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    Rosenworcel Confirmed to New FCC Term; Promises Senator Status Update on Pending Amateur Proceedings

    Posted: 16 Dec 2021 03:15 PM PST http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/12/rosenworcel-confirmed-to-new-fcc-term.html

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    RCA Youth Achiever
    Award winner Audrey
    McElroy, KM4BUN
    (CQ archive photo)
    The Radio Club of America presented its annual awards at a virtual meeting
    in November, with the Youth Achiever Award going to Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN (pictured). Other award recipients who might be familiar to CQ readers
    include Robert Hobday, N2EVG, Director of the Antique Wireless Museum in upstate New York, and Dale Hatfield, ex-W0IFO, former Chief of the FCC's
    Office of Engineering and Technology. One of the major contributors to the WSJT-X Development Group - Bill Somerville, G4WJS - became a Silent Key in early December. The ARRL Letter reports that Somerville was the first
    person to join group founder Joe Taylor, K1JT, in forming a core
    development group for the WSJT suite of programs in 2013. In addition, two former ARRL staff members joined the ranks of Silent Keys in recent weeks... Former QST Technical Editor and author Joel Hallas, W1ZR, became a Silent
    Key in late November. According to the ARRL Letter, Hallas had been a ham
    since 1955. He retired from full-time work at the League in 2013 but
    remained on the QST staff as a contributing editor, writing "The Doctor is
    In" column and producing a podcast by the same name. Hallas also wrote six
    ARRL books, covering a .variety of topics. He was 79. Former ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, became a Silent Key in December at
    age 78. She was responsible for the creation of The Diamond Club, The
    Diamond Terrace, The Maxim Society, and the Second Century Campaign, among other initiatives. According to the ARRL, she also served as secretary of
    the ARRL Foundation, and during Hurricane Katrina, organized the Ham Aid program that provides new gear to amateurs who have lost their equipment in disasters.

    India Reportedly Building Over-the-Horizon Radar System

    Posted: 16 Dec 2021 02:28 PM PST http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/12/india-reportedly-building-over-horizon.html

    The International Amateur Radio Union's Region 1 Monitoring Service reports that India is in the early stages of building an over-the-horizon radar
    (OTHR) system to keep watch on Chinese naval activity in the Indian Ocean.
    OTHR systems often operate over wide swaths of spectrum and frequently
    cause interference in the HF ham bands.

    According to the ARRL Letter,the Indian system is being designed with two
    types of radar arrays, one thought to be intended to help determine the
    maximum usable frequency (MUF) in real time and the other to then transmit
    and receive radar signals on the frequencies determined by the first
    system. No timeline for completion of the system is available.

    Radio Caroline Wants Your Reception Reports

    Posted: 16 Dec 2021 02:26 PM PST http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/12/radio-caroline-wants-your-reception.html

    Pirate-turned-legit-broadcaster Radio Caroline is seeking reception reports
    on broadcasts using its new 25-kilowatt transmitter. Newslinereports that
    the station management wants to find out how much farther its signal is reaching with the new transmitter than with the previous 10-kW model.

    Radio Caroline broadcasts on medium wave at 648 kHz; online reception
    reports may be submitted at <radiocaroline.co.uk> by clicking on the "648
    Power Increase" tab.

    First FM-Capable CB Rig Approved by FCC

    Posted: 16 Dec 2021 02:24 PM PST http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/12/first-fm-capable-cb-rig-approved-by-fcc.html

    President Electronics has received the first FCC approval to market an FM-capable CB transceiver in the U.S. The FCC authorized the use of FM on
    CB last summer.

    Newsline reports that President's "Thomas FCC" transceiver was granted FCC authorization on November 10 to operate between 26.965 and 27.405 MHz with
    a maximum output power of 4 watts.
    It is not clear how soon the radios will be available for purchase in the
    U.S. A European version of the Thomas model has been available there for
    nearly a decade.


    Posted: 16 Dec 2021 02:21 PM PST http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/12/ifix.html

    This isn't really a ham radio story but is of interest nonetheless. Apple
    has decided to allow its customers repair their own devices, starting with
    the iPhone 12 and 13 models, followed by Mac computers using M1 chips.
    Apple's Self Service Repair kits will give users access to genuine Apple
    parts, tools and manuals in order to do their own repairs, starting with displays, batteries and cameras. The company says the kits will be
    available in the U.S. in early 2022 and expand to other countries as the
    year goes on. Apple will also give customers credit toward their parts purchases when they return old parts for recycling.

    Work DX, Win a Hard Hat!

    Posted: 16 Dec 2021 02:19 PM PST http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/12/work-dx-win-hard-hat.html

    (Photo courtesy NADXA)
    Attendees at January's Quartzfest ham radio gathering in the Arizona desert (see "Gordo's Short Circuits," October 2021 CQ or <https://quartzfest.org>) will have an opportunity to enter a unique competition and win some pretty
    cool prizes. The Northern Arizona DX Association is sponsoring its third
    annual Distance Challenge, with competitions in four categories and the
    goal of making the farthest DX contact using portable gear brought to the event. Those who don't bring HF gear will be able to use one of the three
    W7Q special event station operating positions to compete. Each category champion and runner-up will share in $2600 worth of prizes from various manufacturers and dealers. In addition, the champs in each category will
    take home a customized hard-hat, courtesy of Cable X-Perts. Designed by
    NADXA Vice President Larry Gilbert, WB7EUJ (pictured), the hard-hats
    contain a solar cell, which powers a cooling fan, light and a USB connector
    for charging your phone or other device. For complete details on the
    Quartzfest Distance Challenge, visit <https://tinyurl.com/2p9xhjwd>.

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