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California Fire Situation Improves

Arrl News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 21:33

San Francisco Section District Emergency Coordinator Len Gwinn, WA6KLK, in the Redwood Valley told ARRL this week that Amateur Radio volunteers in Mendocino and Lake counties have stood down, and things are “kind of back to normal, in that no emergency stations are being operated.” Gwinn, who spent more than 3 decades with Cal Fire and a few more years as a volunteer, said the sound of the wild...

Focus on Emergency Communication at Pacificon 2017

Arrl News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:34

Emergency communication will be a prominent part of the program at Pacificon 2017, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, October 20-22 in San Ramon, California, sponsored by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club.

National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, will speak on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday session will cover “SATERN and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in the 21st Century,” whi...

“Force of 50” Volunteers’ Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends

Arrl News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:16

The 22 “Force of 50” radio amateurs who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month as American Red Cross volunteers have ended their mission and will be back on the US mainland by week’s end. They had been in Puerto Rico for about 3 weeks.

“The Force of 50 volunteers demonstrated an extraordinary range of skills possessed by this accomplished team,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. “There wa...

David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, Confirmed as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Arrl News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:51

The US Senate today confirmed ARRL member David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, of Burke, Virginia, as the next Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Trachtenberg, 60, is the president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting LLC, a national security consultancy. He is National Planning Coordinator and Northeast Division Director for USAF MARS, and is active in the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club (P...

New Ham Bands Spring to Life; Veteran LF Experimenter Denied Amateur Access to 2200 Meters

Arrl News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:10

Amateur Radio’s two newest bands came to life on Friday the 13th. Both 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz) bands now are available to radio amateurs who have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate and did not hear anything back during the ensuing 30 days.

“Many of us filed notices with the Utilities Technology Council on September 15,...

NCDXF Announces Major Support for Baker Island DXpedition

Arrl News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:00

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has announced a major contribution to the Baker Island DXpedition planned for June 2018 by the Dateline DX Association. Baker-Howland is #4 on the Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted list, and likely will move up by one place after the Bouvet DXpedition next year. In 2016, NCDXF invested $156,000 to support DXpeditions activating five of the ten most-needed...

Caribbean Telecommunications Union Head Calls for “New Generation” of Hams

Arrl News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:23

In remarks made on International Disaster Reduction Day, Friday, October 13, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretary-General Bernadette Lewis described Amateur Radio as a “bedrock of sustained communications” during emergencies, and strongly suggested cultivating a new and younger generation of radio amateurs to carry this role forward. She spoke as part of a panel on emergency telec...

Volunteer Shelter Duty Slots in Northern California Filled on the Fly “via RF”

Arrl News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:25

The North Bay Amateur Radio Association’s (NBARA) Gary Gross, KE6QR, recruited Amateur Radio volunteers on October 13 to support the shelters housing those evacuating because of the Napa Valley Fires. Gross, an ARRL Official Relay Station (ORS) in the East Bay Section, said the specific need was for back-up communication between the Crossroad Shelter in Napa, the Napa Community College Shelter,...

UTC Approvals to Use 630- and/or 2,200-Meter Bands Arriving via E-Mail

Arrl News - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:09

E-mails have gone out to an undetermined number of US radio amateurs from the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), approving the stations’ intention to use 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and/or 2,200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz).

“UTC has determined that your proposed Amateur Radio station would not operate within a horizontal distance of one kilometer from a transmission line that conducts a power line ca...

ARRL Section Manager Evacuates When Fire Comes Within Two Blocks

Arrl News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:16

ARRL San Francisco Section Manager Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, says the message he stresses during the weekly Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA) ARES net is this: “When an incident occurs, take to the air and form a net. Anyone can act as net control.” Radio amateurs took that lesson to heart, he said, in the wake of the devastating, destructive, and deadly wildfires in Northern California this p...

CW from Catalonia, Stanag-4285 from Turkey Make IARU Monitoring System Intruder List.

Arrl News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:16

An unknown station transmitted “Freedom for Catalonia” in a CW loop on September 26 (1710 UTC) at 14.001 MHz, the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System said, in its September newsletter.

Topping the intruder list, however, was a Stanag-4285 digital mode signal that appeared on 7.001.8 MHz for several days. The transmitting station was believed to be in Turkey. IARUMS Regio...

ARRL 2018 Puerto Rico State Convention Cancelled

Arrl News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:01

The Organizing Committee for the 2018 ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention has announced the cancellation of the 2018 convention, set for January 26-28, 2018, in Hatillo.

“It is with great sadness in my heart that we are announcing the cancellation of our 2018 Convention,” said 2018 Convention Chairman Juan “Coki” Montijo, WP4OV. “Our island has been hit profoundly, and we must concentrate our effo...

Global Effort Under Way to Restore Dominica’s Amateur Radio Capabilities

Arrl News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:20

The Yasme Foundation, Yaesu USA, the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service (FAIRS), and individual GoFundMe donors have joined forces to restore country-wide Amateur Radio communication on Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Private pilots Brian Machesney, K1LI, and Dave Bridgham, N1AHF, are set to take off on October 14 from Vermont with a planeload of Amateur Radio gear...

Puerto Rico Volunteer Aids Burn Victim, Contacts Family via Ham Radio

Arrl News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:02

“We had a stressful night on the island!” That’s how Puerto Rico volunteer Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S, described a medical emergency on the island of Culebra in which Amateur Radio played a major role. Dougherty, a Force of 50 American Red Cross volunteer who is supporting communication at Culebra Hospital, said fumes from a gasoline fuel container ignited last evening (October 12), seriously injur...

K1JT, K9AN, and G4WJS Win the October QST Cover Plaque Award

Arrl News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:46

The winning article for the October 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Work the World with WSJT-X, Part 1” by Joe Taylor, K1JT; Steve Franke, K9AN, and Bill Somerville, G4WJS. 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...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:30

At 0326 UTC on October 12 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning.

”The high-speed streams associated with a recurrent positive polarity Northern hemisphere coronal hole are expected to persist for a few days. If the Bz component of the IMF turned strongly southward for prolonged periods, earth could experience Minor Storm conditions on 13 October.

“Increased...

ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations

Arrl News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 20:06

ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several Ama...

Ham Radio Bridging the Gap in Wildfire-Stricken California

Arrl News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:14

UPDATED: 2017-10-12 @ 1840 UTC] More than a dozen wildfires in Northern California have damaged or destroyed cellular telephone and Internet infrastructure in some areas, and Amateur Radio has helped to fill the communication gap. Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman told news media on October 10 that damage to cell towers and fiber optic telephone phone and computer lines had left officials ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:00

“Dirty Transmitters” is the topic of the new (October 12) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor him...

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