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ARRL Foundation Announces Dick Hanna, K3VYY, Memorial Scholarship

Arrl News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 19:35

The ARRL Foundation has announced the Dick Hanna, K3VYY, Memorial Scholarship. Created through the generosity of the Hanna Family in memory of J. Richard “Dick” Hanna, K3VYY, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, this scholarship is intended exclusively for educational use, to provide assistance with the cost of tuition, room, board, books and/or other fees essential to the higher education of the rec...

Honda Portable Generators Recalled Due to Potential Fire Hazard

Arrl News - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:47

American Honda has announced that it’s voluntarily recalling some 200,000 of its portable generators sold in the US due to a potential fire and burn hazard. The recall includes the EU2200i, EU2200i Companion, and EB2200i generators. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the affected portable generators can leak gasoline from the fuel valve. Users should stop operating the recall...

World Amateur Radio Day 2019 Marks International Amateur Radio Union Founding

Arrl News - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 21:22

Thursday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 94th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates Amateur Radio’s contribution to society. Groups in the US and around the world will celebrate WARD 2019 with on-the-air activities.

“I am pleased to extend my greetings for World Amateur Radio Day,” IAR...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Arrl News - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 17:17

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, 04/12/2019 - 13:39

Similar to the last reporting week in ARLP014, the first three days (Thursday through Saturday) had no visible sunspots, but sunspots returned on Sunday through Thursday. Average daily sunspot number declined from 9.4 to 6.9, but average daily solar flux rose from 69.5 to 75.4.

Geomagnetic indicators were slightly more active, with average daily planetary A index increasing from 8.4 to 10.6, and...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 12:25

Frequency Measuring Test Success Does Not Require Sophisticated Equipment

Arrl News - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 20:09

On April 12, ARRL will conduct the Frequency Measuring Test (FMT), a tradition that dates back to 1931. In that era, prospective participants were promised “a pleasant and profitable experience” and advised that taking part in the FMT would be a form of insurance against out-of-band operation “and the unpleasant consequences that follow.” Official Observers and Official Relay Stations were requ...

AMSAT Comments in FCC Orbital Debris Mitigation Proceeding

Arrl News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 20:27

AMSAT has told the FCC that several proposed rule changes related to the mitigation of orbital debris would have an extremely detrimental effect on both the Amateur Satellite Service and AMSAT’s ability to launch and operate new satellites, including AMSAT’s upcoming GOLF satellites. AMSAT filed comments on April 5 on an FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in IB Docket 18-313. AMSAT argue...

AMSAT-India Successfully Launches APRS Satellite

Arrl News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 20:24

The Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) payload on AMSAT-India’s AISAT-1 satellite is operational on 145.825 MHz following a successful April 1 launch on the PSLV-C45 mission. The payload was powered up on schedule over Europe, and AMSAT-India announced that DK3WN was able to digipeat through the satellite. AMSAT-India requests that radio amateurs use the payload and SatGates to feed the t...

More ARISS SSTV Transmissions Scheduled

Arrl News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 20:16

ARISS-Russia is planning to transmit slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station. Transmissions will begin on April 11 at approximately 1800 UTC and run continuously until approximately 1800 UTC on April 14, 2019. A computer in the ISS Russian Segment stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using the ARISS Amateur Radio station in the Service Module, which i...

New Jersey Club Hosts 2019 Thinking Day On The Air Event

Arrl News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 20:05

The Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Society (JSARS) on February 16 hosted the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Council in support of the 2019 Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA) event. This event is devoted to connecting Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. The February event marked the first time either group took part. Some 50 Girl Scouts signed up to attend.

Interest within JSARS was strong wa...

FT8 Contest Set for April 13 – 14

Arrl News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 19:59

The European FT8 Club is sponsoring an FT8 DX Contest starting at 1200 UTC on April 13 and running through 1200 UTC on April 14. Everyone works everyone in this contest, and the maximum power is 100 W. The exchange is the same as the ARRL RTTY Roundup, with state/province for US/Canada stations, and serial number for DX participants. 

Bidding Under Way for the “Out of This World” ARISS Auction

Arrl News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 19:58

The bidding has begun in the Out of This World ARISS Auction, which wraps up on April 14 at 2200 UTC. A new JVC Kenwood TS-890S is attracting many bidders. Bids are also coming in for a six-volume boxed set of the 2019 edition of The ARRL Handbook. Both prizes, donated by JVC Kenwood and ARRL, are signed by an astronaut.

Proceeds from the online auction will benefit the ARISS initiative to launc...

VK5SFA Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

Arrl News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 19:27

The winning article for the April 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A High-Power 160- and 80-Meter Transmitting Loop Antenna” by Steve Adler, VK5SFA.

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 May issue today.


Solar Cycle 25 Predicted to be Similar to Cycle 24

Arrl News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 19:57

Scientists charged with predicting the Sun’s activity for Cycle 25 say it’s likely to be much like that of current Cycle 24, which is declining and predicted to bottom out in 2019 or 2020. Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel experts said Cycle 25 may get off to a slow start but is anticipated to peak between 2023 and 2026 with a sunspot range of 95 to 130. This is well below the typical average of ...


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