and prevent RF hot spots. The wire coupler is built onto the ground rod, just unscrew and screw back for QUICK counterpoise adjustment.

The mount is tough aircraft quality aluminum and will hold up to a 1� pipe. The SO-239 gold-plated connector has a lock washer under the 3/8-24 connector. 

MFJ includes your twenty-five feet of coated wire for your counterpoise. All you
need to do is add your antenna and coax!!! 

$ 34.95 Each

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ANNOUNCEMENT – FTM-400XD/FTM-400D/FTM-100D PDN

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:25

Announcement about the new firmware release for the FTM-400XD, FTM-400D, FTM-100D mobiles radio and PDN functionality.

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Handy 5 Elements 1200 Mhz Twin Loop Portable Antenna

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 06:50
Description Overview It will be 5 elements twin loop antenna of amateur radio 1200Mhz band for mobile. Decomposed and we try to carry. Connector will be the SMA connector. Element is also assembled easily at the time of the movement are adapted to fasten with screws by hand to the boom. It is supposed to be used directly connected to the handy machine with a coaxial tube attached. 5  In this structure will have thought that limit since the previous weight becomes heavy. It will drop a little ahead at present. Material Boom will be in aluminum 8φ. It is about 24cm. Element uses the stainless steel strip of. Not affected by magnetic because It does not rust because it is stainless steel is not a magnetic material. It stopped using the crimp terminals. Coaxial tubes are manufactured in brass (nickel-plated). assembly Element has become to be able to remove it from the boom as shown in the photograph. Reflector from the first mounting the power supply unit during assembly, thank you like us to attach a wave guide. Each element it Yes and is marked in color. The element has the left and right. I think that you attached to match the marking of the position and the elements of the boom of the marking. Characteristic Depends on the environment but, SWR is approximately 2.0 or less in the band as shown in the photograph, the main neighborhood, we have production and adjusted so as to be 1.1 or less. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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News Amateur Radio is Aboard during Attempt to Become Oldest Circumnavigator February 18, 2019 in: News No comments

Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS/KC2IOV, is used to solitude. The lone 76-year-old yachtswoman passed the southern tip of Africa — some 300 miles to the north — on Valentine’s Day as she forged on toward Australia and New Zealand in her 38-foot saili... Read more

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Are We Entering a Maunder Minimum? [PODCAST]

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 06:15

ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen…and learn!

We are at the bottom of the current solar cycle, but what are the long-term prospects for improvement?



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ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 – 17 Weekend

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 06:04

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is planning another popular slow-scan television (SSTV) event in the wake of an SSTV experiment last weekend, during which signals were reported to have been weak. Even so, more than 5,500 images were submitted. Transmissions are scheduled to begin on Friday, February 15, at 0845 UTC and run through Sunday, February 17, at 1725 UTC.

“The ARISS team wanted to give the community another opportunity to download the SSTV images we developed for you, given the weak-signal situation that occurred last weekend,” said ARISS-International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. He clarified that the same 12 images transmitted last weekend will be used for this weekend’s experiment.

Bauer said it’s not entirely clear what caused the low-signal issue last weekend. “We believe it may have been either a loose feed-line cable or an antenna switch that did not fully engage,” he said. “Once the crew reset the system and checked the cabling and switches, the radio system started to perform nominally.”

ARISS-Russia team member Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, worked with flight controllers to schedule ISS crew time to configure the JVC Kenwood radio to support SSTV operations, which take place from the Service Module. SSTV images will be transmitted on 145.80 MHz using SSTV-mode PD120. These can be received using equipment as simple as a 2-meter handheld radio, a scanner that covers that band, or even an online WebSDR receiver. Copying the images is as simple as connecting the receiver’s audio output to the audio input of a computer running free software such as MMSSTV.

Transmissions will consist of eight images from the NASA On The Air (NOTA) celebration and four ARISS commemorative images. Received images can be posted and viewed online. ARISS offers an ARISS SSTV Award for those who receive and decode at least one SSTV image in the session.

As always, this SSTV event is dependent on other activities, schedules, and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time. Check for updates on the ARISS or AMSAT websites, the AMSAT-BB reflector, the ARISS SSTV blog, and the ARISS Facebook page, as well as Twitter @ARISS_status

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WWV 100th Anniversary Special Event Operation in the Planning Stages

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 05:54

It’s a celebratory year for the WWV stations. The fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget — once signed — will include full funding for the stations, which also mark their 100th year this fall. The WWV Centennial Committee has a tentative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to mount a special event station this fall adjacent to the WWV site in Colorado to mark the 100th anniversary of the time and frequency standard station, the world’s oldest continuously operating radio station. A memorandum of understanding is in the works.

Dave Swartz, W0DAS, of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) heads the committee, which is developing plans for an NCARC special event from September 28 through October 2, with a NIST centennial observance tentatively set for October 1.

The NIST budget for WWV, WWVH, and WWVB will remain level for FY 2019. With the funding suspense over, Swartz told ARRL, “our committee is moving forward.”

Swartz and committee members Darren Kalmbach, KC0ZIE, and Kevin Utter, N7GES, met on February 8 with WWV/WWVB/WWVH Station Manager John Lowe, WWV Electronics Technician Glenn Nelson, and WWV Chief Engineer Matt Deutch, N0RGT.

“This was the first meeting for the committee and the first to include NIST upper management,” said Swartz, who called the meeting “very productive.” Swartz said NIST management is “on board” with the celebration, and Deutch plans to attend Hamvention May 17 – 19 to promote the centennial event.

Although the US government cannot fund any Amateur Radio special event expenses, the club members will be allowed to use a 15-acre parcel on WWV property, Swartz explained on the WWV Centennial website. “The operating site lies outside the security fence and simplifies logistics,” he said.

Swartz hopes that other clubs in Colorado will be able to pitch in to make the WWV Centennial a success. The WWV Centennial Committee will meet again on February 22.

Source:ARRL

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US Amateur Radio Population Grows Slightly in 2018

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 05:44

The US Amateur Radio population once again grew by about 1%, based upon 2017 and 2018 year-end FCC database statistics provided by Joe Speroni, AH0A. The 755,430 total licensees represent nearly 7,300 more ticket holders than those that were in the database at the end of 2017. Nearly 51% of the Amateur Radio population in the US — 384,145 — hold a Technician license. Generals are second with 175,949, and Amateur Extras number 147,369. Advanced and Novice licensee populations continue to decline, with 39,607 Advanced and 8,360 Novices, as the FCC no longer issues Advanced or Novice licenses. A more significant statistic is 31,576 new FCC licenses last year, although that’s 620 fewer than came aboard in 2017.

“New amateur licenses granted by FCC are down 2% over last year,” noted ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, “but this is the fifth year in a row the total has been greater than 31,000. I predict that the number of new licensees will be more than 30,000 at the end of this year as well, and I’m optimistic this trend will continue.”

Upgrades also are down slightly, compared to last year — 9,456 in 2018 versus 9,576 in 2017, she added. “For the fifth year in a row, we have conducted more than 7,000 Amateur Radio exam sessions in a year — an important milestone for the ARRL VEC,” Somma recounted. “Our program continues to provide outstanding service to the ARRL, its members, and the entire Amateur Radio community.”

ARRL VEC filed a total 30,393 license application forms last year, compared to 31,014 in 2017. That includes new, upgrade, modification, renewal, and club station filings. At 7,035 in 2018, the number of exam sessions conducted by ARRL VEC marginally trailed the 7,075 held in 2017. ARRL VEC served 34,493 exam applicants in 2018, compared to 35,352 in 2017. Exam elements administered by ARRL decreased from 47,152 last year to 45,817 this year, Somma said. Nearly 1,800 new Volunteer Examiners (VEs) have been added to the ARRL VEC program.

Source: ARRL

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  Antenna Rotor Product Description INTRODUCTORY PRICE of $329.00 The Portable Rotation 12 Volt Ultra-Portable Rotor system, Model 12PR1A, has be... Read more

Antenna Lifting Kite May 13, 2015 No comments

  Antenna Lifting Kite One of the most enjoyable portable activities that you can do with the family or alone is using a kite-borne antenna. I ha... Read more

GB 8elm 144MHz Quad October 14, 2015 No comments

Details GB 8elm 144.300 MHz Quad for Horizontal or Vertical mounting Turning:1,80m ( 6ft) Boom:2,40m (7,8ft) Aluminium ( export model 2 parts) Wire Qu... Read more

Omni-Directional – Circularly (Mixed) Polarized Antenna for 144 MHz / VHF / 2 Meters. August 18, 2015 No comments

Introduction and Background This is an experimental project that may lead to further development in the future, but even as presented below, it does w... Read more

VHF Amateur Radio Praised Following Participation in Washington Interoperability Exercise April 21, 2016 No comments

Amateur Radio came in for high praise following its role in a March 30 to April 3 Washington National Guard interoperability communication exercise, s... Read more

Motorola Announces New Two-Way Radio for Use Extreme Conditions April 27, 2016 No comments

Motorola Solutions continues to design digital radio solutions for firefighters and has added the APX 8000XE two-way radio and APX XE500 RSM to its li... Read more

VHF and UHF FM Transceiver MT-777 April 19, 2016 No comments

Application   For on-site communications such as warehouse, manufacturing, hospitality, school and security occasion, etc.   Main Features   ■ 50 CTCS... Read more

SR10 – Bluetooth® Two-way Radio Adapter January 26, 2015 No comments

  The SR10 is a Bluetooth Two-way Radio Adapter based on Bluetooth 2.1+EDR technology. You can connect various two-way radio devices in the marke... Read more

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); News Amateur Radio is Aboard during Attempt to Become Oldest Circumnavigator February 18, 2019 No comments

Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS/KC2IOV, is used to solitude. The lone 76-year-old yachtswoman passed the southern tip of Africa — some 300 miles to the north —... Read more

FCC: Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Procedures are Now in Effect February 17, 2019 No comments

The FCC is reminding electronic device retailers that Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) procedures are now in effect and being enforced. In... Read more

ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 – 17 Weekend February 15, 2019 No comments

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is planning another popular slow-scan television (SSTV) event in the wake of an SSTV experime... Read more

WWV 100th Anniversary Special Event Operation in the Planning Stages February 15, 2019 No comments

It’s a celebratory year for the WWV stations. The fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget — once signed — will include full funding for the stations, which also... Read more

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Test Equipment Basics – Ham Nation 389

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 05:57

Relief efforts in Cuba, testing equipment, aurora updates. Coordinating emergency communications in Cuba, Dr. Skov with solar weather and an aurora update, testing equipment and building circuits with a rotary spot weld cutter with George, chatroom questions with Amanda, and more! Hosts: George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Amanda Alden

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); VHF DVMega and Pi-Star DMR Hotspot – Ham Radio Q&A March 01, 2018 No comments

“Don’t let the lack of a repeater keep you from playing with DMR or another digital mode. DMR repeaters are springing up everywhere. There are c... Read more

OM Power OM3006 50MHz 6m 3kw Linear Amplifier December 04, 2014 No comments

OM Power The linear amplifier OM3006 is designed for 50 MHz amateur bands from 50 till 52 MHz and all modes . It is equipped with a ceramictetrodeGU78... Read more

TH-D74 VHF/UHF Dual Band Handheld with GPS Webnair October 03, 2017 No comments

TH-D74 The TH-D74 is Kenwood’s latest hand held transceiver. It offers a wide range of features including digital (D-STAR), 2m/70cm analogue FM, APRS... Read more

BAOFENG UV-82 Dual Band Handheld Transceiver Radio Walkie Talkie January 25, 2015 No comments

    Description : BAOFENG UV-82 Dual Band Handheld Transceiver Radio Walkie Talkie The latest radio to come from Baofeng! This radio has upp... Read more

Show More App - Mobile Nifty app uses Morse code to send Apple Watch messages January 27, 2016 No comments

Although there are ways of messaging people with the Apple Watch — either with Siri dictation, or using pre-written responses and emojis — as far as I... Read more

Remote Vacuum Relay Switch, RK-314 September 12, 2016 No comments

Features       The RK-3xx series of switches uses vacuum relays. It is designed to switch coaxial lines in RF systems operating up to 5 kW continuous... Read more

HF Beam Antenna Calculator for Iphone and Ipad January 06, 2015 No comments

  Antenna Calculator The Maidenhead & HF Beam Antenna is a useful utility to calculate the the Maidenhead LOCATION as well as HF Elements’ s... Read more

NKCCluster 2.1 to be released very soon August 15, 2015 No comments

A new NKCCluster release is just around the corner: release 2.1 is currently undergoing beta-testing and, provided no last minute surprises i.e. major... Read more

Show More (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Antenna Handy 5 Elements 1200 Mhz Twin Loop Portable Antenna February 15, 2019 in: Antenna No comments

Description Overview It will be 5 elements twin loop antenna of amateur radio 1200Mhz band for mobile. Decomposed and we try to carry. Connector will be the SMA connector. Element is also assembled easily at the time of the movement are ada... Read more

Recent Posts Amateur Radio is Aboard during Attempt to Become Oldest Circumnavigator February 18, 2019 No comments

Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS/KC2IOV, is used to solitude. The lone 76-year-old yachtswoman passed the southern tip of Africa — some 300 miles to the north —... Read more

FCC: Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Procedures are Now in Effect February 17, 2019 No comments

The FCC is reminding electronic device retailers that Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) procedures are now in effect and being enforced. In... Read more

MFJ-1936T GROUND ROD, W/CLAMP,+342T+WIRE BUNDLE February 15, 2019 No comments

The MFJ-1936 is a HOT new product from MFJ for those who wish to be QUICK with their antenna set-ups!  For those hams on-the-go to their next adventur... Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT – FTM-400XD/FTM-400D/FTM-100D PDN February 15, 2019 No comments

Announcement about the new firmware release for the FTM-400XD, FTM-400D, FTM-100D mobiles radio and PDN functionality. Read more

Handy 5 Elements 1200 Mhz Twin Loop Portable Antenna February 15, 2019 No comments

Description Overview It will be 5 elements twin loop antenna of amateur radio 1200Mhz band for mobile. Decomposed and we try to carry. Connector will... Read more

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