Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Meet a Variety of Communication Needs

Amateur Radio volunteers deployed as American Red Cross volunteers to Puerto Rico, as part of the “Force of 50” last weekend, have been focusing their efforts where their help is most needed. “The American Red Cross gave us priority directive to move six of our operators to various highly impacted sites on the island,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, said in an October 3 update. “As requested, …

ARRL Research Project Alert

ARRL has partnered with Readex Research to conduct a survey of both League members and nonmembers within the Amateur Radio community. During the next days, a select group of amateurs will receive e-mail invitations to participate. The survey will attempt to address the ways in which amateurs obtain their information, how local clubs serve their needs, and how ARRL might do a better job of provid…

North Korea Said to be “Aggressively” Jamming BBC Korean Language Service

The BBC’s Korean-language service, launched on September 25, is being “aggressively targeted” by North Korean jamming, according to a report in The Telegraph of London. The service broadcasts global news, sports, and features to the entire Korean Peninsula for 3 hours starting at 1530 UTC (12:30 AM in North Korea) 7 days a week on 1,431, 5,810, and 9,940 kHz. The HF broadcasts are transmitted fr…

ARISS Moves One Step Closer to Flying New Ham Equipment to ISS

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, has announced that his program has submitted its Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight safety data package to NASA for review. ARISS has been developing the IORS to replace most of the Amateur Radio hardware that’s now on the space station. It is called “interoperable” because it’s designed to o…