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The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:16

We saw zero sunspots from April 21 through May 2, but on May 3 sunspots returned. Average daily sunspot number rose from zero last week to 16.1 this week, and average daily solar flux increased as well, from 67.5 to 73.5.

Both the average middle latitude and planetary A index this week were 6.6, and last week those numbers were 4.7 and 5.9 respectively.

Predicted solar flux is 75 on May 10-11, 73...

PVRC Members to Activate NSS for Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

Arrl News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 20:25

Twenty members of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) will activate the historic NSS call sign during theArmed Forces Day Crossband Test on Saturday, May 11. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this exercise, during which military stations will transmit on military frequencies and listen for radio amateurs on adjacent Amateur Radio bands.

NSS operation will ...

May 14 FT4 Mock Contest Session Canceled, New WSJT-X Beta Version Pending

Arrl News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 17:28

A second hour-long FT4 “practice contest” set for May 14 UTC has been cancelled, following the success of an initial mock contest held on May 9 UTC (the evening of Wednesday, May 8, in continental US time zones). The event followed ARRL RTTY Roundup rules, with everyone working everyone. WSJT-X program suite developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, was among those jumping into the fray. He called the exerci...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:00

Hams Help Trace “Mystery” Signal Disrupting Keyless Entry Devices in Ohio

Arrl News - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 18:59

A recent article in The New York Times reported that many garage door openers and keyless vehicle entry fobs in an Ohio town near Cleveland mysteriously stopped working. While the article invoked The X-Files and hinted initially that a NASA research center somehow could be involved, the cause was not so much mystifying as arcane.

“Garage door repair people, local ham radio enthusiasts, and othe...

Former ARRL Headquarters Staffer Ellen White, W1YL, is Krenkel Medalist

Arrl News - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 18:54

[UPDATED 2019-05-07 @ 2318 UTC] ARRL Headquarters staff alumna and Life Member Ellen White, W1YL, is the sole US radio amateur to in 2019 to be awarded the Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious award granted to individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio. In 2018, QST was awarded a Krenkel Medal.

First licensed in 1946, White had already learned Morse ...

Former ARRL Headquarters Staffer Ellen White, W1YL, is Among Krenkel Medalists

Arrl News - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 18:54

ARRL Headquarters staff alumna Ellen White, W1YL, is among those awarded the Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious award granted to individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio. An ARRL Life Member, White is one of 28 Amateur Radio operators to receive the award this year.

First licensed in 1946, White had already learned Morse code in high school, and...

ARRL Teachers Institute Application Deadline Extended

Arrl News - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 15:11

The deadline to apply for the 2019 ARRL Teachers Institute program has been extended until Friday, May 10. As part of educational outreach to schools through our Education & Technology Program, ARRL each summer offers multiple sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, an expenses- paid professional development seminar.

The Teachers Institute has provided teachers at all grade le...

DX Voice from Mount Athos Monk Apollo, SV2ASP, SK

Arrl News - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 18:30

Mount Athos' best-known radio amateur, Monk Apollo, SV2ASP, died on May 5 after complications resulting from cancer. He was 64. Monk Apollo was essentially the lone DX voice from Mount Athos, the 20th most-wanted DXCC entity, where he operated from his Orthodox Monastery of Docheiariou. Born into a large family in western Greece, he became a monk in 1973, eventually joining the ascetic monaster...

Mobile Event App will Help Dayton Hamvention Visitors to Navigate the Show

Arrl News - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 16:36

Dayton Hamvention® 2019, host of the ARRL National Convention, will mark the debut of a free mobile event app to help attendees navigate the extensive Hamvention program, activities, and exhibits using their smartphones or tablets. A collaborative effort between ARRL and Dayton Hamvention, the app was developed by TripBuilder Media™. ARRL Convention and Event Coordinator Eric Casey, KC2ERC, has...

Support ARRL When Shopping for Mother’s Day

Arrl News - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 15:42

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership.

Make Mom smile, get her somethin...

A New Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Arrl News - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 17:49

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.



“Put Howard to Work” Event Canceled

Arrl News - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 15:42

Earlier this week, ARRL announced that ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, would be on the air at W1AW on Monday, May 13, giving ARRL members a chance to chat with the CEO and get to know him better as a ham. An issue was raised, however, that this event may pose a potential FCC rule violation.

The particular rule is §97.113: “A station is also not allowed to transmit communication in which the stat...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 11:30

No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week (April 25 through May 1), and so the average daily sunspot number dropped to zero after 8.1 during the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux declined from 70.6 to 67.5. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index at 5.9, up from 4.7 in the previous week.

Predicted solar flux is 72 on May 3-5, 75 on May 6-9, 78 ...

HamSCI, Ham Radio 2.0 to Combine Efforts at Dayton Hamvention 2019

Arrl News - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 19:12

Thanks to support from the Yasme Foundation, the citizen scientist organization HamSCI and Ham Radio 2.0 will share space and combine efforts at Dayton Hamvention® 2019, which is also the 2019 ARRL National Convention. Their displays will be in Building 4 (Volta), which is between the food trucks and the flea market.

The Ham Radio 2.0 area will serve to host a series of “booth talks” both by Ham...


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