ARRL NEWS

Friday, 29th August 2014

“Ham Video” Transmitter May Be Tested During ARISS Contact with German School

According to ARISS-Europe (ARISS-EU) Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, the digital Amateur Radio TV “Ham Video” transmitter may be tested during an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with a high school in Siegburg, Germany, on September 1. If so, this would mark the first time the Ham Video system is used for an ARISS educational event. The direct, 2 meter FM contact...

ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to Keynote W9DXCC 2014.

ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the banquet speaker for the 62nd annual W9DXCC, September 19-20, 2014, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Registration remains open. The special hotel rate is valid through August 28; banquet orders must be received by September 13. DXers, anyone interested in learning more about DXing, and their guests are welcome. There is a full program of forums ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers this week moved from 101.7 to 113.4, while average daily solar flux changed from 111.8 to 130.5. The active day according to geomagnetic indicators was Wednesday, August 27, when the planetary A index reached 20. This was the result of a CME which created aurora at both north and south poles.

Predicted solar flux is 115 on August 29-31, 120 on September 1-2, then 11...

Thursday, 28th August 2014

UKube-1 Satellite Using FUNcube-2 For Downlink Workaround

The online industry publication SatelliteToday reports that the UKube-1 CubeSat is “experiencing an anomaly with its primary communications link.” To work around the problem, the United Kingdom Space Agency (USKA) has commanded the small spacecraft to use an alternate configuration of what it called “the FUNcube-2 transceiver,” using it as the satellite’s temporary downlink. The Amateur Radio t...

Operations Approved for DXCC Credit

The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved these operations for DX Century Club credit: A52JR, 4W/HB9FLX, 4W/N1YC, and 4W/PE7T. If a request for DXCC credit for any of these operations has been rejected in a prior application, contact the ARRL DXCC Desk to be placed on the list for an update to your record. Please note the submission date and/or reference number of your application in order to expedite th...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Labor Day, September 1

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, and there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice. ARRL Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 2. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

W1AW/8 to Take the Snowball’s Chance This Fall

Wednesday, 27th August 2014

NASA Astronaut Steven R. Nagel, N5RAW, SK

Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, Will Keynote 2014 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Banquet

Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, will be the banquet speaker at the 2014 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), September 5-7 at the Austin Marriott South in Austin, Texas. His presentation will be, “Accidental Company, the Making of FlexRadio.”

The 33rd annual DCC will offer 2 days of technical forums on Friday and Saturday and a concurrent introductory forum on Saturday (the Proceedings w...

Tuesday, 26th August 2014

World DATV QSO Party is August 29-30

Greater participation is expected this year in the only global on-the-air gathering of digital Amateur Radio television (DATV) enthusiasts. The annual event, which originated in Australia and now is in its fourth year, begins Friday, August 29, at 1000 UTC in Australia and internationally on Saturday, August 30, at 0001 UTC. According to the event’s primary organizer, Peter Cossins, VK3BFG, to ...

Tuesday, 26th August 2014

2014 ARRL Field Day Logs Received List Available for Review

The ARRL “Logs Received” page now contains all 2014 ARRL Field Day logs received to date (scroll to bottom of page), including logs submitted via e-mail, web applet or on paper. The ARRL Contest Branch requests that Field Day participants review the list and contact ARRL Contest Branch Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, (860-594-0232) no later than September 12, if anything appears to be incorrect wi...

US-to-VK Transpacific Reception on 630 Meters Reported

A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas. While the approximately 8710 miles covered is not a distance record nor a “first” for that part of the spectrum, it does represent the sorts of accomplishments that the Amateur Radio community in the US might come ...

Monday, 25th August 2014

Balloons Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Still Circling Earth

Three simple plastic foil-envelope balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads and launched from the UK by Leo Bodnar, M0XER, remain aloft and continue to circle the Earth. The oldest, identified as B63, was released on July 8 and became the second of Bodnar’s balloons to circumnavigate the globe. The first to do so, B64, went up on July 12 and had completed one lap around the Northern Hemisphere ...

RS0ISS May Be on Slow Scan TV from the ISS this Week

The Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment on board the International Space Station (ISS) may be active on Wednesday, August 27, on 145.800 MHz FM, using the call sign RS0ISS, according to Dmitry Pashkov, R4UAB. The SSTV transmissions will be devoted to the life and work of the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. The SSTV transmissions from the ISS may continue beyond August 27, although the Kenwood...

W1AW Centennial Operations Heading for Arizona, Maine

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, August 27 (the evening of August 26 in US time zones), to Arizona (W1AW/7), and Maine (W1AW/1). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories.

The ARRL Centennial QSO Party kicked off January 1 for a year-long...

Sunday, 24th August 2014

Major ARRL Second Century Campaign Gift from JA1BK Will Support DX Log Archive

A major donation from noted DXer Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to the ARRL Second Century Campaign will support “The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK.” Earnings from the generous gift will fund the creation and management of a DX Log Archive Program for paper DX logs of rare and significant DXpeditions that took place predominantly in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The archive also would include pre-1950 ...

Saturday, 23rd August 2014

FCC Proposes to Fine CBer $14,000 for Not Permitting Station Inspection

The FCC continued this month to demonstrate that it’s serious about enforcing its rules and regulations, proposing to fine a Florida Citizens Band operator $14,000 for failing to allow FCC agents inspect his station. The Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to Tommie Salter of Jacksonville on August 22. The Commission alleged that Salter earlier this year denied...

Friday, 22nd August 2014

First Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference Held

ARES and RACES were featured during the National Tribal Emergency Management Conference, August 13-15 in Airway Heights, Washington. The largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the country was organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council (NTEMC) in conjunction with the Northwest Tribal Emergency Mana...

ARISS School Contact ISS Downlink Should be Audible on US East Coast

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with students at Zuni Hills Elementary School in Sun City, Arizona, will take place today (August 22) at 1747 UTC. This will be a “telebridge” contact between NA1SS on the ISS and club station K6DUE in Maryland, with audio relayed to the school in Arizona, and listeners on the US East Coast may be able to copy the 2 meter ISS d...

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar indices and outlook are stronger this week. Average daily sunspot numbers rose 19.7 points to 114.6, while average daily solar flux increased 25.7 points to 138.8. Average daily estimated planetary A index dropped from 7.4 to 4.3. This compares the August 14-20 period against the previous seven days.

The day with the greatest geomagnetic activity was Tuesday, August 19 when the planetary A...

Monday, 18th August 2014

Venerable LUSAT-1 (OSCAR 19) Takes to the Dark Side

Pirate Radio Ship Redux: Radio Caroline Returns, Radio Veronica, Northsea Special Event Set

The renegade Radio Caroline, which entertained rock ‘n’ roll fans in the UK and Europe from the 1960s until the 1990s from offshore shipboard transmitters and studios, is back on the airwaves from the River Blackwater off England’s Essex Coast using a temporary, low-power license. It has plans to obtain a permanent AM broadcasting authorization. Radio Caroline was among the first, and most famo...

Friday, 15th August 2014

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity showed further signs of weakness this week, with the average daily sunspot number dropping 41.8 points to 94.9, while average daily solar flux declined 36.5 points to 113.1.

In the 45-day forecast for solar flux, it was surprising back on August 3 to see a new solar flux prediction of 150 for August 31 through September 3. I suspected this prediction would come down to a lower lev...

Thursday, 14th August 2014

AD5X Wins August QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the August QST Cover Plaque award is Phil Salas, AD5X, for his article “Antenna Feed Line Control Box.”

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.

 

 

Amateur Radio Operators Delighted With California City Council's Antenna Decision

The nearly 300 radio amateurs who live in Poway, California, may erect antenna support structures of up to 65 feet with only a building permit and a courtesy notice to their neighbors. The Poway City Council unanimously approved the new ordinance on August 5. According to an August 6 Pomerado News report by Steve Dreyer, the Council “declined to adopt an alternative ordinance that would have re...

Canadian Radio Amateurs Will Join Special Event This Fall on 630 Meters

Canadian radio amateurs will take part in the previously announced CW-only special event operation on 600/630 meters this fall. The Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), which maintains the KPH/KSM commercial coast stations, also will participate in the event. ARRL 600 Meter Experimental Group Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR said the MRHS participants will conduct a mini “Night of Nights” oper...

Wednesday, 13th August 2014

AMSAT Issues Call for 2014 Space Symposium Papers

AMSAT has issued a call for papers for its 32nd AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium. This year’s event takes place the weekend of October 10-12 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Linthicum, Maryland.

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community. Final co...

Amateur Radio Operators Delighted With California City Council's Antenna Decision

The approximately 450 radio amateurs who live in Poway, California, may erect antenna support structures of up to 65 feet with only a building permit and a courtesy notice to their neighbors. The Poway City Council unanimously approved the new ordinance on August 5. According to an August 6 Pomerado News report by Steve Dreyer, the Council “declined to adopt an alternative ordinance that would ...

Ham Radio Payload to Circle the Moon

A lunar flyby with a ham radio payload transmitting JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz is expected to take place toward the end of this year, giving earthbound radio amateurs the opportunity to receive some otherworldly DX signals as the payload flies around the Moon. 

China has announced plans to launch a lunar orbiter carrying a 14 kg battery-powered payload known as 4M-LXS, which was developed at LuxS...

Tuesday, 12th August 2014

Shortwave Broadcasting “of Marginal and Continuously Declining Impact,” Committee Concludes

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting foresees a dim outlook for the medium. The Committee this month released its assessment of the current and projected use of shortwave radio as a platform for programming by US international media.

“United States international media must optimize delivery by audience/market,” one main finding concl...

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