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Spring Red Cross Emergency Communications Drill Set

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 18:03

The spring 2021 Red Cross Nationwide Emergency Communications Winlink Drill will be held on May 8, which is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2021. Details and instructions are available. Sign up for email updates. A

head of the May nationwide exercise, the American Red Cross (ARC) Emergency Communications training group will continue its Winlink Thursdays training sessions on March 11 and Ap...

Video Documents Removal, Preservation of 250 kW Voice of America Transmitter

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 17:54

With the former Voice of America Delano relay site in Central California scheduled for eventual demolition for resale, the Collins Collectors Association (CCA), in association with the Antique Wireless Association (AWA), came up with a plan in 2014 (working, among others, with past ARRL Midwestern Division Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, a former Collins engineer), to retrieve one of the Collins...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 08:13

Wildlife Outnumber Participants in Winter Yellowstone VHF Radio Rally

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 12:19

Wyoming and southern Montana hams belonging to the north Yellowstone Amateur Radio Club and Park County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) took to the wilderness in late January during heavy snow to take part in an emergency preparedness exercise. The groups have about 15 members in all; many more bison and elk roam the roads than do hams.

The critical winter duty for North Yellowstone radi...

ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 09:19

Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to develop the movie short. In the approximately 6-minute film, SuitSat returns in the future to haunt International Space Station commander “Diaz,” played by Joey Vieira, who spots SuitSat, the surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit that was turned into an ...

Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes”

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 08:58

An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via Winlink HF radio email appeared on February 22 in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) magazine Eos. As the article points out, “Ham radio networks gear up to provide real-time, on-the-ground information about earthquake shaking and damage when ot...

“Whirlwind Boom” Emergency Communications Exercise Set in Northern Florida

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 16:13

The amateur radio communications team of the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief has created a multi-site radio communications exercise dubbed “Whirlwind Boom,” designed to bring together volunteers and local agencies across northern Florida and throughout the southeastern US. The 2-hour drill is set for Friday, March 19. Invitations have gone out to Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups, ...

ARES and Red Cross Cooperate to Assist Storm-Affected Residents in Texas

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 13:57

ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) and American Red Cross volunteers joined forces in Texas under the ARRL/Red Cross memorandum of understanding in responding to the situation resulting from unseasonably frigid weather. Kevin McCoy, KF5FUZ, said the Red Cross formally requested an ARES activation in Texas to address the effects of the natural disaster, which included a lack of drinkin...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 08:20

Innovator Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Donates Sophisticated Vector Signal Generator to ARRL

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 05:38

ARRL Life Member Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has donated a Rohde & Schwarz SMBV100A vector signal generator to the ARRL Laboratory. The device offers internal signal generation for all major digital radio standards. “That is absolutely fabulous news and extremely generous,” ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, told Rohde.

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, said the instrument will be a valuable addition ...

British Columbia Radio Amateur Copies Signal from Mars-Orbiting Satellite

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 16:09

As reported on Spaceweather.com, Canadian radio amateur Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, has snagged another signal from deep space. His latest conquest has been to copy the signal from China’s Tianwen-1 (pronounced “tee-EN-ven”) probe, which went into orbit around Mars on February 10. Tilley told Spaceweather.com that the probe’s X-band signal was “loud and audible.”

“It was a treasure hunt,” Tilley told ...

ARRL Board Considers Plan to Cover New $35 FCC Fee for Some Young Applicants

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:03

At its Annual Meeting in January, the ARRL Board of Directors considered a motion to offer a new service that would pay the new but not-yet-implemented $35 FCC application fee for a limited number of new radio amateurs younger than age 18 who, at the time of testing, belonged to an ARRL Affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and passed their tests through an ARRL VEC-sponsored exam sessio...

ARRL Board Considers Plan to Cover New $35 FCC Fee for Some Young Members

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:03

At its Annual Meeting in January, the ARRL Board of Directors considered a motion to offer a new plan that would pay the new but not-yet-implemented $35 FCC application fee for a limited number of new radio amateurs younger than age 18 who, at the time of testing, belonged to an ARRL Affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and passed their tests through an ARRL VEC-sponsored exam session. ...

Former Argentine President Carlos Menem, ex-LU1SM, SK

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:33

The former president of Argentina, Carlos Menem, ex-LU1SM, died on February 14. He was 90. Menem took office in 1989, serving for 10 years. Menem was active on the air in the 1980s and 1990s. He had earlier served as regional governor. Menem served as a senator from 2005 until 2019. According to the New York Times, “Menem was hospitalized in December with kidney failure and had been put in a me...

ARES Volunteers Reported Responding to Severe Weather

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 14:38

Weather gone wild might be an apt description of the conditions in many parts of the US, with sub-freezing temperatures in areas not prepared for that sort of thing. Aberrant weather seems to be happening across many US regions. Snow has fallen in Texas and Oklahoma, accompanied by record-setting temperature readings.

The severe weather has caused power and telecommunications outages, and ARRL A...

ITU News Magazine Covers World Radio Day, Includes Articles on Ham Radio

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 11:58

The latest issue of the free publication ITU News Magazine highlights World Radio Day (observed each year on February 13), featuring two articles on amateur radio. Articles in the magazine include the evolution of radio throughout the ages, ham radio and emergency communications, and remarks by International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam VE6SH, regarding why World Amateur Radio...