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from The ARRL Letter on September 7, 2017
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Estonia, Kenya Join 60-Meter Club: Radio amateurs in Kenya and Estonia now have access to a 60-meter band as of September 1. In Estonia, class A and B licensees will be able to use 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz at a maximum of 15 W PEP. They also have the possibility of using the segment 5,370 to 5,450 kHz with a maximum power of 100 W, but only with special permission and for emergency communication. Following a request from the Radio Society of Kenya (RSK), telecommunications regulator Communications Authority Kenya has granted 5,275 to 5,450 kHz on a secondary basis. All modes are permitted with a maximum power of 400 W PEP. -- Thanks to Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter

MFJ's Martin Jue, K5FLU, to Keynote W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention: MFJ founder Martin Jue, K5FLU, will be the special guest speaker at the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention, September 22-23, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Among presentations on DX and contesting topics, the convention will offer two forums on operating digital modes such as JT65 and the new FT8. Hal Kennedy, N4GG, will demonstrate "Blue Lighting," his 500 W spark transmitter. CWops will sponsor a Morse code copying contest. Register online. For more information, contact Dave Anderson, K4SV.

Arkansas Statewide ARES DMR Net to Hear about Hardware Updates: Guus van Dooren, PE1PLM, the founder of DVMEGA, and Ruud Kerstens, PE1MSZ, founder of Combitronics will be the guests of the Arkansas Statewide ARES DMR Net on September 14 at 0100 UTC on the BrandMeister Network Talk Group 3105. The session will be available outside of Arkansas. Van Dooren and Kerstens will offer an update on new developments in their DMR hardware and take questions from participants. Those without DMR radios may listen via the BrandMeister Network hose line streaming platform. Participants also may connect with the net on Facebook, where the net will take check-ins and questions for those who aren't yet on DMR. More details are on the Talk Group 3105 website. -- Thanks to Denny Johnson, KD5DLJ, and Arkansas ARRL SM Jay Ferguson, N5LKE


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