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Sailor Grateful for Maritime Mobile Service Network Assistance

Arrl News - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:29

Phoenix sailor and radio amateur Timothy Henning, KE7WMZ, has expressed his gratitude to the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) for intercepting and handling his distress call on 14.300 MHz. Net control operator Harry Williams, W0LS, caught Henning’s call requesting assistance with an urgent medical condition on May 23. Henning, some 200 nautical miles south of Ensenada, Mexico, in his sail...

Yasme Foundation Director, Secretary Kip Edwards, W6SZN, SK

Arrl News - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:27

Yasme Foundation Director and Secretary G. Kip Edwards, W6SZN, of Indianola, Washington, died on June 6. An ARRL Life Member, he was 71. Yasme Foundation President Ward Silver, N0AX, said Edwards’ death will leave a big hole in the organization.

“Kip had been the Secretary of the Yasme Foundation for a long time and helped develop several grant programs, even donating personal equipment to some ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:00

“Field Day Antennas” is the topic of the latest (June 7) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor hims...

Internet Access to ARRL Headquarters to be Disrupted Briefly on June 10

Arrl News - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:31

Internet access to ARRL Headquarters in will be disrupted briefly on Sunday, June 10, as AT&T performs a required security upgrade and reboots an on-site router. The work will take place between 0400 and 1000 UTC. All internet access at Headquarters will be disrupted during the upgrade; all services will automatically resume as soon as connectivity is restored.

Affected systems include email, bu...

ARRL to Sponsor 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar

Arrl News - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 15:02

ARRL will sponsor a 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season webinar on Monday, June 11, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, June 12 UTC in US time zones). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2018 hurricane season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to attend this online presentation. Those planning to attend should register ...

Young US Radio Amateur Will Be Sole IARU Region 2 Attendee at YOTA Camp

Arrl News - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 19:12

Thirteen-year-old Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH, of Palm Coast, Florida, will be the only representative of International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) camp this summer in South Africa. Faith Hannah has mounted a GoFundMe campaign to cover expenses.

“When I was chosen to go to South Africa for the YOTA summer event, I was thrilled that the committee thought...

Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition Team Bracing for “Grim” Propagation

Arrl News - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:29

The 2018 KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition, set to get under way on June 27 and continue until July 7, is preparing for less-than-ideal conditions. The sponsoring Dateline DX Association (DDXA) said this week that its 15 operators are planning to maximize the times they will be available to work into propagation-challenged regions of the world. Their effort will include round-the-clock operation...

Hungary Regains Access to 60 Meters

Arrl News - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:40

Hungarian National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has published an update to the National Frequency Allocation Table to provide Amateur Radio access to the band 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP, per World Radiocommunication Conference 2015. Previously, 3-month permits were available to allow access to 5,350 to 5,450 kHz at 100 W, but these were discontinued ...

ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships

Arrl News - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:47

The ARRL Foundation has announced two new scholarships available to young radio amateurs to support their post-secondary education, bringing the total number of scholarships the Foundation administers to 81. The new scholarships have been endowed by the East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS) and the Palomar Amateur Radio Club (PARC). Applicants for the ECARS scholarship must be performing at ...

President Nominates Enforcement Bureau Official to FCC

Arrl News - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:34

Acting on a recommendation from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump has nominated FCC Enforcement Bureau Assistant Chief Geoffrey Starks to fill the Commission’s sole open seat. If confirmed by the US Senate, Starks would fill the seat vacated by Mignon Clyburn. Both are Democrats. Republican nominees have a 3-2 advantage on the FCC, which is headed by Chairman Ajit Pai...

USA ARDF Championships Get Under Way on June 14 in California

Arrl News - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:48

The 18th USA Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) will take place June 13-17 near Truckee, California, some 30 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada. The competition sites are at about 6,300 feet elevation near Donner Summit.

An unofficial practice day will take place on June 13. The opening day will be devoted to foxoring, a combination of radio direction finding and classic orient...

Unicorn-2A PocketQube to Launch Later this Year from Alaska

Arrl News - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:40

According to a BBC News report, a new UK-built PocketQube satellite, Unicorn-2A, developed by radio amateurs at Glasgow’s Alba Orbital, will launch later this year from Alaska.

Three radio amateurs at Alba Orbital worked on Unicorn-2A, which will have downlinks in the 437 MHz and 2400 MHz bands. One of the transmission modes will be LoRa, a patented wireless communication technology. A 3rd quart...

FCC Denies Petition Aimed at Preventing Interference from Digital Repeaters to Analog Repeaters

Arrl News - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 23:54

The FCC has turned away a Petition for Rulemaking from a Michigan radio amateur that asked the Commission to amend Section 97.205 of the Amateur Service rules to ensure that repeaters using digital communication protocols do not interfere with analog repeaters. Charles P. Adkins, K8CPA, of Lincoln Park, had specifically requested that discrete analog and digital repeaters be separated either by...

Politico Article Raises Visibility of Amateur Radio Parity Act Progress, Challenges

Arrl News - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 23:40

On May 23, the US House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included the language of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) cleared the House. The following day, a fiscal year 2019 Financial Services appropriations bill also containing Parity Act language cleared the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations and now ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 14:04

On May 30 at 0005 UTC the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a warning: “On 1 June geomagnetic activity is expected to increase to Active and Minor Storm levels due to arrival of the co-rotating interaction region and high-speed solar wind streams associated with the recurrent trans-equatorial coronal hole.”

On May 31 Spaceweather.com issued this Solar Wind Alert: “NOAA forecasters estimate...

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