Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September

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The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee components for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) applications, the FCC said it was doing so to save money and personnel resources. The Commission asserted that it costs more of both to process the regulatory fees and issue refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment.

LPFM Denied Due to Pirate History

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Past deeds can come back to haunt you, particularly when a deed allegedly involves operating a radio station without a license.

WKMJ Radio Live The People Station Inc. asked the FCC to reconsider a ruling in which the commission had denied the group?s application for an LPFM station in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Drone traffic control? NASA, Amazon, Google partner to manage self-driving swarms

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The drones that one day will deliver groceries, toiletries or a box of pizza could swarm haphazardly over U.S. cities, occasionally colliding with other drones and careening to the streets below. Or they could form a buzzing symphony as complex and coordinated as a bee colony.

Amateur radio hobbyists to gather for Hamfest (West Virginia)

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Amateur radio hobbyists from across the United States will gather in Huntington on Saturday, Aug. 8, for the 53th annual Tri-State Amateur Radio Association’s Hamfest.

Welcome new members

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MIKE    KD9CXV

DAVE    NP2I

BRIAN  KC9GDX

HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on August 11

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HAARP – the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program – will transfer from military into academic hands next month. After a swell of support last year from the scientific community and intervention by Alaska US Sen Lisa Murkowski – plus a lot of uncertainty before that – the US Air Force delayed its plans to shutter the ultra-high power HAARP and demolish it. Now the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) has won a bid to assume ownership of the facility near Gakona. That will happen on August 11.

Melbourne party balloon almost circumnavigates the globe three times (Australia)

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Andy Nguyen is a network engineer by day. But in his spare time he delves into “the balloon scene” where he gets to indulge his love of amateur radio.
He makes the tiny electronics that accompany the helium-filled party balloons he launches more than 9000 metres into the air. And he’s just recorded a record run.

Past IARU Region 3 Director, WARC-79 Delegate Fred Johnson, ZL2AMJ, SK

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Former International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 Director J. F. C. ‘Fred’ Johnson, ZL2AMJ, died on July 23. He was 83. Johnson was a New Zealand delegate to World Administrative Radio Conference 1979 (WARC-79), where Amateur Radio gained access to the so-called bands 30, 17 and 12 meters.

Melbourne party balloon almost circumnavigates the globe three times (Australia)

July 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Andy Nguyen is a network engineer by day. But in his spare time he delves into “the balloon scene” where he gets to indulge his love of amateur radio.
He makes the tiny electronics that accompany the helium-filled party balloons he launches more than 9000 metres into the air. And he’s just recorded a record run.

FCC Shows No Mercy, Sustains $22,000 Fine for Egregious On-Air Behavior by Michigan Licensee

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The FCC has dropped the other shoe hard in the case of Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of Parchment, Michigan, imposing the full $22,000 fine it had proposed in 2014 for causing intentional interference with other Amateur Radio communications and for failing to identify.

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