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Brief ARRL Website Outage Planned for Wednesday, February 13

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

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

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

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,...

ISS Packet Radio System is Back in Operation with New Equipment

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 16:12

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system is back on the air with new equipment. The replacement gear arrived last November and had been awaiting unpacking and installation. ARISS hardware team members on the ground were able to locate a functional duplicate of the old ISS packet TNC module that had been in operation for 17 years and had become intermittent. Cre...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:55

Solar wind pushed geomagnetic indicators higher last week (on February 1-2), and average planetary A index rose from 7 (for the seven days ending January 30) to 11.6 on January 31 through February 6.

When geomagnetic conditions are active, we usually see higher indices at high latitudes. Alaska’s college A index (measured at a magnetometer near Fairbanks) was 40 on February 1, indicating disturb...

ARRL Board Gives the Go-Ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 15:28

ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs. The Lifelong Learning Initiative will seek to provide a series of learning tracks that will serve the needs of the various interest groups within the Amateur Radio community.

While designed for everyone with an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio, the Lifelong Learning I...

New Campaign Exploiting Linux Servers to Insert Backdoor “SpeakUp” Trojan

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 15:05

A new backdoor Linux-based operating system trojan dubbed “SpeakUp” is on the loose, although so far it does not appear to have propagated to North America or Europe. Research team Check Point Research recently reported the discovery and said SpeakUp exploits known vulnerabilities in six separate Linux distributions and is able to evade all security vendors. A community of radio amateurs use va...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:00

MarconISSta Offering One Last Chance to Test UHF Antennas

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:57

The MarconISSta experiment at the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Columbus module ham station will be decommissioned on February 9, about 3 weeks earlier than anticipated. MarconISSta is a radio spectrum analyzer on the ISS that monitors parts of the RF spectrum in VHF, UHF, L, and S bands in order to analyze current use and availability for satellite communication.

The...

World Scout Jamboree is Possible ARISS Amateur Radio Contact Host

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:45

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station US team (ARISS-US) has announced the list of schools or organizations that may host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station (ISS) crew members from July through December. The list includes the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is set for this summer at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Schools and organizations...

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:07

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will departing ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010.

“Mike has accomplished much during his nine years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, and, most recently, the rollout of ...

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Shifts toward Siberia

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 23:02

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) scientists have updated the world magnetic model (WMM) mid-cycle, as Earth’s northern magnetic pole has begun shifting quickly away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia, an NCEI report said this week. The new WMM more accurately represents the change of the magnetic field since 2015. The alteration could have an impact on government, ...

Brunei V84SAA DXpedition to Focus on Low Bands

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 19:57

Setup is under way in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Brunei, located on the Island of Borneo and surrounded by Malaysia, for the V84SAA DXpedition. Eighteen operators under the leadership of Krassy Petkov, K1LZ, will fire up on February 7 and continue until February 18. Operation will concentrate on the low bands.

“Many of the team have already landed in Brunei, and the tent is set up on the...

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