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Outer Space is Your Next Radio Frontier!

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 13:20

You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right now! All it takes is the right information, which you’ll find in ARRL’s new book Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners.

Dozens of spacecraft are in orbit just waiting for your signals, and more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a w...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 12:24

Last week we pointed out in ARLP009 that the NASA STEREO images (at https://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/ ) showed two bright spots, magnetically complex, about to rotate over the sun’s eastern horizon and onto the visible solar disc. I was hoping these might develop into sunspots, but they both quickly faded away, so currently we have seen no sunspots in 33 days. Clearly, we are still at solar minimum...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 12:00

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.

Problems with Headquarters Mass E-mailings to Yahoo and AOL Addresses

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 11:50

Starting sometime Wednesday evening, March 5th, mass e-mailings sent from ARRL Headquarters have been refused by e-mail servers at Yahoo. This means that recipients with yahoo.com or aol.com addresses have not been receiving the ARRL Letter, DX News, the Section Manager newsletter, renewal notices, and ARRL marketing offers.

Individual e-mail communications with ARRL Headquarters have not been a...

Coronavirus Fears Spur Cancellation, Postponement of Some Ham Radio Events

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 11:10

Additional amateur radio events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) fears.

The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) has announced the cancellation of several amateur radio events planned for March, in the wake of a government policy requesting that events be canceled, postponed, or reduced in size for the next 2 weeks, saying “events that attract large numbers of ...

German Contest Team to Conduct FT8 Experimental Event

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 10:39

Starting on March 9, a group of German radio amateurs will attempt to determine how long it takes to complete DXCC using only FT8 protocol.

“Today, more than 80% of the QSOs are made by FT8 operators,” the group said. “Our goal is to get the DXCC in the shortest possible time.” Using the call sign DR4K, the operators have set several conditions.

They will not use any spotting assistance, will lim...

AMSAT Academy to be Held Prior to Dayton Hamvention

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 10:36

AMSAT® is hosting AMSAT Academy on May 14, the day before Dayton Hamvention®. This is a unique opportunity to learn about amateur radio in space and working FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites currently in orbit. AMSAT Academy will be held Thursday, May 14, from 9 AM until 5 PM at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Dayton, Ohio.

The $85 reg...

Saint Patrick’s Day Special Event Set

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 08:44

Many radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on the air as part of the St Patrick Award. The 48-hour event will take place from 1200 UTC on March 16 until 1200 UTC on March 18. Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17. SWLs are invited to take part. Awards will be in five categories: SPD Station Award (for registered stations); Fixed/Portable Station Award; Digital Station Awa...

Georgia Institute of Technology CubeSat to Feature Amateur Radio Robot Operation

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 08:37

The Glenn Lightsey Research Group’s Space Systems Design Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology is sponsoring a 1U CubeSat mission that will include a digital robot. The primary function of the GT-1 satellite is to serve as an educational proof of concept and satellite bus demonstrator. Georgia Tech will use this mission as an opportunity for undergraduates to get involved in all facets of ...

Former CQ Amateur Radio Magazine Awards Editor Eddie De Young, KS4AA, SK

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 14:03

Weeks after stepping down due to health issues, CQ Amateur Radio Magazine Awards Editor Eddie De Young, KS4AA (ex-VK4AN, KH6GLU, AE7AA), of Clearwater, Florida, died on February 25, after a period of ill health. He was an ARRL member. De Young had held the position for less than a year, according to CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU.

A ham since 1954, De Young migrated to Australia in 1974, earning W...

Amateur Radio Club President is among Two Killed in Knife Attack

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 14:00

The president of the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society in California, Paul McIntyre, KC5JAX, was one of two individuals killed on February 28 in a knife attack by a client at a recovery center. McIntyre, a father of two, had been interning at the Wellness and Recovery Center in Carmichael as part of his training to become a social worker. He was 57. Two other victims survived the ...

IARU Region 2 Seeks Help in Remaking Amateur Radio for the 21st Century

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 13:46

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) is looking for a few young hams interested in helping to remake amateur radio for the 21st century.

“Frustrated that there are so few of your friends and age group that are interested in ham radio? Frustrated that amateur radio is in a rut, not doing more or different things with technology? Concerned that an aging demographic mea...

Yasme Foundation will Honor 4U1UN Reactivation Team with its Excellence Award on March 6

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 14:47

The Yasme Foundation will present its Excellence Award on March 6 to the individuals responsible for reactivating the United Nations Headquarters amateur radio station, 4U1UN. The project took more than 4 years to complete.

As announced earlier, those receiving the award are James Sarte, K2QI, and Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA. The team used an innovative in-house remote concept: the station is locat...

ARRL Foundation Announces Matching Scholarship Grants by Amateur Radio Digital Communications

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 10:16

ARRL Foundation President Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV, announced this week that the non-profit Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has generously agreed to award a grant to the ARRL Foundation to match the Foundation’s 2020-2021 scholarships on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to a total of $200,000.

“The ARRL Foundation Board is honored to partner with ARDC to award ARDC’s Amateur Radio Di...

South Orkneys VP8PJ DXpedition Team to Head Home on March 6

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 07:21

[UPDATED: 2020-03-04 @ 1832 VP8PJ now will continue radio operations throughout most of February 5. The team will depart Signy Island on March 7.]

The VP8PJ South Orkney Islands DXpedition now under way has put nearly 60,000 contacts into the log, since operation began on February 22. Over the weekend, heavy winds damaged some antennas.

“Major winds swept through again overnight,” the team report...