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Emergency Ventilator Designed and Constructed by Hams Going to FDA

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 18:23

Radio amateurs have succeeded in providing a complete, working ventilator system to University of Florida researchers who are in the process of applying to the Food and Drug Administration for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). A successful submission would blaze the way for volunteers and manufacturers around the world to create low-cost, highly functional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or anest...

Radio Amateur Finds Another “Zombie Satellite”

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 18:11

British Columbia radio amateur Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, has found another “zombie satellite,” as he calls them. This time, he tracked and identified radio signals from the experimental UHF military communication satellite LES-5. Tilley says he found the satellite in what he called a geostationary “graveyard” orbit after noting a modulated carrier on 236.7487 MHz.

“Most zombie satellites are satelli...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 17:44

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.


UN International Center in Vienna Joins Stay-at-Home Movement

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 12:28

The Vienna International Center in Austria has authorized the call sign 4U2STAYHOME for use by the Vienna International Amateur Radio Club, which normally identifies as 4U1VIC. United Nations Amateur Radio Club President, James Sarte, K2QI, approved the call sign to promote amateur radio goodwill and over-the-air social networking. QSL cards go to UA3DX. Contacts with 4U2STAYHOME count for both...

International Marconi Day Canceled

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:51

Add International Marconi Day (IMD) to the roster of amateur radio events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IMD celebrates the role of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi played in the development of radio technology. The 24-hour event is held annually to celebrate Marconi’s birthday on April 25, 1874, and is typically held on the Saturday in April closest to that date. This year, IMD would...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:36

The last day with a visible sunspot was April 4.

Over the past reporting week, April 16-22, average daily solar flux was 69, down a half point from the previous week, when the average was 69.5.

Average daily planetary A index was 7.3 while mid-latitude A index was 7. This was up from 6.1 and 5, mainly due to the first geomagnetic storm of 2020, which pushed planetary A index to 18 on April 19. Th...

Ballot Counting Postponed in Four ARRL Section Manager Elections

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 17:46

During these unprecedented times of social distancing and staying at home, the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee (E&E) has postponed ballot counting for four contested Section Manager elections.

Since March 23, ARRL Headquarters staff has been working remotely under the Governor of Connecticut’s mandate, which is currently in effect through May 20 and may be extended into June. The ballots for...

NOAA Updates Solar Cycle 25 Prediction

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 19:37

Frank Donovan, W3LPL, notes that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has published its official updated prediction of Solar Cycle 25 in new, interactive Solar Cycle Progression graphs. The updated prediction is based on the results of NOAA’s Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel.

“SWPC forecasts a solar maximum between 105 and 125, with the...

ARRL Suggests Taking a Creative Approach to Field Day 2020

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 19:14

This year, ARRL Field Day promises to be a unique iteration of this annual event, with many individuals and groups coming up with new and interesting ways to adjust their approach. As an event, Field Day is structured to be versatile and can be adapted for any situation.

Many groups have asked how they can adjust their Field Day planning to address social-distancing guidelines that may be in eff...

Nomination Deadline Extended for Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 17:26

In light if the coronavirus pandemic, the ARRL Public Relations Committee has extended the nomination deadline for the Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award until Monday, June 15, 2020.

The Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award is presented annually to a radio amateur who has demonstrated success in his or her public relations efforts on behalf of amateur radio and who best exemp...

Contest University (CTU) 2020 will be Free and Online

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 14:15

Tim Duffy, K3LR, has announced that Contest University (CTU) USA 2020 will be held online via Zoom on Thursday May 14, starting at 1245 UTC. CTU 2020 is free. The CTU course outline has been posted online. Connection details to the CTU Zoom bridge will be posted on the Contest University site one week prior to CTU. Sessions will be recorded for viewing any time after May 14. Slide decks will be...

Hams in India Provide Communication Assistance during COVID-19 Pandemic

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 14:09

According to a report in The New Indian Express, amateur radio operators in Kerala state have joined the fight against COVID-19. The newspaper said the district administration has enlisted radio amateurs to improve important communication between departments and offices. Upward of 20 hams are involved, organized into teams.

Radio Amateur Society of Ananthapuri President Dr. Zakheer Hussain, VU3...

FCC Seeking World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee Members

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 16:49

The FCC has announced that it’s looking for individuals or entities to serve on its World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice, technical support, and recommended proposals in the run-up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). In particular, the committee will focus on international frequency spectrum issues identified on the WRC-23 a...

ARRL/TAPR DCC Going Virtual

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 16:47