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New ARRL Repeater Directory Now Shipping

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:33

The 2020 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping. It includes “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings that are and updated more often. With 21,000 listings, it’s the most complete printed directory of on-the-air repeaters, covering repeater systems throughout the US and Canada.

 

Repeater systems are listed by ...

New ARRL Repeater Director Now Shipping

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:33

The 2020 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping. It includes “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings that are and updated more often. With 21,000 listings, it’s the most complete printed directory of on-the-air repeaters, covering repeater systems throughout the US and Canada.

Repeater systems are listed by s...

“WOW Signal” Documentary Now Available Online

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:16

Retired Ohio State University Professor Robert Dixon, W8ERD, says a documentary about the 1977 discovery of a signal from the cosmos detected by the Ohio State University Radio Telescope is now available from at least one internet video site and was to become available from Amazon and Google Play. The so-called “WOW signal” is regarded as the best candidate for a signal originating from extrate...

HuskySat-1 Gains Enthusiastic Following

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:33

Initial reports indicate considerable interest among amateurs in tracking and capturing data from the newly deployed HuskySat-1. The satellite, designed at the University of Washington, was launched to the International Space Station last November and subsequently deployed into a higher orbit from the ISS on January 31 and began telemetry transmissions on 435.800 MHz. HuskySat-1’s 1,200 bps BPS...

ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 14:13

ARRL has created a new HF Band Planning Discussion Group. HF Band Planning Committee Chair Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, will moderate the group, which will focus on the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee’s recommendations and other band-planning activities. Earlier this month, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee invited comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community on its report  to the ARRL ...

CubeSats Set for Deployment from the ISS

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 10:20

[UPDATED: 2020 02-12 @ 1942 UTC] Deployment of several CubeSats from the ISS has been delayed until February 17. Satellites include Phoenix, a 3U CubeSat developed by Arizona State University (ASU) to study the effects of urban heat islands through remote infrared sensing. The ASU operations team has asked the amateur satellite community for help in identifying the spacecraft and verifying that...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:01

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.

 

Dayton Hamvention 2020 Web Portal Opens for Tickets, Exhibit Space

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 09:56

Online orders for Dayton Hamvention® 2020 tickets, inside exhibit spaces, and flea market spots can now be placed online. Those who ordered online in 2019 should have their user IDs and passwords available when placing orders. Hamvention’s all-volunteer staff will work as quickly as possible to respond to orders. If you encounter difficulties, email the appropriate committee: Tickets, Inside Ex...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 09:05

We saw a nice run of cycle 24 and cycle 25 sunspots from January 24 through February 1. Daily sunspot number reached a short-term peak of 18 on January  26.

Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.1 reported in last week’s bulletin to 4.7 over the current reporting week, January 30 through February 5.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 71 on February 7-14, 72 on February 15-20, 7...

Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, Elected AMSAT President

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 13:51

During a teleconference meeting this week, the AMSAT Board of Directors elected Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, of Granbury, Texas, as AMSAT President. Coleman had served as a member of the Board of Directors and as AMSAT Secretary from 2017 until 2019, and he has volunteered in several other capacities for AMSAT, including as chair of the 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium. He succeeds Joe Spier, K6WAO, who r...

Former ARRL East Bay Section Manager, Ti-Michelle Connelly, NJ6T, SK

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 13:03

Ti-Michelle Connelly, NJ6T, of Yuma, Arizona, who served as ARRL East Bay Section Manager from 2003 until 2007, died last week. An ARRL Life Member, she was 72.

The California native also held other Field Organization appointments, including Net Manager, Affiliated Club Coordinator, Assistant Section Manager, and Official Emergency Station. Connelly was also an ARRL VEC and W5YI Volunteer Examin...

ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Seeks Comments on Recommendations

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 10:00

The ARRL HF Band Planning Committee is seeking comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community on its report to the ARRL Board. At the Board’s January meeting, the committee presented its specific recommendations in graphical form for each HF band and each US license class, with the goal of increasing harmony on the HF bands, particularly between CW and digital users.

“In general, the ...