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Amateur Radio Volunteers Urgently Needed to Support Communication for NYC NAMI 5K Walk on May 13

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 08:58

Amateur Radio volunteers are urgently needed to assist with communications during the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walkon Saturday, May 13, at the South Street Seaport Promenade in New York City. Jose Lugo, KD2CJP, who is coordinating the NAMI event, said his team needs “all available hands on deck.” Contact him with availability as soon as possible. Only reply if you are able to ...

Registration Now Open for USA ARDF Championships

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:46

Registration is now under way for the 2017 USA and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), which will take place August 3-6 near Harrison, Ohio, northwest of Cincinnati near the Indiana state line. Three optional training days are planned for Monday through Wednesday, July 31-August 2 near Harrison, just prior to the championshi...

Historic NSS Call Sign to be Reactivated for First Time in More than 40 Years

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:59

Operators from the US Naval Academy Radio Club (W3ADO) and the Potomac Valley Radio Club (W3GRF) will reactivate the historic NSS call sign on May 13-14 during the Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test.

Operation from the former NSS Naval Radio Station site on Greenbury Point in Annapolis, Maryland, will get under way at 1300 UTC on Saturday, May 13, and continue...

Spring Issue of Radio Waves is Now Available

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:53

The spring edition of ARRL’s license instruction and radio science education news e-magazine Radio Waves is on the virtual newsstand.

Featured stories: “KID Museum Station Powers Up at Maker Faire,” “Amateur Radio Sparks Interest at Elementary School,” and “Making a Good Hobby Better through Post-Licensing Enrichment,” and “Teaching with the Solar Eclipse.”

There’s also news on the Amateur Radio ...

Spring Radio Club of America QSO Party is Saturday, May 6

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 21:05

The semiannual Radio Club of America (RCA) QSO Party will be on the air on Saturday, May 6. “Although sunspots are off their peak, we still expect plenty of QSOs,” said RCA,” RCA President Tim Duffy, K3LR, said. “Come join the fun and contact other club hams and the club’s station, W2RCA.

The QSO party is open to all, RCA members or non-members.” Activity begins at 1600 UTC and continues until S...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:45

Each of the weekly solar and geomagnetic indicators that we track were lower this week. Average daily sunspot number dropped 10.6 points to 25.1, and average daily solar flux was 4.5 points lower than the previous week at 76.9.

It is comforting to see though that we have not witnessed a day with zero sunspots since April 17. Average planetary and mid-latitude A index were both 5.6, down from the...

QSL Wall to be Available at Hamvention

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:09

May 9 is Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Operator Day

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:00

On Tuesday, May 9, Radio Amateurs in Puerto Rico will celebrate Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Operator Day (Dia del Radioaficionado), observed each year on the second Tuesday in May. This year marks the celebration's 20th anniversary.

The Amateur Radio Operator Day proclamation (en Español), signed by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares and Secretary of State Luis Marin Rivera, recognizes ...

ARRL Website Outage Set for May 8

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:00

The ARRL website will be down for essential maintenance on Monday, May 8, starting around 2100 UTC. The ARRL website will become unavailable for approximately 90 minutes. During that time, the website will be offline, and visitors will see a “Down for Maintenance” message. ARRL e-mail services and reflectors will remain in operation. We regret any inconvenience.

Carole Perry, WB2MGP, Set to Host Her 30th Hamvention Youth Forum

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 17:24

Carole Perry, WB2MGP, who may be Amateur Radio’s premier supporter of youth, will moderate her 30th Hamvention Youth Forum later this month, when Hamvention® convenes for the first time at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio, May 19-21. And she is showing no signs of slowing down. The Youth Forum is set for Saturday, May 20, 9:15 AM until noon, in Room 2. She’s lined up nine young presenters who will ...

Hamvention Organizers “Counting Down the Hours,” Anticipating up to 35,000 Visitors

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 15:36

Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Treasurer and Hamvention® spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, said this week that everything is falling into place for “a five-star event” at Hamvention’s new venue at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, May 19-21.

“We’re counting down the hours,” Kalter told DX Engineering’s Tim Duffy, K3LR, in a May 2 video, produced by DX Engineeri...

Special Event in Mars (Pennsylvania) to Celebrate Martian New Year

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:00

The North Hills Amateur Radio Club (NHARC) will sponsoring special event station K3M to mark the Mars New Year Celebration, Friday and Saturday, May 5 6, at the Mars Area History and Landmarks Museum in Mars, Pennsylvania.

The Martian Solar Year is 1 year 322 days, and this is the second Mars New Year Celebration in Mars, Pennsylvania. Representatives from NASA will be on hand with displays and ...

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, and ARISS-UK Team Awarded the Louis Varney Cup

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:36

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) UK Team were awarded the Louis Varney Cup on April 22 at the RSGB 90th Annual General Meeting in Cardiff, Wales. RSGB recognized Morgan and the ARISS-UK team for advances in space communications. Accepting the trophy were Graham Shirville, G3VZV; Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, and John Cariss, G7ACD.

The award’s namesa...

Taiwan to Drop Amateur Radio Morse Code Requirement

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:32

According to an article in Taipei Times, the National Communications Commission (NCC) in Taiwan (the Republic of China) has proposed to abolish the Amateur Radio Morse code requirement and to permit operation on 432-440 MHz on a secondary basis, among other changes to the Amateur Radio rules there.

The NCC has said that a Morse requirement “should not hinder the development of Amateur Radio.”

Al...

W5KUB Again to Offer Next Best Thing to Being at Hamvention

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 09:57

Tom Medlin, W5KUB, of Amateur Radio Roundtable webcast fame, will offer more than 48 hours of live webcasting for Hamvention®, starting on May 17 and continuing through May 22 (to include the road trips out and back). This will mark his 15th year of live streaming the show, and this year’s webcast will be called “Hamvention 2017 Marathon by Medlin.” Astronaut Douglas Wheelock, KF5BOC, will join...

More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP, Now Available

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:32

The new book More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio by popular author and experimenter Glen Popiel, KW5GP, builds on the success of his Arduino for Ham Radio. The new volume includes 15 completely new practical and functional Arduino projects for your station.

This time, Popiel branches out to use some of the newer Arduino variants and devices. Each project is complete and functional as-is, but the...