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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:23

Compared to the previous seven days, solar activity increased in the first week of February. There were two days with no sunspots, February 1 and 3. On February 2 a new sunspot region emerged, but by the next day it had disappeared. Another sunspot region appeared on February 4, and the area it covered on February 4-7 was 80, 130, 160 and 200 millionths of the solar hemisphere.

We haven’t seen a...

NBC News Left Field Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

ARRL News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:41

A team from NBC News’ nascent digital news unit Left Field was in Hawaii to visit with some radio amateurs to produce a report when the false nuclear missile alert happened on January 13.

Left Field’s report points out how much we rely on cell phones and 21st century technology…and what we would do if these suddenly were no longer available. Amateur Radio operators “are standing at the ready and...

ARRL Foundation Announces Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship

ARRL News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 13:47

The ARRL Foundation has announced a new scholarship, the Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship. Endowed through the generosity of Joel R. Miller, W7PDX, and Martha C. Miller, this scholarship is intended to supplement the educational expenses of an Amateur Radio operator pursuing higher education. The ARRL Foundation will administer the scholarship, which is $1,000 annual...

Foxes and Hounds — FT8 DXpedition Mode is in the Works for WSJT-X

ARRL News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 09:07

Speaking on behalf of the WSJT-X Development Team, Joe Taylor, K1JT, has issued a progress report on the team’s efforts to develop FT8 DXpedition Mode. The new digital mode will include new and innovative features, which are detailed in a draft FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide, released on February 2. Taylor said the basic goal of FT8 DXpedition Mode is to enable DXpeditions to make FT8 QSOs at t...

D-Star ONE Phoenix, First D-Star Communication Spacecraft, Launched

ARRL News - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:46

A Soyuz rocket launched D-Star ONE Phoenix and 10 other satellites into orbit on February 1 from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia. Developed by German Orbital Systems in Berlin in cooperation with the Czech company iSky Technology, D-Star ONE Phoenix carries an Amateur Radio relay payload (call sign DP1GOS). It replaces the D-Star ONE nanosatellite that failed to attain orbit following a November...

3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Aborted over Safety Concerns

ARRL News - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 17:49

[UPDATED 2018-02-05 1340 UTC] The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition released an updated statement on February 5.] “Our captain has decided that it is in the best interest of safety and expediency to proceed directly to Capetown, South Africa, rather than Punta Arenas, Chile. We are now heading north to avoid the possibility of encountering ice. Currently, there is no ice in sight or on radar. In du...

Z60A Fielding Three Stations to Handle Huge Pileups for New DXCC #1

ARRL News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 16:12

Three Z60A stations are up and running with DL3DXX, DL5CW, DJ5IW, IK0FVC, and VE7NY handling operating duties. The special activation to mark the addition of the Republic of Kosovo to the DXCC List has reached 50,000 contacts and counting.

Z60A is operating split and is not listening on its transmit frequency! Pay attention to operators' instructions!

The Z60A activation will culminate on Kosovo’...

Volunteers Invited to Assist in 2018 Boston Marathon

ARRL News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 13:35

Opportunities for Amateur Radio and non-amateur volunteers are available for the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Amateur Radio volunteers are needed for starting line, course, and finish line positions, and non-amateur volunteers are wanted for medical transportation and various other medical and logistical roles. Vol...

ARRL Board Meeting Minutes Posted

ARRL News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:47

The minutes of the 2018 ARRL Annual Board of Directors Meeting held January 19-20, 2018, are now available on the ARRL website. 

Wireless Institute of Australia Seeks Amateur Radio Power Increase

ARRL News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:34

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is seeking a power increase for radio amateurs. WIA is pushing telecommunications regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to bump up maximum power levels for all three licenses classes to 50 W for Foundation licensees, 200 W for Standard licensees, and 1,500 W for Advanced licensees.

WIA Board member Justin Giles-Clark, VK7TW, ...

ARRL Audio News - February 2, 2018

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:47
ARRL Audio News - February 2, 2018

NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

ARRL News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:33

NOAA is once again considering ending North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine storm warning announcements at minutes 8, 9, and 10 of each hour on WWV, and minutes 48, 49, 50, and 51 of WWVH.

Submit questions, comments, or concerns about this proposed change with “NIST MARINE WARNING” in the subject line no later than February 23, 2018. NOAA had announced in April 2017 that it was considering th...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:31

Low solar activity continues. There were no sunspots seen from January 20-29, and the sunspot number was 13 on January 30-31, but back to zero on February 1. Average daily solar flux declined marginally from 70 to 69.1.


Predicted solar flux is 70 on February 2, 71 on February 3-8, 70 on February 9-22, 69 on February 23 to March 4, 70 on March 5-18.


Predicted planetary A index is 5 on February 2...

A Reminder: Second Annual AM Rally Special Event is this Weekend

ARRL News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 07:36

The AM Rally special event, inviting operators to explore the original phone mode, takes place over the February 2-4 weekend. The AM Rally gets under way at 0000 UTC on Saturday, February 3, and concludes at 0700 UTC on Monday, February 5. Band include 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters. ARRL Laboratory Assistant Manager and Senior Product Review Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM, plans to operat...

Bouvet Island — So Near, Yet So Far Away

ARRL News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:59

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team now at anchor off Bouvet Island, but weather and sea conditions have not resolved to the point where the team can begin transporting equipment and personnel to the barren and icy piece of real estate.

“Our ship is still at anchor off the east side of Bouvet,” Team Co-Leader Ralph Fedor, K0IR, reported earlier today (February 1). “Winds are 35 to 40 knots, a...

ARRL Suggests FCC May Need to Intervene to Ensure Effective Antenna Rights

ARRL News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:22

Commenting in response to an FCC Public Notice (DA 17-1180) released last month, ARRL addressed the extent of Amateur Radio’s response to recent hurricane disasters and efforts needed to expand the use of Amateur Radio services when it comes to planning, testing, and providing emergency communication. The comments point out that Amateur Radio not only has been “far more than a hobby;” it is a u...

RST-Suffix Stations on the Air

ARRL News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:16

For the third year, the North Country DX Association will field RST-suffix stations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Greenland, for the entire month of March. Listen for VY1RST/VY0 and VE8RST/VY0 from Ellesmere Island, as well as KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST, and OX7RST in Greenland.  

Exchange signal report and state/province. (NCDXA RST stations will send town ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:00

“Automatic Gain Control” is the topic of the latest (February 1) 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 -- wheneve...

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