[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 8/3/20 12:13pm
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 8/3/20 12:10pm

With the National Hurricane Center (NHC) expecting Tropical Storm Isaias to become a hurricane again later today and make landfall this evening, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reactivated at 1600 UTC on 14.325 MHz. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said the net will shift operations at 2300 UTC to 7.268 MHz, where it will remain until no longer needed by the NHC. A hurricane warning is in effect...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/31/20 12:35pm

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.

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/31/20 11:02am

Power is out at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, due to the failure of a nearby power transformer. It is not known how long the outage will last.

HQ will have very limited call-answering capabilities. All member-facing systems are on natural gas generators, however, and will not be affected, unless the power situation worsens and HQ telecommunication providers are affected.

Personnel ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/31/20 9:07am

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on 14.325 MHz on July 31 at 1500 UTC as Hurricane Isaias heads toward the US on an uncertain trajectory.  The Volusia County, Florida, and State emergency operations centers were reported at a Level 3 (Monitoring) status.

“For years I’ve said, ‘Just when you think you have Mother Nature figured out, she changes her mind,’” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV,...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/31/20 7:16am

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Finally, sunspots have returned! Two sunspots now are visible, both from new Solar Cycle 25. The daily sunspot number was 11 for July 21-27, rising to 22 for July 28-30.

Recently, we have noticed an improvement in propagation due to seasonal sporadic-E activity.

Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 3.1 to 14.1 this week, and average daily solar flux edged up f...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/30/20 1:07pm

The ARRL Foundation has awarded $510 to the University of Alabama Huntsville's Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education. The grant will be used to get university students licensed, and then integrate amateur radio communication protocols into extant models used for cybersecurity testing for industrial system controls. Analysis will be done on how well these protocols operate in this sett...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/30/20 7:38am

The ARRL Ethics & Elections Committee has announced that it will be acceptable in pending and future ARRL Director/Vice Director and Section Manager (SM) elections to submit nomination signatures that have been sent via email or mail, under these guidelines:

  • Petition copies must be made from the original form supplied by ARRL.

  • Forms must be exactly the same on both sides (i.e, autobiographical ...
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/29/20 11:42am

A live presentation from ARRL North Texas Section Traffic Manager Aaron Hulett, K8AMH, inaugurated the new ARRL Learning Network on Tuesday, July 28. The webinar series features 30-minute presentations from experienced members covering a variety of amateur radio topics and interests. Hulett’s webinar, “Relay Stations and the Art of Traffic Handling,” introduced techniques and skills practiced b...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/27/20 12:39pm

The FCC has issued a Forfeiture Order (FO) calling for HobbyKing to pay a fine of $2,861,128 for marketing drone transmitters that do not comply with FCC rules. An FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation stemmed in part from a 2017 ARRL complaint that HobbyKing was selling drone transmitters that operated on amateur and non-amateur frequencies, in some instances marketing them as amateur radio equ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/27/20 8:16am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/26/20 8:59am

The University of Maine Wireless Sensing Laboratory (WiSe-Net Lab) and AMSAT have signed an agreement to collaborate on building and operating MESAT1, Maine’s first small satellite. Carrying an amateur radio payload in addition to science payloads, MESAT1 is set to launch sometime in the next 3 years under NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI), which provides opportunities for nanosatellite s...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/25/20 8:13am

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has activated for Hurricane Hanna, the first hurricane of the Atlantic Hurricane season. The storm is poised to make landfall along the Gulf of Mexico. A Category 1 storm, Hanna has maximum sustained winds of 75 MPH. As of 1200 UTC, the storm was about 90 miles east-northeast of Port Mansfield, Texas, and about 100 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas.

“The...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/24/20 2:41pm

Due to travel and gathering restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, the ARRL Board of Directors met on Friday, July 17, 2020 in a remote session, using the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

During this session, the Board took the following actions:

  • Accepted the final recommendations of the Band Planning Committee. Committee chair and ARRL First Vice President Mike Raisbeck, K1TW...
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/24/20 9:57am

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.

 

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/24/20 8:10am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/23/20 12:57pm

Phil Karn, KA9Q; Randy Standke, KQ6RS, and members of the Mount Carmel High School Amateur Radio Club (MCHSARC) in San Diego have constructed and deployed an amateur radio marine buoy in the Pacific. The buoy, which transmits WSPR on 14.0956 MHz USB, has already been heard around the continental US, Brazil, Hawaii, Japan, Costa Rica, Australia, and South Africa.

“Over the past year, Randy and I ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/23/20 12:49pm

 A well-known contester and the co-builder of contest stations in Texas and Nevada , Grady Ferguson, W5FU (ex-NA5R) , died of COVID-19 on July 14. He was 76.

He was best known for his activities with the Texas DX Society in the 1970s and 1980s and, with Tom Taormina, K5RC, built a multioperator contest station in Texas that had a few outings before Hurricane Alicia destroyed it in 1983. In 2007 , ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/23/20 12:36pm

Christopher “Chris” Brault, KD8YVJ, of Liberty Township, Ohio, has been selected as the 2020 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY). The son of Jocelyn, KD8VRX, and Kimberly Brault, Chris, 18, was the recipient of the 2015 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Award. A ham since 2014, he credits his father for being his guide into amateur radio, recalling watching ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/22/20 2:34pm

ARRL is launching a new webinar series to help introduce more members to the variety of activities and opportunities that radio amateurs enjoy. The ARRL Learning Network will offer live presentations by member-volunteers, for members. Like hamfest forums and radio club presentations, the webinars are intended to help participants get more active, involved, and engaged in amateur radio.

Presentat...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/22/20 1:49pm

The ARRL Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2020 scholarship awards. There were 103 awards this year, totaling $144,450. The non-profit Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has generously awarded a grant to the ARRL Foundation to match each scholarship award on a dollar-for-dollar basis, lifting the grand total of scholarships awarded to $288,900.

The ARRL Foundation General F...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/22/20 10:11am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/21/20 6:02am

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) report ed unauthorized transmissions in the 144 MHz satellite segment of the 2-meter amateur radio primary allocation. DARC said that signals from illegal transmitters in the 144.010 to 144.020 MHz range are coming from “water vitalizers” or “water energizers.” The manufacturer specifies 144.015 MHz as the transmit frequency in its product description. The...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/21/20 5:55am

Peru ’ s Radio Club Peruano (RCP) reports that Guillermo Guerra, OA4DTU/XQ3SA, and the Peruvian Relief Net assisted an air ambulance en route to Easter Island on July 9 after its satellite communication equipment failed. The aircraft was about 1,000 nautical miles from the continent, so the pilot tuned to the Peruvian Relief Net on 7100 kHz.

Net control station OA4DTU and Giancarlo Passalacqua, OA...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/17/20 12:18pm

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.

 

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/17/20 10:18am

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced its 2020 award recipients and fellows, several of whom are radio amateurs. Recipients and fellows will be celebrated at RCA’s 111th Banquet & Awards Presentation on Friday, November 20, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • Barry Goldwater Award: Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, for unique contributions to the field of amateur radio.

  • Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation ...
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/17/20 10:10am

Nature Communications Article Features LO-94, First Lunar-Orbiting Ham Radio Spacecraft A July 9 Nature Communications article, “Design and flight results of the VHF/UHF communication system of Longjiang lunar microsatellites,” describes the Longjiang-2/Lunar-OSCAR 94 (LO-94) spacecraft, which carried the first amateur radio communication system into lunar orbit.

As a part of China’s Chang’e-4 l...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/17/20 5:02am

It turns out last week’s bulletin ARLP028 did not get posted to the ARRL web site and did not go out via the usual channels. If you need a copy, check the bulletin archive link given at the end of this bulletin (perhaps tomorrow), or email a request to the author at  k7ra@arrl.net .

Over the past week, July 9-15, just one day had sunspot activity, and that was July 10 when the daily sunspot number...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/16/20 1:20pm
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/16/20 8:53am

Edward E. “Ed” Wetherhold, W3NQN, of Annapolis, Maryland, died on July 9. He was 93.

Licensed in 1947, Wetherhold was an electrical engineer who served in the US Air Force Reserve before spending 30 years at the Annapolis Signal Analysis Center of Alliant Techsystems (formerly the defense division of Honeywell).

Wetherhold was best known within the amateur radio community for designing and manufa...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/16/20 8:32am

Many stations are reported to have made Earth-moon-Earth (EME) SSTV transmissions on last year’s 50th anniversary celebration of the moon landing.

“We could only do it on the exact date 50 years later, and EME conditions were not very good last year,” said Jan van Muijlwijk, PA3FXB, of the PI9CAM team at Dwingeloo Astronomic Observatory. “[W]e saw many stations joining the SSTV party, and we we...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/15/20 6:16pm
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/15/20 10:07am

AMSAT Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, said that while it was disappointing that the amateur transponder on HuskySat-1 (HO-107) was not available any longer, following the satellite’s science missions, the overall HuskySat-1 project and mission “were quite beneficial for our partner and for AMSAT.” The linear transponder module (LTM) on HuskySat-1 was operational for more than ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/14/20 9:13am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/14/20 9:05am

The Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) will gain 15 new nodes, thanks to the Yasme Foundation. These new nodes will be added in regions where there is a need for reception reports to support amateur radio operation and where those reports will also have scientific value for geophysical research. Yasme was assisted in this effort by supporting grants from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) an...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/14/20 8:59am

Former North Texas Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, of Dallas, Texas, died on May 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 65. Blackwell served as North Texas SM from 2005 until 2009.

Blackwell graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in the College of Business Administration. He attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was an original petitioner in the Petition for ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/13/20 9:21am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/10/20 7:26am

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.

 

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/10/20 7:14am

The June newsletter of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that what’s being called “the Russian-Ukrainian radio war” continues apace.

“The Russian-Ukrainian radio war remained on a high escalation level also in June,” IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Peter Jost, HB9CET, said. “Almost every day, we heard the massive spiteful and provocative broadcasts. In...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/9/20 2:23pm

ARRL has a new way to let members know when the digital editions of QST and other publications are available. Distributed via email, The ARRL Current offers a monthly overview of ARRL publications and member benefits. The inaugural edition launched in June.

Subscribe now to receive each issue going forward. Manage your email preferences from your ARRL account (members must first register on the ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/9/20 10:20am

ARRL has invited applications for the position of Awards and Programs Assistant at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This is a full-time, non-exempt opening in the Radiosport and Field Services Department. The pay range is from $16.08 to 19.30 per hour.

The Awards and Programs Assistant assists with all Radiosport and Field Services Department activities, with an initial priority on L...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/7/20 1:56pm
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/7/20 12:41pm

The Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) and the National Park Service have announced that the annual KPH Night of Nights has been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. This would have been the 21st such event, which commemorates what is believed to be the last commercial Morse transmission in the US.

While KPH, KFS, and K6KPH will not be on the air for Night of Nights XXI, MRHS members will...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/6/20 2:08pm
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/6/20 2:01pm

The Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN) on 14.300 MHz came to the assistance of a sailing vessel on June 25. MMSN control operator Steven Carpenter, K9UA, took a call on 20 meters from Ian Cummings, KB4SG, the skipper of the Mystic Lady, then some 40 miles east of Florida. Cummings reported that his engine had failed as he was attempting to return to his home port of Stuart, Florida. He not only...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/6/20 7:44am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/3/20 6:17am

No sunspots this week. The pattern persists, and this surprises me. But Spaceweather.com reported a couple of weak, barely emerging spots, never numbered, and by their magnetic polarity were from new Cycle 25.

We rely on NOAA for official sunspot numbers, and the most recent one reported was 11 on June 15. See ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/indices/DSD.txt.

Average daily solar flux over the recent r...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/2/20 7:55am

The Intrepid-DX Group, a US-based IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes amateur radio in developing countries, has announced its first Youth Essay Contest. The prize is a new Icom IC-7300 transceiver, which the winner must agree to keep and use for 1 year.

Participants will prepare a two-page essay answering these questions: (1) What are your amateur radio goals? and (2) What can w...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/1/20 1:42pm
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 7/1/20 2:29am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/30/20 5:38pm

Well-known contester, DXer, and National Contest Journal (NCJ) Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, has been “substantially” stepping back from ham radio while offering his expertise to the US convalescent plasma COVID-19 Expanded Access Program. The study began in early April under the leadership of Dr. Michael Joyner, MD, of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Peter Marks, MD, PhD and Dr. Nicole Verdun, MD, of the US...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/30/20 9:13am

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has appointed Martin Sach, G8KDF, as global Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Coordinator , succeeding Tore Worren, LA9QL.

“EMC is a major challenge for all radiocommunication services,” the IARU noted. “Radio amateurs are experiencing increased interference caused by unwanted radio frequency emissions from a wide variety , and ...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/30/20 9:06am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/29/20 11:52am

On May 30, operators at WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), working from home, conducted the annual readiness check of the station and of other amateur radio stations and operators around the country and world. WX4NHC is marking its 40th year of public service in 2020. Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator at the NHC Julio Ripoll, WD4R, reported that five WX4NHC operators made 146 cont...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/29/20 11:49am

The following candidates for seats on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors have been found to have their membership in good standing and their nomination credentials in order:

  • Howard DeFelice, AB2S
  • Mark Hammond, N8MH
  • Jeff Johns, WE4B
  • Robert McGwier, N4HY
  • Bruce Paige, KK5DO
  • Paul Stoetzer, N8HM.

AMSAT will elect three voting members of the Board this year, with seats going to the three candidates receiv...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/26/20 4:07pm

 

 

West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM will transmit the CW version of the 2020 W1AW Field Day Bulletin on 80 and 40 meters. On Saturday, June 27, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT (1430 UTC). On Saturday evening, the CW version will be transmitted at 5:30 PM PDT (Sunday at 0030 UTC). On Sunday, June 28, the CW version of the bulletin will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT (1...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/26/20 9:37am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/26/20 9:36am

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.

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/26/20 8:30am

Illinois Section Manager Ron Morgan, AD9I, has stepped down due to health concerns that became apparent just as he was ready to start a new term. He was re-elected in th e spring Section Manager election cycle. Morgan, of East Peoria, has been Section Manager since February 2017. Thomas Beebe, W9RY, of Marion, has been appointed as the Illinois Section Manager, effective July 1, to fulfill the 2...

[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/26/20 8:12am
No more information available.
[*] [+] [-] [x] [A+] [a-]  
[l] at 6/26/20 8:11am

Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC) Executive Director and CEO Robert Griesmer has advised that the Center’s amateur radio station exhibit will be discontinued, effective July 1, when the Center, in Hampton, Virginia, reopens.  VASC is the official visitor center for NASA’s Langley, Virginia, facility. 

“We have been told to be out of the VASC by June 30,” Griesmer said. “Currently we are in the p...

As of 8/4/20 7:51am. Last new 8/3/20 12:45pm.

Next feed in category: South Gate Club