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ARRL Announces “Happy 150!” Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:40

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL’s first president and cofounder Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM), W1AW, born on September 2, 1869. ARRL will hold an operating event this summer to celebrate HPM’s legacy from 0000 UTC on August 31 and continue until 2359 UTC on September 8. It is open to all radio amateurs.

The event goal is straightforward: Contact as many participating station...

Candidates for AMSAT Board of Directors Announced

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 12:41

AMSAT has announced its list of 2019 Board of Directors candidates. They are Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Howard (Howie) Defelice, AB2S; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Jeff Johns, WE4B; Brennan Price, N4QX; Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK; Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV. The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be seated as voting members of the Board of Directors. Two altern...

Past IARU Region 3 Director Sangat Singh, 9M2SS, SK

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 12:38

Former International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Director Sangat Singh, 9M2SS, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, died on June 29. He was 86. Licensed in 1962, Singh served as an IARU Region 3 director in the 1990s, stepping down in 2000. In 2008, Singh served as an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) volunteer and loaned his call sign for an ARISS contact between the National Pla...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:26

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 - June 28, 2019

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:25
ARRL Audio News - June 28, 2019

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 08:12

A new sunspot group emerged on June 24, but don’t count on it persisting much longer. It emerged already far along the western limb and is about to rotate off the visible solar disc. Sunspot numbers on June 24-27 were 24, 12, 11 and 11.

Average daily sunspot number increased from 0 to 6.7 over the week of June 20-26, while average daily solar flux increased from 67.1 to 67.4.

Average daily planet...

So Now What? Podcast

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:21

“Available Operating Modes to Us New Hams” is the focus of the new (June 27) 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, alt...

Petition for Rulemaking Asks FCC to Create a New 8-Meter Amateur Band

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:39

The FCC has put on public notice for comment a Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11843) that seeks the creation of a new 8-meter Amateur Radio allocation on a secondary basis. The Petition suggests the new band could be centered on an industrial-scientific-medical (ISM) segment somewhere between 40.51 and 40.70 MHz. The spectrum between 40 and 41 MHz is currently allocated to the Federal Government a...

Earl Bottom is Silent Key #ARRL #hamradio

ARRL Oklahoma - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:00
Earl Bottom out in Elk City became a Silent Key on Sunday, June 23rd. Earl was a mover and shaker in Amateur Radio in western Oklahoma. He connected your section leadership with Rep. Frank Lucas for a 1 on 1 sitdown. Earl has also been the ramrod for the Elk City Hamfest. In addition to being my right hand in western Oklahoma, he was a very busy man as you will see in his obit.....Earl Grayson Bottom, 62, of Hammon, Oklahoma entered this world on September 8, 1956, and passed June 23, 2019, after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. Earl was a long-time cattle rancher and was well known throughout Western Oklahoma. Earl frequently volunteered his time and served many worthy causes. He was a ham radio enthusiast and cherished friend of many.
Earl served many prominent roles in the community, including President of the Hammon High School Alumni Association. He was an active member and former President of the Cattlemen’s Association of Roger Mills County, a member of the Elk’s Lodge of Elk City, and he served as a Red Cross volunteer and certified CPR Instructor. He was active for many years as a leader and mentor in the Boys Scouts of America. Some of his honors and activities in scouting include: District Award of Merit, Council Coordinator for the Philmont Scouting Program, Western Plains Day Camp Director and Co-Director for many years and served on numerous Wood Badge courses. Earl was the Game Day Coordinator of the Scouting Usher program at the OU football games where he established many long-time friendships among fans who sat in the South end zone. Because of his immense impact on the young men he led, Earl was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, one of Boy Scout’s highest awards. Ham radio enthusiasts far and near knew Earl as N5NEB after the many late-night radio chats and ham fests he helps organize and attend. Earl, who earned his ham license in the late 1980’s, served in the past as the West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club President. He was the leader of the Possum Trappers, a group which talked every night and met yearly for a reunion which Earl organized. In recent years, Earl had become an ardent supporter of the Oklahoma City Thunder and rarely missed watching a game from his seat in Section 206. Earl truly enjoyed life and had a servant’s heart! 
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at A.G. “Buck” Creach Memorial Auditorium, Hammon, Oklahoma. Tom Harguess will be officiating, and Dolan Ivey will assist. Interment will be in Red Hill Cemetery, Hammon, Oklahoma. Services have been entrusted to the care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home in Elk City, Oklahoma.
Cherishing his memory is his mother, Allene Bottom; sisters, Paula Stafford and husband, Jim of Edmond, Oklahoma, JoAnn Reynolds and husband, Jeff of Walker, Louisiana; brother, Allen Bottom and his wife, Jane of Mansfield, Texas; nephew, Jake Reynolds and his wife, Hailey of Walker, Louisiana, Daniel Bottom and Michael Bottom both of Mansfield, Texas, Ryan Stafford of Denton, Texas; niece, Sarah Stafford of Edmond, Oklahoma; great-niece, Eleanor Reynolds of Walker, Louisiana; great-nephew, Solomon Stafford of Edmond, Oklahoma; aunt, Earlene Callen and husband, Jim of Winnsboro, Texas; and many cousins as well as close family friends, Alvin and Robin Williams of Clinton, Oklahoma, Brenda Archer of Hammon, Oklahoma..
He is preceded in death by his father, George Grayson Bottom; maternal grandparents, A.D. and Buena Stewmaker; paternal grandparents, Elwood and Annie Bottom.
Memorials can be made to the Boy Scouts of America Troop #144 in care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 707, Elk City, Oklahoma 73648.
Online condolences can be sent to the family by using the online guest book at www.martin-duggerfuneralhome.com.

LightSail 2 Launches, Will Transmit CW Beacon

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 13:21

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 CubeSat, launched on June 25, will transmit Morse code from space. LightSail is a citizen-funded project to send a small spacecraft, propelled solely by sunlight, into Earth’s orbit. The innovative satellite is due to be deployed on July 2 from Prox-1, a Georgia Tech student-built spacecraft the size of a small washing machine. Once deployed, LightSail 2 will...

ARRL Field Day Deemed a Hit; Entries Due by July 23!

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 12:39

ARRL Field Day isn’t over until participants take that final step of submitting their logs. By Tuesday, June 25, more than 1,300 had done so. The preferred method of submitting a Field Day entry is via the 2019 Field Day Entry Form on the ARRL website. This app, developed and supplied by Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, will ask for the call sign used (as well as the GOTA station call sign, if applicable), ...

Islands on the Air Announces Another Six New Island Groups

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 08:46

The Islands on the Air (IOTA) Amateur Radio awards program announced six new island entities at its HAM RADIO forum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, this past weekend. The new groups have provisional numbers and will need to be confirmed by an operation after June 22 that meets the 1,000-contact requirement, in addition to other validations. Credit for prior operations will be considered only after...

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