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FCC’s Updated Rules Governing Personal Radio Services Become Effective on September 28

Arrl News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 19:55

The FCC recently adopted a comprehensive reorganization of and update to the rules governing the Personal Radio Services (PRS). These include a wide variety of wireless devices used by the general public for personal communication, including hand-held Family Radio Service (FRS) transceivers, radio-controlled models, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), medical implant devices, and others.

In additio...

NASA Invites CubeSat Launch Initiative Applications

Arrl News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 19:45

NASA has invited accredited education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and NASA centers to submit applications for the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). Applicants must submit proposals by November 21. Educational CubeSats often carry Amateur Radio payloads.

“The CSLI provides CubeSat developers with a low-cost pathway to conduct research in space that advances NASA’s strategic go...

Estonia, Kenya Join 60-Meter Club

Arrl News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 19:31

Radio amateurs in Kenya and Estonia now have access to a 60-meter band as of September 1.

In Estonia, class A and B licensees will be able to use 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz at a maximum of 15 W PEP. They also have the possibility of using the segment 5,370 to 5,450 kHz with a maximum power of 100 W, but only with special permission and for emergency communication.

Following a request from the Radio Soci...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 13:11

A new video from Dr. Skov: https://youtu.be/qvjfFpRMQpY


Average daily sunspot numbers and solar flux declined this week (August 24-30). Average daily sunspot number went from 39.9 to 33.3, while average daily solar flux declined to 81.2 from 84.6.

Average planetary A index declined from 23.1 to 7.1, and average mid-latitude A index went from 18.6 to 7.4.

The latest forecast shows planetary A index...

Maritime Mobile Operation on LF May be a First for Amateur Radio

Arrl News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 20:05

What began as a “let’s-see-if-we-can-do-this” effort resulted in successful Amateur Radio contacts on 475 kHz in early August by two Canadian operators aboard the sailing vessel Hakuna Matata off the coast of British Columbia. The accomplishment may be an Amateur Radio first. Mark Mattila, VA7MM, and Toby Haynes, VE7CNF, equipped Mattila’s 31-foot offshore-equipped Beneteau sloop with the gear ...

FCC Technological Advisory Council Investigating Technical Regulations

Arrl News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 17:03

The FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC) is looking into FCC technical regulations to determine if reforms or changes might be in order. Greg Lapin, N9GL, represents ARRL on the TAC and chairs the ARRL RF Safety Committee. The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced the TAC public inquiry (ET Docket 17-215), which seeks comments by October 30 regarding technical regulations...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:52

“Antenna Analyzers” is the topic of the latest (August 31) 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 hi...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting Where Needed in Hurricane Response

Arrl News - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 15:54

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are pitching in to support communication at some Red Cross shelters in South Texas in the ongoing aftermath of catastrophic and unprecedented flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey. ARES members also are serving as net control liaisons to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). At least 3 dozen volunteers were assisting at she...

The 2018 ARRL Calendar is Now Shipping!

Arrl News - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:43

Talking to friends. Serving your community. Chasing DX. Trying a new mode. Working a contest. Taking your radio out in the field. The 2018 ARRL Calendar features photos of exciting on-air operating activities, that we hope will inspire you to get involved, active, and on the air too!

The 2018 ARRL Calendar includes:

  • ARRL Contests and other major ham radio contests
  • National event dates: ARRL Fiel...

ARRL Headquarters is Closed for Labor Day

Arrl News - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:42

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, September 4. There will be no ARRL bulletin or code practice transmissions on Labor Day days. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, September 5, at 8 AM ET. We wish everyone a festive and safe holiday!

“Flash” DXpedition to North Korea Possible

Arrl News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:49

Even as international tensions involving North Korea continue to mount, Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, is holding out the tantalizing possibility of a return visit to that most-wanted DXCC entity, known officially as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The prospect of Amateur Radio operation from North Korea comes as that country has threatened missile attacks against US territory and, this we...

Interview: ARRL Public Information Officer Describes the Situation in Harris County, Texas

Arrl News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:40

In an August 29 interview with Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, news-talk radio station WGMD, ARRL South Texas Section Public Information Officer Mike Urich, KA5CVH, described the situation in Harris County, Texas, as the flood emergency continues there. Urich also took time to explain how the public service that Amateur Radio is able to provide during emergencies and disasters.

Urich noted that Harris...

Texas Flood Zone ARES Volunteers Advised to Stay Home, Family Safety Comes First

Arrl News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:53

As Tropical Storm Harvey heads southeastward, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) team members are being advised that the impact to the region’s communications infrastructure has been relatively minimal so far, considering the strength of the storm and the magnitude of the flooding. South Texas ARES remains on standby as the response phase continues and sheltering becomes a growing need.

ARR...

Top-Level Domain Name “.radio” Now Available

Arrl News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 17:22

The top-level domain (TLD) name “.radio” is now available to the radio industry and Amateur Radio enthusiasts, and is reserved for individuals and companies with active interest in the radio sector. The .radio TLD can be used for web and e-mail addresses and will be managed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with support from other world broadcasting unions. Visit the .radio domains regis...

Hurricane Watch Net Suspends Operations for Hurricane Harvey

Arrl News - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 19:09

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) suspended operations for Hurricane Harvey at 1830 UTC after 51.5 continuous hours of activation.

“As always, our sincere thanks to everyone who use 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz for various nets and rag-chews to allow us use of the frequency,” said HWN Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “Having a clear frequency certainly makes our job easier, and we know those in the aff...

Heavy Rainfall from Hurricane Harvey Could Extend for Days, Catastrophic Flooding Forecast

Arrl News - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 17:46

Although Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane and is weakening, forecasters are predicting that rainfall generated by the storm system could continue for several more days. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reported that the storm made landfall on Saturday at around 0300 UTC between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH. Winds have subside...

Amateur Radio Preparations Continue for Category 4 Hurricane Harvey; Flooding Most Significant Fear

Arrl News - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 23:18

As now-Category 4 Hurricane Harvey bears down on his state, ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, reports that all 97 South Texas counties are on alert, with many preparing to assist coastal areas as needed. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) remains active in “Catastrophic Response Mode” on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. The VoIP Hurricane Net activated today (connect at *WX_TALK* Ech...

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