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Outages Affect Receipt of Applications, FCC License Processing

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 15:16

The Newington, Connecticut, US Post Office, which serves ARRL Headquarters, is without power, so ARRL is receiving little or no mail, affecting the receipt of amateur radio exam session paperwork as well as other mail and parcels. The outage is a result from damage due to Tropical Storm Isaias. In addition, the FCC electronic batch filing system was down for about 24 hours and did not process a...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:20

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.

 

ARRL Audio News - August 7, 2020

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:59
ARRL Audio News - August 7, 2020

Campus Radio Clubs Face an Altered Fall Landscape

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:38

Many colleges and universities are preparing incoming students for fall classes, amid a complex landscape of re-entry plans due to COVID-19. Schools are pursuing a variety of instructional modalities, including live and asynchronous online classes, reduced-size or no in-person classes, and hybrid classes with some mix of it all. At schools where in-person attendance is allowed, the emphasis is ...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 07:22

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot Cycle 25 is under way. We saw one new spot on July 28 and two new ones on August 2 and 3. The daily sunspot numbers were 22 and 23 on the dates of their appearance, and the total sunspot area grew on Wednesday to 160 millionths of the visible solar disc. The total sunspot area was smaller the next day, August 6, but the daily sunspot number increased fr...

SAQ Alexanderson Day in the Age of COVID-19

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 14:12

Despite mid-summer conditions, at least seven US listeners, most of them radio amateurs, were able to copy the 17.2-kHz signal from the SAQ Alexanderson Alternator at the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station in Sweden. The July 5 transmission from the vintage electro-mechanical transmitter commemorated the annual Alexanderson Day. All told, more than 600 reception reports [report updated on 20...

New England Division Convention Canceled Due to COVID-19

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:03

Initially scheduled for July, the Northeast HamXposition, host of the 2020 ARRL New England Division Convention, was moved back to November because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the in-person event is off until next summer, although some activities will take place online this year. Renamed before the 2019 show, the Northeast HamXposition has succeeded the long-running annual Boxboro hamfest...

Radio Amateur Takes Part in Historic First Commercial Human Spaceflight to ISS

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:45

Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, was one of two NASA astronauts who made spaceflight history over the weekend. Behnken and Doug Hurley were the first astronauts since the 1970s to make a water landing, after their Crew Dragon capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. On May 30, the pair made history as the first live crew to be launched into space in a commercial vehicle, for a stay on the Int...

ARRL Volunteer Monitors Recognize Good Operators

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:39

ARRL Volunteer Monitors recognized 13 operators in 10 states with Good Operator letters during the second quarter of 2020. Among the operators recognized were CW and SSB operators on 20 and 40 meters, outstanding net operators on 2 meters (including a net control of the Central Indiana SKYWARN Net), and an operator on 40 meters who demonstrated exemplary courtesy and assistance to amateurs with...

Hurricane Watch Net Reactivates as Hurricane Warning Posted for the Carolinas

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 13:10

With the National Hurricane Center (NHC) expecting Tropical Storm Isaias to become a hurricane again later today and make landfall this evening, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reactivated at 1600 UTC on 14.325 MHz. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said the net will shift operations at 2300 UTC to 7.268 MHz, where it will remain until no longer needed by the NHC. A hurricane warning is in effect...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:35

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.

Power Out at ARRL Headquarters

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:02

Power is out at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, due to the failure of a nearby power transformer. It is not known how long the outage will last.

HQ will have very limited call-answering capabilities. All member-facing systems are on natural gas generators, however, and will not be affected, unless the power situation worsens and HQ telecommunication providers are affected.

Personnel ...

Hurricane Watch Net Activating as Hurricane Isaias Approaches US East Coast

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:07

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated on 14.325 MHz on July 31 at 1500 UTC as Hurricane Isaias [pronounced: ees-ah-EE-ahs] heads toward the US on an uncertain trajectory.  The Volusia County, Florida, and State emergency operations centers were reported at a Level 3 (Monitoring) status.

“For years I’ve said, ‘Just when you think you have Mother Nature figured out, she changes her mind,’” HWN M...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 08:16

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Finally, sunspots have returned! Two sunspots now are visible, both from new Solar Cycle 25. The daily sunspot number was 11 for July 21-27, rising to 22 for July 28-30.

Recently, we have noticed an improvement in propagation due to seasonal sporadic-E activity.

Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 3.1 to 14.1 this week, and average daily solar flux edged up f...

ARRL Audio News - July 31, 2020

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 08:00
ARRL Audio News - July 31, 2020

ARRL Foundation Awards Grant to The University of Alabama Huntsville

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:07

The ARRL Foundation has awarded $510 to the University of Alabama Huntsville's Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education. The grant will be used to get university students licensed, and then integrate amateur radio communication protocols into extant models used for cybersecurity testing for industrial system controls. Analysis will be done on how well these protocols operate in this sett...

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