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Sean Kutzko, KX9X, Appointed AMSAT Volunteer Coordinator

Arrl News - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:54

AMSAT President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, has announced the appointment of Sean Kutzko, KX9X, of Urbana, Illinois, as Volunteer Coordinator. Licensed since 1982, Kutzko served for 10 years on the ARRL Headquarters staff as Contest Branch Manager and as Media and Public Relations Manager.

“It’s an honor to be able to volunteer for AMSAT,” Kutzko said. “AMSAT is a great organization and helping find...

Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost Ventilator

Arrl News - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 20:26

Amateur radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to assist University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his engineering team in their quest to rapidly develop an open-source, low-cost patient ventilator that can be built anywhere from such commonly available components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves. The amateur radio volunteers are developing Arduino-based control so...

ARRL Headquarters is Closing

Arrl News - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:30

ARRL Headquarters will comply with an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities reduce in-person workforces by 100% no later than March 23, 2020, at 8 PM. ARRL will equip as many Headquarters staffers as possible to work remotely.

W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions will continue. Customer service representatives ...

ARRL Headquarters Remains in Operation, Many Staffers Working Remotely

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

Interim ARRL Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, informed members on March 20 that ARRL will remain operational to meet their needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Shelley noted that ARRL is taking steps to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees, in line with the recommendations provided by US and Connecticut health officials and government leaders.

“We have...

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Nominated for Another Term

Arrl News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 19:51

President Donald Trump has nominated FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for another 5-year term on the Commission. The nomination was sent to the US Senate on March 18. O’Rielly was initially appointed to the FCC in 2013 by President Barack Obama.

“During my tenure at the Commission, I have advocated for preserving and advancing American free market principles to develop common sense regulation a...

Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters

Arrl News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 19:11

The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part of the gap left by the current unfortunate situatio...

West Coast Qualifying Run for March 21 Canceled

Arrl News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 19:01

Because of shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the West Coast Qualifying Run scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at 2100 UTC (2 PM PDT) has been canceled. These transmissions normally take place from K6KPH at the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) museum at the Point Reyes National Seashore. The park has closed all visitor centers and suspended volunteer activit...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Arrl News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 18:22

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.


The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 13:34

On Wednesday, reported a new emerging Cycle 25 sunspot in the sun’s Northern Hemisphere, but it was not yet numbered. By the next day (yesterday) it had already faded away into nothingness.

In last week’s bulletin we reported sunspots on just two days, March 8 and 9.

Average daily sunspot number over this reporting week (March 12-18) declined to zero from 3.6, and daily solar flu...

K3YV Wins the March QST Cover Plaque Award

Arrl News - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:44

The winning article for the March 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “Leaky” Antenna Switches by Ellwood (Woody) Brem, K3YV.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the April issue today.


FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee

Arrl News - Wed, 03/18/2020 - 19:27

In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based on Materne’s response to the NAL, the agency affirmed the fine in a March 12...

Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication Exercise

Arrl News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:27

Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) canceled the Ohio ARES State Conference set for April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic and repurposed the date for a statewide communication exercise, with an emphasis on communicating from home.

“Ohio has a high-profile station at the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), with regular weekly EOC nets,” ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broa...

One VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference Postponed, Another Canceled

Arrl News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 18:23

One of two US VHF-UHF-microwave groups has canceled its 2020 conference, while another has postponed its event.

The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHFS) Board of Directors has announced the indefinite postponement of the annual SVHFS Conference. “Because of the health and safety concerns of our society members and the uncertainty of time of our national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic, ...

WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee Sticking to Schedule for Now

Arrl News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 18:20



The World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) Organizing Committee is, at least for now, staying on course for the event in Italy, in light of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We understand this is disrupting travel and operating plans in ways that affect different areas of the world unequally. However, it is not realistic for us to predict the extent and evolution o...

Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show

Arrl News - Sun, 03/15/2020 - 23:54

For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancelations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency. 

“The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and st...


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