Friday, 21st October 2016

Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Now Open for Bidding!

The 11th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction now is under way. Bidding on nearly 300 items will continue through Thursday, October 27. Participants must register. Those who have participated in past ARRL On-Line Auction events may use their previous log-in information.

This year’s auction booty includes some vintage ham radio items, including a Collins S Line. Premier items from the QST “Product Review”...

The K7RA Solar Update

Over the past reporting week (October 13-19) compared to the previous seven-day average daily sunspot number declined from 55 to 31, while average daily solar flux dropped from 101.9 to 83.4.

Planetary A index increased from 6.6 to 19.1, and average mid-latitude A index jumped from 5 to 14.

This is the opposite of what happened two weeks ago compared to last week, when A indices decreased but sol...

Apparent ARISS Radio Failure Prompts Shift to Russian Service Module Ham Gear

The VHF handheld transceiver that the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has used to connect students worldwide with astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) for more than 16 years has begun to display an error message and is unusable at this time.

While the ARISS technical team evaluates the best path to restore operation from the ISS Columbus modu...

Thursday, 20th October 2016

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“HF Mobile Antennas” is the topic of the latest (October 20) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor ...

Georgia Section Manager Changing on November 1

Georgia Section Manager Gene Clark, W4AYK, of Albany, has announced that he’s stepping down at the end of October, after serving since October 2009. David Benoist, AG4ZR, of Senoia, has been appointed as Georgia Section Manager, effective November 1, to complete the current term of office, which extends until September 30, 2017.

When a Section Manager vacancy occurs between elections, the positi...

Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Time to File Your JOTA Station Report

Now that Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) 2016 is history, the Boy Scouts are urging participants to file a JOTA Station Report, in order to determine how things went.

“It's your perfect opportunity to share your stories, photos, and some numbers,” JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said. “The reports I've seen so far show some good turnout, particularly from Cub Scouts. We feel this is due to the new...

ARES/RACES Featured at Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference

For the third year in a row, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) were a featured component of the largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the US. The annual conference, held in mid-September, was organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council a...

ARRL Members with AOL Accounts Report Problems Receiving ARRL E-Mailings

Since late September, ARRL has experienced intermittent problems delivering bulk e-mail products, such as The ARRL Letter and Section News, to member subscribers with AOL e-mail addresses. The problem is that AOL is not accepting all messages ARRL is sending; some make it through to subscribers, and some do not.

The League has open trouble tickets with AOL regarding this issue but has not yet re...

MARS-Amateur Radio Interoperability Exercise to Test “Very Bad Day” Scenario

From October 30 through November 1, members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will conduct a quarterly US Department of Defense (DOD) Contingency Communications Exercise (COMMEX). The quarterly exercise will offer training on the ability to provide communications following a “very bad day” scenario, when traditional forms of communications will likely be unavailable. The exercise wi...

Tuesday, 18th October 2016

Antenna Fire Puts SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Station Off the Air

An early October fire in the SAQ Alexanderson alternator long-wave antenna is under investigation by the Grimeton World Heritage Foundation, which owns and manages the station in Grimeton, Sweden. The fire, attributed to arcing, was quickly extinguished, and no injuries occurred. The Foundation said that determining the extent of damage and completing repairs could take a while.

“There is a risk...

Tuesday, 18th October 2016

2016 ARRL On-Line Auction Preview is Under Way, Bidding Kicks Off on October 21

Complete Sweepstakes Records Now Available, Operating Guide Updated

Monday, 17th October 2016

VHF/UHF Enthusiast, Former Assistant USAF Secretary Owen Wormser, K3CB (ex-K6LEW), SK

Well-known VHF/UHF enthusiast and former owner of C3i Antennas Owen Wormser, K3CB (ex-K6LEW), of Royal Oak, Maryland, died on October 16, after being diagnosed with brain cancer a few months ago. He was 78. Wormser was an ARRL Life Member, a regular League patron, and on the 2015 list of ARRL Leadership donors. A former Assistant Secretary of the US Air Force, he was a 26-year USAF veteran, ret...

Report: Radio Amateurs in India Monitoring “Highly Suspicious” VHF Communications

Authorities in India have asked radio amateurs along the Bengal-Bangladesh border to monitor strange VHF radio transmissions that one of them has called “highly suspicious.” According to an article in the Hindustan Times, the signals were being heard in the dead of night, with participants reported to be in motion and speaking in some sort of code.

“After we wrote a letter highlighting the stran...

IARU Region 2 Emergency Communications Workshop Covers Wide Range of Topics

The second IARU Region 2 (IARU-R2) Emergency Communications Workshop on October 11 focused on international issues facing Amateur Radio in emergencies and disasters. ARRL and IARU Region 2 sponsored the workshop, held in Viña del Mar, Chile, in conjunction with the IARU Region 2 General Assembly. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager and IARU Area B Emergency Coordinator Mike Corey, KI1U, and IAR...

Saturday, 15th October 2016

Regulatory Issues Top ARRL Executive Committee Agenda

FCC and regulatory matters will fill the lion’s share of the agenda when the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meets on October 22 in Chicago. Topping the list of action items is a review of enforcement strategies, a follow-on to discussions during the July 2015 meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors. This would include “ongoing consideration of revised plans and strategies for improved Amateur Rad...

Friday, 14th October 2016

Repeater Coordination Pioneer John Crockett, W3KH, SK

John Crockett, W3KH, of Columbia, South Carolina, died on October 12. An ARRL Life Member, he was 69. Licensed in 1963, Crockett was the developer of and project manager for the Southeastern Repeater Association (SERA) Universal Coordination System, as well as project manager for the entire SCHEART system, analog VHF and UHF linked repeaters, and, most recently, the Digital Mobile Radio linked ...

The K7RA Solar Update

At 0356 UTC on October 13, the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued this geomagnetic warning:

“Increased solar wind speed due to coronal hole effects expected for 14-15 Oct. Active conditions forecast with possible Minor Storm periods.

14 Oct:  Active to Minor Storm
15 Oct:  Active”

Solar flux and sunspot numbers rose over the past week, while geomagnetic indicators ...

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, HS1A, SK

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), HS1A, died on October 13, after a long period of declining health. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while his physician father was at Harvard University, the king, whose name translated as “strength of the land, incomparable power,” was 88.

According to noted DXer Fred Laun, K3ZO/HS0ZAR, the king “was never very active on the air, and, to my knowledge, th...

Thursday, 13th October 2016

IARU Honors Past ARRL President Rod Stafford, W6ROD, with Michael Owen, VK3KI, Award

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has honored past ARRL President and outgoing IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD (ex-KB6ZV), with the Michael J. Owen, VK3KI, Memorial Award. Presenting the award was IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA. The award’s namesake served as IARU Region 3 chair and as President of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA). Although Stafford is stepping dow...

Tuesday, 11th October 2016

Pacific Seafarer’s Net Assists in Maritime Rescue of Sailors on Sinking Sailboat

The Pacific Seafarer’s Net relayed a call for help and contacted the US Coast Guard on September 28, after the SV Rafiki began taking on water some 230 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska. At approximately 0300 UTC, Charles Houlihan, KD6SPJ, a net relay station, received the distress call from the sailboat’s caption. Houlihan, who was also at sea in SV Jacaranda, contacted Randy VanLeeuwen, KH6RC, ...

US JOTA Registrations May Top Previous Levels this Year

With Scouting’s Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) just days away, JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said this week that he's optimistic a record number of US JOTA stations will register this year. He said it was a bit more difficult to compare figures from earlier years, because the JOTA and JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) registrants are in the same database. The official JOTA-JOTI sign-up system re...

Monday, 10th October 2016

Donations of Unwanted Amateur Radio, Test Gear Support ARRL’s Mission

Downsizing your shack? Want your now-unused equipment to help promote and preserve Amateur Radio for future generations? If so, consider donating your used Amateur Radio and test equipment to ARRL.

The ARRL Lab accepts used equipment from radio amateurs and their families. Once evaluated, much of the donated equipment is sold, and proceeds help to fund programs that educate, promote, and preserv...

IARU Administrative Council Establishes WRC-19 Priorities and Strategies

The Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on October 7 and 8 in Viña del Mar, Chile, prior to the IARU Region 2 (IARU R2) Conference. The Council is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organization...

IARU Administrative Council Establishes WRC-19Priorities and Strategies

The Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on October 7 and 8 in Viña del Mar, Chile, prior to the IARU Region 2 (IARU R2) Conference. The Council is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organization...

Sunday, 9th October 2016

Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down Following Record Activation for Hurricane Matthew

After the longest activation in its history, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) secured operations for Hurricane Matthew on October 9 at 0400 UTC. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, reports the net was in continuous operation for 6 days, 7 hours, gathering real-time ground-truth weather data and passing it along to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) via the Center’s WX4NHC. Various Amateur Radio Eme...

Friday, 7th October 2016

Amateur Radio Response Continues as Hurricane Matthew Moves Up East Coast

[UPDATED 2016-10-08 @ 1430 UTC] Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas continue to support communication during the response to Hurricane Matthew, which has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. Governors have declared states of emergency for some or all counties, and multiple shelters have opened in all four states. The National Hurricane Cent...

Closer Look Reveals that Reported Transatlantic 2 Meter Contact Did Not Happen

The K7RA Solar Update

Over the past week (September 29 through October 5), relative to the previous seven days the average daily sunspot number declined 9 points to 20.7, and average daily solar flux increased from 81.4 to 86.7. Average daily planetary A index increased from 19.7 to 21.4, and average mid-latitude A index (measured in Virginia) increased from 12.3 to 15.1.

Hey, think that was bad? At University of Ala...

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