Coronavirus affects amateur radio events worldwide

RSGB

There is no doubt that these are challenging times. However, licensed radio amateurs have a great way of keeping in touch with one another across the world. Clubs and groups are launching virtual meetings to make sure no-one feels isolated in the coming weeks.

We have also seen radio amateurs step up with extra nets and repeater check-ins to provide welfare checks on all local amateurs.

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RSGB HF and VHF contest rules changes

RSGB

As a result of the UK government’s recent advice on social distancing, it is with regret that the HF Contest Committee (HFCC) and the VHF Contest Committee (VHFCC) have decided that, with immediate effect and until the end of June 2020, we will no longer accept multi-operator contest entries for any RSGB Contest.

Single operator entries from shared stations will also not be accepted, unless the station is being shared by family members living at the same postal address. The HFCC has taken the decision that the RSGB HF CW NFD Contest (June) is cancelled for this year.

We have decided not to ban portable operation by single operators because of the potential mental health benefits associated with engaging in hobbies etc. as well as the lack of person-to-person contact in normal single operator contesting. However, we encourage everyone to follow the government guidelines regarding social distancing and unnecessary travel.

We will review these rule changes regularly in line with the most recent government advice to determine if we need to extend or modify the restrictions. In early June we will decide if the VHF NFD, the IOTA Contest and SSB NFD can go ahead as planned.

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FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee

ARRL

In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based on Materne’s response to the NAL, the agency affirmed the fine in a March 12 Forfeiture Order (FO).

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Snart stänger Amsterdam – här hamstrar de marijuana

Expressen

Nederländerna hade på måndagen bokfört omkring 1400 personer smittade med coronavirus, och 19 dödsfall.

Regeringen har nu infört nya regler som förbjuder krogar, barer och kaféer att hålla öppet. Livsmedelsbutiker har dock lov att vara öppna. Detta för att minska fortsatt spridning av viruset.

Även skolorna i landet har stängts till den 6 april, liksom gym, sportklubbar och offentliga bastuanläggningar.

Elever ska plugga på distans

På söndagen stängdes också så kallade coffeeshops i Amsterdam där man kan köpa och legalt konsumera olika cannabisprodukter.

Det ledde till köbildning på vissa ställen där kunderna ville ta chansen att köpa marijuana en sista gång före stängning, rapporterade nyhetsbyrån AP.

Elever och studenter i Nederländerna har inte fått något coronalov betonar myndigheter. Undervisningen ska i stället ske på distans med internetuppkopplade datorer tills skolorna tillåts öppna igen.

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Screw you, Xi Jinping

Läser i media att en kinesisk statsägd tidning säger att Sverige borde fördömas av EU för vår hantering av Corona-viruset.

Jag säger: Screw you, Xi Jinping!

Man kan inte komma och uttala sig negativt om Sveriges hantering av denna mycket svåra situation när man själv visar sitt diktatoriska ansikte genom att avskeda läkare som talar i klartext om viruset, när man svetsar igen portarna till hyreshus för att invånarna inte ska komma ut och när man griper en svensk medborgare i Thailand och för honom till Kina.

Det senaste utspelet är inget annat än ett drag i schackpartiet där bokförläggaren Gui Minhai står i centrum.

Mitt förslag är att alla surfar in på https://freeguiminhai.org/ och tar del av deras nyhetsbrev.

Och under tiden, så att inget är oklart: Screw you, Xi Jinping!

Coronavirus affects amateur radio events around the world

RSGB

The RSGB is, like all responsible organisations, following government advice about the Covid-19 virus. The Society is still planning to hold its AGM in Birmingham but is ready to change these plans as necessary if advice about public meetings is upgraded. We will, of course, keep Members informed so please do check our website and social media channels for updates.

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ARRL Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW

ARRL

As part of efforts under way to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees and volunteers from the impacts of the coronavirus, ARRL has decided to suspend all tours and guest visits to Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW and ARRL Headquarters, effective Monday, March 16. Out of an abundance of caution, this suspension will be in effect until further notice.

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