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Concordia Transmission Artist Launches a High-Frequency Project - In Alaska
by concordia.ca on March 22, 2019
In the shadow of Mount Sanford, surrounded by Alaskan wilderness, youíll find the most powerful radio transmitter on earth. With 180 antennas spread across 33 acres, the HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program) facility is one-of-a-kind. It was designed by the United States military, and transferred in 2015 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, to study the powerful potential of the ionosphere -- an electrically charged layer of the earthís atmosphere. On this remote site, scientists use a unique tool called the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI) to create radio-induced aurora, also known as airglow. But itís never been used by a Canadian artist to transmit art -- until now. Ghosts in the Air Glow will consist of an hour-long transmission containing eight movements, each created for a specific frequency and intended to explore different concepts related to radio science and the HAARP site itself. Ghosts in the Air Glow will transmit one hour per day between March 25 and 28 and will be received and decoded by amateur radio operators with both traditional analogue and software-defined radio equipment across the world. However, for those among us who arenít radio experts, the transmission will also be streamed live online.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #12:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on March 21, 2019
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by AC8W, KK9A, W2TT, WB0TEV, The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

The Two 'Entry-Level' Petitions Now Accepting Comments Are Very Different:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
The FCC recently invited public comment on ARRL's 2018 Technician Enhancement Petition for Rule Making (RM-11828). It asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. It does not seek to create a new Amateur Radio license class.

FCC Adopts New Rules for Spectrum Above 95 GHz:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
The FCC has adopted new rules to encourage development of new communication technologies and expedite the deployment of new services above 95 GHz. The action was the latest move in the Commission's "Spectrum Horizons" branded initiative.

So Now What?
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
"The New Ham Radio Starter Pack" is the focus of the new (March 21) episode of the "So Now What?" podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you're a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! "So Now What?" offers insights from those who've been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast.

Scammers Exploiting Gmail 'Dot' Accounts:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
Business technology news website ZDNet reported recently that scammer groups are exploiting so-called Gmail "dot accounts" for online fraud. A lesser-known characteristic of Gmail is that it ignores the dot character within Gmail addresses. "Dots don't matter in Gmail addresses," a Gmail Support response explains. "If someone accidentally adds dots to your address when emailing you, you'll still get that email." Google pointed out, though, that if you use Gmail through work, school, or other organization (such as yourdomain.com or yourschool.edu), dots do change your address. ZDNet says crooks use "dotted" Gmail addresses to file fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits and fake tax returns, and to circumvent trial periods for online services. More recently, someone exploited dotted Gmail accounts to trick Netflix account holders into adding credit card details to scammers' accounts, registered with the user's dotted Gmail address. A legitimate "update your card details" Netflix email would arrive in a real user's inbox, who would then unknowingly update a scammer's account instead of their own.

3Y0I DXpedition Team Has Departed for Bouvet Island:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
The 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition website has announced that the team of operators -- led by Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX -- set sail on March 19 from Cape Town, South Africa, for the remote Antarctic island onboard the MV Atlantic Tuna.

FCC Cites Amateur Service Rule Violations In Unlicensed Broadcasting Case:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
An FCC Enforcement Bureau Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NoUO) issued last fall to a California Technician-class licensee for alleged unlicensed FM broadcasting on 95.7 MHz has now been upgraded to a Notice of Violation (NoV) that cites violations of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. The March 15 NoV sent to Daryl Thomas, KE6MWS, of Carmichael, also specifically acknowledges Thomas as an Amateur Radio licensee -- something not done in last November's NoUO. The FCC Enforcement Bureau warned that it could progress to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), "if warranted."

HAARP Gearing Up for Its Spring Research Campaign:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
Alaska's High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is prepping for its spring research program. The activity will run March 25 - 29. The high-power HF transmitter and huge antenna array located near Gakona, Alaska, is now operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). HAARP Chief Scientist Chris Fallen, KL3WX, said investigations will range from practical to fundamental physical theory.

Survey: FT8 Growing as DX Mode In an Era of Waning Propagation:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
In his 2018 update of his survey of modes used on the air, Club Log's Michael Wells, G7VJR, says the number of Club Log users uploading at least one FT8 contact to the site grew from 8,000 in 2017 to 14,200 in 2018. Wells worked with data from Club Log users who, he reports, uploaded 41.3 million contacts in 2018, up by 12% from last year.

IARU Represents Amateur Radio at WRC-19 Preparatory Meeting:
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) represented the interests of the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services in Geneva at last month's second Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) in advance of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) this fall. The February 18 - 28 gathering was aimed at reviewing and revising a 780-page Draft CPM Report containing initial WRC-19 negotiating positions for Amateur Radio-related agenda items, as well as nearly 200 documents proposing changes.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on March 21, 2019
In Brief...

Ham Talk Live #157 -- Youth Contest Team:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on March 20, 2019
Thursday (3/21) at 9 PM EDT on Ham Talk Live! Marty Sullaway, NN1C (ex-KC1CWF) and other members of "Team Exuberance", a team of experienced youth contesters that will participate in the CQ WorldWide WPX contest at the end of March from K3LR, will take your calls and questions. They will talk about their plans, how this opportunity came about, and how they are planning the event from top to bottom.

Amateur Radio 'Hamfest' Set for March 23:
by herald-dispatch.com on March 20, 2019
CHARLESTON -- The 35th annual Charleston Area Hamfest will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. This flea market of new and used amateur radio, electronic and computer gear and parts and accessories is open to the public. Admission is 8 dollars, and ages 12 and under are free. Numerous prizes will be given away, including a first prize of 500 hundred dollars. There will be amateur radio testing for all three classes of licenses at noon.


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