ARRL NEWS

Monday, 12th April 2021

Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3

The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must b...

Friday, 9th April 2021

The K7RA Solar Update

March 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the March 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

The FCC delayed action on the renewal application of a General Class licensee in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, in order to review allegations of repeated transmission of obscenities and failure to properly identi...

Thursday, 8th April 2021

YOTA Announces New Three-Times-a-Year Contest

“Team YOTA” of Youngsters on the Air in IARU Region 1 has announced it will sponsor a new contest, the YOTA Contest. Open to all radio amateurs, it takes place three times a year and runs just 12 hours. YOTA said the aim is to boost on-the-air activity by younger radio amateurs and to support YOTA. The contest will take place on different 12-hour windows on three Saturdays.

The opening event wil...

Traditional Amateur Radio Contesting Faces a Demographic Cliff

Frank Howell, K4FMH, followed up his two-part National Contest Journal (NCJ) series, “The Demographics of Contesting,” with a post to his Social Circuits blog, called “Lemmings over a Demographic Cliff?” (His original articles appeared in the July/August and September/October 2020 issues of NCJ.) Howell points to data showing that radio contesters are older than the average ARRL member. Taking ...

ARISS USA Gets IRS 501(c)(3) Recognition

ARISS-USA, a Maryland nonprofit corporation, has earned recognition from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable, scientific, and educational organization. ARISS-USA is the US segment of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) international working group. With this IRS determination, donations to ARISS-USA become tax-deductible in the US, ret...

Wednesday, 7th April 2021

Amateur Radio Community Invited to Take Part in MARS Exercise on 60 Meters

Radio amateurs are invited to take part in the MARS exercise now under way until April 10 in support of the US Department of Defense. The five USB channelized 60-meter frequencies are available for interoperability (communication between services).

By convention, Channel 1 is designated the calling channel. This convention is established to train the amateur radio community to reach out on Chann...

Monday, 5th April 2021

Oklahoma SM Kevin O’Dell, N0IRW, Stepping Down; Mark Kleine, N5HZR, Appointed as OK SM

Friday, 2nd April 2021

The K7RA Solar Update

Thursday, 1st April 2021

Celebrate World Amateur Radio Day 2021 on April 18

Sunday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD). This year marks the 96th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris. ARRL cofounder and first president, Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was there, and today, ARRL is the International Secretariat of the IARU. ARRL has resources that members can use to celebrate WA...

Thursday, 1st April 2021

Online Comm Academy 2021 is set for April 10 – 11

Wednesday, 31st March 2021

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) 2021 is Sunday, April 18.

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) 2021 is Sunday, April 18. On that day in 1925, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed in Paris. Today, the IARU is a worldwide federation of national amateur radio organizations. The IARU has chosen "Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone" as its WARD 2021 theme, acknowledging the many ways throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that amateur radio has rema...

Dayton Hamvention Announces Hamvention Weekend Activities

Following its decision earlier this year to cancel the in-person Dayton Hamvention® in May, Hamvention has announced a series of 2021 Hamvention weekend activities, both virtual and on the air. These activities are getting underway with a virtual Contest University (CTU) on Thursday, May 20, which will be a free event. Even non-contesters may find something to learn at CTU. Major sponsors inclu...

Past ARRL San Diego Section Manager and Southwest Division Vice Director Tuck Miller, NF9T, SK

Past ARRL San Diego Section Manager (SM) and Southwest Division Vice Director Tuck Miller, NF9T (ex-NZ6T), of Danville, Illinois, died on March 10. An ARRL Life Member, he was 67. Miller served as San Diego SM from 1998 until 2002, when he was elected as Southwestern Division Vice Director. He was re-elected as San Diego SM in 2006 and served briefly before having to resign for health reasons.

M...

Ham Bootcamp Program to Be Offered in April

The Nashua Area Radio Society (NARS) will again offer its popular Ham Bootcamp program on Saturday, April 24. Bootcamp is free and includes demonstrations and tutorials designed to help newly licensed Technician-, General-, and Amateur Extra-class hams get on the air. It is also a great opportunity for prospective radio amateurs to learn what the hobby has to offer. Bootcamp additions include "...

Online Comm Academy 2021 is set for April 11 – 12

In-Person Friedrichshafen HAM RADIO Exhibition is Canceled for 2021

Tuesday, 30th March 2021

Ward Silver, NØAX, Wins the March 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award

Friday, 26th March 2021

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: On March 21 and 22 two new sunspot groups, 2811 and 2812, appeared. Average daily sunspot number this week faded a bit from 19 to 17.9, but average daily solar flux went from 78.1 to 78.6. Neither change is significant.

We haven’t seen a day with no sunspots since March 1, so that brings the percentage of spotless days so far this year to 38%, down from 57% last...

Thursday, 25th March 2021

NCVEC Question Pool Committee Seeks Input for Updated Technician Question Pool

Monday, 15th March 2021

ARISS Ham Station in Columbus Module Is Once Again Operational

Some 6 weeks after going silent following a spacewalk that installed new antenna cabling, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) ham station in the Columbus module is once again operational. The Columbus station, which typically uses the call sign NA1SS, is the primary ARISS amateur radio station used for school contacts and other activities. A January 27 spacewalk replace...

February 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service.

To date, Volunteer Monitors during February reported 1,762 hours monitoring the HF frequencies and 2,158 hours monitoring VHF frequencies and above. The Volunteer Monitor Coordinator issued 10 Advisory Notices. An Advisory Notice is an attempt to resolve rule viol...

Friday, 12th March 2021

ARRL to Have Two Exhibits at this Weekend’s QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

ARRL will have two exhibits at the the QSO Today Ham Expo. One will offer opportunities to meet ARRL Lab engineers, who will answer questions and share tips on an array of topics. ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, will deliver the Expo’s keynote address at 2000 UTC on Saturday, March 13.

The Expo has a packed line-up of 87 speakers and workshops spread across 10 different virtual theatres. March 13...

Results Available for ARRL Contests

The full results of the 2020 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes have been published on the ARRL Contests web page. The full results article, a searchable database of all scores, line scores, certificates and Log Checking Reports are available there.

Also available on the ARRL Contests web page:

  • Raw scores for the 2021 ARRL International DX CW Contest. Raw scores are the scores before any log checking h...

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Although solar activity remains low, in recent days, as a sunspot rotates to the west off the visible solar disc a new one emerges in the east. Sunspot group 2807 recently moved over the sun’s western horizon, but on March 9 new sunspot group 2808 moved across the eastern horizon, and a newer group (2809) has now emerged just south of the center of the solar di...

Wednesday, 10th March 2021

Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop 2021

Tuesday, 9th March 2021

Spacewalk Could Return ARISS Ham Station in ISS Columbus Module to the Air

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) reports that efforts to determine what’s keeping the ham station in the ISS Columbus module off the air have been unsuccessful thus far. The radio equipment works, but no signal appears to be reaching the external ARISS antenna. The station, typically operated as NA1SS, has not been usable since new RF cables were installed during a Janua...

Monday, 8th March 2021

Dayton Hamvention Announces 2021 Award Winners

Dayton Hamvention® has announced its 2021 award winners. Hamvention Awards Committee co-Chairs Michael Kalter, W8CI, and Frank Beafore, WS8B, said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamvention committee elected to go forward in announcing its selection of outstanding radio amateurs and predicted that Hamvention will return in 2022.

Amateur of the Year

Angel M. Vazquez, Jr., WP3R, the head of...

YOTA Region 1 Taking Cautious Approach to COVID-19 and YOTA Camps

The IARU Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group has said no youth events will take place before mid-June, and that it will review those scheduled for later in the year as the pandemic situation evolves. The group said these events make social distancing difficult, and it doesn’t believe it would be possible for them to take place safely. Other 2021 events will remain on the calendar for the tim...

North Carolina Radio Amateurs Adapt Tailgating Hamfest to the COVID-19 Pandemic

With most hamfests canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some radio amateurs in Raleigh, North Carolina, have come up with a way to adapt with a tailgate hamfest in an unused shopping center parking area. The event grew out of the so-called Ham Radio Taco Thursdays, begun many years ago by ARRL Life Member Alan Pitegoff, AB4OZ.

Pitegoff had to put his event on hold when the pandemic erupted. I...

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