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Southgate ARC — Amateur Radio On The International Spaace Station (ARISS) is planning a very special Slow Scan Televison (SSTV) event during October 27–29 on 145.800 MHz FM using PD-120

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Southgate ARC — Nick, XQ1KZ contacted me through my weebsite and asked for a 40m 4 element Yagi design which I provided to them. The attached photos show the finished antenna and SWR results with comments from Nick

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Southgate ARC — An ITV News report says: Owning just oone of them in World War Two carried the death penalty, but Ian Keyser, G3ROO has more than a dozen — ensuring a piece of secret history is broought out into the open. So what are they?

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Southgate ARC — The Ducie Island DXpedition team reporrt: Pileups have been deep, energetic and generally well behaved THANK YOU

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Southgate ARC — Recently, Federación de Radioaficcionados de Cuba (FRC) activated its official Twitter site

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Southgate ARC — Radio amateur Daniel Estévez EA4GGPZ / M0HXM reports decoding a JT4G signal from the LO-94 (DSLWP-B) spacecraft that was reflected off the Moon

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Southgate ARC — This week, something strange and wondeerful is happening to the shape of Venus

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Southgate ARC — The Dundalk Amateur Radio Society are activating a Special Event Station EI100SSD to commemorate the sinking of the S.S. Dundalk which occured 14th Oct, 1918

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Masa, JA0RQV will be active as V73MT from Majuro Atoll, IOTA OC — 029, 26–29 October 2018.


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Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Pete (WB9FLW), who shares the following information regarding HobbyPCB’s much-anticipated portable transceiver which is now shipping. The price is a competitive $529.00.

The following information comes from the HobbyPCB website:

The IQ32 is 5W output, 80–10M Amateur Radio transceiver with powerful 32 bit processing providing high-end features at an entry level price. The IQ32’s 3.2” color LCD touch-screen display and dual control kknobs provide an enjoyable operating experience in a robust package.
Available for immediate delivery!
Introducing the HobbyPCB IQ32 HF transceiver, based on the high performance RS-HFIQ RF system, the receiver in the IQ32 consists of 5 band-pass filters to reject out-of-band signals, an LNA with frequency dependent gain and a conventional quadrature down-converter. The transmitter features a Class A, 5W power amplifier with individual low-pass filters for each band to exceed FCC requirements for spectral purity.
The IQ32 features a large, color, touch-screen display providing an enhanced user interface and informative spectrum and waterfall displays found on radios costing much more. With a powerful STM-32 DSP processor, the IQ32 transceiver has variable filtering, multi-mode AGC, memory functions, built-in PSK encode/decode with keyboard support.
5W not enough power? Add a HARDROCK-50 to your station to boost up to 50W. The IQ32 and HARDROCK-50 seamlessly integrate together for a powerful mobile/base station!
Simple upgradeable firmware, no connection to a computer required, no drivers, no cables. Simply insert a thumb-drive with the appropriate file and the IQ32 updates its own firmware.
  • Frequency Range: 3–30MHz (performance guaranteed on 80/60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10M ham bands)
  • Sensitivity: MDS < -128 dBm on 80M dropping to < -135 on 10M
  • Noise Figure: < 8 dB
  • TX Power: 5W typical, 4W minimum
  • LO Feed-thru: < -50 dBc @ 5W output
  • Spurious and Harmonics: < -50 dBc typical
  • DC Power: 13.8VDC, 2 amp max
  • Size: 172mm x 105mm X 75mm
  • Weight: < 700 grams
  • Display: 3.2” Color LCD Touchscreen
  • Modes: USB, LSB, CW, PSK 31
  • DSP Processor: STM-32, 32 Bit
Click here to download the manual.

Pete also notes:

If one already has the RS-HFIQ board fear not an upgrade kit is available:

Thank you for sharing this, Pete!

I may see about grabbing an IQ-32 to evaluate. I’m very curious how its receiver might stack up to the Elecraft KX2, the CommRadio CTX-10 and the LnR Precision LD-11. (Please note that these links lead to my other radio site, the SWLing Post.)

It doesn’t appear that the IQ-32 has an AM mode, but I would still like to see how it might handle broadcast listening on the shortwave meter bands using ECSS.

I love the portable form factor and the fact that it ships with stand-off handles to protect the front face of the radio.


Check out WA2EUJ’s IQ-32 presentation from the 2018 Hamvention on YouTube:

Click here to check out the IQ-32 product page at HobbyPCB.

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The Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE), Mexico’s IARU member-society, is asking radio amateurs to avoid 7.060, 7.130, and 14.120 MHz, where Category 4 Hurricane Willa emergency nets are operating (in Spanish).

As of 1200 UTC, the storm was some 150 miles south-southwest of Mazatlan, with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH. Willa is moving north at 5 MPH and is expected to make l…

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The Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE), Mexico’s IARU member-society, is asking radio amateurs to avoid 7.060, 7.130, and 14.120 MHz, where Category 4 Hurricane Willa emergency nets are operating (in Spanish).

As of 1200 UTC, the storm was some 150 miles south-southwest of Mazatlan, with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH. Willa is moving north at 5 MPH and is expected to make l…

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CINCINNATI, October 23, 2018 — GatesAir customers in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay now have local access to repairs and technical support with the opening of a new service center in Buenos Aires. FS24, which became GatesAir’s regional partner in May, opened the center in September to reduce costs and turnaround times for customers that, until now, shipped products out-of-country for service. The initiative represents GatesAir’s commitment to strengthening customer service throughout the Caribbean and Latin America region.

Esteban Camihort, Commercial Manager for FS24, confirms that GatesAir customers will see significant savings starting with theelimination of shipping costs, as well as same-day turnaround for many projects. Services include repairs, upgrades and general technical support for power amplifiers, power supplies and other modules and pallets built into GatesAir TV and FM radio transmitters. The center will also service Intraplex intelligent networking products, including IP Link codecs and HD Link STL systems.

“We understand the costs and time sensitivities of shipping products to another continent for service, and have expanded our technical capacity to reduce the burden for our customers,” said Camihort. “FS24 is the only company that offers this level of service in our region, with local technical support at customer sites and in our new facility. This is an enormous value for GatesAir customers that purchase or replace a transmitter, as it instills strong confidence that we can react quickly when a technical emergency or other service need arises.”

Camihort adds that GatesAir offers the broadest over-the-air product portfolio in the industry — an important differentiator for FS24 as brroadcasters in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay transition to digital TV and refresh FM infrastructure. “GatesAir’s high-efficiency transmitter designs and continued innovation in this space have strengthened their presence across Latin America in recent years,” he said. “We have many satisfied GatesAir customers to work with throughout our region, and we see many new opportunities moving forward.”

FS24’s dedication to local technical support is amplified through a skilled and well-trained staff across all customer service aspects. This includes the initial quote process, pre-sales support, installation, commissioning and post-sales technical service. FS24 staff also recently visited GatesAir’s Quincy, Illinois manufacturing center for additional training, and will represent GatesAir at the upcoming CAPER show in Buenos Aires (October 24–26, Centro de Exposiciones Costa Salguero, Booth H-18 in Hall 5).

“GatesAir is focused on increasing service for our customers and simplifying the technical support process throughout Latin America, and working with FS24 has clearly raised our visibility in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay,” said Rich Redmond, President and Managing Director, GatesAir International. “The opening of FS24’s technical support center further strengthens our long-term customer bonds through enhanced local service, and offers a highly attractive value proposition for new GatesAir customers.”

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group, provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership with all products designed and assembled in the USA. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

About The Gores Group

The Gores Group, founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, is a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Over its 30-year history, The Gores Group has become a leading investor having demonstrated a reliable track record of creating value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit http://www.gores.com.

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ET3AA Team will be active from Ethiopia in CQ WW DX SSB Contest, 27–28 October 2018.

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A Q&A with the company’s regional sales manager

Radio World: What was your first gig in radio?

Ellis Terry: Operations manager for the Chicago Boys Club radio station WCYC(FM) in 1972.

RW: What got you started down this path?

Terry: A mentor I had at the Henry Horner Boys Cub in Chicago was Bill “Butterball” Crane, who at the time worked on the air at WVON(AM) Chicago. I had the chance to visit with him a number of times, and the bug hit me then. Bill was both a trained engineer (Navy) and on air.

RW: How has the radio industry changed since you first began your career?

Terry: Everything now is segmented, and consultant driven. Used to be once you were hired at a non-union station, you did whatever was asked of you.

[Read: Nautel Names Wilson New Western Region Sales Manager]

RW: What do you see are the most notable trends in radio?

Terry: Everything now is revenue driven and this has caused, in my opinion, a lot of stations to neglect engineering. A lot of times we talk to customers about new transmitters two to as much as five years before the actual purchase is made, and then they — for the most ppart — needed it yesterday.

I realize this is a major expense, but the other side of the coin is this major expense is the major reason for helping generate revenues. It costs money to be off the air, but usually this is one of the neglected departments because of the expenses involved.

RW: How do you think broadcast will be different in the coming years?

Terry: Hard for me to predict, but I don’t see much of a future in over the air radio unless technically some new viable method of transmissions of this type happens.

RW: What’s next for you?

Terry: At the moment, my plan is to relax with the wife and enjoy retirement.

RW:What are you looking forward to in retirement?

Terry: Trying to make up for lost time with family.

RW: Any advice for your colleagues or those just starting broadcast work?

Terry: Learn to take time and smell the roses, as well as staying educated about the job and always do the best job you can. If you feel you cannot, know that it’s time to move on, rather than going through the motions.

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NEWS UPDATE — 5H3MB will be active during the CQWW SSBB contest. SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 — From October 24 to November 28, 20188 Maurizio will again be in Tanzania (mission for work in the Ilembula orphanage and hospital). In his spare time he will be QRV as 5H3MB on the HF bands SSB, CW and RTTY. […]

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Members of ET3AA club station (located in Addis Ababa) will be active during the upcoming CQWW SSB contest. QSL via N2OO.

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Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Cap Tux, who shared a link to the following video on YouTube. This short video is brilliant and will be the reference I use when people ask about the intersection of radio and amateur astronomy:

Click here to view on YouTube.

Amateur astronomer Scott Tilley made international headlines when he rediscovered NASA’s IMAGE satellite 13 years after it mysteriously disappeared. In this interview with Freethink, Scott discusses his role in the satellite’s recovery, why he enjoys amateur astronomy, and how citizen scientists like him have contributed to our knowledge of space from the space race to the present day.

And I personally think our Post friend, Troy Riedel–who is an avid amateur astronomer–should start tracking satelllites! (We’ll see if he’s reading this post!)

I’m curious: are there any Post readers who are into the satellite tracking side of amateur astronomy?

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Radio Amateurs members of Antofagasta Contest Group will be active from Chile in CQ WW DX SSB Contest, 27–28 October 2018, as CCB1H.

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Oct. 27 Celebration of Music Technology in Germany Will Offer a Master Class Series, an Expert Panel Series, Software and Equipment Demos, and a Professional Song Review

TORONTO — Oct. 23, 2018 — The Ig>International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) today announced that Native Instruments CEO Daniel Haver will present the keynote at IMSTA FESTA Berlin, a celebration of music technology that is free and open to registered attendees from across the music-making community. In addition to Haver’s keynote, the Oct. 27 event will offer panels, workshops and master classes, song critiques, demonstrations, and networking opportunities — all in an environment in which music makers can network, innteract, and learn with one another.

Haver has been the driving force behind Native Instruments for more than 20 years. Working with Native Instruments Chief Innovation Officer and President Mate Galic, Haver built the company into a leader in digital music creation. In work prior to his time at Native Instruments, Haver focused his entrepreneurial energy on the design world, forging a successful design agency in Hamburg, Germany, where he discovered the power of software to transform industries.

“Daniel’s passion and vision have helped Native Instruments to push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for pros and amateurs across the music industry,” said Ray Williams, managing director at IMSTA. “Few people are as qualified to talk about the future of music technology and music making than Daniel is, and I look forward to an engaging and entertaining keynote presentation from him.”

In addition to hosting IMSTA Master Class sessions, full-time music professionals and experts from nearly two dozen of the industry’s top music production technology companies will offer technology demos and exhibitions. Featured companies include Accusonus, Acon Digital, Akai Professional, Arturia, Avid, Best Service, Bitwig Studio, Blue Cat Audio, Celemony Software, Eventide, FabFilter, FL Studio, IK Multimedia, Image-Line, iZotope, KV331 Audio, Magix, Modartt, Native Instruments, NUGEN Audio, PreSonus, Relab Development, Reveal Sound, Serato Limited, Sonarworks, sonible, Steinberg, Sugar Bytes, u-he, and Wave Arts.

Music makers will be able to meet product specialists face to face and get hands-on experience with the latest music technologies. In addition to offering product-specific tips and techniques, exhibitors will provide prizes for hourly raffle giveaways.

Live song reviews at IMSTA FESTA Berlin will give attendees the chance to present their work to experienced industry professionals for one-on-one appraisal. As the day concludes, the most exceptional of these songs — along with other regional entries — will be judged as part of tthe 2018 IMSTA FESTA International Song Competition. The regional winner, to be revealed on Oct. 27 at IMSTA FESTA Berlin, will move on in the competition, earning the chance to win a free trip to Santorini, Greece, to be part of a song camp at Black Rock Studios.

IMSTA FESTA Berlin will begin at 1 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. at the SAE Institute Berlin, located at Cuvrystraße 4, 10997, Berlin, Germany.

Further information about IMSTA, IMSTA FESTA, and the IMSTA FESTA International Song Competition is available at http://www.imsta.org.

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Company’s RPC Panels Deliver 443 Circuits of Reliable, Intelligent Power Control in Massive AVL Installation at the Casino’s New Large Venue Addition

LENEXA, Kan. — Oct. 23, 2018 — LynTec, c, a leading manufacturer of innovative electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting (AVL) systems, announced that New Jersey-based systems integration company Starlite installed LynTec’s RPC remote control breaker panels in Parx Casino’s new Xcite Center. The RPC panels provided complete power control for the extensive AVL systems within the new 55,000-square-foot addition at the Bensalem, Pennsylvania, based casino.

“Parx Casino takes power very seriously. The entire facility is backed up by a three-megawatt generator and anything that’s critical is further backed up by a UPS system,” said Brandon Creel, ETCP, CTS-D, director of engineering at Starlite. “For the new AVL installation, they wanted unwavering power control, protection, and reliability. We’ve trusted LynTec’s power control solutions on our projects for a decade and even installed it in the casino’s recent bar expansion. We knew LynTec would be another power control ace for the new facility.”

For the new addition, Starlite installed seven LynTec RPC breaker panels and two RPC slave panels for a total of 443 controllable circuits. The RPC solution provides power control and proper on/off power sequencing to two 16-by-9-foot left/right video walls, a massive 36-by-12-foot onstage video wall, a professional-grade sound system, a custom rigging system, and more than 4,800 architectural and stage lighting fixtures in the 1500-seat venue. In addition, the RPC panels allow the casino to effortlessly control and protect the AVL systems in the facility’s two restaurants as well as a poker room.

RPC remote control breaker panels are designed based on the G3 Powerlink hardware platform by Square D, a universally recognized and trusted hardware foundation. This cost-effective and open platform eliminates the expense of custom designed and manufactured products that are hard to replace when discontinued. It also removes the additional step and space needed to install a separate relay panel. Electricians can quickly and easily wire the system and provide additional circuit switching control capabilities in the same enclosure while integrators can effortlessly set up, program, monitor, and control loads on a circuit-specific level.

Accessible from any web-enabled device, the solution provides a complete overview and allows users to act remotely, resulting in greater installation flexibility, more efficient power control, and the ability to provide direct on/off control for LED lighting for an extended lifespan and less energy costs and maintenance. The panelboards also enable built-in under- and over-voltage protection, optional customizable sequential circuit level on/off capabilities and the ability to interface with third-party control systems via contact closure, TCP/IP, DMX, or RS-232.

“There’s a lot at stake when large venues can’t reliably power and easily control their AVL systems and provide around-the-clock entertainment,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. “We’re proud to work with Starlite once again to provide Parx Casino with an unfaltering experience for their patrons. This project highlights how our solutions’ incredible installation flexibility and extensive power control capabilities can take the complexity out of even the largest installations.”

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The FCC moves to eliminate the paper filing requirement for broadcast station contracts

Another paper filing requirement bites the dust.

Another piece of the FCC’s ongoing media modernization efforts was passed through at the October Open Meeting of the Federal Communications Commission when commissioners voted to eliminate the nearly-80-year-old rule that required broadcasters to file paper copies of station contracts and certain other documents with the commission.

Other documents include contracts such as those relating to network affiliations, personnel agreements, as well as local marketing agreements and joint sales agreements.

[Read: FCC January Meeting to Tackle WEA, Paper Copy Rules]

Broadcasters will now have the option to either upload these documents directly to their online public inspection file or maintain a list of those documents in their online file that members of the public can request.

According to the commission, this move will reduce burdens on broadcasters while preserving transparency and ease of access to station documents for both the FCC and the public.

The reasoning was simple, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “[In] 1939: The FCC requires broadcasters to file paper copies of certain contracts with the commission. [In] 2018: There’s this thing called the internet,” he said. “Broadcasters now have the option of either posting these documents online in their public inspection file or maintaining an up-to-date list in their online file and providing copies to any requesting party within seven days.

“Therefore anyone who cares to access these documents (and virtually nobody does) can easily do so,” he said. “This regulation is no longer necessary — in fact, it’s burdensome â— so we’re repealing it.”

The National Association of Broadcasters agreed, saying that the elimination of the paper filing requirement is a common-sense update.

“NAB appreciates the commission’s continued efforts to modernize outdated regulatory burdens on local TV and radio stations,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton.

The move is part of the commission’s ongoing media revitalization initiative, which included actions such as eliminating the requirement that certain media groups maintain paper copies of the FCC’s regulations and the transition to an online public inspection file for most broadcasters.

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Adopts Census Tract PALS for 3.5 GHz

The FCC has voted 3–1 along party lines to change the rules on licenses for the 3.5 GHz (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) band to make it more attractive for providers of 5G, which includes cable ops looking to up their mobile broadband game.

The move was billed as targeted changes to spur investment in the band and promote more efficient use, including for 5G. The main adjustments are the decision to increase the sizes of priority access licenses (PALs) from census tracts to the larger county-sized licenses, though FCC chair Ajit Pai pointed out that was a compromise from the larger partial economic area (PEA) licenses some had advocated for.

The CBRS band is a mix of PAL licenses and general authorized access (GAA) unlicensed use.

The FCC also extended the license terms from 3 to 10 years and added a presumption of renewal. All things the FCC majority said made the band more attractive to investors and bidders for the spectrum licenses in an upcoming auction.

The FCC is also making it easier to sell the PAL licenses in the secondary market. The item also includes rules to support wider bandwidth channels while maintaining interference protections, which the commission said would provide certainty and stability for broader deployments in the band by an array of users.

The item was championed by Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, who said the changes were a commitment to free market practices over the previous FCC’s CBRS framework, which he said did not support large-scale deployments or the global harmonization of the use of the 3.5 GHz band for 5G roaming.

He said the previous FCC’s smaller licenses with shorter terms favored small, fixed nets and favored a select group. He said it was like saying, at the dawn of Uber, that only Prius’ could be part of the fleet. He said the FCC’s vote on the new rules “rights the ship.”

He said the item did not just turn it into a 5G band, however or hand it over to the big carriers. He also said he hoped skeptics of that would still bid in the auction, saying anything could happen and no one would have predicted that the two largest carriers — AT&T and Verrizon — would essentially sit out the 600 MHz (broadcast incenttive) auction.

Pai said the compromise was a middle course that was “just right.” He said it would allow parties large and small to bid for 5G spectrum. As to the suggestion the move to larger licenses was not good for rural America, he said that was just not true. He pointed to a variety of groups, including the Rural Wireless Association, who supported the county-sized licenses.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted for the previous three-year, census track license framework under then FCC chair Tom Wheeler, was not fan of the new approach. Continuing the O’Rielly analogy, she said it was like “doubling down on taxi medallions” in the Uber age.

She called it a retreat from a framework that had encouraged innovation and experimentation, from a bold vision to a return to stale policies. She called the compromise “messy” and not well suited to either today or tomorrow.

“NCTA strongly supports the commission’s adoption of the 3.5 GHz order today,“ said the cable trade group. “County-sized licenses strike the right balance to incent investment in 3.5 GHz licenses by a wide variety of existing network operators and new entrants in both urban and rural markets. We applaud Commissioner O’Rielly for his leadership in developing this compromise solution and look forward to working with other stakeholders and the commission on next steps to make deployment in the band a near-term reality.”

“Today’s action by the FCC, which adopts improved licensing rules for the 3.5 GHz band, is an important step forward for next generation connectivity including 5G,“ said Charter. “We thank Chairman Pai and Commissioner Mike O’Rielly for their leadership on this issue. The 3.5 GHz band is an important component of Charter’s mobile strategy and also has the potential to provide a cost-effective solution for delivering fixed wireless broadband, including in rural areas. Preserving significant opportunity for GAA unlicensed use as well as adopting a counties-based priority access licenses areas will promote increased competition and broadband deployment, bringing new innovations and the future of connectivity even closer for consumers in urban suburban and rural communities across the U.S.”

NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, one of the groups Pai cited, weighed in after the vote.

“NTCA welcomes the FCC’s approval of this report and order following robust discussion and engagement with providers of all sizes and stakeholders of all kinds in seeking to maximize the benefits that can be realized through the Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum band,” the group said. “Today’s action represents a balanced approach to making such spectrum available for effective commercial use throughout the country.”

“WIA applauds the FCC’s dedicated efforts to encourage investment in the CBRS band, ensuring it is fully utilized to benefit consumers,” said Wireless Infrastructure Association VP of government affairs Zac Champ. “Today’s action to establish an efficient licensing process will prove key to the successful and expeditious deployment of service in the 3.5 GHz band. The FCC has provided critical incentives for innovation as the wireless industry deploys 5G services. We commend the leadership of Commissioner O’Rielly and the entire commission in making this band ripe for investment.”

Not so happy was Public Knowledge, which backed the Wheeler-era framework.

“The FCC’s vote to upend its CBRS spectrum license rules takes spectrum that was earmarked to accommodate a wide variety of users, deployment models, and use cases and instead changes the rules and reallocates the 3.5 GHz band solely to benefit the deployment models of large wireless carriers and cable companies,” the group said. “As a result, rules that were intended to help small, rural broadband providers acquire spectrum to serve their communities and close the digital divide have been replaced with licensing rules that have repeatedly failed to provide rural America with real, reliable, and affordable broadband access.”

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From the Isle of Music, October 28-November 3:
No interviews this week, rather we feature music from Libre de Pecado by Beatriz Márquez, which won the Gran Premio, Cancionistica and Grabación categories of Cubadisco 2018 plus music from Liuba Maríá Hevia, who was awarded a Premio Especial Extraordinario in Cubadisco 2018.
The transmissions take place:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500–1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800–1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000–0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8–9PM EST in the US). This has been audible in parts of NW, Central and Southern Europe with an excellent skip to Italy recently.
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900–2000 UTC and Saturday 1200–1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
Also recommended:
Jetzt geht’s los! (Here We Go!), an excellent program of early German Jazz produced by Radio Ohne Nahmen, comes on right before FTIOM on Tuesdays from 1800–1900 UTC on Channel 292.

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, Oct 28 & 30, 2018
Episode 85 will feature some Estrellas de Areito recordings from Cuba.
The transmissions take place:
1. Sunday 2200–2230 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
2. Tuesday 2000–2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. If current propagation conditions hold, the broadcast should reach from Iceland to Western Russia, Scandinavia down to North Africa and the Middle East, AND a long bounce to parts of New Zealand.
Also recommended:
Marion’s Attic, a unique program produced and hosted by Marion Webster featuring early 20th Century records, Edison cylinders etc played on the original equipment, comes on immediately before UBMP on Sundays from 2100–2200 UTC on WBCQ 7490 Khz.

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More than half way! But still no proper daytime opening! And still no super New Zealand and Australia opening! Mount Loran does deliver nice things though, like WNVY-FL 1070, WSQR-IL 1180, WIBW-KS 580 and XEGS-SN 610. And recordings from previous days (and weeks!) also reveal interesting stations.

Asia/Pacific was less inspiring, but as usual, Tonga-1017 and Kiribati-1440 were up with nice signals early in the day. The band was rather noisy at the time.

The Daily Dinner Report: For starters we had — uh, well we sort of didn’t start. The main course was reindeer tenderloins and a potato paste with bacon mixed in. And a sauce with onion, shallot and leek. For dessert we had — uh, well we sort of didn’t have that. Asssorted cheese were chosen, but we all fell asleep in various body positions usually not associated with sleeping. So….!

Some morning rain, but the rest of the day was partly cloudy, dry and calm. Excellent for my first KONG37 8.5 km run. Temperatures around 4 Celsius, though colder in the morning with snow on the mountains. Pictures below were taken before sunset, hence the reddish glow.

Mountain plateau to the south

Sun setting over Kongsfjord village

View to the north and the antenna supports

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