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OMIK Amateur Radio Association President Cliff Peoples, KE8QR, SK

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 19:31

The president of OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Cliff Peoples, KE8QR, of Clayton, Ohio, died on August 5. An ARRL member, he was 81. Peoples got licensed in 1969 after returning from service in Viet Nam. He served 4 years in the US Navy and more than 18 years in the US Air Force, where he was a master sergeant. Peoples held a degree in avionics systems (aircraft electronics) and taught electro...

Hurricane Watch Net Plans Two Activations as Grace Reaches Hurricane Status

Wed, 08/18/2021 - 17:22

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) plans to activate today (Wednesday, August 18) and Friday as Grace attains Category 1 hurricane status. Air Force Reserve and NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft determined that Grace became a hurricane just west of Grand Cayman Island.

As of 1100 UTC, Grace was 65 miles west of Grand Cayman and 350 miles east of Tulum, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 75 MPH. The...

Hurricane Watch Net Ramps Up Alert Level for Tropical Storm Grace

Tue, 08/17/2021 - 19:52

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Grace and has bumped up to Level 3, “Standby Alert.” The net designation indicates that a tropical cyclone has become, or is forecast to become, a hurricane and threaten land within the HWN area of interest within the next 48 hours. The net will announce activation plans on its website. The HWN operates on 14.325 MHz during ...

Radio Club of Haiti President Reports Significant Structural Damage from Earthquake

Tue, 08/17/2021 - 16:17

In the immediate aftermath of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on August 14, Radio Club of Haiti President Jean-Robert Gaillard, HH2JR, reported significant structural damage in the region. At this time, it is not known if amateur radio volunteers have been part of the recovery.

A request has been posted to keep primary International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 emergency frequencies clear. ...

FCC Application Fees Unlikely to Go into Effect Until 2022

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 19:42

The schedule of FCC amateur radio application fees likely will not go into effect before 2022. FCC staff confirmed during a recent virtual meeting with Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) that the agency is still working on the necessary changes to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) software and other processes and procedures that must be in place before it starts collecting fees from amat...