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ARRL Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group has New Chair

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 20:00

ARRL Roanoke Division Director George “Bud” Hippisley, W2RU, is the new chairman of the ARRL Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG). He succeeds Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who stepped away as PSEWG chair after being named to lead the ARRL Programs and Services Committee, to which the PSEWG reports. Hippisley thanked Williams for his work in leading th...

Additional Amateur Radio-Related Petitions Now Open for Comment

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 19:43

The FCC has placed three Amateur Radio-related Petitions for Rule Making (PRMs) on public notice and has invited comments.

Jerry Oxendine, K4KWH, of Gastonia, North Carolina, wants the FCC to clarify that state and localities should have no authority to regulate Amateur Radio with respect to enacting “distracted driving” statutes. In his Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11833, Oxen...

Bob Famiglio, K3RF, Appointed to Fill Atlantic Division Vice Director Vacancy

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 20:42

Robert B. “Bob” Famiglio, K3RF, of Media, Pennsylvania, once again is the ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director. Famiglio, an attorney, was appointed by ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH. He will serve with Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM.

Famiglio, who was initially Atlantic Division Vice Director from 2015...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 19:55

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.

 

2019 QST Key Design Competition Deadline is June 1

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 16:24

The deadline is June 1 to submit Morse key and paddle designs in the QST Key Competition. Hams have been building their own Morse keys since the dawn of Amateur Radio, and some creations have become legend. Design styles can include straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, or sideswiper. The winner in each category will receive $250. Only one entry may be accepted per person or team.

Entri...

Department of Defense to Transmit Interoperability Exercise Info via WWV/WWVH

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:02

The US Department of Defense (DOD) plans to start making use of a provisional time slot on WWV and WWVH to announce upcoming HF military communication exercises and how the Amateur Radio community can become involved in them. The announcements will occur at 10 minutes past on WWV and at 50 minutes past on WWVH. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz.

“DOD’s use of the broadcast time...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 13:45

During our reporting week (March 21-27) solar activity increased while geomagnetic indicators were lower, compared to the previous seven days. This is a nice combination for the first week of spring.

Although sunspots and solar flux decreased toward the end of the period, average daily sunspot numbers doubled from 8 to 16, and average daily solar flux increased from 70.7 to 75.2.

Average daily pl...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 11:31

ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew Members

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 17:53

Starting on April 1, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will accept applications from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) interested in hosting contacts with orbiting crew members on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts will be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2020.

Each year, ARISS pr...

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition “Postponed, Not Canceled”

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 16:12

The 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is off, at least for now. The skipper of the MV Atlantic Tuna determined it was not safe to continue its voyage to the remote Antarctic island after the vessel suffered some damage from severe storm conditions. The DXpedition had expected to arrive on the island on March 26 and be on the air by month’s end.

“The captain of the MV Atlantic Tuna had...

Colorado ARES Volunteers Muster for “Bomb Cyclone” Winter Storm

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 18:53

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in Colorado stepped up as a mid-month “bomb cyclone” winter storm struck the state, with heavy rain shifting to heavy snowfall. The storm affected several states and led to significant flooding in Nebraska. Parts of Colorado recorded winds of nearly 100 MPH and record-low barometric pressure readings. ARES teams in Colorado began preparations ...

ARES Helps Iowa Water Utility to Resolve RFI Issue

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 17:53

Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works (DMWW) uses secure radiotelemetry to monitor various remote-site parameters to alert staff to problems. Earlier this year, DMWW experienced periodic and sometimes total failure of the radio system. After no solution could be found, staff reached out to various resources, including the FCC. Polk County ARES also was brought in, and eight operators assembled to track...

Modified Digital QST App Now Available for Apple iOS Users

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 13:23

Apple has released a new app for digital QST (version 5.1) readers that use that platform. A long-standing problem involved the inability of some Apple iOS app users to download digital QST issues to their devices. When they attempted to do so, the app crashed. The new app is now available on the Apple iTunes store. Apple also required ARRL to create a new version of the app that allows non-mem...

The 2018 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is Now Available

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 12:53

The 2018 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2018 Annual List, as well as the 20187 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers. DXCC is Amateur Radio's premier award that hams can earn by confirming on the air contacts with 100 countries. You can begin with the basic DXCC award and work your way up to the DXCC Honor Roll.

 

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 21:05

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.

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 13:34

Following a month of no sunspots in February, solar activity returned on March 5-12, then disappeared over five days, returning last week on March 18-20.

But our reporting week (Always Thursday through the following Wednesday) ended with a bang when the daily sunspot number rose to 28 on March 20, the first day of spring. Sunspot numbers have not been as high since last August, when the sunspot ...

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