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  • FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding
    on August 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called “small satellite” rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT. Both organizations filed comments on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding last year, seeking changes in the FCCs interpretations and procedures affecting satellites operating on Amateur Satell...

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on August 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, August 8 through 14.According to Spaceweather.com, 67% of the days so far in 2019 have been spotless, and for all of 2018 it was 61%. In the previous solar minimum in 2008 and 2009 the spotless days ran 73% and 71%, respectively.Solar flux has been minimal and unremarkable, with average daily solar flux changin...

  • 2 Meter Sharing Proposal is on CEPT Conference Preparatory Group Agenda
    on August 16, 2019 at 1:07 pm
  • FCC Staff Recommends Designating 988 as National Suicide, Mental Health Crisis Hotline
    on August 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and its Office of Economics and Analytics have sent a report to Congress that recommends that the Commission considers designating 988 as a three-digit emergency code for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The report, mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, finds that such a three-digit number “would ...

  • Chinese Satellite Profiles Earth’s RF Spectrum as Seen from Lunar Orbit
    on August 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    The Chinese DSLWP-B (LO-94) satellite that had been in lunar orbit provided a profile of Earth’s HF spectrum as seen from the moon. The microsatellite subsequently was crashed into the moon’s surface after having completed its mission. DSLWP stands for “Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder.” Among other things, DSLWP-B was designed to test low-frequency radio astronomy and spac...

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  • Yaesu 891 + WSJT + FT8 Digital on Raspberry Pi 4
    by qrznow on August 17, 2019 at 10:57 am

    The post Yaesu 891 + WSJT + FT8 Digital on Raspberry Pi 4 appeared first on QRZ NOW - Ham Radio News.

  • FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding
    by qrznow on August 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called “small satellite” rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT. Both organizations filed comments on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding last year, seeking changes in the FCCs interpretations and procedures affecting satellites operating on Amateur Satellite […] The post FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding appeared first on QRZ NOW - Ham Radio News.

  • 2 Meter Sharing Proposal is on CEPT Conference Preparatory Group Agenda
    by qrznow on August 16, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    The final European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) meeting prior to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) gets under way on August 26. Action at that gathering will determine whether a French proposal to have WRC-23 study sharing 144 – 146 MHz with the Aeronautical Mobile Service will be adopted […] The post 2 Meter Sharing Proposal is on CEPT Conference Preparatory Group Agenda appeared first on QRZ NOW - Ham Radio News.

  • Wouxun KG-UV980P Quad Band First Look
    by qrznow on August 16, 2019 at 11:31 am

    The post Wouxun KG-UV980P Quad Band First Look appeared first on QRZ NOW - Ham Radio News.

  • Australian Radio Amateur Reports First FT8 Contact on 122 GHz
    by qrznow on August 16, 2019 at 11:16 am

    In Australia, Roland Lang, VK4FB, and Stefan Durtschi, VK4CSD, completed what is being claimed as the world’s first FT8 contact on 122 GHz. The distance spanned during the August 11 contact was 92.08 kilometers (approximately 57.1 miles). Signals were –17 dB on one end, and –20 dB on the other. Earlier this summer, VK4FB and […] The post Australian Radio Amateur Reports First FT8 Contact on 122 GHz appeared first on QRZ NOW - Ham Radio News.