Friday, 28th August 2015

FCC Proposes Bumping Arizona Radio Amateur's License Back to Former Call Sign

The FCC has told an Arizona radio amateur who was granted a vanity call sign within the 2 year waiting period on the basis of being a close relative of the previous holder that the relationship cited was not close enough. The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) on August 26 proposed to modify the license of Joshua A. Babb, W3JB, of Maricopa, Arizona, to reflect his previous call sign, ...

Amateur Repeaters Fall Victim to Washington Wildfire

Two Central Washington repeaters, owned and operated by the Lake Chelan Amateur Radio Club, have been destroyed by one of the wildfires raging in that state. The co-located machines, one on 2 meters and one on 6 meters, were sited on Slide Ridge near Manson, Washington, in Chelan County. On August 27, the First Creek Fire completely leveled the building housing the repeaters. Scorched antennas ...

ARRL “Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity” Statement Separates Fact from Fiction

Hurricane Watch Net Keeping an Eye on Tropical Storm Erika

[UPDATED 2015-08-29 1622 UTC]

At 1330 UTC, the National Hurricane Center in Miami suspended advisories on Tropical Storm Erika as it has degenerated into a trough of low pressure.  The center of this low pressure was located near latitude 21.5° N longitude 75.9° W, about 130 miles east of Camaguey, Cuba, and about 260 miles south-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, with maximum sustained winds of 35 M...

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We saw just one new sunspot group (AR2403) over the August 20-26 reporting week, but it was a big one, directly facing Earth on August 23. Average daily sunspot numbers rose 32.3 points to 69.7, while average daily solar flux increased 28.7 points to 119.7. Another new sunspot appeared on August 27, numbered 2405.

The average daily planetary A index dropped from...

Thursday, 27th August 2015

Amateur Radio Volunteers Face Fire Threat While Supporting Emergency Communication

[UPDATED 2015-08-27 1620 UTC] The North-Central Washington town of Republic touts “air you can’t see” on its website. That’s not the case today. Wildfires in the US Northwest have not only hampered the air quality and visibility, but led to a Level 2 evacuation order in the Ferry County community of about 1000 residents. That could rise to Level 3. Amateur Radio volunteers in Ferry County have ...

Wednesday, 26th August 2015

ARES/RACES Volunteers Face Fire Threat While Supporting Emergency Communication

The North-Central Washington town of Republic touts “air you can’t see” on its website. That’s not the case today. Wildfires in the US Northwest have not only hampered the air quality and visibility, but led to a Level 2 evacuation order in the Ferry County community of about 1000 residents. ARES/RACES volunteers throughout Washington have been on the front lines of the wildfire emergency. In R...

Outcome for 5 MHz at WRC-15 Remains in Limbo

With the deadline to submit proposals to World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) now less than 2 months away, it’s still unclear how at least one agenda item of importance to the Amateur Radio community will fare. That is agenda item 1.4, which calls on the delegates to consider a secondary Amateur Radio allocation at 5 MHz (60 meters). In the US and in most other countries that grant...

Send Your Name (and Call Sign) to Mars!

Tuesday, 25th August 2015

Launch Date Set for AMSAT Fox-1A

AMSAT Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has announced that the Fox-1A CubeSat will launch on October 8 from California. It initially had been set to launch in August.

Fox-1A will include an FM transponder with an uplink frequency of 435.180 MHz, and a downlink frequency of 145.980 MHz.

The first phase of the Fox series 1-Unit CubeSats will allow simple ground stations using hand-h...

Tuesday, 25th August 2015

Postponed VI0ANZAC Operation from Antarctica Set for August 29-30 Weekend

The Antarctic activation of VI0ANZAC that was postponed earlier this month will take place over the August 29-30 weekend fom Casey Base in the Australian Antarctic Territory, weather permitting. The VI0ANZAC activation will be part of the Wireless Institute of Australia ANZAC 100 program to mark the 100th anniversary of the famous World War I Battle at Gallipoli.

The Wireless Institute of Austra...

ARRL President Expects Parity Act House Bill Cosponsorships to Top 100 Soon

Monday, 24th August 2015

FCC Universal Licensing System, Other Applications to be Down for Maintenance

FCC website maintenance in early September will make the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS) and other public applications unavailable for more than 5 days. The Commission said the outage will begin at 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, and continue through the Labor Day weekend. The maintenance work s...

Two Incumbents Face Opposition in 2015 ARRL Director, Vice Director Election Cycle

Two incumbents face challenges in the 2015 election cycle for ARRL Director and Vice Director. Both races are in the ARRL Northwestern Division: Incumbent Director James Pace, K7CEX, of Centralia, Washington, will face a challenge from William Balzarini, KL7BB, of Auburn, Washington. Delvin Bunton, N7QMT, of Vancouver, Washington, is seeking to unseat Northwestern Division Vice Director Bonnie ...

Friday, 21st August 2015

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity declined over the past reporting week, August 13-19. Average daily sunspot numbers went from 82.3 during the previous seven days, to 37.4 in the most recent period.

Average daily solar flux also declined over the same two weeks, from a mean of 112.4 to 91. Average planetary A index went from 11.7 in the previous week to 21.4 in the recent seven days. Activity over August 15-17 dro...

IARU Reiterates Commitment to Coordinate Satellites Only Within International Band Plans

In apparent reference to efforts by China’s Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) to coordinate operating frequencies for nine satellites set to launch in early September, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has made it clear that it will not coordinate frequencies do not conform with accepted band plans for all three IARU regions. The IARU has informed CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, that it ...

Thursday, 20th August 2015

Talk of Pending P5 Operations So Far Remains Just Talks

FCC Proposes to Fine Ohio Radio Amateur for Malicious Interference, Failure to Identify

The FCC has proposed levying an $8000 fine on a Cincinnati, Ohio, radio amateur, Daniel R. Hicks, KB8UYZ, who, at one point, had volunteered to track down the interference he was causing on a number of primarily VHF repeaters. In a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) released on August 20, the FCC Enforcement Bureau asserted that Hicks intentionally interfered with other Amateur R...

Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network in Research Project

Radio Amateurs and America’s Secret Submarine


Groton Connecticut, 1966: The keel was laid for a radically new US Navy nuclear submarine. She was to be small, dive deeper than any other, and roll along on the very bottom of the ocean using large tandem sand tires. Propelled by the world's smallest naval nuclear reactor, she would have extraordinary mission duration. She was to be built and to be operated in great secrecy. This was "Submari...

Wednesday, 12th August 2015

Texas Club Donates $1000 to Support Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Campaign

The Temple (Texas) Amateur Radio Club (TARC) has again generously supported the ARRL’s advocacy efforts, this year donating $1000 to the Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund in support of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015. In the past, the Texas club has donated to the Spectrum Defense Fund, but this time it asked specifically to put its gift toward the Parity Act campaign.

“The Temple Amateur Ra...

Tuesday, 11th August 2015

World-Circling Danish Radio Amateur-Cyclist Now in the US

WA3TFS Wins August QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the August 2015 QST Cover Plaque award is Jim Forkin, WA3TFS, for his article “WA3TFS Audio Notch Filter and Clipper.”

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the September issue today.


ARRL Teachers Institutes Chalk Up Another Successful Summer

Educators from several states expanded their electronic horizons this summer in three ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology sessions. The 2015 ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) offered two introductory (TI-1) and one advanced (TI-2) Teachers Institute sessions this summer.

“I am the only teacher in my building who teaches Ohm’s Law and basic electricity, along with breadboard ci...

ARRL Logs Received Page Showing all 2015 Entries to Date

The ARRL “Logs Received” page now contains all 2015 ARRL Field Day entries received to date (scroll to bottom of page). This includes entries submitted via e-mail, web applet, or on paper. The deadline to submit Field Day entries has past.

The ARRL Contest Branch requests that Field Day participants review the list and contact ARRL Contest Branch Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, (860-594-0232) no la...

ARRL Rookie Roundup RTTY Event is August 16

Monday, 10th August 2015

Antarctica ANZAC 100 Activation Postponed

The planned activation of VI0ANZAC over the weekend from Casey Base in the Australian Antarctic Territory has been postponed because of a fierce storm. The operation has been rescheduled for the August 29-30 weekend, weather permitting. The VI0ANZAC activation will be part of the Wireless Institute of Australia ANZAC 100 program to mark the 100th anniversary of the famous World War I Battle at ...

SPROUT Satellite Sponsors Seek Telemetry Reports

Students at Nihon University in Japan are requesting the assistance of radio amateurs in collecting telemetry reports from the SPROUT (SPace Research On Unique Technology) satellite, which has deployed its inflatable membrane structure. SPROUT was launched on May 24, 2014, from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

According to the SPROUT team, a goal of the nanosatellite project will be to validay...

Katrina 10th Anniversary Mississippi Memorial Event Set

A special event operation from August 26 through September 2 will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the more than 230 people who lost their lives as a result of Katrina along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and points north.

“Many lost everything they owned and many lost their lives,” said Larry Morgan, AG5Z, who is spearheading the event. “We also want to honor the hundreds o...

Saturday, 8th August 2015

IARU Raises Satellite Frequency-Coordination Concerns

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