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Accessed on 19 December 2019, 0520 UTC, Post 1243.  This post covers the period 17-18 December 2019.



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December 18, 2019

FCC Office of Engineering and Technology Chief Julius Knapp Retiring

December 18, 2019 07:45 PM – ARRL -The chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Julius Knapp has announced plans to retire on January 3 after a lengthy career at the FCC. “There remains an outstanding team of engineers, attorneys, and professionals in the Office of Engineering and Technology who are up to speed on all of our many projects,” Knapp said. “I take comfort in knowing that everything is in great h…

ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager to Keynote Ham Radio University 2020 in January

December 18, 2019 06:45 PM – ARRL -ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, will be the keynote speaker at Ham Radio University 2020 (HRU 2020). The annual event, now in its 21st year, will take place on Saturday, January 4, in the Hillwood Commons Student Center at Long Island University-Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, New York. HRU 2020 is billed as, “A day of education to share ideas, experiences, knowled…

Volunteers Celebrate 98th Anniversary of ARRL Transatlantic Tests at W1AW

December 18, 2019 06:38 PM – ARRL -A group of radio amateurs gathered on December 11 at W1AW to mark the 98th anniversary of the successful ARRL Transatlantic Tests. On December 11, 1921, a message transmitted by a group of Radio Club of America members at 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was copied by Paul Godley, 2ZE, in Scotland. Reporting on the accomplishment, ARRL Secretary Kenneth B. Warner, 1EH, declared “Excelsior!” Clar…

NTIA Spectrum Manager Stephen Veader, N4DXS, SK

December 18, 2019 06:35 PM – ARRL -Stephen Veader, N4DXS, of Dale City, Virginia, died on November 5. An ARRL Life Member, he was 67. As a spectrum manager for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Veader was deeply involved on the behalf of NTIA in the effort to secure a new amateur band at 5 MHz.

According to Ross Merlin, WA2WDT, when it became clear that a proposal for a 15 kHz band would not b…

Spansh special event

December 18, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The following Spanish Christmas special event stations will be active until the sixth of January next year: AO1XMA, AO2XMA, AO3XMA, AO4XMA, AO5XMA, AO7XMA, and AO8XMA

RSGB Contest Club

December 18, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – A warm welcome to the discussion group to those who have recently joined. I hope you will find it useful. This is a quick update of news about the RSGB HF Contests in 2020

Major QRM on 40 metres

December 18, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – This week’s SARL News say European and South American radio amateurs have reported major interference from Russian OTH Radar stations (Over-the-Horizon Radar stations). Interference has been reported on 7 064, 7 109, 7 170 and 7 190 kHz. All signals are 12 kHz wide

Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club elects new officers

December 18, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club held its election of officers for 2020

Bethlehem 2m beacon on-the-air

December 18, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The Bethlehem 2m beacon that has previously been reported on, is now on the air. A dedicated group of VHF enthusiasts installed the two 8 element Yagi antennas, splitter and LMR400 coax on the mast of the Free State Amateur Radio Club in Bethlehem (South Africa) on Saturday 7 December 2019

Amateur Radio, The Future

December 18, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The theme for the 2020 Dayton Hamvention will be “Amateur Radio, The Future.”

IOTA news from the DARC

December 18, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments

December 18, 2019 12:39 AM –

December 17, 2019

Sunspots break a space age record

December 17, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Solar Minimum is officially ‘deep.’ 2019 has just broken a Space Age record for days without sunspots

Remote stations on HamSphere 4.0

December 17, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – A lot of activity in this moment on HamSphere 4.0 because of new remote QTH in exotic QTHs like Ascension island, Prince Edouard and Marions islands, also some other rare DXCC are actives like Libya, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Bonaire, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, etc

Premier Christian Radio TX off-air after building demolished

December 17, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – One of Premier Christian Radio’s transmitters has been off-air since July 2019 after the building supplying its power was demolished

Netherlands radio hams meet communications regulator

December 17, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – On October 24 representatives of two of the Netherlands national amateur radio societies, VRZA and VERON, met with the communications regulator Agentschap Telecom (AT)

ARISS school contact planned for two schools in Bari, Italy

December 17, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – An ARISS school contact is planned for Luca Parmitano KF5KDP with Istituto Comprensivo “Japigia 1 – Verga”, Bari, Italy and Istituto Comprensivo “Caporizzi – Lucarelli”, Bari, Italy

Amateur Radio supports Pony Express reeactment

December 17, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The Pony Express provided mail service between Sacramento, California, and St. Joseph, Missouri, using relays of horse-mounted riders from 3 April 1860 to October 1861

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 25 January 2019, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  The event is sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club. For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

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Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section



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