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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:29

A single new Cycle 25 sunspot appeared over the past week, January 1 through January 8. NOAA did not record or number the new spot until January 2, but Spaceweather.com indicated it (sunspot region 2755) began on January 1.

Then another new Cycle 25 spot emerged on Thursday, January 9, with a daily sunspot number of 14. I was excited to see Spaceweather.com post “Solar Cycle 25 Continues to Inte...

Earthquakes Compromised Power Generation Capacity, Puerto Rico Section Manager Says

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:30

ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, says small tremors continue on the island in the wake of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the southwestern part of the island on January 7. A magnitude 5.8 quake struck a day earlier. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported widespread power outages after generating plants automatically activated protective shutdown s...

John Litz, NZ6Q, Appointed as San Joaquin Valley Section Manager

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 20:12

John Litz, NZ6Q, has been appointed as the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Manager to succeed Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, who died on December 27. Litz will complete the remaining term of office that runs through June 30, 2021. ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, made the appointment, effective immediately, after consulting with Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, an...

ARRL West Central Florida Section Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this Year

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 19:02

The ARRL West Central Florida Section is marking its 20th anniversary this year. The Section newsletter, the WCF Presser, includes information on celebratory activities. A K4WCF special event in January will activate all 10 of the Section’s counties, with additional K4WCF special events later in the year. The West Central Florida Section website also has a new look for the 20th anniversary cele...

Norway Experiences Unexpected Ground Current “Shockwave”

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 18:47

Spaceweather.com reports that on January 6, unexpected electrical currents were detected in the soil of northern Norway starting at around 1930 UTC.

“It seemed to be some kind of shockwave,” said Rob Stammes, who monitors ground currents at the Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory in Lofoten. “My instruments detected a sudden, strong variation in both ground currents and our local magnetic f...

ARRL’s New On the Air Magazine on its Way to Members!

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 21:55

The premiere issue of ARRL’s On the Air magazine has left the printer’s on its way to member subscribers! The magazine should be in mailboxes within the next 10 days. On the Air is the newest ARRL member benefit to help new licensees and beginner-to-intermediate radio communicators navigate the world of amateur radio.

Eligible US-based members can elect to receive On the Air or QST magazine in p...

CAMSAT Says CAS-6 Activation for Amateur Use has been Delayed

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 21:32

Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, tells ARRL that some problems with the precise attitude determination of the newly launched CAS-6 amateur radio satellite have delayed deployment of the antennas. The satellite was to have been put into service within 3 days.

“If the V/UHF antennas are deployed now, additional torque may affect determination of the satellite attitude...

Strong Earthquake Shakes Puerto Rico, ARES Standing By

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 14:58

A strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Puerto Rico early on January 7 on the heels of a smaller magnitude 5.8 tremor a day earlier. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority reported widespread power outages after generating plants automatically activated protective shutdown systems following the earthquake. Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced urged citizens to remain calm.

“The entire gover...

ARRL DX Advisory Committee is Seeking Comment on Award Criteria, DXCC Annual List

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 00:46

The ARRL DX Advisory Committee (DXAC) is seeking feedback from members on two items as soon as possible. Email comments to your DXAC representative (list is also linked from the DXAC page).

The first issue involves the question of revising 5-Band DXCC (5BDXCC) requirement to accept contacts on any five band as opposed to the existing requirement of 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. The DXAC wants t...

Australian Bushfires Causing Major Telecommunication Outages, Hams Asked to Remain Alert

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 21:06

Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) President Greg Kelly, VK2GPK, says the bushfires in Australia have caused or are expected to cause significant disruption of telecommunication services in the states of Victoria and New South Wales. 

“The scope and range of these impacts is unknown at this stage but are predicted to cover all internet and phone (fixed and mobile) and other commercial radio s...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 15:02

Sunspots appeared recently, all indicating cycle 25 due to their polarity, opposite from spots in cycle 24. Sunspots appeared December 24-26, and it looks like a new cycle 25 spot on January 1. NOAA did not report it (too weak?) but Spaceweather.com reported a sunspot number of 11 on January 1.

On January 2 NOAA reported the new spot with a sunspot number of 23.

Sorry, but the final propagation b...

San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, SK

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 13:30

ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Manager Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, of Fresno, California, died on December 27. He was 68. At the time of his death, Pruitt had been hospitalized as a result of a fall. First licensed in 1965, Pruitt had served as SJV SM since 2009 and earlier this year began a new 2-year term. A successor will be appointed.

Pruitt had previously served as Fresno County Emergency Coordinat...

Prominent DXer Roger Western, G3SXW, Continues to Recover from Fall Injuries

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 13:12

Well-known DXer and DXpeditioner Roger Western, G3SXW, continues his recovery from serious injuries suffered in a fall on October 27 as he was clearing leaves from a rain gutter. No bones were broken, but he was badly bruised when he fell, and he struck the back of his head. According to a report in The Daily DX, Western was able to make it back into his house alone “but was in a bad way,” his ...

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