Amateur Radio Volunteers Support 2017 Boston Marathon

Nearly 280 Amateur Radio communication volunteers on April 17 participated the 2017 Boston Marathon, the 121st running of the event organized by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Warmer-than-typical temperatures for the Patriots’ Day race raised concern for increased medical issues, but lower humidity and some cloud cover later in the afternoon mitigated the potential for problems. Amateur …

FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB, Other Part 95 Devices

In a lengthy Report and Order (R&O) in a proceeding (WT Docket No. 10-119) dating back 7 years, the FCC has announced rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS), the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS or “CB”), as well as other applications that fall under the FCC’s Part 95 Personal Radio Services (PRS) rules and regulations. Part 95 devices ty…

The K7RA Solar Update

Each of the average solar and geomagnetic indices rose last week (April 20-26) over the previous seven days. Average daily sunspot number rose from 8.6 to 35.7, and solar flux rose from 76.5 to 81.4. Average daily planetary A index went from 8 to 26.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index from 6.3 to 18.4. The day with the most geomagnetic activity was April 22 when the planetary A index was 54….

Inaugural AM Rally a Hit! Participants Log Nearly 1,500 Contacts

The numbers are in, and the first AM Rally April 1-3 was a huge success, with nearly 1,500 contacts reported on the 72 logs submitted. Unique call signs logged numbered 665. Event co-organizer Clark Burgard, N1BCG, feels the actual number of contacts was quite a bit larger, because not all participants submitted logs, although logs continue to trickle in past the entry deadline. Burgard said he…