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International Marconi Day 2024

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 12:39

This year, International Marconi Day (IMD) is on April 27. Italian inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi was born on April 25, 1874, and is credited for inventing the radiotelegraph system, creating Marconi's law, and sending the first wireless transmission over the open sea.

IMD was created to honor Marconi and is hosted annually by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, GX...

FCC to Require Two Factor Authentication for CORES Users

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 12:35

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced an upcoming change to the Commission Registration System (CORES) that licensees use to pay any application or regulatory fees, manage or reset a password on an existing FRN, or request a new FRN. Beginning March 29, 2024, multifactor authentication will be implemented. Users will be prompted to request a six-digit secondary verification ...

Get Ready for the 2024 ARRL National Convention and Youth Rally

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 12:11

A full slate of programming has been committed for the 2024 ARRL National Convention, which will be hosted by Dayton Hamvention®, May 17 - 19, in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention is the largest annual gathering of radio amateurs in the world. Coupled with the National Convention, this year promises to be a Hamvention not to miss. Building on a yearlong theme to "Be Radio Active," ARRL has planned exhibi...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 09:29

Over March 14-20, new sunspot groups emerged every day except March
19. March 18 had two, and each of the other days saw one new sunspot

It is now Spring in the Northern Hemisphere which is favorable to HF
conditions, and solar and geomagnetic numbers both show improvement.

Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 82.3 to 94.3, and average
daily solar flux jumped from 130.4 to 153.3.


2024 ARRL Field Day Theme: Be Radio Active

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 13:22

The theme for 2024 ARRL Field Day is "Be Radio Active." The event will run on June 22 - 23, and it will be one-part contest, one-part emergency communications exercise, and one-part open house -- and a great time. The theme encourages radio amateurs to take advantage of the peak of Solar Cycle 25, which we are nearing. Activity this year is likely to be extremely high thanks to favorable solar ...

Amateur Radio Stands Ready to Support Eclipse Operations

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 13:19

The upcoming April 8, 2024, solar eclipse has many excited about the opportunity to witness the darkness of totality. Spectators from across the country are traveling to the path of total darkness that will stretch from South Texas to Northeastern Maine.

Some states are anticipating more than a million travelers for the event. In the impacted areas, schools will be letting students out early for...

Dayton Hamvention® 2024 Award Winners Announced

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 12:50

The recipients of the 2024 Hamvention Awards were announced on March 8, 2024.

Special Achievement Award: Anthony Luscre, K8ZT   Luscre is from near Akron, Ohio, and he was first licensed in 1981. He has been a low-power operator, contester, and teacher throughout his amateur radio career. He received his Amateur Extra-class license in 2000. Luscre is active on HF and VHF/UHF, and he operates on ...

ARRL: Credit Card Processing Available Again

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 10:13

Updated 3/15/2024 at 7:58 PM EDT

An update was completed for ARRL by its merchant services provider today. Credit card processing for all services has resumed. Thank you for your patience as we completed the system update. Members and prospective members can again access the following online services:

Updated 3/15/2024 at 2:37 PM EDT 

ARRL is wo...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 08:37

Six new sunspot groups appeared over the past reporting week, March
7-13, and one more on March 14.

The first group emerged on March 7, two more appeared on March 12,
and three more on March 13.

Solar activity was down. Average daily sunspot number went from
106.7 to 82.3, and solar flux from 147.4 to 130.4. Geomagnetic
indicators were somewhat quieter, with average daily planetary A
index dropping fr...

Solar Eclipse One Month Away

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 13:10

A total solar eclipse that will be seen across North America will occur on Monday, April 8th. It will be the last of its kind in the US for the next 20 years.

Hams across North America are asked to participate in a study about how the ionosphere functions by getting on the air to help scientists in a series of ionospheric experiments.  

Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) has present...

Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Named ARRL Honorary Vice President

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 12:51

Robert B. "Bob" Vallio, W6RGG, has been honored by the ARRL Board of Directors as an Honorary Vice President.

In a motion that passed with an extended standing ovation, the Board awarded the honor at their Annual Meeting in January 2024.  

The motion honored Vallio's lifetime of service to ARRL and amateur radio. He was first licensed as a Novice with the call sign WN6RGG in July 1952, and he lat...

FCC Job Opportunity for Recent Engineering Graduates

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 12:46

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a job opening that might be a good opportunity for recently graduated amateur radio operators who have knowledge of the spectrum and RF.

This is a Recent Graduates position in the FCC's Pathways Program, and it will be located in the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) in Washington, DC. Applications are being accepted for engineering gr...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 11:56

Until March 6, new sunspot groups emerged daily over the past
reporting week, February 29 through March 6.

One new sunspot group appeared every day on February 29 through
March 3, then two new groups on March 4 and another on March 5.

It seems odd, but average daily sunspot number was about the same
(changing from 106.4 to 106.7), but the average daily solar flux had
a substantial drop, from 175 to 1...

HAARP Needs Ham Help

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 15:04

 Amateur radio operators and radio astronomers are being asked to help monitor a new research project by the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).

The project officially began on February 28, but it will run until March 3, 2024.

Some examples of experiments planned for the project are the production of extremely low frequency (ELF) and very low frequency (VLF) emissions and stud...

Bob Heil, K9EID, Silent Key

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 15:03

The man who defined the sound of live rock ‘n’ roll music and brought audio engineering principals into mainstream amateur radio use, Dr. Bob Heil, K9EID, has passed away at the age of 83. He was an ARRL Life Member and in the ARRL Maxim Society. A Facebook post from Heil Ham Radio paid tribute to their founder: “Bob fought a valiant, yearlong battle with cancer, and passed peacefully surrounde...

YLRL Celebrates International Women's Day with Special Event

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 14:54

The Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) is hosting an International Women's Day YL Parks on the Air® (POTA) Party from 0000Z - 2359Z on March 8.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year's theme is Inspire Inclusion.

To celebrate the day, the goal of this special event is to activate any POTA park during the 2...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 13:53


"A filament eruption was observed at 28/0855UT from the solar
southeast quadrant. The associated CME has been determined to
contain an Earth-directed component, with an arrival to Earth's
magnetosphere at 02/1100 UTC +/- 12 hours. G1 geomagnetic conditions
are expected.