January 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm #40604
Master of DisasterParticipant
With a continued partial lapse in federal government funding, the Federal Communications Commission will suspend most operations in the middle of the day on Thursday, January 3. At that time, employees will have up to four hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations.
The actual plan is here and is pretty much ‘except for the FCC Chair and Commissioners, and emergency coordinators, don’t expect much if anything.’January 6, 2019 at 7:06 pm #40658
Woo wh00! Time to get out the 2-watt FM transmitter and do some REAL local radio!January 7, 2019 at 2:47 am #40659
Pirates everywhere….While the cats away, the mice will play…January 7, 2019 at 4:31 am #40660
Pirates everywhere….While the cats away, the mice will play…
Oh Yeah, where? please tell us more!January 7, 2019 at 10:11 am #40663
On another board, there are somewhat frequent mentions of loggings of shortwave pirates that operate between 49 m and 40 m. However, these stations are not heard on the West coast, to the best of my knowledge.January 8, 2019 at 11:41 am #40674
A bummer for me regarding the FCC shutdown is that I am trying to renew my amateur radio license. I can’t remember my password, as I haven’t used it in 10 years. I can’t contact tech support people to have it reset.January 8, 2019 at 12:01 pm #40675
So what, Billy Boy of 3840 fame has been expired since 2007January 10, 2019 at 2:29 pm #40686
Re: FCC shutdown today (Thursday)
I wonder why stuff below 30 MHz. is treated specially?
Are there weapons systems down there?
“Staff of the High Frequency Direction Finding (HFDF) Center will operate the high frequency antenna system used to protect life and property.”January 11, 2019 at 10:17 am #40692
I, too, am perplexed that the FCC sees HF as being so crucial that they have to keep a direction finding center open. I had thought that their top priorities today are interference to the VHF aeronautical band and to the mobile phone bands.
- Are there over-the-horizon radar installations that they are trying to protect from interference?
- Are they focusing on HF bands used by trans-oceanic flights?
- Are they trying to prevent jamming of those “numbers stations” that are officially not supposed to exist? (I don’t think that this is likely.)
- Are there military two-way radio frequencies that they are trying to protect? Of course, in the modern world, governmental agencies have better communications tools at their disposal than HF radio, but I can see why they might want a backup.
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