Ham Radio Club Public Interaction

The Highway Amateur Radio Club had a display at the Watercrest Mall to interact with people about the purpose of the club and to dispel any incorrect preconceived ideas they may have about this hobby.

The club was formed in June 1996 following the disbanding of the branches of the South African Radio League to allow for the formation of independent clubs.

Media Report - 
http://highwaymail.co.za/244902/radio-club-interacts-with-the-public/

5 MHz for Ireland

The Irish Radio Transmitters Society have just announced that Irish radio amateurs can use the WRC-15 band of 5.3515 MHz to 5.3665 MHz with immediate effect.

No application is necessary and the power limit is 15 watts.

More Information - http://ei7gl.blogspot.ie/2016/12/irish-radio-amateurs-gain-secondary.html

New Australian 60m Band

Although the updated Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan commences on the first of January – the Australian Communications and Media Authority has many T’s to cross and many I’s to dot before we can begin to use the new 60 metre Amateur band at 5.3 megahertz.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), at the World Radiocommunication Conference in November 2015 (WRC-15), approved the worldwide allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis.

The Amateur Service is not the only one affected, and many other radiocommunications stakeholders have to wait for the administrative and regulatory details to be updated before the changed provisions of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan 2017 – posted on the ACMA website in the week before Christmas – can be exploited.

Ofcom Changes Callsign Policy

Until September 2016 Ofcom would issue lists of unallocated amateur radio call signs to help people select a new call, this has now changed.

In December 2016, UK Amateur Radio Operator  Mike Lewis wrote to Ofcom asking for a list of available callsigns.

We do not hold a list of call signs that are available. Due to a system change, the assignment of call signs is now done using an algorithm rather than “grabbing” from a list.
— Julia Snape Ofcom

Management Restructure at HRD

Following recent customer service issues, Ham Radio Deluxe have restructured their management team.

“Ham Radio Deluxe software would have been abandoned in 2011 without Rick’s partnership. Rick’s day-to-day leadership in running the business has contributed to the vitality and functionality of Ham Radio Deluxe.”
— HRD co-owner Dr Michael Carper.

Rick Ruhl, a co-owner since buying the code base in 2011 has decided to pursue other interests.

The company has acted after users who publicly posted negative reviews of the product suffered when their software licence was disabled remotely.

Ruhl accepted responsibility for the poor customer service, initially blaming outsourced customer service issues.

There have been claims that Ruhl had threatened customers who had spoken critically of the product with legal action.

Ruhl has suggested that his health and medication had affected his judgement and that he is seeking medical advice.

A new end user agreement will be sent to customers to advise the changes the company will make to resolve the issues

Media Story - http://go.theregister.com/tl/1684/-5273/devops-and-continuous-delivery?td=wptl1684bt