FCC rule changes regarding symbol rate limitations being removed from the HF bands will go into effect on January 8th, 2024.
In November, the FCC put forth a Report and Order removing the symbol rate limit and in its place implement a 2.8 kilohertz bandwidth limitation. Those rules were adopted in a final Report and Order published today, December 7th. The rules outlined in the Report and Order go into effect on January 8th, 2024.
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Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) and The ARRL Foundation announced a three-year commitment with over $2.1 million in combined funding to support scholarships for radio amateurs, radio technology for classroom teachers, and amateur radio club grants. This commitment reinforces a strong shared vision between ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® and ARDC to invest in the future of amateur radio through programs supporting the next generation of radio amateurs. The renewed commitment will result in over 200 total scholarships, awarded over the next three years, for radio amateurs pursuing higher education.
Additional information about scholarships can be found at The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program.
More information about grants can be found at The ARRL Club Grant Program.
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Hundreds of amateurs participated in the HamSCI event by getting on the air. Combining their data with contacts from other amateur contest activities, citizen-science cooperation contributed to one of the largest participatory days ever in amateur radio history.
...observations show that signals from [medium wave] AM stations located to [the] north across the annular eclipse path showed significant signal strength enhancements associated with the eclipse, whereas signals from AM stations to the south did not.
Visit the HamSCI website for A full report [PDF] with charts and images.
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Russian cosmonauts will be active on the International Space Station conducting a partial global slow scan television (SSTV) event.
Images honoring cosmonaut graduate Yuri Usachov will be transmitted on 145.800 MHz FM Thursday December 7, 08:55 UTC to 14:25 UTC and Friday December 8, 08:15 UTC to 14:10 UTC.
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The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) recently named the 40th anniversary celebration planned by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) an ARRL-sanctioned Specialty Conference. This special designation from ARRL will provide additional marketing opportunities for the ARISS event including mentions in the ARRL weekly email and monthly journal.
The ARISS 40th Anniversary Conference will celebrate the positive impact of amateur radio on human spaceflight. The event takes place at the Center for Space Education at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center in Titusville, Florida February 22-24, 2024.
Amateur radio operation on human spaceflight first occurred in 1983 when astronaut Owen Garriott (W5LFL) made contact with amateur radio operators from the Space Shuttle Columbia.
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Amateur Radio Satellites and Systems - Canada (AMSAT-CA) has officially been incorporated to support amateur radio in space. Over the next few months, AMSAT-CA will establish processes around its online presence as well as membership opportunities.
The first major effort from AMSAT-CA will be to develop a paper in support of the European Space Agency's proposal for a European and Canadian geosynchronous amateur radio satellite project.
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ITU-R has recommended an approach for amateur radio operators to continue working alongside non-amateur services on the 23cm satellite bands. Specifically, there has been concern that amateur radio might lose access to spectrum alongside the co-frequency radio navigation satellite service (RNSS).
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The first and longest running educational outreach program on the space station is ISS Ham Radio. An organization known as Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, helps run the program. ARISS is a partnership between NASA, the American Radio Relay League, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, amateur radio organizations, and multiple international space agencies.
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TAPR will host a Mini Digital Communications Conference (DCC) on December 9th. The online conference will feature several presentations including Open Source wideband HF receiver design, Open Source digital voice, FreeDV ESP32 based radio, and more.
Keep an eye on tapr.org for links to join the online presentations.
Source: TAPR open_in_new
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