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First ARRL Centurion Award Winner “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO, SK

Arrl News - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 19:12

ARRL member and honoree Reynold L. “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, died on August 5 following a brief illness. He was 100 years old. Nitsch was the first recipient of the ARRL Board of Directors’ Centurion Award in recognition of his centenarian status and of his almost half-century of continuous activity in the ARRL Field Organization as an Official Observer, an Official...

ARRL Dayton Hamvention Videos Available

Arrl News - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 18:55

Video recordings of presentations made by several ARRL officials at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention® and ARRL National Convention are now available for viewing on the ARRL YouTube channel. Most of the videos were shot and edited by ARRL Great Lakes Division Vice Director Tom Delaney, W8WTD, with assistance from David Vine, WA1EAW, during the ARRL Members Forum and during other ARRL-sponsored forums ...

AMSAT and ARISS Designing Amateur Radio System for Lunar Gateway

Arrl News - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 19:37

Details are still being fleshed out, but AMSAT and ARISS are working on the design of an Amateur Radio system for NASA’s Lunar Gateway. As NASA explains, the Gateway “will be a small spaceship in orbit around the moon that will provide access to more of the lunar surface than ever before with living quarters for astronauts, a lab for science and research, ports for visiting spacecraft, and more...

Arizona ARES Volunteers Support Communication during Arizona Wildland Fire

Arrl News - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 18:39

Members of the Coconino County Amateur Radio Club (CARC) in Arizona activated on July 21 as winds accelerated the Museum Fire beyond 50 acres, triggering the activation of the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Members of the club, many of them ARES volunteers, staffed the EOC. The fire appears to have been named for its proximity to the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Arizona Histo...

ARRL Member Had Role in Promising RF Treatment Device for Alzheimer’s

Arrl News - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 17:55

ARRL member Eric Knight, KB1EHE, played a role in the development of an RF-based Alzheimer’s disease treatment that now shows great promise. A study published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease following a months-long FDA clinical trial of the treatment protocol concluded that memory decline in most patients “appeared to have been reversed to cognitive levels equivalent to 12 months ea...

FCC Seeks Electronics Engineer in Enforcement Bureau

Arrl News - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 15:18

The FCC is seeking to hire an electronics engineer for a full-time, permanent position at the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, Office of Field Director in Columbia, Maryland.

The incumbent resolves RF interference, educates users, enforces regulations, and investigates all services for violations. This individual serves as a point of contact for FCC licensees in matters of fixed and mobile radi...

Cape Cod ARES and SKYWARN Provide Support in Rare Cape Cod Tornado Event

Arrl News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 20:05

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, ARES, and SKYWARN Amateur Radio volunteers were promptly pressed into action as a storm system on July 23 produced severe thunderstorms that spawned three tornadoes over the Cape. Hurricane-force wind also resulted in significant tree and utility wire damage across Cape Cod, with particularly hard-hit communities including Hyannis, Yarmouth, and Chatham. Some pockets of...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 17:06

No sunspots were observed over the past week, and solar flux remains flat, with average daily values declining from 67.3 to 67.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5.3 to 5, and middle latitude A index from 6.3 to 5.9.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days remains at 67, August 2 through September 15, every day.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on August 2-3, then 8, 18, 15, 12 and 8 on ...

Effort to Focus on Preparing N1MM Logger+ to Support Other Languages

Arrl News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 16:46

Al Kozakiewicz, AB2ZY, a new member of the N1MM Logger+ development team, is focused on preparing the popular logging program to support other languages besides English. He's seeking a group of user volunteers consisting of individuals who can handle translation work as well as individuals who can test translated languages.

An experimental version of N1MM Logger+ will be built from the productio...

ARISS Owen Garriott Commemorative SSTV Event Under Way

Arrl News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 15:47

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating the life and accomplishments of astronaut, scientist, and Amateur Radio pioneer Owen Garriott, W5LFL (SK), with a commemorative slow-scan television (SSTV) event featuring images from his work with ham radio during his missions in space.

Garriott, who died last April, pioneered the use of Amateur Radio from space. pioneered ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:00

St. Paul Island CY9C DXpedition Hits the Airwaves

Arrl News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:37

The slightly delayed CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition is now on the air. CY9C has been spotted on 40, 30, and 20 meters, with a lot of initial activity on FT8 (Fox/Hound mode) in addition to some CW and SSB. The CY9C DXpedition by Murray Adams, WA4DAN, and six others, will continue until August 8. All operations will be from the Northeast Island.

The CY9C DXpedition already has been approved for ...

One Dead, One Injured in New Hampshire Ham Radio Tower Mishap

Arrl News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 21:42

A tower dismantling turned tragic on Saturday, July 27, in Deerfield, New Hampshire, when two radio amateurs working some 40 feet up on the tower were carried to the ground when the structure collapsed. Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA, 52, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, did not survive his injuries sustained in the fall, while the tower’s owner, Michael Rancourt, K1EEE, 65, was seriously injured and remai...

Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, is 2019 Newsline Young Ham of the Year

Arrl News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 21:28

Fifteen-year-old Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, of Normal, Illinois, has been selected as the 2019 Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY). His parents are Hari Rebba, VU2SPZ, and Shailaja Panyam. A rising sophomore at the Normal Community High School, Dhruv is a member of the Central Illinois Radio Club. He has been licensed since 2013, after a visit to Dayt...

ARISS Next Generation Radio System Completes Critical Flight Certification Tests

Arrl News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 19:24

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) next-generation Interoperable Radio System (IORS) successfully completed a battery of stress tests, required as part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space Station (ISS). The IORS consists of a JVC Kenwood D710GA transceiver and the AMSAT-developed Multi-Voltage Power Supply (...

Free HPM 150th Birthday Event Logging Software Now Available

Arrl News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 16:23

Scott Davis, N3FJP, perhaps best known for the ARRL Field Day software that bears his call sign, has developed a free logging program for ARRL’s Happy 150! Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration on-the-air event that gets under way on August 31 and runs for 9 days. Davis calls his software Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0. Maxim, 1AW, who cofounded ARRL, was born on September 2, 1869.

“I've nev...

St. Paul Island DXpedition Start May Be Delayed Slightly

Arrl News - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 15:27

An instrument failure on the helicopter that was scheduled to fly on July 29 from New York to Nova Scotia could delay the full operational setup of the CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition.

“However, every effort will be to begin operations as soon as possible, perhaps with a partial setup on Wednesday,” Randy Rowe, N0TG, said.

Three vehicles loaded with equipment and supplies departed from different ...

Cass Award Winners Announced

Arrl News - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:25

Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH, has been named as the winner of the 2018 Single-Operator Cass Award for the second year in a row. While active from Sint Eustatius Island as PJ5/SP9FIH in March 2018, Wegryzn contacted 8,257 unique stations during the 14 days of his one-person DXpedition.

The 3C0W Annobon Island DXpedition team was the recipient of the first Unlimited Cass Award for its effort in logging ...

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