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The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 15:07

This week we finally saw the return of sunspots, over seven of the last eight days, January 24-30. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from zero to 11.1, while average daily solar flux jumped from 71.2 to 72.9.

Geomagnetic indicators remained very quiet, signaling continued great conditions on 160 and 80 meters.

Predicted solar flux over the next month and a half is 74 on January 31 through Februa...

More Information on Dayton Hamvention-Related Activities

Arrl News - Wed, 01/29/2020 - 16:19

Contest University (CTU) professors and the course outline for sessions that will be held in conjunction with Dayton Hamvention® 2020 have been posted.

The keynote speaker for the Top Band Dinner on Friday, May 16, will be Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, who will discuss the VP6R DXpedition to Pitcairn Island.

The keynote speaker for the Contest Dinner on Saturday, May 17, is Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO.

CTU, the...

ARRL Expands its Roster of Online Discussion Groups

Arrl News - Wed, 01/29/2020 - 15:46

ARRL’s Committee on Communication with Members has launched three new online discussion forums as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and improve communication between ARRL leadership and members or prospective members. The new forums, which focus on antenna law, regulatory issues, and support for new amateur radio licensees, will go live on Thursday, January 30, at 0400 UTC.

The committee l...

State QSO Party Challenge Announced

Arrl News - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 19:37

The State QSO Party Challenge is a competition comprised of other contests, namely state and provincial QSO parties. As explained on the website, the annual cumulative score program is open to any radio amateur who participates in any approved state QSO parties (SQPs).

Participants just need to submit their QSO party scores to to enter the challenge. Participants’ cumulative score...

Past ARRL Southeastern Division Director H. Dale Strieter, W4QM, SK

Arrl News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 20:23

Past ARRL Southeastern Division Director Harmon "Dale" Strieter, W4QM (ex-W4DQS), of Cocoa Beach, died on January 6. An ARRL Life Member, he was 92 and a founding member of the Maxim Society.

Strieter was ARRL Southeastern Division Director from 1970 until 1973.

During World War II, he served as US Maritime Service radio officer in the Pacific. After the war, he received a bachelor’s degree in el...

HuskySat-1 with VHF/UHF Linear Transponder Set to Deploy Soon

Arrl News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 20:16

The University of Washington’s HuskySat-1 3U CubeSat, launched November 2, 2019, is set to deploy on January 31 after the vehicle that carried it to the International Space Station undocks. HuskySat-1 has remained stowed aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply vehicle. Within 24 hours after Cygnus’ departure from the ISS, HuskySat-1 and SwampSat 2 will be deployed into orbit. After deployment, ...

Winlink Development Team Members Awarded Tennessee Military Department Patriot Medals

Arrl News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 19:23

In a recent ceremony, two Winlink development team members were awarded the Military Department of Tennessee Adjutant General’s Distinguished Patriot Medal.

Steve Waterman, K4CJX, was awarded “for his distinguished patriotic service as the Winlink Network Administrator,” citing his “vision, hard work, and dedication to emergency communication [that] contributed significantly to the disaster read...

Swains Island DXpedition Team is Ready to Roll

Arrl News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 18:44

The W8S DXpedition team heading to Swains Island in the Pacific in March reports, “All lights are green.” Team members will leave from home in early March, and all will convene in Pago Pago, American Samoa, to board the vessel Manu Atele, which will transport everyone to the atoll. The voyage will take 24 hours.

Smaller vessels will ferry the operators and equipment to the island at high tide, w...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Arrl News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 18:40

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.


N0AX Wins the January QST Cover Plaque Award

Arrl News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 18:31

The winning article for the January 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “Untangling the Decibel Dilemma” by H. Ward Silver, NØAX.

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 February issue today.


The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 15:09

No sunspots appeared over this reporting week (January 16-22) and on January 22 reported currently the consecutive period of spotless days is 11. But all recent sunspots have had Cycle 25 polarity.

Average daily solar flux reported in last week’s bulletin was 72.5, and this week it was 71.2.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5.6 to 4.1, and the middle latitude A index ch...

ITU Development Sector Publication Highlights Amateur Radio’s Role in Emergency Communication

Arrl News - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 16:12

Amateur radio is featured in the publication, ITU Guidelines for national emergency telecommunication plans, published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Development Sector (ITU-D). The publication notes that radio amateurs have supported communication in emergency situations on a voluntary basis since the dawn of radio.

“They are experts in radio communications and have the equi...


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