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FCC Readies for Hurricane Dorian

ARRL News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:40

As Hurricane Dorian nears the US southeast coast, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reports the agency been working throughout the weekend to finalize preparations for the storm and coordinate with federal and state partners.

“Our staff has reached out to wireless carriers and broadcasters to offer assistance,” Pai said in a statement. “With our government partners, including FEMA, we have worked to ensure...

FlexRadio Teams with Raytheon Team to Develop Airborne HF Radio

ARRL News - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:38

In a strategic partnership with Raytheon, US Amateur Radio equipment manufacturer FlexRadio®has been selected by the US Air Force to adapt its off-the-shelf SmartSDR/FLEX-6000 architecture for HF modernization of airborne communications platforms. The new radio will provide beyond line-of-sight, long distance communications for air crews.

“We are excited to convey that our proven modular direct ...

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver Permitting Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Response and Relief

ARRL News - Mon, 09/02/2019 - 13:19

The FCC has granted ARRL’s emergency request for a temporary waiver to permit only those radio amateurs active and involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts to use the PACTOR 4 digital protocol on HF. The waiver is valid through 2100 UTC on Friday, September 6. The waiver request was necessary because Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Radio Service rules limits digital data ...

Major Hurricane Dorian Prompts Sustained Activations

ARRL News - Sun, 09/01/2019 - 16:10

Hurricane Dorian, now a dangerous Category 5 storm, hit the island of Abaco in the Bahamas with 185 MPH winds and heavy rain. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on 14.325 MHz (7268 MHz alternate) and the VoIP Hurricane Net (EchoLink WX_TALK Conference) remain activated in conjunction with WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center to keep on top of ground-truth weather information and to handle emergen...

ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program is Now Accepting Applications

ARRL News - Sun, 09/01/2019 - 06:00

Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between September 1 and December 31, 2019.

All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check of...

Florida ARES Members Volunteer in Preparation for Hurricane Dorian

ARRL News - Sat, 08/31/2019 - 08:22

The Florida’s three ARES® Section Emergency Coordinators are collecting information from ARES volunteers in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. The SECs have set up a volunteer form for Florida ARES members to express their desire to help in the areas of Florida affected by the impending hurricane. The volunteer’s information will be used to fulfill mission requests and allow SECs ...

Hurricane Watch Net Set to Activate on Saturday

ARRL News - Fri, 08/30/2019 - 18:12

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has been closely watching the progress of Hurricane Dorian and will activate on Saturday at 2100 UTC and remain in continuous operation on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. 

Over the past 24 hours, the hurricane’s forecast track has shifted slightly, which will take the storm over the northern Bahamas before it strikes southeastern Florida.

As of 1500 UTC, Dorian was some 48...

ARRL Audio News - August 30, 2019

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 08/30/2019 - 13:32
ARRL Audio News - August 30, 2019

ARRL Audio News - August 30, 2019

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 08/30/2019 - 13:32
ARRL Audio News - August 30, 2019

US Jamboree on the Air Station Registration System Now Available

ARRL News - Fri, 08/30/2019 - 12:46

A new registration system has been established for US stations planning to participate in the 2019 Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) in October. JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said the new system will enable JOTA organizers to directly publish station information to facilitate contacts and more readily provide information to those who have registered.

“It will also help us collect inform...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 08/30/2019 - 06:59

Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, reports: The current stretch of spotless days is now over 3 weeks, according to Spaceweather.com. The continuing quiet seems eerie. For this past reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, the average daily solar flux (10.7 GHz radiation recorded in Penticton, British Columbia, which roughly tracks with sunspot activity) was only 66. I couldn’t recall when the weekl...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 06:00

Dorian Gains Hurricane Status, Forecast to Strengthen into Major Storm

ARRL News - 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

ARRL News - 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...

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