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Boy Scouts Report Increased JOTA 2019 Station Participation

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 17:11

The Boy Scouts of America report that, although overall JOTA 2019 participation was down slightly from 2018, “our calculations show that each station averaged an additional 13 people in attendance over 2019. This shows an aggregate increase of 24% attendance per station, even with our reported stations being down from 266 in 2018 to 201 in 2019."

The Scouts reported that 13,783 individuals took ...

ARRL Headquarters Delayed Opening

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:06

Due to weather conditions at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, the facility will not open today until 10 AM EST (1500 UTC). All online services will operate normally.

SKYWARN Recognition Day Participation Webinar Set for December 4

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 22:08

A webinar will held on Wednesday, December 4, at 8:30 PM EST (December 5 at 0130 UTC) for those interested in participating in SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD), which marks its 20th anniversary this year. On Saturday, December 7, 0000 to 2400 UTC, radio amateurs will be on the air from National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices across the country, celebrating the long relationship between the...

YOTA Month Expanding into the Americas

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:23

December is Youth on the Air (YOTA) Month, when stations operated by young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to celebrate youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, and the concept has now taken root in the Americas as YOTA Month in the Americas.

During YOTA Month, radio amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on ...

Past ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, SK

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:21

A titan of Amateur Radio, past ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul L. Rinaldo, W4RI, of Burke, Virginia, died on November 29 after a period of failing health. An ARRL Life Member, Rinaldo was 88.

“This is really sad news,” ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, remarked upon learning of Rinaldo’s passing. “I worked with Paul on a number of things, and he amazed me with his knowledge and the differen...

Support ARRL when you shop AmazonSmile on Cyber Monday

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 13:45

Planning to shop on Amazon this Cyber Monday? If so, remember to shop, and Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Support ARRL as you shop your holiday gifts, decorations, and more. You shop. Amazon gives. Bookmark ARRL’s link and support Amateur Radio and ARRL every ...

ARRL is Participating in “#Giving Tuesday” on December 3

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 13:00

ARRL is taking part in #GivingTuesday on December 3. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in their communities and their world. Many of ARRL’s programs and services are not covered by membership fees alone. Your contributions to the Education & Technology Fund, the Spectrum Defense Fund, and the Legislative Issues Advoc...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 18:02

Another week went by with no sunspots. Average daily sunspot number this week rose from 69.9 to 70.4. Average planetary A index rose from 3.6 to 8.3.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on November 29 through December 6, 69 on December 7-8, 70 on December 9-22, 69 on December 23 through January 4, and 70 on January 5-12.

Planetary A index is predicted at 5 on November 29 through December 2, 8 on December ...

ARRL Headquarters is Closed Thursday and Friday

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:00

ARRL Headquarters is closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will not be produced this week. The next editions will be on December 5 and 6, respectively.

There will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice transmissions on Thursday and Friday.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. ARRL

Headquarters will reopen on ...

FCC Invites Comments on Digital AM Broadcasting Proposal

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 00:42

The FCC has invited comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), that would allow AM broadcasters to transmit an all-digital signal using the HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode, known as MA3.1

“We tentatively conclude that a voluntary transition to all-digital broadcasting has the potential to benefit AM stations and provide improved AM service to the listening public,” the FCC said....

ARRL Events App Will Support Orlando Hamcation Attendees

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 00:39

Orlando HamCation® 2020 visitors in February will be able to navigate the convention with ARRL’s free mobile event app, ARRL Events. First introduced for the Dayton Hamvention® in May 2019, the app received extremely positive reviews from users. ARRL has partnered with Orlando HamCation and Dayton Hamvention to re-introduce the app for these 2020 events.

“The user-friendly event app will help co...

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Concludes

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 00:25

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, wrapped up on Friday, November 22. The month-long event, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), was the largest ever, with some 3,300 delegates in attendance. ITU has posted the provisional WRC-19 Final Acts on its website as a 567-page PDF. The WRC-19 Final Acts will take effect on January 21, 2...

WSJT-X Development Group Announces Second Bug-Fix Release, WSJT-X Version 2.1.2

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 17:44

The WSJT Development Group, which just this week announced the release of WSJT-X version 2.1.1, has now issued a second bug-fix release, version 2.1.2. WSJT-X is the free software suite that includes the FT4 and FT8 protocols. According to the developers, an error in the code broke the WSJT-X rig control features for certain Icom radios. The Release Notes detail program changes made since WSJT-...

President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Heads ARRL Group on FCC Visits

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 16:16

President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and members of the ARRL Board’s Executive Committee undertook a round of visits to FCC Headquarters in Washington on November 4 and 5. Topics focused on a number of pressing amateur radio-related issues. In addition to Roderick, members of the ARRL contingent included Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM; New England Division Director Fred Hopengarten, ...

New General Availability Release of WSJT-X Announced

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 21:13

The WSJT Development Group has announced the release of WSJT-X version 2.1.1. This is the free software suite that includes the FT4 and FT8 protocols. “WSJT-X 2.1.1 is a bug-fix release that addresses regressions in version 2.1.0,” the announcement said. “The new version executes properly on Macintosh machines running macOS 10.15 (Catalina).”

The Release Notes detail program changes made since W...

ARRL Headquarters Closed Thursday and Friday

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 13:00

ARRL Headquarters will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for Thanksgiving. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will not be available on those days. The next editions will be on December 5 and 6, respectively. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Monday, December 2, at 8 AM ET.

Kennedy Space Center Testing Improved Wind Profiler, Seeks Assistance from Hams

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 03:01

NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) will be testing an improved waveform on the 48-MHz Tropospheric Doppler Radar Wind Profiler (TDRWP) from Monday, November 25 through Sunday, December 2. The purpose of the test is to improve the instrument’s resolution and still operate within the assigned bandwidth.

The TDRWP is used to assess and evaluate upper-level winds for launches from KSC and Cape Canavera...