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ARRL Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 19:07

As part of efforts under way to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees and volunteers from the impacts of the coronavirus, ARRL has decided to suspend all tours and guest visits to Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW and ARRL Headquarters, effective Monday, March 16. Out of an abundance of caution, this suspension will be in effect until further notice.

We apologiz...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 18:02

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at 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, 03/13/2020 - 13:30

I felt cheated this week when a much-anticipated sunspot only appeared just briefly, disappearing after two days.

Sunspot region AR2758 only appeared on March 8-9, with daily sunspot numbers of 13 and 12. Average daily sunspot numbers for the week rose from zero to 3.6, while average daily solar flux increased (minimally) from 70 to 70.2.

Average daily planetary A index declined from 6.7 to 4.4, ...

International Group to Reactivate the Legendary Yasme VP2VB Call Sign

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 11:22

On Tuesday, March 10, an international group now in New York will set sail to the British Virgin Islands and activate the VP2VB call sign of Yasme fame for 6 days, focusing on the low bands with two stations. VP2VB was the call sign of the legendary Danny Weil, VP2VB, skipper of the Yasme series of sailing vessels that carried the peripatetic adventurer traveled from one DX location to another ...

Ham Radio University Founder Phil Lewis, N2MUN, SK

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 11:06

The founder of the annual Ham Radio University in New York, Phil Lewis, N2MUN, of Lindenhurst, New York, died on March 5. An ARRL member, he was 72. Lewis grew up on Long Island, attended RCA Institute, and worked for Hazeltine and, later, BAE Systems in the aerospace industry. Licensed in 1991, he was a member of Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC), serving as a volunteer examiner and ...

Correction to Frequency Measuring Test Website URL

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 11:01

An incorrect website address for the April 24 Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) appeared in QST. The correct URL is The old website is still active and has a hyperlink to the new site. 

ARISS Celebrating Successful Launch Carrying Interoperable Radio System to ISS

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 10:57

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating the successful launch and docking of the SpaceX-20 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). One payload on the flight is the ARISS Interoperable Radio System (IORS), which ARISS calls “the foundational element of the ARISS next-generation radio system” on the space station. Amateur radio has bee...

Nominations Invited for 2020 McGan Silver Antenna Award for Excellence in Public Relations

Sat, 03/07/2020 - 23:13

The ARRL Public Relations Committee invites nominations for the Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award, presented annually to a radio amateur who has demonstrated success in public relations efforts on behalf of amateur radio and who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit of Philip McGan, WA2MBQ (SK).

“ARRL Public Information Officers (PIOs) and other volunteers are working hard every day ...

Outer Space is Your Next Radio Frontier!

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 19:20

You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right now! All it takes is the right information, which you’ll find in ARRL’s new book Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners.

Dozens of spacecraft are in orbit just waiting for your signals, and more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a w...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 18:24

Last week we pointed out in ARLP009 that the NASA STEREO images (at ) showed two bright spots, magnetically complex, about to rotate over the sun’s eastern horizon and onto the visible solar disc. I was hoping these might develop into sunspots, but they both quickly faded away, so currently we have seen no sunspots in 33 days. Clearly, we are still at solar minimum...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 18:00

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

Problems with Headquarters Mass E-mailings to Yahoo and AOL Addresses

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 17:50

Starting sometime Wednesday evening, March 5th, mass e-mailings sent from ARRL Headquarters have been refused by e-mail servers at Yahoo. This means that recipients with or addresses have not been receiving the ARRL Letter, DX News, the Section Manager newsletter, renewal notices, and ARRL marketing offers.

Individual e-mail communications with ARRL Headquarters have not been a...

Coronavirus Fears Spur Cancellation, Postponement of Some Ham Radio Events

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 17:10

Additional amateur radio events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) fears.

The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) has announced the cancellation of several amateur radio events planned for March, in the wake of a government policy requesting that events be canceled, postponed, or reduced in size for the next 2 weeks, saying “events that attract large numbers of ...

German Contest Team to Conduct FT8 Experimental Event

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 16:39

Starting on March 9, a group of German radio amateurs will attempt to determine how long it takes to complete DXCC using only FT8 protocol.

“Today, more than 80% of the QSOs are made by FT8 operators,” the group said. “Our goal is to get the DXCC in the shortest possible time.” Using the call sign DR4K, the operators have set several conditions.

They will not use any spotting assistance, will lim...

AMSAT Academy to be Held Prior to Dayton Hamvention

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 16:36

AMSAT® is hosting AMSAT Academy on May 14, the day before Dayton Hamvention®. This is a unique opportunity to learn about amateur radio in space and working FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites currently in orbit. AMSAT Academy will be held Thursday, May 14, from 9 AM until 5 PM at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Dayton, Ohio.

The $85 reg...