ARRL NEWS

Friday, 18th August 2017

Amateur Radio Communication Resources to be Available during Eclipse Day

Thursday, 17th August 2017

Revised NCVEC Form 605 Must Be Used at Exam Sessions Starting on August 21

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“S-Units” is the topic of the the latest episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas...

Plane Crash Drill Turns to Major Fire Response

Over the course of a single day, ARES® Los Angeles (ARES LAX) Northwest District operators on July 8 pivoted from a plane crash mass-casualty drill to a real major fire response. With the area suffering under record 108° heat, the ARRL Los Angeles Section’s ARES Northwest District Emergency Coordinator Roozy Moabery, W1EH, had no idea that an actual emergency would erupt just 6 hours after his ...

Pirates on the Air!

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Will Facilitate Real Science

Wednesday, 16th August 2017

Ham Hoping to Crowd-Fund Experimental Time at HAARP Facility

Tuesday, 15th August 2017

The 2017-2018 edition (46th ed) of the ARRL Repeater Directory® has sold out.

The 2017-2018 edition (46th ed) of the ARRL Repeater Directory®, introduced in April, has sold out. Some ARRL publication dealers and online resellers may have remaining copies of the current edition, which was the first edition to use data supplied from “crowdsourcing” technology. Crowdsourcing is a means of using data gathered from public resources. Data for the Repeater Directory was supplie...

KM4LAO Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the August 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Youth DX Adventure on the Caribbean Island of Saba” by Ruth Willet, KM4LAO.

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 September issue today.

 

Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia Still Battling on 40 Meters

It was a now-familiar story in the July edition of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter, which reports that Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia are still slugging it out i the 40-meter phone band. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia.

“The hostile brothers were daily active on 7,150 and 7,175 kHz,” said I...

Tuesday, 15th August 2017

Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) a Success in Mexico

For the second year in a row, ARRL, IARU Region 2, and the Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE) have presented the Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) in Mexico City. The course was held August 7-9 at Mexico City’s World Trade Center. The ARAC is aimed at the people in charge of administering the Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite services within the participants’ respect...

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers for the recent reporting week (August 3-9) rose 7.1 points to 12.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 71 to 73.2.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5 to 11.3, and mid latitude A index rose from 6 to 10.9.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 74 on August 15-21, 72 on August 22, 68 on August 23-28, 70 on August 29, and 72 on August 30 through Septemb...

Monday, 14th August 2017

Youth DX Adventure Wraps Up

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup So Far Has Attracted More Than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts

Friday, 11th August 2017

ARRL Announces Colvin Award Grant to Bouvet Island 3Y0Z DXpedition

The ARRL has granted a Colvin Award to help support the upcoming 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet Island, the second most-wanted DXCC entity. The DXpedition is scheduled to get under way early next year.

“This is a great team, putting forth a complicated DXpedition to the most remote island on Earth and one of the rarest of the rare DXCC entities,” said ARRL Field Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N.

The...

Radio Arcala to Leverage FT8 Digital Mode in Market Reef Activation

Radio Arcala (OH8X), the consortium of serious Finnish contesters, has heaped more praise on Nobel Laureate and software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, for the recent beta release of FT8 mode. OJ0BH/OJ0JR will be active August 12-19 from Market Reef and expects to make use of FT8 and other modes that are part of Taylor’s WSJT-X suite of Amateur Radio digital software.

“Tuning the poor 20-meter band...

Thursday, 10th August 2017

Joe Spier, K6WAO, Elected as AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President

The AMSAT Board of Directors on August 8 elected AMSAT Vice President, Educational Relations, Joe Spier, K6WAO, of Reno, Nevada, as Executive Vice President. Spier’s new duties will include implementation of AMSAT-NA’s Strategic Planning. He will continue for now in his other duties as 2017 Space Symposium Chairman, AMSAT News Service co-editor, and in ARISS Education and Educational Relations....

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Keys and Keyers” is the topic of the current (August 3) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor hims...

Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Hurricane Watch Net Activating for Tropical Cyclone Franklin

Radio Amateurs in Atlantic Canada Go on Standby During Telephone Outage

Atlantic Canada authorities called on Amateur Radio operators in parts of Nova Scotia on August 4, in the wake of a telephone service outage. According to CBC, Bell Aliant landline and cell services were down, starting at approximately 11:20 AM. Telus, Virgin, and Koodo users were also affected. Jeremy Fowler, VE1JHF, a member of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club, said he and other members of his ...

Friday, 4th August 2017

Senate Confirms Rosenworcel, Carr to Join FCC, Chairman Pai’s Reconfirmation Pending:

The K7RA Solar Update

At 0549 UTC on August 3 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued this warning:

“During UT days 4-5 August expect an increase in geomagnetic activity up to active to minor storm levels due to influence of the recurrent coronal hole.

INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EXPECTED DUE TO CORONAL HOLE HIGH SPEED WIND STREAM FROM 04-05 AUGUST 2017.

GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY FORECAST
04 Aug:  Active
05 Aug:  Activ...

Hara Arena — Hamvention’s Former Home — to be Auctioned by IRS

Hara Arena, the former home of Hamvention®, is going on the auction block, the IRS has announced. The now-beleaguered building and grounds were closed a year ago last month by its owners, the Wampler Family, which had attempted for years, unsuccessfully, to put Hara on a profitable plane. The minimum bid is $850,000; proceeds will satisfy a tax lien. The auction comes in the wake of an Order of...

Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued for August 4

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for August 4, and a G1 (minor) watch for August 5.

“A coronal hole high-speed stream, originating from a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole…is likely to cause geomagnetic storming at the G2 level on 4 August 2017, and at the G1 level on 5 August,” the SWPC said.

“During storms, the currents in ...

Radio Club of America Announces 2017 Award Winners and Fellows

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Keys and Keyers” is the topic of the latest (August 3) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himse...

Thursday, 3rd August 2017

ARRL Releases New Ham Radio Promotional Posters

Special Event Under Way to Mark 50 Years of Offshore Radio Broadcasting

Special event station GB5RC (“Radio Caroline”) will be on the air until August 7, to celebrate 5 decades of offshore radio. August 14 marks the 50th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act in the UK, which silenced many shipboard pirate radio broadcasting stations in the era when the BBC and other state-owned stations in Europe refused to play rock, pop, blues, and alternative artists on the air...

YOTA 2017 Participants to Speak with Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, aboard ISS

Young radio amateurs attending the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park will get a chance to talk via Amateur Radio with astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

Nespoli, a newcomer to the ISS crew, will operate NA1SS in the ISS Columbus module, to talk with those attending YOTA 2017, tak...

Amateur Radio Participation is Key to University Solar Eclipse Experiment

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