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Maritime Mobile Service Network Comes to the Aid of Vessel in Distress

Arrl News - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 20:01

The Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN) on 14.300 MHz came to the assistance of a sailing vessel on June 25. MMSN control operator Steven Carpenter, K9UA, took a call on 20 meters from Ian Cummings, KB4SG, the skipper of the Mystic Lady, then some 40 miles east of Florida. Cummings reported that his engine had failed as he was attempting to return to his home port of Stuart, Florida. He not only...

THe K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 12:17

No sunspots this week. The pattern persists, and this surprises me. But Spaceweather.com reported a couple of weak, barely emerging spots, never numbered, and by their magnetic polarity were from new Cycle 25.

We rely on NOAA for official sunspot numbers, and the most recent one reported was 11 on June 15. See ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/indices/DSD.txt.

Average daily solar flux over the recent r...

Intrepid-DX Group Announces Youth Essay Contest

Arrl News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 13:55

The Intrepid-DX Group, a US-based IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes amateur radio in developing countries, has announced its first Youth Essay Contest. The prize is a new Icom IC-7300 transceiver, which the winner must agree to keep and use for 1 year.

Participants will prepare a two-page essay answering these questions: (1) What are your amateur radio goals? and (2) What can w...

Canada Day 2020 Contest Under Way

Arrl News - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 08:29

Prominent Radio Amateur Helping to Lead US Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Study

Arrl News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 23:38

Well-known contester, DXer, and National Contest Journal (NCJ) Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, has been “substantially” stepping back from ham radio while offering his expertise to the US convalescent plasma COVID-19 Expanded Access Program. The study began in early April under the leadership of Dr. Michael Joyner, MD, of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Peter Marks, MD, PhD and Dr. Nicole Verdun, MD, of the US...

New IARU Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Coordinator Appointed

Arrl News - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 15:13

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has appointed Martin Sach, G8KDF, as global Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Coordinator, succeeding Tore Worren, LA9QL.

“EMC is a major challenge for all radiocommunication services,” the IARU noted. “Radio amateurs are experiencing increased interference caused by unwanted radio frequency emissions from a wide variety, and ...

National Hurricane Center’s WX4NHC Annual Station Test is Successful

Arrl News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:52

On May 30, operators at WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), working from home, conducted the annual readiness check of the station and of other amateur radio stations and operators around the country and world. WX4NHC is marking its 40th year of public service in 2020. Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator at the NHC Julio Ripoll, WD4R, reported that five WX4NHC operators made 146 cont...

AMSAT Announces 2020 Board of Directors Candidates

Arrl News - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:49

The following candidates for seats on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors have been found to have their membership in good standing and their nomination credentials in order:

  • Howard DeFelice, AB2S
  • Mark Hammond, N8MH
  • Jeff Johns, WE4B
  • Robert McGwier, N4HY
  • Bruce Paige, KK5DO
  • Paul Stoetzer, N8HM.

AMSAT will elect three voting members of the Board this year, with seats going to the three candidates receiv...

K9JM to transmit CW Version of 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

Arrl News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 22:07

West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM will transmit the CW version of the 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin on 80 and 40 meters. On Saturday, June 27, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT (1430 UTC). On Saturday evening, the CW version will be transmitted at 5:30 PM PDT (Sunday at 0030 UTC). On Sunday, June 28, the CW version of the bulletin will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT (143...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Arrl News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 15:36

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

Illinois Section Manager Steps Down, New SM Appointed

Arrl News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:30

Illinois Section Manager Ron Morgan, AD9I, has stepped down due to health concerns that became apparent just as he was ready to start a new term. He was re-elected in the spring Section Manager election cycle. Morgan, of East Peoria, has been Section Manager since February 2017. Thomas Beebe, W9RY, of Marion, has been appointed as the Illinois Section Manager, effective July 1, to fulfill the 2...

MARS Announces HF Skills Exercise

Arrl News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:12

Virginia Air & Space Center Ends Relationship with Ham Radio

Arrl News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:11

Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC) Executive Director and CEO Robert Griesmer has advised that the Center’s amateur radio station exhibit will be discontinued, effective July 1, when the Center, in Hampton, Virginia, reopens. VASC is the official visitor center for NASA’s Langley, Virginia, facility. 

“We have been told to be out of the VASC by June 30,” Griesmer said. “Currently we are in the p...

THe K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:13

No sunspots were observed since June 15, when the daily sunspot number was 11. This does not mean there were 11 sunspots seen, but instead it means that one sunspot group was observed containing one sunspot. The sunspot number is derived by assigning 10 points for each sunspot group, and one point for each sunspot. So, 11 is the minimum non-zero sunspot number.

On June 8, the daily sunspot numbe...

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Issues Field Day 2020 Statement

Arrl News - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:22

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has released a statement in advance of ARRL Field Day 2020.

Dear ARRL Members,

For the first time since the event was introduced in 1933, ARRL Field Day will indeed be significantly different this year. Continuing public safety restrictions due to COVID-19 will force many of you to operate from home, while some radio clubs, where permitted, will venture outside...

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