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AMSAT Academy to be Held Prior to Dayton Hamvention

Arrl News - Fri, 03/06/2020 - 16:36

AMSAT® is hosting AMSAT Academy on May 14, the day before Dayton Hamvention®. This is a unique opportunity to learn about amateur radio in space and working FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites currently in orbit. AMSAT Academy will be held Thursday, May 14, from 9 AM until 5 PM at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Dayton, Ohio.

The $85 reg...

Saint Patrick’s Day Special Event Set

Arrl News - Fri, 03/06/2020 - 14:44

Many radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on the air as part of the St Patrick Award. The 48-hour event will take place from 1200 UTC on March 16 until 1200 UTC on March 18. Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17. SWLs are invited to take part. Awards will be in five categories: SPD Station Award (for registered stations); Fixed/Portable Station Award; Digital Station Awa...

Georgia Institute of Technology CubeSat to Feature Amateur Radio Robot Operation

Arrl News - Fri, 03/06/2020 - 14:37

The Glenn Lightsey Research Group’s Space Systems Design Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology is sponsoring a 1U CubeSat mission that will include a digital robot. The primary function of the GT-1 satellite is to serve as an educational proof of concept and satellite bus demonstrator. Georgia Tech will use this mission as an opportunity for undergraduates to get involved in all facets of ...

Former CQ Amateur Radio Magazine Awards Editor Eddie De Young, KS4AA, SK

Arrl News - Wed, 03/04/2020 - 20:03

Weeks after stepping down due to health issues, CQ Amateur Radio Magazine Awards Editor Eddie De Young, KS4AA (ex-VK4AN, KH6GLU, AE7AA), of Clearwater, Florida, died on February 25, after a period of ill health. He was an ARRL member. De Young had held the position for less than a year, according to CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU.

A ham since 1954, De Young migrated to Australia in 1974, earning W...

Amateur Radio Club President is among Two Killed in Knife Attack

Arrl News - Wed, 03/04/2020 - 20:00

The president of the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society in California, Paul McIntyre, KC5JAX, was one of two individuals killed on February 28 in a knife attack by a client at a recovery center. McIntyre, a father of two, had been interning at the Wellness and Recovery Center in Carmichael as part of his training to become a social worker. He was 57. Two other victims survived the ...

IARU Region 2 Seeks Help in Remaking Amateur Radio for the 21st Century

Arrl News - Wed, 03/04/2020 - 19:46

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) is looking for a few young hams interested in helping to remake amateur radio for the 21st century.

“Frustrated that there are so few of your friends and age group that are interested in ham radio? Frustrated that amateur radio is in a rut, not doing more or different things with technology? Concerned that an aging demographic mea...

Yasme Foundation will Honor 4U1UN Reactivation Team with its Excellence Award on March 6

Arrl News - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 20:47

The Yasme Foundation will present its Excellence Award on March 6 to the individuals responsible for reactivating the United Nations Headquarters amateur radio station, 4U1UN. The project took more than 4 years to complete.

As announced earlier, those receiving the award are James Sarte, K2QI, and Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA. The team used an innovative in-house remote concept: the station is locat...

ARRL Foundation Announces Matching Scholarship Grants by Amateur Radio Digital Communications

Arrl News - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 16:16

ARRL Foundation President Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV, announced this week that the non-profit Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has generously agreed to award a grant to the ARRL Foundation to match the Foundation’s 2020-2021 scholarships on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to a total of $200,000.

“The ARRL Foundation Board is honored to partner with ARDC to award ARDC’s Amateur Radio Di...

South Orkneys VP8PJ DXpedition Team to Head Home on March 6

Arrl News - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 13:21

The VP8PJ South Orkney Islands DXpedition now under way has put nearly 60,000 contacts into the log, since operation began on February 22. Over the weekend, heavy winds damaged some antennas.

“Major winds swept through again overnight,” the team reported on March 2. “The 40-meter four-square is now a single vertical. Other verticals damaged again as well, but quickly repaired.”

The team will begi...

Henry Radio Los Angeles Founder Ted Henry, W6UOU, is 100

Arrl News - Mon, 03/02/2020 - 20:36

Henry Radio Los Angeles founder Ted Henry, W6UOU, turned 100 years old on January 25. The fascinating Henry family history in amateur radio marketing and manufacturing dates back to the late 1920s.

The original Henry Radio shop, started by Ted’s brother Bob Henry, W0ARA, opened in 1927 in their hometown of Butler, Missouri, selling equipment and parts for the then-new ham radio hobby. The store ...

ARRL Podcasts Schedule

Arrl News - Mon, 03/02/2020 - 18:38

The latest (February 13) episode of the On the Air podcast focuses on building the hands-free soldering tool from the article, “Extend Your Handheld’s Range with a Simple Ground-Plane Antenna,” seen in the January/February 2020 issue of On the Air magazine; a discussion of open-wire feed lines, and an interview with a public service volunteer. A new On the Air podcast will become available on M...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Arrl News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 21:43

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham Radio Gear

Arrl News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 18:15

The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built four flight units, and the first will be installed in ...

UK Telecoms Regulator Ends Policy of Granting Two-Letter Call Sign Suffixes

Arrl News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 18:13

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has said it no longer will issue two-letter suffix call signs to Full Licence holders. Since mid-2018, radio amateurs attaining the highest-class license have been able to apply for “short”call signs such as M5xx. The policy has provided a major incentive to upgrade. Ofcom said call signs with only two letters in the suffix are only available to applicants ...


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