ARRL NEWS

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

Phillip Groves, N8SFO, Named as West Virginia Section Manager

Phillip Groves, N8SFO, has been appointed as ARRL West Virginia Section Manager. Groves, of Beckley, succeeds the late Charles Hardy, WV8CH, of Fayetteville, who died on June 14, apparently as the result of accidental electrocution while working on an antenna at his home.

“This position will present me with new opportunities to further promote Amateur Radio participation and membership for radio...

Monday, 29th June 2015

Museum Donates Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Homebrew Equipment

Senate Sponsor of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” said Bill Promotes Regulatory Transparency, Equality

US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), who sponsored “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” in the Senate, had said the bill he introduced, with original cosponsor Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would allow for transparency and equality in the regulatory process. S. 1685 and its identically worded US House version H.R. 1301 direct the FCC to provide “regulatory parity” for Amateur radio operators. Wicker ...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Friday, July 3

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. There will be no edition of ARRL Audio News and no W1AW bulletins or code practice on July 3. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

“Founders and Patriots of the Republic” is Theme of Annual 13 Colonies Event

ARRL Website Has New Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Page

Now that there is Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 legislation in both chambers of the US Congress, the League has a combined web page to accommodate activities on behalf of the two bills. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 is H.R. 1301 in the US House of Representatives and S. 1685 in the US Senate. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page provides a clearing house for all information on th...

Sunday, 28th June 2015

States, Counties, Communities Recognize the Value of Amateur Radio, Field Day

Several US states, counties, and communities this month took the opportunity to formally recognize the value of Amateur Radio and the occasion of ARRL Field Day.

Connecticut Gov Dannel Malloy has proclaimed June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week. His proclamation noted that the ARRL is headquartered in Connecticut and has been “promoting and advancing the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio” ...

Friday, 26th June 2015

HAM RADIO 2015 Gets Under Way in Friedrichshafen, Germany

The 40th anniversary edition of HAM RADIO is now under way in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The event, which takes place near Lake Constance, attracted more than 17,000 visitors in 2014, including contingents from the ARRL and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) is a Ham Radio cosponsor, and its theme for this year’s gathering is “Space stations, sa...

Canadian Satellite Will Listen for ARRL Field Day Stations

A Canadian research satellite will listen for Amateur Radio transmissions during ARRL Field Day as it passes over the US early on Sunday (UTC). The University of Calgary’s “Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (ePOP) Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI)” on the CASSIOPE satellite.

“The RRI will monitor 30 kHz band segments in the CW portions of the 40 and 80 meter amateur bands during 2-minute segments on 28...

The ARRL Letter Tops 100,000 Subscribers!

Friday, 26th June 2015

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in the US Senate

[UPDATED 2015-06-29 1937 UTC] A companion Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 bill has been introduced in the US Senate. Mississippi Republican Sen Roger Wicker introduced S. 1685 on June 25, with Sen Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat of Connecticut, as the initial cosponsor. The Senate bill joins an identical measure in the US House, H.R. 1301, which was introduced in March. Both measures would dire...

The K7RA Solar Update

This was a very active week for solar flares and aurora. On Monday and Tuesday the planetary A index was 55 and 76, indicating a geomagnetic storm. The planetary A index was high again on Thursday, June 25 at 33, and the high latitude college A index was 42.

It turns out that the magnetometer at Fredericksburg, Virginia was knocked out on five of the seven days, so the mid-latitude A index we ar...

Thursday, 25th June 2015

Pattern of Contact Padding Prompts Disqualifications, CQ Review of All Past Contest Logs

The CQ World Wide Contest Committee said this week that it plans to review all past contest logs, after its investigation revealed a pattern of routine QSO padding on the part of one top-scoring CQ World Wide Contest operator. This follows in the wake of the disqualifications of some two dozen 2014 CQ WW SSB contest operators in April, and another 30 contestants in the 2014 CQ WW CW event. Amon...

League Continues Efforts to Secure US Senate Sponsorship for the Amateur Radio Parity Act

Ohio ARES “NVIS Antenna Day” Concludes That the Truth is Up There

Ohio ARES NVIS Antenna Day on April 25 attracted participation from some 100 Buckeye State stations in an effort to determine which configurations of near-vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) antenna offer the best results. ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said that while the results of the unscientific test were inconclusive, some configurations did seem superior.

“The...

Wednesday, 24th June 2015

ARRL Offering 20 Percent Off on Select Antenna Publications

Summertime is antenna time! To celebrate, ARRL is rolling back prices on some of the hottest antenna publications in Amateur Radio. Save 20 percent on select ARRL antenna-themed publications when you order online through July 31, 2015. No coupon code is necessary to receive the savings, and discounted titles may be combined with one coupon code offer. For a complete list of discounted publicati...

Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

OJ0B on Market Reef Logs Hundreds of 2 Meter Moonbounce, Meteor Scatter Contacts

The recent Market Reef OJ0B expedition resulted in 462 contacts via 2 meter Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) and meteor scatter activity with stations on all continents. The activity this month was a somewhat belated 50th anniversary celebration of the historic first 2 meter EME contact. More than 50 US and Canadian hams were among those that worked OJ0B on 2 meter EME. The OJ0B activity shut down on Jun...

Geomagnetic Storming Reaches Severe Level

New World Distance Records Set on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Ham Bands

Monday, 22nd June 2015

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW has announced its Field Day bulletin schedule for W1AW. For the benefit of Field Day operations in the West, the Maritime Historical Society’s K6KPH will also transmit the W1AW Field Day bulletins. All classes of Field Day stations can earn 100 bonus points for copying the special Field Day bulletin transmitted by W1AW (or K6KPH) during its operating schedule during ...

Saturday, 13th June 2015

FCC Chairman, Lawmakers Announce Agreement to Scale Back Field Office Shutdowns

Friday, 12th June 2015

Ed James, KA8JMW, Appointed as New Mexico Section Manager

A new Section Manager has been appointed in New Mexico. Ed James, KA8JMW, of Albuquerque, was named on June 11 to succeed Bill Kauffman, W5YEJ, who has resigned citing increased family responsibilities. Kauffman had served as New Mexico’s SM since 2012, and was the Section Emergency Coordinator for many years prior to that. James will complete the remainder of the current term, which continues ...

Amateur Radio Newsline Co-Founder, Editor Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, SK

A well-known voice in the Amateur Radio news media has gone silent. Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, of Santa Clarita, California, died June 11 following a period of ill health. He was 73. Pasternak was co-founder (with Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP) of Amateur Radio Newsline™ (formerly The Westlink Report) ham radio news webcast and a frequent presence at Amateur Radio conventions. Pasternak served as Newslin...

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity strengthened during the past week. Average daily sunspot numbers increased from 34.3 to 112.4, and average daily solar flux rose from 97.8 to 131.4. The middle latitude A index for June 10-11 can only be guessed, due to some sort of outage depriving us of K-index data over a 27 hour period. The outage began sometime after 1200 UTC June 9 and ended sometime before 1800 UTC June 10...

Thursday, 11th June 2015

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Sets New Record for Woman in Space

European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, who returned to Earth June 11 with crew mates NASA Astronaut Terry Virts, and Russian Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, has set a new record for the longest single space mission by a woman. Cristoforetti’s tour of duty onboard the International Space Station was extended by about a month, following the failure in late April of the Russia...

Keysight Technologies Donates Spectrum Analysis Software to ARRL Lab

Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent) has donated software that will augment the feature set of the ARRL Laboratory’s MXA-9020A spectrum analyzer. The donation includes 89600 VSA vector signal analysis software. According to ARRL Lab Senior Test Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM, 89600 VSA gives the MXA-9020A the ability to measure the parameters of digital signals. Keysight also contributed its ...

N6BV Wins June QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the June 2015 QST Cover Plaque award is R. Dean Straw, N6BV, for his article “Don't Blow Up Your Balun.”

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 July issue today.

 

 

Kids Day is Sunday, June 21!

ARRL Representatives Talk “Field Day” Publicity on “Ham Radio Now” Webcast

ARRL Field Day, coming up the weekend of June 27-28, often offers an ideal occasion for hams to meet members of the media or the public and to describe the event specifically and Amateur Radio in general. ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, and ARRL Public Relations Committee Chair Katie Allen, WY7YL, joined “Ham Radio Now” host Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, to share some views and...

Wednesday, 10th June 2015

The ARRL Extra Class License Manual Now Available on Kindle

The ARRL has just released a digital edition of The ARRL Extra Class License Manual in Kindle format, in addition to the hard-copy manual. The Kindle edition from Amazon completes the suite of ARRL license manuals available in e-book format.

As the leading publisher of Amateur Radio licensing and training materials, ARRL is expanding beyond traditional printed books to meet the increasing demand...

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