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KQ6RS Wins the May QST Cover Plaque Award

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 20:37

The winning article for the May 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “Identify and Track Down RFI” by Randy E. Standke, KQ6RS.

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 June issue today.

 

FCC Re-Charters Technological Advisory Council for New Term

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 15:14

The FCC has re-chartered its Technological Advisory Council (TAC) for a 2-year term. Comprised of a diverse group of leading technology experts, the TAC provides technical expertise to the FCC to identify important areas of innovation and develop informed technology policies.

Greg Lapin, N9GL, will continue to represent ARRL on the TAC.

“The TAC will consider and advise the Commission on a vari...

Springtime Section Manager Election Results Announced

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:42

In the only contested Section Manager election this spring, ARRL members in Utah have re-elected Mel Parkes, NM7P, as Section Manager for a new 2-year term of office that starts on July 1. Parkes, of Layton, received 481 votes; his opponent, Pat Malan, N7PAT, of South Jordan, received 233 votes. Parkes has served as Section Manager since 1999. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquart...

Educator, Author, Contester Fred Cady, KE7X, SK

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:32

Fred Cady, KE7X, of Bozeman, Montana, died on May 16. An ARRL Life Member, he turned 77 earlier this month. Cady was a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Montana State University. He coauthored The Successful Ham Radio Operator’s Handbook with Vic DiCiccio, VE3YT. Cady also wrote several manuals on how to use Elecraft equipment.

Licensed in 1959, Cady earned a PhD in el...

ITU Working Party 5A1 Completes Draft New Report on WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:35

Working Group 1 of ITU-R Working Party 5A completed work on the sharing and compatibility studies required for WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1 during the meeting of WP 5A that concluded on May 9. The report, which began as a nine-page document in 2016, grew to 158 pages developed from 60 input contributions over a 3-year period. Working Group 5A1, responsible for amateur matters, is chaired by Dale Hugh...

Yasme Foundation Designates Supporting Grant, Excellence Award Recipients

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 00:11

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has awarded $5,000 each to the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) and ARRL scholarship programs for 2019, and $5,000 in general support to World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) in Italy and a second grant to sponsor the so-called “Widow’s Ball” during WRTC 2022.

The Yasme Foundation Board also announced Yasme Excellence Award winners....

AMSAT-NA Issues Call for Board of Directors’ Nominations

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:15

AMSAT is soliciting nominations for its Board of Directors election. Four directors' terms expire this year: Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM. In addition, up to two Alternates may be elected for 1-year terms.

A valid nomination requires either one member-society or five individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT member fo...

CQ Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:42

CQ Magazine over the weekend announced the 2019 inductees to its Amateur Radio, DX, and Contest halls of fame.

CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame added 5 new members for 2019, making a total of 326 inductees since its establishment in 2001. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors radio amateurs who have made significant contributions “to Amateur Radio, to their profe...

Hamvention 2019 - Sunday Roundup

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 18:04

Although the last and shortest day of Dayton Hamvention is usually the least crowded, the ARRL Expo had early visitors making their rounds, particularly for books.

In the morning, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, presented a forum on ARRL’s new Volunteer Monitor Program. A well-known former FCC employee, Hollingsworth explained how the program came to be at request from the FCC and stressed the impor...

Hamvention 2019 - Saturday Roundup

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 23:24

Saturday at Dayton Hamvention was very sunny with a comfortable breeze, and visitors settled into what shade they could find at covered picnic tables or stretched out in grassy areas under a tree throughout the day. Many attendees took advantage of the beautiful weather to continue their hobby as they wove through vendors and food trucks. Chad Greene, KC3CQZ, carried solar panels connected on h...

The K7RA Solar Update

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:14

Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity continues, and this reporting week, the average daily sunspot number rose from 16.1 to 22.7, while average daily solar flux went from 73.5 to 75.7. The two sunspot groups that appeared on May 3 and May 6 are fading fast and rotating off the visible solar disc. Two geomagnetically active days occurred on May 11 and 14, when the planetary A in...

Hamvention 2019 - Friday Roundup

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 23:01

The first day of Dayton Hamvention 2019 began with prompt crowds streaming in as soon as doors opened. ARRL Expo was one area that drew fair attention, with the addition of a booth for the new ARRL and Dayton Hamvention Mobile Event App. Available for free download, the app provides maps of the entire fairgrounds, booth layouts in every building, schedules of forums and presentations, and other...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 20:17

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:28

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.

 

Radio Amateurs to Demonstrate Emergency Messaging Capabilities for Red Cross, FEMA

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:51

Just days ahead of the 2019 Hurricane Season, dozens of hams along the US East Coast will demonstrate Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages without commercial power, infrastructure, or permanently established stations for officials of the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Thursday, May 23 event will take place in coordination with ARRL, during a joi...

Limor Fried, AC2SN, is Recipient of 2019 Women in Open Source Award

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:48

Adafruit Industries Founder Limor Fried, AC2SN, was one of two 2019 Women in Open Source Award winners. Sponsored by open-source solution provider Red Hat, the awards honor women who make important contributions to open-source projects and communities, or those making innovative use of open-source methodology.

Nominations for this year’s awards were accepted for two categories: “Academic” for th...

IARU Member-Societies Ratify Leadership Nominations, to Consider New Members

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:37

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies on May 3 completed voting to ratify the nominations of IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, and Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, to new terms. With 57 affirmative votes required for ratification, Ellam received 75 votes, and Garpestad received 74 votes.

Applications for IARU membership have been received via IARU Region 1 from t...

Selected Sessions of the 2019 Contest University (CTU) will be Livestreamed

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:22

Compliments of Icom America, some sessions of the 2019 Contest University in Dayton (CTU) will be livestreamed via the CTU website. Streaming will begin on May 16 at 1200 UTC. Topics include Radiosport Contesting with Integrity; 2BSIQ & SO3R: Riding the Edge of Human Capabilities, and No-Compromise Remote Contesting. 

First Ham Satellite — OSCAR 1 — will Join AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Dayton

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:19

A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio’s first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT’s Dayton Hamvention® booth. AMSAT’s exhibit will be in Building 1 (Maxim Hall) at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. OSCAR 1 (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) was launched into orbit in 1961, at the dawn of the Space Age. Built by a group of California-based radio am...

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