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ARRL Director, Vice Director Election Results Announced

19 hours 29 min ago

ARRL has announced the results of contested elections for Director and Vice Director. Ballots were opened and counted on November 16 in seven contests within five ARRL Divisions.

Here are the final tabulations:  

Central Division Director  

Kermit Carlson, W9XA 1,898  

Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L 1,755  

Mr. Carlson was declared elected.  

Hudson Division Director   Ria Jairam, N2RJ 1,292   Mike Lisenco, ...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:49

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.

 

FCC Approves Use of Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System in the US

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 17:27

The FCC has granted, in part, the European Commission’s request for a waiver of Commission rules so that non-federal devices in the US may access specific signals transmitted from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) known as Galileo.

The action means that consumers and industry in the US may access certain satellite signals from the Galileo system to augment the US Global Positioning S...

Effort Under Way to Fund W0AIH Memorial Scholarship

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:08

Scott Neader, KA9FOX, is spearheading a GoFundMe effort to establish a scholarship to honor the memory of Paul Bittner, W0AIH (SK), who died as the result of a tower climbing mishap on October 31. He was 84. The memorial scholarship would be administered by the ARRL Foundation.

The GoFundMe solicitation says, “Licensed for nearly 70 years, Paul built one of the largest ham radio stations in the...

Former ARRL Headquarters Book Team Supervisor Jan Carman, K5MA, SK

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:01

R. Jan Carman, K5MA (ex-W5SBX, W3JXS), who was a member of the ARRL Headquarters staff from 2001 until 2003 died on November 13. An ARRL Life Member, he was 76.

Carman’s career spanned the fields of aerospace, oil-field equipment, industrial control and instrumentation, underwater acoustics, communication systems, manufacturing automation and consulting. Carman held bachelor’s and master’s degre...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:51

A single sunspot appeared on November 13-14, yielding a daily sunspot number of 11 over both days. The sunspot number increased to 13 on the following day, November 15. The average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (November 8-14) was 3.1, after no sunspots during the previous seven days.

Average daily solar flux rose from 67.7 to 68.5.  Average daily planetary A index declined from 12...

Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 22:22

A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle lifted off flawlessly at 2046 UTC on November 15 from Cape Canaveral, carrying the first Amateur Radio payload destined for geostationary orbit. About 32 minutes after launch, SpaceX reports the spacecraft was successfully deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur Radio S-band and X-band payload capab...

ARRL November Sweepstakes CW 2018 Log Count Tops Last Year’s

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 21:10

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, says the 1,270 electronic and handful of paper logs submitted for this year’s ARRL November Sweepstakes CW weekend surpass last year’s log count. Now it’s time for SS Phone. Jahnke stresses that SS Phone logs are due within 7 days after the event ends, by 0259 UTC on November 26. “As our updated processes have results and awards on a much faster tr...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:00

New Beta Version of WSJT-X is Now Available, Mock FT8 Contest Set

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 20:34

A new WSJT-Xrelease candidate,” version 2.0.0-rc4, now is available, and the version 2.0 Quick Start Guide has been revised and extended. The developers urge anyone upgrading to the new version to read the release notes thoroughly, since the upgrade requires users to change operator settings, so the software may not work “out of the box” when upgrading from previous versions.

The latest versi...

Southern New Jersey ARES Team Assists in Missing-Person Search

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 19:36

Ocean County, New Jersey, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers recently assisted search groups looking for a man with dementia who was reported missing on November 2 from a nursing home in Stafford Township. Searches concentrating on neighborhoods around the nursing home had been unsuccessful. The missing man’s family organized a search for November 10, and Ocean County ARES was i...

Noted Contester, AR-Cluster Developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K, SK

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 19:18

Well-known contester and AR-Cluster developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K (ex-KX6OI), formerly of Texas, died on November 13 in Belize, where he had recently relocated and married. He was 69. An Arkansas native who was initially licensed as WB5SFA, Gerdes held a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas. In the 1980s, he operated from the Marshall Islands as KX6OI while tracking m...

Maritime Mobile Service Network Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew Member

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 18:43

Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9 for a crew member suffering chest pains on board the 48-foot sailing vessel Marie Elena, some 300 miles east of Bermuda.

“The assistance we received from the ham radio operator[s] was crucial in helping us communicate with the vessel’s crew,” ...

Amateur Radio Volunteers at the Ready for California Fire Duty

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 21:09

[Updated 2018 November 13 @ 1024 UTC] Amateur Radio volunteers have been active or are standing by on several fronts as wildfires continue to rage in large sections of California. 

Camp Fire

In Butte County, in Northern California, the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest wildfire, triggered a call up of ARES members for communication support. A small wildfire that started in a mountainous area of Bu...

Amateur Radio Issues under Discussion in Geneva in Advance of WRC-19

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 20:48

As part of the run up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), three International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Group 5 (SG 5) Working Groups have been meeting this week in Geneva. ITU-R Study Groups develop the technical bases for decisions taken at WRCs and develop global standards, reports, and handbooks on radiocommunication matters. Working G...

Radio Amateurs of Canada Corporate Secretary Sukwan Widajat, VA3WID, SK

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 18:03

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) reports its Corporate Secretary Sukwan Widajat, VA3WID/YB0SWI/AB1XM, has died while in Indonesia, a post he had held since 2015. RAC President Glen MacDonell, VA3XRA, said he always appreciated Widajat’s enthusiasm, eagerness, and helpful recommendations. “We are all volunteers and know that people have other responsibilities, and he was an example of balancing th...

Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Launch Said to be Imminent

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 21:04

According to AMSAT-Germany (AMSAT-DL), Es’hail-2, the world’s first geostationary satellite carrying Amateur Radio transponders, will go into space from Cape Canaveral in a few days. Space news outlet Spaceflight Now says that the SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher is set to launch on Thursday, November 15, between 2049 and 2229 UTC. Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur Radio S-band...

ARRL Executive Committee Recommends Small Addition to Articles of Association

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 20:37

At its October 20 meeting, the ARRL Executive Committee voted to recommend to the full Board of Directors an addition to Article 1 of the Articles of Association of the ARRL, per requirements of the Connecticut Secretary of the State. The minor addition is necessary to bring the Articles into alignment with Connecticut state statutes.

The requirement would add the sentence, “The Corporation is n...

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