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FCC to Suspend Most Operations on January 3, if Government Shutdown Continues

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:27

If the partial lapse in federal government funding continues, the FCC will suspend most operations on Thursday, January 3, at mid-day. At that time, employees will have up to 4 hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. Work required for the protection of life and property will continue, however, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds. In ad...

Reminder: Straight Key Night Gets Under Way on New Year’s Eve

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:22

Break out the brass and set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to take part in Straight Key Night (SKN). The annual event begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). Not a contest, SKN is dedicated to celebrating Amateur Radio’s Morse code heritage.

The idea is simple: Get on the air and enjoy casual CW contacts, preferably using a straight key (han...

January 31 is the Deadline to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship Applications

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:43

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program will accept applications from eligible applicants until January 31, 2019. 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 license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligibl...

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