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Amateur Radio Operators and National Weather Service Mark SKYWARN Alliance

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 14:33

Saturday December 3, 2022 was SKYWARN® Recognition Day (SRD), an event that recognizes SKYWARN volunteers for their contribution to public safety. SRD was observed by several National Weather Service (NWS) locations across the United States. Amateur radio volunteers set up temporary operations from forecasting headquarters to make contacts with other stations to demonstrate their readiness to ...

New General Question Pool Released for Ham Radio Licensing Effective July 1, 2023

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 14:29

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators' (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has released the 2023 - 2027 General Class FCC Element 3 Syllabus and Question Pool to the public. The new General Question Pool is effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2027.

The new pool incorporates some significant changes compared to the 2019 - 2023 version. Its 432 questions were modified s...

Youth on the Air Camp 2023 Application Period Now Open

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 14:28

Applications are now being accepted for campers interested in attending Youth on the Air (YOTA) Camp 2023.

Licensed amateur radio operators ages 15 through 25 are encouraged to apply online at YouthOnTheAir.org. The Radio Amateurs of Canada will be the local host for the 2023 YOTA Camp. It is scheduled to take place July 16 â 21, 2023, at the Carleton University campus in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada...

The K7RA Solar Update - December 8, 2022

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 14:20

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week's ARRL Propagation Bulletin, ARLP049:

Solar activity bounced back in our reporting week, December 1 - 7. With solar flux and sunspot numbers dramatically higher and geomagnetic activity lower, what could be better? Well, even more sunspots, I guess. But this sunspot cycle is already progressing better than the prediction consensus, so...

ARDC Awards Grant for New Amateur Radio Station

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 14:14

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a $16,495 grant to fund a modern amateur radio station in the soon-to-open Museum of Information Explosion (MIE) in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, ARDC Communications Manager, said the amateur station will be staffed and maintained by members of local amateur radio clubs, including the Radio Club of the MIE, who will install and...

Amateur Radio Operators Commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 14:00

At the request of ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® (ARRL), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a waiver allowing amateur radio operators to participate in a special event commemorating the 81st anniversary of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

On December 6 and 7, ham radio operators can make crossband contacts with the Battleship IOWA, now moored in the Port...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 17:48

No new sunspots appeared over the past reporting week, November 24 to 30.  But sunspots were visible every day.  Then on December 1 three new sunspot groups emerged.  The sunspot number rose from 12 to 49 and the total sunspot area went from 10 to 330.

Sunspot numbers and solar flux declined during this reporting week (November 24 to 30), with average daily Sunspot number dropping from 66 to 46,...

Radio Amateur Dr. Kristina Collins, KD8OXT, Earned PhD in Electrical Engineering

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:50

Dr. Kristina Collins, KD8OXT, earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University on November 18, 2022. Dr. Collins' thesis, Development of a Low-Cost Meta-Instrument for Distributed Observations of Ionospheric Variability, focuses on the development of the HamSCI Grape Personal Space Weather Station Network. Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) serves as a...

Amateur Radio Club Provides Communications Support for Thanksgiving Day Race

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:45

The BEARS of Manchester Amateur Radio Club in Manchester, Connecticut, spent Thanksgiving Day providing amateur radio communications support for the 86th Manchester Road Race.

The race, a 4.748-mile course that begins and ends on Main Street in downtown Manchester, has been a Thanksgiving Day tradition since 1927. This is the 30th consecutive year the BEARS of Manchester Amateur Radio Club has p...

Youth/Youngsters on the Air Month-Long Event Begins December 1

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:34

On December 1, 2022, YOTA begins a month-long, special event to celebrate young amateur radio operators -- YOTA Month 2022. YOTA is Youth or Youngsters on the Air. Amateur radio operators aged 25 and younger will be on all bands using all modes throughout the month to make contacts around the world. In 2021, YOTA participants worldwide made 119,516 contacts, surpassing their goal of 100,000 con...

Nova Scotia Students Contact Astronaut Via Ham Radio

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:34

Students at Five Bridges Junior High School in Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada, finally had an opportunity to talk with an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio.

On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, the students were able to talk with Astronaut Josh Cassada, KI5CRH, for about 11 minutes as the ISS passed over northern Europe.

The students were anxious to ask quest...

Quarter Century Wireless Association to Celebrate 75 Years

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:21

The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary on December 5, 2022.

Founded in 1947, QCWA's mission includes promoting "friendship and cooperation among Amateur Radio (Wireless) operators who were licensed as such at least a quarter of a century ago."

Today, QCWA has 230 chapters in the US. During the organization's 75 years, it has had nearly 40,000 members. ...

The K7RA Solar Update - November 28, 2022

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 09:44

ARRL Headquarters was closed for the holiday last Thursday and Friday, so this bulletin is delayed until Monday, but has fresh content from Sunday night.

At 2228 UTC on November 27, the Australian Space Weather Forecasting Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning. “A coronal hole wind stream is expected to induce G1 periods of geomagnetic activity from mid-30 - November to 01-December.”

So...

ARRL Headquarters Closed for 2022 Thanksgiving Holiday

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 12:22

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 - 25, 2022, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on those days. ARRL HQ will reopen on Monday, November 28, at 8 AM EST.

On behalf of ARRL, Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful to our members and member-volunteers, and all radio amateurs who help us advance the art, science,...

Dodge County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Receives ServeNebraska Award

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 14:16

The Dodge County Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) has received the 2022 Disaster Volunteer Award at the ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards Luncheon on November 4, 2022.

Presented by Nebraska First Lady Susanne Shore, the award recognizes Dodge County ARES for a critical role in responding to the 2019 flooding in Fremont, Nebraska, and the surrounding areas. Dodge County ARES took signific...

Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, to Be Inducted to the Indian National Academy of Engineering

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 14:12

The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) will induct Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, as a fellow during ceremonies in mid-December. Dr. Rohde is only the third foreign fellow elected by the INAE, preceded by Dr. Jeffrey Wineland, who won a Nobel Prize in Physics, and Dr. Philip H. Knight.

In the formal announcement issued November 19, 2022, the INAE thanked Dr. Rohde for "outstanding contributi...

SKYWARN Recognition Day Set for December 3, 2022

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 13:54

The annual SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) on-the-air activity will take place Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 0000 to 2400 UTC. For US time zones, activity begins on the evening of Friday, December 2, 2022.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® to honor the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers ma...

Support Young Hams on #GivingTuesday

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 16:03

2022 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 15:04

ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, overcame challengers for his position in the 2023-2025 election cycle. Ballots counted on November 18 showed Baker (2,785 votes) defeating challengers Vice Director James Schilling, KG4JSZ (1,000 votes), and John Willis, KB4DU (673 votes).

For the position of Vice Director, Jeff Beals, WA4AW (1,516 votes), o...

Eastern Massachusetts Section to Welcome New Section Manager; Incumbent Section Managers were Reelected

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 14:25

Jon McCombie, N1ILZ, will become Section Manager (SM) of the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section on January 1, 2023. McCombie, of Eastham, was the only nominee to submit a petition to run for office when the nomination period closed in early September. As the sole nominee, he has been declared elected.

This past year, McCombie has been Assistant SM to Tom Walsh, K1TW, who has been the SM of the E...