ARRL NEWS

Monday, 16th July 2018

Final Preparations Under Way for Youth on the Air 2018 in South Africa

Friday, 13th July 2018

Contest Branch Reports ARRL International DX Contest Phone Results Posted, Other News

Friedrichshafen Emergency Communications Gathering Hears Reports

IARU Region 1 Emergency Coordinator Greg Mossup, G0DUB, has posted a report on the Emergency Communications Meeting held at June’s Ham Radio event in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Mossup said some 20 emergency communicators attended the June 1 meeting, sponsored by the IARU.

“After the introduction and Region 1 report, there were interesting presentations followed by a good exchange of information i...

ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium in Boston

ARRL Announces Two Career Opportunities at Headquarters

The K7RA Solar Update

As of Thursday, July 12, there have been no sunspots visible for 16 days consecutively.

Spaceweather.com pointed out that to find an equally long stretch of no sunspots, we must look back to November 2009 when we were emerging from the deepest solar minimum in a century. At the lowest of the low activity in 2008, the sun was blank for 52 consecutive days, they reported, and that seems to be from...

WRTC 2018 Call Signs Will Be Y81A through Y89U

WRTC 2018 organizers today officially announced the list of call signs to be used during the World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) competition that gets under way at 1200 UTC on Saturday, July 14. The call signs to be used will be Y81A through Y89U.

Y##-prefix call signs, once used by radio amateurs in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were inherited by the Germa...

Thursday, 12th July 2018

FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Long-Standing License Renewal Application

[UPDATED 2018-07-12 @ 1937 UTC -- This story corrects some incorrect statements included in an earlier post.]

A California man embroiled in a long-running license renewal proceeding has lost the next step in his fight to remain a radio amateur. In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel terminated the decade-old license renewal application of William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6A...

Radio Technology Designed by Radio Amateur Used in Thailand Cave Rescue

CQ World Wide Contest Rules Updated for 2018 Contest Season

Thursday, 12th July 2018

WRTC 2018 will Use Y2A – Y9Z Call Signs

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Mailbag” is the topic of the current (July 5) 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 ...

Some ARRL Contest Award Certificates Now Available for Download

The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that some contest award certificates now are available for download from the ARRL website in PDF and JPEG formats. Just enter the call sign. 

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, credited “the extraordinary efforts of Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, together with Trey Garlough, N5KO; Ward Silver, N0AX, and the ARRL IT team,” for making this a reality.

Currently...

Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Now-Hurricane Chris Poses Possible Threat to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-Labrador

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has reiterated a call to Canadian radio amateurs to keep a close watch on Hurricane Chris. The storm was just upgraded from Tropical Storm to hurricane status and has gained considerable forward motion as it bears down on the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland-Labrador with winds of 155 kilometers per hour (100 MPH).

The storm is moving to the northeast at 37 kilo...

VE7CA Wins the July QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the July 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “An Antenna for 630 to 10 Meters” by Markus Hansen, VE7CA. 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.

 

BIRDS-2 Constellation CubeSats Transported to ISS for August Deployment

ARRL Volunteer Examiner Team in Australia Holds First Technician Test Session under New Element 2 Question Pool

An ARRL VEC Volunteer Examiner (VE) team in Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, conducted the first Technician test session under the new Element 2 Question Pool that went into effect on July 1. The newly revised pool, released in January 2018 (and subsequently updated and re-released in February) by the Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinat...

CubeSats to Deploy from International Space Station on July 13

FCC Administrative Law Judge Terminates Long-Standing Amateur License Renewal Case

In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel has ended the decade-old license renewal proceeding involving William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary C. Harold. Termination of the proceeding and the dismissal of Crowell’s license renewal application followed his refusal to appear for a hearing in Was...

Tuesday, 10th July 2018

ARISS-Russia SSTV Transmissions Continue

The ARISS-Russia SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station’s the Russian Service module that started on June 29 may continue until July 13, when the equipment being used for SSTV transmissions will be required for a school contact.

RS0ISS is sending stored images commemorating various satellites that have been hand-deployed from the ISS, including the first such satellite deploymen...

Thursday, 5th July 2018

Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition Now Off the Air

All Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition operating positions went silent at 1200 UTC on July 5. The final contact was on FT8 with JA2FJP on 80 meters. The 14-member team, accompanied by a US Fish and Wildlife Service escort, expect to be off the island by 0000 UTC on July 6 for the 6-day voyage across the International Dateline to Fiji.

“The team is very tired but proud of QSO totals, over 16,000 un...

Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Radio Amateur to Pay $7,000, Face Restricted Privileges to Settle FCC Interference Case

The US Department of Justice and the FCC have reached a settlement with Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, to resolve allegations that Crow intentionally interfered with the communications of other Amateur Radio operators and failed to properly identify. The core component of the settlement calls on Crow to pay $7,000 to the US Treasury, the FCC and US Attorney for the Western...

Monday, 2nd July 2018

Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition “Humming;” Shutdown Set for July 6

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Independence Day

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. The ARRL Letter will not be published on Thursday, July 5, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 6.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Thursday, July 5. The next edition of The ARRL Letter will be published on Thursday, July 12, and ARRL Audio News will resume on Friday, July 13.

We ...

Online Fund-Raising Hoax Targeting Some ARRL Members

A poorly worded online solicitation seeking donations to support medical costs for an ill youngster is not from ARRL and is a scam! Some members have reported receiving an email with the subject line “Help Support Dawn,” dated on or about June 30, stating that “Dawn” is the critically ill son of an ARRL member and requires urgent surgery.

“ARRL would never send an unsigned email like this to our...

The ARRL Letter Will Not Be Published on July 5

Because of the Independence Day holiday, there will be no edition of The ARRL Letter on Thursday, July 5, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 6. The next edition of The ARRL Letter will be published on Thursday, July 12, and ARRL Audio News will resume on Friday, July 13. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

 

 

Radio Amateur in Japan Completes Worked All States on 6 Meters

Tac Hirama, JA7QVI, has completed all requirements for the Worked All States (WAS) award on 6 meters. New Jersey was the last state he needed to work, and he managed a moonbounce (EME) contact as well as a conventional ionospheric contact.

It’s quite possible that JA7QVI is the first radio amateur to earn WAS on 6 meters from Japan, although that cannot be confirmed. Completing WAS on 6 meters w...

Friday, 29th June 2018

Canada Day Contest is Sunday, July 1 (UTC)

The Canada Day Contest takes place on Sunday, July 1. The annual event celebrates the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the Canada Day Contest and invites radio amateurs around the world to Canada’s birthday party on the air.

This event begins on July 1 at 0000 UTC (Saturday, June 30, in North American time zones) and continues until 2359 UTC. Availab...

A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

The K7RA Solar Update

Conditions were good for Field Day weekend, with no major geomagnetic disruptions, while solar flux and sunspot numbers were relatively high for this part of the solar cycle. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the sunspot numbers were 41, 34 and 16 while solar flux was 80.3, 77.1 and 74.5.

Planetary A index was 4, 16 and 7 on Friday through Sunday. On Saturday the College A index in Alaska reached 2...

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