Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Indian government has suggested that ham radio technology may fall into hands of terrorists and has begun requiring a security clearance.

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(Thanks to ARRL for this information)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Amateur in USA gets a very large fine for illegal transmissions.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ARRL Library is open.

Here are some interesting slides about using NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave).

NVIS

Many thanks to ARRL for this information.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

OFCOM send out letters with incorrect callsigns.

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(Thanks to RSGB for this information)

If you have a UK Licence you may get a letter from Ofcom which contains an incorect callsign (Like GE0*** or ME6***) This is an error and not a requirement to change your callsign prefix.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Amateur Radio assists with communications in Malaysia.

Malaysian floods get MARTS emcomm help

Severe flooding described as the worst for a long time in the north of Malaysia during the monsoon season, has taken five lives with about 160,000 people evacuated.
Johnny Tan 9M8DB of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) says emcomm operators are active on 7.110 MHz, with 3.600MHz likely to be tested for late night links to maintain links to handle disaster traffic.
MARTS asks all to avoid causing QRM of these centre-of-activity emergency frequencies. He reports that the 50w stations are in Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan, Kemaman and Bachok with 50 watts using NVIS propagation.
Johnny 9M8DB says initially VHF/UHF repeaters were used, but severe flooding had affected power supply and batteries with the switch to HF being made.
Official recognition has received including permission for the MARTS emcomm operations to carry third party traffic.
In some places rescuers are faced with rows of house rooftops popping up from muddy water. Seasonal flooding hits Malaysia this time each year, but experts describe it as being the worst since at least 2004, and communications have also been badly hit.
Meanwhile in neighbouring Thailand, disaster zones have been declared in eight southern provinces after floods there killed at least 13 people with 184,000 households affected.

Jim Linton VK3PC
Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee