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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 08:00

FCC Outlines Impact on its Operations of Potential Funding Lapse

ARRL News - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 17:48

The FCC said in a January 2 Public Notice that in the event of a continued partial lapse in federal government funding, it will suspend “most operations” at mid-day on Thursday, January 3. Some systems that have gone dark in prior government shutdowns will remain operational this time, however. That includes the FCC website, although it will not be updated except for matters related to spectrum...

FCC Reaches $900,000 Settlement in Unauthorized Satellite Launch Case

ARRL News - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 15:38

The FCC has settled an investigation into an alleged unauthorized launch and operation of small satellites by Swarm Technologies. The company agreed to a Consent Decree that included a $900,000 penalty, an extended period of FCC oversight, and a requirement of pre-launch notices to the FCC, among other stipulations.

“We will aggressively enforce the FCC’s requirements that companies seek FCC aut...

Saturday, January 5, is Kids Day

ARRL News - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:38

FCC to Suspend Most Operations on January 3, if Government Shutdown Continues

ARRL News - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:27

If the partial lapse in federal government funding continues, the FCC will suspend most operations on Thursday, January 3, at mid-day. At that time, employees will have up to 4 hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. Work required for the protection of life and property will continue, however, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds. In ad...

Reminder: Straight Key Night Gets Under Way on New Year’s Eve

ARRL News - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:22

Break out the brass and set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to take part in Straight Key Night (SKN). The annual event begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). Not a contest, SKN is dedicated to celebrating Amateur Radio’s Morse code heritage.

The idea is simple: Get on the air and enjoy casual CW contacts, preferably using a straight key (han...