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ARRL Still Seeking Vintage DXpedition Logs for Archive

ARRL News - 7 hours 23 min ago

ARRL continues to solicit paper logs of prominent DXpeditions that took place predominantly in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, for inclusion in The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK. The DX Log Archive program was created, thanks to an endowment established by Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to obtain, preserve and utilize paper logs from rare and significant DXpeditions. The archive can include pre-1950 pape...

Amateur Radio Poised to Retain Full 76-81 GHz Band, Sharing with Vehicular Radars

ARRL News - 8 hours 6 min ago

In a draft Report and Order (ET Docket No. 15-26) to be considered at its July 13 open meeting, the FCC is proposing to lift a nearly 2-decade-old suspension of Amateur Radio access to 76-77 GHz, giving the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services access to the full 76-81 GHz band on a secondary basis. The FCC also reduced Amateur Radio’s status from primary to secondary in the 77-77.5 GHz segmen...

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Registrations Top 200 and Rising

ARRL News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:21

Registrations for the 2017 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) have topped the 200 mark for the August 19-20 event. The ILLW is 20 years old this year, and with some 8 weeks to go, 220 planned operations have registered throughout the world, including 26 in the US (Germany is leading registrations with 45. Australia has 30 so far). During the annual event, Amateur Radio stations w...

OF100HQ Will Celebrate Finland’s Centennial in IARU HF World Championship Event

ARRL News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:04

The commemorative call sign OF1ØØHQ will be on the air during the IARU HF World Championship event July 8-9 to mark Finland’s 100th anniversary.

“Finland has been under Swedish and Russian rule, and has had to fight her way to her own destiny of freedom in securing her identity during the World War II,” well-known Finnish radio amateur Martti Laine, OH2BH, pointed out in announcing the HQ multip...

ARRL Audio News - June 23,2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:37
ARRL Audio News is a weekly compilation of news stories from the ARRL Letter. Hosted by ARRL's Sean Kutzko (KX9X) and Carla Pereira (KC1HSX), ARRL Audio News features no music or advertising, and is suitable for playing over Amateur Radio repeater systems. In this week's report: • Hamvention Reports the Second-Largest Attendance Ever in 2017 • The US Fish and Wildlife Service Okays Baker Island DXpeditions, with Strict Conditions • The 13 Colonies Special Event Returns July 1-7: Is ARRL Audio News aired on your local Amateur Radio repeater? Would you like to submit an ID like the ones you hear in the podcast? Visit the ARRL Audio News website at www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news to contact us!

NWS UPDATE: Late Today-Saturday Severe and Heavy Rain Potential

WX5FWD.ORG - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:33

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Friday, 23 June 2017 11:54 CDT

Good morning/afternoon Partners,

Bottom Line
Most of the region will see afternoon heat indices rise to between 105 and 110 degrees. A Heat Advisory is currently in effect (see graphic below for specific areas). A cold front will move into the Red River Valley by this evening, then slowly move south of I-20 on Saturday. Isolated-scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop along the cold front by this evening, then become more numerous overnight. A few strong to severe storms are possible this evening through just past midnight, with locally heavy rainfall expected overnight and very early Saturday morning along and north of I-20 and mainly east of I-35/I-35W.

Overview
A late season surface cold front currently over the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles will move toward the Red River Valley late this afternoon, the slide slowly south through the I-20 corridor overnight, before moving slowly into Central Texas on Saturday. Isolated thunderstorms are possible from Graham-Sulphur Springs, north to the Red River late this afternoon and very early evening. A weak cap does exist, so development is very conditional on breaking the cap in place. If a storm or two were to develop, they could produce down-burst winds to 60 mph and hail up to quarter size by 5-6 pm CDT and after.

Scattered thunderstorms will likely develop with the surface cold front this evening, before becoming more numerous later in the evening and during the overnight hours behind the surface cold front with a complex of thunderstorms developing and moving southward. Evening activity, especially along and ahead of the cold front will have the potential to be strong to severe with hail and down-burst winds due to high instability in place, though wind shear will be weak overall. The tornado threat will remain very low, though not zero. Overnight and early Saturday morning, the main impacts will shift to some locally heavy rainfall across especially areas from D/FW and points north through east. Rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches will be possible across these areas, with isolated heavier amounts. This may lead to some flooding concerns during the pre-dawn hours Saturday. The storm complex will weaken as it moves into Central Texas Saturday morning. A few strong storms with gusty winds may re-develop across Central Texas Saturday afternoon if clouds can break and the area can heat up enough. This scenario is very uncertain at this time.

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:57

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this reporting week (June 15-21) from 4.9 to 29.4. The previous week had four days with no sunspots, and this week there were no zero sunspot days, hence the dramatic increase in the average.

Average daily solar flux barely budged from 74.4 to 74.6

Average daily planetary A index went from 7.3 to 9.4, and mid-latitude A index from 6.9 to 8.1.

Predicted solar flux...

ARRL to Sponsor 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar

ARRL News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:36

The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.

Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, SK

ARRL News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:20

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Lucas had been an OO since 1989 and OOC since 2003.

Licensed in 1964, Lucas was a past president of the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NARCC) and actively lobbied for the revision of California’s distracted driving bill. He was a ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00

“Generators” is the topic of the new (June 22) 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 himself, Joel ...

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Activity Planned for Mid-July

ARRL News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:52

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television (SSTV) images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800 MHz FM around the July 15-16 weekend.

“We are planning for at least a 2-day operation, but are working for a potentially longer operation,” AR...

FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief

ARRL News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:46

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a former journalist.

“This agency has a critical role to play in enforci...

How Spotters May Contact the NWS Radio Desk

WX5FWD.ORG - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:26

This is a brief list of methods and links to more details on how spotters can report weather conditions to the Fort Worth NWS warning forecast office, and radio desk.

Alternative methods...

Some of this information is on the Skywarn spotter training hand out. All spotters, experienced and new, should attend training every year. Spotter training covers new information and procedures, as well as the standard spotter basic and advanced topics.

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Computer Logging Specifically for ARRL Field Day

ARRL News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:21

ARRL Field Day is upon us! If you’re still in the dark about how to use the logging software that your club or group will employ this weekend, these videos may help. For those logging with the popular N3FJP Amateur Radio Software, developer Scott Davis, N3FJP has posted an 11-minute Quick Start video that should be sufficient to get you going.

If your group is using N1MM Logger+, then check out...

2017 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced:

ARRL News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:24

Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Peter Portanova, W2JV, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, have been nominated to serve on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. Ballots will go out in mid-July to AMSAT-NA members, and candidate statements will accompany them. The top four vote-getters will be elected to the Board, with an alternate chosen based on the next highest number of...

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule

ARRL News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:17

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters has announced its Field Day 2017 bulletin schedule. The Maritime Radio Historical Society station K6KPH will transmit the W1AW Field Day 2017 bulletin for the benefit of West Coast stations.

Friday, June 23

Mode

Pacific

Mountain

Central

Eastern

UTC

CW

5:00 PM

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

8:00 PM

0000 (Sat)

Digital

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

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INSPIRE-2 Ground Controllers Turn to Amateur Radio, Rescue Stalled Satellite

ARRL News - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:29

Amateur Radio came to the rescue of the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat, built by the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales. According to Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the CubeSat is designed to “explore the lower thermosphere, for re-entry research and in-orbit demonstration of technologies and miniaturized sensors” and ...

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