Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success

A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received recently from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Ama…

Camera Aboard Fox-1D Satellite Returns Photos of Earth

The Virginia Tech experimental camera payload on the Fox-1D satellite (AO-92), launched on January 12, has returned some very clear photos of our planet as seen from low-Earth orbit. Earthbound followers of the newly launched satellite can use the FoxTelem software (v 1.05), with the source set to “Auto” to receive either high-speed frames carrying camera payloads or data under voice (DUV) frame…

Radio Club of Chile Supporting Communications During Pope’s Visit

The Radio Club of Chile (CE3AA) and its Emergency Service are supporting communications for the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security during Pope Francis’ visit to Chile. Commemorative call sign XR18PAX will be on the air on SSB; XR3PAX on digital modes. A special QSL card will be available for HF contacts. QSL to Radio Club de Chile, CE3AA, Papa Francisc…

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, SK

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention® and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum. During his time on The ARRL Board of Directors, Weaver served on the Administratio…