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FCC Warns on Noncompliant VHF / UHF Two-Way Radios – Baofeng

QRZ Now - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 7:20pm
Bad news for Baofeng ?

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released an enforcement advisory, noting that it has observed that an increasing number of conventional retailers and websites that advertise and sell low-cost, two-way VHF/UHF radios that do not comply with the FCC’s rules. Many of the radios violate one or more FCC technical requirements, the commission said.

“Such devices are used primarily for short-distance, two-way voice communications and are frequently imported into the United States,” the notice said. “These radios must be authorized by the FCC prior to being imported, advertised, sold or operated in the United States.”

Some of the radios can be modified to transmit on public-safety and other land mobile channels for which they are not authorized…. READ MORE 

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FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY – [ Two-way VHF / UHF radios ]

QRZ Now - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:56pm
FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY – [ two-way VHF /UHF radios ]

“The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has observed that
a growing number of conventional retailers and websites advertise and sell low-cost, two-way VHF/UHF
radios that do not comply with the FCC’s rules. Such devices are used primarily for short-distance,
two-way voice communications and are frequently imported into the United States. These radios must be
authorized by the FCC prior to being imported, advertised, sold, or operated in the United States.1

Many of these radios violate one or more FCC technical requirements. For example, some can be
modified to transmit on public safety and other land mobile channels for which they are not authorized,
while others are capable of prohibited wideband operations.2
Such radios are illegal, and many have the
potential to negatively affect public safety, aviation, and other operations by Federal, state, and local
agencies, as well as private users. Because these devices must be, but have not been, authorized by the
FCC, the devices may not be imported into the United States, retailers may not advertise or sell them, and
no one may use them. Rather, these devices may only be imported, advertised, sold, or used only if the
FCC first has approved them under its equipment authorization process (or unless the devices operate
exclusively on frequencies reserved for amateur licensees or they are intended for use exclusively by the
federal government). Moreover, with only very limited exceptions, after being authorized, the devices
may not be modified. Anyone importing, advertising or selling such noncompliant devices should stop…”

Read More: FCC Enforcement Advisory DA 18-980 PDF

“Two way VHF/UHF radios may not be imported, advertised, or sold in the United States unless they comply with the commission’s rules”.

Digital Modes FT8 is exploding! – No Nonsense Amateur Radio Podcast #6 September 24, 2018 No comments

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FT8 Roundup contest to test WSJT-X (v2) September 21, 2018 No comments

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Dxing Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition to Offer Near Real-Time Contact Posting September 24, 2018 No comments

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News FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY – [ Two-way VHF / UHF radios ] September 24, 2018 No comments

FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY – [ two-way VHF /UHF radios ] “The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has... Read more

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Sweden’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to Require Fee to Run More than 200 W

ARRL News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:29pm

Effective on November 1, radio amateurs in Sweden who want to run more than 200 W PEP in certain Amateur Radio allocations will have to apply for a transmitter license to do so and pay a yearly fee. Sweden’s telecoms agency PTS has announced a modified listing of license-free transmitters that spells out the changes for Amateur Radio and other services. Sweden eliminated Amateur Radio licenses ...

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Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition to Offer Near Real-Time Contact Posting

QRZ Now - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:28pm
Ducie Island

The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition, on schedule to begin October 20, has announced that it will use DXA to post contacts on a near real-time basis. “Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, of Cordell Expeditions, offered the use of DXA, and we gladly accepted,” the DXpedition said in a news update this week.

“Within 60 seconds of your contact with VP6D, the browser page is automatically updated to show your call sign; this confirms that your contact is in the log (DXA reads the VP6D log). This process eliminates the need for duplicate contacts on the same band/mode and minimizes the confusion caused by pirates or other DXpeditions operating at the same time.”

The DXpedition leaders said they performed an end-to-end test of the DXA system, and expressed confidence that DXA “will significantly reduce, or eliminate, the hundreds of emails asking for ‘log checks.’ If you see your call sign on DXA you’re in the log.”

The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition will continue from October 20 through November 3. The VP6D team also plans to put Ducie Island on 6-meter moonbounce for the first time ever. Operation will be on 50.200 MHz using JT65.

Source:ARRL

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Digital Modes FT8 is exploding! – No Nonsense Amateur Radio Podcast #6 September 24, 2018 No comments

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Philippine Amateur Radio Association Activates HERO for Typhoon Mangkhut

ARRL News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:20pm

With Typhoon Mangkhut (locally Ompong) threatening, the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) at a Code Yellow level on September 12, per a declaration from PARA Chief Operating Officer Roberto Vicencio, DU1VHY. At Code Yellow, stations are advised to ensure that all equipment is operational, check backup power sources, and take any nece...

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Fifth Annual “Enigma Reloaded” Operating Event Set to Start on September 28

ARRL News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:09pm

The fifth running of the “Enigma Reloaded” operating event will begin on September 28. Sponsored by A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club, the event celebrates the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in World War II, as well as honoring the individuals who developed the device and contributed to its success.

Enigma Event 2018 takes place in two stages: from September 28 until October 5...

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Long Island New York Club Supports the Great Cow Harbor Race

ARRL News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:01pm

The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club (LARC) in Huntington, New York, provided communication support for the 41st Northport Great Cow Harbor 10K / 2K Run on September 15. The nonprofit event is held in cooperation with various community organizations.

LARC members provided communications from the starting point, at various positions along the course, and at the finish line. One LARC radio operator eq...

Categories: Amateur radio news

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition to Offer Near Real-Time Contact Posting

ARRL News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 2:52pm

The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition, on schedule to begin October 20, has announced that it will use DXA to post contacts on a near real-time basis. “Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, of Cordell Expeditions, offered the use of DXA, and we gladly accepted,” the DXpedition said in a news update this week.

“Within 60 seconds of your contact with VP6D, the browser page is automatically updated to show your ca...

Categories: Amateur radio news

FT8 is exploding! – No Nonsense Amateur Radio Podcast #6

QRZ Now - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 2:49pm

 FT8 is exploding! 1#popular HamRadio digital mode

 

 

 

In this episode of the No Nonsense Amateur Radio Podcast, Tom, KB5RF, and I explore the exciting developments in the FT8 world and speculate on what’s going to happen in the future with this very popular digital mode. There are lots of FT8 resources on the net. Here are some that we mentioned in this episode, plus a few more for good measure:

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OM-Power 4001A Fully Automatic HF Amplifier

QRZ Now - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 3:17pm
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CQ WW RTTY DX Contest

QRZ Now - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 10:05pm
CQ WW RTTY

Held each year on the last full weekend of September, the contest draws over 15,000 participants and over 3300 log submittals from around the world.

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Rules from previous years (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The 2018 CQ World Wide RTTY DX Contest

September 29-30
Starts 0000 GMT Saturday — Ends 2400 GMT Sunday

I. OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones, countries, and W/VE QTHs as possible.

II. BANDS: Five bands only: 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

III. CONTEST EXCHANGE: RST report plus CQ zone number of the station location (e.g., 599 14). Stations in the continental USA and Canada also send QTH (e.g., 599 05 MA). See IV.C.3. below.

IV. SCORING:

A. Score: The final score is the result of the total QSO points multiplied by the sum of zone, country and QTH multipliers. Example: 1000 QSO points * (30 Zones + 35 Countries + 35 W/VE QTHs) = 100,000 (final score).

B. QSO Points: Stations may be contacted once on each band. QSO points are based on the location of the station worked.

  1. Contacts between stations on different continents count three (3) points.
  2. Contacts between stations on the same continent but in different countries count two (2) points.
  3. Contacts between stations in the same country count one (1) point.

C. Multipliers: There are three types of multipliers.

  1. Zone: A multiplier of one (1) for each different CQ zone contacted on each band. The CQ Worked All Zones rules are the standard.
  2. Country: A multiplier of one (1) for each different country contacted on each band. The DXCC entity list, Worked All Europe (WAE) multiplier list plus IG9/IH9, and continental boundaries are standards for defining country multipliers. Maritime mobile stations count only for a zone multiplier.
  3. W/VE QTH: A multiplier of one (1) for each continental US state (48), The District of Columbia and each Canadian call area (14) contacted on each band. Please use only official U.S. Postal Service abbreviations to identify states (e.g., Michigan = MI, Massachusetts = MA, Ohio = OH, The District of Columbia = DC). Note:  Alaska (KL7) and Hawaii (KH6) are counted as country multipliers only and not as state multipliers. Canadian call areas (14 total) are as follows: NB (VE9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NWT (VE8), NF (VO1), LB (VO2), NU (VY0), YT (VY1), PEI (VY2).

V. ENTRY CATEGORIES:

A. Single Operator Categories: One person (the operator) performs all operating and logging functions. There is no limit on operating time or band changes. Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time.

1. Single Operator: QSO finding assistance of any kind is prohibited (see VIII.2).

a. High Power (All Band or Single Band): Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts.

b. Low Power (All Band or Single Band): Total output power must not exceed 100 watts.

c. QRP (All Band or Single Band): Total output power must not exceed 5 watts.

2. Single Operator Assisted: Entrants in this category may use QSO finding assistance (see VIII.2).

a. High Power Assisted (All Band or Single Band): Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts.

b. Low Power Assisted (All Band or Single Band): Total output power must not exceed 100 watts.

c. QRP Assisted (All Band or Single Band): Total output power must not exceed 5 watts.

B. Single Operator Overlay Categories: Any Single Operator entrant that meets the requirements may ALSO enter one of the categories shown below by adding the appropriate CATEGORY-OVERLAY line in the Cabrillo log file header. Overlay category entries will be listed separately in the results; scored as All Bands; and grouped by High Power and Low Power (includes QRP).

1. Classic Operator (CLASSIC): The entrant will use only one radio, no QSO finding assistance, and may operate up to 24 of the 48 hours — off times are a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged. If the log shows more than 24 hours of operation, only the first 24 hours will be counted for the overlay score. The one radio must not be able to receive while transmitting. Single Operator Assisted entries are not eligible for this category.

2. Rookie (ROOKIE): The operator was first licensed as a radio amateur less than three (3) years before the date of the contest. Indicate the date first licensed in the SOAPBOX field.

C. Multi-Operator Categories (all-band operation only): Any number of operators is allowed. QSO finding assistance is allowed. Only one transmitted signal per band is permitted at any time. Only one transmitted signal per band is permitted at any time.

1. Single Transmitter (MULTI-ONE): Only one transmitted signal on one band permitted at any time (run signal). Exception: One—and only one—other transmitted signal (multiplier signal) may be used, if—and only if—, it is on a different band than the run transmitted signal and the station worked is a new multiplier. The run and multiplier transmitted signals may each make a maximum of 8 band changes per clock hour (00 through 59 minutes). The log must indicate which transmitted signal (run or multiplier) made each QSO. The multiplier transmitted signal may not call CQ (solicit contacts).

a. High Power: Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts on any band at any time.

b. Low Power: Total output power must not exceed 100 watts on any band at any time.

2. Two Transmitters (MULTI-TWO): A maximum of two transmitted signals on two different bands may be used at any time. The log must indicate which transmitted signal made each QSO. Each transmitted signal may make a maximum of 8 band changes in any clock hour (00 through 59 minutes). Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts on any band at any time.

3. Multi-Transmitter (MULTI-UNLIMITED): The five contest bands may be activated simultaneously. Only one transmitted signal per band is permitted at any time. Total output power must not exceed 1500 watts on any band at any time.

D. Checklog: Entry submitted to assist with the log checking. The entry will not have a score in the results and the log will not be made public.

VI. AWARDS: A single-band log will be eligible for a single-band award only. A log containing more than one band will be judged as an all-band entry unless specified as a single-band entry. A Single Operator station must operate a minimum of 4 hours be eligible for an award. Multi-operator stations must operate a minimum of 8 hours to be eligible for an award.

A. Certificates: Electronic certificates will be made available for download for everyone that submits an entry.

B. Plaques: Plaques and trophies are awarded for top performance in a number of categories. View the current list of plaques and sponsors at www.cqwwrtty.com/plaques.htm. Only one plaque will be awarded per entry. A station winning a plaque will not be considered for a sub-area award; the plaque will be awarded to the runner-up in that area.

VII. CLUB COMPETITION: The club score is the total aggregate score from logs submitted by members. There are two separate club competition categories.

A. USA Clubs: Participation is limited to club members residing  within a 250 mile radius circle from the center of club area.

B. DX Clubs: Participation is limited to club members residing within EITHER the DXCC entity where the club is located OR within a 400 km radius circle from the center of club area (except for expeditions organized specifically for the contest conducted by members who reside within the club area).

C. General club rules:

  1. National organizations (e.g., JARL, REF or DARC) are not eligible for the club competition.
  2. Single-operator entries may only contribute to one club. Multi-operator scores may be allocated to multiple clubs as a percentage of the number of club members participating in the operation. The log entry must spell out the full club name (and club allocations if multi-op).
  3. A minimum of four logs must be received for a club to be listed in the results. Checklog entries are not counted for the club score.
  4. The word “reside” shall be defined as: To dwell permanently or continuously or to occupy a place as a person’s fixed, permanent and principal home for legal purposes.

VIII. DEFINITIONS OF TERMS:

1. Station location: The area in which all the transmitters, receivers and antennas are located. All transmitters and receivers must be within a single 500-meter diameter circle. Antennas must be physically connected by RF transmission lines to the transmitters and receivers.

2. QSO finding assistance: The use of any technology or other source that provides call sign or multiplier identification of a signal to the operator, other than a single-channel RTTY decoder. This includes, but is not limited to, use of a wide-band multi-channel RTTY decoder, DX cluster, DX spotting web sites (e.g., DX Summit), local or remote call sign and frequency decoding technology (e.g., RTTY Skimmer or Reverse Beacon Network), or operating arrangements involving other individuals.

IX. GENERAL RULES FOR ALL ENTRANTS:

1. Entrants must operate within the limits of their chosen category when performing any activity that could impact their submitted score.

2. A different call sign must be used for each entry. Only the entrant’s call sign may be used to aid the entrant’s score.

3. Do not exceed the total output power limitation of the chosen entry category on any band.

4. Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not permitted.

5. Remote operation is permitted if the physical location of all transmitters, receivers, and antennas are at the station location. A remotely operated station must obey all station license, operator license, and category limitations. The call sign used must be one issued or permitted by the Regulatory Authority of the station location.

6. Remote receivers outside the station location are not permitted.

7. Only one signal on a band is allowed at any time. When two or more transmitters are present on the same band, a hardware device MUST be used to prevent more than one signal at any one time. Alternating CQs on two or more frequencies on a band is not allowed.

8. All requests for contacts, responses to calls, and copying of call signs and contest exchanges must be accomplished during the contest period using the mode and frequencies of the contest.

9. Correction of logged call signs and exchanges after the contest, by use of any database, recordings, email or other methods is not allowed.

10. Call signs logged must be the same as those exchanged over the air by the entrants during the QSO.

11. Only 45.45 Baud. 170 Hz shift ITA2 mode is permitted,

X. LOG INSTRUCTIONS: Electronic submission of logs is required for all entrants who use a computer to log the contest or prepare contest logs.

1. The log MUST show the following for each contact: correct date and time in UTC, frequency (or band), call sign of the station worked, exchange sent, and exchange received. A log without all required information may be reclassified to Checklog. Contacts should be logged at the time they are completed. Stations competing for World and Continent awards must provide accurate frequencies for all contacts in the log.

2. Single band entrants are required to include all contacts made during the contest period, even if on other bands. Only contacts made on the band specified in the Cabrillo header or summary sheet will be considered for scoring purposes. Logs with contacts only on one band will be classified as single band entries.

3. The CABRILLO file format is the standard for logs. See www.cqwwrtty.com/logs.htm for detailed instructions on filling out the CABRILLO file header. Failure to fill out the header correctly may result in the entry being placed in the wrong category or reclassified as a Checklog. Note: USA and Canada stations must indicate the operating location in the CABRILLO header (e.g., LOCATION: OH); other stations indicate ‘DX’ (e.g., LOCATION: DX).

4. Web upload is the preferred method of log submission. Web upload is available atwww.cqwwrtty.com/logcheck/. Email submission is also available. Send to rtty@cqww.com in CABRILLO format. Include only the entry call sign in the “Subject:” line of the email.

5. Instructions for NON-CABRILLO electronic logs: If you are not able to submit a CABRILLO format log, please contact the Contest Director for assistance with submitting another format.

6. Instructions for paper logs: Paper logs may be mailed to CQ WW RTTY DX Contest, P.O. Box 1877, Los Gatos, CA 95031-1877, USA. Each paper log entry must be accompanied by a Summary Sheet listing all scoring information, the category of competition, and the entrant’s name and mailing address in BLOCK LETTERS.

7. Entry Confirmation: All logs received will be confirmed via email. A listing of logs received can be found atwww.cqwwrtty.com/logs_received.htm.

8. Log withdrawal: An entrant may withdraw the submitted log for any reason with 30 days of the log deadline. Contact the Contest Director for instructions.

XI. LOG DEADLINE:

1. All entries must be sent WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS after the end of the contest: no later than 2359 UTC October 5, 2018. Resubmitting an entry after the deadline will result in it being considered as a late log.

2. An extension may be requested by email to questions@cqwwrtty.com. The request must state a legitimate reason and must be received before the log deadline. Extensions are granted only upon confirmation by the Contest Director.

3. Logs submitted or postmarked after the deadline may be listed in the results, but will not be eligible for awards.

XII. JUDGING: The CQ WW RTTY DX Contest Committee is responsible for checking and adjudicating the contest entries. Entrants are expected to follow the rules and good amateur radio practices. Violation of the rules of the contest or unsportsmanlike conduct may lead to disciplinary action by the Committee.

A. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include, but are not limited to:

1. Arranging or confirming any contacts during or after the contest by use of ANY non-amateur radio means such as telephones, Internet, instant messaging, chat rooms, VoIP, email, social media or web sites

2. Transmissions by the entrant on frequencies outside of license limitations.

3. Changing times in the log to meet band change or off time rules.

4. Taking credit for excessive unverifiable QSOs or unverifiable multipliers.

5. Signals with excessive bandwidth (e.g., splatter, clicks) or harmonics on other bands.

6. Running stations not identifying in a timely manner (i.e., 1 minute).

B. Observer Program: The Committee request of any entrant to accept a visit by an observer during the contest. Failure to allow a Committee appointed observer full access to the station during the contest period may result in the entry being a Checklog.

C. Disciplinary Actions: In the event of a violation, the entrant is subject to disqualification at the discretion of the Committee.

1. Disqualified entries will be listed at the end of the published results and is not eligible for an award.

2. Notification of Committee actions will be by email to the address provided with the log submission. The entrant has five days to appeal the decision to the Contest Director. After that time the decision is final.

3. The Committee reserves the right to change the category of any entry based on its examination of the log or other information.

D. Log Checking: All logs are checked using custom software and human judgment.

1. Duplicate contacts are removed with no additional penalty.

2. Contacts with an incorrect received exchange are removed with no additional penalty.

3. Call sign errors (bust) or call signs not found in the other log (NIL) are removed and receive a penalty of two times the QSO point value for that contact.

4. Contacts that do not meet the band change rules for multi-operator entries are removed with no additional penalty.

XIII. DECLARATION: By submitting a CQ WW RTTY DX Contest log, and in consideration of the efforts of the CQ WW RTTY DX Contest Committee to review and evaluate that log, an entrant unconditionally and irrevocably agrees that he/she has: 1) read and understood the rules of the contest and agree to be bound by them, 2) operated according to all rules and regulations that pertain to amateur radio for the station location, 3) agreed the log entry may be made open to the public, and 4) accepted that the issuing of disqualifications and other decisions of the Committee are official and final. If an entrant is unwilling or unable to agree to all of the foregoing, the entrant should not submit the entry or submit the entry as a Checklog only.

Questions pertaining to the CQ WW RTTY DX Contest rules may be submitted by email to questions@cqwwrtty.com. Answers for many frequently asked questions can be found at www.cqwwrtty.com.

 

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The builder lets you select the precise cable type, length and connectors you want on each end. Mix-and-matching connectors is OK too! Also use the tool to create copper braid assemblies for your specialized grounding applications.
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