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MARS Urging Members to Use Computers that are Isolated from the Internet

ARRL News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:34

US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Headquarters is recommending that MARS members “migrate to stand-alone computer systems for [MARS] radio operations,” subject to the availability of a dedicated computer.

“These computer systems (or their associated local area networks) should be ‘air-gapped’ from the internet,” Army MARS Headquarters Operations Officer David McGinnis, K7UXO, said i...

IARU Region 1 Editorial Sounds Clarion Call on Danger VHF/UHF/Microwave Spectrum Grabs

ARRL News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:47

The chair of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) VHF-UHF-µW Committee, Jacques Verleijen, ON4AVJ, has highlighted extant threats to the Amateur Radio spectrum above 30 MHz. In an editorial that heads the latest edition of the IARU R1 VHF-UHF-µW Newsletter, issued on May 29, Verleijen invited all IARU member-societies to consider ways to “promote, defend, and use our frequen...

ARES Activated in Eight Maryland Counties for Severe Flooding

ARRL News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:54

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in the Maryland-DC Section activated in the wake of regional flash flooding on May 27. Hit especially hard was Ellicott City, where vehicles were reported to have been washed away by fast-moving flood waters upward of 10 feet deep. At least one person was reported to be missing.

“As many watched Alberto, radio amateurs in Maryland watched more a...

West Central Florida Section ARES Keeping Close Eye on Alberto

ARRL News - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:45

ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES® has gone to a Level 3 activation (standby) at 1800 EDT due to the issuance of Tropical Storm Warnings in advance of Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto for coastal areas of WCF Section counties and for all of Pinellas County, which is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and Old Tampa Bay.

“At this time our respective ARES groups are in stand-by mode, but w...

QST Honored with E.T. Krenkel Medal for Outstanding Global Contributions to Amateur Radio

ARRL News - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:45

The Russian National Academy of Researches and Discoveries has honored QST with an E.T. Krenkel Medal for “outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio.”

The award’s namesake, Ernst Teodorovich Krenkel, was a radio amateur who, over the years, used the call signs RAEM, U3AA, and UA3AA. Born in Poland, Krenkel was an Arctic explorer who took part in the first Soviet “drifting station,” North...

ARRL Audio News - May 25, 2018

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:13
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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:26

Sunspot activity resumed this week, after no sunspots for seven consecutive days. Average daily sunspot number was 7.7, rising from 6.4 in the previous reporting week. Average daily solar flux was 70.1, changed little from 70.2 last week.

According to Spaceweather.com, in 2018 56% of days so far have been spotless.

Currently sunspot group 2710 and 2711 are active (2711 is growing), and 2712 is ab...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Monday, May 28

ARRL News - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:05

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. Headquarters will re-open on Tuesday, May 29, at 8 AM EDT. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:47

“Coping with Poor HF Conditions” is the topic of the new (May 24) 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 Do...

ARRL White Paper Provides Context for Recommended Governance Changes

ARRL News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:35

ARRL has released a “white paper” that provides some context to explain proposed alterations to the Articles Of Association and By Laws that the Executive Committee (EC) of the Board of Directors recommended for full Board passage at its April 21 meeting. Study continues of the so-called “Code of Conduct” for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of ...

Amateur Radio Transponders on Planned Chinese Satellites to Include HF

ARRL News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:01

China’s Amateur Radio Satellite organization, CAMSAT, has released some details of three new Amateur Radio satellites that could be launched as early as September. Two of the satellites, CAS-5A and CAS-6, will carry transponders, and one of them will have HF capability.

CAS-5A is a 6U CubeSat. It will an HF/HF (21/29 MHz) mode linear transponder; an HF/UHF (21/435 MHz) mode linear transponder; ...

New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL Sections

ARRL News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:00

Five new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected to begin their first terms of office on July 1. Section Manager (SM) election ballots were counted in the Indiana and Northern Florida Sections on May 22 at ARRL Headquarters. Other candidates faced no opposition during the spring election cycle.

In Indiana, James “Jimmy” Merry, KC9RPX, of Ellettsville, was declared elected in a very clos...

ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ, SK

ARRL News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:24

ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, of Colchester, Connecticut, died on May 17 after a lengthy illness. She was 66 and had been on the ARRL Headquarters staff for nearly 40 years, starting as a file clerk. She went on to serve as Deputy Circulation Manager, Circulation Manager, Publication Sales and Warehouse Manager, and as Business Services Manager (including Advertising). She m...

Coordinated Repeater Directory for Oklahoma - May 19, 2018

Oklahoma Repeater Society - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:28

Repeater information was last updated 19-May-2018.

The ORSI board voted to list all coordinations, where a trustee requested non-publication, we will only publish the frequency, city, county, coordination date and update dates. Then show it as a closed access repeater.

This Oklahoma database was published here as of 19-May-2018. The database is sent to the ARRL for use in their annual edition of the "Repeater Directory" at the start of the year (January). Any updates received afterwards will NOT be published in the ARRL Repeater Directory until the next edition. However, we will continue to update the listings on the ORSI web site periodically during the year.

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ARRL Audio News Extra from the Dayton Hamvention

ARRL Audio News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:49

It's the last day of Hamvention and the bargain hunters are out in force.

Hamvention 2018 - Sunday Roundup

ARRL News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:19

Hamvention 2018 is history. It was a rain-plagued event . . . until today. On Sunday, the Sun burst forth and the bargain hunters flocked to the Xenia Fairgrounds. A number of exhibitors commented that it was the largest Hamvention Sunday attendance that they had seen in a long time.

This Hamvention may also be remembered for the number of new products that debuted at the show. In addition to th...

CQ Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

ARRL News - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 20:01

CQ Magazine has announced the 2018 inductees to its Amateur Radio, DX, and Contest halls of fame.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame added 11 new members for 2018, bringing to 321 the total number of inductees since its establishment in 2001. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio as well as radio amateurs who have made signif...

ARRL Audio News Extra from the Dayton Hamvention

ARRL Audio News - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:18
Three interviews from Saturday, May 19.
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