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2019 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 17:33

A new Director and Vice Director have been elected in the ARRL’s Southeastern Division, based on results from ballot tabulations on Friday, November 15, in the 2019 ARRL Board of Director elections. Mickey Baker, N4MB, defeated incumbent Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, 2,132 votes to 1739 votes. Also, challenger James Schilling, KG4JSZ, (1,356 votes)  defeated incumbent Vice Director Joseph Tirit...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:57

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 08:57

Even with little to no solar activity, it is amazing how many long-distance HF contacts are possible, even without using weak signal modes such as FT8.

Recent DXpeditions, such as the ones on Pitcairn Island and Marquesas, had little trouble piling up the contacts, even on ten meters. It helps that we are in the fall season.

No sunspots over the past week, and average daily solar flux was about t...

Youth on the Air Camp Coming to IARU Region 2

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:10

Taking a cue from International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1’s Youngsters On The Air annual summer camp, the Youth on the Air (YOTA) committee in IARU Region 2 has announced the first camp for young radio amateurs in the Americas next June. Sponsors hope the Region 2 camp, a modified version of the Region 1 camp, will also become an annual event.

The inaugural IARU Region 2 summer camp w...

Dayton Hamvention® Invites 2020 Award Nominations

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:05

Dayton Hamvention® is inviting nominations for its 2020 awards. Nominations are due by February 15, 2020. Awards will be granted for Amateur of the Year, Club of the Year, Technical Achievement, and Special Achievement.

The Amateur of the Year Award is given to a radio amateur who has made a long-term commitment to the advancement of amateur radio. This individual will have a history of ham rad...

AMSAT Says HuskySat-1 Paving the Way for Further Cooperation

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:48

AMSAT says it had to maneuver some regulatory challenges in establishing its partnership with the University of Washington to share the just-launched HuskySat-1. The satellite went into space on November 2 aboard a Cygnus cargo vessel, which docked to the International Space Station. HuskySat-1 will be boosted into a higher orbit and deployed in January, and once it completes its primary missio...

Russian OTH Radar Now Reported to be “Everywhere”

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 08:09

[UPDATED and CORRECTED @ 1625 UTC on November 2019] The latest International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports the Russian “Contayner” over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) has been active in the 7, 10, 14, and 18 MHz amateur radio allocations (amateur radio is primary on 40, 20, and 17 meters). The OTHR transmissions have been 40 sweeps/second, FM on pulse, and...

December is Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Month

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:52

The IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, and the Mideast) Youth Working Group has announced that its December YOTA Month take place again this year.

“We would like to invite you to take part with a call sign with ‘YOTA’ in the suffix,” the YOTA announcement said. “The idea for this is to show Amateur Radio to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands.”

YOTA said Decembe...

Access to 60 Meters Continues to Expand

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:46

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:39

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list. If you visit the Audio News page on the ARRL website, be sure to take our brief survey!

 

The Lastest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:39

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list. If you visit the Audio News page on the ARRL website, be sure to take our brief survey!

 

IARU and Amateur Radio are Reaching “an Inflection Point”

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 07:00

Participants at the 45th meeting of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) in late September discussed the organization’s role in advancing amateur radio going forward. The IARU released a summary record of the meeting this week. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, who chaired the AC meeting in Lima, Peru, observed that the IARU and amateur radio are reachin...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 05:24

Two new sunspot groups appeared this week, on two consecutive days, each lasting for only a day, with a daily sunspot number of 11 and 13 on Friday and Saturday of last week, just in time for ARRL CW Sweepstakes. Both sunspot groups had a magnetic polarity signature indicating Solar Cycle 25 and appeared after 4 weeks of no sunspots.

Spaceweather.com reported both appearances as region AR2750, y...

HamSCI Founder Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, Wins $1.3 Million Ionosphere Study Grant

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:27

Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, now a University of Scranton physics and electrical engineering professor, has won a $1.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study weather effects in the ionosphere by leveraging a network of amateur radio stations. Frissell is perhaps best known within the amateur radio community as the founder of HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation in...