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Consent Decree, Forfeiture Terminate FCC Interference Investigation

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:35

The FCC has again used a consent decree to resolve an enforcement matter. The FCC Enforcement Bureau recently concluded a radio interference investigation with “a negotiated settlement” and $90,000 civil penalty. The case against AFX Inc. involved the marketing of unauthorized RF devices that interfered with AM/FM radio reception.

After the company’s NLL Series LED lighting fixtures were reporte...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Monday, May 29

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:00

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions on that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen for business on Tuesday, May 30, at 8 AM EDT. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Amateur Radio Panel Set during IEEE International Microwave Symposium

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:28

Aloha! Amateur Radio-related activities will be part of the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) June 4-9 in Honolulu, Hawaii. IMS is sponsored by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and is part of Microwave Week, when the IEEE RFIC Symposium and ARFTG Conference meet at the same location.

Rick Campbell, KK7B, will moderate an Amateur Radio panel, “Using Amateur Radio to Enh...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:00

“Flea Market Tips” is the topic of the latest episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel H...

Federal Court Complaint Filed to Recover Unpaid $11,500 FCC Fine in Amateur Case

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:27

The US Government has filed a civil complaint in Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to recover an unpaid $11,500 fine that the FCC imposed in a Forfeiture Order 2 years ago on Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The complaint was filed in Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on the basis of Crow’s residence. FCC records li...

Spring Section Manager Election Results Announced

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:11

Northern New Jersey Section ARRL members have elected a new Section Manager, while members in Utah have re-elected their Section Manager for another 2-year term. Ballots for contested seats in the spring election cycle were counted on May 23 at ARRL Headquarters.

In Northern New Jersey, Rob Roschewsk, KA2PBT, of Washington, outpolled incumbent SM Steve Ostrove, K2SO, 399 to 307 votes.

Roschewsk h...

Case Western Honors David Kazdan, AD8Y, for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:36

At its May 21 commencement ceremonies, Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) honored ARRL member David Kazdan, AD8Y, with the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. A retired anesthesiologist and virtual renaissance man, Kazdan has leveraged his passion for Amateur Radio in his Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) course. SAGES classes st...

ISS Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, K2FSH, Conclude Spacewalk

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:31

International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, K2FSH (ex-KG5FYH), undertook a nearly 3-hour spacewalk to replace a faulty computer relay box and install a set of antennas to enhance radio communication on future spacewalks. This 10th spacewalk for Whitson moves her into 3rd place all-time for cumulative spacewalking time. Th...

FCC Issues Notice of Unlicensed Operation in Public Safety Interference Complaint:

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:44

The FCC has issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NUO) to a Texas man for causing interference to a VHF public safety communications system in Dallas County. The FCC Enforcement Bureau issued the Notice to Bradley C. Pike of Dallas on May 17.

On April 3, agents from the FCC’s Dallas Enforcement Bureau Office responded to a complaint from Dallas County Consolidated Services regarding interfer...

K1IG Wins the May 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:14

The winning article for the May 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Increase Your CW Speed with Wordsworth” by George Allison, K1IG. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the June issue today.

Low-Power Broadcasting Proponent Nick Leggett, N3NL, SK

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 08:44

ARRL has learned that Nickolaus Leggett, N3NL, an early low-power FM (LPFM) broadcasting proponent, civil libertarian, and inveterate commenter in a variety of FCC proceedings over the years, died on April 26 after a long illness. An ARRL member, he was 72. Hardly any FCC petition or proceeding escaped his attention, and Leggett often was listed among those who had expressed their opinions. A r...

Dayton Hamvention Update - Sunday

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:30

Sunday, the third and final day of the 2017 Hamvention, was overcast and cool, with an easy ride into the fairgrounds.

As is often the case on the final day, the crowd was smaller. It was clear that the people who were there, were happy to be there.

One of the things that pleased attendees was Hamvention food. Over the course of the weekend, many Hamvention attendees commented on the variety of f...

CQ Announces Hall of Fame Honorees for 2017

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 22:00

CQ magazine has announced the induction of new members to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, and the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame nominees are traditionally announced each spring in conjunction with Hamvention®.

CQ DX Hall of Fame

Bill Moore, NC1L (SK): ARRL DXCC Manager for more than 20 years, Bill Moore provided a public face for the program at hamfests around t...

Dayton Hamvention Update - Saturday

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:14

The traffic issues that plagued the first morning of the 2017 Hamvention were nowhere to be seen on Saturday morning, as attendees reported an easy ride to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center for the second day of Hamvention. 


The ARRL EXPO booth was busy as soon as the show opened at 9 AM, with convention-goers streaming in from the overcast, cool outdoors to peruse the various offeri...

Dayton Hamvention Update - Friday

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:57

Ham traffic jams were the order of the day as the 2017 Hamvention opened at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio this morning. Convention-goers eager to experience Hamvention's new venue waited in traffic for up to 2 hours.

The weather on Friday was slightly overcast and humid, with an occasional breeze as Hamvention attendees perused exhibits in several large halls named aft...

Ned Stearns, AA7A, Elected as Southwestern Division Vice Director

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 17:50

Edward J. “Ned” Stearns, AA7A, is the once-and-future Vice Director of the ARRL Southwestern Division. Stearns, of Scottsdale, Arizona, served earlier as Southwestern Division Vice Director in 2005-2006. He topped the field of three candidates after ballots were counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters and will succeed Marty Woll, N6VI, who decided not to run for another term after serving since ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 05:50

The Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic warning at 0301 UTC on May 19:

”Geomagnetic conditions may rise to minor storm levels late on 19 May. Geomagnetic activity is expected to remain enhanced to active to minor storm levels with some major storm periods on 20 May. Mostly unsettled to active levels of geomagnetic activity may be expected on 21 May with the possibility ...

Suquamish Tribe Hosts Regional Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:55

The Suquamish Tribe hosted the 14th annual Regional Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference May 1-3 at the Port Madison Indian Reservation at Agate Pass on Puget Sound, Washington. Radio amateurs from Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona contributed to the success of this conference. The event was sponsored by the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC).

Kitsap Count...

Missing Issues of Morsum Magnificat Now Available for Free Download

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:43

All copies of the English-language version of Morsum Magnificat, the Morse Magazine, are now available for free download from the website of Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO. This includes the 89 issues published from 1986 to 2004. Mike Feher, N4FS, was able to provide the missing editions, which Randy Cole, KN6W, scanned for viewing. The 89 issues of Morsum Magnificat contain more than 4,000 printed pag...

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