Thursday, March 28, 2019

Random stuff: HamAlert, fuse replacements, FCC in action march 27, 2019 by dan kb6nu


HamAlert is a system that allows you to get notifications when a desired station appears on the DX cluster, the Reverse Beacon NetworkSOTAwatch, or PSK Reporter. You can receive alerts via Email, Push notification, SMS or URL GET/POST. You can also filter spots by various criteria, including:
  • DXCC (both actual and callsign home DXCC)
  • Callsign
  • IOTA group reference
  • SOTA summit reference
  • WWFF division/reference
  • CQ zone
  • Continent
  • Band
  • Mode
  • Time and days of week
  • Source
  • Spotter callsign and DXCC
Furthermore, you can set limits on the number of alerts in a certain time period so you don’t receive duplicate spots, but are still notified if for example the station changes to another frequency.
This looks like a very cool service. Thanks to Manuel, HB9DQM.

A simple guide to fuse replacement

See how the FCC works

Yesterday, I saw a Tweet that mentioned that the FCC was live-streaming a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting. I tuned in and found it very interesting. It turned out to be a presentation on antennas, and how advances in antenna technology might affect FCC rulemaking.
You can find a record of this meeting and of previous meeting on the Archived Events page. Where available, there is a video recording of the meeeting. (As I write this, the video of the TAC meeting was not yet available.)
In addition to the TAC meeting, archived events that might be of interest to amateur radio operators include the Seventh Meeting of WRC-19 Advisory Committee and the Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

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