Stray Signals

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 July, 2020 – Preparing for Crew Dragon Departure – Space Ref

Two Flight Engineers and the Expedition 63 Commander, all from NASA, will talk to journalists Friday morning before the SpaceX Crew Dragon completes its stay at the International Space Station. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, NASA’s first commercial crew, have been aboard the orbiting lab since May 31. They have been packing the Crew Dragon…

Australia increases amateur licence flexibility

The Australian comms regulator ACMA has announced a series of changes to give Australian amateurs more options and flexibility. Digital modes and shorter three letter call signs will now be available to Australian foundation licensees. In addition, regional identifiers that indicate which state any amateur is located in no longer need be changed when travelling…

Australia introduces amateur callsigns for life

VK3YE Ham Member QRZ Page If you upgraded your amateur licence in Australia you had to get a new callsign. Same with moving interstate. Now the rules have changed. You can upgrade your licence and keep your callsign if you like it. Details from ACMA here: https://www.acma.gov.au/changes-amateur-radio-call-sign-policy What people hear from VK will also change.…

Hurricane Watch Net Activating as Hurricane Isaias Approaches US East Coast

07/31/2020 The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on 14.325 MHz on July 31 at 1500 UTC as Hurricane Isaias [pronounced: ees-ah-EE-ahs] heads toward the US on an uncertain trajectory.  The Volusia County, Florida, and State emergency operations centers were reported at a Level 3 (Monitoring) status. “For years I’ve said, ‘Just when you think you have Mother…

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