KM4BUN Audrey: Young Ham presenting on APRS Balloons and PicoSats

Audrey Mcelroy, KM4BUN shared a great tutorial on APRS High Altitude Balloons combined with APRS PicoSats. Audrey is an Extra class ham who got involved in Amateur Radio when she was six years old with the help of her parents Tom McElroy W4SDR, and mother Jan McElroy K4PRM.

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FCC Seeks Comment on Maximizing Efficient Use of 12 GHz Band – 15 Jan 2021

The Federal Communications Commission is requesting comments on how to allocate and best maximize efficient use of 500 megahertz of mid-band spectrum between 12.2-12.7 GHz (12 GHz band). In the United States, the 12 GHz band is allocated on a primary basis for non-Federal use for Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) (referred to domestically in the band as Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), Fixed Satellite Service (space-to-Earth) limited to non-geostationary orbit systems (NGSO FSS), and Fixed Service.

Amateur Radio operators are allocated use of the GHz bands for experimental use. [ Amateur Radio USA Band Plan ] specific allocations starting at 2.3 GHz to 250 GHz. Unlimited use above 275 GHz.

How do I comment to an FCC request for comments?

FCC WT Docket No. 20-443

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FCC Enforcement Advisory 17-Jan-2021

The Federal Communications Commission [FCC] has issued a public notice to Amateur & Personal Radio Users Reminded Not to Use Radios in to facilitate or commit Crimes. The full .pdf file of the FCC notice can be seen here:

Please ensure your communications involve normal communications without code words or can be inferred to be a violation of local, state, or federal laws.

Get ready for 8 Meters?

You may find yourself wandering along the bands one day in USB [ Upper Side Band ] on your way up to the “Magic Band” of 6 Meters and suddenly find yourself listening to a conversation [QSO ] around 40.660 MHz to 40.700 MHz. This band is new to Amateur Radio, and primarily known as the Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) band.

Croatia was recently added to a very limited list of countries with amateur radio operators with an experimental license for 8 Meter Band. Croatia becomes the fifth country, following Ireland, Slovenia, and South Africa. Lithuania has added spot frequencies, similar to 60 meters in the United States, for experimentation purposes. Find out more information from the blog of EI7GL.

-Credit to the and Southgate Amateur Radio News

NEW ARRL Virginia Section Website

From the ARRL Virginia section news:

This new site will offer a one stop shop for all current and important Virginia ham radio news. Sections for ARRL HQ news, VA club news, Contest news, DX news, ARES news, as well as other sections like builder tips, etc.

There will be opportunities for posting up-to-the-minute events and news for all sections. Being an interactive site will give these opportunities to everyone.

This site is being created by and for hams and will be moderated by the same hams.