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Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting Where Needed in Hurricane Response

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 15:54

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are pitching in to support communication at some Red Cross shelters in South Texas in the ongoing aftermath of catastrophic and unprecedented flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey. ARES members also are serving as net control liaisons to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). At least 3 dozen volunteers were assisting at she...

The 2018 ARRL Calendar is Now Shipping!

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:43

Talking to friends. Serving your community. Chasing DX. Trying a new mode. Working a contest. Taking your radio out in the field. The 2018 ARRL Calendar features photos of exciting on-air operating activities, that we hope will inspire you to get involved, active, and on the air too!

The 2018 ARRL Calendar includes:

  • ARRL Contests and other major ham radio contests
  • National event dates: ARRL Fiel...

ARRL Headquarters is Closed for Labor Day

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:42

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, September 4. There will be no ARRL bulletin or code practice transmissions on Labor Day days. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, September 5, at 8 AM ET. We wish everyone a festive and safe holiday!

“Flash” DXpedition to North Korea Possible

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:49

Even as international tensions involving North Korea continue to mount, Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, is holding out the tantalizing possibility of a return visit to that most-wanted DXCC entity, known officially as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The prospect of Amateur Radio operation from North Korea comes as that country has threatened missile attacks against US territory and, this we...

Interview: ARRL Public Information Officer Describes the Situation in Harris County, Texas

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:40

In an August 29 interview with Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, news-talk radio station WGMD, ARRL South Texas Section Public Information Officer Mike Urich, KA5CVH, described the situation in Harris County, Texas, as the flood emergency continues there. Urich also took time to explain how the public service that Amateur Radio is able to provide during emergencies and disasters.

Urich noted that Harris...

Texas Flood Zone ARES Volunteers Advised to Stay Home, Family Safety Comes First

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:53

As Tropical Storm Harvey heads southeastward, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) team members are being advised that the impact to the region’s communications infrastructure has been relatively minimal so far, considering the strength of the storm and the magnitude of the flooding. South Texas ARES remains on standby as the response phase continues and sheltering becomes a growing need.

ARR...

Top-Level Domain Name “.radio” Now Available

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 17:22

The top-level domain (TLD) name “.radio” is now available to the radio industry and Amateur Radio enthusiasts, and is reserved for individuals and companies with active interest in the radio sector. The .radio TLD can be used for web and e-mail addresses and will be managed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with support from other world broadcasting unions. Visit the .radio domains regis...

Hurricane Watch Net Suspends Operations for Hurricane Harvey

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 19:09

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) suspended operations for Hurricane Harvey at 1830 UTC after 51.5 continuous hours of activation.

“As always, our sincere thanks to everyone who use 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz for various nets and rag-chews to allow us use of the frequency,” said HWN Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “Having a clear frequency certainly makes our job easier, and we know those in the aff...

Heavy Rainfall from Hurricane Harvey Could Extend for Days, Catastrophic Flooding Forecast

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 17:46

Although Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane and is weakening, forecasters are predicting that rainfall generated by the storm system could continue for several more days. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reported that the storm made landfall on Saturday at around 0300 UTC between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH. Winds have subside...

Amateur Radio Preparations Continue for Category 4 Hurricane Harvey; Flooding Most Significant Fear

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 23:18

As now-Category 4 Hurricane Harvey bears down on his state, ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, reports that all 97 South Texas counties are on alert, with many preparing to assist coastal areas as needed. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) remains active in “Catastrophic Response Mode” on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. The VoIP Hurricane Net activated today (connect at *WX_TALK* Ech...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:05

All solar indicators rose over the past week (August 17-23), with average daily sunspot number increasing from 15.3 to 39.9, and average daily solar flux from 72 to 84.6, compared to the previous seven days.

Predicted solar flux is 79 on August 25, 80 on August 26, 78 on August 27-30, 75 on August 31, 78 on September 1-2, 75 on September 3-7, 80 on September 8, 85 on September 9-14, 88 on Septem...

Array of Amateur Radio Resources Readying for Hurricane Harvey Response

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 14:54

Amateur Radio resources are marshaling to assist in the response to Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast on Friday (August 25) as a Category 3 storm. It would be the first storm to hit the US coast in more than a decade. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) already has swung into action, as the storm, which bears the threat not only of high winds but extensive and...

Director, Vice Director Elections Set in Three ARRL Divisions

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 21:14

ARRL members will choose between two candidates for the Vice Director’s seat in the Atlantic Division, now headed by Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, who qualified for re-election. Running for Atlantic Division Vice Director are Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Lloyd Roach, K3QNT, of Bedford, Pennsylvania. Hollingsworth served as FCC special counsel overseeing Amateur ...

Harvey Gains Hurricane Strength, Hurricane Watch and VoIP WX Nets Activate

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 19:06

Once downgraded to a tropical depression, Harvey has regained strength in the Gulf of Mexico and been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated at 1500 UTC on 14.325 MHz, and planned remain there until 0100 UTC. The HWN will activate on its nighttime frequency of 7.268 MHz at 0000 UTC.

 

“This will allow us a 1-hour overlap between bands,” said HWN Net Manager Bo...

A Successful YOTA 2017 UK Will Pass Along the “YOTA KEY” to a New Team

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:57

From talking with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station to talking around the world on HF from GB17YOTA, the 80 participants at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) 2017 UK event had a blast. Held at Gilwell Park, located outside of London, the IARU summer camp allowed the young participants to become international friends in a way that only radio amateurs can appreciate. Next year, t...

Solar Eclipse QSO Party a Hit, Science Conclusions Await Additional Analysis

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 13:48

The 2017 Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is history, and, while logs are still coming in, the preliminary participation numbers look good, according to Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, of HamSCI.

“Although the final numbers are not yet in, preliminary reports show that over 670,000 spots were detected by the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), and over 542,000 spots were reported to PSKReporter [PSK Automati...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 13:00

“S-Units” is the topic of the current (August 17) latest episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor hims...

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