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WWROF Webinar on Contest Season Propagation Outlook Posted

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 06:57

 

 

The October 4 webinar, “A Look at Propagation for the 2017 2018 Contest Season,” sponsored by the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF), has been posted. Conducting the webinar were Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, and Frank Donovan, W3LPL. Contesters and DXers alike will appreciate their predictions and suggestions as to what to expect over the next few years in terms of HF conditions.

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Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteer Force Deploys New Equipment, Groceries

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:40

As their efforts continue to help Puerto Rico recover from the effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria, ARRL Force of 50 volunteers on the island distributed more new Amateur Radio gear to places where it will do the most good. Puerto Rico Section Emergency Coordinator Juan Sepulveda, KP3CR, is better prepared to assist, now that volunteers have delivered a radio and antenna to him in Lares.

 

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ARRL and Local Volunteers in Puerto Rico Working Together in Storm Recovery

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 12:06

Nearly 2 dozen ARRL volunteers from the mainland and five local radio amateurs have been working in concert to do what needs to be done in the Hurricane Maria recovery under way in Puerto Rico.

The latest update from the island commonwealth reports that 14 volunteers have deployed to hospitals, while five are embedded with Red Cross reunification teams. One volunteer apiece has been stationed at...

Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down from Nate Activation

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 06:28

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) formally secured operations for Hurricane Nate today, October 8, at 0900 UTC. The net uses 14.265 and 7.268 MHz.

The National Hurricane Center reported at 0600 UTC that the eye of Hurricane Nate had moved over Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, where hurricane hunter planes are stationed, with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH. Nate has since been downgr...

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Arrives in Puerto Rico, Volunteers Aid Hospitals

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 10:41

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday and is being oriented to the operation. Vice President Mike Pence visited the Emergency Operations Center yesterday, and spoke with volunteers.

The response continued, with 16 Amateur Radio stations operational on the island, serving 14 hospitals and towns. An Amateur Radio operator at Centro Medico in San Jua...

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 08:12

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate at 1800 UTC today on 14.325 MHz and will remain in operation on 20 meters until the band closes. The HWN will commence 40-meter operations on 7.268 MHz at 2200 UTC and will remain operational overnight. Operations on 7.268 MHz will pause at 1130 UTC, and, if required, resume at approximately 1230 UTC, to allow the Waterway Net to conduct its daily net...

Gulf Coast States Brace for Hurricane Nate; Hurricane Watch Net May Activate

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 06:42

Now a Category 1 storm, Hurricane Nate is continuing to move rapidly over the central Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported early today. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is closely monitoring and has announced plans for a possible net activation later today on 14.265 MHz (and/or 7.268 MHz). The net now is at Alert Level 3, standby mode.

As of 0900 UTC, Hurricane Nate was some...

Vice President Mike Pence Visits Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 06:16

Vice President Mike Pence visited radio amateurs and emergency responders at the Puerto Rico Emergency Operations Center (PREOC) in San Juan’s Convention Center on the evening of October 6.

“He gave a very motivating speech, and our very own Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, shook his hand,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, reported. Pence visited Puerto Rico on Friday, promising government help in the rec...

Radio Caroline Getting Permanent Perch in MW AM Band

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 06:10

Radio Caroline, the latter-day incarnation of the famous shipboard pirate radio station that beamed rock music to the UK in the 1960s and 1970s, has obtained a license to operate permanently on 648 kHz at 1 kW ERP. A transmitter imported from Europe has been undergoing necessary modifications to suit the MW frequency, which falls between the 10-kHz-spaced AM Standard Broadcast Band frequencies ...

IARU Region 2 Announces Ham Aid Donation of Funds and Equipment

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 15:28

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) has pledged to donate $5,000 as well as two Ham Aid kits to the Puerto Rico-Caribbean relief effort. 

The IARU is an organization consisting of over 160 national Amateur Radio societies around the world. The organization, which has been the spokesman and watchdog for the world Amateur Radio community since 1925, is divided into three Regional ...

ARRL Reminds Amateurs to Keep Clear of Frequencies Designated for Puerto Rico-Caribbean Emergency Response

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:00

ARRL reminds Amateur Radio operators that emergency communications are taking place on and around 14.265, as well as other frequencies. Please avoid these frequencies whenever possible, to allow for emergency communications to transpire clearly and efficiently.

If you must be on the air in the vicinity of these frequencies, please allow emergency operators at least 2 or 3 KHz on each side. Thank...

Ham Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Install Repeater, Work with Hospitals and Reunification

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:22

The Amateur Radio volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico continue to provide assistance in a number of areas. Amateur Radio resources have been reallocated around the island to better meet communications needs.

Volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, and a FEMA team member were tasked with calling 68 hospitals and medical facilities. They asked a series of 12 questions geared toward obtaining a bette...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:19

Many things fall apart. Over the past week, the 45-day outlook for solar flux and planetary A index at ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/forecasts/45DF/ has been in a failure mode (probably at the US Air Force end, based on experience) with no new predictions for three days, October 2-4. This is the longest outage that I recall for this resource.

Thanks to AD0IU, Space Scientist at the Space Weather P...

NCDXF Announces Grant to Ham Aid

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:55

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has contributed $2,500 to the ARRL Ham Aid Fund. Ham Aid was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes in the US and Caribbean. ARRL has supplied Ham Aid kits for the hurricane emergency response efforts in Puerto Rico and elsewhere, where the equipment helps to support ne...

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:00

The FCC has granted an ARRL request to waive current Amateur Radio rules to permit data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently permitted, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications between the continental US and Puerto Rico. The temporary waiver is limited to Amateur Radio operators in Puerto Rico using PACTOR 3 and PACTOR 4 emissions, and to those radio amateurs in th...

ARRL Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:47

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program is now accepting applications from eligible applicants. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018. More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.

All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and...

Amateur Radio Net Active for Tropical Storm Nate, the Latest Atlantic Storm Threat

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:33

[UPDATED 2017-10-05 @ 1742 UTC] Tropical Storm Nate is now threatening to dump “flooding rains” over portions of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm’s center is now moving across northeastern Nicaragua. The storm has caused heavy rain and flooding in Central America.

An Amateur Radio emergency net has been activated in Costa Rica. Amateurs not involved in...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:00

“Soldering and Unsoldering” is the topic of the current 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 himse...