FCC’s Updated Rules Governing Personal Radio Services Become Effective on September 28

The FCC recently adopted a comprehensive reorganization of and update to the rules governing the Personal Radio Services (PRS). These include a wide variety of wireless devices used by the general public for personal communication, including hand-held Family Radio Service (FRS) transceivers, radio-controlled models, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), medical implant devices, and others. In additio…

The K7RA Solar Update

A new video from Dr. Skov: https://youtu.be/qvjfFpRMQpY Average daily sunspot numbers and solar flux declined this week (August 24-30). Average daily sunspot number went from 39.9 to 33.3, while average daily solar flux declined to 81.2 from 84.6. Average planetary A index declined from 23.1 to 7.1, and average mid-latitude A index went from 18.6 to 7.4. The latest forecast shows planetary A index…

FCC Technological Advisory Council Investigating Technical Regulations

The FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC) is looking into FCC technical regulations to determine if reforms or changes might be in order. Greg Lapin, N9GL, represents ARRL on the TAC and chairs the ARRL RF Safety Committee. The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced the TAC public inquiry (ET Docket 17-215), which seeks comments by October 30 regarding technical regulations…