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ARRL Audio News - June 23,2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:37
ARRL Audio News is a weekly compilation of news stories from the ARRL Letter. Hosted by ARRL's Sean Kutzko (KX9X) and Carla Pereira (KC1HSX), ARRL Audio News features no music or advertising, and is suitable for playing over Amateur Radio repeater systems. In this week's report: • Hamvention Reports the Second-Largest Attendance Ever in 2017 • The US Fish and Wildlife Service Okays Baker Island DXpeditions, with Strict Conditions • The 13 Colonies Special Event Returns July 1-7: Is ARRL Audio News aired on your local Amateur Radio repeater? Would you like to submit an ID like the ones you hear in the podcast? Visit the ARRL Audio News website at www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news to contact us!

Edmond Amateur Radio Club announces #FD2017 activities

ARRL Oklahoma - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:31
ARRL Field Day Almost Here!Field day dinner will be Saturday June 24 at 5:30 PM. If you plan to attend please RSVP to facilitate the order with our caterer Jimmy John's! This year is very different Jimmy John's is donating (some percentage) to the Edmond Amateur Radio Club! If you help with setup/dismantle or make/assist with 20 contacts during the contest you can eat for FREE! Otherwise, a monetary donation jar will be available to support the club and its Field Day expenses.For those who are operating radios or helping in other roles we will also have Jimmy John's gourmet sandwiches available throughout the day and night! Woo hoo! And a huge thank you goes to Jimmy John's for the Party Platters and crazy fast delivery!

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:57

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this reporting week (June 15-21) from 4.9 to 29.4. The previous week had four days with no sunspots, and this week there were no zero sunspot days, hence the dramatic increase in the average.

Average daily solar flux barely budged from 74.4 to 74.6

Average daily planetary A index went from 7.3 to 9.4, and mid-latitude A index from 6.9 to 8.1.

Predicted solar flux...

ARRL to Sponsor 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:36

The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.

Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, SK

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:20

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Lucas had been an OO since 1989 and OOC since 2003.

Licensed in 1964, Lucas was a past president of the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NARCC) and actively lobbied for the revision of California’s distracted driving bill. He was a ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:00

“Generators” is the topic of the new (June 22) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel ...

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Activity Planned for Mid-July

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:52

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television (SSTV) images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800 MHz FM around the July 15-16 weekend.

“We are planning for at least a 2-day operation, but are working for a potentially longer operation,” AR...

OCAPA announces Field Day location #FD2017

ARRL Oklahoma - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:00

On the weekend of June 24-25, amateur radio operators throughout North America will participate inField Day, a 24 hour communications drill.  Field Day, established in 1933, is sponsored by theAmerican Radio Relay League, the national amateur radio organization which represents the amateurradio community in the United States.
Field Day tests amateur radio's ability to set up station is austere locations, successfully operatethem, and provides initial and recurring training in emergency communications for the amateur radiocommunity.
In the Oklahoma City area, several amateur radio clubs will establish Field Day sites for thisevent.  The Oklahoma City Autopatch Association (OCAPA) will establish its' Field Day site on theeast side of Lake Draper, Point 10, Area 2 on Saturday morning, June 24th.

FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:46

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a former journalist.

“This agency has a critical role to play in enforci...

Computer Logging Specifically for ARRL Field Day

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:21

ARRL Field Day is upon us! If you’re still in the dark about how to use the logging software that your club or group will employ this weekend, these videos may help. For those logging with the popular N3FJP Amateur Radio Software, developer Scott Davis, N3FJP has posted an 11-minute Quick Start video that should be sufficient to get you going.

If your group is using N1MM Logger+, then check out...

2017 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced:

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:24

Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Peter Portanova, W2JV, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, have been nominated to serve on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. Ballots will go out in mid-July to AMSAT-NA members, and candidate statements will accompany them. The top four vote-getters will be elected to the Board, with an alternate chosen based on the next highest number of...

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:17

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters has announced its Field Day 2017 bulletin schedule. The Maritime Radio Historical Society station K6KPH will transmit the W1AW Field Day 2017 bulletin for the benefit of West Coast stations.

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INSPIRE-2 Ground Controllers Turn to Amateur Radio, Rescue Stalled Satellite

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:29

Amateur Radio came to the rescue of the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat, built by the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales. According to Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the CubeSat is designed to “explore the lower thermosphere, for re-entry research and in-orbit demonstration of technologies and miniaturized sensors” and ...

Thirteen US Schools/Groups Move Closer to Hosting ARISS Contacts

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:26

Thirteen schools and organizations will move into the second phase of the selection process to host the earthbound end of an Amateur Radio contact with an International Space Station (ISS) crew. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is in the process of selecting schools and groups to host ARISS contacts during the first half of 2018. The 13 prospective hosts now will submit ...

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Wins Prestigious W.G. Cady Award

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:29

Well-known scientist and radio amateur Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is the recipient of the 2017 W.G. Cady Award, “for pioneering research, development, and commercialization of signal-generating and processing devices for commercial and scientific applications.” Sponsored by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society, the Cady Award recognizes outstanding contributions r...

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