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FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding
on August 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm
An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called “small satellite” rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT. Both organizations filed comments on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding last year, seeking changes in the FCCs interpretations and procedures affecting satellites operating on Amateur Satell...
The K7RA Solar Update
on August 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm
No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, August 8 through 14.According to Spaceweather.com, 67% of the days so far in 2019 have been spotless, and for all of 2018 it was 61%. In the previous solar minimum in 2008 and 2009 the spotless days ran 73% and 71%, respectively.Solar flux has been minimal and unremarkable, with average daily solar flux changin...
2 Meter Sharing Proposal is on CEPT Conference Preparatory Group Agenda
on August 16, 2019 at 1:07 pm
FCC Staff Recommends Designating 988 as National Suicide, Mental Health Crisis Hotline
on August 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and its Office of Economics and Analytics have sent a report to Congress that recommends that the Commission considers designating 988 as a three-digit emergency code for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The report, mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, finds that such a three-digit number “would ...
Chinese Satellite Profiles Earth’s RF Spectrum as Seen from Lunar Orbit
on August 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Chinese DSLWP-B (LO-94) satellite that had been in lunar orbit provided a profile of Earth’s HF spectrum as seen from the moon. The microsatellite subsequently was crashed into the moon’s surface after having completed its mission. DSLWP stands for “Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder.” Among other things, DSLWP-B was designed to test low-frequency radio astronomy and spac...