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ARRL, FCC Discussing Issue of Uncertified Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers

10/03/2018

ARRL has taken a minor exception to the wording of a September 24 FCC Enforcement Advisory pertaining to the importation, marketing and sale of VHF and UHF transceivers and is in discussion with FCC personnel to resolve the matter. The Enforcement Advisory was in response to the importation into the US of certain radio products that are not FCC certified for use in any radio service, but identified as Amateur Radio equipment.

“While much of this equipment is actually usable on Amateur bands, the radios are also capable of operation on non-amateur frequencies allocated to radio services that require the use of equipment that has been FCC-certified,” ARRL said. “Such equipment is being marketed principally to the general public via mass e-marketers and not to Amateur Radio licensees.”

See full story at:

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-fcc-discussing-issue-of-uncertified-imported-vhf-uhf-transceivers             

 

THE CHILL OF SOLAR MINIMUM:

The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age. Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018, and the sun's ultraviolet output has sharply dropped. New research shows that Earth's upper atmosphere is responding.

"We see a cooling trend," says Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center. "High above Earth's surface near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, the upper atmosphere could soon set a Space Age record for cold."

See full story at:   https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2018/09/27/the-chill-of-solar-minimum/

 

 

 

 

FCC Enforcement Advisory on two-way VHF/UHF radios

On September 24, 2108 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued Enforcement Advisory No. 2018-03 aimed at sales of two-way VHF/UHF radios that do not comply with the FCC’s rules

See full story from our friends at Southgate Amateur Radio News at link below.

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/september/fcc-enforcement-advisory-on-two-way-vhf-uhf-radios.htm#.W6teIVKWyig

 A second related link that helps to explain the issue.

http://w6aux.blogspot.com/2013/08/fcc-part-90-certifications.html

New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes

 

09/20/2018

 

As promised, the WSJT-X Development Group has announced a new “candidate release,” WSJT-X 2.0 rc1. This beta version of the popular digital mode suite incorporates many new FT8 and MSK144 features that will be of particular interest to the Amateur Radio contesting community. It incorporates all FT8 DXpedition Mode changes already developed in WSJT-X 1.9.1.

 

See full story at: 

 

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/new-beta-version-wsjt-x-2-0-boasts-major-changes

 

 

 

ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team to Activate on September 12

09/11/2018

The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team will activate on Wednesday, September 12, ARRL Emergency Response Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced. The team already has taken some steps to help prepare Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups in advance of Hurricane Florence, poised to strike the US east coast along the Carolinas and Virginia.

See full story at:

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-headquarters-emergency-response-team-to-activate-on-september-12

 

 

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