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Revised AMSAT-NA Website in the Offing

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 18:19

AMSAT Treasurer and Vice President of User Services Robert Bankston, KE4AL, has announced that the AMSAT Board has approved his recommendations for an internet-based membership management system, the transition to a digital full-color edition of AMSAT Journal, and a complete overhaul of the AMSAT-NA website.

“I have been putting together these proposals for several months and thank the Board of...

The ARRL Foundation Announces Four Additional Scholarship Recipients

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 20:55

The ARRL Foundation has announced for additional recipients of scholarships that it manages.

The Albemarle Scholarship was awarded to Dalton Southerland, W1DGS, of Louisburg, North Carolina; the Atlanta Radio Club Scholarship was award to Emily Wilbourn, KM4JXB, of Buford, Georgia; the Cordel Scholarship was awarded to Collin Pike, KJ4AXB, of Roanoke, Alabama, and the Winscot Scholarship was awa...

UK Special Event GB1NHS and GB1CFR to Honor Community First Responders

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 20:40

Members of the UK National Health Service Emergency Care Improvement Support Team (ECIST) will launch a special event operation starting on Monday, October 28, from the Radio Society of Great Britain’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. GB1NHS and GB1CFR will recognize the life-saving role of community first responders.

The date corresponds with National Community First Responder Day in t...

The Lastest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 20:04

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.

MARS Members to Work with Radio Amateurs during SET and DOD COMEX 19-4

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 17:48

During October and corresponding with the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) members will be reaching out to the amateur radio community to continue building working relationships and improving interoperability. As part of this effort, MARS will be promoting the use of a serial phase-shift keying protocol, Military Standard 188-110 (M110), on the 60-mete...

Pitcairn Island DXpedition Offers Tips on Working VP6R on FT8

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 17:36

The contact count for the VP6R Pitcairn Island DXpedition was approaching 50,000 as of October 24. Stormy weather put a bit of a damper on things, however.

“Late yesterday, we were hit with a tropical storm with torrential rain and gale force-plus winds,” DXpedition leader Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, reported on Thursday. “We had several antennas come down, but they are repairable and will be back up w...

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Special Event Set

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 17:30

The Egyptian Radio Amateur Society (ERASD) and Egypt’s National Telecommunications Radio Authority (NTRA) have announced a special event for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). SU8X and SU8WRC will be on the air from Sharm el-Sheikh in southern Egypt, the venue of WRC-19. Operation will begin October 26 UTC as SU8X participates in the CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB. Special event s...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 11:40

Over the past week, on Monday, October 21, 10.7 cm solar flux sunk to possibly the lowest level in recorded history. Solar flux was 64, which is even lower than the 64.4 value recorded way back on July 2, 1954 at the start of solar cycle 19, by far the biggest solar cycle ever recorded. I understand that solar flux dipped to 64.2 in 1906.

The average solar flux this past week was lower than the ...

Saudi Arabia and Seychelles Join International Amateur Radio Union

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:53

Member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) have voted to admit the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS) and Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA) to IARU membership. SARS was founded on June 25, 2018, and is legally registered and recognized to represent the amateurs of Saudi Arabia. As of January 2019, there were 66 members out of a total of 479 radio amateurs in the ...

Annual ARRL Online Auction Ends Tonight

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 14:34

Tick-tock! Time is running short to bid on the more than 230 Amateur Radio items on the block in the 14th annual ARRL Online Auction. Bidding ends at 10 PM EDT on Thursday, October 24 (Friday, October 25, at 0200 UTC).

Auction items include lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items. Some of the premier “Product Review” items on the block includ...

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Gets Under Way on October 28

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 12:22

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) opens on Monday, October 28, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. WRC-19 is sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some 3,000 delegates from most countries around the world will attend the international meeting, which lasts 4 weeks, and will discuss and agree to changes to the ITU Radio Regulations.

The International Amateur Radio Un...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 12:01

New 630-Meter Distance Record Claimed

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 19:33

Eric Tichansky, NO3M, and Roger Crofts, VK4YB, are claiming a new world distance record on 630 meters. They worked each other on October 14 at 1032 UTC using JT9 mode. Tichansky said the contact represented the culmination of 2 years of effort around every equinox since September 2017.

“Hopes were wearing thin as we were moving away from the recent equinox on September 23,” he said. “Even when t...

IARU Region 2 Third Emergency Communications Workshop Reviews Recent Disaster Responses

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 19:22

The third International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) Emergency Communications Workshop took place earlier this month in Lima, Peru, immediately following the 20th IARU Region 2 General Assembly. The workshop was sponsored by the Executive Committee of IARU Region 2, and hosted by Radio Club Peruano.

Region 2 Emergency Coordinators and subject-matter experts discussed recent...

FCC Turns Down Petition to Amend Amateur Radio Identification Rules

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 13:05

The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making to amend Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during emergency nets, drills, or activations. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, of Canfield, Ohio, had sought a change to Section 97.119(a) of the rules to allow a single point of transmission for station ID on those occasions. He proposed per...

Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition on the Air; Injured Operator Evacuated

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:20

Pitcairn Island DXpedition leader Glen Johnson, W0GJ, reports the VP6R team arrived at the South Pacific island on October 17, after the m/v Braveheart anchored offshore. After clearing customs and immigration, the team was transported to the home of Andy Christian, where the DXpedition’s equipment had been shipped well in advance.

“The steep dirt roads were very muddy from lots of recent rains...

SAQ Transmission Set for UN Day on October 24

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:18

A transmission from the vintage Alexanderson alternator in Grimeton, Sweden, will complement activities marking United Nations Day on October 24. Transmitter startup for the 17.2 kHz transmission will take place at around 1630 UTC, with a peace message transmission beginning at 1700 UTC. A live stream will be available on the Alexanderson website. No QSL cards will be sent, and no list of repor...