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AO-85 Turned Off due to Return of Eclipse Periods and Poor Battery Condition

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:51

The Fox-1A (AO-85) CubeSat has been turned off until further notice due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition, control operator Mark Hammond, N8MH, has announced. In December, AO-85 experienced precarious battery voltage drops during eclipse periods; it’s believed that the batteries suffered degradation due to heat during previous no-eclipse periods, making it difficult to keep the s...

FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 17:59

The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or activation. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, filed the petition in December, and the FCC put it on public notice this week. Dukish seeks a...

ARRL Contest Results Posted

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:51

The Preliminary 10 Meter Contest results have posted, as have the preliminary 160 Meter Contest results and the full 10 GHz and Up Contest results. Visit the ARRL Contest Results Page.

HAM RADIO 2019 Set for June 21 – 23 in Friedrichshafen, Germany

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 17:02

HAM RADIO 2019 and the 70th Lake Constance Convention, both organized by the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC), Germany’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society, will take Friday, June 21, until Sunday, June 23, in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. Contact DARC for discounted accommodations.

“We very much hope that, again, many representatives of the IARU member-societies wil...

Brief ARRL Website Outage Planned for Wednesday, February 13

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 08:00

Some services on the ARRL website may be interrupted briefly on Wednesday, February 13, sometime between 1100 UTC and 1300 UTC. This outage is to accommodate a hardware test of the existing failover system for all systems behind the Rackspace firewall. Affected systems are the main website, including the ARRL Store and contesting-related pages. Logbook of The World (LoTW), e-mail, and all Headq...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 16:34

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.

 

 

Microsoft Compatibility Official Steers Enterprise Users Away from Internet Explorer

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:01

Microsoft, which transitioned to its new browser Edge several years ago, is now advising enterprise users to avoid its legacy browser, Internet Explorer (IE). Microsoft Worldwide Lead for Application Compatibility Chris Jackson said this week that IE isn’t really a browser but a “compatibility solution” to deal with legacy sites. Microsoft no longer supports IE with new web standards, which is ...

IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Program Wants to Enlist More “Big-Gun” Stations

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:15

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said young operators (age 26 or younger) in Region 1 (Europe and Africa) have been invited to participate in the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Youth Contesting Program (YCP).

“Youth members from IARU Region 1 member-societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called ‘Top Gun’ stations,...

ISS Packet Radio System is Back in Operation with New Equipment

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:12

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system is back on the air with new equipment. The replacement gear arrived last November and had been awaiting unpacking and installation. ARISS hardware team members on the ground were able to locate a functional duplicate of the old ISS packet TNC module that had been in operation for 17 years and had become intermittent. Cre...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:55

Solar wind pushed geomagnetic indicators higher last week (on February 1-2), and average planetary A index rose from 7 (for the seven days ending January 30) to 11.6 on January 31 through February 6.

When geomagnetic conditions are active, we usually see higher indices at high latitudes. Alaska’s college A index (measured at a magnetometer near Fairbanks) was 40 on February 1, indicating disturb...

ARRL Board Gives the Go-Ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:28

ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs. The Lifelong Learning Initiative will seek to provide a series of learning tracks that will serve the needs of the various interest groups within the Amateur Radio community.

While designed for everyone with an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio, the Lifelong Learning I...

New Campaign Exploiting Linux Servers to Insert Backdoor “SpeakUp” Trojan

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:05

A new backdoor Linux-based operating system trojan dubbed “SpeakUp” is on the loose, although so far it does not appear to have propagated to North America or Europe. Research team Check Point Research recently reported the discovery and said SpeakUp exploits known vulnerabilities in six separate Linux distributions and is able to evade all security vendors. A community of radio amateurs use va...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:00