Friday, 26th August 2016

Team USA Heads to World Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships

Fifteen top US on-foot hidden transmitter hunters are packing their bags to join more than 400 other competitors from 39 nations taking part in the 18th World Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Championships in the Black Sea resort of Albena, Bulgaria. Competitors are divided into six age categories for males and five for females, in accordance with International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity over the past week (August 18-24) was down compared to the previous week, with average daily sunspot number s declining from 73.9 to 33.9, and average daily solar flux from 89.2 to 79.6. 

Average planetary A index increased from 6.9 to 9.7, while the mid-latitude number rose from 7.4 to 8.7.

The latest prediction (on August 25, 2016) shows expected solar flux at 78 on August 26-29,...

NPOTA Event at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Will Include Space Station Contact

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in Astoria, Oregon, will partner with the Mouth of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club to provide park visitors with an opportunity to see Amateur Radio up close over the Labor Day weekend. As part of the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program, club members will set up a station, KF7TCG, at the park’s Netul Landing. Operation is set to start on the e...

Leadership Challenges Set in ARRL Rocky Mountain, Southeastern Divisions

ARRL members in the Rocky Mountain and Southeastern Divisions will choose between incumbents and challengers in balloting for Division leadership positions this fall. In the Rocky Mountain and Southeastern Divisions, contests exist for the Director’s seat. In the Southwestern Division, the incumbent Vice Director is not seeking another term, and no other candidates came forward, setting the sta...

Thursday, 25th August 2016

ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Mike Lee, AA6ML, Resigns

ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Mike Lee, AA6ML, of Palm Coast, Florida, has resigned from office. Lee was appointed in 2014 to fill a vacancy created by a resignation. He served previously as Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator.

“I regret Mike’s decision to resign as Vice Director,” said ARRL CEO, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. “Mike made a significant contribution to the League’s ef...

Hurricane Watch Net on “Standby Alert” for Unnamed Potential Tropical Storm

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will go on “Standby Alert” in the event that a strong tropical system bearing the designation “Invest 99L” becomes a named storm over the next couple of days. The system, which already has been generating gale force winds near the Virgin Islands, is moving west-northwest at 15 to 20 MPH. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said weather models concur that South Florid...

Application Window Opens on September 1 for Prospective ISS Ham Radio Contact Hosts

Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting in Italian Earthquake Response

Radio amateurs are taking part in the response to the 6.2 magnitude earthquake on August 24 in central Italy, International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, reports. IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Coordinator Greg Mossop, G0DUB, has requested that 7060 kHz (LSB ±10 kHz) be kept clear of non-emergency traffic, as well as any other center-of-activity (CO...

Wednesday, 24th August 2016

Ready to Activate for NPOTA: White House Creates New National Park Service Unit

The National Park Service received a centennial gift from the White House on August 24, when President Barack Obama created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Northern Maine. The 413th official unit of the National Park Service, the new national monument will be known to National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) participants as MN84. The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was c...

Latvia Gains Two New Amateur Radio Bands

Wednesday, 24th August 2016

Aves Island YX0V DXpedition Put on Hold

Tuesday, 23rd August 2016

Amateur Radio Helping to Celebrate National Park Service Founders Week

Amateur Radio operators across the US are taking portable communications gear to more than 80 different National Park Service units during NPS Founders Week, August 22-28. They are participating in ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event, which has been running all year long in parallel with the NPS Centennial. ARRL is the National Association of Amateur Radio in the United States.

“The N...

Summer Section Manager Election Results Announced

Two incumbent Section Managers were declared re-elected in balloted elections that concluded on August 23, when ballots were counted at ARRL Headquarters.

In Minnesota, incumbent SM Skip Jackson, KS0J, of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, received 452 votes to 396 for challenger Ann Foster, K0ANN, of St Anthony. Jackson has served as Minnesota Section Manager since 2004.

In Ohio, Scott Yonally, N8S...

DX Engineering’s Tim Duffy, K3LR: New Fairgrounds Venue “Perfect for Hamvention”

Fox-1E (RadFxSat-2) Launch Scheduled for December 2017

AMSAT has learned that the launch of RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E is set for December 2017. Going into space under the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program, RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E is a partnership opportunity between Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) and AMSAT. It is similar to RadFxSat/Fox-1B, which could launch in the next several months, and both...

IARU Region 3 Directors Meet in Tokyo

The directors of International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 (IARU-R3) met in Tokyo on August 22 and 23 at Japan Amateur Radio League Headquarters. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, and IARU Region 2 President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, also attended.

Special attention was made to study actions required by all societies to support IARU spectrum defense and expansion initiatives at World Radioc...

Three Companies Agree to Plead Guilty for Fixing Prices of Electrolytic Capacitors

The US Department of Justice announced this week that three companies have agreed to plead guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors sold to customers in the US and elsewhere. The companies are Rubycon Corporation, Elna Co Ltd, and Holy Stone Holdings Co Ltd.

“The Antitrust Division has now charged five companies and one individual for their participation i...

Monday, 22nd August 2016

“Come, Let Us Talk Together” — Ham Contact Recalls Royal Telegraph Exchange

Graham Shirville, G3VZV, is New British Amateur Television Club President

Satellite stalwart Graham Shirville, G3VZV, has been selected as the next president of the British Amateur Television Club (BATC). Shirville has belonged to the organization since the early 1970s, and he supported development of a network of Amateur Radio Television (ATV) repeaters in the UK for many years. More recently he was closely involved with development of the HamTV system on the Intern...

Sunday, 21st August 2016

AMSAT Issues Call for 2016 Space Symposium Papers, Presentations

AMSAT has invited proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community for the 2016 AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting and Space Symposium. The Space Symposium will be held November 10-14, 2016.

Tentative presentation titles are requested as soon as possible, but no later than September 15. Final papers and presentations are due...

Wednesday, 17th August 2016

Amateur Radio Volunteers Still Needed in Louisiana

The Red Cross continues to request Amateur Radio volunteers to support communication at shelters housing evacuees from flooding of historic proportions in Louisiana. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in Louisiana has activated, and Section Emergency Coordinator Adam Tamplain, KD5LEH, has put out a call for additional volunteers, reaching out to neighboring states. The federal governmen...

Tuesday, 16th August 2016

AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium Videos are Available

Thanks to the efforts of British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK volunteers, videos of presentations at the 2016 International Space Colloquium July 29-31 in Guildford, England, are now available on YouTube.

AMSAT-UK members operated a satellite ground station during the event, using the call sign G0AUK. Contacts were made via SO-50, AO-85, and FO-29 satellites.

The 2016 Colloquium pr...

Come One, Come All — August 21 is ARRL Rookie Roundup RTTY!

The ARRL Rookie Roundup is back, with the RTTY event set for Sunday, August 21, 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC. The Rookie Roundup is aimed at helping recently licensed amateurs to build their operating skills on HF. Specifically for those new to Amateur Radio, the Rookie Roundup brings the fun and Elmering of the old Novice Roundup into the 21st century.

A Rookie is anyone first licensed in the curr...

WA9PIE-2 DX Cluster Moves to a New Home

Video Demonstrates Digital Voice Plus Video “Teleconferencing” Scheme for HF

Rick Peterson, WA6NUT, in Colorado, is promoting FreeDV plus Video, a digital voice-plus-video application for HF. According to Peterson’s profile, FreeDV plus Video is a soundcard-based scheme to add a 1 frame/second, 36-line video image on the receiving station’s PC display. The signal bandwidth is 3.5 kHz, so it may not be compatible with all HF transceivers. The scheme is compatible...

York Radio Club in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Mark 80th Anniversary with Special Event

The York Radio Club in Elmhurst, Illinois, will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a special event operation, from August 19 until September 2. Operators will use the call sign W9Y.

The York Radio Club is an ARRL Special Services Club. The Chicago-area organization will kick off its celebration with an open house on August 19, 6-9 PM, at the Elmhurst Fire Department Training Facility. Amateur R...

PA3WEG Receives Louis Varney Cup

Amateur Radio satellite enthusiast and hardware designer Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, has been awarded the Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions to several Amateur Radio satellites and associated outreach.

RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley, G0FUW, made the presentation on July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in...

Monday, 15th August 2016

Amateur Radio Volunteers Responding to Louisiana Flooding Catastrophe

[UPDATED 2016-08-15@1808 UTC] Amateur Radio volunteers are responding to help, after flooding of historic proportions struck parts of Louisiana and Mississippi over the weekend in the wake of torrential rainfall. States of emergency have been declared in both states, and the federal government has declared Louisiana a major disaster area. Louisiana Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®...

ARRL Encourages Comprehensive Noise Floor Study

In anticipation of an FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC) investigation into changes and trends to the radio spectrum noise floor to determine if there is an increasing noise problem, ARRL asserted that such a study is long overdue. The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced plans for the TAC study in mid-June and invited comments and answers to questions that the TAC pos...

Friday, 12th August 2016

Comments in FCC “Symbol Rate” Rule Making Proposal Due by October 11

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