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FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Breaking Now-Voluntary Labeling Rules

ARRL News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:32

The FCC has proposed fining Acuity Brands Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, $25,000 for apparently marketing radio frequency devices that were not labeled in accordance with Commission Part 18 rules at the time. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) on November 21. Compliance with the particular rule at issue now is voluntary.

“Specifically, Acuity marketed three models of consumer-grade e...

ARRL Foundation Announces Ozaukee Radio Club, W9CQO, Scholarship:

ARRL News - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:44

The ARRL Foundation has announced a new, annual scholarship that is funded through the generosity of the Ozaukee Radio Club in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The Ozaukee Radio Club, W9CQO, Scholarship, is intended to help support the post-secondary educational expenses of a current Amateur Radio licensee.

Applicants must be US citizens, residents of Wisconsin, and under 26 years old, and be performing a...

Goldfarb Scholarship Winner Accepts “Amazing Opportunity” to Intern for NASA

ARRL News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:34

The 2015 recipient of the prestigious William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship, Jacob Nunez-Kearney, KF7DSY, of Mesa, Arizona, will interrupt his matriculation at Purdue University to accept an internship this spring at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“This is an amazing opportunity that has been many years in the making that I have decided to accept,” Nunez-Kearney told ARRL. He will re...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Active in Latest Round of California Wildfires

ARRL News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:08

The massive and barely contained Thomas Fire in Southern California has consumed more than 230,500 acres, and the emergency has caused residents in fire-threatened areas to evacuate. Amateur Radio volunteers remain active supporting communication for American Red Cross shelters in Ventura County. More evacuations are likely, although the need for Amateur Radio assistance remains dynamic. Cal Fi...

2017 SKYWARN Recognition Day QSL Log

WX5FWD.ORG - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:02
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Thank you! Everyone who participates in SKYWARN storm spotting makes SKYWARN Recognition Day a wonderful event. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

The W5W/WX5FWD station logged 280 contacts in total.

We have created a log of contacts with a link to display a QSL card for printing. Click on the Read More to display the QSL Log page.

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January 2018 QST Debuts Fresh, New Design

ARRL News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 18:08

QST -- ARRL's monthly member journal -- is more than a century old, and with the major exception of color printing throughout the magazine starting in December 2000, it’s remained mostly unchanged for the past couple of decades. Starting with the January 2018 issue of QST, now available to members in digital form, several noticeable changes are being made to the journal’s format, design, and si...

ARRL Audio News - December 8, 2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:57
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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:02

Solar activity declined slightly over the past week, another period which saw multiple days (five) with no sunspots. We will see more of these periods over the next 2-3 years as the sun progresses toward solar minimum.

There was a geomagnetic storm peaking on December 5. In Alaska, the College A index reached 55, and peaked around the middle of the UTC day with K index reaching 7 over two 3-hour...

Arizona Repeater Association Joins Maxim Society with Latest Donation

ARRL News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:59

At the December 2 Superstition Hamfest in Mesa, Arizona, the Arizona Repeater Association (ARA) presented its annual donation of $2,500 to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the club has contributed.

“ARRL is deeply appreciative to all the members of the Arizona Repeater Association for their ongoing support to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund,” said ARRL D...

Pearl Harbor Commemorative Special Events on the Air

ARRL News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:26

Special event stations are on the air to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio club (NI4BK) is sponsoring a special event to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day from the Battleship North Carolina (BB-45) Memorial in Wilmington, North Carolina. Two stations will be on the air on voice, digital, and CW modes (SSB on or about 14.227 MHz; CW ...

Report from India: Ham Radio Aids Rescue of Two Fishermen

ARRL News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:56

According to a December 6 report in the Deccan Chronicle newspaper in India, members of the Ham Radio and Emergency Communication Society in Idukki assisted in the rescue of two fishermen, identified only as Maniyan and Anil from Veli. They had been stranded in the Indian Ocean for 2 days as a result of Cyclone Ockhi, when a small boat with a VHF radio, in touch with the group’s wide-range Calv...

Changing of the International Space Station Guard Set for December 13

ARRL News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:31

Three International Space Station crew members are scheduled to end their mission and return to Earth on Thursday, December 14, just days before a new increment of space travelers begins its mission to take their places on station. Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik, and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, and Sergey Ryazanskiy will undock the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft from the space statio...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:01

“Listener Mailbag” is the topic of the new (December 7) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

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 whe...

Croatia Confirms New 60-Meter Allocation, Expanded 160-Meter Privileges

ARRL News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:35

Croatian radio amateurs now have access to a secondary 60-meter allocation of 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz, as agreed to at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015, with a maximum 15 W EIRP. For the last several years, the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) has issued 1-year licenses to operate on 60 meters.

Hams in Croatia also now have access to more of 160 meters: 1,810-1,8...

IARU Region 1 and EURAO Presidents Meet

ARRL News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:14

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, and European Radio Amateurs’ Organization (EURAO) President Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ, met on December 2. The meeting was held against a background that both IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia) and EURAO have letters of understanding with European regulator CEPT, enabling their partici...

NWS Update: Light Wintry Precipitation across the area today

WX5FWD.ORG - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 09:27

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Wednesday, 6 December 2017 7:05 CDT

Bottom Line
No significant changes were made to the previous forecast. A light mix of rain, sleet and snow are possible across parts of North and Central TX today and perhaps lasting into the early morning hours on Thursday. Little to no accumulation of sleet or snow is expected and impacts will be very minor. Any accumulation would be relegated to grassy surfaces as temperatures will more than likely remain above "freezing. "

Overview
An area of light precipitation will continue to invade from the west and will likely impact areas near and south of the Highway 380 corridor. Very dry air aloft will likely result in a predominantly light cold rain for the area. Sleet and/or snow may mix with this light cold rain for areas near and west of a Decatur to Cleburne to near Mexia to near Rockdale line. Again, little to no accumulation of sleet or snow is expected due to the light nature of the precipitation, above "freezing" surface temperatures and the recent warmth.

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