ARRL NEWS

Monday, 22nd December 2014

Kids Day is January 4!

The next Kids Day, sponsored by the ARRL and The Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, will be Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 1800 to 2400 UTC. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio satellites to youngsters and even to hand over the keys so they can get some hands-on experience. Share the excitement with your own children or grandkids or youngsters in the nei...

Alexanderson Alternator SAQ Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

A transmission from SAQ at the World Heritage Grimeton site in Sweden, using the vintage 200 kW Alexanderson alternator on 17.2 kHz will take place on Christmas Eve, December 24. The message transmission will begin at 0800 UTC (transmitter tune-up will get under way at 0730 UTC).

In addition, Amateur Radio activity from SAQ Grimeton club station SK6SAQ is anticipated on 3,755 kHz SSB, 7,035 kHz ...

Army MARS Public Affairs Officer Bill Sexton, N1IN/AAR1FP, Retires

Bill Sexton, N1IN/AAR1FP, will step down on December 31 as the US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) public affairs officer, a volunteer position. Now 86, Sexton, who splits his time between Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and Sarasota, Florida, has been involved with MARS since the early 1990s, after reading an article about the program in QST. He stepped into a PR role with the organizati...

Saturday, 20th December 2014

Special Event Stations OF9X, OH9SCL on the Air from the Land of Santa Claus

The Santa Claus stations, OH9SCL (“Santa Claus Land”) and OF9X (“Old Father Nine Xmas”) are on the air! As Santa is busy loading up his sleigh preparing for his journey around the world, his elves will be at the controls of Santa Radio and can tell you Santa's whereabouts. Stop by and say hello. Santa’s journey starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspa...

Friday, 19th December 2014

Annual Christmas Eve Fessenden Commemorative Transmission Set

Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, will put his 600 meter Experimental Station WG2XFQ on the air for his annual Christmas Eve transmission. WG2XFQ will transmit on 486 kHz from Forest, Virginia, to mark the 108th anniversary of Reginald Fessenden’s first audio transmission. Historic accounts say Fessenden played the violin and read a brief Bible verse. It’s been reported that other radio experimenters and s...

Russian ARISS Team Transmitting Slow-Scan TV from the ISS

Several stations around the globe reported receiving slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station on December 18. The Russian ARISS announced earlier that it would activate the Amateur Radio SSTV “experiment” from the ISS on 145.800 MHz FM (PD180 mode). Additional transmissions are planned for December 20. All of the images commemorate the birth 80 years ago of Soviet...

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity made a strong comeback this week, with the average daily sunspot number on December 11-17 rising 57 points to 145.4 from the previous seven days, while average daily solar flux was up 28.1 points to 167.7.

But then toward the end of the week, activity made a large jump, with solar flux at 213.2 on Thursday.

Predicted solar flux is 220, 225, 220 and 210 on December 19-22, then 200, ...

ARRL RTTY Roundup is Always a Mid-Contest Season Favorite

Dust off those keyboards! The ARRL RTTY Roundup takes place January 3-4, 2015. It’s very easy to get on RTTY and other digital modes, and some late-model transceivers even have RTTY and other digital capabilities built right into the radio. Participation in this annual operating event has grown along with the enthusiasm for digital modes. In addition to conventional Baudot, RTTY Roundup ops may...

Thursday, 18th December 2014

ARRL Website Search Function Temporarily Off Line

The search function on the ARRL website is temporarily unavailable. However, until it is fixed, there is an alternative approach using Google.

Simply go to the Google search engine at www.google.com and enter the following:

site:arrl.org (keyword/search term)

For example, entering . . .

site:arrl.org transmitter

...will search the site and return results for anything with the word "transmitter" in t...

ARRL’s Last “Red Badges on the Air Day” on December 31!

Wednesday, 17th December 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

Compared to the previous seven days, solar activity dropped over the past week December 4-10 with average daily sunspot numbers down 63.6 points to 88.4, and average daily solar flux off 32.5 points to 139.6. But both numbers were higher on December 11, a good sign.

The latest forecast has solar flux at 155, 160, and 165 on December 12-14, 170 on December 15-17, 165 on December 18, 170 on Decemb...

W1AW/3 Active from District of Columbia for ARRL 10 Meter Contest

This weekend only, there’s another chance to work W1AW/3 in the District of Columbia. W1AW/3 is being hosted by the Voice of America Amateur Radio Club, K3VOA. The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Indiana (W1AW/9) and Montana (W1AW/7).

Dayton Hamvention 2015 Award Nominations Due by January 16, 2015!

Time is running short to submit nominations for the 2015 Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year, Special Achievement, Technical Excellence and Club of the Year awards. Completed nomination forms and supporting documentation are due by January 16. All Amateur Radio operators (and clubs) are eligible. Winners will be recognized at the 2015 Hamvention®, which takes place May 15-17.

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Cuban HF Emergency Net Stands Down

A net on  7115 kHz that activated after torrential rainfall over Eastern Cuba has terminated operation. More than 15 inches of rain in a 24-hour period on December 11 and 12 over Baracoa in prompted activation of the Guantanamo FRC Provincial Emergency Net on December 12. IARU Region 2 Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, has reported that the net closed down on December 13, after it...

W1AW Centennial Operations Up Next in Maryland, Hawaii, and Georgia

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Indiana and Montana. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, December 17 (the evening of December 16 in US time zones), to Maryland (W1AW/3), Hawaii (W1AW/KH6), and Georgia (W1AW/4). By December 31 W1AW will have been on the air from every state at least twice.

The ARRL Centenni...

Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) Invites Scholarship Applications

The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) invites applications for the Amateur Radio-related scholarships it administers. These academic awards are sponsored by individuals and by Amateur Radio clubs across the US. The FAR scholarship application process is open to Amateur Radio licensees worldwide. For 2015 FAR is administering 67 scholarships worth an aggregate $125,500. The list incl...

ARTSAT2: DESPATCH Satellite is Now FO-81

AMSAT-NA has designated the ARTSAT2: DESPATCH (DEep SPace Amateur Troubadour’s CHallenge) satellite as Fuji OSCAR 81 or FO-81. OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, said the Japanese deep-space satellite “appears to have met all of the requirements for an OSCAR  number, including IARU coordination.” Tynan said he applied the “Fuji” designation “in recognition of the long history of contr...

“Amateur Radio Parity Act” Campaign Will Resume in New Congress

Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the soon-to-adjourn 113th Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of the legislation will resume anew when the 114th Congress convenes in ...

Contesting Hall of Famer Carl D. Cook, AI6V/P49V, SK

Well-known Contester, DXer, and DXpeditioner Carl Cook, AI6V/P49V (ex-WA6JUD), of Las Vegas, Nevada, died December 15. An ARRL Life Member, he was 74. Despite getting a rather late start, Cook went on to enjoy considerable success in Amateur Radio, and even casual DX contesters had P49V in their logs.

“Carl passed away at 3:30 this morning, in his sleep, per his wishes, just two days shy of his ...

Cross-Borders ARES Exercise Tests Northeast Communication Capabilities

Maine ARES® Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Phil Duggan, N1EP, wants to expand Amateur Radio’s reach during emergencies in the Northeast. To that end, he convened a 40 meter “cross-borders” net on Saturday morning, December 13, on 7262 kHz to test the communication paths for that band and time for operators in Maine, New Hampshire, and the bordering Canadian provinces. The exercise was spur...

Friday, 17th October 2014

AMSAT Invites Ideas and Suggestions for Next-Gen Satellites

AMSAT has invited the Amateur Satellite community to submit ideas and suggestions for the next generation of AMSAT satellites. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, announced the plan at the recent 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore. AMSAT asked that ideas be based on the CubeSat platform, as “this is the standard through which we will look for launches in the foreseeable fu...

CQ Will Not Accept Logs from Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs

CQ has announced that it will no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. CQ Magazine said that “after considerable deliberation,” it has decided to follow the lead of the US government and the United Nations and will consider the embattled Crimea region to be a part of Ukraine, “until such time as the political situation ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity declined this week, with average daily sunspot numbers going from 98 last week to 55.1 in the week ending Wednesday, October 15. Average daily solar flux went from 131.9 to 117.4.

Average planetary A index rose from 6.4 to 10.4. The most unsettled geomagnetic day was Tuesday, October 14, when the planetary A index was 18, and the planetary K index reached 5 for 9 hours overnight. ...

N6XMW Wins October QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the October QST Cover Plaque award is William Alsup, N6XMW, for his article “Extended Double Zepp Yagi Antenna.”

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 November issue today.

 

Thursday, 16th October 2014

Former ARRL Staff Member Mary Lau, N1VH, SK

Former ARRL Headquarters staff member Mary E. Lau, N1VH (ex-N7IAL), of Newington, Connecticut, died October 15. She was 61 and had been suffering from ALS. Lau worked in several League Headquarters departments from 1985 until her retirement in 2005, including Field and Educational Services (F&ES), where she was projects supervisor and secretary of the ARRL Foundation, then a part of the F&ES De...

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate as Gonzalo Gains Strength

As the now-Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo continues northward, poised for a near-direct hit on Bermuda, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has affirmed plans to activate this afternoon, October 16, at 2100 UTC. As of 1800 UTC, the storm was 460 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, moving at 7 MPH and packing maximum sustained winds of 145 MPH.

“Interests in Bermuda should be rushing their preparations to ...

ARES Volunteers Stand Ready as Tropical Storm Ana Aims for Hawaii

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in Hawaii are on alert for possible activation as Tropical Storm Ana, which is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane, bears down on the Hawaiian Islands. As of 1200 UTC on October 16, Ana was 740 miles southeast of Honolulu and moving at about 10 MPH with maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH. The storm is expected to reach the islands on Saturd...

Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Hurricane Watch Net Eyeing Hurricane Gonzalo

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is keeping close watch on Hurricane Gonzalo this week, especially now that the storm has strengthened considerably and now is headed toward Bermuda. The Net activated late Monday afternoon, October 13 on its primary frequency of 14.325 MHz, subsequently shifting to its 40 meter back-up frequency of 7.268 as propagation dropped out on 20 meters.

“Even though it appea...

Young Ham Recognized for Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired

A young radio amateur from California is one of nine Popular Mechanics “Future Breakthrough Award” winners. Shiloh Curtis, KK6ISM, developed a “hat-based, hands-free, haptic navigational aid for visually impaired individuals.” As the publication explained, after a friend from her school’s robotics club described going blind as losing “two eyes and one hand,” Curtis determined to come up with a ...

The Digital Edition of November QST is Now Available!

The November edition of Digital QST is now available. This is our special Product Review issue with 22 pages of informative reviews! Click here to start reading.

Also in this issue…

• Learn how to track down noise and other interference sources on the HF bands

• Add USB connectivity to the popular Kantronics KPC-3 packet radio TNC

• Discover the world of motors and mechanisms in Amateur Radio

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