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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1914 April 18 2014

◾Ham Video system on the ISS is fully commissioned
◾Another shortwave intruder is found in the 40 meter band
◾UK hams petition Ofcom to get back to enforcing the rules
◾Vietnam confirms expanded ham radio spectrum;
◾The Crimea will not count as a new DXCC entity
◾Radio is used to wake up a comet exploration probe

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1913 April 11 2014

Hams in the UK about to loose access to some very important UHF spectrum
Amateur radio software being used in undersea hunt for a missing 777 jetliner
severe weather shutters VK9MT Mellish Reef DXpedition early
Article asks why municipalities are not using more ham radio emcomm resources
Radio based collision free cars may soon be with us from Toyota

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1912 April 4 2014

Ham radio responds after an earthquake hits northern Chile
ARRL tells the FCC that its time to step up Amateur Radio rules enforcement
House issues a white paper on certain aspects of the Communications Act
WRTC 2014 receives big assist in the form of a Colvin grant
FCC tells Congress that it needs a computer system upgrade
Amateur Radio Newsline opens nominations for its Young Ham of the Year Award

The future of ham radio?

I was underwhelmed by an article on the future of ham radio in the April QST. There was no mention of future technical developments driving and changing ham radio as a hobby!

I asked myself the question “what is the core activity that might bring and keep people in ham radio?” The short answer is “the capability to communicate reliably with specified and unspecified people at close and distant locations.” In addition, a critical feature that sets the amateur apart from ordinary mass-consumers is knowledge and interest in using radio devices that can be modified or constructed.


Post- och Telestyrelsen (PTS) har med omedelbar verkan beslutat att GMSK-modulerad överföring av tal och data (som bl a används i D-STAR-nätet) inte längre ska vara tillåten på 144-146 MHz och 432-438 MHz amatörband.
Skälet lär, enligt säker källa, vara att man inte anser det förenligt med gällande regelverk för nyttjande av naturresurser (till vilket även elektromagnetisk överföring av signaler hör) då radioamatörer i Sverige ofta aktiverar 40-50 repeatrar och så kallade hotspot's när det ofta räcker med att aktivera en eller två.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1911 March 28 2014

Ham radio offered transponders on an upcoming geostationary satellite launch
Final commissioning of the new Ham TV on the ISS is again delayed
United Kingdom hams may get added spectrum on 2 meters
FCC grants several experimental licenses in the 70 centimeter band
Planning is underway for International Marconi Day
A special April 1st report on remote operation from a remote location


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