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ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program to Accept Applications Starting on November 1

Thu, 10/28/2021 - 18:03

The ARRL Foundation will start accepting applications for its 2022 scholarship program on November 1. The submission deadline is December 31. More than 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000 will be awarded in 2022.

All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs (active non-US radio amateurs are eligible for scholarships sponsored by ARDC), and many scholarships have specific require...

Job Openings at ARRL Headquarters

Thu, 10/28/2021 - 17:29

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® is hiring for these positions at its Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. Qualified candidates are invited to email their cover letter and resume to ARRL Human Resources. Visit the ARRL Employment Opportunities page for more information.

·         Lab Engineer EMC/RFI Specialist

·         Administrative Assistant

·         Director of Informati...

US Government Accepting Applications for FCC Telecommunications Specialist

Thu, 10/28/2021 - 15:58

The federal government is accepting applications until November 10 for a telecommunications specialist to work at the FCC’s high-frequency direction finding (HFDF) facility in Columbia, Maryland. This is a full-time position, and no travel is required.

The individual hired would perform watch duty and serve as a technical authority for communication systems users in resolving radio interference ...

Amateur Radio Emergency Service and SKYWARN Respond to Major Nor’easter

Thu, 10/28/2021 - 15:00

A major nor’easter struck eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island this week, with ferocious winds stronger than those that Tropical Storm Henri brought to the region in August.

Starting on the evening of October 26, eastern Massachusetts amateur radio operators on the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN™ storm spotter teams joined forces to help eme...

3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island Confirms November 2022 Activation

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 22:06

The 3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition team says that with its first deposit on its contract to have the SS Marama provide transportation to Bouvet, it has confirmed its plans to activate the second most-wanted DXCC entity in November 2022.

“It is a huge task and undertaking to go to Bouvet, and we still critically need additional upfront support to close the budget,” said the amateur radio DXpediti...

President Names Rosenworcel FCC Chair, Announces Planned Nominations to FCC, NTIA

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 19:44

President Joe Biden this week designated FCC acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel as Chair and announced that he intends to re-nominate her and nominate another to fill the open seats on the Commission. Rosenworcel, a Democrat, is the first woman to head the Commission. She has served on the FCC since 2012.

Prior to joining the FCC, Chairwoman Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel...

ARRL Concurs with Two FCC World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee Draft Positions

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 19:42

ARRL has told the FCC that it agrees with two World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) Advisory Committee (WAC) draft positions on WRC-23 agenda items, but with conditions. ARRL based its support on provisions that amateur radio allocations are protected and amateur operations are not constrained. The two items consider spectrum requirements for the Earth Exploration-Satellite Service (Active)...

Well-Known Amateur Radio Contester and DXer Will Roberts, AA4NC, SK

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 19:30

An experienced and successful member of the amateur radio contesting and DX community lost his life on October 21 as the result of a small plane crash. William “Will” Roberts, AA4NC, of Apex, North Carolina, was piloting the plane, which went down not long after take-off in a wooded area of Onslow County, North Carolina, near the Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport, killing Roberts and another p...

WSJT-X Version 2.5.1 has been Released

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 19:10

The WSJT-X development team has announced the general availability release of WSJT-X version 2.5.1. This release mainly contains improvements and repairs defects related to Q65 and JT65 when used with nonstandard and compound call signs. Those planning to use Q65 or JT65 to make weak-signal contacts involving a nonstandard call sign should upgrade to this version. Also included is a new feature...

Hams Support Chicago Marathon

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 19:55

A team of 135 radio amateurs from four states supported medical teams volunteering for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 10. The Chicago Marathon is the third largest marathon in the world. This marked the 13th year that amateur radio volunteers have partnered with the marathon medical team to help coordinate responses, arrange for deployment of medical supplies, and provide situa...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 14:33

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity declined last week, and on Sunday, October 17, there were no sunspots at all. Most days had the minimum non-zero sunspot number, which is 11, indicating a single sunspot group containing a single sunspot.

Average daily sunspot number declined from 23.7 to 11.3, and average daily solar flux dropped 7 points from 85.6 to 78.6.

Geomagnetic indicators ...

ARDC Grants to Fund Amateur Radio Project Expansions

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 19:38

Two recent Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) grants will benefit the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC), K6TZ, and Oregon HamWAN.

A $35,550 grant will enable SBARC to construct an amateur radio station at the new Chrisman California Islands Center (CCIC) in downtown Carpinteria, California, at the invitation of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation (SCIF). According to Levi Maaia, K6L...

November QST Article Celebrates Centenary of the Beverage Antenna

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 13:47

The November issue of QST includes the article, “The Beverage Antenna, 100 Years Later,” by Ward Silver, N0AX, and Frank Donovan, W3LPL. The famous receiving antenna, designed and patented in 1921 by Harold Beverage, W2BML, remains popular for the low bands as increasing sunspot activity in Solar Cycle 25 leads to weaker signals on 160 and 80 meters. The article explains the Beverage antenna’s ...

Yasme Foundation Board Announces Grant, Award

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 13:41

The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced that it will be giving a grant to the Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA) to establish a facility for its recently formed (2018) amateur radio club.

The Yasme Foundation also announced that Steve Babcock, VE6WZ, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is the latest recipient of its Excellence Award. This honor is presented to individuals and gro...

Technician License Training Course Added to ARRL’s YouTube Channel

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 13:39

ARRL’s YouTube channel, ARRLHQ, has launched a series of amateur radio Technician-class license courses. This series of videos features Dave Casler, KE0OG, QST’s “Ask Dave” columnist, who leads viewers through The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. These videos supplement the manual and provide an overview of the sections you’ll be studying, along with a few videos on how things work. Share this ex...

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