ARRL NEWS

Saturday, 16th February 2019

HamSCI Workshop Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Planned Experiment Will Disconnect Russia from the Internet

Authorities and major internet providers in Russia intend to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment purportedly aimed at enhancing national security, the Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) has reported. The stated reason for the experiment is to gather insights and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliam...

Friday, 15th February 2019

ARRL Headquarters Seeks Radiosport and Field Services Manager

ARRL is accepting applications for the position of Radiosport and Field Services Manager at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary. The successful candidate would be responsible for managing the Radiosport and Field Services functions, including employee training, and program and services delivery to members and field voluntee...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

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.

 

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Another week passed with no sunspots, and as of February 14 it has been over two weeks since any sunspots were observed, the last on January 30. February 7 through 13 saw average daily solar flux decline from 71.1 to 70.4, compared to the previous seven days. Geomagnetic indices were lower, with average daily planetary A index declining from 11.6 to 8.1, and average mid-latitude A index going f...

Latvian Amateur Radio League "Godfather" Herbert “Andy” Anderson, K7GEX, SK

Andy Anderson, K7GEX, of Edmonds, Washington, died February 5 after a lengthy illness. An ARRL Life Member, he was 84. His friend Andy Neimers, VA7FJT, said Anderson was the “godfather” of the Latvian Amateur Radio League (LRAL) and a founding member of the Latvians Worldwide roundtable net.

“He sent literally tens of thousands of dollars of equipment to get the LRAL off the ground in the early ...

Ninth District Incoming QSL Bureau has New Manager and Address

Erik Andersen, K9EU, of Naperville, Illinois, has assumed the role of manager for the Ninth District Incoming QSL Bureau. He is a long-time volunteer with the Bureau as well as a noted and accomplished DXer and contester. He succeeds John Meyers, K9QVB, who served as manager for 2 decades and will remain a sorter and letter dispatcher. The Ninth District Bureau handles more than 45,000 DX QSL c...

Thursday, 14th February 2019

US Amateur Radio Population Grows Slightly in 2018

WWV 100th Anniversary Special Event Operation in the Planning Stages

Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Hands Off Amateur Radio Exam and Call Sign Management

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is turning over Amateur Radio exam provision and call sign management to a new provider. WIA reports that telecommunications regulator ACMA has selected the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC) to take over as the preferred provider for the delivery of Amateur Radio examination, call sign management, and associated services. The ...

Thursday, 14th February 2019

ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 – 17 Weekend

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is planning another popular slow-scan television (SSTV) event in the wake of an SSTV experiment last weekend, during which signals were reported to have been weak. Even so, more than 5,500 images were submitted. Transmissions are scheduled to begin on Friday, February 15, at 0845 UTC and run through Sunday, February 17, at 1725 UTC.

“The ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Former Colorado Section Manager Tim Armagost, WB0TUB, SK

Former Colorado Section Manager Tim Armagost, WB0TUB, of Colorado, died on February 4 after a lengthy illness. An ARRL Life Member, he was 75. Licensed in 1976, he was very active in the Colorado Amateur Radio community, holding appointments as Arapahoe County Emergency Coordinator, Colorado East Slope District Emergency Coordinator, and Section Emergency Coordinator.

He served as Colorado’s Sec...

US Navy Explores Amateur Radio as a Training Adjunct

The US Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has adopted Amateur Radio training as a possible new approach to basic RF and electronics instruction. More than 20 NAWCWD employees took part in a week-long class in Point Mugu, California, in December. The class, which culminated in an examination session for the Technician licensed, offered NAWCWD employees a novel approach to ...

ARRL Foundation Holds Annual Meeting under New Leadership

Wednesday, 13th February 2019

February and March ARRL DX Contest Weekends Loom

Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Call for Papers Issued for 2019 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

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

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

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...

Monday, 11th February 2019

February 14 is Es’hail-2 (QO-100) Teleport Inauguration Day

Thursday, 7th February 2019

New IOTA “Ice DXpedition” to Inakari Island

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

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...

Reshaping ARRL Objectives, Refocusing ARRL HQ Structure is New CEO’s Goal

ARRL Board Gives the Go-Ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative

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...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Wednesday, 6th February 2019

MarconISSta Offering One Last Chance to Test UHF Antennas

The MarconISSta experiment at the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Columbus module ham station will be decommissioned on February 9, about 3 weeks earlier than anticipated. MarconISSta is a radio spectrum analyzer on the ISS that monitors parts of the RF spectrum in VHF, UHF, L, and S bands in order to analyze current use and availability for satellite communication.

The...

World Scout Jamboree is Possible ARISS Amateur Radio Contact Host

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station US team (ARISS-US) has announced the list of schools or organizations that may host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station (ISS) crew members from July through December. The list includes the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is set for this summer at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Schools and organizations...

Orlando HamCation® this Weekend is ARRL Southeastern Division Convention

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down

 

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will depart ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010.

“Mike has accomplished much during his nine years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, and, most recently, the rollout of AR...

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Shifts toward Siberia

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) scientists have updated the world magnetic model (WMM) mid-cycle, as Earth’s northern magnetic pole has begun shifting quickly away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia, an NCEI report said this week. The new WMM more accurately represents the change of the magnetic field since 2015. The alteration could have an impact on government, ...

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