The FCC Relocates

The FCC Headquarters Relocates The FCC Headquarters have moved. It’s new address is 45 L St. NE, Washington, DC 20554. This change is effective immediately. Last spring, the FCC had announced plans to move but it was temporarily postponed due to the global pandemic covid-19.


Alike many other federal agencies, The FCC has its own zip code. Any mail that is in delivery via USPS that was sent to the former address will have no disruption. It’s important to note, that the FCC still prohibits the delivery of hand-carried documents, as well as all covid-19 restrictions/ instructions are valid at the new location.


“The FCC continues to balance its efforts to be accessible to the public with the need for heightened security, health, and safety measures and encourages the use of the commissions electronic comment filing system (ECFS) to facilitate the filing of applications and other documents when possible.”


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Amateur Radio Operators Assist With Earthquake Drills Worldwide

On October 15th, over 20 Mendocino County amateur radio operators — a.k.a ham radio operators — participated in the Great ShakeOut exercise.

Photo by Kate Maxwell. Worldwide Event

This is a worldwide event which mimics actual conditions if there was an actual large earthquake and/or tsunami. If such an event were to occur, there is a chance that the power, phone, cellphone and internet would be disrupted. Amateur radio is a communications system that operates independently of conventional infrastructure.


In 2017, during the October fires in Mendocino County, much of the communications for the central part for the county — including police and fire communications — were disrupted for several days. In that event, local hams provided critical communications.


For the drill initiated on Oct. 15, volunteers observed and reported the status of bridges and rivers for both earthquake damage and a possible tsunami. Reports were …

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RASA Writes to the President of the IARU

On October 1st over the chronic interference to the 40m band in Region 3, The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) wrote to the President of the IARU.

The great majority of the intruder stations speak Indonesian and do not identify. They operate in the bottom half of 40m, using USB, often in 10 kHz multiples.

Darwin, Australia

These stations are received repeatedly in Darwin, Australia and every afternoon/evening in the remainder of the Australian continent.

These stations are received repeatedly in Darwin, Australia. Then, every afternoon and evening in the remainder of the Australian continent.


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The 15th Annual ARRL Auction is Open!

The 15th Annual ARRL Online Auction is now open for registration and bidding.

The 2020 ARRL Auction will be held October 15th - 22nd, 2020 and the early bird preview will start October 8th - 14th, 2020.  

SOURCE: ARRL Assortment

The 2020 ARRL Online Auction includes a large assortment of QST items, including an SPE Expert 1.5K-FA HF amplifier, an ACOM 120S 160 – 6 meter linear amplifier, a Yaesu FTDX101D HF + 6-meter transceiver, an Icom IC-9700 multimode VHF/UHF transceiver, and a RigExpert Stick 230 antenna and cable. There is also some vintage gear up for bid.

Books & Radios

The ARRL Online Auction also features a wide assortment of vintage books, including past editions of The ARRL Handbook, Radios for Everybody, CQ Ghost Ship, and the 1909 “Electricity” volume — in souvenir condition — from the How Does It Work Series.


The Auction is sponsored by GigaParts.

Bidders will also find a …

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How the ICOM 7300 Has Impacted Ham Radio

ICOM has released the ICOM 7300 and many ham's have agreed that it's made an impact on Ham Radio. Here's what we think:

Fostered Hope in SDR- Software-Defined Radio

Hope that SDR was really going to make a difference in the hobby. SDR has been around for quite some time and is a very viable technology. SDR is a step forward in the state of the art. The 7300 is something that is relatively inexpensive and it uses SDR. This allows a ham to go with an inexpensive radio but have the ability to use the newer technology.

Tuning the Hobby to Visual Culture

Our culture is becoming visually oriented and is attracted to things like video games. The 7300 has a visual display that helps towards that vision and gives you a 'video game' like display. The ICOM 7300 would be a brilliant device to have if you're looking to have a visual display on the radio.


The ICOM 7300 enhanced the ICOM brand. IC…

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October 7th, 2020: Amateur Newsline Report

FCC Meeting

Hams have been waiting on the outcome of the FCC meeting that discussed whether to eliminate amateur radio access on the 3.4 GHz band. The ARRC has used the FFC to preserve hams secondary status on the 3.4 GHz band rather than proceed with the proposal to remove amateur activity. During a recent phone call with FCC staff, the ARRL took back the argument it had made earlier this year in formal comments filed with the commission. The ARRL has maintained that preserving secondary use by radio amateurs will have no negative impact on any primary licenses in the future.


Including those providing 5G services. The FCC was to meet on Wednesday, September 3oth on the matter. There was no indication on when that decision was to be made public. Stay tuned for further updates.

Hams & Hospitals

When it comes to planning for an emergency coverage, hams and hospitals go hand in hand. With the help of a local hospital, hams in Callum…

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The Road to Radio Broadcasting

At the end of the 20th century's second decade, there were three key elements to fuel radio broadcasting: resonant circuitry, methodology for impressing speech and music on the carrier, and a practical means for generating a carrier wave.


The most important thing was for someone to combine the three elements in an effective way. A number of individuals such as: Reginald Fessenden, Lee de Forest, and Charles Herrold, had tried making various attempts and broadcasting but nothing seemed to make a lasting impression.

Interest from the Public

The main issue was, the public had little interest and there was a lack of effort to try and gain the publics attention.

Early transmissions of speech and music were primarily directed to radio amateurs. There was no announcement on how to listen in, nor were there regular operating schedules, or readily available receivers for the general public.

Radio sets were marketed to commerc…

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