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from The ARRL Letter on December 7, 2017
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In Brief...

UK Regulator Allows Broadband Fixed Wireless Access into 5 GHz Amateur Band UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has decided to allow Broadband Fixed Wireless Access (BFWA) in the 5 GHz Amateur Radio band. BFWA is widely used to deliver broadband Internet, particularly in difficult to reach areas. The decision removes a 20 MHz frequency "notch" in the band to accommodate road tolling systems. Ofcom said the notch is no longer necessary, since BFWA and the tolling systems can share spectrum. Earlier this year, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) commented in opposition to Ofcom's approach. The RSGB said it has no issue with removing the tolling systems notch but "does not agree with allowing BFWA use in the whole 5.8 GHz band." The RSGB also said that it "cannot find any basis for BFWA services to have regulatory rights or priority over the Amateur and Amateur Satellite allocations" in the band.

Special Event Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Fermilab: Members of the Fermilab Amateur Radio Club (WB9IKJ) will operate special event station W9F until December 16 (UTC) to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), named to honor Nobel Laureate Enrico Ferm (1901-1954). W9F will be active on or about 7.250, 7.275, 14.260, and 14.340 MHz SSB and may operate CW on 7.040, 10.130, and 14.040 MHz. QSL to Fermi Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 500 MS #109, Batavia, IL 60510; e-mail to request a commemorative QSL card. A professor of theoretical physics at the University of Rome, Fermi emigrated to the US to escape the Mussolini regime after he received the Nobel Prize in 1938. At that time, he was considered the world's greatest expert on neutrons. Upon the discovery of fission, Fermi envisioned the possibility of a nuclear chain reaction, and his experiments led to the first controlled nuclear chain reaction on December 2, 1942, in Chicago. He subsequently played an important role in the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bomb. Visit the Fermilab 50th anniversary website for more information. -- Thanks to Nobel Lectures, Physics 1922-1941, Elsevier Press, for some information, and to the Fermilab 50th Anniversary website

Santa Radio OJ9X will Join Finland's Centennial Observance: December 6 is the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland. Santa Radio OJ9X, will celebrate the centennial and Christmas through the end of December. Several radio clubs will participate in the OJ9X operation on all bands and modes. The first 100 stations scoring the highest number of bands/modes, with the Top 10 from each continent, will qualify for the prestigious "Finland 100 Years Award," signed by Santa himself, along with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilš, a patron of the Amateur Radio special event. Participants can follow their scores in Club Log. -- Thanks to Martti Laine, OH2BH

December YOTA Month is Under Way: December is Youngsters on the Air Month (DYM in IARU Region 1 (Europe and Africa), sponsored by Youngsters on the Air (YOTA). Each December, young radio amateurs and prospective hams get on the air from stations throughout the region bearing YOTA call sign suffixes. The idea is to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the younger generation and to encourage young people to become licensed and active on the air. More than 35 stations with a YOTA suffix are registered and on the bands. December YOTA Month is not a competition; it's all about having fun.


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