ARRL NEWS

Friday, 17th October 2014

Educational Entities: Apply Now for Space Station Ham Radio Contact Opportunities

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced that the application window is open for proposals from formal and informal educational institutions and organizations to host an Amateur Radio contact with an ISS crew member. The deadline for proposals is December 15. Educational entities may apply individually or in concert with other institutions or organizati...

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 ...

Wednesday, 15th October 2014

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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AMSAT Offering Fox Satellite Collectable Coin as Donation Premium

AMSAT has announced that it’s making available a collectable “challenge coin” for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program. AMSAT commissioned the coin for those contributing at least $100 to the campaign.

“This challenge coin is shaped as an isometric view of a Fox-1 CubeSat, complete with details such as the stowed UHF antenna, solar cells, and camera lens viewport,” AMSAT’s Drew Glas...

Celebration of First Great Britain-New Zealand Contact Highlights Interesting History

If you’ve heard or worked “2SZ” on the HF bands, it’s not a pirate. The call sign is part of a special event to mark the 90th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio contact between Great Britain and New Zealand in 1924. The radio operator in England was 18-year-old Cecil Goyder, operating the Mill Hill School station 2SZ. The Radio Society of Great Britain, in partnership with groups of amateur...

IARU Region 1 Proposal Could Expand List of Countries with 70 MHz Allocations

School Club Roundup is Coming to Town!

Is it the ARRL November Sweepstakes that kicks off the ARRL’s fall HF contest season? No! School Club Roundup (SCR) leads the parade, warming up students across the land. By this time, fall quarter or semester is well underway, and clubs are at full throttle. October typically exhibits good fall propagation, and clubs should find it easy to make contacts across the continent and around the worl...

Tuesday, 14th October 2014

ARRL Executive Committee Adopts Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy

The ARRL Executive Committee adopted an updated Policy Statement on Amateur Radio mobile operation during its October 4 meeting in Memphis. While agreeing that driver inattention is a leading cause of auto accidents and that concern over driver distraction “is not unreasonable,” the policy cites Amateur Radio’s 70-year history of two-way mobile operation as evidence that such radio use does not...

Amateur Radio Author William E. “Bill” Sabin, W0IYH, SK

Noted Amateur Radio author Bill Sabin, W0IYH, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died October 13. He was 88. An ARRL member, Sabin was the author of Discrete-Signal Analysis and Design. He also was co-editor (with E.O. Schoenike) and contributor to three books on single-sideband and HF radio, and he contributed to ARRL’s RF Amplifier Classics. In addition, Sabin wrote more than 40 technical articles, inclu...

Hurricane Watch Net Activating for Hurricane Gonzalo

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced that it will be activating for Hurricane Gonzalo. Net operations have been scheduled to start at 2100 UTC on October 13. The projected forecast track will take Gonzalo through the British and US Virgin Islands. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Gonzalo became a hurricane while moving through the northern Leeward Islands and that additional s...

Monday, 13th October 2014

Radio Amateurs in India Fill Communication Gaps in Cyclone’s Wake

Authorities in India called on Amateur Radio volunteers to help after powerful Cyclone (hurricane) Hudhud swept into the Bay of Bengal coastal areas of India in the state of Andhra Pradesh over the weekend. According to media reports, several people have died as a result of the storm, which generated heavy rains and flooding, and winds upward of 130 MPH, uprooting trees and downing utility line...

National Wildlife Refuge Special Events Set for October 14-20

Amateur Radio operators will be on the air October 14-20 to let the public know about the National Wildlife Refuge System by operating from refuges around the US during National Wildlife Refuge Week. They will be highlighting refuge features, wildlife, and geography while contacting other stations across the US and North America. The goal for participants is to combine their communication skill...

Tuesday, 7th October 2014

Late October Exercise to Test MARS-ARES Interoperability

US Army and Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) stations will participate in a 48-hour nationwide contingency communication exercise on October 27 and 28 as part of an effort to develop greater cooperation between the Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored MARS program and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). MARS is encouraging its members to discuss communication interoper...

Past Western New York Section Manager, Atlantic Division Assistant Director Steve Ryan, N2ITF, SK

Past ARRL Western New York Section Manager Stephen M. “Steve” Ryan, N2ITF, died on October 3. He was 62. Ryan was appointed SM in November 2010, to serve the remaining term of Scott Bauer, W2LC, who had resigned. Ryan lost his bid for election to the section leadership position in 2012. ARRL Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, subsequently appointed Ryan as an Assistant Director.

“Stev...

Monday, 6th October 2014

ARRL Hosts 31st USTTI Amateur Radio Administration Course

Students from Thailand, Ghana, and Papua New Guinea attended the 31st United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) September 29-October 3 at ARRL Headquarters. Two participants got their US Amateur Radio licenses as the course wrapped up. ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX, coordinated the session and administered the cour...

Some ARRL Web Services Unavailable

Updating an earlier announcement, the ARRL main website is undergoing maintenance and some services remain unavailable. Logbook of The World (LoTW) is available, but users should use https://lotw.arrl.org to access this service since https://p1k.arrl.org/lotwuser and https://p1k.arrl.org/lotw are offline.

Effective until further notice, some website services are or will be unavailable as mainte...

Adaptive Technology Pioneer Fred Gissoni, K4JLX, SK

Fred L. Gissoni, K4JLX, of Louisville, Kentucky, died September 21. He was 84. Born blind, Gissoni was the co-developer of the Porta-Braille and Pocket-Braille note-taking devices as well as other adaptive technology. He also authored a popular instruction manual, “Using the Cranmer Abacus.” Gissoni retired from the American Printing House (APH) for the Blind in 2011 after 23 years.

“Fred contri...

W1AW Centennial Operations Will Be in Missouri and Virginia Starting October 8 (UTC)

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states and now in Alaska, California, and the District of Columbia, will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 8 (the evening of October 7 in US time zones), to Missouri (W1AW/0) and Virginia (W1AW/4). W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week so far during 2014, and by year’s e...

World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 Will Be in Germany

The next World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) will take place in Germany in 2018. The WRTC Sanctioning Committee announced October 5 that it had granted the application of a group representing the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC), the Bavarian Contest Club (BCC), and the Rhein Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA) to organize what are often called “the Olympics of Amateur Radio.” In July German p...

Friday, 3rd October 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

We saw a rise in solar activity this week. Last Friday and Sunday, September 26 and 28, the daily sunspot number was 203 and 200 respectively. This level of activity was last seen on July 4-8, when sunspot numbers were 199, 213, 256, 197 and 209.

Geomagnetic indicators were stable this week, but the latest 45 day forecast shows some active days ahead.

Average daily sunspot numbers increased from ...

ARRL Website Will Remain Up This Weekend, But Some Services Will Be Unavailable

Updating an earlier announcement, the ARRL main website will not be going down for maintenance but will remain in operation this weekend. Logbook of The World (LoTW) will remain available, and users should use https://lotw.arrl.org to access this service (https://p1k.arrl.org/lotwuser and https://p1k.arrl.org/lotw will be offline). Effective until further notice, some website services are or wi...

New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

This month’s QuickStats poll has been posted! Check the QuickStats page and answer these questions . . .

• As we prepare to celebrate 2015, what sort of year will this be for Amateur Radio?

• Increasing numbers of hams are operating distant stations by Internet remote control. What do you think of this trend?

• Compared to 20 years ago, would you say the quality of on-air behavior has improved, de...

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