Radio Spectrum Management Traces an Activated Unregistered Personal Locator Beacon

Radio Spectrum Management Traces an Activated Unregistered Personal Locator Beacon

Recently, the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in New Zealand asked RSM for help locating an unregistered Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)*. The PLB was successfully located due to the capability of the RSM compliance team.

The beacon was thought to be obscured from the sky, as satellite passes were occurring without detection. The RCC gave the PLB fix a tolerance of +/- 6 nautical miles (10.8 kilometres). Aircraft were not hearing the homing signal on 121.5 MHz (that the PLB also transmits on) – despite being close to an airport.

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The Internet’s Impact on International Radio

Many broadcasters saved money by moving from high-power shortwave transmissions to the web. But at what cost?

During the height of the Cold War (1947–1991), the shortwave radio bands were alive with international state-run broadcasters; transmitting their respective views in multiple languages to listeners around the globe.

In the seeming peace that followed, many governments no longer saw the sense in spending millions on multi-megawatt transmitters and vast antenna farms to keep broadcasting their messages globally.

Article by James Careless - https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/the-internets-impact-on-international-radio

146MHz band Gets Extra Year

Ofcom has agreed to extend for a further year the Notice of Variation (NoV) for 146-147MHz to encourage radio amateurs to experiment and test new communications schemes and systems.

The current NoVs expire on 31 October 2019. Any Full licence holder may apply for an experimental NoV for the 146-147MHz band