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ARISS Announces Slow-Scan Television Event

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:12

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced another slow-scan television (SSTV) transmission event, using images from the NASA on the Air (NOTA) program that celebrated NASA’s 60th anniversary and key events in NASA’s early history during 2018.

Transmissions are scheduled to start on Friday, February 8, at 1400 UTC and run through Sunday, February 10, at 1830 UTC. SSTV...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:03

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, 02/01/2019 - 12:06

The past week saw increased solar activity, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 5.3 to 19.6 and average daily solar flux from 69.8 to 74.5. We haven’t seen such strong activity since the beginning of last summer, when ARLP016 in 2018 reported average daily sunspot number at 22.6 and average daily solar flux at 75.3.

But sunspots only persisted from January 22 through January 30, and o...

Geoffrey Starks Sworn in as FCC Commissioner

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:11

The FCC now officially has its full complement of five members. Democrat Geoffrey Starks, who succeeds Mignon Clyburn on the Commission, was sworn in January 30. He formerly served as assistant bureau chief in the FCC Enforcement Bureau and in the US Department of Justice.

“I am deeply honored to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, and I thank the President and the...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 07:00

FCC Now Processing Amateur Radio Applications

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:27

The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator said today that the FCC has begun processing Amateur Radio applications for the first time since early January, when it shut down because of the lapse in funding.

“The FCC worked through its backlog very quickly, and started processing our files about noon today,” Assistant ARRL VEC Manager Amanda Grimaldi, N1NHL, said on Wednesday. “We’re slowly submittin...

Amendment Aims to Promote CITEL/CEPT Amateur Radio Operating Reciprocity

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:22

Chile recently became the third country to sign the Amendment of the Inter-American Convention on the use of an International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP). Once the Amendment is in effect, Chile and other Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) signatories may offer reciprocal Amateur Radio privileges to Amateur Radio licensees from European Conference of Postal and Telecommunication...

FCC Resets Filing Deadlines, Receipt Dates in Wake of Government Shutdown

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 13:51

As it attempts to dig out from beneath a blizzard of applications from all services, the FCC has reset some filing deadlines and established new receipt dates. Certain electronic filing and database systems, including the Universal Licensing System (ULS) that Amateur Radio licensees use, were unavailable or not supported from January 3 until January 28, 2019. As the shutdown began, the FCC had ...

National Weather Service Dropping High Seas and Storm Warnings on WWV/WWVH

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:41

The National Weather Service (NWS) is discontinuing its high seas and storm warnings transmitted via National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) WWV/WWVH time and frequency-standard HF transmissions, starting January 31 at 1800 UTC. The NWS warnings are aimed at the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific.

“This service is being terminated because weather information in the current...

The FCC is Back in Business

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:06

[UPDATED: 2019-01-29 @ 2115 UTC] In the wake of the more-than-month-long partial government shutdown, the FCC said today that it would be tackling the backlog of applications already in the queue over the course of a couple days. The FCC had earlier indicated that it would resume processing Amateur Radio applications starting today. Subsequently, the Commission requested that Volunteer Examiner...

Europe’s Youngsters on the Air Enthusiasm Breeds Contesting Exuberance in US

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:59

Some of the enthusiasm engendered by Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 (Europe and Africa) has spilled over into IARU Region 2 (the Americas). A group of a half-dozen young radio operators calling itself “Team Exuberance” will visit the contest superstation of Tim Duffy, K3LR, in late March for the CQ World Wide WPX SSB event. The team was inspire...

W1AW Continues Search for West Coast Qualifying Run Station

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:00

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW is seeking a volunteer station on the US West Coast that can serve as another ARRL Qualifying Run CW transmitting station. The west-coast station shares in the transmission of a monthly Qualifying Run for the benefit of those on the west coast. Minimum requirements include the ability to transmit a good, high-quality, stable, high-power (at least 1 kW) CW signal on 8...

Nominations Invited for CQ Contest Hall of Fame

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:52

CQ Magazine has announced that nominations for the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are being accepted until March 1. Individuals, clubs, and national organizations may submit nominations. Nominations should clearly indicate that they are for the Contest Hall of Fame and detail the reasons and basis for the nomination. Email submission is preferred, with a subject line of Contest Hall of Fame. Nominatio...

ARRL Launching New Podcast Geared Toward New Radio Amateurs

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:40

For those just getting started on their Amateur Radio journey, ARRL is launching a new podcast aimed at answering your questions, providing support and encouragement for newcomers to get the most out of the hobby. The podcast “So Now What?” will launch on Thursday, 
March 7, and new episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podca...