ARRL NEWS

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

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With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Get Mom somethin...

Carole Perry, WB2MGP, to Moderate Hamvention Forums Focusing on Youth

Noted Amateur Radio teacher and mentor Carole Perry, WB2MGP, will once again moderate Dayton Hamvention® forums focusing on youth and youth activities. She will lead the League’s Instructors’ Forum on Friday, May 20, 10:30 AM-12 PM, and the Youth Forum on Saturday, May 21, 9:15 AM-12 PM. Among the Youth Forum presenters will be 9-year-old Hope Lea, KM4IPF, who will talk about her experiences in...

Tuesday, 3rd May 2016

FCC Action Anticipated on ARRL’s “Symbol Rate” Petition for Rule Making

The FCC has put “on circulation” its decision on the ARRL’s Petition for Rule Making (RM-11708), seeking to change the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to delete the symbol rate limit in §97.307(f) and replace it with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz. Proceedings on circulation are pending action by the full Commission, although there is a cur...

No Need for Panic Regarding Synthetic Aperture Radars on 70 Centimeters, ARRL CTO Says

A recent BBC news article regarding a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) contract award for operation within the 70 centimeter band has raised some concern within the Amateur Radio community. The contract to Airbus Space would involve determining the density of Earth’s forests using a P-band (432-438 MHz) SAR. That band segment was allocated for use by the Earth Exploration Satellite (Active) Servi...

Carole Perry, WB2MGP, to Moderate ARRL Hamvention Forums Focusing on Youth

Noted Amateur Radio teacher and mentor Carole Perry, WB2MGP, will once again moderate ARRL’s Dayton Hamvention® forums focusing on youth and youth activities. She will lead the League’s Instructors’ Forum on Friday, May 20, 10:30 AM-12 PM, and the Youth Forum on Saturday, May 21, 9:15 AM-12 PM. Among the Youth Forum presenters will be 9-year-old Hope Lea, KM4IPF, who will talk about her experie...

Monday, 2nd May 2016

A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

Deadline is June 1 for US Radio Amateurs to Submit IARU Region 2 HF Band Plan Suggestions

The deadline is June 1 for US radio amateurs to submit suggestions to the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee regarding possible changes to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Plan. That band plan and other significant Amateur Radio spectrum issues will be on the agenda for the IARU Region 2 General Assembly in Chile this fall. The ARRL joins other IARU me...

ARRL Aims to Connect Engineers, Educators, Students at IEEE International Microwave Symposium

For the fourth consecutive year, the ARRL will be represented at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS). The theme at the May 23-27 event in San Francisco is, “Connecting minds, exchanging ideas.” The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society sponsors the conference and hosts meetings of its various technical committees. Dubbed “The World Series of RF,” the IMS annually attracts so...

Friday, 29th April 2016

Digital Mode Operators Invited to Take Part in 2016 Most Wanted DXCC Entities Survey

Digital mode operators are invited to participate in the 2016 Digital Mode Most Wanted Survey. Previously known as the “RTTY Most Needed DXCC Entities Survey,” the name has been changed to reflect current trends and to be more in line with the Digital DXCC award. Several entities at the top of the last list, compiled in 2011, have been active recently. More than 350 digital mode operators took ...

The K7RA Solar Update

At 0121 UTC on April 29 the Australian Space Forecast Centre released a geomagnetic disturbance warning for April 30 and May 1. Increased geomagnetic activity is predicted due to high speed solar wind coming from a coronal hole. There is a chance of minor storm levels.

Over the past reporting week (April 21-27), average daily sunspot numbers rose from 40 to 43.3, and average daily solar flux dec...

Friday, 29th April 2016

RFinder — The World Wide Repeater Directory Now Lets Users File Jamming Reports

RFinder, the creator of a web and app-based directory of Amateur Radio repeaters worldwide, now includes the ability to report radio jamming anywhere. This feature is already available in RFinder’s Android app and should be available for iOS devices by the time of Dayton Hamvention®. Those without a device or subscription can file reports online. Individuals or entities responsible for coordina...

Thursday, 28th April 2016

IARU Region 2 Calls for Emergency Communications Workshop Papers, Presentations

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) will hold an Emergency Communications Workshop in Chile this fall, in conjunction with the 19th IARU Region 2 General Assembly. The conference committee is inviting papers and presentations the event. The workshop on October 11 in Viña del Mar, Chile, will offer an opportunity for Region 2 emergency coordinators and other national-level Amate...

Wednesday, 27th April 2016

FCC Invites Comments on Petition to Eliminate 15 dB Gain Limit on Amateur Amplifiers

The FCC has put on public notice and invited comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11767), filed on behalf of an amateur amplifier distributor, which seeks to revise the Amateur Service rules regarding maximum permissible amplifier gain. Expert Linears America LLC of Magnolia, Texas, which distributes linears manufactured by SPE in Italy, wants the FCC to eliminate the 15 dB gain limitatio...

ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Call for Technical Papers

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 35th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), September 16-18 in St Petersburg, Florida. The submission deadline is July 31, 2016. Papers will also be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their papers included in the Proceedings.

The DCC is an international forum for t...

ARRL, ARISS Representatives Attend 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC

The ARRL and Amateur Radio were well represented April 15-17 at the 4thBiennial 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Scientists, engineers, educators, and students attended the premier science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) event, where major academic learning centers and research institutes joined forces with corporate partners and government agencies ...

Young Ham Wins First-Place Science Fair Trophy with Mag Loop Antenna Entry

A 10-year-old ARRL member from Snoqualmie, Washington, took first place in his grade and division for a magnetic loop antenna project he entered into the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF). Dragan Tuip, KG7OQT, was among the more than 700 presenters at the fair, held April 1-2 in Bremerton. A 5th grade student at Yellow Wood Academy in Mercer Island, his project, “Modular HF ...

Tuesday, 26th April 2016

Frustrated Funding, Breached Secrecy Foiled North Korea DXpedition, Group Leader Says

A co-leader of the recent VP8STI/VP8SGI “Intrepid DX Group” DXpedition, said this week that what he called “a surprising lack of support and lack of funding from some of the world’s paramount DX foundations” thwarted his group’s plans to mount a DXpedition to North Korea. In “The P5DX Story” posted on April 25, Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said that years of negotiations had finally yielded a written inv...

Anguilla’s Minister of Communications Pledges Greater Recognition for Radio Amateurs

The Minister of Communications in the Caribbean island nation of Anguilla has assured greater recognition for Amateur Radio operators and their work, according to an article this week in The Anguillan. Minister Curtis Richardson made the commitment during a talk to the Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (AARS) in observance of World Amateur Radio Day, April 18.

“I think the time has come to seriousl...

Three ESA “Fly Your Satellite!” Program CubeSats Now in Orbit

Monday, 25th April 2016

Radio Amateurs Support Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

Hundreds of Amateur Radio operators, most from California, Nevada, and Arizona, turned out March 19-20 to support communication for the 2016 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V). This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the event, sometimes called “The world’s longest police foot pursuit.” The relay event covers some 120 miles of remote territory, from the Mojave Desert near Baker, Californ...

Thursday, 21st April 2016

Islands on the Air (IOTA) Management Shifts to Not-For-Profit Company

Wednesday, 20th April 2016

EchoLink VoIP Service Proving Valuable in Handling Ecuador Earthquake Traffic

What you see on the news is only the tip of the iceberg of what really happened as a result of the devastating April 16 earthquake in Ecuador, Michigan physician Rick Dorsch, NE8Z/HC1MD, told ARRL. Since the 7.8 magnitude quake hit while most people were at home finishing dinner, “thousands of people” remain buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings, although some have been found alive. Dorsc...

US ARDF Champions Now Looking Toward September World Championships in Bulgaria

The results of the United States 16th national championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), held earlier this month in Central Texas, are now in the record books. Stateside winners of these championships, as well as medalists from the 2015 championships in Colorado, are being considered for ARDF Team USA, which will travel to Albena, Bulgaria, for the 18th ARDF World Championships i...

SHARES Interoperability Exercise to Use 5 MHz Channels, Involve Amateur Radio

Lack of Power Stymies Amateur Radio Post-Quake Aid in Ecuador

On-the-Air Activity to Highlight International Marconi Day on April 23

Tuesday, 19th April 2016

“Zorro” Miyazawa, JH1AJT, Presented with Intrepid Spirit Award at Visalia

The Intrepid-DX Group has announced that noted DXer and DXpeditioner Yasuo “Zorro” Miyazawa, JH1AJT, is the recipient of its 4th annual Intrepid Spirit Award. The award recognizes his efforts in activating Eritrea, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

“Zorro is largely responsible for fulfilling the need for Eritrea, Myanmar, and Bangladesh contacts,” Intrepid-DX Group President Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said. “We...

Brazil Eases Authorization for Radio Amateurs Attending the 2016 Summer Olympics

IARU Region 2 News Editor Joaquín Solana, XE1R, reports that radio amateurs hoping to operate in Brazil during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer are in luck and will be able to be on air without bureaucracy.

During August and September any foreign radio amateur will be able to operate in Brazil, whether or not a reciprocal agreement between the respective countries exists. No IARP or CEP...

Commemorative ARISS Slow-Scan TV Transmissions a Success

The recent commemorative Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from April 11 to April 14 were successful, with images received by many stations around the world. The SSTV transmissions marked the 15th anniversary (in 2015) of continuous Amateur Radio operations on the International Space Station.

The first ISS crew conducted its inaugu...

Monday, 18th April 2016

New ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Pledges World-Class Service, Openness, Inclusiveness

The ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, got down to work on his first day in office by promising to make the League’s foundational business processes “rock solid” and bring them up to state of the art, which members have a right to expect. Gallagher, who arrived at Headquarters on February 29 as CEO-Elect, has now assumed the top leadership post long held by David Sumner, K...

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