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“Black Friday Sale” on ARRL Award Applications Made via LoTW

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 15:31

Starting at 0000 UTC on November 28, ARRL will be offering a 10% discount on all applications for DX Century Club, Worked All States, and VHF/UHF Century Club awards and endorsements, including plaques, made through ARRL’s Logbook of The World. (For WPX and WAZ, only award credits can be discounted as CQ Communications is the issuer of these awards.)

The 10% discount will be taken off the total ...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 13:32

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.

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:31

We have not seen any sunspots since November 2, and at that time they were only visible for two days, and prior to that no sunspots since October 2.

According to Spaceweather.com, that recent sunspot, though very short lived, was a new Cycle 25 spot: https://bit.ly/2KJ7cyy

The average daily solar flux this week dipped slightly from 70.3 to 69.9. Geomagnetic conditions were quiet, with average dai...

ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now Available On Demand

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:55

ARRL’s EC-001-S online “Introduction to Emergency Communication” course is now available to students in an on-demand format, allowing students to register for the course and begin work at any time. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer.

In response to the great course demand and to expand access to EC-001, ARRL developed a self-g...

ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee Drafting New Bill Addressing Antenna Restrictions

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:53

The ARRL Board of Directors Legislative Advocacy Committee is in the process of drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use restrictions on amateur radio antennas. The proposed legislation would be the successor to the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Legislative Advocacy Committee, chaired by Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, will report to the Board soon, once plans...

WA6QBU Wins the November QST Cover Plaque Award

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 09:44

The winning article for the November 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A 160-Meter Window Line Loop” by Jim McLelland, WA6QBU.

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 December issue today.

 

WRC-19 Okays Agreement on 6-Meter Band in ITU Region 1

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 09:43

Delegates to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) have approved a 6-meter allocation for International Telecommunication (ITU) Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East). The decision followed more than 2 weeks of strenuous negotiations to reconcile widely disparate views of Region 1 administrations.

“The result is a dramatic improvement in the international Radio Regulations for am...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:00

OH2BH to be on the Air from Myanmar

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 16:57

The government in Myanmar has given limited amateur operating privileges to Martti Laine, OH2BH. He will use XZ2D. Laine reports that authorities in the Southeast Asian nation have only permitted him to operate on 15 meters and higher, but he is hoping to obtain permission to operate on a spot frequency on 20 meters.

“Getting 14.065 kHz temporarily for the duration of 48 hours would be magic,” ...

Alaska and Tennessee Getting New Section Managers

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 16:39

Two new Section Managers have been declared elected in the just-concluded fall election cycle. Ballots for the Alaska and the Tennessee Section Manager elections were counted on November 19 at ARRL Headquarters. Eight incumbent Section Managers ran without opposition during this election cycle. All of terms of office start on January 1.

In a very close race in Alaska, David Stevens, KL7EB, recei...

Happy 45th Birthday, AMSAT-OSCAR 7!

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 09:11

The world’s longest-lived satellite, AO-7, turned 45 years old this month. It was launched on November 15, 1974, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After nearly 7 years of service, AO-7 was thought to have reached the end of its life in June 1981 due to battery failure, and a premature obituary appeared in the AMSAT Satellite Report.

In an interesting footnote, although AO-7 was thoug...

Melissa Stemmer Joins ARRL Headquarters as Development Manager

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 17:46

Connecticut native Melissa Stemmer has joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as Development Manager. Born and raised in Waterbury, Stemmer earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1998, and she worked in that field for more than 15 years. After deciding that a career change was in order, Stemmer went back to school, earning a master’s in organizational leadershi...

Don Greenbaum, N1DG, appointed to NOAA and US Fish and Wildlife Service Community Group

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:45

Don Greenbaum, N1DG, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, has been appointed to the NOAA/US Fish and Wildlife Service Community Group. He will participate in meetings to discuss the development of the Monument Management Plan that will provide for effective direction over the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). He will serve as a citizen-at-large representative.

His input in the disc...

WRC-19 Grinds On Into Third Week

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:34

With just 3-1/2 days left for substantive work, delegates at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) face a daunting workload as the conferees try to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC. The final session of the conference plenary to approve texts for inclusion in the Final Acts of the conference is set to wrap up at noon on Thursday, Nove...

Nominations Invited for CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:04

CWops is now accepting nominations for its Award for Advancing the Art of CW for 2020. The award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse code. Candidates for the award may be authors of publications related to CW; CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors; p...

2019 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 18:33

A new Director and Vice Director have been elected in the ARRL’s Southeastern Division, based on results from ballot tabulations on Friday, November 15, in the 2019 ARRL Board of Director elections. Mickey Baker, N4MB, defeated incumbent Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, 2,132 votes to 1739 votes. Also, challenger James Schilling, KG4JSZ, (1,356 votes)  defeated incumbent Vice Director Joseph Tirit...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:57

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.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 09:57

Even with little to no solar activity, it is amazing how many long-distance HF contacts are possible, even without using weak signal modes such as FT8.

Recent DXpeditions, such as the ones on Pitcairn Island and Marquesas, had little trouble piling up the contacts, even on ten meters. It helps that we are in the fall season.

No sunspots over the past week, and average daily solar flux was about t...

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