ARRL NEWS

Monday, 1st September 2014

W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate to Tennessee, Oregon on September 3

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Arizona and Maine. They will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, September 3 (the evening of September 2 in US time zones), to Tennessee (W1AW/4), and Oregon (W1AW/7). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to ...

73 on 73 Award Period Now Underway

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, is sponsoring a new award for contacts made via the UK Amateur Radio Educational Satellite FUNcube-1 (AO-73) to promote activity on the satellite. The award period began on September 1.

Requirements are simple: Work 73 different stations on AO-73 (SSB or CW). There are no geographic restrictions on operating location, no QSLs are required, and the award is free, although St...

Sunday, 31st August 2014

FCC Ups the Ante in Proposing Huge Fine on CB Operator

Right on the heels of a whopping $14,000 proposed forfeiture for a Florida CBer for failing to allow a station inspection, the FCC Enforcement Bureau is recommending a $22,000 fine for a New York CBer. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case of James Engle of Lewiston, New York, on August 28, alleging that he interfered with the communications of other CBers, operated wi...

Friday, 29th August 2014

“Ham Video” Transmitter May Be Tested During ARISS Contact with German School

According to ARISS-Europe (ARISS-EU) Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, the digital Amateur Radio TV “Ham Video” transmitter may be tested during an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with a high school in Siegburg, Germany, on September 1. If so, this would mark the first time the Ham Video system is used for an ARISS educational event. The direct, 2 meter FM contact...

ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to Keynote W9DXCC 2014.

ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the banquet speaker for the 62nd annual W9DXCC, September 19-20, 2014, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Registration remains open. The special hotel rate is valid through August 28; banquet orders must be received by September 13. DXers, anyone interested in learning more about DXing, and their guests are welcome. There is a full program of forums ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers this week moved from 101.7 to 113.4, while average daily solar flux changed from 111.8 to 130.5. The active day according to geomagnetic indicators was Wednesday, August 27, when the planetary A index reached 20. This was the result of a CME which created aurora at both north and south poles.

Predicted solar flux is 115 on August 29-31, 120 on September 1-2, then 11...

Thursday, 28th August 2014

UKube-1 Satellite Using FUNcube-2 For Downlink Workaround

The online industry publication SatelliteToday reports that the UKube-1 CubeSat is “experiencing an anomaly with its primary communications link.” To work around the problem, the United Kingdom Space Agency (USKA) has commanded the small spacecraft to use an alternate configuration of what it called “the FUNcube-2 transceiver,” using it as the satellite’s temporary downlink. The Amateur Radio t...

Operations Approved for DXCC Credit

The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved these operations for DX Century Club credit: A52JR, 4W/HB9FLX, 4W/N1YC, and 4W/PE7T. If a request for DXCC credit for any of these operations has been rejected in a prior application, contact the ARRL DXCC Desk to be placed on the list for an update to your record. Please note the submission date and/or reference number of your application in order to expedite th...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Labor Day, September 1

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, and there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice. ARRL Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 2. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

 

W1AW/8 to Take the Snowball’s Chance This Fall

Wednesday, 27th August 2014

NASA Astronaut Steven R. Nagel, N5RAW, SK

Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, Will Keynote 2014 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Banquet

Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, will be the banquet speaker at the 2014 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), September 5-7 at the Austin Marriott South in Austin, Texas. His presentation will be, “Accidental Company, the Making of FlexRadio.”

The 33rd annual DCC will offer 2 days of technical forums on Friday and Saturday and a concurrent introductory forum on Saturday (the Proceedings w...

Tuesday, 26th August 2014

World DATV QSO Party is August 29-30

Greater participation is expected this year in the only global on-the-air gathering of digital Amateur Radio television (DATV) enthusiasts. The annual event, which originated in Australia and now is in its fourth year, begins Friday, August 29, at 1000 UTC in Australia and internationally on Saturday, August 30, at 0001 UTC. According to the event’s primary organizer, Peter Cossins, VK3BFG, to ...

2014 ARRL Field Day Logs Received List Available for Review

The ARRL “Logs Received” page now contains all 2014 ARRL Field Day logs received to date (scroll to bottom of page), including logs submitted via e-mail, web applet or on paper. 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 later than September 12, if anything appears to be incorrect wi...

US-to-VK Transpacific Reception on 630 Meters Reported

A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas. While the approximately 8710 miles covered is not a distance record nor a “first” for that part of the spectrum, it does represent the sorts of accomplishments that the Amateur Radio community in the US might come ...

Monday, 25th August 2014

Balloons Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Still Circling Earth

Three simple plastic foil-envelope balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads and launched from the UK by Leo Bodnar, M0XER, remain aloft and continue to circle the Earth. The oldest, identified as B63, was released on July 8 and became the second of Bodnar’s balloons to circumnavigate the globe. The first to do so, B64, went up on July 12 and had completed one lap around the Northern Hemisphere ...

RS0ISS May Be on Slow Scan TV from the ISS this Week

The Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment on board the International Space Station (ISS) may be active on Wednesday, August 27, on 145.800 MHz FM, using the call sign RS0ISS, according to Dmitry Pashkov, R4UAB. The SSTV transmissions will be devoted to the life and work of the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. The SSTV transmissions from the ISS may continue beyond August 27, although the Kenwood...

W1AW Centennial Operations Heading for Arizona, Maine

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, August 27 (the evening of August 26 in US time zones), to Arizona (W1AW/7), and Maine (W1AW/1). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories.

The ARRL Centennial QSO Party kicked off January 1 for a year-long...

Sunday, 24th August 2014

Major ARRL Second Century Campaign Gift from JA1BK Will Support DX Log Archive

A major donation from noted DXer Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to the ARRL Second Century Campaign will support “The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK.” Earnings from the generous gift will fund the creation and management of a DX Log Archive Program for paper DX logs of rare and significant DXpeditions that took place predominantly in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The archive also would include pre-1950 ...

Saturday, 23rd August 2014

FCC Proposes to Fine CBer $14,000 for Not Permitting Station Inspection

The FCC continued this month to demonstrate that it’s serious about enforcing its rules and regulations, proposing to fine a Florida Citizens Band operator $14,000 for failing to allow FCC agents inspect his station. The Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to Tommie Salter of Jacksonville on August 22. The Commission alleged that Salter earlier this year denied...

Tuesday, 19th August 2014

Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS

A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenie...

EMF 2014: It Takes an Amateur Radio Village

An Amateur Radio Village and special event station GB2EMF will be among the highlights for hams at the Electromagnetic Field “EMF 2014” event Friday through Sunday, August 29-31, just south of Bletchley in the UK.

“EMF 2014 is a festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D printing, DIYBio, Internet culture or pretty much anything else you can think ...

Monday, 18th August 2014

W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on August 20 (UTC)

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states and now in Oklahoma will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, August 20 (the evening of August 19 in US time zones), to Ohio (W1AW/8) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states sol...

Venerable LUSAT-1 (OSCAR 19) Takes to the Dark Side

Pirate Radio Ship Redux: Radio Caroline Returns, Radio Veronica, Northsea Special Event Set

The renegade Radio Caroline, which entertained rock ‘n’ roll fans in the UK and Europe from the 1960s until the 1990s from offshore shipboard transmitters and studios, is back on the airwaves from the River Blackwater off England’s Essex Coast using a temporary, low-power license. It has plans to obtain a permanent AM broadcasting authorization. Radio Caroline was among the first, and most famo...

Friday, 15th August 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity showed further signs of weakness this week, with the average daily sunspot number dropping 41.8 points to 94.9, while average daily solar flux declined 36.5 points to 113.1.

In the 45-day forecast for solar flux, it was surprising back on August 3 to see a new solar flux prediction of 150 for August 31 through September 3. I suspected this prediction would come down to a lower lev...

Thursday, 14th August 2014

AD5X Wins August QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the August QST Cover Plaque award is Phil Salas, AD5X, for his article “Antenna Feed Line Control Box.”

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.

 

 

Amateur Radio Operators Delighted With California City Council's Antenna Decision

The nearly 300 radio amateurs who live in Poway, California, may erect antenna support structures of up to 65 feet with only a building permit and a courtesy notice to their neighbors. The Poway City Council unanimously approved the new ordinance on August 5. According to an August 6 Pomerado News report by Steve Dreyer, the Council “declined to adopt an alternative ordinance that would have re...

Canadian Radio Amateurs Will Join Special Event This Fall on 630 Meters

Canadian radio amateurs will take part in the previously announced CW-only special event operation on 600/630 meters this fall. The Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), which maintains the KPH/KSM commercial coast stations, also will participate in the event. ARRL 600 Meter Experimental Group Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR said the MRHS participants will conduct a mini “Night of Nights” oper...

Wednesday, 13th August 2014

AMSAT Issues Call for 2014 Space Symposium Papers

AMSAT has issued a call for papers for its 32nd AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium. This year’s event takes place the weekend of October 10-12 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Linthicum, Maryland.

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community. Final co...

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