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FCC Seeks Electronics Engineer in Enforcement Bureau

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 09:18

The FCC is seeking to hire an electronics engineer for a full-time, permanent position at the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, Office of Field Director in Columbia, Maryland.

The incumbent resolves RF interference, educates users, enforces regulations, and investigates all services for violations. This individual serves as a point of contact for FCC licensees in matters of fixed and mobile radi...

Cape Cod ARES and SKYWARN Provide Support in Rare Cape Cod Tornado Event

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:05

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, ARES, and SKYWARN Amateur Radio volunteers were promptly pressed into action as a storm system on July 23 produced severe thunderstorms that spawned three tornadoes over the Cape. Hurricane-force wind also resulted in significant tree and utility wire damage across Cape Cod, with particularly hard-hit communities including Hyannis, Yarmouth, and Chatham. Some pockets of...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 11:06

No sunspots were observed over the past week, and solar flux remains flat, with average daily values declining from 67.3 to 67.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5.3 to 5, and middle latitude A index from 6.3 to 5.9.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days remains at 67, August 2 through September 15, every day.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on August 2-3, then 8, 18, 15, 12 and 8 on ...

Effort to Focus on Preparing N1MM Logger+ to Support Other Languages

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 10:46

Al Kozakiewicz, AB2ZY, a new member of the N1MM Logger+ development team, is focused on preparing the popular logging program to support other languages besides English. He's seeking a group of user volunteers consisting of individuals who can handle translation work as well as individuals who can test translated languages.

An experimental version of N1MM Logger+ will be built from the productio...

ARISS Owen Garriott Commemorative SSTV Event Under Way

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 09:47

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is celebrating the life and accomplishments of astronaut, scientist, and Amateur Radio pioneer Owen Garriott, W5LFL (SK), with a commemorative slow-scan television (SSTV) event featuring images from his work with ham radio during his missions in space.

Garriott, who died last April, pioneered the use of Amateur Radio from space. pioneered ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 06:00

St. Paul Island CY9C DXpedition Hits the Airwaves

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 05:37

The slightly delayed CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition is now on the air. CY9C has been spotted on 40, 30, and 20 meters, with a lot of initial activity on FT8 (Fox/Hound mode) in addition to some CW and SSB. The CY9C DXpedition by Murray Adams, WA4DAN, and six others, will continue until August 8. All operations will be from the Northeast Island.

The CY9C DXpedition already has been approved for ...

One Dead, One Injured in New Hampshire Ham Radio Tower Mishap

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:42

A tower dismantling turned tragic on Saturday, July 27, in Deerfield, New Hampshire, when two radio amateurs working some 40 feet up on the tower were carried to the ground when the structure collapsed. Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA, 52, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, did not survive his injuries sustained in the fall, while the tower’s owner, Michael Rancourt, K1EEE, 65, was seriously injured and remai...

Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, is 2019 Newsline Young Ham of the Year

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:28

Fifteen-year-old ARRL member Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, of Normal, Illinois, has been selected as the 2019 Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY). His parents are Hari Rebba, VU2SPZ, and Shailaja Panyam. A rising sophomore at the Normal Community High School, Dhruv is a member of the Central Illinois Radio Club. He has been licensed since 2013, after a v...

ARISS Next Generation Radio System Completes Critical Flight Certification Tests

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 13:24

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) next-generation Interoperable Radio System (IORS) successfully completed a battery of stress tests, required as part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space Station (ISS). The IORS consists of a JVC Kenwood D710GA transceiver and the AMSAT-developed Multi-Voltage Power Supply (...

Free HPM 150th Birthday Event Logging Software Now Available

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:23

Scott Davis, N3FJP, perhaps best known for the ARRL Field Day software that bears his call sign, has developed a free logging program for ARRL’s Happy 150! Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration on-the-air event that gets under way on August 31 and runs for 9 days. Davis calls his software Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0. Maxim, 1AW, who cofounded ARRL, was born on September 2, 1869.

“I've nev...

St. Paul Island DXpedition Start May Be Delayed Slightly

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 09:27

An instrument failure on the helicopter that was scheduled to fly on July 29 from New York to Nova Scotia could delay the full operational setup of the CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition.

“However, every effort will be to begin operations as soon as possible, perhaps with a partial setup on Wednesday,” Randy Rowe, N0TG, said.

Three vehicles loaded with equipment and supplies departed from different ...

Cass Award Winners Announced

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 08:25

Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH, has been named as the winner of the 2018 Single-Operator Cass Award for the second year in a row. While active from Sint Eustatius Island as PJ5/SP9FIH in March 2018, Wegryzn contacted 8,257 unique stations during the 14 days of his one-person DXpedition.

The 3C0W Annobon Island DXpedition team was the recipient of the first Unlimited Cass Award for its effort in logging ...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 14:46

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.

 

RSGB Announces New FT4 Contests

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 11:01

The Radio Society of Great Britain Contest Committee has announced a series of contests using the new digital mode FT4. The three short-duration events on 80 meters (dial frequency 3575 kHz USB) are aimed at offering experience to FT4 newcomers.

“As this series is experimental, there are likely to be changes as we develop experience with this mode, so please check the rules prior to each event,”...

New Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Launched

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 09:56

The spherical Chinese CAS-7B (BP-1B) Amateur Radio satellite carrying an FM transponder launched on July 25 at 0500 UTC. Signals from both the FM transponder and the telemetry beacon have been received. The satellite was launched on Hyperbola-1 from Jiuquan into a 300 kilometer, 42.7° inclination orbit.

CAS-7B is expected to have a lifetime of about a month before reentry.

The CW telemetry beacon...

ARRL Seeks Development Manager

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 08:57

ARRL is seeking a Development Manager for full-time employment at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The Development Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic plans to maximize funding from donors for the organization through creative and effective campaign management and relationship building.

The individual holding this position is responsible for dev...