Team USA Competing in Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championships in Kazakhstan

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Members of Team USA will compete in the 17th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships, which get underway Saturday, September 6 in the mountains of Kazakhstan, and continue until September 13.

New Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee Set at $21.40

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The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward – to $21.40 – its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term.

FCC Enforcement Bureau Warns Two Hams for Failing to Identify Properly

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The FCC Enforcement Bureau has released Warning Notice letters it sent in July to two radio amateur, advising them that it monitored transmissions in which they failed to identify properly. The Bureau posted the correspondence earlier this month on its Amateur Radio Service Enforcement Actions web page. The two notices from FCC Enforcement Bureau Special Counsel Laura L. Smith, both dated July 21, contain essentially the same language.

Pirate radio stations hijacking the airwaves in Brooklyn (New York)

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Brooklyn radio fans are fighting a pirate invasion – demanding a crackdown on illicit Caribbean, Hebrew and shock-jock stations hijacking the airwaves.

Dozens of unlicensed shows operate in New York City on an average evening and the state is home to 25 percent of the nation?s pirate transmissions, according to the FCC.

White space between TV signals could save lives at sea

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BBC News reports: The leftover white space between TV signals is raising the hope of saving lives at sea and providing broadband for remote communities.

Numbers Stations, Shortwave Radio, and Their Role in the Intelligence Community

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Many nights, Spooks turn on their shortwave radios and drift through the frequencies. On any given night, one can hear amateur radio stations broadcasting church sermons, utility traffic for aircrafts – with the right equipment, you can hear/contact the International Space Station. Yet one of the most eerie, mysterious uses of shortwave is that of the numbers stations: stations that feature ominous – sometimes robotic – voices saying seemingly random number patterns.

Connecting Across Cultural Lines With Ham Radio (Ohio)

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Hams can convey a great deal of information in their own Hamspeak. 5-9 for example, means someone has a good radio signal, and 73 is a sign-off that means Best Regards. When needed, hams broadcast for emergencies, natural disasters and community events.

Governments have been ham-handed say radio amateurs (India)

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The News Minute reports how consecutive governments have held back ham radio in India

Access to amateur radio licenses in India is bound in red-tape and archaic laws written in the pre-independence era.

Longtime DJ starts radio station in his home (Virginia)

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There’s a “new kid on the block” on the radio waves in Franklin County.

WQMR FM-LP (low power) or Q101.3 has been on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the station a license to broadcast, according to Executive Director Don Mattingly. The official business name is Brameldon Productions Inc.

Tuskegee Airman and Congressional Gold Medal Recipient George Mitchell, K6ZE, SK

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ARRL Life Member, long-time Amateur Radio operator and Tuskegee Airman George T. Mitchell, K6ZE, of San Diego, California, died September 4. He was 94. During World War II Mitchell taught Morse code to the pioneering black aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

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