ARRL NEWS

Thursday, 18th July 2019

Centenarian Radio Amateur’s Efforts Helped Pave the Way to the Moon

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Wednesday, 17th July 2019

Award for Top Homebrew Designers in Amateur Radio Announced

ARRL Board to Meet on July 19 – 20

Tuesday, 16th July 2019

International Telecommunication Union Accepts EURAO as a Sector Member

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) accepted the European Radio Amateurs’ Organization (EURAO) as a sector member at the recent meeting of the ITU Council. It joins the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in representing the Amateur Service at ITU conferences. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, said his organization welcomes EURAO to ITU membership and hopes to work closely...

Major WSJT-X Upgrade Boosts FT4 into “a Finished Protocol for HF Contesting”

The WSJT Development Group has announced the “general availability” release of WSJT-X version 2.1.0. This major upgrade formally introduces FT4 as a finished protocol for HF contesting. WSJT-X version 2.1.0 supplants any “release candidate” (beta) versions, and users should discontinue using any beta versions of the software. The latest edition of the popular digital software suite also include...

No Consensus Reached for FCC on “Symbol Rate” Issues

ARRL-initiated efforts for rival parties to reach consensus on some of the issues they raised in the so-called “Symbol Rate” proceeding have ended. In April, the FCC granted ARRL’s request for a 90-day hold in the proceeding, FCC Docket WT 16-239, to provide an opportunity for ARRL to lead an effort to determine whether consensus could be reached on some or all of the issues that commenters hav...

Well-Known DXer and DXpeditioner Anath Pai, VU2PAI, SK

Well-known contester and DXpeditioner Ananth Pai, VU2PAI, of Mangalore, India, died on July 13. He was 47 and was reported to have suffered a heart attack while on a business trip. He was on the VU4CB, VU7AG, 8Q7KP, HB0/VU2PAI, and VU7LD excursions, among others. On his QRZ.com profile, Pai described himself as “a die-hard DXer.”

Licensed in 1995, he was active on all bands from 160 through 6 me...

Dutch IARU Member-Society Invites Hams to Participate in 2-Meter Propagation Experiment

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society in the Netherlands, VERON, has invited radio amateurs from around the world to take part in what it’s calling a 2-meter propagation experiment. VERON said the aim is to collect as much data as possible about contacts made on 2 meters. All modes are welcome. The event is set for July 20 from 1700 to 1900 UTC. Submit logs to ClubLog befo...

WB8VGE Wins the July QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the July 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “The Vibro-Debugger” by Mike Bryce, WB8VGE.

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.

 

Monday, 15th July 2019

Dayton Hamvention 2019 Attendance Approaches All-Time Peak

The Hamvention Executive Team announced on July 15 that attendance at Dayton Hamvention® 2019 was 32,472. This marks the highest attendance recorded since Hamvention moved in 2017 from Hara Arena to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio. This year’s attendance also approached an all-time Hamvention high. Attendance at the show peaked in 1993 at 33,669, before the 19...

Sunday, 14th July 2019

Hurricane Watch Net Secures after Hurricane Barry Activation

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) officially secured operations for Hurricane Barry at 1900 UTC. “When we first activated the Net on Friday, July 12 at 2300 UTC, Barry was a tropical storm forecast to become a hurricane prior to landfall,” Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “The storm was finally upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane at 1500 UTC Saturday. Barry made landfall near Intracoastal Cit...

Saturday, 13th July 2019

IARU HF Championship Contesters: Clear Frequencies Requested for Storm Emergency Traffic

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is active on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz in response to Category 1 Hurricane Barry. WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center has activated and plans to operate through landfall on Saturday. In addition, the Maritime Mobile Net is expected to be active on 14.300 MHz. All amateurs not involved in the storm response are encouraged to avoid these frequencies, allowing some...

Friday, 12th July 2019

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

 

HWN, WX4NHC at National Hurricane Center to Activate for Tropical Storm Barry

FAA Reauthorization Act Language Serves to Exclude Vast Majority of Amateur Radio Towers

Language in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 will exclude all but a small number of Amateur Radio towers from marking requirements. Thanks to action taken in 2017 and 2018 by ARRL, the bill’s original language was amended to the extent that amateur towers, as well as residential towers used for over-the-air TV reception, were effectively exempted from markin...

The K7RA Solar Update

Like June 24-27, July 7 had a new spot from cycle 25, according to the magnetic signature. This week’s brief appearance was last Sunday with a daily sunspot number of 12.

Average daily solar flux declined marginally from 67.5 to 67.1.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 67 on July 12 through August 25. That’s right, 67 on every day.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on July 12, 5 on July 1...

Hurricane Watch Net Keeping Close Watch on Tropical Storm Barry

Thursday, 11th July 2019

So Now What? Podcast

“Fan Questions” will be the focus of the new (July 11) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode we...

2018 Leonard Award for Outstanding Video Journalism Presented

ARRL Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, and Vice Director Bill Hudzik, W2UDT, recently presented the ARRL 2018 Leonard Award for Outstanding Video Journalism to NJTV public television correspondent Andrew Schmertz. The presentation took place at NJTV in Newark, New Jersey.

Schmertz was recognized for his story that featured interviews with New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Assist...

Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Report: California Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast

British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake in California’s Mojave Desert and multiple aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast. Schwarz, who maintains the “RF Seismograph” and has drawn a correlation between earthquake activity and HF band conditions, said the radio disruption began at around 1600 UTC on...

Monday, 8th July 2019

IARU Attends CEPT Meeting on Wireless Power Transmission

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) reports that a further meeting to address the topic of Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) took place last week. A subgroup of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Committee SE24, which charged with work on a report on generic WPT devices, met in Copenhagen, Denmark.

IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie,...

“The QSL Man” Wayne Carroll, W4MPY, SK

The August issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

AMSAT Announces New Board of Directors Election Process

AMSAT will provide its members with online voting as the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election gets under way. This year, AMSAT has contracted with a single, independent vendor, ElectionBuddy, to conduct and fully manage the election process, instead of with multiple vendors as it’s done in the past.

“AMSAT believes this voting system will result in greater election integrity, as it removes the...

Friday, 5th July 2019

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, reports: Solar activity remains very low. Over the past 2 weeks, only 4 days had visible sunspots, so the average daily sunspot number went from 6.7 in last week’s report to 1.6 this week.

Average daily solar flux remained the same, moving only from 67.4 to 67.5. Geomagnetic activity was also flat, with average daily planetary A index changing from 5 to 4.9, and avera...

Thursday, 4th July 2019

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Scientist Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, Honored for Ionospheric Imaging Research

Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, the academic director of the University of Bath Doctoral College in the UK, has received the 2019 Edward Appleton Medal and Prize for her pioneering research in tomography and data assimilation that revealed a completely new perspective on the ionosphere in response to extreme space weather.

“Mitchell innovated a completely new Earth observation technique by adapting med...

Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

Historic Amateur Radio Contact Reported via Moon-Orbiting Satellite

A contact between radio amateurs in Germany and China took place on July 1 via the moon-orbiting LO-94 satellite, DSLWP-B, launched in May 2018. The two-way exchange between Reinhard Kuehn, DK5LA, in Soerup, Germany, and Harbin Institute of Technology club station BY2HIT (operated by Wei Mingchuan, BG2BHC), in Harbin, China, occurred between 0551 and 0728 UTC, according to reports. The GMSK-to-...

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019

ARISS-International Delegates Meet in Montreal

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