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Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Receives Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:53

The oft-honored Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is the recipient of the Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award (formerly International Achievement Award). The award recognizes “especially significant contributions in furthering the global mission of the Wireless Innovation Forum.” A prolific technical author, academic, and engineer, Rohde is a partner of Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, Germany, and chairman...

JOTA “Alive and Doing Well,” Although 2017 Participation Down from Last Year

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:02

Nearly 8,000 Scouts got on the air for the 60th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) over the third weekend in October, National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND said. Wilson this week released the 2017 JOTA report, which declared, “Radio Scouting and Jamboree on the Air are alive and doing well.” Facilitating the October JOTA activity were more than 900 radio amateurs at 525 stations.

“Propagation wasn’...

IARU Cites Progress Toward 50-MHz Region 1 Allocation

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:54

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) says “significant progress” was made during World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) preparations that took place earlier this month at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva. But the IARU cautioned that a lot remains to be done before the “reservations and concerns of regulators and spectrum users are adequately ...

AO-91 Commissioned, Declared Open for Amateur Use!

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 09:24

AMSAT-NA’s latest Amateur Radio CubeSat, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), now known as AO-91, has been opened for general use. AMSAT Engineering officially announced that AO-91 was ready for use at 0650 UTC on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. AMSAT VP of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, turned over operation to Mark Hammond, N8MH, and AMSAT Operations during a contact on the AO-91 repeater during the pass over...

SKYWARN Recognition Day Webinar Set for November 27

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:28

A free webinar, “What is SKYWARN™ Recognition Day and how can you participate?” will take place on November 27 at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC on November 28). Register online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar

SRD this year takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in ...

Major New Edition of The ARRL Handbook is Now Available!

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:27

The 2018 edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications has undergone a complete makeover. First published in 1926, the most widely used one-stop reference and guide to radio technology principles and practices over the years since has documented the state-of-the-art in Amateur Radio as well as emerging technologies in radio experimentation, discovery, and achievement. The 95th edition o...

Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:23

The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency’s 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, an...

W8TEE and K2ZIA Win the November 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:08

The winning article for the November 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Build Your Own Arduino-Based Antenna Analyzer” by Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and Farrukh Zia, K2ZIA. 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 De...

Mysterious Signals Did Not Come from Missing Submarine; MF/HF Frequencies Listed

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:52

Satellite signals heard over the weekend did not come from a missing Argentine Navy submarine San Juan that went missing on November 15, dashing hopes that the vessel could be located. The submarine had reported a malfunction, had surfaced, and was headed back to its base when the Navy lost contact with it. The sub, built in Germany in the 1980s, carries a crew of 44.

Vessels from Argentina, the...

ARRL Seeks Nominations for 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard Award

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:09

ARRL is seeking nominations for the prestigious Bill Leonard Award. Created as a tribute to the late CBS News President Bill Leonard, W2SKE, an avid radio amateur and advocate for the service, the award honors three professional journalists whose outstanding media coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value of Amateur Radio each yea. Awards are given for audio, visua...

ARRL Headquarters Closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:00

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24. W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions and editions of The ARRL Letter or ARRL Audio News will not be available on those days. Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM EST on Monday, November 27. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Michigan Section Manager Appointment Begins on January 1

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:35

Jim Kvochick, K8JK, of Brighton, Michigan, has been appointed as Michigan Section Manager for the first half of next year. His appointment will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue through June 30. Kvochick was appointed by ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, in consultation with ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and outgoing Michigan Section Manager Larry ...

Ballots Counted in 2017 Director, Vice Director Elections

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:00

The votes are in, and the ballots have been tallied at ARRL Headquarters in contested Director and Vice Director elections.

In a two-way race to fill the Dakota Division Director’s chair being vacated by Kent Olson, KA0LDG, the Division’s members have elected Matt Holden, K0BBC, of Bloomington, Minnesota. Holden, the current Vice Director, received 698 votes, while Dean Summers, N0ND, of Dickins...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:59

Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday.

In this week’s bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from 0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8 to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.

Predicted solar flux ...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18; More Foxes are on the Way!

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:02

The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, “due to a ra...