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Hams in India Provide Communication Assistance during COVID-19 Pandemic

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 08:09

According to a report in The New Indian Express, amateur radio operators in Kerala state have joined the fight against COVID-19. The newspaper said the district administration has enlisted radio amateurs to improve important communication between departments and offices. Upward of 20 hams are involved, organized into teams.

Radio Amateur Society of Ananthapuri President Dr. Zakheer Hussain, VU3...

FCC Seeking World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee Members

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 10:49

The FCC has announced that it’s looking for individuals or entities to serve on its World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice, technical support, and recommended proposals in the run-up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). In particular, the committee will focus on international frequency spectrum issues identified on the WRC-23 a...

ARRL/TAPR DCC Going Virtual

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 10:47

COVID-19 Net Now Running Wednesdays on 40 Meters

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 10:39

The Medical Net, a special COVID-19 net, is running Wednesdays, 0130 UTC, on 7.222 MHz. The net deals with correct data on COVID-19 epidemiology care, care issues, and more. Net control will be Dr. Harry Przekop, WB9EDP, a past president of the Medical Amateur Radio Council Organization (MARCO) and now a director at large.

Przekop is a specialist in infectious diseases and biomedical physics and...

The May/June Digital Issues of QEX and NCJ are Now Available!

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 13:29

The May/June digital editions of QEX and the National Contest Journal (NCJ) are now available for reading on your iOS or Android mobile device through the ARRL Magazines app, or with your desktop or laptop computer from the ARRL Magazines page on the web at www.arrl.org/arrl-magazines.

App users please note that you may need to clear the cache in the app’s Settings menu to fully update.

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:38

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.

ITU Interviews IARU President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, on World Amateur Radio Day

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:38

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has posted an interview with International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, “Why World Amateur Radio Day is key to highlight crucial services.” World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is observed every year on April 18. In the interview, Ellam shares his views on why World Amateur Radio Day is important and how amateur radio...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 06:52

Sunspots are gone again. We are at the bottom of the solar cycle, so conditions should only get better. There is an increase in on-air activity due to the large number of people staying at home because of Covid-19, and this week we seem to be overwhelmed with reports of sporadic E openings.

The last observed sunspot disappeared on April 5, so weekly average daily sunspot numbers declined from 5....

ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Edition Considers Social Distancing

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:21

The SSB edition of the ARRL Rookie Roundup returns on Sunday, April 19 at 1800 UTC and continues through 2359 UTC. For the purposes of this operating event, a “Rookie” is any radio amateur licensed within the current calendar year or in the previous 2 calendar years. You can also be a Rookie if you haven’t made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contes...

ARRL, AMSAT Seek “Relatively Minor Changes” In FCC Orbital Debris Mitigation Proposals

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:18

On April 8, ARRL Washington Counsel Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, and AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, discussed with senior FCC International Bureau staff by telephone the FCC’s draft Report & Order (R&O) on mitigation of orbital debris (IB Docket No. 18-313). The amateur representatives told the FCC staff that “two aspects of the draft regulations are of particular concern…. and w...

ARRL Announces New Benefits for Members

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:10

Greater LoTW Database Accuracy is the Goal of TQSL Update(s)

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 09:16

The recently released TQSL version 2.5.2 application for uploading logs to Logbook of The World (LoTW) tightens requirements for data consistency, with the goal of improving the integrity of the LoTW database. Starting with TQSL version 2.5.2, discrepancies in submitted logs now are flagged, especially when it comes to the Amateur Data Interchange Format (ADIF) files frequently uploaded to LoTW...

ARISS Altering its Approach in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 08:28

In a message to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team members, sponsors, and educational institutions, ARISS International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, outlined how ARISS is transforming its activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our primary objective in these challenging times is to protect all students, faculty, astronauts, and our volunteer team in all we...

Youth Team Postpones its Planned CQ WPX CW Operation from K3LR

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 05:09

The youthful Team Exuberance has announced that it’s postponing its planned CQ WPX CW contest operation from K3LR until May 2021. Team Exuberance will compete in the multi-two category.

“While this decision was not taken lightly, it was clearly the appropriate action in light of the coronavirus pandemic,” team member Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, said in an announcement. “Thank you to all individuals ...