ZCZC AS04 QST de W1AW Space Bulletin 004 ARLS004 From ARRL Headquarters Newington, CT June 27, 2019 To all radio amateurs
SB SPACE ARL ARLS004 ARLS004 LightSail 2 Launches, Will Transmit CW Beacon
The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 CubeSat, launched on June 25, will transmit Morse code from space. LightSail is a citizen-funded project to send a small spacecraft, propelled solely by sunlight, into Earth’s orbit. The innovative satellite is due to be deployed on July 2 from Prox-1, a Georgia Tech student-built spacecraft the size of a small washing machine. Once deployed, LightSail 2 will automatically transmit a beacon packet every few seconds, which can be decoded into 238 lines of text telemetry describing the spacecraft’s health and status, including everything from battery status to solar sail deployment motor state. Every 45 seconds, the spacecraft will transmit “LS2” on the spacecraft’s frequency of 437.025 MHz, within the Amateur Radio 70-centimeter band.
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be selling DFS fireworks June 28 though July 5th, 2019. The stand is located at the new Crunch Fitness (the old Wilson’s Motorsports) at 284 W Shaw Ave in Clovis.
Please consider supporting CARP by purchasing your fireworks at the CARP DFS Stand.
Charles Cooper of the FCC gives a presentation on Pirate Radio and FCC enforcement at the 2018 IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) Symposium. The presentation presents a LOT of great information about the FCC Enforcement Field Division and interference.
A New Jersey radio amateur, David S. Larsen Sr., WS2L, of Highland Park, will surrender his Amateur Extra-class license and pay a $7,500 civil penalty as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle an enforcement action. An FCC Enforcement Bureau Order released June 18 said Larsen violated the Communications Act of 1934 and Part 90 rules by operating on frequencies licensed to the Borough of Highland Park for public safety communication.
Guy wires cut, causing radio tower used by Oregon firefighters to topple
“The tower at this location is used for emergency communication for Loggers, Fire Personnel and Ham Radio Operators,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This is an integral piece of infrastructure in the woods in this particular region, especially with the onset of fire season. Loss of this capability is dangerous to responders, and could greatly impact logging and firefighting operations.” (CCSO)
Antennas are a core component of modern passive infrastructure. Understanding how to specify, design and install them is crucial to maintaining successful network performance the design of an antenna can have a substantial impact on signal strength.
Because of this, below we’ve outlined key antenna design considerations to increase signal strength.
ZCZC AS03 QST de W1AW Space Bulletin 003 ARLS003 From ARRL Headquarters Newington, CT June 14, 2019 To all radio amateurs
SB SPACE ARL ARLS003 ARLS003 Ham Radio Satellites to Deploy from ISS
Three BIRDS-3 satellites with Amateur Radio payloads are scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station on Monday, June 17. The BIRDS-3 constellation includes CubeSats from three countries: They are Nepal’s first satellite, NepaliSat-1; Uguisu from Japan, and Sri Lanka’s first satellite, Raavana-1.
The primary mission of the BIRDS constellation is to provide ciphered short messages via its 435.375 MHz beacon, giving the opportunity for the Amateur Radio community to decipher the messages using a publicly available key on the BIRDS-3 website at, http://birds3.birds-project.com/document/amateur/ .
Operators able to successfully decipher the message will be recognized on the BIRDS-3 website and receive a BIRDS-3 QSL card.
Live streaming of the deployment starts at 0835 UTC at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrw3cMw10nQ . An April 11 Cygnus resupply mission to the ISS delivered the three BIRDS-3 CubeSats and three other CubeSats. NNNN /EX
Your Immediate Help Is Needed To Request An Exemption From A 25% Tariff On The Fireworks CARP and other non-profits sell.
Background The escalating trade clash between the United States and China has many U.S. companies on edge on how it will impact the cost of their goods that are sourced in China. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published a list of approximately $300 billion of goods imported from China—including fireworks — on which the USTR is proposing to impose additional tariffs of up to 25%. These tariffs could potentially be imposed on consumer fireworks as well as public display fireworks damaging the fundraising potential of thousands of nonprofits and forcing many communities to discontinue 4th of July fireworks shows because of the escalating cost.
IARU Region 1 notes that there are two proposals under discussion in Europe as possible future Agenda Items at WRC 2023, which potentially could impact important amateur radio frequencies. The following sets out the current IARU position on these proposals.