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In Brief...

from The ARRL Letter on August 10, 2017
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In Brief...

RSVP for the SEQP: The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/August2017/Silver.pdf) is just a couple of weeks away! This special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI http://www.hamsci.org/) will study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21 total solar eclipse. During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. Let the HamSCI researchers know where you plan to be and what modes you plan to operate. Visit the SEQP Pre-Registration page. Systems such as the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN http://www.reversebeacon.net), PSKReporter http://pskreporter.info, and WSPRNet http://wsprnet.org are good resources for the event. Participants' logs will provide the contact and spot data that researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and at Virginia Tech will use to study eclipse-induced ionospheric effects. Event rules and operating procedures http://hamsci.org/seqp are available on the HamSCI website.

NCDXF Announces $100,000 Contribution to the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition: The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF http://www.ncdxf.org) has announced a contribution of $100,000 to the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition http://www.bouvetdx.org planned for January 2018. Bouvet is #2 on the ClubLog Most Wanted DXCC List. The contribution was the largest in the history of the NCDXF. "The 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet Island early next year is likely to be one of the most expensive DXpeditions ever attempted -- estimated at over $740,000," NCDXF Vice President Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, said in announcing the donation. "The 20 team members have already contributed just over half of this amount." In addition to substantial financial resources, the 3Y0Z DXpedition will require a considerable amount of radial wire for its vertical antennas. Team member Jim Mornar, N9TK, has been preparing the radials, putting the cut-to-length wire on spools. The radials total 24,000 feet. -- Thanks to NCDXF, The Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com

Senate Confirms Rosenworcel, Carr to Join FCC, Chairman Pai's Reconfirmation Pending: By voice vote, the US Senate on August 3 confirmed President Trump's nominees to fill the two empty seats on the FCC -- Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, a former commissioner, and Brendan Carr, the FCC general counsel, a Republican. The five-member FCC now has three Republicans and two Democrats. "I congratulate Brendan and Jessica on their confirmations," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "As I know from working with each of them for years, they have distinguished records of public service and will be valuable assets to the FCC in the years to come. Their experience at the FCC makes them particularly well-suited to hit the ground running. I'm pleased that the FCC will once again be at full strength and look forward to collaborating to close the digital divide, promote innovation, protect consumers, and improve the agency's operations." Pai, who was named by the president in January to succeed Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler, must be reconfirmed by the Senate by the end of the year or step down. The other commissioners are Republican Michael O'Rielly and Democrat Mignon Clyburn.

AMSAT Phase 4 Ground Station Team Represented at DEF CON: Amateur Radio and AMSAT http://www.amsat.org were prominently featured this year at the DEF CON Hacking Conference https://www.defcon.org/ in Las Vegas. In addition to a license exam session were Amateur Radio demonstrations of software-defined radio, Phase 4 Ground, and GNU Radio flow graphs at WiFi Village. "The Amateur-Satellite service was of great interest," said Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, the Phase 4 Ground team leader. "At an estimated 30,000 attendees, outreach was highly successful. Participants were diverse, technical, curious, and came ready with the questions." Thompson said a lot of those on hand were radio amateurs or interested in getting a ham license. Amateur Radio was also part of the Wi-Fi Village "Capture the Flag" competition, she said. "Word on the street is that next year we [can] expect to see a lot more ham content in this exciting signal intelligence competition," Thompson said, adding that she's already looking forward to next year's conference. She noted that AMSAT Phase 4 Ground team will deliver a presentation at the GNU Radio Conference https://www.gnuradio.org/grcon-2017/ next month in San Diego, and at the AMSAT Symposium https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/ in October in Reno. -- Thanks to AMSAT News Service via Michelle Thompson, W5NYV

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