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ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Arrives in Puerto Rico, Volunteers Aid Hospitals

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:41

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday and is being oriented to the operation. Vice President Mike Pence visited the Emergency Operations Center yesterday, and spoke with volunteers.

The response continued, with 16 Amateur Radio stations operational on the island, serving 14 hospitals and towns. An Amateur Radio operator at Centro Medico in San Jua...

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:12

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate at 1800 UTC today on 14.325 MHz and will remain in operation on 20 meters until the band closes. The HWN will commence 40-meter operations on 7.268 MHz at 2200 UTC and will remain operational overnight. Operations on 7.268 MHz will pause at 1130 UTC, and, if required, resume at approximately 1230 UTC, to allow the Waterway Net to conduct its daily net...

Gulf Coast States Brace for Hurricane Nate; Hurricane Watch Net May Activate

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 05:42

Now a Category 1 storm, Hurricane Nate is continuing to move rapidly over the central Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported early today. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is closely monitoring and has announced plans for a possible net activation later today on 14.265 MHz (and/or 7.268 MHz). The net now is at Alert Level 3, standby mode.

As of 0900 UTC, Hurricane Nate was some...

Vice President Mike Pence Visits Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 05:16

Vice President Mike Pence visited radio amateurs and emergency responders at the Puerto Rico Emergency Operations Center (PREOC) in San Juan’s Convention Center on the evening of October 6.

“He gave a very motivating speech, and our very own Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, shook his hand,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, reported. Pence visited Puerto Rico on Friday, promising government help in the rec...

Radio Caroline Getting Permanent Perch in MW AM Band

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 05:10

Radio Caroline, the latter-day incarnation of the famous shipboard pirate radio station that beamed rock music to the UK in the 1960s and 1970s, has obtained a license to operate permanently on 648 kHz at 1 kW ERP. A transmitter imported from Europe has been undergoing necessary modifications to suit the MW frequency, which falls between the 10-kHz-spaced AM Standard Broadcast Band frequencies ...

IARU Region 2 Announces Ham Aid Donation of Funds and Equipment

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:28

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) has pledged to donate $5,000 as well as two Ham Aid kits to the Puerto Rico-Caribbean relief effort. 

The IARU is an organization consisting of over 160 national Amateur Radio societies around the world. The organization, which has been the spokesman and watchdog for the world Amateur Radio community since 1925, is divided into three Regional ...

ARRL Reminds Amateurs to Keep Clear of Frequencies Designated for Puerto Rico-Caribbean Emergency Response

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:00

ARRL reminds Amateur Radio operators that emergency communications are taking place on and around 14.265, as well as other frequencies. Please avoid these frequencies whenever possible, to allow for emergency communications to transpire clearly and efficiently.

If you must be on the air in the vicinity of these frequencies, please allow emergency operators at least 2 or 3 KHz on each side. Thank...

Ham Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Install Repeater, Work with Hospitals and Reunification

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:22

The Amateur Radio volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico continue to provide assistance in a number of areas. Amateur Radio resources have been reallocated around the island to better meet communications needs.

Volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, and a FEMA team member were tasked with calling 68 hospitals and medical facilities. They asked a series of 12 questions geared toward obtaining a bette...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:19

Many things fall apart. Over the past week, the 45-day outlook for solar flux and planetary A index at ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/forecasts/45DF/ has been in a failure mode (probably at the US Air Force end, based on experience) with no new predictions for three days, October 2-4. This is the longest outage that I recall for this resource.

Thanks to AD0IU, Space Scientist at the Space Weather P...

NCDXF Announces Grant to Ham Aid

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:55

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has contributed $2,500 to the ARRL Ham Aid Fund. Ham Aid was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes in the US and Caribbean. ARRL has supplied Ham Aid kits for the hurricane emergency response efforts in Puerto Rico and elsewhere, where the equipment helps to support ne...

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:00

The FCC has granted an ARRL request to waive current Amateur Radio rules to permit data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently permitted, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications between the continental US and Puerto Rico. The temporary waiver is limited to Amateur Radio operators in Puerto Rico using PACTOR 3 and PACTOR 4 emissions, and to those radio amateurs in th...

ARRL Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:47

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program is now accepting applications from eligible applicants. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018. More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.

All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and...

Amateur Radio Net Active for Tropical Storm Nate, the Latest Atlantic Storm Threat

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:33

[UPDATED 2017-10-05 @ 1742 UTC] Tropical Storm Nate is now threatening to dump “flooding rains” over portions of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm’s center is now moving across northeastern Nicaragua. The storm has caused heavy rain and flooding in Central America.

An Amateur Radio emergency net has been activated in Costa Rica. Amateurs not involved in...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:00

“Soldering and Unsoldering” is the topic of the current 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 himse...

AMSAT Pioneer Patrick J. A. Gowen, G3IOR, SK

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

Amateur Radio satellite pioneer Pat Gowen, G3IOR, of Norwich, England, died on August 17 after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Gowen was a co-founder of AMSAT-UK and a member of its Board of Directors in 1974. He wrote the satellite column for Practical Wireless for many years and was a frequent contributor to The AMSAT Journal and OSCAR News.

Gowen was the first radio amateur to work DXCC via low-...

Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Meet a Variety of Communication Needs

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:08

Amateur Radio volunteers deployed as American Red Cross volunteers to Puerto Rico, as part of the “Force of 50” last weekend, have been focusing their efforts where their help is most needed.

“The American Red Cross gave us priority directive to move six of our operators to various highly impacted sites on the island,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, said in an October 3 update.

“As requested, ...

ARRL Research Project Alert

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 14:54

ARRL has partnered with Readex Research to conduct a survey of both League members and nonmembers within the Amateur Radio community. During the next days, a select group of amateurs will receive e-mail invitations to participate.

The survey will attempt to address the ways in which amateurs obtain their information, how local clubs serve their needs, and how ARRL might do a better job of provid...

North Korea Said to be “Aggressively” Jamming BBC Korean Language Service

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:09

The BBC's Korean-language service, launched on September 25, is being “aggressively targeted” by North Korean jamming, according to a report in The Telegraph of London. The service broadcasts global news, sports, and features to the entire Korean Peninsula for 3 hours starting at 1530 UTC (12:30 AM in North Korea) 7 days a week on 1,431, 5,810, and 9,940 kHz.

The HF broadcasts are transmitted fr...