ARRL NEWS

Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

W1AW Centennial Operations Move to Indiana, Rhode Island

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 23 (the evening of July 22 in US time zones), to Indiana (W1AW/9) and Rhode Island (W1AW/1). 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 solely by contacting W1AW portable...

FCC Alleges Deliberate Interference, Failure to Identify in Proposing Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs

Monday, 21st July 2014

K4ERO Wins July QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the July QST Cover Plaque award is John Stanley, K4ERO, for his article “Using Triangular Waves to Test and Tune Linear Amplifiers.”

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 August issue today.

 

India’s VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark

Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft’s failing technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. “Mani” Subramani, VU2...

Sunday, 20th July 2014

Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR.4969

Saturday, 19th July 2014

FEMA and ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio “Resilient”

The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during the ARRL National Centennial Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center i...

Friday, 18th July 2014

ARRL Dedicates Centennial Terrace to Honor Major Donors

Visitors to ARRL Headquarters will be greeted with something new in the area in front of the main entrance. Complementing the terrace of memorial bricks and benches on the left, a new Centennial Terrace on the right side of the main entrance was dedicated on July 17 at a ribbon-cutting and reception, held in conjunction with the ARRL National Centennial Convention now underway in Hartford, Conn...

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity is suddenly weakening, and yesterday, Thursday, July 17 the daily sunspot number was zero. We had no other zero sunspot days so far this year, none last year or in 2012, and only two in 2011, on January 27 and August 14.

We had 48 days with a sunspot number of zero in 2010 (although Spaceweather.com reports 51 days, and they may be correct), and 260 days with a daily sunspot numbe...

Thursday, 17th July 2014

ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur Radio Parity Act!

In a video, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to all radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014.” HR.4969 would require the FCC to extend PRB-1 coverage to restrictive covenants. It was introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worke...

Wednesday, 16th July 2014

ARRL Board of Directors to Meet July 21-22 in Hartford

The ARRL Board of Directors will meet Monday and Tuesday, July 21-22, in Hartford, Connecticut, The slightly altered scheduling of the July meeting takes advantage of the fact that most Board members will already be in town for the ARRL National Centennial Convention July 17-19.

International guests at the gathering will include IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, and Radio Amateurs of Can...

Tuesday, 15th July 2014

It’s Official: N6MJ and KL9A Take WRTC-2014 Gold, Slovak and German Teams Win Silver and Bronze

After considerable deliberation over which team placed third in the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014), it’s now official. At the awards ceremony July 14 concluding the international Amateur Radio contesting competition, the US team of Dan Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, operating as K1A, took home the gold for their winning team effort. They racked up 7,184,844 points. T...

It’s Official: N6MJ and KL9A Take WRTC-2014 Gold, German and Slovak Teams Win Silver and Bronze

After considerable deliberation over which team placed third in the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014), it’s now official. At the awards ceremony July 14 concluding the international Amateur Radio contesting competition, the US team of Dan Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, operating as K1A, took home the gold for their winning team effort. There was little suspense about th...

Centennial Convention Will Be an Event to Remember, ARRL President Says

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, is eagerly anticipating the ARRL National Centennial Convention this week with a sense of history, awe, and honor. The Convention gets underway Thursday, July 17, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Craigie said this week that to be President when the ARRL celebrates its centennial “is an extraordinary good fortune that I am sincerely grateful for...

Monday, 14th July 2014

No ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 18

Because of the ARRL National Centennial Convention, there will be no ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 18. The ARRL Letter, which normally distributes on Thursdays, will go out to subscribers on Wednesday, July 16. See you at the Convention!

W1AW Centennial Operations Heading to South Carolina

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are on hiatus until July 16 (UTC) W1AW Centennial Operations will resume at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 16 (the evening of July 15 in US time zones), from South Carolina (W1AW/4). There will be only one state this week. During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US...

Sunday, 13th July 2014

Unofficial Results: N6MJ and KL9A Walk Away With WRTC-2014 Gold; Other Top Standings in Limbo

It’s unofficial at this point, but the US K1A team of Daniel Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, appears to have taken the gold medal at the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014) competition in New England. The top team never seemed in doubt; Craig and Hurlbut led the pack of 59 competing teams literally from the start, managing to work up an insurmountable lead of more than 7.5 mill...

Saturday, 12th July 2014

ARRL Public Relations Manager Talks Up Ham Radio on WTIC

ARRL Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, was interviewed on the morning of July 12 by WTIC radio's Steve Parker concerning Amateur Radio in general and the upcoming ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford.

WTIC is a 50 kW broadcast station covering much of New England, not to mention its national and global Internet streaming audience.

Click here to download and listen to an MP3 off-air au...

Friday, 11th July 2014

Friedrichshafen “Ham Radio” 2014 Attendance Tops Last Year’s Numbers, Show Emphasizes Youth.

Reminder: Youth Attend ARRL National Centennial Convention Free of Charge!

Youth (age 21 and younger) may attend the ARRL National Centennial Convention free of charge. Information in The ARRL Letter for July 10 may have suggested otherwise. The 100th anniversary celebration of the League’s founding takes place July 17-19 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Online registration is now limited to 2-day adult ($25) and youth (free) tickets, good for Friday and Saturday ...

International: New Ham Radio Regulations in Place in Thailand, Germany Gets 4 Meters Briefly

Thailand’s 247,000 radio amateurs will be getting new Amateur Radio regulations that provide significant new privileges The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) has reported that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has been working on the new regulations for nearly 3 years. They will permit operation on 6 meters, will expand the 2 meter band by 500 kHz (to 146...

Wednesday, 9th July 2014

ARRL, FEMA to Sign Memorandum of Agreement at National Centennial Convention

The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the ARRL National Centennial Convention, which takes place July 17-19 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, will join FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, on Friday, July 18, at 4:15 PM, in signing the MOA, which is aimed at fostering increas...

Grassroots Campaign Underway to Promote Co-Sponsorship of “Amateur Radio Parity Act”

A grassroots effort is underway to encourage radio amateurs to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The measure, introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25, would call on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The bill’s primary spo...

Reminder Concerning QST iOS App

Repeating a story first published June 27, the ARRL has been notified by the QST iOS app vendor that a serious defect has been discovered that may cause the app to stop functioning.

ARRL is in discussions with the vendor to alleviate the problem. Until a solution has been found, however, members are urged to avoid updating their QST iOS apps.

This issue does not impact QST Android app users.

 

FCC Alleges Oregon Radio Amateur Interfered with Others, Aired Music, and Failed to Identify

In a Notice of Violation (NoV) released June 5, the FCC has alleged that Thomas Ryan Price, W7WL, of Sweet Home, Oregon, caused malicious interference to other radio communications on 3908 kHz, transmitted music on the same frequency, and failed to properly identify. The FCC said agents from its Portland, Oregon, office on May 13, 2014, used radio direction-finding techniques to pinpoint the so...

Tuesday, 8th July 2014

Passengers Now Must Be Able to Power Up Some Electronics During TSA Screenings

Airline passengers boarding direct flights to the US from overseas may be asked to power up certain electronic devices being carried aboard, including cell phones. The announcement did not single out any other electronics. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has directed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the US to “i...

A Contesting Confluence this Weekend: The IARU HF Championship and WRTC-2014!

Monday, 7th July 2014

Hurricane Watch Net Shuts Down after 21 Hours of Activation for First 2014 Atlantic Hurricane

“Brendan Quest” Team’s 2 Meter Signal Copied in the UK

A group of Amateur Radio operators from Atlantic Canada is operating from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, until July 12 in a bid to complete a 2 meter transatlantic contact and claim the Brendan trophy. The "Brendan Quest" team is on the air as VC1T from grid GN37os on 144.155 MHz. The group activated on July 4, and a couple of days later, on July 6 at 1341 UTC, G4SWX was able to completely decode an...

ARRL Great Lakes Division Leadership Changes

ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, has announced his retirement from the ARRL Board of Directors, effective at noon EDT on July 7. Great Lakes Division Vice Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, of Dundee, Michigan, is the Division’s new Director. The Great Lakes Division is made up of Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.

 

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has appointed W. Thomas “Tom” Dela...

UKube-1 Set to Launch on July 8 from Kazakhstan

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