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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 07:34

On Wednesday, reported a new emerging Cycle 25 sunspot in the sun’s Northern Hemisphere, but it was not yet numbered. By the next day (yesterday) it had already faded away into nothingness.

In last week’s bulletin we reported sunspots on just two days, March 8 and 9.

Average daily sunspot number over this reporting week (March 12-18) declined to zero from 3.6, and daily solar flu...

K3YV Wins the March QST Cover Plaque Award

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 09:44

The winning article for the March 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “Leaky” Antenna Switches by Ellwood (Woody) Brem, K3YV.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the April issue today.


FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:27

In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based on Materne’s response to the NAL, the agency affirmed the fine in a March 12...

Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication Exercise

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 12:27

Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) canceled the Ohio ARES State Conference set for April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic and repurposed the date for a statewide communication exercise, with an emphasis on communicating from home.

“Ohio has a high-profile station at the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), with regular weekly EOC nets,” ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broa...

One VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference Postponed, Another Canceled

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 12:23

One of two US VHF-UHF-microwave groups has canceled its 2020 conference, while another has postponed its event.

The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHFS) Board of Directors has announced the indefinite postponement of the annual SVHFS Conference. “Because of the health and safety concerns of our society members and the uncertainty of time of our national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic, ...

WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee Sticking to Schedule for Now

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 12:20



The World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) Organizing Committee is, at least for now, staying on course for the event in Italy, in light of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We understand this is disrupting travel and operating plans in ways that affect different areas of the world unequally. However, it is not realistic for us to predict the extent and evolution o...

Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 17:54

For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancellations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency.

“The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and s...

ARRL Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 13:07

As part of efforts under way to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees and volunteers from the impacts of the coronavirus, ARRL has decided to suspend all tours and guest visits to Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW and ARRL Headquarters, effective Monday, March 16. Out of an abundance of caution, this suspension will be in effect until further notice.

We apologiz...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:02

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at 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, 03/13/2020 - 07:30

I felt cheated this week when a much-anticipated sunspot only appeared just briefly, disappearing after two days.

Sunspot region AR2758 only appeared on March 8-9, with daily sunspot numbers of 13 and 12. Average daily sunspot numbers for the week rose from zero to 3.6, while average daily solar flux increased (minimally) from 70 to 70.2.

Average daily planetary A index declined from 6.7 to 4.4, ...

International Group to Reactivate the Legendary Yasme VP2VB Call Sign

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 05:22

On Tuesday, March 10, an international group now in New York will set sail to the British Virgin Islands and activate the VP2VB call sign of Yasme fame for 6 days, focusing on the low bands with two stations. VP2VB was the call sign of the legendary Danny Weil, VP2VB, skipper of the Yasme series of sailing vessels that carried the peripatetic adventurer traveled from one DX location to another ...

Ham Radio University Founder Phil Lewis, N2MUN, SK

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 05:06

The founder of the annual Ham Radio University in New York, Phil Lewis, N2MUN, of Lindenhurst, New York, died on March 5. An ARRL member, he was 72. Lewis grew up on Long Island, attended RCA Institute, and worked for Hazeltine and, later, BAE Systems in the aerospace industry. Licensed in 1991, he was a member of Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC), serving as a volunteer examiner and ...

Correction to Frequency Measuring Test Website URL

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 05:01

An incorrect website address for the April 24 Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) appeared in QST. The correct URL is The old website is still active and has a hyperlink to the new site. 

ARISS Celebrating Successful Launch Carrying Interoperable Radio System to ISS

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 04:57

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating the successful launch and docking of the SpaceX-20 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). One payload on the flight is the ARISS Interoperable Radio System (IORS), which ARISS calls “the foundational element of the ARISS next-generation radio system” on the space station. Amateur radio has bee...

Nominations Invited for 2020 McGan Silver Antenna Award for Excellence in Public Relations

Sat, 03/07/2020 - 17:13

The ARRL Public Relations Committee invites nominations for the Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award, presented annually to a radio amateur who has demonstrated success in public relations efforts on behalf of amateur radio and who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit of Philip McGan, WA2MBQ (SK).

“ARRL Public Information Officers (PIOs) and other volunteers are working hard every day ...