IEEE-EMC Society Chicago Chapter Meeting Attendees Give to Spectrum Defense Fund

The more than 200 attendees at the April IEEE-EMC Society Chicago Chapter meeting donated $756 to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. ARRL Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, called the contributions “spontaneous and voluntary.” The Society meeting was a special event at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, to which local Amateur Radio operators had been invited. “This donation is a small show…

Telecommunications Ministry in India Orders Halt to Online Transceiver Sales

The Mumbai Mirror in India reports that a complaint by radio amateurs has prompted the Telecommunications Ministry to order online purveyors, including eBay and Amazon, to stop selling wireless transmitting equipment. According to the newspaper, a group of hams wrote the Wireless Advisor in the Telecommunications Ministry last fall to warn that online sales of wireless equipment could pose a na…

Ham-Astronauts to Perform 200th Spacewalk at International Space Station

Astronauts ISS Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, KG5FYH, will carry out a landmark 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station on Friday, May 12. NASA TV will cover the event live. Whitson and Fischer will venture outside the Quest airlock to replace a large avionics box that provides electrical power and data connections to science experi…