Beijing may do three ham radio sat launches

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eijing is thought to be planning three separate launches of satellites carrying amateur radio payloads in the next few weeks

The launches were highlighted on the Social Media site Weibo and have been discussed on a space flight forum.

156 Years Ago, A Geomagnetic Mega-Storm

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On Sept. 2nd, a billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) slammed into Earth’s magnetic field. Campers in the Rocky Mountains woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that the glow they saw was sunrise. No, it was the Northern Lights. People in Cuba read their morning paper by the red illumination of aurora borealis. Earth was peppered by particles so energetic, they altered the chemistry of polar ice.

Looking for CERT Team members, Amateur Radio enthusiasts (Michigan)

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According to Gladwin County Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Marianne Hill, she is looking for some volunteers to join the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT Team.

FCC Fires Wi-Fi Router Salvo in Battle of DRM vs. Open Source

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Digital Rights Management (DRM), the backbone of copyright protection for every form of digital property from games and software to ebooks and music is finally coming to blows with its natural enemy: the open-source software movement.

N4BAA vs Warrington PA for Tower Permit

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Due to all the fantastic support I have received, I am reposting this article in hopes of generating support in fighting my township…

Even though the state has passed a law fully supporting amateur radio towers in parallel with PRB-1, my township of Warrington refuses to acknowledge it.

When I bought the property two years ago, the zoning fully excused FCC Licensed Amateurs from having to comply with the ‘other’ zoning regarding Wireless Facilities. GREAT! Shortly after I put in my tower permit request, the Township removed all references to Amateur Radio etc and want me to seek relief via a variance.

LOL in the age of the telegraph

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From lol to brb, the internet and text messaging gave rise to a unique form of short form language – textspeak – in which almost all of us are well-versed.

But long before the internet revolutionized communication, humans experienced a different sort of technological innovation: the telegraph.

A Reminder – FCC Universal Licensing System Down for Maintenance September 2-8

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The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and other FCC website public applications are down for maintenance and will be unavailable from 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, until 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8.

Amateur Radio Operators Plan To Celebrate Papal Visit With Special Stations On Air (Pennsylvania)

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When Pope Francis arrives in the United States at the end of next month, a group of amateur radio operators from across the region will be activating special stations to mark the historic occasion.

Katrina, Ten Years Later: a Broadcaster Remembers

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Ten years ago, I contributed an article to Radio about the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the lessons learned by the broadcasters that were there. I caught up with Marty Hadfield, now with iHeartMedia in Seattle, and he was gracious in taking time from his busy schedule to answer some questions (again).

World’s Oldest Ham Recognized

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Today, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (QCWA) an international organization of amateur (ham) radio operators—presented a 90 Year Licensed Certificate Award (Serial #1) to Charles ‘Charlie’ Hellman W2RP. Mr. Hellman is 105 years of age and is the oldest living amateur radio operator in the United States and possibly the world.

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