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Boy Scouts Sound Last Call for US Jamboree on the Air Reports

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:01

The Boy Scouts are urging stations that participated in the 2019 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) to submit a report telling about their experiences. Information will be compiled into the US Jamboree on the Air Report.

If you don’t have exact numbers for some of the information, provide a judicious estimate. An additional page seeks a list of communication modes used at your location as well as your s...

Well-Known Contester, DXer Paul Newberry, N4PN, SK

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 15:09

Well-known contester and DXpeditioner Paul H. Newberry, Jr., N4PN, of Macon, Georgia, died on November 5 after suffering a massive heart attack. An ARRL Life Member, Newberry turned 82 on November 1.

A major ARRL November Sweepstakes participant and perennial high-scorer, Newberry was first licensed in 1953 and operated under a long list of call signs, both foreign and domestic, and was on the a...

W1AW to Commemorate 98th Anniversary of First Amateur Radio Signals to Span the Atlantic

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 10:36

December 11 marks the 98th anniversary of the success of ARRL’s Transatlantic Tests in 1921, organized to see if low-power amateur radio stations could be heard across the Atlantic using shortwave frequencies (i.e., above 200 meters). On that day, a message transmitted by a group of Radio Club of America members at 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was copied by Paul Godley, 2ZE, in Scotland.

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Preparations Resume for 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 10:22

Another attempt to activate Bouvet Island is in the planning stages, according to the 3Y0I website. Efforts are under way to secure the necessary funds.

“As you probably know, our first attempt to reach the island of Bouvet in March 2019 failed,” the news update said. “Despite complex preparations and training received in Cape Town, South Africa, our vessel got hit by a big storm so badly that w...

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club to Operate Special Event Station N9V on Veterans Day, November 11.

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 09:22

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) headquarters station, K9TAL, will anchor Veterans Day operations for special event N9V on Monday, November 11.

K9TAL will be joined by several TALARC stations around the US for its annual national salute to veterans. The American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Operation will be from 1800 to 0000 UTC on or about 7.285, 14.285...

Maine Radio Amateurs Helping to Deploy AM Band Public Information Radio Service

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 09:15

Waldo County, Maine, is implementing the nation’s first county-wide emergency AM radio station with the help of radio amateurs.

“We realized that the last option [in emergencies] most people have for getting information is by broadcast radio,” said Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Director Dale Rowley, KC1LKI. He recalled an ice storm a few years ago that took down the power grid for a w...

IARU Reports Early Progress, Contention on Difficult Issues Mark First Week of WRC

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 14:03

The first week of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) saw agreement reached on several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus. Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more difficult, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) said. The conference is under way in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The IARU said the early agreements were only possible b...

Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition Logs More Than 80,000 Contacts

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 14:01

The VP6R DXpedition to Pitcairn Island shut down at 1800 UTC on November 1, reporting 82,700 contacts. They reported excellent weather for the teardown and got everything packed and aboard the Braveheart, which is taking them to Mangareva. According to their update, the oldest resident of Pitcairn Island died on November 1, and the VP6R team attended the funeral the next day. The individual was...

FCC Asked to Clarify Amateur Rules Governing Encrypted or Encoded Messages

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 13:52

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is soliciting comments on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed on behalf of New York University (NYU) seeking to clarify that Section 97.113(a)(4) of the Amateur Service rules prohibits the transmission of “effectively encrypted or encoded messages, including messages that cannot be readily decoded over-the-air for true meaning.” Comments are due ...

HuskySat-1 Successfully Lifted into Space

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:40

AMSAT reports that on November 2, a Cygnus cargo spacecraft carrying the University of Washington’s student-built HuskySat-1 CubeSat was successfully launched atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket. The Cygnus will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) today, November 4.

Cygnus is then scheduled to depart the ISS on January 13, 2020, and raise its orbit to approximately 500 kilometers ...

CDXC: The UK DX Foundation Makes Significant Donation to Club Log

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 07:12

CDXC, the UK DX Foundation, has announced a donation of $2,600 to Club Log for significant hardware upgrades. The grant is in addition to the $650 CDXC donates each year to support the site. Established in 2008, Club Log has become an essential tool for DXers and DXpeditions. The hardware upgrade will improve resiliency, enhance performance, and facilitate further innovation.

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:17

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, 11/01/2019 - 05:56

There are still no sunspots, but average daily solar flux rose this week from 65.3 to 68.5. Yet there have been surprising reports of HF stations heard and worked over long distances. However, the second-hand report in last week’s bulletin about a local station in my area working Belarus and Lithuania on 10 meters in the middle of the night turned out to be a misunderstanding, and I am sorry I ...

ARRL Headquarters Telephone System Temporarily Off Line

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 14:11

The ARRL Headquarters telephone system is undergoing maintenance this evening between 6:30 and 7:30 PM EST (2230 to 2330 UTC). All phone services for Headquarters, including voice mail, will be off line for approximately 20 minutes sometime during this period.

 

So Now What? Podcast

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 12:41

“A Halloween and Throwback Special with QST Senior Editor, Jen Glifort, KC1KNL,” will be the focus of the new (October 31) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New epi...