ARRL NEWS

Tuesday, 14th July 2020

Former North Texas Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, SK

Former North Texas Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, of Dallas, Texas, died on May 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 65. Blackwell served as North Texas SM from 2005 until 2009.

Blackwell graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in the College of Business Administration. He attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was an original petitioner in the Petition for ...

Yasme Foundation Supporting Grant will Expand Reverse Beacon Network

The Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) will gain 15 new nodes, thanks to the Yasme Foundation. These new nodes will be added in regions where there is a need for reception reports to support amateur radio operation and where those reports will also have scientific value for geophysical research. Yasme was assisted in this effort by supporting grants from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) an...

FCC Announces Closing of Filing Window at its Headquarters

Monday, 13th July 2020

AMSAT-DL Submits Lunar Lander Proposal to European Space Agency

Friday, 10th July 2020

Russian-Ukrainian "Radio War" Remains at a High Level

The June newsletter of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that what’s being called “the Russian-Ukrainian radio war” continues apace.

“The Russian-Ukrainian radio war remained on a high escalation level also in June,” IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Peter Jost, HB9CET, said. “Almost every day, we heard the massive spiteful and provocative broadcasts. In...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

Introducing The ARRL Current

ARRL has a new way to let members know when the digital editions of QST and other publications are available. Distributed via email, The ARRL Current offers a monthly overview of ARRL publications and member benefits. The inaugural edition launched in June.

Subscribe now to receive each issue going forward. Manage your email preferences from your ARRL account (members must first be registered on...

Thursday, 9th July 2020

ARRL Seeks Awards and Programs Assistant

ARRL has invited applications for the position of Awards and Programs Assistant at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This is a full-time, non-exempt opening in the Radiosport and Field Services Department. The pay range is from $16.08 to 19.30 per hour.

The Awards and Programs Assistant assists with all Radiosport and Field Services Department activities, with an initial priority on L...

Wednesday, 8th July 2020

SP3L Wins the July QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the July 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Vertical End-Fed Dipole with a Folded Stub” by Jacek Pawlowski, SP3L.

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.

 

Tuesday, 7th July 2020

Annual KPH “Night of Nights” Has Been Canceled

The Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) and the National Park Service have announced that the annual KPH Night of Nights has been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. This would have been the 21st such event, which commemorates what is believed to be the last commercial Morse transmission in the US.

While KPH, KFS, and K6KPH will not be on the air for Night of Nights XXI, MRHS members will...

Tuesday, 7th July 2020

Maritime Mobile Service Network Comes to the Aid of Vessel in Distress

The Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN) on 14.300 MHz came to the assistance of a sailing vessel on June 25. MMSN control operator Steven Carpenter, K9UA, took a call on 20 meters from Ian Cummings, KB4SG, the skipper of the Mystic Lady, then some 40 miles east of Florida. Cummings reported that his engine had failed as he was attempting to return to his home port of Stuart, Florida. He not only...

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Announces Full Lineup of Speakers

Monday, 6th July 2020

The August Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

Friday, 3rd July 2020

THe K7RA Solar Update

No sunspots this week. The pattern persists, and this surprises me. But Spaceweather.com reported a couple of weak, barely emerging spots, never numbered, and by their magnetic polarity were from new Cycle 25.

We rely on NOAA for official sunspot numbers, and the most recent one reported was 11 on June 15. See ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/indices/DSD.txt.

Average daily solar flux over the recent r...

Thursday, 2nd July 2020

Intrepid-DX Group Announces Youth Essay Contest

The Intrepid-DX Group, a US-based IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes amateur radio in developing countries, has announced its first Youth Essay Contest. The prize is a new Icom IC-7300 transceiver, which the winner must agree to keep and use for 1 year.

Participants will prepare a two-page essay answering these questions: (1) What are your amateur radio goals? and (2) What can w...

Wednesday, 1st July 2020

New Amateur Extra Class License Manual and Extra Q&A Now Available

Canada Day 2020 Contest Under Way

Prominent Radio Amateur Helping to Lead US Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Study

Well-known contester, DXer, and National Contest Journal (NCJ) Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, has been “substantially” stepping back from ham radio while offering his expertise to the US convalescent plasma COVID-19 Expanded Access Program. The study began in early April under the leadership of Dr. Michael Joyner, MD, of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Peter Marks, MD, PhD and Dr. Nicole Verdun, MD, of the US...

Tuesday, 30th June 2020

Annual 13 Colonies Event Gets Under Way on July 1

New IARU Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Coordinator Appointed

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has appointed Martin Sach, G8KDF, as global Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Coordinator, succeeding Tore Worren, LA9QL.

“EMC is a major challenge for all radiocommunication services,” the IARU noted. “Radio amateurs are experiencing increased interference caused by unwanted radio frequency emissions from a wide variety, and ...

Thursday, 25th June 2020

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Issues Field Day 2020 Statement

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has released a statement in advance of ARRL Field Day 2020.

Dear ARRL Members,

For the first time since the event was introduced in 1933, ARRL Field Day will indeed be significantly different this year. Continuing public safety restrictions due to COVID-19 will force many of you to operate from home, while some radio clubs, where permitted, will venture outside...

Wednesday, 24th June 2020

Video Explains the Mission and Purpose of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

The video “What is IARU?” is now available on the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 website.

“This video explains the mission and roles of IARU to represent, develop, and defend frequencies for amateur radio around the world,” IARU Region 2 explains. “It also describes the regional organizations and the critical roles of its more than 160 member-societies.”

The English-language pr...

ARISS Volunteer Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, Named Member of the Order of Australia

Veteran Amateur Radio on the International Radio Station (ARISS) volunteer Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, has been honored as a Member of the Order of Australia in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours List. Hutchison was recognized “For significant service to amateur radio, particularly to satellite and space communication.” The Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet noted ...

SAQ Announces Annual Alexanderson Day Transmission

The vintage SAQ Alexanderson alternator in Grimeton, Sweden, will conduct its annual Alexanderson Day transmissions on 17.2 kHz on Sunday, July 5. Startup and tuning will begin at 0830 UTC, with the transmission commencing at 0900 UTC. Startup and tuning for the second transmission will begin at 1130 UTC, with the message transmission at 1200 UTC. Both events will be broadcast live via the Alex...

DARC to Offer HAM RADIOnline June 26 – 29

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen, Germany, was canceled. The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) will instead offer HAM RADIOnline, which will feature many interesting topics related to our hobby, said Thomas Wrede, DF2OO, of the DARC International Affairs Team. The Software Defined Radio Academy team and the Fascination HAM RADIO crew will produce the virt...

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Set for August

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

WSJT-X Update Released

The digital modes suite WSJT-X version 2.2.2 has been released. The update is a bug-fix release. The primary change is to incorporate the new Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Prince Edward Island (PE) Section PE into the FT8/FT4/MSK144 contest mode for ARRL Field Day. Operators planning to be on the air for Field Day should upgrade to this version to enable accurate logging.

Another change: the FT...

ARRL Seeks Vintage DX Logs for Archive

ARRL continues to solicit paper logs of prominent DXpeditions or logs from stations and operators active from more rare locations from the 1950s through the 1980s, for inclusion in The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK. The DX Log Archive program was created, thanks to an endowment established by Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to obtain, preserve, and utilize paper logs from rare and significant DXpeditio...

CAMSAT CAS-6 Satellite Antenna Deployed, Transponder Activated

CAMSAT reports that the VHF-UHF antenna on the CAS-6 satellite, launched last December 20, has been deployed and its linear amateur radio transponder activated. CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, reports that the CW beacon and GMSK telemetry are not working properly at this time, with only carriers being transmitted.

“We will try to diagnose and then determine whether the CW and telemetry data stream tr...

ARRL to Hold National Convention at Orlando HamCation in February 2021

timereport:This page was created in 0.00043606758117676 seconds : 1594762369.9868 1594762369.9863