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ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 – 17 Weekend

Arrl News - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 16:30

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is planning another popular slow-scan television (SSTV) event in the wake of an SSTV experiment last weekend, during which signals were reported to have been weak. Even so, more than 5,500 images were submitted. Transmissions are scheduled to begin on Friday, February 15, at 0845 UTC and run through Sunday, February 17, at 1725 UTC.

“The ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:00

US Navy Explores Amateur Radio as a Training Adjunct

Arrl News - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 00:03

The US Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has adopted Amateur Radio training as a possible new approach to basic RF and electronics instruction. More than 20 NAWCWD employees took part in a week-long class in Point Mugu, California, in December. The class, which culminated in an examination session for the Technician licensed, offered NAWCWD employees a novel approach to ...

Former Colorado Section Manager Tim Armagost, WB0TUB, SK

Arrl News - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 00:02

Former Colorado Section Manager Tim Armagost, WB0TUB, of Colorado, died on February 4 after a lengthy illness. An ARRL Life Member, he was 75. Licensed in 1976, he was very active in the Colorado Amateur Radio community, holding appointments as Arapahoe County Emergency Coordinator, Colorado East Slope District Emergency Coordinator, and Section Emergency Coordinator.

He served as Colorado’s Sec...

AO-85 Turned Off due to Return of Eclipse Periods and Poor Battery Condition

Arrl News - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:51

The Fox-1A (AO-85) CubeSat has been turned off until further notice due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition, control operator Mark Hammond, N8MH, has announced. In December, AO-85 experienced precarious battery voltage drops during eclipse periods; it’s believed that the batteries suffered degradation due to heat during previous no-eclipse periods, making it difficult to keep the s...

FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

Arrl News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 22:59

The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or activation. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, filed the petition in December, and the FCC put it on public notice this week. Dukish seeks a...

February 14 is Es’hail-2 (QO-100) Teleport Inauguration Day

Arrl News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:15

Thursday, February 14, is Teleport Inauguration Day in Qatar, celebrating the opening of the new Es’hailSat teleport and the official opening of Es’hail-2, which carries the first geostationary Amateur Radio payload, a German P4A package. Es’hail-2 launched last November from Cape Canaveral. The two Amateur Radio transponders onboard what’s now known as Qatar OSCAR 100 (QO-100) also will be mad...

ARRL Contest Results Posted

Arrl News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:51

The Preliminary 10 Meter Contest results have posted, as have the preliminary 160 Meter Contest results and the full 10 GHz and Up Contest results. Visit the ARRL Contest Results Page.

HAM RADIO 2019 Set for June 21 – 23 in Friedrichshafen, Germany

Arrl News - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 22:02

HAM RADIO 2019 and the 70th Lake Constance Convention, both organized by the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC), Germany’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society, will take Friday, June 21, until Sunday, June 23, in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. Contact DARC for discounted accommodations.

“We very much hope that, again, many representatives of the IARU member-societies wil...

Brief ARRL Website Outage Planned for Wednesday, February 13

Arrl News - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 13:00

Some services on the ARRL website may be interrupted briefly on Wednesday, February 13, sometime between 1100 UTC and 1300 UTC. This outage is to accommodate a hardware test of the existing failover system for all systems behind the Rackspace firewall. Affected systems are the main website, including the ARRL Store and contesting-related pages. Logbook of The World (LoTW), e-mail, and all Headq...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Arrl News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 21:34

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

 

Microsoft Compatibility Official Steers Enterprise Users Away from Internet Explorer

Arrl News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:01

Microsoft, which transitioned to its new browser Edge several years ago, is now advising enterprise users to avoid its legacy browser, Internet Explorer (IE). Microsoft Worldwide Lead for Application Compatibility Chris Jackson said this week that IE isn’t really a browser but a “compatibility solution” to deal with legacy sites. Microsoft no longer supports IE with new web standards, which is ...

IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Program Wants to Enlist More “Big-Gun” Stations

Arrl News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 16:15

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said young operators (age 26 or younger) in Region 1 (Europe and Africa) have been invited to participate in the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Youth Contesting Program (YCP).

“Youth members from IARU Region 1 member-societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called ‘Top Gun’ stations,...

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