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ARRL Headquarters Closed for 2022 Thanksgiving Holiday

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 13:22

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 - 25, 2022, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on those days. ARRL HQ will reopen on Monday, November 28, at 8 AM EST.

On behalf of ARRL, Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful to our members and member-volunteers, and all radio amateurs who help us advance the art, science,...

Dodge County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Receives ServeNebraska Award

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 15:16

The Dodge County Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) has received the 2022 Disaster Volunteer Award at the ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards Luncheon on November 4, 2022.

Presented by Nebraska First Lady Susanne Shore, the award recognizes Dodge County ARES for a critical role in responding to the 2019 flooding in Fremont, Nebraska, and the surrounding areas. Dodge County ARES took signific...

Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, to Be Inducted to the Indian National Academy of Engineering

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 15:12

The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) will induct Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, as a fellow during ceremonies in mid-December. Dr. Rohde is only the third foreign fellow elected by the INAE, preceded by Dr. Jeffrey Wineland, who won a Nobel Prize in Physics, and Dr. Philip H. Knight.

In the formal announcement issued November 19, 2022, the INAE thanked Dr. Rohde for "outstanding contributi...

SKYWARN Recognition Day Set for December 3, 2022

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 14:54

The annual SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) on-the-air activity will take place Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 0000 to 2400 UTC. For US time zones, activity begins on the evening of Friday, December 2, 2022.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® to honor the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers ma...

Support Young Hams on #GivingTuesday

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 17:03

2022 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 16:04

ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, overcame challengers for his position in the 2023-2025 election cycle. Ballots counted on November 18 showed Baker (2,785 votes) defeating challengers Vice Director James Schilling, KG4JSZ (1,000 votes), and John Willis, KB4DU (673 votes).

For the position of Vice Director, Jeff Beals, WA4AW (1,516 votes), o...

Eastern Massachusetts Section to Welcome New Section Manager; Incumbent Section Managers were Reelected

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 15:25

Jon McCombie, N1ILZ, will become Section Manager (SM) of the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section on January 1, 2023. McCombie, of Eastham, was the only nominee to submit a petition to run for office when the nomination period closed in early September. As the sole nominee, he has been declared elected.

This past year, McCombie has been Assistant SM to Tom Walsh, K1TW, who has been the SM of the E...

2022 ARRL November Sweepstakes Phone Begins Saturday, November 19

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 15:12

[revised 11/21/2022]

The 2022 ARRL November Sweepstakes Phone will run from 2100 UTC on Saturday, November 19 to 0259 UTC on Monday, November 21. This is the phone/SSB version of the contest, as the CW Sweepstakes counterpart ran during the weekend of November 5 - 7 -- so get your microphones ready!

 The annual ARRL November Sweepstakes is the premier domestic contest in the US and Canada, and th...

Dayton Hamvention Announces Theme for 2023

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 15:10

Dayton Hamvention® 2023 is just over 6 months away, and next year's Hamvention team has selected "Innovation!" as the event theme.

The team reports that, in just one word, the theme encompasses the world of amateur radio today. "There are so many exciting 'Innovations!' worldwide in amateur radio. We want to capture the spirit, and we expect to see many of these throughout the coming year and pr...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 12:22

At 0334 UTC on November 18, the Australian Space Weather Forecast
Centre issued this geomagnetic disturbance warning:

"A moderately large coronal hole will rotate into a geoeffective
location by 19-Nov. Combined with possible weak glancing interaction
of recent CMEs, geomagnetic activity is expected in the coming days.


The K7RA Solar Update

Mon, 11/14/2022 - 15:16

ARRL headquarters was closed on Friday, November 11, so this
bulletin is delayed until Monday, but edited and updated Sunday

Two new sunspots appeared November 1, one more November 3, two more November 4, one more and then another on November 6 and 7, another on November 9 and again on November 10, and one more on November 13. But sunspot numbers and solar flux seem modest lately, and so ar...

ARRL will be Closed on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11

Fri, 11/11/2022 - 22:30

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. ARRL HQ will reopen on Monday, November 14, at 8 AM EST.


ARRL Programs to Benefit from Auction Proceeds

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 16:38

The 17th Annual ARRL Online Auction, sponsored by RT Systems Inc., took place on October 21 - 27, 2022. There were over 200 participants who submitted bids, vying for QST "Product Review" equipment, new ham radio gear, vintage books, and the popular ARRL Lab mystery junque boxes. Plenty of spectators also contributed additional traffic to the auction site by browsing items and watching the bids...

Reaching Youth Through Amateur Radio in the Classroom

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 16:33

ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, attended the Georgia Educational Technology Conference, held November 2 - 4, 2022. The conference was the first part in a series of planned ARRL exhibits to meet with teachers and promote amateur radio in the classroom. Assisted by ARRL Teachers Institute Instructor Wayne Greene, KB4DSF, along with volunteers Cyndi Goodgame, K5CYN, and ...

Radio Amateurs at the Ready for Forecast Hurricane Nicole

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 17:19

Amateur radio emergency communications volunteers have been busy preparing for another potential hurricane as Tropical Storm Nicole crosses the Atlantic.

As of 4 PM EST (2100 UTC) on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the NWS National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking Tropical Storm Nicole about 55 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and 135 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. With maxim...

Bruce Draper, AA5B, Silent Key

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 11:06

Bruce Draper, AA5B, died on October 25, 2022. He was 68. Bruce was a past editor of NCJ, published by ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®, as well as a past contributing editor for ARRL’s membership journal, QST.

Avid amateur radio DXer and contester Ray Sokola, K9RS, noted, “Bruce was a great friend of mine for over 50 years. We met in high school in Delaware and then were both El...

Ellen White, W1YL, Silent Key, Devoted Lifetime to Amateur Radio and ARRL

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 16:19

Ellen White, W1YL, of Brandon, Florida, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022. She was 95. White became a radio amateur in 1946 and devoted over 75 years of her life to ham radio, including more than 25 years on the headquarters staff for ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®. She retired in 1978 as Deputy Communications Manager and became the editor of the column “How’s DX?” fo...

Veterans Day 2022 Special Events

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 12:36

Veterans Day is Friday, November 11, 2022, and will feature many opportunities for amateur radio operators to celebrate and honor Veterans throughout the holiday weekend.

Special event stations will be on the air across the county, including the Redding Veterans Amateur Radio Club, W6VET, in Redding, California, and the Veterans Day commemoration onboard the USS Kidd (DD-661), a World War II Fle...

2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award Presented to Steve Haynal

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 12:22

ARRL Northwestern Division Director Mike Ritz, W7VO, presented the 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to Steve Haynal, KF7O, creator of the Hermes-Lite software-defined radio (SDR). "This long-overdue presentation was made during the October 27, 2022, meeting of the Willamette Valley DX Club," said Ritz. The ARRL Board of Directors bestowed the 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to Haynal d...

Hurricanes Lisa and Martin Kept Amateur Radio Operators Busy

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 11:45

Amateur radio operators were closely monitoring hurricane and weather nets, as two tropical storms in the eastern and southwest Atlantic were upgraded to hurricane status late Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Hurricane Lisa made landfall late Wednesday in the Central American nation of Belize, near Belize City and the town of Dangriga, with 60 MPH winds and heavy rain. The hurricane has now been dow...