ARRL NEWS

Friday, 14th December 2018

The K7RA Solar Update

Our recent reporting week (December 6-12) had sunspots on five of the seven days, with an average daily sunspot number of 9.7, up from 2.3 in the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux rose from 68.9 to 70.7. Geomagnetic indices were moderate, with average daily planetary A index rising from 7 to 8, and mid-latitude A index increasing from 4.9 to 6.4.

Predicted solar flux over the next 45...

Thursday, 13th December 2018

First FT8 Roundup is a Huge Hit

IEEE Microwave Society Recognizes Radio Amateurs

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) has announced its 2019 award recipients. The list includes several radio amateurs.

  • James C. Rautio, AJ3K, will receive the Microwave Career Award for a career of leadership, meritorious achievement, creativity, and outstanding contributions in the field of microwave theory and techniques.
  • Wayne Shiroma, NH7PA, will receive the Distinguishe...

Broadcasters Intruding on Exclusive Amateur Radio Frequencies

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that Radio Hargeisa in Somaliland has returned to 7,120 kHz after a break of several weeks, while Radio Eritrea has been reported on 7,140 and 7,180 kHz. Radio Sudan has been transmitting on 7,205 kHz with excessive splatter, IARUMS said. German telecommunications authorities have filed official complain...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Tuesday, 11th December 2018

Apollo 8 50th Anniversary Special Event Set for December 21 – 27

SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924.

The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site YouTube Channel. Listener reports are inv...

Jordan’s First CubeSat, JY1Sat, is Designated as JO-97

JY1Sat, launched on December 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of the SpaceX SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch, has been designated as Jordan OSCAR 97 (JO-97). The 1U CubeSat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded around the world since the launch.

The spacecraft’s name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan’s late ...

Hamvention® Seeks 2019 Award Nominees

Monday, 10th December 2018

WSJT-X 2.0 Full Release Now Available; FT8 Enthusiasts Urged to Upgrade Now

The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will become the new standard, because the FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older versions of the program. That includes any version 1.9 releases.

“The new protocols become the worldwide standards starting on De...

Monday, 10th December 2018

News from the ARRL Contest Branch

The ARRL Contest Branch reports that preliminary results now are available for the 2018 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW and for the 2018 September VHF Contest. Preliminary results for the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest also have been posted. The Contest Branch reminds participants that logs for the 2018 ARRL 10-Meter Contest are due by 2359 UTC on December 16, and the 2018 ARRL EME Contest logs are du...

Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Receiver Suffers Apparent Failure

The receiver on the newly launched Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 CubeSat seems to have suffered a receiver failure that could render the satellite unusable, AMSAT said over the weekend. Efforts continue by AMSAT Engineering to establish the cause of the problem and determine if a fix is possible. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reported over the weekend that the issue cropped up during ...

Saturday, 8th December 2018

2018 QST Antenna Design Competition Winners Announced

Attorney Jane Hinckley Halprin Named as FCC’s Administrative Law Judge

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that Jane Hinckley Halprin will serve as the agency’s Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). She succeeds Judge Richard Sippel, who retired on December 1.

“Jane has done tremendous work at the FCC, and I congratulate her on this new role,” Pai said. “The good judgment she displayed working on ethics issues at the agency for over a decade will serve her well as our A...

ARRL Bill Leonard Audio Reporting Award Presented in New York City

The 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting was presented in New York on December 6 to the producers and staff of the radio program “The Takeaway.” The program, a joint production of Public Radio International (PRI), WGBH, and WNYC, aired a number of stories about Amateur Radio’s role in supporting disaster relief agencies in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Mar...

Friday, 7th December 2018

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.

 

ExseedSat Designated as VO-96

At the request of Exseed Space, AMSAT has designated the 1U ExseedSat CubeSat, launched on December 3 on a Falcon 9 vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as VUsat-OSCAR 96 (VO-96).

ExseedSat was built by a team of Indian radio amateurs, including Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE; George Phillips, VU2GT; Gurudatta Panda, VU3GDP; Sasi Bhushan, VU3ELR, and Nitin Muttin, VU3TYG. Initial telemet...

The January Edition of Digital QST is Now Available!

ARRL 2018 Philip J. McGan Award Presented

The K7RA Solar Update

After nine days with no sunspots, sunspot group 2729 emerged on December 5. The sunspot number on that date was 16. Average daily solar flux for the week was 68.9, unchanged from last week. On Thursday, December 6 the appearance of 2729 continued, with a sunspot number of 17 and the sunspot area increasing from 30 to 50 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

Average daily planetary A index rose from ...

Friday, 30th November 2018

The K7RA Solar Update

At 2335 UTC on November 28 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for December 1. "The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a large and recurrent coronal hole may raise the geomagnetic activity to minor storm levels on December 1 and 2."

Sunspots appeared on only two days over the past reporting week, the weekend of November 24-25, with sunspot num...

JOTA Reports 36% Growth in Scout Participation

Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2018 reports that total Scout participation in the annual fall event jumped by 36% from 2017. Each year more than 1 million Scouts and Guides get together over the airwaves for JOTA, which takes place on the third weekend of October. Since the first JOTA in 1958, millions of Scouts have become acquainted via Amateur Radio, and contacts sometimes result in r...

Thursday, 29th November 2018

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Fox-1Cliff Launch Now Set for December 2

Wednesday, 28th November 2018

Santa’s Radio Club Special Event Set for December 1 – 8

WX1AW at ARRL Headquarters will be SKYWARN Recognition Day Bonus Station

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) 2018 takes place on Saturday, December 1, from 0000 until 2400 UTC, and Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will be active as bonus station WX1AW, the call sign of The HQ Doods Recreational Deployment Team. Developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and ARRL, SRD celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission of protecting life a...

Ham Radio Satellites to Launch from India on November 29

Satellites with Amateur Radio payloads are set to launch from India on November 29 at approximately 0400 UTC. Among the satellites is the Reaktor Hello World (RHW) CubeSat, OH2RHW, carrying a packet radio digipeater. Following launch, the 437.775 MHz beacon transmitter will start transmitting CW at around 1100 UTC. The RHW CubeSat is aimed at “demonstrating the Hello World platform for future E...

Extreme High-Altitude Winds Postpone Fox-1Cliff Launch

SpaceX has announced that the SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, previously scheduled to launch on Wednesday, November 28, has been postponed due to extreme high-altitude winds at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

A new launch date will be announced once it’s been coordinated with the range.

The SSO-A mission will carry several Amateur Radio satellites in addition to AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff. The others include ...

Tuesday, 27th November 2018

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Give Back on #GivingTuesday, November 27

New WSJT-X 2.0-rc5 Beta Version Now Available, First “Serious” FT8 Contest this Weekend

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