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Radio Amateurs & Shortwave Broadcasters Assist Nepal Earthquake Relief

In the days since the disastrous earthquake in Nepal amateur radio operators have been lending critical communications assistance, especially in places where power, telephone, wireless and internet service has been interrupted. Nepal has only 99 licensed amateur radio operators, which is why hams from other countries have traveled to the country to help. The country’s […]

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Round two for campaign to limit Ham radio blocking rules

It is once more into the breach for “The Amateur Radio Parity Act” (H.R. 1301) resubmitted to Congress by Representative Adam Kinziger (R-IL). In a nutshell, the proposed law would give the Federal Communications Commission more power to limit apartment complex or homeowner association rules that prohibit Hams from setting up gear in or around […]

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Wi-Fi blocking?

Ham radio to FCC: don’t let Marriott mess with our bands!

Amateur radio operators are weighing in on the hotel industry’s petition to the Federal Communications Commission asking for authority to “manage” Wi-Fi hot spots used by hotel patrons. In October the FCC hit Marriott with a $600k fine for blocking personal Wi-Fi networks at its Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Meanwhile […]

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With the ham radio “pumpkin patrol” in Saugerties, NY

A nice piece in the Saugerties Times about the continuing popularity of ham radio in that upstate New York town. The article profiled the activities of the Overlook Mountain Amateur Radio Club, which offers a variety of public safety and emergency communications services to the area, especially during the Kingston Classic running marathon. The group […]

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