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In Brief:

from The ARRL Letter on February 8, 2018
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In Brief:

The Winter/Spring term of the twice-yearly School Club Roundup (SCR http://www.arrl.org/school-club-roundup) takes place Monday through Friday, February 12-16. The objective is for school radio clubs at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels to exchange information in a competitive context. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate. The SCR is sponsored by ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task Force, and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC https://www.limarc.org/) to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs. Award certificates will be issued to top-scoring schools at each entry level and to non-school clubs and individuals. Subscribe SCR-L-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to the SCR List for updates.

A Soyuz rocket launched D-STAR ONE Phoenix http://www.d-star.one/ -- the first D-STAR Communication Spacecraft -- and 10 other satellites on February 1 from Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome. Developed by German Orbital Systems in Berlin in cooperation with the Czech company I-Sky Technologies, D-STAR ONE Phoenix carries an Amateur Radio relay payload http://www.orbitalsystems.de/d-star-one-technical-details-radio-amateurs/?lang=en (call sign DP1GOS). It replaces the D-STAR ONE nanosatellite that failed to attain orbit following a November Soyuz launch from Vostochny. Downlink frequencies are 435.700 MHz for telemetry and 435.525 MHz for D-STAR. The uplink is 437.325 MHz. D-STAR ONE Phoenix is a 3U CubeSat equipped with four identical radio modules with D-STAR capability, operating in half-duplex mode with a power output of 800 mW. The two telemetry and telecommand modules both receive, and both in sequence, so each telemetry frame is repeated. The other two modules are dedicated to Amateur Radio, although only one will operate at a time. The modules are configured to work as D-STAR repeaters, so they retransmit received D-STAR frames on the downlink frequency. They also have a D-STAR voice beacon. -- Thanks to AMSAT News Service, D-Star ONE

NOAA is once again considering ending North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine storm warning announcements on WWV and WWVH. These occur at minutes 8, 9, and 10 of each hour on WWV, and minutes 48, 49, 50, and 51 of WWVH. Submit nwws.issue@noaa.gov questions, comments, or concerns about this proposed change with "NIST MARINE WARNING" in the subject line no later than February 23, 2018. NOAA had announced in April 2017 that it was considering this change but held off in the wake of supporting comments. WWV and WWVH are services of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST https://www.nist.gov/). -- Thanks to Matt Deutch, N0RGT

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA http://www.wia.org.au/) is seeking a power increase for radio amateurs. WIA is pushing telecommunications regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA http://www.acma.gov.au/) to bump up maximum power levels for all three licenses classes: 50 W for Foundation licensees, 200 W for Standard licensees, and 1,500 W for Advanced licensees. Comments will be solicited from the membership before the request goes to the ACMA. For some time, the WIA has pushed for higher power limits for Advanced licensees, who feel the current 400 W HF power limit (120 W on constant-carrier modes) puts them at a disadvantage, especially in contests, while other countries permit 1 kW or more. In 2013, ACMA ended an 18-month trial that allowed participating Advanced licensees to run up to 1 kW on HF. Currently, Foundation licensees on HF may run up to 10 W PEP on SSB (or 3 W on CW, AM, or FM), while Standard licensees have a 100 W PEP HF power limit (SSB) or 30 W for constant-carrier modes.

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The ARRL Letter

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