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December is Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Month

Arrl News - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 17:12

December is Youngsters on the Air Month (YOTA Month). Listen for stations on the air with YOTA as the call sign suffix.

“The idea for this is to show the Amateur Radio hobby to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands,” said Tomi Varro, HA9T. “This is a great moment to show Amateur Radio to the world and to invite newcomers.”

YOTA is primarily an International Am...

IARU Region 2 ARDF Survey Under Way

Arrl News - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 16:38

To better understand the needs of enthusiasts in Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (IARU-R2) ARDF Coordinator Ken Harker, WM5R, is undertaking an online ARDF survey.

“This is the first IARU Region 2 ARDF Community Survey, and I hope that this is something we can do once a year,” Harker said in an introductory statement on the survey websit...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 14:44

At 2244 UTC on November 7 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning due to a co-rotating interaction region ahead of a coronal hole high speed solar wind stream on November 9-10. Active geomagnetic conditions are predicted for November 9 and unsettled to active conditions on November 10.

We saw another week with no sunspots, and the average daily solar flux so...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 13:25

New Book, Power Supplies Explained, Now Shipping

Arrl News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:21

Radio amateurs often take a power supply for granted. After all, it’s just the box that, at the flick of a switch, provides stable dc voltage. A modern power supply is much more though, combining theory that dates back to the 19th century, incorporating the latest techniques in digital control, and taking advantage of a wealth of electronics practice in between. Power Supplies Explained sets ou...

FCC Accepting Applications for its Engineering Honors Program

Arrl News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 18:54

The FCC is accepting applications from graduate engineers for its 1-year career development Engineering Honors Program, launched this past spring. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018. The program is open to recent engineering school graduates and current students who will graduate this academic year. Current students who will graduate in December will be considered and are encouraged to ...

Special Call Signs Commemorate Centenary of World War I Armistice

Arrl News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 16:38

Several countries around the world have authorized the use of special call signs or prefixes to mark the centenary of the armistice that marked the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. The initial armistice took effect on November 11, 1918, at 11 AM (the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended World War I was not signed until the following year). Formerly known as Armistic...

India Gains Three New Bands, Sweden Gets Permanent 60-Meter Access

Arrl News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 15:56

Radio amateurs in India now have access to three new bands. India’s Ministry of Communications’ Department of Telecommunications has published an updated National Frequency Allocation Plan, effective October 25, which lists the new bands at 5 MHz (60 meters), 472 kHz (630 meters), and 136 kHz (2300 meters). All allocations are on a secondary basis.

On 60 meters, hams now have access to 5,351.5 ...

Palm Radio Going out of Business

Arrl News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 14:32

Brief ARRL Website Outage Planned for Wednesday, November 7

Arrl News - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 13:59

Some services on the ARRL website will be interrupted briefly on Wednesday, November 7, sometime between 1000 UTC and 1200 UTC. This outage is to accommodate a hardware upgrade of the existing Rackspace firewall, so most future firewall updates and patches can be performed without interrupting website access. Affected systems are the main website, including the ARRL Store and contesting-related...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Arrl News - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 16:10

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.

 

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, Elected as ITU Telecommunication Development Director

Arrl News - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 15:59

ARRL member Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, has been elected as Director of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Her election, on the first ballot in a three-way race, came on November 1 at the ITU’s Plenipotentiary 2018 Conference in Dubai. Bogdan-Martin becomes the first woman on the ITU executive team. Running on a campaign theme of “Susta...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 13:55

At 2347 UTC on November 1 the Australia Space Weather Service issued this warning: "Geomagnetic activity is expected to reach active to minor storm levels on UT day 03 November and active levels on 04 November. The disturbance is due to the expected arrival of CIR (a Co-Rotating Interaction Region) and HSS (High Speed Stream) associated with a large recurrent equatorial coronal hole. The approa...

FCC Fines Amateur Radio Licensee $25,000 for Operating Unlicensed FM Station

Arrl News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 18:38

In an FCC Enforcement Bureau case going back to early 2015, a Paterson, New Jersey, Amateur Radio licensee has been penalized in the amount of $25,000 for allegedly continuing to operate an unlicensed FM radio station. The FCC issued a Forfeiture Order on October 30 to Winston A. Tulloch, KC2ALN, a General class licensee. The fine followed an April 2018 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeitu...

New CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests

Arrl News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:00

Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an eye toward building consensus and aligning people, ...

Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK

Arrl News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 15:13

The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure within the Amateur Radio community and a prolif...

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