ARRL NEWS

Sunday, 18th November 2018

AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Launch Delayed

AMSAT has announced that the SpaceX Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express launch carrying the Fox-1Cliff Amateur Radio CubeSat and several other Amateur Radio payloads has been delayed. SpaceX tweeted, “Standing down from Monday’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional pre-flight inspections. Once complete, we will confirm a new launch date.”

Fox-1Cliff and othe...

Saturday, 17th November 2018

ARRL Director, Vice Director Election Results Announced

ARRL has announced the results of contested elections for Director and Vice Director. Ballots were opened and counted on November 16 in seven contests within five ARRL Divisions.

Here are the final tabulations:  

Central Division Director  

Kermit Carlson, W9XA 1,898  

Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L 1,755  

Mr. Carlson was declared elected.  

Hudson Division Director  

Ria Jairam, N2RJ 1,292  

Mike Lisenco, N2...

Friday, 16th November 2018

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

FCC Approves Use of Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System in the US

The FCC has granted, in part, the European Commission’s request for a waiver of Commission rules so that non-federal devices in the US may access specific signals transmitted from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) known as Galileo.

The action means that consumers and industry in the US may access certain satellite signals from the Galileo system to augment the US Global Positioning S...

The K7RA Solar Update

A single sunspot appeared on November 13-14, yielding a daily sunspot number of 11 over both days. The sunspot number increased to 13 on the following day, November 15. The average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (November 8-14) was 3.1, after no sunspots during the previous seven days.

Average daily solar flux rose from 67.7 to 68.5.  Average daily planetary A index declined from 12...

Former ARRL Headquarters Book Team Supervisor Jan Carman, K5MA, SK

R. Jan Carman, K5MA (ex-W5SBX, W3JXS), who was a member of the ARRL Headquarters staff from 2001 until 2003 died on November 13. An ARRL Life Member, he was 76.

Carman’s career spanned the fields of aerospace, oil-field equipment, industrial control and instrumentation, underwater acoustics, communication systems, manufacturing automation and consulting. Carman held bachelor’s and master’s degre...

Effort Under Way to Fund W0AIH Memorial Scholarship

Scott Neader, KA9FOX, is spearheading a GoFundMe effort to establish a scholarship to honor the memory of Paul Bittner, W0AIH (SK), who died as the result of a tower climbing mishap on October 31. He was 84. The memorial scholarship would be administered by the ARRL Foundation.

The GoFundMe solicitation says, “Licensed for nearly 70 years, Paul built one of the largest ham radio stations in the...

ARRL November Sweepstakes CW 2018 Log Count Tops Last Year’s

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, says the 1,273 electronic logs plus 17 paper logs received by November 15 for this year’s ARRL November Sweepstakes CW weekend surpass last year’s log count by more than a dozen (the 7-day deadline for electronic logs ended November 12, but paper logs postmarked by the deadline are still arriving).

  Now it’s time for SS Phone. Jahnke stresses that ...

Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched

A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle lifted off flawlessly at 2046 UTC on November 15 from Cape Canaveral, carrying the first Amateur Radio payload destined for geostationary orbit. About 32 minutes after launch, SpaceX reports the spacecraft was successfully deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur Radio S-band and X-band payload capab...

Thursday, 15th November 2018

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Wednesday, 14th November 2018

Noted Contester, AR-Cluster Developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K, SK

Well-known contester and AR-Cluster developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K (ex-KX6OI), formerly of Texas, died on November 13 in Belize, where he had recently relocated and married. He was 69. An Arkansas native who was initially licensed as WB5SFA, Gerdes held a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas. In the 1980s, he operated from the Marshall Islands as KX6OI while tracking m...

Southern New Jersey ARES Team Assists in Missing-Person Search

Ocean County, New Jersey, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers recently assisted search groups looking for a man with dementia who was reported missing on November 2 from a nursing home in Stafford Township. Searches concentrating on neighborhoods around the nursing home had been unsuccessful. The missing man’s family organized a search for November 10, and Ocean County ARES was i...

New Beta Version of WSJT-X is Now Available, Mock FT8 Contest Set

A new WSJT-X “release candidate,” version 2.0.0-rc4, now is available, and the version 2.0 Quick Start Guide has been revised and extended. The developers urge anyone upgrading to the new version to read the release notes thoroughly, since the upgrade requires users to change operator settings, so the software may not work “out of the box” when upgrading from previous versions.

The latest versi...

Maritime Mobile Service Network Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew Member

Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9 for a crew member suffering chest pains on board the 48-foot sailing vessel Marie Elena, some 300 miles east of Bermuda.

“The assistance we received from the ham radio operator[s] was crucial in helping us communicate with the vessel’s crew,” ...

Amateur Radio Issues under Discussion in Geneva in Advance of WRC-19

As part of the run up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), three International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Group 5 (SG 5) Working Groups have been meeting this week in Geneva. ITU-R Study Groups develop the technical bases for decisions taken at WRCs and develop global standards, reports, and handbooks on radiocommunication matters. Working G...

Amateur Radio Volunteers at the Ready for California Fire Duty

[Updated 2018 November 13 @ 1024 UTC] Amateur Radio volunteers have been active or are standing by on several fronts as wildfires continue to rage in large sections of California. 

Camp Fire

In Butte County, in Northern California, the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest wildfire, triggered a call up of ARES members for communication support. A small wildfire that started in a mountainous area of Bu...

Montenegro, Lithuania Latest to Join the 60-Meter Band Community

Tuesday, 13th November 2018

Radio Amateurs of Canada Corporate Secretary Sukwan Widajat, VA3WID, SK

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) reports its Corporate Secretary Sukwan Widajat, VA3WID/YB0SWI/AB1XM, has died while in Indonesia, a post he had held since 2015. RAC President Glen MacDonell, VA3XRA, said he always appreciated Widajat’s enthusiasm, eagerness, and helpful recommendations. “We are all volunteers and know that people have other responsibilities, and he was an example of balancing th...

Inaugural “Green Keys Night” Set for January 1

Monday, 12th November 2018

ARRL Executive Committee Recommends Small Addition to Articles of Association

At its October 20 meeting, the ARRL Executive Committee voted to recommend to the full Board of Directors an addition to Article 1 of the Articles of Association of the ARRL, per requirements of the Connecticut Secretary of the State. The minor addition is necessary to bring the Articles into alignment with Connecticut state statutes.

The requirement would add the sentence, “The Corporation is n...

Thursday, 8th November 2018

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Oregon ARES Drill Scenario to Simulate Double Virus and Hypothetical Terrorist Attack

Wednesday, 7th November 2018

New Book, Power Supplies Explained, Now Shipping

Radio amateurs often take a power supply for granted. After all, it’s just the box that, at the flick of a switch, provides stable dc voltage. A modern power supply is much more though, combining theory that dates back to the 19th century, incorporating the latest techniques in digital control, and taking advantage of a wealth of electronics practice in between. Power Supplies Explained sets ou...

Tuesday, 6th November 2018

FCC Accepting Applications for its Engineering Honors Program

The FCC is accepting applications from graduate engineers for its 1-year career development Engineering Honors Program, launched this past spring. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018. The program is open to recent engineering school graduates and current students who will graduate this academic year. Current students who will graduate in December will be considered and are encouraged to ...

India Gains Three New Bands, Sweden Gets Permanent 60-Meter Access

Radio amateurs in India now have access to three new bands. India’s Ministry of Communications’ Department of Telecommunications has published an updated National Frequency Allocation Plan, effective October 25, which lists the new bands at 5 MHz (60 meters), 472 kHz (630 meters), and 136 kHz (2300 meters). All allocations are on a secondary basis.

On 60 meters, hams now have access to 5,351.5 ...

Special Call Signs Commemorate Centenary of World War I Armistice

Several countries around the world have authorized the use of special call signs or prefixes to mark the centenary of the armistice that marked the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. The initial armistice took effect on November 11, 1918, at 11 AM (the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended World War I was not signed until the following year). Formerly known as Armistic...

Palm Radio Going out of Business

Sunday, 4th November 2018

Brief ARRL Website Outage Planned for Wednesday, November 7

Some services on the ARRL website will be interrupted briefly on Wednesday, November 7, sometime between 1000 UTC and 1200 UTC. This outage is to accommodate a hardware upgrade of the existing Rackspace firewall, so most future firewall updates and patches can be performed without interrupting website access. Affected systems are the main website, including the ARRL Store and contesting-related...

Friday, 2nd November 2018

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, Elected as ITU Telecommunication Development Director

ARRL member Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, has been elected as Director of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Her election, on the first ballot in a three-way race, came on November 1 at the ITU’s Plenipotentiary 2018 Conference in Dubai. Bogdan-Martin becomes the first woman on the ITU executive team. Running on a campaign theme of “Susta...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

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