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So Now What?

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:00

“Covering the Rules on Calling CQ” is the focus of the new (April 4) episode of the “So Now What?“ podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! “So Now What?” offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alterna...

Petition for Rule Making Calls for “Amateur Digital Mode Transparency”

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 06:25

The FCC is accepting comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11831) seeking to amend FCC Part 97 rules that require all ham radio digital transmissions to use techniques “whose technical characteristics have been documented publicly.” The Petition, filed by Ron Kolarik, K0IDT, of Lincoln, Nebraska, expresses concerns that some currently used digital modes are not readily and freely able to b...

Florida ARES, State of Florida Considering Memorandum of Understanding

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 06:11

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES®) Section Emergency Coordinators (SEC) from the ARRL Northern, West Central, and Southern Florida sections met recently with state Emergency Management Communication leaders to discuss improved integration of Amateur Radio during emergencies.

A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ARES and the State of Florida was presented for further considerat...

ARRL Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group has New Chair

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:00

ARRL Roanoke Division Director George “Bud” Hippisley, W2RU, is the new chairman of the ARRL Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG). He succeeds Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who stepped away as PSEWG chair after being named to lead the ARRL Programs and Services Committee, to which the PSEWG reports. Hippisley thanked Williams for his work in leading th...

Additional Amateur Radio-Related Petitions Now Open for Comment

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:43

The FCC has placed three Amateur Radio-related Petitions for Rule Making (PRMs) on public notice and has invited comments.

Jerry Oxendine, K4KWH, of Gastonia, North Carolina, wants the FCC to clarify that state and localities should have no authority to regulate Amateur Radio with respect to enacting “distracted driving” statutes. In his Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11833, Oxen...

Bob Famiglio, K3RF, Appointed to Fill Atlantic Division Vice Director Vacancy

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:42

Robert B. “Bob” Famiglio, K3RF, of Media, Pennsylvania, once again is the ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director. Famiglio, an attorney, was appointed by ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH. He will serve with Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM.

Famiglio, who was initially Atlantic Division Vice Director from 2015...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 14:55

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.

 

2019 QST Key Design Competition Deadline is June 1

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:24

The deadline is June 1 to submit Morse key and paddle designs in the QST Key Competition. Hams have been building their own Morse keys since the dawn of Amateur Radio, and some creations have become legend. Design styles can include straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, or sideswiper. The winner in each category will receive $250. Only one entry may be accepted per person or team.

Entri...

Department of Defense to Transmit Interoperability Exercise Info via WWV/WWVH

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 10:02

The US Department of Defense (DOD) plans to start making use of a provisional time slot on WWV and WWVH to announce upcoming HF military communication exercises and how the Amateur Radio community can become involved in them. The announcements will occur at 10 minutes past on WWV and at 50 minutes past on WWVH. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz.

“DOD’s use of the broadcast time...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 08:45

During our reporting week (March 21-27) solar activity increased while geomagnetic indicators were lower, compared to the previous seven days. This is a nice combination for the first week of spring.

Although sunspots and solar flux decreased toward the end of the period, average daily sunspot numbers doubled from 8 to 16, and average daily solar flux increased from 70.7 to 75.2.

Average daily pl...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 06:31

ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew Members

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:53

Starting on April 1, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will accept applications from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) interested in hosting contacts with orbiting crew members on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts will be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2020.

Each year, ARISS pr...

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition “Postponed, Not Canceled”

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 11:12

The 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is off, at least for now. The skipper of the MV Atlantic Tuna determined it was not safe to continue its voyage to the remote Antarctic island after the vessel suffered some damage from severe storm conditions. The DXpedition had expected to arrive on the island on March 26 and be on the air by month’s end.

“The captain of the MV Atlantic Tuna had...

Colorado ARES Volunteers Muster for “Bomb Cyclone” Winter Storm

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 13:53

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in Colorado stepped up as a mid-month “bomb cyclone” winter storm struck the state, with heavy rain shifting to heavy snowfall. The storm affected several states and led to significant flooding in Nebraska. Parts of Colorado recorded winds of nearly 100 MPH and record-low barometric pressure readings. ARES teams in Colorado began preparations ...

ARES Helps Iowa Water Utility to Resolve RFI Issue

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:53

Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works (DMWW) uses secure radiotelemetry to monitor various remote-site parameters to alert staff to problems. Earlier this year, DMWW experienced periodic and sometimes total failure of the radio system. After no solution could be found, staff reached out to various resources, including the FCC. Polk County ARES also was brought in, and eight operators assembled to track...