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USKA preparing response to Article 37a on ham radio antennas

Switzerland’s national amateur radio society USKA is preparing its response to OFCOM’s consultation regarding the new Article 37a on ham radio antennas in the FMG Telecommunications Act The revised FMG Telecommunications Act, which was passed by the Swiss Parliament on March 22, 2019, now contains Article 37a “Amateur Radio”. It …

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ITU highlights role of amateur radio in emergency comms

Amateur radio features in the ITU Guidelines for national emergency telecommunication plans, published by the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) The ITU Guidelines for national emergency telecommunication plan’s pages 80-81 note:   Radio amateurs have supported communications in emergency situations on a voluntary basis since the beginning of radio communications. They …

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9Q1C – Democratic Republic of Congo

First reported on DX-World twitter page (January 11) about Paolo, IK7UXW being in DR.Congo, he is now active from Gombe, Kinshasa as 9Q1C. Activity so far on 20m slow CW. QSL via H/c. 9Q1C – D.R Congo https://t.co/FeN7LyOMLt pic.twitter.com/AFKsv93v9W — DX World.net (@DX_World) January 11, 2020

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Radio hams rescue teenage girl from kidnappers

The Millennium Post reports that a 14-year-old girl was rescued from the clutches of kidnappers, after her grandparents alerted Gangasagar Mela authorities on Tuesday. Suparna Mondal, a resident of Ghola, Khana in South 24-Parganas, was on her way to Gangasagar Mela along with her grandparents. When they reached Kachuberia Ghat …

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Grow lights cause interference to ham radio

The Lansing State Journal reports amateur radio operators have been complaining of interference from marijuana grow lights The newspaper says: The rumbling and buzzing would start like clockwork. Gregg Mulder WB8LZG noticed the static each evening when he finished dinner and turned on his ham radio. The noise made it …

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[UPDATE] TI9A – Cocos Island

NEWS UPDATE – TI9A website now available. “Two years planning. Best Team. Two camps. 20 antennas. Eight radios. CW, SSB and FT8…” JANUARY 9, 2020 — Jorge TI2JV, Dmitry RA9USU, Andrey UA3AB and Mats SM6LRR will be active from Cocos Island in early February 2020. They depart Puntarenas onboard the …

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High Speed Telegraphy Competitions Set

01/16/2020 The 17th International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) High Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship will take place August 20 – 24 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Europe’s HST Cup and Balkan HST Championships will take place May 8 – 12 in Elbasan, Albania. Although not an IARU-recognized event, this international competition is …

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