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NASA Bombshell: ISS Astronauts Still Use THIS 19th Century Tech:

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
NASA has revealed how astronauts aboard the cutting-edge International Space Station (ISS) continue to use technology little changed since the 19th century. NASA made a surprising claim on Monday, when the US space agency revealed its ISS astronauts still use an antiquated piece of tech. NASA teased the revelation with a cryptic post on Twitter, asking followers to guess which device was still used in space missions today. “But many systems have been in operation for years. Do you know which of these technologies operates on orbit today?” A short video proceeded to offer four answers to the question: typewriter, Ham radio, video player and pager. The answer, Ham radio, was explained with a short statement, which read: “Astronauts aboard the ISS have the option to tag with amateur radio operators show on Earth during their personal time.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #44:

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by VK3ZZX, 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.

IARU Reports Progress, Contention, Difficult Issues Mark 1st Week of WRC-19

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
The first week of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) saw agreement reached on several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus. Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more difficult, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) said. The conference is in its second week in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The IARU said the early agreements were only possible because of countless hours of work conducted within the ITU Radiocommunication Sector and the six regional telecommunications organizations (RTOs) since WRC-15. Three of those decisions were on issues of interest to the IARU.

MARSRADIO is Keeping the Phone Patch Alive:

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
A military plane over the North Atlantic suddenly experiences rapid decompression. A call goes out to MARSRADIO, explaining the emergency and requesting a phone patch to the aircraft's command post. Over the next few hours, a MARSRADIO volunteer handles many phone patches to help resolve the situation. An adjunct within the Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), MARSRADIO is reminiscent of an era when MARS facilitated hundreds of troop morale phone patches each night between soldiers deployed in Vietnam and their families and loved ones back home.

Signs of Life from Solar Cycle 25:

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
Big things have small beginnings. Years from now, observers may look back from the perch of a new Solar Maximum and realize that the action began on Nov. 5, 2019, with a very small solar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast: This is a B1-class solar flare -- that is, relatively small, approximately 1000 times weaker than the intense X-flares of Solar Maximum. It is significant not because of its intensity, but rather because of its origin. It came from AR2750, an active region belonging to the next solar cycle.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

Pitcairn Island DXpedition Logs More Than 80,000 Contacts:

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
The VP6R DXpedition to Pitcairn Island shut down at 1800 UTC on November 1, reporting 82,700 contacts. They reported excellent weather for the teardown and got everything packed and aboard the Braveheart, which is taking them to Mangareva. According to their update, the oldest resident of Pitcairn Island died on November 1, and the VP6R team attended the funeral the next day. The individual was buried next to Tom Christian, VP6TC, who gave many radio amateurs their first Pitcairn contacts.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

by AB7RG  2019-11-08
"Antenna Switches" is the topic of the new (November 7) episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast. Listen...and learn!