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Amateur Radio Contesting Great Fred Laun, K3ZO, Silent Key

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 15:58

Fred Laun (Alfred A. Laun, III), K3ZO, of Temple Hills, Maryland, passed away on January 3, 2023. He was a member of the ARRL Maxim Society and Life Member, and a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club.

Laun was also a Director for The Yasme Foundation, an organization that supports awards and grants that recognize and advance the achievements made by radio amateurs. "Fred's service to Yasme an...

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Monday, January 2

Mon, 01/02/2023 - 09:30

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2023. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. ARRL HQ will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, at 8 AM EST.

ARRL wishes all our members a very Happy New Year!

ARRL Straight Key Night Begins January 1, 2023 at 0000 UTC

Thu, 12/29/2022 - 09:49

ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) is January 1, 2023, from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC. In the US, SKN begins on New Year's Eve.

Many hams look forward to SKN as one of the highlights of their operating year. Operators participate using Morse code (CW). All you need is your favorite straight key or bug. Many participants dust off vintage radios and keys and put them back into service each year, just f...

Amateur Radio Operators Invited to participate in Asteroid Bounce Experiment

Fri, 12/23/2022 - 14:48

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will be conducting a research campaign/experiment on December 27, 2022, with transmissions between 1100 - 2300 UTC (0200 - 1400 AKST).

This experiment will reflect HAARP transmissions off of Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) 2010 XC15, and the echo will be received by the Owens Valley Radio Observatory Long Wavelength Array (OVRO-LWA) at the Cal...

Rep. Bill Johnson Introduces Bill to Eliminate Private Land Use Restrictions on Amateur Radio

Fri, 12/23/2022 - 13:20

Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-6) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R.9670) on Thursday, December 22, 2022, to eliminate private land use restrictions that prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio Operator from operating and installing amateur station antennas on property subject to the control of the Amateur Radio Operator.

The exponential growth of co...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/23/2022 - 08:46

I am writing this first draft of my penultimate bulletin of 2022,
about seven hours after the start of Winter Solstice in the Northern
Hemisphere, which was on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 2147 UTC.
It is very cold in Seattle, about 17 degrees F on the longest night
of the year.

Solar activity was down a bit from the previous week, although it
was one of those odd occasions when average daily suns...

Marines To Gain Radio Op Experience Via Amateur Radio

Thu, 12/22/2022 - 15:14

On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 22 Communication Officers at the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School (MCCES) in Twentynine Palms, California, became amateur radio operators. W6BA, the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club (MARC) administered the exams and 21 candidates passed their Technician exam, and one passed their General exam. 14-year-old Kalynn Cossette, KN6WVD, was the youngest can...

Rep. Lesko Introduces Bill to Replace Symbol Rate Limit with Bandwidth Limit

Thu, 12/22/2022 - 11:48

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 9664) on December 21, 2022, to require that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) replace the current HF digital symbol rate limit with a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit.

After being petitioned by ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® in 2013 (RM-11708) for the same relief, in 2016 the Commi...

Colonel Jerry Wellman, W7SAR, Former ARRL Utah SEC and Life Member, Receives Top Honors

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 09:24

Colonel Jerry Wellman, W7SAR, former ARRL Utah Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), was recently named the National Volunteer Emergency Manager of the Year, the highest honor given to a volunteer emergency manager, by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

Wellman served as the Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol commander from September 2009 to May 2013. He served as the emergency s...

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Members Support Nevada County Office of Emergency Services

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 09:21

Ten Nevada County Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, NC-ARES®, members were sworn-in as Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (NC-OES) Disaster Service Worker Volunteers during their December 1, 2022, meeting at the Nevada County Airport in California.

Lt. Sean Scales, Nevada County Safety Officer (NCSO), Emergency Operations Coordinator and Office of Emergency Services, administered the oat...

When All Else Fails: Amateur Radio Helps Rescue Lost Hiker

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 09:08

Editor's note: The following event took place on Sunday afternoon, December 11, 2022, and was told to ARRL News by Raul "Skip" Camejo, AC1LC, Public Information Coordinator for the ARRL New Hampshire Section.

The amateur radio repeater on the summit of Gunstock Mountain helped connect the lost hiker in a remote area of New Hampshire. The repeater is affiliated with New England Digital Emergency ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/16/2022 - 09:30

Heightened sunspot activity over the past week no doubt produced the
great conditions during last weekend's ARRL 10 Meter contest.

Compared to the previous seven days, average daily sunspot numbers
jumped from 85 to 136.9, while solar flux averages increased from
137.5 to 150.

Geomagnetic indicators were lower, with planetary A index decreasing
from 14.4 to 7.7, and middle latitude A index from 9.1 t...

New Section Managers Appointed -- Incumbent Section Managers to Continue New Terms in April 2023

Fri, 12/16/2022 - 08:55

Betsey Doane, K1EIC, has been appointed by ARRL Headquarters as the Connecticut Section Manager, as of November 23, 2022, to fulfill the role on a limited basis, while the search continues for a full-time Section Manager. Doane, of Shelton, was previously the Connecticut Section Manager for 25 years, from 1991 to 2016.

Chuck Motes, K1DFS, of Plainville, has served as ARRL Connecticut Section Man...

Amateur Radio Featured on Montana Public Television

Fri, 12/16/2022 - 08:52

On Thursday, November 24, 2022, Thanksgiving evening, MontanaPBS aired a documentary about amateur radio that was appropriately titled, HAM. The 25-minute program was produced by students, in cooperation with the Greater Montana Foundation, as well as the School of Journalism and the School of Visual & Media Arts at the University of Montana (UM) in Missoula. Several local amateur radio operato...

Deadline for 2023 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program is January 4, 2023

Fri, 12/16/2022 - 08:41

The application deadline for the 2023 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program is January 4, 2023, at 12 PM Eastern Time. More than 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000 will be awarded in 2023 to radio amateurs who are pursuing higher education. While the terms of each scholarship vary, many of the awards may be applied to tuition, books, fees, and other educational expenses.

Applicants must...

Santa is On the Air Via Ham Radio

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 14:44

As Christmas approaches, many amateur radio clubs carry out an annual tradition of helping kids talk directly to Santa Claus while he is still at the North Pole before his big ride.

On Saturday, December 10, 2022, the Wallingford Amateur Radio Group in Connecticut will connect kids to Santa and Mrs. Claus via amateur radio during their Calling Santa event. The group organizes the event in cooper...

Grimeton Station to Transmit Christmas Message

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 14:34

On Christmas Eve morning, December 24, 2022, the Alexander Grimeton Friendship Association, in southern Sweden will be on the air sending out a special Christmas message to the world.

The event will begin at 08:30 CET (07:30 UTC) with the startup and tuning of the Alexanderson alternator transmitter through Grimeton Radio Station, call sign SAQ. The transmission will begin at 09:00 CET (08:00 UT...