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from The ARRL Letter on November 8, 2018
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JK Antennas' Ken Garg, W3JK, has donated a second model JK402T antenna to Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. The antenna is a two-element Yagi on a 22-foot boom with capacitive loading. The JK402T replaces the old Cushcraft XM-240 40-meter Yagi that had been used for visitor operations. The donation included a new balun, donated via W3JK by Balun Designs LLC The new antenna went up on the tower on October 30. "W1AW extends heartfelt thanks to Ken Garg, W3JK, for a second donation to W1AW," W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, said. "Located at approximately 130 feet above ground, the new JK402T exhibits a nearly flat SWR across the entire 40-meter band. W1AW guest operators who may be active on 40 meters with this antenna should see improved performance over the old one, which was showing signs of aging."

Radio amateurs in India now have access to three new bands. India's Ministry of Communications' Department of Telecommunications has published an updated National Frequency Allocation Plan, effective on October 25, which lists the new bands at 5 MHz (60 meters), 472 kHz (630 meters), and 136 kHz (2300 meters). All allocations are on a secondary basis. On 60 meters, hams now have access to 5,351.5 - 5,366.5 kHz at 15 W EIRP; on 630 meters, 472 - 479 kHz at 1 W EIRP, and on 2300 meters, 135.7 - 137.8 kHz at 1 W EIRP. Radio amateurs in Italy and France have been allocated a slice of spectrum at 60 meters. They now have access to 5.351.5 MHz - 5.366.5 MHz on a secondary basis with a maximum equivalent isotropic power (EIRP) of 15 W, in line with amateur allocations in other European countries. Sweden's IARU member-society SSA reports that radio amateurs there gained routine secondary access to 5,351.5 - 5,366.5 kHz, also at 15 W EIRP, effective on November 1. Temporary permission has been available since 2016, by application. -- Thanks to Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter; SSA

A new Bank of Lithuania gold coin features two Amateur Radio satellites. The commemorative gold 5éČ coin released by Bank of Lithuania (Lietuvos Bankas) features the country's LituanicaSAT-1(LO-78) and LitSAT-1 Amateur Radio Satellites. The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 9, 2014, and deployed from the ISS on February 28. LituanicaSAT-1 carried an FM transponder and a camera, while LitSat-1 had a linear (SSB/CW) transponder developed by William Leijenaar, PE1RAH. The face of the gold coin features the Lithuanian coat of arms as a star constellation, with LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSAT-1 on the other side.

Key and paddle maker Palm Radio is going out of business. Proprietor Dieter Engels, DJ6TE, announced on the company's website, "For health reasons and after the passing of Brunhilde, DK7SN; Uli, DL2BAT, and Klaus, DL9SKE, I am not able to continue Palm Radio in its current form," Engels wrote. "I will only deliver remaining stock," and he invited inquiries via email Marshall Emm, N1FN, of Morse Express -- a carrier of Palm Radio products -- said that Engels "has been unwell for some time," but added that Morse Express would continue to service them for as long as it can. Palm Radio products have been popular among portable operators.


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