WWV and WWVH Shutdown in 2019

The NIST FY 2019 Presidential Budget Request includes funding for the “shutdown of NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii.” 1

NIST plans to shut down these valuable resources even though their own WWV page boasts of the station having millions of listeners worldwide.

Everyone who uses WWV/WWVH, or just recognizes the value of these resources to our nation, is encouraged to sign the White House petition to maintain funding for NIST stations WWV & WWVH and to contact their elected representatives in Congress.

New Part 95 Rules Published in the Federal Register

On August 14, 2018, ARRL reported:

Reorganized and updated FCC Personal Radio Services (PRS) Part 95 rules have been published in The Federal Register. … Effective September 30, 2019, it will be illegal to manufacture or import handheld portable radio equipment capable of operating under FRS rules and under other licensed or licensed-by-rule services. 1

The updated regulation is effective September 28, 2018.

An Overview of Yaesu System Fusion II

On August 15, 2018, John Kruk N9UPC—National Sales Manager, Yaesu USA—presented An Overview of Yaesu System Fusion II, a Yaseu Education System (YES Network) webinar.

This hour long webinar covered a variety of System Fusion, Wires-X, and IMRS topics including an explanation of the difference between System Fusion and System Fusion II.

Questions specific to firmware, software, or future features were not answered during the webinar.