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FCC Eliminates Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign, GMRS License Regulatory Fees

In a Report and Order released on May 21, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the elimination of the regulatory fees for the amateur radio vanity call sign program and the GMRS licenses. Their reasoning: economics. From the FCC FY 2015 Report and Order In the 2014 Fiscal Year Report and Order, the FCC […]

Amateur Radio Communications for Public Service Activities

“Will work for T-shirts” That’s a popular saying by hams that like to get involved with volunteer activities. I can’t recall how many shirts I’ve collected over the years from the various walks, runs, bike ride, ski events, and marathons I’ve been a part of. Suffice to say, I can’t remember the last time I’ve […]

Amateur Radio History: Simulated Emergency Test Then and Now

About a week ago our ARES/RACES group participated in the ARRL’s Simulated Emergency Test. In this nationwide exercise amateur radio operators participate in a variety of mock disaster drills and communications tests. But did you know that the SET has been going on much longer than you imagined. Last week I received a call by […]

Do the Jota- Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air

Every year, around the third weekend in October, Scouting’s biggest on-air activities takes place. JOTA or the Jamboree on the air is an operating activity that gives Boy & Girls the opportunity to experience amateur radio and make connections world wide. JOTA also gives amateur radio operators the chance to ‘give back’ to their community […]

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