Tuesday, 29th July 2014

No Editions of The ARRL Letter, ARRL Audio News this Week

There will be no editions of The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News this Thursday and Friday, July 31 and August 1. The ARRL Letter will return on August 7, and ARRL Audio News will return on August 8.




Monday, 28th July 2014

Maritime Mobile Service Network Aids in Separate Land-Based Emergencies

While best known for its efforts to aid voyagers on the high seas, the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) occasionally helps out in land-based emergencies too. That was the case recently when MMSN net control stations received distress calls regarding motor vehicle incidents in Nevada and Texas. On July 24, MMSN Net Control Station Ken Porter, AC0ML, was notified by HF mobile operator Georg...

Army MARS Demonstrates ALE, Courts Young Volunteers at ARRL National Centennial Convention

The “test range” was a plain-vanilla office table inside the big exhibition hall. At one end sat a PRC-150, one of some 10,000 or so back-pack HF radios carried by US soldiers, its whip antenna extended and ready for action. At the other end was an innovative commercial radio that had the look and feel of a late-model Amateur Radio. This odd pairing was Army MARS’s high-tech contribution to the...

W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on July 30 (UTC)

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 30 (the evening of July 29 in US time zones), to South Dakota (W1AW/0) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). 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 po...

Sunday, 27th July 2014

ISS Astronaut Activates ARISS During ARRL National Centennial Convention

Satellite enthusiast Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, and a crowd of onlookers got an unexpected treat July 19 at the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. Stoddard was outside the Connecticut Convention Center, hoping to perhaps demonstrate the digipeater aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during some favorable passes and, if he really got lucky, to actually speak to...

Registration Remains Open for Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) 2014 Conference in Huntsville

Online registration ends July 31 open for the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference. GAREC-2014 will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communication when it returns to Huntsville, Alabama, August 14-15. The conference is being held in conjunction with the Huntsville Hamfest (the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention) on August 16 and ...

Friday, 25th July 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, Washington, reports: Last Thursday, July 17, there were no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August 14, 2011, to find the last “spotless” day; the Sun exhibited no spots on January 27, 2011, as well.

On July 18 two new sunspot regions emerged, but the sunspot number was only 26. Two days later, on Sunday, J...

AMSAT Announces Fox-1C Launch Opportunity and Fund Drive

AMSAT-NA has announced a third-quarter 2015 launch opportunity for its Fox-1C CubeSat and has kicked off a fun drive to cover the costs of putting the Amateur Radio satellite into space. AMSAT reports that it has teamed with Spaceflight Inc for integration and launch services utilizing Spaceflight’s SHERPA system to put Fox-1C into a sun-synchronous orbit. Spaceflight describes SHERPA as an “in...

Thursday, 24th July 2014

Radio Amateurs Named to Order of Canada

Two radio amateurs were among those recently named to the Order of Canada. The list of recipients included telecommunications researcher Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ.

Rawat was honored as a “Companion of the Order of Canada” for contributions to telecommunications engineering and for her leadership in establishing a global regulatory framework for rad...

Ham Radio Aids in Rescue of Injured Colorado Hiker

Thursday, 24th July 2014

ARRL VEC Conducts Remote Exam Session with Applicants in Antarctica

Cincinnati BPL Internet Service Provider Pulls the Plug on its System

A Cincinnati, Ohio, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet service provider is throwing in the towel and yielding to more modern technology. Cincinnati Communications will pull the plug on its BPL system on August 1, according to a report on The Enquirer newspaper’s website.

“The failure of the Cincinnati system will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with BPL technology,” sa...

Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, to Conventioneers: Amateur Radio Will Thrive

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...

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...

HAARP Death Sentence Stayed, But Facility Being Dismantled Piece by Piece

The US Air Force has given the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Gakona, Alaska, a death row reprieve of sorts. The Secretary of the Air Force told Alaska Sen Lisa Murkowski July 2 that it is “willing to slow the closure process and defer irreversible dismantling of the transmitter site” until May of 2015. Those pushing for HAARP to remain open as a scientific r...

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity strengthened recently, with average daily sunspot numbers for the seven days ending June 25 at 72.3, rising 43.3 points to 115.6 for the seven days ending July 2, then rising 89.5 to an average of 205.1 for the period ending July 9.

Similarly, average daily solar flux for the seven days ending on June 25 was 98.8, which rose 30.7 points to 129.5 on July 2, and then rose 64.4 point...

Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR, and Dave Leestma, N5QWC, Retire from NASA

Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR/ex-KD5CHF, and Dave Leestma, N5WQC, have announced their retirements from NASA. Both operated on ham radio from space, and Thomas, as the last US astronaut to complete a duty tour onboard the Russian Mir space station, conducted several contacts with students on Earth as part of the SAREX program, the predecessor to ARISS.

A native of Australia, Thomas, 62, became ...

Thursday, 10th July 2014

ICE Spacecraft Recovery Effort Appears at an Impasse

ARRL Teachers Institute: Controlling a Robot from Orbit

This week, as part of the Teachers Institute hosted at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, teachers were shown a number of ways to use Amateur Radio to captivate students and spark their interests in technology.

Instructor Mark Spencer, WA8SME, demonstrated how it was possible to control the movement of a robot via data packets sent through the International Space Station (ISS) digipeat...

Wednesday, 9th July 2014

August Edition of Digital QST Now Available

The Old Man: Rotten Damped Spark Stuff

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