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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 05:57

Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, reports: Solar activity remains very low. Over the past 2 weeks, only 4 days had visible sunspots, so the average daily sunspot number went from 6.7 in last week’s report to 1.6 this week.

Average daily solar flux remained the same, moving only from 67.4 to 67.5. Geomagnetic activity was also flat, with average daily planetary A index changing from 5 to 4.9, and avera...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 06:00

ARRL Headquarters Will be Closed on July 4 and 5 for Independence Day

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:38

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on July 4 and 5 for Independence Day. The ARRL Letter will not be published on July 4, and ARRL Audio News will not be produced on July 5. ARRL Headquarters will re-open on Monday, July 8, at 8 AM EDT.

We wish everyone an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.


Scientist Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, Honored for Ionospheric Imaging Research

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 13:59

Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, the academic director of the University of Bath Doctoral College in the UK, has received the 2019 Edward Appleton Medal and Prize for her pioneering research in tomography and data assimilation that revealed a completely new perspective on the ionosphere in response to extreme space weather.

“Mitchell innovated a completely new Earth observation technique by adapting med...

Historic Amateur Radio Contact Reported via Moon-Orbiting Satellite

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 09:42

A contact between radio amateurs in Germany and China took place on July 1 via the moon-orbiting LO-94 satellite, DSLWP-B, launched in May 2018. The two-way exchange between Reinhard Kuehn, DK5LA, in Soerup, Germany, and Harbin Institute of Technology club station BY2HIT (operated by Wei Mingchuan, BG2BHC), in Harbin, China, occurred between 0551 and 0728 UTC, according to reports. The GMSK-to-...

IARU Attends CEPT Project Team Meeting in Switzerland

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 11:16

IARU was represented at a recent meeting in Switzerland of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Project Team D. This was the last of the CEPT project team meetings preparing European Common Proposals (ECP) for a number of agenda items for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) this fall in Egypt.

WRC-19 agenda item 1.1, which addresses the po...

Well-Known RTTY Contester Bill Turner, W6WRT, SK

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:02

Frequent participant in RTTY contests and former RTTY reflector moderator William R. “Bill” Turner, W6WRT, of Landers, California, has died. He was 77. Turner had been licensed since 1957 and previously held the call signs W6PDN, WA6HKV, W7LZP, and W7TI. He had been reported inactive for the past year. Turner was a past moderator of the RTTY Reflector on “This saddens me a lot, ...

ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program Application Window Opens on September 1

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 09:58

Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between September 1 and December 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class.

Applicants should review the scholarships and check of...

ARRL Announces “Happy 150!” Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 09:40

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL’s first president and cofounder Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM), W1AW, born on September 2, 1869. ARRL will hold an operating event this summer to celebrate HPM’s legacy from 0000 UTC on August 31 and continue until 2359 UTC on September 8. It is open to all radio amateurs.

The event goal is straightforward: Contact as many participating station...

Candidates for AMSAT Board of Directors Announced

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 11:41

AMSAT has announced its list of 2019 Board of Directors candidates. They are Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Howard (Howie) Defelice, AB2S; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Jeff Johns, WE4B; Brennan Price, N4QX; Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK; Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV. The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be seated as voting members of the Board of Directors. Two altern...

Past IARU Region 3 Director Sangat Singh, 9M2SS, SK

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 11:38

Former International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Director Sangat Singh, 9M2SS, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, died on June 29. He was 86. Licensed in 1962, Singh served as an IARU Region 3 director in the 1990s, stepping down in 2000. In 2008, Singh served as an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) volunteer and loaned his call sign for an ARISS contact between the National Pla...

Canada Day Contest Under Way

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 06:41

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:26

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, 06/28/2019 - 07:12

A new sunspot group emerged on June 24, but don’t count on it persisting much longer. It emerged already far along the western limb and is about to rotate off the visible solar disc. Sunspot numbers on June 24-27 were 24, 12, 11 and 11.

Average daily sunspot number increased from 0 to 6.7 over the week of June 20-26, while average daily solar flux increased from 67.1 to 67.4.

Average daily planet...

So Now What? Podcast

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 11:21

“Available Operating Modes to Us New Hams” is the focus of the new (June 27) 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, alt...

Petition for Rulemaking Asks FCC to Create a New 8-Meter Amateur Band

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 09:39

The FCC has put on public notice for comment a Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11843) that seeks the creation of a new 8-meter Amateur Radio allocation on a secondary basis. The Petition suggests the new band could be centered on an industrial-scientific-medical (ISM) segment somewhere between 40.51 and 40.70 MHz. The spectrum between 40 and 41 MHz is currently allocated to the Federal Government a...