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Ham Radio Newscast Producer Hap Holly, KC9RP, and The RAIN Report Retiring

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 10:25 AM PDT

Hap Holly, KC9RP, who’s been producing theÂ*The RAIN ReportÂ*Amateur Radio
newscast every week for 30 years, has announced that he’s retiring and
closing downÂ*The RAIN ReportÂ*(Radio Amateur Information Network). “The
archives will remain online for those who want to download and/or broadcast
them,” Holly told ARRL. “My thought is to expand the archive fromÂ*RAIN
Reports that have never been archived.” A ham since 1969, Holly, a prolific
reporter of Dayton Hamvention news and forum accounts over the years, said
he’ll produce a “Farewell toÂ*The RAIN Report” newscast. The grand finale
could run over more than one episode and will include clips —Â*now being
solicitedÂ*— from individuals heard onÂ*The RAIN Report in past years.

Ham Radio Equipment Donated in Dominica

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 10:25 AM PDT

Dominica News OnlineÂ*reportsÂ*that four handheld Amateur Radio transceivers
have been donated to the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities
(DAPD), allowing DAPD members who have received Amateur Radio training to
get on the air. Two Swedish members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc.
(DARCI) who had joined the DAPD handled the presentation. During an
interview with DBS Radio, DAPD Executive Director Nathalie Murphy expressed
her gratitude to DARCI for the donation. “It’s one thing to do the theory,
but it’s another thing to do the practicals, and without such devices that
won’t be possible, so we want to extend a big thank you to the Dominica
Amateur Radio Club Inc. for considering us and ensuring that the program
that we followed now we are able to implement it practically,” Murphy said.
“After you have had the training and you have been certified as an Amateur
Radio user, you have to get your license issued by the National
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, and our applications are before

Orkney Islands DXpedition Announces Call Sign

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 10:25 AM PDT

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) team planning the 2020 DXpedition to
Orkney Islands will use the call sign VP8/VP8DXU. The team reports that
radio and antenna strategies are complete, and work is under way on
detailed project plans. Elecraft will provide K3S transceivers as well as
amplifiers and panadapters for the adventure.

Make: Magazine Going Dark

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 10:25 AM PDT

Maker Media, which publishedÂ*Make:Â*magazine and produced Maker Faire, has
laid off its staff and is terminating operations due to financial problems.
Maker Media CEO and founder Dale DoughertyÂ*confirmed toÂ*TechCrunchÂ*that the
company was ceasing operations and that it had laid off all 22 employees,
citing financial difficulties with publishing a magazine and the lack of
corporate sponsorship.

FCC Settles with Massachusetts Pirate Broadcaster

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 10:25 AM PDT

After filing a civil action and seeking an injunction to stop a
church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester,
Massachusetts, the US Attorney’s Office this week reached a settlement with
the station’s operators, Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International
Church. US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief
Rosemary Harold announced the settlement on June 10. Oburoni and the church
admitted that they had operated an FM broadcast station without a license.
According to a consent decree filed on June 10 and subject to court
approval, Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church agree not to do
so in the future. They also agreed to surrender all of their broadcasting

On-the-Air Activity to Mark 50th Anniversary of First Market Reef DXpedition

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 10:25 AM PDT

The Aland Islands Postal Administration is issuing a postcard this year to
commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first DXpedition to Market Reef,
OJ0MR, in late December 1969 and its attainment of DXCC status. Soon after
that initial operation, the permanent lighthouse keeper, Karl-Erik, OJ0MA,
also hit the airwaves, and a stream of DXpeditions followed, establishing
Market Reef as a dream location for hundreds of operators. The Northern
California DX Foundation and the Finnish DX Foundation later assisted the
Finnish Light House Society (FLS) to restore the remote DX outpost between
the Aland Islands and Sweden.

This year, many veteran DXpeditioners will return to Market Reef, including
some up-and-coming young DXers from Finland and Sweden. The activity, which
got under way on June 8, may even extend into the winter in order to catch
the best low-band openings. OJ0A and OJ0Z will be on the air starting on
July 6. Market Reef will also be active as OJ0B during the IARU HF World
Championship Contest over the July 13 – 14 weekend. Youth Week will follow,
with OJ0C on the air starting on July 15, followed by an Islands on the Air
operation as OJ0DX, starting on July 27. For International
Lighthouse/Lightship weekend, August 17 – 18, the call sign OJ0O will be

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