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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 06:00

Dorian Gains Hurricane Status, Forecast to Strengthen into Major Storm

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 15:08

Amateur Radio resources are in position as now-Category 1 Hurricane Dorian gradually moves away from the northeastern Caribbean. It is expected to become a “dangerous hurricane” in the western Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said in its 2100 UTC update. Dorian is about 45 miles northwest of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 80 MPH and moving northwest ...

ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 13:27

In an effort to more effectively address HF digital technology issues, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has reactivated the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee. The six-member panel, chaired by First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, will primarily focus on spectrum allocation issues that have gained increased visibility with discussions on accommodating automatically controll...

FCC Resolves LED Products Marketing Violations Investigation with Consent Decree

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:33

The FCC on August 26 announced that it had entered into a Consent Decree to resolve an investigation into whether the lighting fixture business Seasons 4 Inc., of Toano, Virginia, violated FCC rules by marketing LED products as the company S4 Lights without the required equipment authorization, labeling, and user manual disclosures, and by failing to produce certain required test records.

“Thes...

UN Headquarters’ 4U1UN Making Slow but Steady Progress in Returning to Air

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 11:26

Responding to inquiries noting the lack of 4U1UN activity, the United Nations Amateur Radio Club (UNARC) indicated on its Facebook page this week that it’s making slow but steady progress in its efforts to get the station back on the air from UN Headquarters. The main difficulties in getting 4U1UN up and running again following its displacement by renovations at UN Headquarters have been admini...

Hurricane Watch Net Set to Activate as Caribbean Prepares for Dorian

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:23

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) says that with Tropical Storm Dorian forecast to become a Category 1 Hurricane sometime early Tuesday afternoon, Puerto Rico will feel begin to feel the storm’s effects later that day. If the storm tracks a bit to the north, the island could take a direct hit. Dorian is expected to make landfall on Thursday, August 29 on the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. ...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 15:28

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, 08/23/2019 - 07:30

Spotless days continue this week, with consecutive days without sunspots now at 16 days, according to spaceweather.com as of August 22.

Average daily solar flux for all practical purposes was unchanged, from 67.4 last week to 67.5 this week. Average daily planetary A index went slightly lower from 6.3 to 4.4.

Predicted solar flux looks the same as it has been for months now, at 67 on August 23 to...

So Now What? Podcast

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:00

“Contesting,” with ARRL Contest Program Manager, Paul Bourque, N1SFE, will be the focus of the new (August 22) 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...

Efforts Continue to Enhance ARES Program, Add Resources

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:59

The ARRL Board of Directors, committees, and Headquarters administrative staff are continuing efforts to enhance the venerable Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) program. A major ARES Plan has been adopted, providing new direction going forward. In addition, a standardized training plan has been adopted and a new ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book approved and published.

At it...