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Each year as ARRL Field Day approaches, state and local governments traditionally take advantage of the opportunity to honor Amateur Radio in the form of various proclamations. The following list of participating communities is not necessarily comprehensive.

In Arizona, Governor Douglas Ducey has recognized June as “Amateur Radio Month.” In his commendation, Ducey noted that the Amateur Radio Co...

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[l] at 6/19/19 2:50pm

ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV, is stepping down after more than 20 years on the job. Since he became ARRL ARDF Coordinator in February 1998, Moell said the sport of on-foot transmitter hunting under international rules has grown steadily in participation and popularity. Since 2001, beginners and experts alike have gathered each year for the USA Champion...

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[l] at 6/19/19 2:24pm

The deadline to submit Radio Club of America (RCA) award nominations has been extended to July 15. No nominees have been submitted for these awards:

  • The Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation

  • The Ralph Batcher Memorial Award

  • The RCA Centenarian Award

  • The Armstrong Medal

  • The Sarnoff Citation

  • The Allen B. DuMont Citation

  • The Henri Busignies Memorial Award

  • The Fred M. Link Award

  • The Jack Poppele Award

  • T...
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[l] at 6/19/19 1:07pm

Members of the San Antonio Radio Club (SARC) are celebrating the centennial of the club’s founding. Initially known as the Bexar County Radio Association, SARC became an ARRL affiliated club in 1920. SARC is doing several different things to commemorate its Centennial.

SARC kicked off its centennial at its annual ham convention in greater San Antonio, this year called “Centennial Radio Fiesta.” ...

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[l] at 6/19/19 12:53pm
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A delegation from ARRL and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will attend HAM RADIO 2019, the popular international Amateur Radio exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Each year, a contingent from ARRL attends HAM RADIO, greeting its non-US members and networking with other national radio societies. Billed as Europe's biggest Amateur Radio convention, HAM RADIO 2019 takes place June...

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[l] at 6/18/19 2:48pm

A New Jersey radio amateur, David S. Larsen Sr., WS2L, of Highland Park, will surrender his Amateur Extra-class license and pay a $7,500 civil penalty as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle an enforcement action. An FCC Enforcement Bureau Order released June 18 said Larsen violated the Communications Act of 1934 and Part 90 rules by operating on frequencies licensed to the Borough o...

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[l] at 6/18/19 10:51am

D41CV on Cape Verde Islands and FG8OJ in Guadeloupe spanned the Atlantic Ocean on 2 meters for the first time on June 16, according to reports. The distance was 3,867 kilometers (2,397.5 miles). The historic contact was made on 144.174 MHz using FT8 mode.

“The mode of propagation was most likely marine ducting, with the signal traveling in a layer near the ocean surface,” said John Desmond, EI7G...

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[l] at 6/18/19 4:43am

At the request of authorities in India’s Gujarat Province, Rajesh Vagadia, VU2EXP, and his niece Shyama Vagadia, VU3WHG, deployed on June 12 to Porbandar to offer emergency communication support in the event the Category 3 Cyclone Vayu struck Gujarat.

On short notice, they installed HF and VHF stations, equipped with digital communication. Rajesh Vagadia said a lot of hams checked in and remain...

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[l] at 6/17/19 10:17am
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Paul Stiles, KF7SOJ, will become ARRL Montana Section Manager on October 1. Stiles, of Billings, was the only candidate after nominations for the position were re-solicited this spring, and will serve an 18-month term. He will take over the position following George Forsyth, AA7GS, of Great Falls, who decided not to run for a new term after serving since 2013. There are no contested seats in th...

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[l] at 6/17/19 10:09am

ARRL has announced its Field Day 2019 W1AW bulletin schedule.

Friday, June 21 

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Pacific

 

Mountain

 

Central

 

Eastern

 

UTC

 

CW

 

5:00 PM

 

6:00 PM

 

7:00 PM

 

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6:00 PM

 

7:00 PM

 

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Phone

 

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CW

 

8:00 PM

 

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The ARRL Foundation has announced the 2019 recipients the scholarships it administers.

The ARRL Foundation General Fund Scholarship , $ 2,000 each

Marisa K. Allyn , KF7NER, Sammamish , WA

Jonathan L. Doorn , KG5CUK, White Rock , NM

Ian J. Hofbeck , KG7GDZ, Lynnwood , WA

Shefali K. Janorkar , KD2FIW, Staten Island , NY

Jonathan D. Williams , K5DVT, Huntsville , AR

John T. Wirt , KD8SWT, Howell , MI

The ARRL Rocky Mo...

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[l] at 6/14/19 7:23pm

ARRL has filed an interim report with the FCC in order to report on its efforts to find common ground regarding issues surrounding the “symbol” or “baud” rate proceeding, FCC Docket WT 16-239 (the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WT 16-239, which stemmed from ARRL’s rulemaking petition RM-11708). ARRL highlighted that the public benefits from the FCC’s “fairly flexible” regulat...

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[l] at 6/14/19 10:55am

T hree BIRDS-3 satellites with Amateur Radio payloads are scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station on Monday, June 17. The BIRDS-3 constellation includes CubeSats from three countries: They are Nepal’s first satellite, NepaliSat-1; Uguisu from Japan, and Sri Lanka’s first satellite, Raavana-1.

The primary mission of the BIRDS constellation is to provide ciphered short message...

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[l] at 6/14/19 8:26am
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Meeting right after Dayton Hamvention® at the University of Dayton on May 20, the ARRL Board’s Executive Committee (EC) adopted a motion to establish an Ad Hoc Committee on Communications with ARRL Members. The panel would review ARRL communications with members and members’ perceptions to “consider areas needing enhancement, [and] ways in which such communications might be enhanced,” and it wo...

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An article by two well-known radio amateurs, “Tuning Electrically Short Antennas for Field Operation,” appeared in Microwave Journal. Authored by QEX Editor Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and award-winning researcher Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, the article points out that both Amateur Radio and military applications exist for 20-W battery-powered radios equipped with whip antennas. “In general, the whip antenna wh...

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The long string of days with no sunspots continues, with spots last observed nearly a month ago, on May 18. According to  spaceweather.com  on June 12, there have been no sunspots for 24 days in a row.

 

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 68 on June 14 through July 28. That’s right, the prediction updated on June 13 is nothing but 68 on every day for the near future.

Predicted planetary A ...

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[l] at 6/13/19 1:07pm

At its May 20 meeting in Dayton, Ohio, the ARRL Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Board of Directors, conferred the prestigious ARRL President’s Award on Rick Murphy, K1MU, one of the unsung heroes of Logbook of The World (LoTW). The President’s Award recognizes individuals showing long-term dedication in support of ARRL programs. Murphy was credited for his work to upgrade and impro...

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[l] at 6/13/19 12:01pm

The Aland Islands Postal Administration is issuing a postcard this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first DXpedition to Market Reef, OJ0MR, in late December 1969 and its attainment of DXCC status. Soon after that initial operation, the permanent lighthouse keeper, Karl-Erik, OJ0MA, also hit the airwaves, and a stream of DXpeditions followed, establishing Market Reef as a dream lo...

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Hap Holly, KC9RP, who’s been producing the The RAIN Report Amateur Radio newscast every week for 30 years, has announced that he’s retiring and closing down The RAIN Report (Radio Amateur Information Network). “The archives will remain online for those who want to download and/or broadcast them,” Holly told ARRL.

“My thought is to expand the archive from RAIN Reports that have never been archive...

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“ Highlights from Hamvention ” is the focus of the new June 13) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. It will feature segments from Tony, KD8RTT, and Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, of The Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative, (CARI), Teachers Institute instructor Tommy Gober, N5DUX, who was at the ARRL Lifelong Learning booth this year, Jet Jurgensmeyer, KE0UWZ, of Last Man Stan...

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[l] at 6/12/19 2:18pm

Paul Bourque, N1SFE, of Middletown, Connecticut, has joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as Contest Program Manager. He succeeds Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, who recently was promoted to the post of ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager. Licensed since 1994, Bourque’s interest in radio began when, as a youngster, he listened for distant AM stations, and he later developed a career involving various a...

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[l] at 6/12/19 1:14pm

After filing a civil action and seeking an injunction to stop a church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester, Massachusetts, the US Attorney’s Office this week reached a settlement with the station’s operators, Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church. US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold announced the settlement on Jun...

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[l] at 6/12/19 1:10pm

In an effort to combat fraudsters and password phishers, the popular QRZ.com Amateur Radio website is offering the option of establishing two-factor authentication (2FA) for its registered users. The site’s founder and president, Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, explains that 2FA secures a user’s password on the site.

“With 2FA, your actual password becomes nearly moot, and revealing it to a crook has no det...

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Maker Media, which published Make: magazine and produced Maker Faire, has laid off its staff and is terminating operations due to financial problems. Maker Media CEO and founder Dale Dougherty confirmed to TechCrunch that the company was ceasing operations and that it had laid off all 22 employees, citing financial difficulties with publishing a magazine and the lack of corporate sponsorship.

“I...

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[l] at 6/12/19 8:48am

Brian Bird, NX0X, of Duluth, Minnesota, has been named the new Custodian for CQ magazine’s USA Counties Award (USA-CA). The appointment was effective on June 1. Bird succeeds Ted Melinosky, K1BV, who served as USA-CA Custodian and CQ Awards Editor for 21 years. CQ said several updates to the USA-CA Award rules also will take effect on June 1. A county hunter since the 1990s, Bird earned the USA...

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[l] at 6/12/19 8:44am

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) team planning the 2020 DXpedition to Orkney Islands will use the call sign VP8/VP8DXU. The team reports that radio and antenna strategies are complete, and work is under way on detailed project plans. Elecraft will provide K3S transceivers as well as amplifiers and panadapters for the adventure.

The team has scheduled a “Tent Weekend” in July to check out the th...

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The New Jersey Antique Radio Club (NJARC) has invited vintage radio and electronics collectors, restorers, and history buffs to check out its YouTube page, which offers more than 125 videos. The club has recorded presentations on restoration, test equipment, radio history, TVs, audio equipment, how vacuum tubes and other electronic components work, and visits to collectors’ homes. The site also...

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[l] at 6/12/19 7:37am

The winning article for the June 2019 Q ST Cover Plaque award is “HF Magnetic Loop for 80 Through 20 Meters” by John Chappell, W3HX.

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 July issue today.

 

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[l] at 6/11/19 1:26pm

Dominica News Online reports that four handheld Amateur Radio transceivers have been donated to the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), allowing DAPD members who have received Amateur Radio training to get on the air. Two Swedish members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc. (DARCI) who had joined the DAPD handled the presentation. During an interview with DBS Radio, DAP...

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Father's Day is Sunday, June 16. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Amazon has a ...

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[l] at 6/10/19 9:01am

Popular Amateur Radio contest logging software N1MM Logger+ has a new website . Changes include fewer pages, better search capability and bug/issue-tracking visibility and reporting, and a comprehensive, easier-to-use listing of all supported contests. The N1MM Logger+ online manual now consists of 31 web pages, reduced from the previous website’s 104. An expanded menu eases navigation to the de...

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[l] at 6/10/19 8:53am

The emerging wireless power transmission (WPT) technology and associated applications came in for closer scrutiny during the May/June meeting of International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Group 1 and its Working Parties. Participants wrapped up 7 days of sessions in Geneva on June 7, with International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Region 1 President ...

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[l] at 6/7/19 12:24pm
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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.

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[l] at 6/7/19 7:23am

According to Spaceweather.com, as of June 5 there have been no sunspots for 17 days in a row. Average daily solar flux went to 69.5 this reporting week (May 30 through June 5) from 67.4 in the previous seven days. Average daily planetary A index declined from 7.3 to 5.6, while mid-latitude A index went from 8.1 to 5.

Last week I mentioned that sunspots should return soon, based on the predicted ...

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[l] at 6/6/19 1:44pm
User reports have been favorable in the wake of the release of another new beta version of the FT4 protocol by the WSJT-X Developoment Group this week. WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7, which is now available for testing, is not compatible with any previous FT4 releases. A short mock contest session to wring out the contesting features of FT4 took place on June 4.

“Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s ...

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[l] at 6/6/19 1:40pm

AMSAT President and ARRL Life Member Joe Spier, K6WAO, has been awarded Russia’s E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious honor bestowed on individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio. A longtime supporter of Amateur Radio in space and of international cooperation, Spier has also served AMSAT as Executive Vice President, and Vice President, Educational Relations...

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The next Kids Day is Saturday, June 15. That’s the day to get youngsters on the air to share in the joy and fun that Amateur Radio has to offer. Kids Day gets under way on Saturday, June 15 at 1800 UTC and concludes at 2359 UTC. Sponsored by the Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, this event has a simple exchange, suitable for younger operators: first name, age, location, and favorite color. Af...

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The WSJT-X Development Group has announced that a new beta version of the FT4 protocol now is available for testing in WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc6. The FT4 included in this “release candidate 6” version is not compatible with any previous release.

“Therefore, please stop using WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5,” the announcement said. “If you wish to use FT4 after today (June 2) or to take advantage of other recent program...

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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.

 

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No sunspots appeared over this past reporting week, May 23-29.

Compared to the previous seven days, average daily solar flux dropped from 69.8 to 67.4. Average daily planetary A index increased from 5 to 7.3, and average mid-latitude A index went from 6.1 to 8.1.

Predicted solar flux over the next 45 days is 70 on May 31, 71 on June 1, 72 on June 2-6, 76 on June 7-10, 74 on June 11, 72 on June 12...

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[l] at 5/30/19 4:35pm

With Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials monitoring, dozens of radio amateurs along the US east coast on May 23 demonstrated Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages without commercial power, infrastructure, or permanently established stations. The event took place in coordination with ARRL. The demonstration was a mock response to a simulated disaster scenario...

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“Getting In on Field Day” is the focus of the new (May 30) 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-episo...

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The ARRL Letter will not be published on Thursday, May 30, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, May 31. Both will return next week.

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[l] at 5/28/19 11:57am

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has announced a Cricket World Cup Amateur Radio Marathon, from May 30 until July 14. The Cricket World Cup will take place in England and Wales. UK and international call signs will be active on nine HF bands on SSB, CW, and digital modes. Award certificates will be offered based on the number of contacts made with the special UK and international stati...

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[l] at 5/28/19 11:41am

June 6 will mark the 75 th anniversary of Operation Overlord during World War II and the D-Day landings in Normandy. To commemorate those who took part, a small team from the Torbay Amateur Radio Society ( TARS ) in England is organizing a chain of five special event stations along the UK’s southern coastline. Each will be based in the geographical area of a beach-landing force point of departure ...

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[l] at 5/28/19 11:25am

Hara Arena, in Trotwood, Ohio, which served as the home for Dayton Hamvention® for more than six decades, was among the structures damaged when tornadoes swept through the Dayton area on Memorial Day. According to a report from WHIO TV, Hara Arena suffered extensive damage. Drone video showed that the roof and side of the structure had been blown off in several places. Hamve ntion relocated to t...

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