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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 11:00

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, 07/12/2019 - 07:30

Like June 24-27, July 7 had a new spot from cycle 25, according to the magnetic signature. This week’s brief appearance was last Sunday with a daily sunspot number of 12.

Average daily solar flux declined marginally from 67.5 to 67.1.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 67 on July 12 through August 25. That’s right, 67 on every day.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on July 12, 5 on July 1...

So Now What? Podcast

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 09:52

“Fan Questions” will be the focus of the new (July 11) 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 episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode we...

2018 Leonard Award for Outstanding Video Journalism Presented

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 09:19

ARRL Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, and Vice Director Bill Hudzik, W2UDT, recently presented the ARRL 2018 Leonard Award for Outstanding Video Journalism to NJTV public television correspondent Andrew Schmertz. The presentation took place at NJTV in Newark, New Jersey.

Schmertz was recognized for his story that featured interviews with New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Assist...

Maritime Radio Historical Society Announces 20th Anniversary “Night of Nights” Event

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 05:37

The Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) “Night of Nights” event on July 12 (July 13 UTC) will mark the 20th anniversary of the day when the commercial stations that once populated the HF bands ended CW service, leading to the founding of the MRHS.

While shore stations KPH, KFS, and K6KPH are on the air each Saturday, every available transmitter at the Bolinas, California, site is brought on...

Window Closing on July 15 for Volunteer Monitor Program Applications

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 11:39

As of the close of business on Monday, July 15, applications for the new Volunteer Monitor Program no longer will be accepted. Some 250 applications have been submitted to fill approximately 150 Volunteer Monitor (VM) positions in the program, which is succeeding the Official Observer (OO) program. Retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH...

Chinese CAS-7B Satellite Carrying an FM Transponder to Launch

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 14:29

Another Amateur Radio satellite is set to launch from China. CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, reports that CAS-7B (BP-1B) is expected to launch on July 22 at 0500 UTC, on the Hyperbola 1 vehicle. CAS-7B is a spherical spacecraft, 500 millimeters (approximately 19.7 inches) in diameter with a mass of 3 kilograms (about 6.6 pounds). The CW telemetry beacon will be on 435.715 MHz. The V/U FM 16 kHz wi...

QST Now Listing Code Proficiency Award Recipients

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:18

Starting with the August issue, QST will list the recipients of W1AW Code Proficiency certificates. Key manufacturer Vibroplex now is sponsoring the certificates, which debut a new design. The Code Proficiency program has been an ARRL staple for decades. Participants who copy a W1AW qualifying run and submit 1 minute of legible solid copy and the $10 certificate fee can qualify.

Send submissions...

Report: California Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 14:58

British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake in California’s Mojave Desert and multiple aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast. Schwarz, who maintains the “RF Seismograph” and has drawn a correlation between earthquake activity and HF band conditions, said the radio disruption began at around 1600 UTC on...

AMSAT Announces New Board of Directors Election Process

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 09:04

AMSAT will provide its members with online voting as the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election gets under way. This year, AMSAT has contracted with a single, independent vendor, ElectionBuddy, to conduct and fully manage the election process, instead of with multiple vendors as it’s done in the past.

“AMSAT believes this voting system will result in greater election integrity, as it removes the...

IARU Attends CEPT Meeting on Wireless Power Transmission

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 08:05

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) reports that a further meeting to address the topic of Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) took place last week. A subgroup of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Committee SE24, which charged with work on a report on generic WPT devices, met in Copenhagen, Denmark.

IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie,...