ARRL NEWS

Saturday, 22nd July 2017

ARISS Posts Descriptions of SSTV Images Transmitted from ISS

ISS Ham Radio Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, has assembled an array and quick description of images being sent from the ISS on SSTV. The ARISS SSTV Gallery contains received images. Keep up with ARISS SSTV progress by visiting the SSTV mission blog and the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The ARISS SSTV page also lets you submit SSTV reception reports. ARISS says it may not be able to displa...

Friday, 21st July 2017

Many Special Events Will Be on the Air to Mark the Total Solar Eclipse in August

Radio amateurs from several states will gather in southern Illinois on August 17-21 to operate special event station W9E, leading up to and during the 2017 solar eclipse on August 21. W9E will operate from Marion, Illinois.

“This will be the first total eclipse on American soil since 1991, the first on the mainland United States since 1979 and the first to sweep across the entire country since 1...

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot number this week declined just 1.7 to26.6, even though there were two days in the reporting week with no sunspots,July 18-19. The blank Sun condition continued at least one more day onThursday, July 20 which lands it on the first day of the next reporting week,July 20-26.

Average daily solar flux was 85.9, down 1.1 from the previous week.

Average planetary A index rose 3.9 p...

Ham's Round-the-World Flight to Resume Following Emergency Return to New Zealand

After resolving an engine problem following his departure from Hamilton, New Zealand, Texas radio amateur and pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, hopes to resume his commemorative Amelia Earhart round-the-world flight on July 22. Lloyd was on his way to Pago Pago, American Samoa, on July 15, when the engine in his airplane Spirit began to surge, run roughly, and then cut out altogether.

“I turned for Gre...

Ham Radio is There, as Honolulu Hosts a Successful 10th Annual “Geek Meet”

Location, Location, Location! In the middle of Honolulu, with the yacht club, harbor, the ocean, and the beach, Amateur Radio was there on July 2 for the 10th annual “Geek Meet,” at Magic Island. Hawaii’s Geek Meet is a fun, casual, family-friendly, grassroots gathering for people who are curious and have a passion they want to share, including Amateur Radio. Members of the Emergency Amateur Ra...

Thursday, 20th July 2017

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Power Supplies” is the topic of the latest (July 20) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself...

Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants “the Felony Question”

Tuesday, 18th July 2017

Dave Kalter, KB8OCP, Memorial Youth DX Adventure Set to Start on August 3

Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) Team Leader Jim Storms, AB8YK, said this year’s YDXA contingent of three youths, three parents, and two leaders will travel to Costa Rica on August 3 and plan to be on the air that evening. TI5/<home call sign> operations will continue until the evening of August 7.

“There may be times of being off the air due to conditions, as we will be on a moun...

IARU Region 1 President Expresses Concern Regarding Spectrum Challenges in Europe

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, told an audience at Ham Radio 2017 (Friedrichshafen) that he is “deeply concerned about our ability to maintain a usable radio spectrum in some parts of suburban Europe.” Beattie said that Amateur Radio spectrum allocations are of little value if they are “made unusable by the presence of multiple sources of inter...

ARRL Inviting Orders for Very Limited Supply of ARRL International DX Contest Pins

Monday, 17th July 2017

VY0RAC on the Air for RAC 150 Award

Former Arizona Section Manager Jim Swafford, W7FF, SK

Former ARRL Arizona Section Manager Jim Swafford, W7FF, of Tucson died on July 7. An ARRL Life Member, Swafford was 94. He served as Arizona SM from 1985 until 1991. Swafford was licensed in 1937 as W9ZAW in Kansas and served in the US Navy during World War II. He later worked in the aerospace and broadcasting industries. His survivors include his wife Maria, KB7INH.

Friday, 14th July 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

Spaceweather.comreported that at 0209 UTC on July 14 a powerful M2 class solar flare and CMEerupted, so geomagnetic predictions in this bulletin for the next few days mayalready be out of date.

Average daily sunspot numbers were 28.3 during this reporting week (July 6-12)up from 8 during the previous week. Average daily solar flux increased from71.7 to 87.

Average planetary A index increased from...

Thursday, 13th July 2017

WRTC 2018 Teams Prep for the Big Event in Europe

There’s no substitute for being there, and for elite contester and WRTC 2018 participant Tim Duffy, K3LR, and other competitors, this meant traveling to Germany, where WRTC 2018 will take place in 1 year, in part to prepare for the big show. Duffy said getting on the air from Germany during the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF Championship this past weekend provided an opportunity to...

Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced in US Senate

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12,marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators RogerWicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. Themeasure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living indeed-restricted communities governed by a homeowner's association (HOA) orsubject to any private la...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“APRS” is the topic of the current episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR...

Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Amateur Radio Volunteers Support Michigan’s “One Helluva Ride” Bicycle Tour

Some two dozen Amateur Radio volunteers supported communication for the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society’s (AABTS) 41st running of the One Helluva Ride (OHR) bicycle tour on July 8 in Michigan. The race derives its moniker from the fact that the longer route options pass through the town of Hell. The annual loop tour, which starts and finishes at the Chelsea Fairgrounds, offers rides from 15 m...

New FT8 Mode Included in WSJT-X Beta Release

ARRL Member is Major 2017 Radio Club of America Award Winner

ARRL Member Peter J. Madsen, K2PM, of Easton, Pennsylvania, is the recipient of the prestigious Radio Club of America (RCA) Fred M. Link Award, for lifetime achievement in land mobile radio communication and for his significant contributions to resolve serious issues affecting repeaters in urban environments. Madsen will receive the award on November 17 at the annual RCA banquet in Pittsburgh. ...

WWV 25 MHz Signal Swapped to Circular Polarization, Reception Reports Invited

Thursday, 6th July 2017

Bouvet Island 3Y0Z DXpedition Organizers Planning for 14 to 16 Days on the Air

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“APRS” is the topic of the latest (July 6) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hall...

Wednesday, 5th July 2017

WRTC 2018 Conducts New Round of Testing at 15 Sites

WRTC 2018 organizers conducted a second round of station testing June 23-25. The effort involved more than 100 volunteers, who set up 15 Field Day-style stations in the Jessen-Wittenberg area of Germany where the international competition will take place in a little more than 1 year from now. Joining the locals were amateurs from Bavaria, the North and Baltic sea regions, and the extreme reache...

Band Plan Proposed for Eventual 472-479 kHz Use

ARRL 630-Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, has proposed an informal band plan for the pending 472-479 kHz band. Raab said that once US radio amateurs are granted access to 630 meters, he would move stations operating under the blanket WD2XSH FCC Experimental (Part 5) license to 461-472 kHz.

“This will clear the amateur frequencies, while allowing the experimenters to run unattended ...

Microwave Update 2017 Issues Call for Papers, Presentations

Microwave Update (MUD) 2017 has issued a call for papers and presentations on the technical and operational aspects of microwave Amateur Radio communication. The Call for Papers link on the MUD website lists suggested topics and explains how to submit papers and presentations.

Selected presentations for the technical program may be delivered in person or by proxy. Submissions are due by Septemb...

Tuesday, 4th July 2017

K2BSA will be On the Air during National Scout Jamboree

The Boy Scouts of America station K2BSA will be on the air during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, July 18 to July 28, from the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The K2BSA operation will demonstrate Amateur Radio to several thousand Scouts and fulfill the Radio merit badge requirement for QSOs.

“We need you on the other end of the contact,” the BSA announcement said.

All information...

Monday, 3rd July 2017

Canada C3 Expedition Award for Hams, SWLs, Announced

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced an award for radio amateurs and short-wave listeners (SWLs) that involves using HF radio to track the 150-day Canada C3 voyage of the Polar Prince from Toronto, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia, via the Northwest Passage. Part of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration, Canada C3 is aimed at raising awareness of Canada’s coastline and inspiring ...

IARU Revises Satellite Coordination Guidelines to Align with WRC-15 Decisions

Starting on August 1, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will follow revised guidelines for satellite frequency coordination. Educational satellite projects have grown in popularity as launch opportunities have increased. These satellites, constructed by students at universities and other institutions, generally have been licensed to operate in the Amateur-Satellite Service, which the...

Ham Radio Aviator WB6RQN Reaches Approximate Half-Way Point of Round-the-World Flight

Texas radio amateur and pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, is right on schedule on his commemorative Amelia Earhart round-the-world flight. He reached Darwin, Australia, on July 1, in time to enjoy the local hospitality as well as some Territory Day celebration events, including a fireworks display. Greeting Lloyd upon his arrival in Australia was Stuie Birkin, VK8NSB, who had been in contact with Lloy...

New ARRL Section Manager Appointed in Eastern New York:

John Fritze, K2QY, of Delmar, New York, has been appointed ARRL Eastern New York Section Manager, effective on June 29. He takes the reins of the Eastern New York field organization team following the retirement of Pete Cecere, N2YJZ, of Woodstock, who had served as the ENY SM since March 2001.

Fritze will complete the remaining term of office, which ends on March 31, 2018.

Fritze is the long tim...

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