Wednesday, 23rd April 2014

More Than 300 Amateur Radio Volunteers Support 2014 Boston Marathon

Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS, is Goldfarb Scholarship Winner

The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has awarded the 2014 William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship to Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS, of Bloomington, Indiana. The 17-year-old Bloomington High School South senior has been licensed since 2011, is Indiana’s Assistant Section Manager for Youth, and is in the top 10 percent of his class. Lysandrou’s May 2013 QST article “A Crazy Idea: DXpedition to Cyp...

HAARP-Like Ionospheric Research Project Underway at Arecibo Observatory

Work is underway to complete the construction of an ionospheric research facility at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico that bears some similarities to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) far to the north in Alaska, but on a different scale and with different research goals.

“It is basically the same as HAARP for the science, except that HAARP was in the Auroral Regio...

Tuesday, 22nd April 2014

Texas Radio Amateur Gives Up License As Part of Enforcement Action Settlement

A Texas radio amateur has agreed to turn in his Amateur Extra class license as part of an agreement with the FCC to settle an enforcement action against him. The FCC earlier this year issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to James R. Winstead, KD5OZY, of Coleman, Texas, after determining that Winstead “apparently willfully violated” FCC rules by interfering with Amateur Rad...

Monday, 21st April 2014

Amateur Radio Volunteers Supporting Communication at 118th Boston Marathon

W1AW Centennial Operations Shift to New Jersey and New Hampshire on April 23 (UTC)

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 23 (the evening of April 22 in US time zones), from North Dakota and Mississippi to New Jersey (W1AW/2) and New Hampshire (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 ...

Saturday, 19th April 2014

KickSat Has Been Deployed in Low-Earth Orbit

Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project, reports the satellite launched successfully April 18 at 1925 UTC and successfully has attained low-Earth orbit.

“We at Cornell and several Amateur Radio operators around the world have made contact with the spacecraft, and it is alive and well,” Manchester reported.

The Cornell grad student has announced that he will offer prizes to the first severa...

Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteers Take Part in Tsunami Preparedness Exercise

Amateur Radio volunteers in Puerto Rico participated in the CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX 14 exercise in March. The purpose of the exercise was to assist tsunami preparedness efforts in the Caribbean and adjacent regions, including the east coasts of the US and Canada. Since 2010, Amateur Radio has played a role in the exercise, executed in Puerto Rico in conjunction with the Seismic Net of Puerto Rico (R...

Thursday, 17th April 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL Headquarters is closed for Good Friday on April 18, so the bulletin comes to you a day early.

After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and 245. Sunspot numbers have reached this level several times in the past 12 months. On February 28,...

Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Support for 30th Challenge Cup Relay

Amateur Radio volunteers were key to maintaining safety and security for the thousands of law enforcement personnel who took part in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V) race on March 22. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the event, sometimes called “The world’s longest police foot pursuit.” The relay event covers some 120 miles of remote territory, from the Mojave Desert near Ba...

Wednesday, 16th April 2014

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Good Friday, April 18

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, April 18. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions and no ARRL Audio News on April 18. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 21, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Tuesday, 15th April 2014

Deadline is May 1 to Apply for ARRL Teachers Institute

The ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) is still accepting applications for all sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this summer. The application deadline is May 1. Admission decisions will be made by May 9.

Learn how to integrate science and mathematics with engineering and technology by exploring wireless technology!

Now in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, exp...

World Amateur Radio Day is Friday, April 18

“Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication” is the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2014, Friday, April 18. Radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day each year on April 18 to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was its first president. The primary purpose of World ...

W1AW/x Portable Operations, W100AW, and W1HQ Can QSL via Bureau

You may request that QSL cards be delivered via the ARRL QSL Bureau system for contacts with the W1AW/x portable operations, W100AW, and W1HQ, now underway during the ARRL Centennial. You must first have an account with the QSL Bureau that handles your cards and have sufficient postage or envelopes on file with that bureau. Any cards that cannot be delivered will not be held or stored.

Please do...

Today’s National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshops Being Streamed Live

Amateur Radio workshop sessions at the National Hurricane Conference taking place today in Miami will be streamed live to the Web via the VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net Support and North Shore Radio Association sites. The session schedule is listed on these links and below. Times are in Eastern Daylight Time:

10:30 Opening Remarks (John McHugh, K4AG)

10:35 Importance of Amateur Radio/Spotter Surface ...

Gear Up Now for ARRL Field Day 2014!

Monday, 14th April 2014

No ARRL Audio News for April 18

There will be no ARRL Audio News this Friday, April 18, due to the fact that Headquarters will be closed for the Good Friday holiday. Audio News will resume April 25.

K4ZLE Wins April QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the April QST Cover Plaque award is Jay Slough, K4ZLE, for his article “A 10 Meter Moxon 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 May issue today.


FUNcube/AO-73 Transponder Will Be Active Each Weekend

The FUNcube/AO-73 Amateur Radio transponder will be active full time (with low-power beacon) on weekends. FUNcube’s controllers will switch to full-time transponder mode during the first suitable pass over the UK on Friday, typically between 1930 and 22:30 UTC. (If this is not possible, the switch will be made on the first suitable pass on Saturday, typically between 0930 and 1200 UTC. Controll...

KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition

[Update: 2014-04-15 1905 UTC] The Spacex ISS resupply mission launch has been postponed due to a problem with the vehicle. Another attempt has been scheduled for April 18.]

Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and from the “Sprite” satellites.

“I’ll be offering prizes to the first several people who receive telemetr...

Wednesday, 9th April 2014

HI-SEAS Project Inaugural Ham Radio Event Will Commemorate Gagarin’s Space Flight

Nobel Prize Winner Joe Taylor, K1JT, Helps Reopen Dutch Radio Telescope

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, was the guest of honor April 5, pushing the ceremonial button to reopen the restored 25 meter Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands. The dish will see some Amateur Radio use on 23 centimeters.

The CAMRAS Foundation manages the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope, which had remained largely idle since 1997. Its owner is the Dutch Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRO...

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

Eric Hall, K9GY/T6MO, Named Intrepid Spirit Award Winner

The Intrepid-DX Group has announced that DXer and DXpeditioner Eric Hall, K9GY/T6MO, is the recipient of its second annual Intrepid Spirit Award.

“This award is to recognize Eric’s outstanding efforts to activate Afghanistan during his tour of duty as a US Army reservist, making over 41,000 contacts,” the group’s award announcement said. “We acknowledge Eric’s pursuit of operating excellence and...

AMSAT-NA Names New Vice President of Engineering

The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors has tapped Jerry Buxton, N0JY, to be AMSAT's Vice President of Engineering. In a special AMSAT meeting held via GoToMeeting on April 1, the board unanimously approved the selection of Buxton, who lives in Granbury, Texas. He replaces Tony Monteiro, AA2TX, who died March 26.

“Given the significance of completing Fox-1 for delivery on time later this year, the Board...

The ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB is Sunday, April 20!

The ARRL Rookie Roundup returns to SSB on Sunday, April 20. The event gets underway at 1800 UTC and continues through 2359 UTC. In the Rookie Roundup, a “Rookie” is any radio amateur licensed within the current calendar year or in the previous two calendar years, regardless of license class. Operators exchange the call sign of the station they’re working plus their own call sign, first name, tw...

WWV’s 25 MHz Signal Back on the Air

Amateur Radio-Developed Software Assisting in Search for Missing Airliner

US Navy personnel helping to look for missing Malaysia Air Flight MH370 are using the signal-processing and analysis package Spectrum Laboratory by Wolf Buescher, DL4YHF, to analyze recently detected 37.5 kHz “pings” that may be from the missing plane’s “black box.” Some Spectrum Laboratory screen shots as seen aboard the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield were shown on TV. The US Navy pers...

Monday, 7th April 2014

ARRL Releases First Repeater Directory App for Android Devices

W1AW Centennial Operations Shift States on April 9

The ARRL Centennial “W1AW WAS“ operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 9 (the evening of April 8 in US time zones), from Pennsylvania and Oregon to Massachusetts (W1AW/1), Virginia (W1AW/4), and Puerto Rico (W1AW/KP4). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it wil...

Friday, 4th April 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers declined over the past reporting week (March 27 to April 2) from 135.6 to 130.4, compared to the previous seven days. Likewise, average daily solar flux drifted lower, from 153.2 to 149.

The current prediction (from USAF/NOAA on April 3) has solar flux at 155 on April 4, 160 on April 5-8, 150 on April 9-10, 140 on April 11, 135 on April 12-13, then 140 and 145 on Ap...

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