“Noisy Electronics” Have Increased HF, VHF Noise Floors in UK, RSGB Reports Say

Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) HF Manager Ian Greenshields, G4FSU, says the noise floor continues to rise on the HF bands in the UK. He included that observation in his report to the October 29 RSGB Spectrum Forum. “The threat of PLT [power line telecommunications] for the last 10 years has largely been superseded by noisy electronics, in particular switch-mode power supplies in lighting …

Forum Explaining How Ham Radio Clubs Can Obtain Tax-Exempt Status Now Available

A video of the presentation by Certified Public Accountant Lynn Baxter, W0LTB, at the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) in October is now available online. Most radio clubs are set up as non-profit corporations, but this does not mean that they are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code. Some changes that took place in 2014 simplified the p…

US JOTA 2016 “Flash Numbers” Show Participation was Up

According to the US Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2016 “flash numbers,” participation swelled in the annual Scouting event this fall. JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, released the preliminary report over the weekend. “After sifting through the reports and eliminating a few duplicates along with reports from countries outside the US, we’ve compiled the early flash numbers,” Wilson said. “The great…