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Dayton Hamvention 2020 Web Portal Opens for Tickets, Exhibit Space

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:56

Online orders for Dayton Hamvention® 2020 tickets, inside exhibit spaces, and flea market spots can now be placed online. Those who ordered online in 2019 should have their user IDs and passwords available when placing orders. Hamvention’s all-volunteer staff will work as quickly as possible to respond to orders. If you encounter difficulties, email the appropriate committee: Tickets, Inside Ex...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:05

We saw a nice run of cycle 24 and cycle 25 sunspots from January 24 through February 1. Daily sunspot number reached a short-term peak of 18 on January  26.

Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.1 reported in last week’s bulletin to 4.7 over the current reporting week, January 30 through February 5.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 71 on February 7-14, 72 on February 15-20, 7...

Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, Elected AMSAT President

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:51

During a teleconference meeting this week, the AMSAT Board of Directors elected Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, of Granbury, Texas, as AMSAT President. Coleman had served as a member of the Board of Directors and as AMSAT Secretary from 2017 until 2019, and he has volunteered in several other capacities for AMSAT, including as chair of the 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium. He succeeds Joe Spier, K6WAO, who r...

Former ARRL East Bay Section Manager, Ti-Michelle Connelly, NJ6T, SK

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:03

Ti-Michelle Connelly, NJ6T, of Yuma, Arizona, who served as ARRL East Bay Section Manager from 2003 until 2007, died last week. An ARRL Life Member, she was 72.

The California native also held other Field Organization appointments, including Net Manager, Affiliated Club Coordinator, Assistant Section Manager, and Official Emergency Station. Connelly was also an ARRL VEC and W5YI Volunteer Examin...

ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Seeks Comments on Recommendations

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 16:00

The ARRL HF Band Planning Committee is seeking comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community on its report to the ARRL Board. At the Board’s January meeting, the committee presented its specific recommendations in graphical form for each HF band and each US license class, with the goal of increasing harmony on the HF bands, particularly between CW and digital users.

“In general, the ...

QRZ.com Ends Identity Verified Program

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 22:14

The popular QRZ.com amateur radio website has dropped its verified member program, which the site instituted last year in an effort to combat fraud and password phishers. Termination of the program was due to “a number of factors,” the site’s founder and president Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, explained in a post. Lloyd said the change will “transition our online swapmeet rules to reflect more open polici...

President Signs PIRATE Act to Combat Illegal Broadcasting

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 22:05

On January 24, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act” or the “PIRATE Act.” The measure, which amends the Communications Act of 1934, authorizes enhanced penalties for violators. Under the new law, pirate radio broadcasters would be subject to a fine of not more than $2 million, and violators could be fined up to $100,000 for each day ...

ARISS Announces Hosts for Space Station Ham Radio Contacts

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 21:56

 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced the names of schools and organizations selected to host amateur radio contacts with International Space Station crew members during the second half of 2020. Ten proposals were accepted to move forward in the selection process and placed in a scheduling queue for an amateur radio contact between July and December 2020. Altho...

Informal Special Event to Commemorate Amateur Radio Newsline Cofounder Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 21:51

The Amateur Radio Newsline Amateur Radio Club will sponsor an informal activation of WA6ITF, the call sign long held by Newsline cofounder Bill Pasternak, who died 5 years ago. Pasternak would have turned 72 on February 7. With Bill Orenstein, KH6IAF, Pasternak created the original Amateur Radio Newsline as the Westlink Radio Network, recruiting volunteer broadcasters to contribute ham radio ne...

Undersea Expedition Planned to Retrieve Titanic’s Radio Gear

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 16:48

The company with sole rights to salvage artifacts from the RMS Titanic has gone to court to gain permission to carry out a “surgical removal and retrieval” of the Marconi radio equipment on the ship, a Washington Post article reports. The Titanic sank in 1912 on its maiden voyage after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. As the radio room filled with water, radio operator Jack Phillips t...

AMSAT-NA President Joe Spier, K6WAO, Steps Down

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:16

AMSAT-NA President Joe Spier, K6WAO, has resigned, citing personal reasons. Spier, of Weimar, California, had served as AMSAT’s president since October 2017. Prior to that, Spier was AMSAT’s executive vice president and vice president of Educational Relations. He also served as an AMSAT News Service editor and as a member of the ARISS Education Team. Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM...

Amateur Radio Volunteers in Turkey Support Earthquake Response

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 18:35

A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the province of Elazig on January 24. Radio amateurs affiliated with the national International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society TRAC assisted in the response.

Aziz Sasa, TA1E, at TRAC Headquarters reported, “The affected area was very small and the intensity limited; our involvement was also limited.” He said two TRAC branches in the affected ...

The K7RA Solar Update

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

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

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...

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