New Life Membership

The Board of Directors of the ARRL have voted to create a special Life Membership option for individuals who are at least 70 years old. Beginning on 1st June 2020, the new ARRL Life 70+ Membership will be available to individuals who have turned 70 and have a combined 25 years of paid annual ARRL membership. Life 70+ Members will receive all benefits of an annual membership, including their cRead More…

HuskySat-1 (HO-107)

HuskySat-OSCAR 107 (HO-107) has been activated. It is now available for use and testing. HuskySat-1 is the first CubeSat from the Husky Satellite Lab at the University of Washington and the first mission with AMSAT’s linear transponder module (LTM-1), a V/u transponder and integrated telemetry beacon and command receiver. University researchers recently completed their Part 5 (ExperimentRead More…

Islands On The Air and LoTW

“Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd. is delighted to announce the implementation of the ARRL application which allows the use of QSO-matching via LoTW,” IOTA’s Roger Balister, G3KMA, said. “We wish to thank ARRL for having made their application available.” Roger stated that an initial list of operations extending from the arrangement with LoTW has been added to the IOTA database and these wRead More…

Retrieval of Titanic Marconi Wireless Equipment

US federal judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the US District Court in Norfolk, VA has ruled that the radio equipment onboard the Titanic is of historical and cultural importance, also that could soon be lost within the rapidly decaying wreck. The Judge has given permission to a salvage company to “minimally” cut into the wreck to access the radio room. R.M.S. Titanic plans to use a manned submariRead More…

6 GHZ band Unlicensed

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to approve the frequencies for unlicensed usage on the 6GHz band in order to enable operation for a proposed WiFi 6E standard. Until now this was a section of the spectrum in the USA which was used for licensed-only operations by entities such as telephone companies and utilities or cable TV relay links used by news broadcasters as mobile liRead More…

New Seal for the FCC

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is set to move to new offices and plans to change their seal to commemorate this event. FCC announced its move last year. The regulators new seal will be soon appearing on the agency’s website as well as its stationery, business cards and other materials.According to a recent FCC press release, this design pays tribute to various communications technologRead More…

Development of Remote Testing Methods

The Federal Communications Commission has clarified that there is nothing within its rules which prohibits remote examination testing for amateur radio testing. They have also clarified that no prior approval is required to conduct remote exam sessions. The following statement clearly addresses this issue: “The Commission provides flexibility to volunteer examiners and coordinators who wish Read More…