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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 8:00am

“Volt-Ohm Meters” is the topic of the new (September 27) 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 hims...

Categories: Amateur radio news

The Real FT8, JT65, and JT9 Signal-to-Noise Ratio Revealed

QRZ Now - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 6:22pm
SNR –  Signal-to-Noise Ratio

From the 2018 TAPR Digital Communications Conference, we learn about a true measurement of signal to noise ratio on some of the most popular HF Digital modes.

Signal-to-noise ratio (abbreviated SNR or S/N) is a measure used in science and engineering that compares the level of a desired signal to the level of background noise. SNR is defined as the ratio of signal power to the noise power, often expressed in decibels. A ratio higher than 1:1 (greater than 0 dB) indicates more signal than noise.

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New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 ! September 20, 2018 No comments

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“ Volt-Ohm Meters ” – The Doctor Will See You Now! [ ARRL Podcast ] September 27, 2018 No comments

Volt-Ohm Meters These meters have been around for decades and remain one of most useful pieces of test equipment you can own. “Volt-Ohm Meters” is the... Read more

The Real FT8, JT65, and JT9 Signal-to-Noise Ratio Revealed September 26, 2018 No comments

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ARRL Releases Limited Edition 2019 Handbook Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set September 26, 2018 No comments

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ARRL Releases Limited Edition 2019 Handbook Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set

QRZ Now - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 1:25pm
ARRL Handbook 2019 (Boxed Set)

The 2019 edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications now is available as a six-volume boxed set in a handsome hard slipcase in addition to the traditional, soft-cover print edition.

“For many years, users have suggested that the Handbook would be easier to read and browse if it were divided into more manageable volumes,” said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “We did it! This is the first-ever ARRL Handbook in a multi-volume set. This means you can grab just the volume you need without having to retrieve the entire Handbook. It’s one of the biggest improvements we’ve made to The Handbook in decades.” The six volumes are divided by major topic areas:

  • Volume 1: Introduction and Fundamental Theory
  • Volume 2: Practical Design and Principles — Part 1
  • Volume 3: Practical Design and Principles — Part 2
  • Volume 4: Antenna Systems and Radio Propagation
  • Volume 5: Equipment Construction and Station Accessories
  • Volume 6: Test Equipment, Troubleshooting, RFI and Index

Since its first edition in 1926, The Handbook has been a trusted Amateur Radio mainstay — a comprehensive reference and guide to the understanding and practice of radio communication, electronics, and wireless technology. Key topics include electronics theory and principles, circuit design and equipment, radio signal transmission and propagation, digital and analog modulation and protocols, antennas and transmission lines, and construction practices. The Handbook is updated every year, and this new edition includes many new projects and topics. These include:

  • A simple SLA float charger project by John Boal, K9JEB
  • Amateur Radio data platforms by Paul Verhage, KD4STH and Bill Brown, WB8ELK
  • The latest information on the WSJT-X digital suite by the WSJT Development Team
  • Filter and circuit design software by Tonne Software and Jim Tonne, W4ENE
  • Low-noise VHF and UHF oscillators by Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, and Ajay Poddar, AC2KG
  • Update on Solar Cycle 24 by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
  • Updated SSTV practices and technology by Larry Peterson, WA9TT
  • Designing dual-band loaded dipoles by David Birnbaum, K2LYV
  • Latest transceiver survey by Joel Hallas, W1ZR
  • Updated component tables
  • State-of-the-art guidelines for SDR (software-defined radio) design.

Both editions include a unique download code, so you can download and install a fully searchable digital edition of the printed book, as well as expanded supplemental content, software, PC board templates, and other support files.

The Handbook Six-Volume Boxed Set, ARRL Item No 0895, ISBN 978-1-62595-089-5, is $64.95 retail. The Handbook soft-cover edition, ARRL Item No 0888, ISBN 978-1-62595-088-8, is $49.95 retail. Order from the ARRL Store, from your ARRL Dealer, or call (860) 594-0355 or, toll-free in the US, (888) 277-5289. Shipping in early October!

The Handbook Kindle edition comes in six separate volumes, automatically delivered to your Kindle, starting on October 8, $9.99 per volume (Vol 1Vol 2Vol 3Vol 4Vol 5Vol 6).

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

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WSJT-X Version 2.0.0-rc1 Released – Download FT8 September 17, 2018 No comments

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KE4PT and W4RQ Win the September QST Cover Plaque Award September 11, 2018 No comments

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Attic Mounted HF Loop Antenna In HOA, Does It Work? September 08, 2018 No comments

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News Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami September 30, 2018 No comments

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The Real FT8, JT65, and JT9 Signal-to-Noise Ratio Revealed September 26, 2018 No comments

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ARRL Releases Limited Edition 2019 Handbook Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set

ARRL News - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 12:35pm

The 2019 edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications now is available as a six-volume boxed set in a handsome hard slipcase in addition to the traditional, soft-cover print edition.

“For many years, users have suggested that the Handbook would be easier to read and browse if it were divided into more manageable volumes,” said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “We did it! Th...

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NVIS Antennas – DXE-NVIS-8040S – DX Engineering

QRZ Now - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 8:27am
NVIS Antennas Antenna, Short Dual Dipole, Portable, NVIS, 80 and 40 Meters Dual Band, Kit  

Wire Antenna Band 80 meters 40 meters

DX Engineering 8040 NVIS Antennas: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) is a propagation mode which uses high-angle radiation that sends signals almost straight up! They are then reflected back to Earth for very effective short to medium distance communications that works virtually every day and every evening. 

NVIS dipoles are almost omnidirectional and height is not a requirement. 

These 80 and 40 meter wire antennas work very well with their feedpoint at only 15 feet above the ground, supported by the included mast. The support ropes tied to the wire dipole end- insulators are used as guys for the support mast, and are secured to the ground with tent stakes!

DXE-NVIS-8040S and the DXE-NVIS-8040 antenna kits are complete with everything required; the fiberglass mast (four, 4 ft. sections that extend to 15 ft.), a COMTEK COM-BAL-11150T balun, a balun mounting kit, coax strain relief bracket, antenna wire, insulators, four stakes, rope, and a 100 ft. RG-8X coax assembly with PL-259s! The four legs of the antenna, each deployed 90 degrees apart, provide the mast guying. 

The DXE-NVIS-8040S is a shortened NVIS wire antenna kit version that features loading coils to make the 80 meter dipole legs the same length as the 40 meter dipole legs, 34 ft., so this antenna fits into a square area that is only about 50 ft. by 50 ft. 

The DXE-NVIS-8040 is full size, with 67 ft. wire dipole antenna legs for 80 meters and 34 ft. legs for 40 meters and it fits into a rectangular area approximately 100 ft. by 50 ft. 

NVIS rarely works at frequencies outside the range of 2 MHz to 10 MHz. The signal must penetrate the D layer of the ionosphere and bounce off the F layer. Signals on frequencies below 2 MHz will not penetrate the D layer; frequencies higher than 10 MHz will not bounce off the F layer at these sharp angles, they penetrate and continue out into space.

Regular-height dipoles or vertical antennas have a lower take off angle and your signal may be heard three states away, but not in your own state due to the “skip zone.” This skip zone is the area between the maximum ground wave distance and the shortest sky wave distance where no communications are possible. Depending on operating frequencies, antennas, their height above ground and propagation conditions, this skip zone can start at roughly 10 to 20 miles away and extend out to several hundred miles.

NVIS mode of operation makes it ideal for in-state and next state communications during disasters or other emergency situations. The military has used NVIS techniques for decades to provide short haul communication with other units on the ground. This is why these antennas are ideal for round-table gatherings with regional ham friends on 40 and 80 meters, day to day and night after night.

These antennas are easy to deploy and are great for camping, RVs, QRP, ARES, EMCOMM, SPOTA and any other use where short range HF operation on 80 or 40 meters is desirable. They are actually pretty stealthy, too! Due to their near vertical radiation, NVIS dipoles are almost omnidirectional. They even have a legal-limit power rating!

Remember, Amateur Radio operators look to 80 and 40 meters for short skip NVIS operations. Order DX Engineering 8040 NVIS Antennas and fill in the skip zone!

$430.64

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Overview of the Kenwood TH-D74A

QRZ Now - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 8:42pm
Kenwood TH-D74A

144/220/430 MHz TRIBANDER. Triband Amateur radio packed with convenient features and the advantage of a digital transceiver with D-STAR, and APRS support. Featuring a color transflective TFT display that offers excellent visibility during the day or at night. Built-in GPS and Bluetooth support, as well as Micro USB and microSD/ SDHC. This radio is ready to harness the exciting developments in radio communications.

Kenwood TH-D74A
  • – Compatible with the APRS communication protocol, for real-time two-way data transmission using packet communications. This stand-alone device enables the enjoyment of communications through a variety of features, including sharing of local and GPS positional information, and message exchange.
  • – Other station positional information, weather station information
  • – Station list, object compatibility
  • – Messaging functionality
  • – QSY Functionality
  • – KISS mode TNC
  • – APRS menu settings
  • – Compatible with D-STAR, the amateur radio communications network that has voice mode and data mode. Both local and international communications are possible through diverse operations including simplex communications, single repeater relay communications, and inter-repeater gateway communications.
  • – DV fast data mode
  • – Simple operation in DR (D-STAR repeater) mode
  • – Setting via the digital function menu
  • – Easily updated repeater list
  • – Kenwood proprietary sound
  • – Compatible with wideband and multimode reception
  • – Built-in IF receive filter
  • – IF output mode
  • – High-performance DSP voice processing
  • – Visibility display and user-friendly operation
  • – Tough weatherproofing meeting IEC 529 IP-54/ 55 standards
  • – Easily understandable pop-up screens
  • – Dual frequency reception (VxV, UxU, and VxU functions)
  • – Micro USB (Serial, Mass Storage Class, USB Audio) to enable use of external decoding software Bluetooth (SPP, HSP) support
  • – External Decode function (PC Decode 12kHz IF output, BW: 15 kHz)
  • – Voice Recording (Files size up to microSD memory capacity)
  • – CSV Data Import / Export, (Digital Repeater List, Callsign, List_Digital)
  • – GPS Logger mode (Un-limited Number of Data stored to microSD memory)
Kenwood TH-D74A price

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RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program – Applications Open for 2019

QRZ Now - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 7:32pm
Radio Amateurs of Canada

is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from Amateur Radio clubs across the country for our Liability Insurance Program for 2019.

RAC runs the RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program each year to provide Canadian Amateur Radio clubs with liability insurance coverage – often needed by clubs in order to operate in public venues or for public events – at rates well below standard commercial coverage packages. In addition, all RAC members who are also members of participating clubs will see the liability coverage extended, automatically and at no charge, to their own individual Amateur Radio activities.

There are no major limitations or restrictions to which clubs may apply to the program, but they must be an incorporated club within Canada and be either affiliated with RAC or be willing to affiliate as part of the application process. Note: for a list of RAC Affiliated Clubs please visit: https://wp.rac.ca/affiliated-club-listing/

More information about the RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program – including details of coverage, fee calculations and a step-by-step description of the application process for new clubs – can be found on the RAC website at: https://wp.rac.ca/insurance.

Clubs that are not currently participating and are interested in more information about the costs of the program may contact the RAC office and provide information about their club for an estimate of the potential fees. The RAC Office may be reached via email at racgm@rac.ca or by calling the toll free number 1-877-273-8304. RAC Office hours are 10 am to 4 pm, Eastern Time, every weekday.

Applications are open now and RAC will continue to accept applications throughout 2019. Please note that if your club requires official documentation by January 1, 2019, then the application should be submitted either physically or electronically to the RAC office by December 15, 2018.

If you or a member of your club have any further questions about the insurance program, please feel free to contact the RAC Office for assistance. Thank you!

Radio Amateurs of Canada
Suite 217, 720 Belfast Road
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5
T. 1-877-273-8304
E. racgm@rac.ca

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QRZ Now - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 5:16pm
Sweden’s Telecommunications Regulatory

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 in 2004, and Amateur Radio in Sweden is “permission free,” but prospective radio amateurs still must pass an examination. A certificate and a call sign, valid for life, are issued without any future fees. Up until now, the maximum permitted power on most HF bands has been 1 kW with no additional authorization required.

“It will be interesting to see how many active [Swedish] operators will apply for high-power permits,” said Henryk Kotowski, SM0JHF, who alerted ARRL to the release of the official PTS order. “I will not. There is a general trend to use less power and smarter, efficient modes.”

Under the amended regulations, radio amateurs would have to apply for permission to run more than 200 W on 160 (1,810 – 1,850 kHz only), 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and 2 meters, as well as 70 centimeters, and the 1.2, 5.6, 10, 24, 47 GHz, and higher Amateur Radio allocations.

Power restrictions would continue to apply on the 2,200 and 630-meter bands (1 W ERP), on certain segments of 160 meters, and on 60 meters (15 W EIRP), 30 meters (150 W PEP), and 6 meters (200 W PEP). The new regulations would require contesting and moonbounce enthusiasts to register their fixed installations in order to use a high-power amplifier. The annual fee to operate with more than 200 W PEP would be approximately $32 US.

Permits will be issued for 3 years and renewed automatically, assuming the conditions for granting the permit are still met and complies with all rules. Individuals or clubs may register up to five different fixed locations.

The PTS agency has published a summary of the new regulations (in Swedish). 

Source:ARRL

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WSJT-X 2.0 Release Candidate 2 – Download WSJTX V2 RC2

QRZ Now - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:37pm
WSJT-X

Release candidate 2 of WSJT-X version 2.0 is now available for macOS.   WSJT-X 2.0 is a major upgrade to WSJT.

Candidate releases are intended for beta testers: individuals interested in testing the program’s new features and providing feedback to the WSJT Development Group.  At the time of this release they have not yet completed the WSJT-X 2.0 User Guide.  Potential users of the candidate release should read Quick-Start Guide to WSJT-X 2.0 before proceeding.

Installation instructions for version 2.0.0 can be found here in the User Guide.

The new features are summarized on the WSJT-X website and in the Quick-Start Guide to WSJT-X 2.0. Contest-related changes include:

  • Support for standard ARRL Field Day exchanges, such as 6A SNJ.
  • Better support for North American VHF contests with improved handling of grids and /r rover call sign designators.
  • Six-character locators and call sign suffix support for portable operators, focused on EU VHF contesting
  • Support for standard contest exchanges in the ARRL RTTY Roundup, such as 579 MA or 559 0071.
  • Support for call signs of up to 11 alphanumeric characters, to accommodate non-standard and compound call signs.

Support for new exchanges should expand the ability of contesters to use FT8 and other WSJT-X protocols during contests that allow digital contacts and where the exchanges is a traditional signal report and state/province/country.

According to the release notes, WSJT-S 2.0 also offers “significantly better sensitivity” (about 1 dB) for the WSPR decoder. In addition, color highlighting of decoded messages provides worked-before status for call signs, grid locators, and DXCC entities on a by-band basis.  Color highlighting can also identify stations that have — or have not — uploaded their logs to “Logbook of The World” (LoTW) within the past year.

For the convenience of beta-testers, the –rc1 and –rc2 releases will offer receive and transmit capability for both the new FT8 protocol and the older one. Starting with –rc3 and the full release of WSJT-X 2.0, only the new protocol will be supported. In contrast, the new MSK144 protocol replaces the old one from the outset, with no backward compatibility.

Those participating in WSJT-X beta tests are expected to report their experiences to the developers and upgrade to the general availability release when it becomes available. Visit the WSJT-X web page for more information.

Source:Link

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FlexRadio – SmartSDR v2.4.9 Now Available

QRZ Now - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:01pm

 

FlexRadio

FlexRadio Systems announces the immediate availability of SmartSDR v2.4.9 for the FLEX-6000 Signature Series SDRs.  SmartSDR v2.4.9 is a General Availability (GA) release containing new features and fixes for SmartSDR for Windows, SmartSDR for Maestro, SmartSDR CAT and DAX.

SmartSDR 2.4.9 can be downloaded from the FlexRadio Systems website. Please download and review the SmartSDR v2.4.9 Release Notes prior to installing SmartSDR v2.4.9 to ensure an optimal software installation experience.

A software license for the FLEX-6000 is required to run SmartSDR v2.4.9.  If your FLEX-6000 has been authorized to run a previous version of SmartSDRv2, re-authorization is not required.

If prompted to upgrade your SmartSDR license, obtaining and validating a license for your FLEX-6000 software defined radio is a simple process.  Once the radio and client have network access to the Internet, just load any version of the SmartSDR v2.x software on your PC or Maestro.  In the radio chooser, if a radio requires a license, a status message will indicate a license is required before connecting to the radio and updating the firmware.  A “Buy” button is also presented so that you can conveniently purchase a SmartSDR v2.x license using our Online Store.  Please see details below regarding purchasing a SmartSDR software license for your radio.

The following highlights are SmartSDR specific items:

DAX is Supported When Using SmartLink: DAX has been optimized for efficient network operation, which allows it to be used in conjunction with SmartLink.  Like using SmartSDR CAT, the SmartLink or locally connected radio must be selected from the Radio Chooser.  Please note that due to DAX bandwidth optimizations, you will need to adjust your DAX TX and RX levels the current setting will be slightly lower in gain than with previous versions of DAX.

USB Cables Adds new CAT Commands: Three new CAT commands (MD, RX, TX) have been added to the USB Cable feature to support ACOM600s and Tuner 04AT.

Default Mic Profiles added for Inrad Microphones: New default microphone profiles for the Inrad M650 and M629 microphones. 

TNF Remove All Option Added: An option to remove all previously created TNFs has been added to SmartSDR v2.4.9.

Multicolored S Meter: The S-meter how visually indicates signal strength by color from green progressing through yellow to red. 

================================================================
The cumulative SmartSDR v2.4.9 Change Log detail is listed below.

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v2.4.9 (2018-11-14)
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General Release of SmartSDR for Windows and SmartSDR for Maestro

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v2.4.8 RC (2018-11-10)
——————————————————————————
#6611 Fixed an issue with CWX that would cause CW timing issues (hesitations and delays in the sidetone and RF)
#6615 6400M/6600M: Fixed an issue that could cause the radio to not boot up properly (3 red blinks)

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v2.4.7 Alpha (2018-08-31)
——————————————————————————-
#6494 CAT: Fixed a UHE when creating ports using FlexVSP
#6298 Changed preset filters for CW, USB, and LSB

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QRZ Now - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 3:30pm
FCC Enforcement – Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers

The FCC is warning that noncompliant VHF/UHF transceivers may not be imported, marketed, or sold in the US, nor may anyone use them. The FCC Enforcement Advisory, issued on September 24, follows an August 1 Citation and Order(Citation) to Amcrest Industries, LLC (formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive BaoFeng handheld transceivers, alleging that the company violated FCC rules and the Communications Act by illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices.

The FCC said that while equipment that transmits solely on Amateur Radio frequencies is not subject to equipment authorization requirements, some radios advertised and sold as Amateur Radio gear are capable of operating on frequencies that extend beyond the ham bands, and that it’s illegal to market in the US a transmitter designed or intended to operate on frequencies outside of authorized Amateur Radio bands, “if such equipment has not been issued a grant of equipment certification.” ARRL Assistant Laboratory Manager Bob Allison, WB1GCM, said the Advisory was good news for radio amateurs.

“It’s in the best interest of the Amateur Radio Service not to have noncompliant radios causing interference to other radio services,” Allison commented.

The FCC Advisory maintained that many of the imported radios at issue 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,” it said.

The FCC said unauthorized devices may have the potential to negatively affect other communication services. Such devices that have not been authorized as required by the FCC may not be imported into the US, retailers may not advertise or sell them, and no one may use them. “Moreover, with only very limited exceptions, after being authorized, the devices may not be modified,” the Advisory pointed out.

“Anyone importing, advertising, or selling such noncompliant devices should stop immediately, and anyone owning such devices should not use them,” the Advisory stressed. “Violators may be subject to substantial monetary penalties.”

The FCC said that manufacturers, importers, and marketers should ensure that such devices are property certified and labeled as FCC compliant and not easily modified to operate outside their grants of certification. “Prior to purchase or operation, individuals should ensure that a device is either labeled as FCC compliant or operates solely within amateur frequencies,” the Advisory warned potential buyers.

Source:ARRL

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Scouting’s 2018 Jamboree on the Air Set for October 19 – 21 – JOTA

QRZ Now - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:53am
Jamboree on the Air – JOTA

Scouting organizations are still registering to participate in the 2018 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) over the October 19 – 21 weekend. With about 1 month to go, JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, told ARRL that registration is “probably on target” at this point. US registrations stood at 235 as of the end of last week. Right after JOTA 2017, 489 US locations had signed up, although that included both Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) participants, which, Wilson said, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have “remained steadfast” in considering separate events, although, he noted, this is not the case at the world level.

“Our goals are primarily to grow participation,” Wilson told ARRL. “The World JOTA-JOTI Team has set a goal of 3 million participants by 2021; 2017 saw 1.5 million worldwide. Sign-ups at the world level right now are at 1,428 locations. Wilson said that, in the US, many locations wait until the last minute to register their participation. In 2017, some 7,900 Scouts took part in JOTA, down by nearly 10,800 participants from 2016, but topping participation for 2014 and 2015. Total radio contact numbers were down from 2016 and 2015.

“We’ve also put in place a number of aids to help people improve their on-the-air experience, which will be challenging without sunspots,” Wilson pointed out. “We’ve provided a video of how to work HF for JOTA. We’ve also provided a quick reference card to help Scouts during the QSO.” Recommended JOTA frequencies are listed on the K2BSA website. “Operators should note that these frequencies are starting points to find QSOs,” Wilson added. “They can also turn the dial to find other stations on the air. It’s not like a repeater.” A list of Girl Scout activities supported by JOTA-JOTI has also been posted.

Held each year on the third full weekend in October, JOTA is the world’s largest Scouting event. JOTA uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts and hams around the world. Scouts of any age and gender can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers.

Radio amateurs at the local level are encouraged to work with a scout council or unit to set up a JOTA station or arrange to have Scouts visit their shacks. “You can also participate just by making QSOs with the many JOTA stations that will be on the air,” Wilson said.

Source:ARRL

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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.”

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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”.

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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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