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ARRL On the Air Podcast Premieres on January 16

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:31

ARRL’s new On the Air podcast for those just getting started on their amateur radio journey, will debut this Thursday, January 16, with a new podcast posted each month. The podcast is a companion to the new bimonthly On the Air magazine, which is already on its way to member subscribers. On the Air magazine editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, will be the host of the new podcast. Both the podcast an...

Germany Special Event Recognizes Anniversary of SDR Development

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 13:11

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) this year is honoring 35 years of software-defined radio (SDR) technology with special call sign and special DOK.

“In order to acknowledge the high importance of digital signal processing for communications technology in general, and amateur radio in particular, a special event station DL35SDR will be active from the greater Munich area throughout 2020,” ...

Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said, A41AA, SK

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 13:10

The Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said, A41AA, died on January 10. He was 79. The Diwan of the Royal Court has declared 3 days of mourning, with the flag flown at half-mast for the next 40 days. The sultan was the patron and sponsor of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) and its A47RS club station. He had been the Sultan of Oman since 1970. 

Well-Known DXer and DXCC Card Checker Peter Glasmacher, DK5DC, SK

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:43

 Well-known DXer and DXCC card checker Peter Glasmacher, DK5DC/AA6HM, of Werl, Germany, died unexpectedly on January 12. An ARRL member, he was 68. Glasmacher served as the editor of the monthly DX column “DXtra” in CQ DL, the official journal of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC), to which Glasmacher also belonged. Glasmacher was a familiar face at Ham Radio, held each June in Friedrichsh...

Puerto Rico Volunteers Deployed to Red Cross, ARRL Sending Equipment

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 13:20

Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, reports that several Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers have been deployed to earthquake-ravaged regions of the island at the request of the American Red Cross. Initial operations got under way in the town of Yauco, where the Red Cross has a central warehouse for the earthquake relief effort. Operations are on VHF and UHF, although ...

Nominations Solicited for Six ARRL Awards

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 10:49

ARRL is inviting nominations for awards that recognize educational and technological pursuits in amateur radio. Nominations are also open for the League’s premier award to honor a young licensee.

  • The Hiram Percy Maxim Award recognizes a radio amateur and ARRL member younger than age 21, whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature within the framework of amateur radi...

The February Edition of Digital QST is Now Available!

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 13:48

The February issue of Digital QST is now available for viewing on your desktop or laptop. Click here to view the issue. It is also available for reading on your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device.

  • Build an affordable D-STAR Hotspot
  • Learn about CAT
  • Ham-friendly homes and a hidden wire antenna
  • See the craftsmanship of the Combo Key
  • Take a look back to May 1970

                …and much more!    

 

 

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 13:04

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, 01/10/2020 - 05:29

A single new Cycle 25 sunspot appeared over the past week, January 1 through January 8. NOAA did not record or number the new spot until January 2, but Spaceweather.com indicated it (sunspot region 2755) began on January 1.

Then another new Cycle 25 spot emerged on Thursday, January 9, with a daily sunspot number of 14. I was excited to see Spaceweather.com post “Solar Cycle 25 Continues to Inte...

Earthquakes Compromised Power Generation Capacity, Puerto Rico Section Manager Says

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 09:30

ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, says small tremors continue on the island in the wake of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the southwestern part of the island on January 7. A magnitude 5.8 quake struck a day earlier. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported widespread power outages after generating plants automatically activated protective shutdown s...

John Litz, NZ6Q, Appointed as San Joaquin Valley Section Manager

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 14:12

John Litz, NZ6Q, has been appointed as the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Manager to succeed Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, who died on December 27. Litz will complete the remaining term of office that runs through June 30, 2021. ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, made the appointment, effective immediately, after consulting with Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, an...

ARRL West Central Florida Section Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this Year

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 13:02

The ARRL West Central Florida Section is marking its 20th anniversary this year. The Section newsletter, the WCF Presser, includes information on celebratory activities. A K4WCF special event in January will activate all 10 of the Section’s counties, with additional K4WCF special events later in the year. The West Central Florida Section website also has a new look for the 20th anniversary cele...

Norway Experiences Unexpected Ground Current “Shockwave”

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 12:47

Spaceweather.com reports that on January 6, unexpected electrical currents were detected in the soil of northern Norway starting at around 1930 UTC.

“It seemed to be some kind of shockwave,” said Rob Stammes, who monitors ground currents at the Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory in Lofoten. “My instruments detected a sudden, strong variation in both ground currents and our local magnetic f...