ESA Announces Winners of “Fly Your Satellite!” CubeSat Competition
Radio amateurs in the US, Russia, Germany, and the Netherlands topped the field in a European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office competition to be the first to hear signals from three new, student-built CubeSats. All of the satellites were launched from Guiana on April 25 as part of ESA’s “Fly Your Satellite!” program, and ESA challenged the Amateur Radio community, offering prizes to the firs...
The K7RA Solar Update
Solar indices pulled back this week, when average sunspot number was 25.3 for the May 19-25 period, down 38.8 points from the previous week’s average of 64.1.
Likewise, average daily solar flux over the same period was 97, down 3.4 points from the previous week’s average of 100.4.
Planetary A index average was 7.1, down 2.8 points from 9.9, and average daily mid-latitude A index was 7, down 3.9 p...
- FCC Denies Petition for Consideration in Vanity Call Sign Dispute
The Yasme Foundation Announces Excellence Award Recipients
The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has announced three Yasme Excellence Award recipients. The Award is presented to individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio. The contribution recognize technical, operating, or organizational achievement. The recipients are:
Tim Duffy, K3LR: “While Tim is invol...
ARRL “Strongly Supports” Petition to Drop 15 dB Restriction for Amateur Amplifiers
In comments (attached below) filed on May 26, the ARRL said it “strongly supports” a petition to the FCC seeking to eliminate an Amateur Service rule, spelled out in §97.317(a)(2), that amateur amplifiers not be able to boost the RF input signal by more than 15 dB. The Petition for Rule Making (RM-11767), was submitted in April on behalf of an amateur amplifier distributor, Expert Linears Ameri...
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