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Henry Radio Los Angeles Founder Ted Henry, W6UOU, is 100

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 14:36

Henry Radio Los Angeles founder Ted Henry, W6UOU, turned 100 years old on January 25. The fascinating Henry family history in amateur radio marketing and manufacturing dates back to the late 1920s.

The original Henry Radio shop, started by Ted’s brother Bob Henry, W0ARA, opened in 1927 in their hometown of Butler, Missouri, selling equipment and parts for the then-new ham radio hobby. The store ...

ARRL Podcasts Schedule

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 12:38

The latest (February 13) episode of the On the Air podcast focuses on building the hands-free soldering tool from the article, “Extend Your Handheld’s Range with a Simple Ground-Plane Antenna,” seen in the January/February 2020 issue of On the Air magazine; a discussion of open-wire feed lines, and an interview with a public service volunteer. A new On the Air podcast will become available on M...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 15:43

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.

International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham Radio Gear

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:15

The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built four flight units, and the first will be installed in ...

UK Telecoms Regulator Ends Policy of Granting Two-Letter Call Sign Suffixes

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:13

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has said it no longer will issue two-letter suffix call signs to Full Licence holders. Since mid-2018, radio amateurs attaining the highest-class license have been able to apply for “short”call signs such as M5xx. The policy has provided a major incentive to upgrade. Ofcom said call signs with only two letters in the suffix are only available to applicants ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 08:31

Still no sunspots through all of February, except for the first day of the month. I keep watching for possible sunspot activity over the solar horizon on  https://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/ . Recently I noticed a promising looking white area, and in the past few days at Spaceeweather.com they pointed out two new regions just over the horizon.

As of Thursday night, both areas still appear to be transi...

ARRL Seeks a New Chief Executive Officer

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:47

ARRL is seeking an experienced radio amateur to be Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The CEO is the top compensated employee in ARRL’s management structure and oversees all operations in collaboration with the President and the Board of Directors, in accordance with ARRL’s Articles of Association, Bylaws, and Board policies. The successful candidate wi...

Interruption to Internet Access at ARRL Headquarters Scheduled for March 4

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 13:12

As part of ARRL Headquarters’ transition to new internet service providers, an interruption of internet access at ARRL Headquarters is set for Wednesday, March 4, starting at 2300 UTC. The interruption will last no longer than 4 hours.

During the work period, these services will be unavailable:

  • Logbook of The World (LoTW)
  • Online DXCC
  • International Grid Chase Archive
  • National Parks on the Air Arch...

Partially Submerged NEMO-1 WSPR Buoy Retrieved by Fishing Boat

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:36

The NEMO-1 WSPR buy buoy launched by AMSAT-Argentina (AMSAT-LU) on January 30 was retrieved 12 days later by a fishing vessel. The buoy transmitted WSPR on 14.095.6 MHz and APRS on VHF FM using the call sign LU7AA. The captain of the tuna vessel Juan Pablo II considered that the buoy was partially submerged, decided to retrieve it, and informed AMSAT-LU.

The NEMO-1 traveled another 8 days aboard...

FCC Turns Down Amateur Licensee’s Appeal

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 10:04

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released on February 20, the FCC turned down an appeal by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, of Diamond Springs, California, of an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) dismissal of Crowell’s amateur radio license renewal application. Chief ALJ Richard L. Sippel, ruled in 2018 that Crowell “failed to prosecute his application by refusing to attend a hearing scheduled...

St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society Reports Continued “Smart Meter” RFI

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 10:38

The St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS) reports continued interference to St. Kitts radio amateurs from so-called power company “smart meters.” SKNAARS, an IARU member-society, took its complaint to the national telecommunications regulator last year, and the regulator issued a cease-and-desist order last October 7.

SKNAARS said this week that Saint Kitts amateur radio opera...

It’s Never Too Late to Upgrade

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 10:21

ARRL Website, Other Services to be Offline on February 28

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:00

The ARRL website and other online services will be offline on Friday, February 28, for up to 8 hours in order to conduct necessary maintenance. The outage will begin at 0500 UTC and should end by 1300 UTC. Affected will be the main ARRL website, the ARRL Store, and the ARRL contesting-related pages, including the log submission page. Logbook of The World (LoTW), email, and all ARRL Headquarters...

VP8PJ South Orkney Islands DXpedition Anticipates Being on the Air on Sunday, February 23

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 12:44

 

 

The VP8PJ DXpedition to South Orkney Islands now anticipates being on the air sometime on Sunday, February 23, a couple of days behind the projected schedule. “The process of assembling the camp continues,” the DXpedition team reported on February 21. “[G]oing well, but will continue throughout today and tomorrow.” And in a follow-up report, “The ice has cleared enough to get the equipment as...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 12:26

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.