Janet K0JE and Janice K0JA – Ham Radio Twins

The 86-year-old identical twins studied electrical engineering and worked for pioneering computer companies at a time when few women had careers in STEM fields.

Janet and Janice Robidoux, have stuck together through a lifetime of adventures, which include building and racing canoes, driving RVs to every state and studying STEM [ANTRANIK TAVITIAN, STAR TRIBUNE]

They’ve travelled the world via the airwaves as avid ham radio operators, a hobby they took up in their teens…………..Read MORE .

ICQ Podcast Now 13 Years Old!!!!

Hi fellow ‘Hams’

This week we were confused, as we heard doors slam, toys were thrown and attitude from our little baby.

Martin and Colin looked at each other and realised that the ICQPodcast is now a teenager – 13th years old.

What a year we have all had. Hamfests have fallen by the wayside, COVID has removed the connection with clubs and friends and travel restrictions have restricted field operations.

During this time, your ICQPodcast team has continued to produce shows fortnightly. The DMR network is bring together listeners from around the world to build friendships and knowledge.

Your help is vital to make our teenager happy

Now, as we celebrate our thirteenth birthday, with listeners in over one hundred countries, and countless friends made along the way, we are asking for your annual support to keep the ICQPodcast free of commercial adverting.

Single Donation

Our most popular donation, one-off donation of £13 to celebrate twelve years of the show – http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

Subscriptions Keep the Lights On. One-off donations are easy, but to really support the show, consider a subscription donation. Many listeners support the show from as little as £1 a month – http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

Your support has been amazing

It’s hard to put into words the encouragement and positivity that have been received from listeners over the years. When times have been tough, a kind word or comment about the show gives us the strength to continue.

Keep your family and yourself safe during these times
Thanking you in advance

73 ICQPodcast Team

The Demise Of Airwave In UK – You Couldn’t Make It Up

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Motorola Expects U.K. Government to Extend Airwave Contract

“The Home Office originally expected that emergency services could start using this ESN in September 2017, allowing Airwave to be replaced by December 2019, but a report last year revealed that the new network was £3.1bn over budget and wouldn’t be ready until December 2022″

“In September, during a hearing before the U.K. Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, representatives of the Home Office said that the Airwave network would likely operate until 2024 due to the ESN delays.”

Nothing like an efficient Government ??? (COX)

Cooperative Effort to Resolve Potential 70-Centimetre Interference Issue (US)

The FCC, and the US Department of Defense are cooperating in an effort to eliminate the possibility of amateur radio interference on 70 centimetres to critical systems at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. The Defense Department’s Regional Spectrum Coordinator contacted the FCC in March, seeking information on whom to contact regarding detected amateur transmissions it believed could pose a threat to a critical WSMR system operating on 70 centimetres. The FCC, in turn, asked ARRL to be involved in the discussion and any necessary remedial efforts. It is to be noted that the Amateur Radio Service is a secondary service on the band…………READ MORE  .

German Radio Hams Tackling RF Noise Pollution

DARC reports 35 Electrical Noise Area Monitoring Systems (ENAMS) have been delivered and another 20 locations are sought as part of the effort to monitor the interference from human-made noise on the HF bands

ENAMS is based on nationwide installed measuring stations that work as a network. With their help, the DARC can make scientifically reliable statements about interference levels on the frequencies. As is well known, the interference has increased in recent years, as various consumer devices drive up the noise level.

The ENAMS project was funded by the DARC Membership Pro in 2018.

ENAMS – https://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/emv/enams/