ITAR in ARRL Executive Committee Minutes

ITARThe minutes of the ARRL Executive Committee, Number 496, March 24, make reference to the US Federal Government ITAR regulations. These regulations put US radio amateurs under threat of jail terms or six figure fines if they even talk about certain aspects of their hobby.

ITAR has prevented US amateurs from co-operating with other amateurs around the world on projects such as the P3E satellite and the New Zealand KiwiSat.

ITAR regulations made it almost impossible for AMSAT-NA to work with their international AMSAT partners on the Eagle project and forced the Eagle Wikipeadia to be shutdown.

The recent involvement of the ARRL in this matter is very welcome, the minutes say:

4.1.7. AMSAT has been in communication with the ARRL regarding problems it faces as a result of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which inexplicably apply even to amateur satellites. The ARRL Board received a briefing as described at Minute 29 of its January 2012 meeting. Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX, accompanied AMSAT representatives to a meeting on Capitol Hill. ARRL will continue to cooperate with AMSAT as it seeks a solution.

The minutes of the ARRL Executive Committee, Number 496, March 24, can be read at

A 2009 IARU Region 3 report highlights that ITAR requirements made AMSAT-NA direct its members to cease cooperation with AMSAT-ZL in the development of KiwiSAT.

ITAR impact on the Eagle project

The 2005 amateur radio P3E IHU project killed by ITAR

ITAR impact on satellite launches

HamRadioNow – AMSAT Edition

In this HamRadioNow video Lou McFadin W5DID describes the ARISSat-1 satellite, using the operational model at the AMSAT booth at the Orlando HamCation. HamRadioNow says Gary KN4AQ feels inadequate in the presence of such accomplished hams, and he insults the astronauts. That makes Lou uncomfortable, so he goes on to talk about the future of AMSAT and ARISSat.

Lou says that the reason for the ARISSat-1 435 MHz antenna snapping off was due to damage in transit up to the Internatonal Space Station (ISS). He mentions that he hopes NASA can be persuaded to take ARISSat-2 to the ISS. Lou also describes the problems caused by the US Federal Government ITAR restrictions.

Watch HamRadioNow Episode 2, Part 2 – AMSAT

The grab handles shown on ARISSat were supplied by a member of AMSAT-UK.

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