ARRL NEWS

Thursday, 20th September 2018

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Tools for the Amateur Station” is the topic of the current (September 13) 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, a...

New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes

As promised, the WSJT-X Development Group has announced a new “candidate release,” WSJT-X 2.0 rc1. This beta version of the popular digital mode suite incorporates many new FT8 and MSK144 features that will be of particular interest to the Amateur Radio contesting community. It incorporates all FT8 DXpedition Mode changes already developed in WSJT-X 1.9.1.

“Enhancements to the FT8 decoder ensur...

Puerto Rico Amateurs Beefing Up Hurricane Preparedness

September 20 is the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastating arrival in Puerto Rico. Today, many amateurs there are better prepared for the next storm or other disaster that could disrupt conventional telecommunications. With this in mind, the ARRL Puerto Rico Section is hosting monthly meetings in various cities around the island commonwealth as part of an effort to establish an Amat...

Wednesday, 19th September 2018

AMSAT Announces 2018 Board of Directors Election Results

AMSAT-NA has announced that Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO, have won new 2-year terms on the AMSAT Board of Directors. The First Alternate is Peter Portanova, W2JV. The Second Alternate is Scott Harvey, KA7FVV. Both will serve 1-year terms. The results of the voting, with 698 ballots cast, were: Tom Clark, K3IO, 574; Mark Hammond, N8MH, 507; Bruce Paige, KK5DO, 402,...

Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Nominations Sought for 2018 ARRL Bill Leonard Award

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Bill Leonard Award, which recognizes this year’s best newspaper, radio, or television news story about Amateur Radio. The award honors professional journalists or journalistic teams whose outstanding coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value that Amateur Radio offers. It was created as a tribut...

Sunday, 16th September 2018

South Carolina Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist with Emergency Communication

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers from several South Carolina counties are pitching in to help support emergency communication, as the state deals with the aftereffects of Hurricane Florence. The storm, now a tropical depression, continues to generate heavy rainfall in the Carolinas.

“Amateur Radio operators are far from ‘amateurs’ when it comes to providing communication in an ...

Radio City Announces Closing, Owners to Retire

Amateur Radio retailer Radio City, Inc. of Mounds View, Minnesota, has announced it is closing.

“It's been a wonderful 36 years for us at Radio City, and we have decided to retire and close,” owners Dan, KB0XC, and Maline Fish said in a message on the retailer’s website. “We are so thankful for the many years of support and we have enjoyed working you, our customers. The technical, intelligent a...

FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

The FCC has granted an ARRL request for a temporary waiver of Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Service rules to permit the use of PACTOR 4 digital mode for Amateur Radio communication within the continental US related to Hurricane Florence relief. The grant extends through Tuesday, September 18, and a formal order addressing the request for a 30-day waiver will be issued next week, the FC...

Saturday, 15th September 2018

Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down after Nearly 40 Hours of Operation

[UPDATED 2018-09-15@1515 UTC] The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced that it’s shutting down its activation for Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a Tropical Storm but still “a formidable system that will affect the coastal states for days,” HWN Assistant Manager Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said. “Because the storm is moving inland, Amateur Radio activity will shift to the various state and r...

Friday, 14th September 2018

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at 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.

 

Friday, 14th September 2018

Hurricane Watch Net Remains Active as Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), which has been tracking the approach of Hurricane Florence, plans to remain active “until no longer needed.” The net activated on Thursday, September 13, at 1300 UTC on both its 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz frequencies.

The storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early today (September 14) and has been scaled back to a Category 1 storm. The Nationa...

The K7RA Solar Update

We observed a return of sunspot activity during the past reporting week (September 6-12), with spots on four days, but not consecutive. Sunspots were visible on September 8-9 and 11-12. Average daily sunspot numbers increased to 7.6, compared to zero over the previous seven days.

Average daily solar flux increased from 67.8 to 68.6, and planetary A index doubled from 6.3 to 12.6, while mid-latit...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Tools for the Amateur Station” is the topic of the new (September 13) 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 t...

Thursday, 13th September 2018

W1AW Suspending Scheduled Transmissions on Friday, September 14

As part of the ongoing communication efforts with Hurricane Florence, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will suspend its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions on Friday, September 14. The station will resume its normal operating schedule on Monday, September 17. Radio amateurs are reminded to avoid the various Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and SATERN frequencies, as well as any sta...

IARU Administrative Council Meeting Focuses on WRC-19 Preparation

Wednesday, 12th September 2018

IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Reports Disappearance of Two 40-Meter Broadcast Intruders

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that two long-time broadcast intruders on 40 meters are gone. IARUMS Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, said in the August IARUMS newsletter that Radio Hargeisa in the Republic of Somaliland on 7.120 MHz, and Radio Ethiopia on 7.140 MHz, departed the band during the last week of August.

“We did not miss them,” he commented.

IARUMS did report increa...

ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team to Activate on September 12

[UPDATED: 2018-09-12 @ 1435 UTC] The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team will activate today (September 12), ARRL Emergency Response Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced, as what the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is calling “dangerous Hurricane Florence” heads toward the southeastern US coast, where it’s “expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the ...

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the September QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the September 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Small Gap-Resonated HF Loop Antennas” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. 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 October is...

US ARDF Team Tops its Own World Championships Medal Count in Korea

Ducie Island VP6D DXpedition, Other Pacific Operations on Target

The VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition is set to get under way October 20 and continue until November 3. According to Jacky Calvo, ZL3CW, the equipment, already en route, has been loaded aboard the M/V Braveheart in New Zealand. The Braveheart sets sail for Tahiti in late September, and the team of operators will catch up with the gear in Tahiti to begin their voyage to Ducie Island.

Elsewhere, from S...

Thursday, 6th September 2018

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Antennas and Wind” is the topic of the current (August 30) 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 h...

Wednesday, 5th September 2018

Radio Amateurs Receive Images from Chinese Lunar Satellite

ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Banquet, Sunday Seminar Speakers Named

Philip J. Erickson, W1PJE, will keynote the 2018 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) banquet on Saturday, September 15. His topic will be “Towards a 21st Century Understanding of Earth’s Upper Atmosphere: The Value of Radio Based Amateur-Scientist Partnerships.” Erickson heads MIT’s Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Group at Haystack Observatory.

Headlining the Sunday Seminar on Se...

Digital Mobile Radio Hotspots May Be Interfering with Satellite Uplinks, AMSAT Reports

Reverse-Polarity Sunspot Group Does Not Belong to Cycle 25, Observatory Says

Gordon Now Likely to Remain a Tropical Storm; Hurricane Watch Net Secures

At 0000 UTC on September 5 the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) formally secured operations initiated ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon, which had been forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane. The HWN had activated at 1500 UTC on September 4, as it typically does whenever a hurricane is within 300 miles of landfall.

“The net rarely activates for tropical storms, unless they are forecast to become hurric...

Tuesday, 4th September 2018

Hurricane Watch Net Set to Activate as Gordon Courts Hurricane Status

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, says the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been relatively quiet up until now, but September typically is the peak month for storms. The quick-developing Tropical Storm Gordon now is forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 hurricane. In preparation, the Hurricane Watch Net will activate at 1500 UTC on September 4...

Monday, 3rd September 2018

September’s US Route 66 On the Air Special Event Marks 19th Year

Friday, 31st August 2018

Islands on the Air Seeking Proposed Additions to List of Valid Island Groups

The Island on the Air (IOTA) program is reviewing its list of valid island groups, as it typically does every 5 years.

“This time, IOTA management has decided to bring forward the review to give a chance for any new groups announced to be activated in 2019, the target year,” said Roger Balister, G3KMA, in an August 31 announcement. He continued, “The review process is scheduled to start with an ...

ARRL Headquarters Closed on Labor Day, September 3

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, September 4, at 1200 UTC. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

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