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New ISS Crew Member’s Ham Radio Contact to Highlight a Wider Educational Effort

Arrl News - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 23:06

Recent International Space Station (ISS) arrival Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, will take the mic of the station’s NA1SS on April 10 to answer questions posed by students at Pinson Valley High School in Alabama, where ham radio already has a foothold. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will sponsor the ham radio event with Arnold, who arrived on station on March 23 with Drew Feuste...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:59

We only saw sunspots over two days of this past week, March 30 and 31 when the daily sunspot numbers were 11 and 12. There were no sunspots during the previous week, so the average daily sunspot number rose from 0 to 3.3.

Average daily solar flux changed from 68.2 to 68.6.

Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average daily planetary A index declining from 10.6 to 5, and average mid-latitude A ...

ARRL Searching for its Next CEO

Arrl News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 18:38

ARRL is seeking a full-time Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Newington, Connecticut, to direct its day-to-day activities. ARRL has 159,000 members, an annual budget of $15 million, 90 paid employees, a nationwide network of volunteers, and an elected board of 15 directors. ARRL publishes a monthly membership journal, QST, as well as many publications on radio-related topics; sponsors educationa...

Apparent First 2200-Meter Transatlantic Contact by US Radio Amateur Reported

Arrl News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:18

In late March, Paul Kelley, N1BUG, of Milo, Maine, completed what may have been the first transatlantic 2200-meter contact by a US radio amateur under Amateur Radio rules. Signals in this part of the spectrum and lower previously have spanned the Atlantic in one direction, and Canadian radio amateurs have reported transatlantic contacts on the band dating back several years.

“To the best of my k...

Frequency Measuring Test Set for April 6 UTC

Arrl News - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 19:02

The April Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) will take place on Friday, April 6, 0100 until 0225 UTC (the evening of Thursday, April 5 in US time zones). The format for the April FMT is a single-frequency exercise with one transmitting station in eastern Oklahoma, K5CM. Measure the key-down transmitted frequency and report your results.

Submit your results by April 9 at 0300 UTC, at which time the r...

ARRL Public Relations Committee Gets New Leadership, Updated Mission and Goals

Arrl News - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 18:23

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is undergoing some changes under the leadership of new committee chair Steve “Sid” Caesar, NH7C, with ARRL Board Liaison and Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, and ARRL Communications Manager David Isgur. An ARRL Life Member who has served on the PR Committee for about 3 years, Caesar succeeds Scott Westerman, W9WSW, as chair.

The mission and g...

New ARRL CEO Comes Aboard Facing Challenges and Change

Arrl News - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 17:58

ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, moved one floor down at ARRL Headquarters earlier this year to assume leadership of the organization with an overarching goal of promoting the League’s mission, “To advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.” Shelley has spent much of his tenure at ARRL Headquarters toiling out of the limelight, so he’s a bit of an unknown ...

More than 30,000 New Ham Licensees and 7,000 Amateur Radio Exam Sessions in 2017

Arrl News - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:46

For the fourth year in a row, more than 30,000 new licensees joined the Amateur Radio ranks, and the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) conducted more than 7,000 Amateur Radio exam sessions, serving some 35,350 candidates for a new or upgraded license. At the end of December 2017, the US Amateur Radio population stood at 748,136. At nearly 378,000, Technician licensees represented the la...

The 2017 DXCC Yearbook is Now Available

Arrl News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 21:52

The 2017 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2017 Annual List, as well as the 2017 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers. DXCC is Amateur Radio's premier award that hams can earn by confirming on the air contacts with 100 countries. You can begin with the basic DXCC award and work your way up to the DXCC Honor Roll.

FCC Launches New Honors Engineering Program

Arrl News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:46

The FCC has announced a new Honors Engineer Program to recruit current students and recent engineering school graduates to the FCC and into the forefront of the technology and communications fields.

“The digital revolution is rapidly transforming virtually every aspect of American life,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  “And it’s changing the FCC’s work, too. Many of the issues we confront today are...

Radio Club of America Announces New Endowment

Arrl News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:02

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced a new endowment, the Howard (VE2AED) and Micheline (KM6FOH) Rosen Fund, which will be dedicated solely to support RCA operations, the announcement said. The Rosens are long-time RCA members.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to support this club of very special members,” said Howard Rosen. “RCA is a hidden gem!”

According to RCA President Tim Duffy, K3LR, ...

KA6W Wins the QST Cover Plaque for the March Issue

Arrl News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:21

The winning article for the March 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Delta Loop for 160 Meters” by Ted Algren, KA6W. 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.


LoTW Support for CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award Goes Live

Arrl News - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 14:00

ARRL and CQ magazine have announced the launch, effective immediately, of Logbook of The World (LoTW) support for CQ’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award program. The goal of the project, under way since last year, has been to create the proper technical support system to enable radio amateurs to submit LoTW confirmations for WAZ credit, and that has been accomplished, CQ and ARRL said in a joint sta...


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