ARRL NEWS

Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Nominations Sought for 2018 ARRL Bill Leonard Award

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Bill Leonard Award, which recognizes this year’s best newspaper, radio, or television news story about Amateur Radio. The award honors professional journalists or journalistic teams whose outstanding coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value that Amateur Radio offers. It was created as a tribut...

Sunday, 16th September 2018

South Carolina Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist with Emergency Communication

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers from several South Carolina counties are pitching in to help support emergency communication, as the state deals with the aftereffects of Hurricane Florence. The storm, now a tropical depression, continues to generate heavy rainfall in the Carolinas.

“Amateur Radio operators are far from ‘amateurs’ when it comes to providing communication in an ...

Radio City Announces Closing, Owners to Retire

Amateur Radio retailer Radio City, Inc. of Mounds View, Minnesota, has announced it is closing.

“It's been a wonderful 36 years for us at Radio City, and we have decided to retire and close,” owners Dan, KB0XC, and Maline Fish said in a message on the retailer’s website. “We are so thankful for the many years of support and we have enjoyed working you, our customers. The technical, intelligent a...

FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

The FCC has granted an ARRL request for a temporary waiver of Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Service rules to permit the use of PACTOR 4 digital mode for Amateur Radio communication within the continental US related to Hurricane Florence relief. The grant extends through Tuesday, September 18, and a formal order addressing the request for a 30-day waiver will be issued next week, the FC...

Saturday, 15th September 2018

Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down after Nearly 40 Hours of Operation

[UPDATED 2018-09-15@1515 UTC] The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced that it’s shutting down its activation for Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a Tropical Storm but still “a formidable system that will affect the coastal states for days,” HWN Assistant Manager Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said. “Because the storm is moving inland, Amateur Radio activity will shift to the various state and r...

Friday, 14th September 2018

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at 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.

 

Hurricane Watch Net Remains Active as Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), which has been tracking the approach of Hurricane Florence, plans to remain active “until no longer needed.” The net activated on Thursday, September 13, at 1300 UTC on both its 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz frequencies.

The storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early today (September 14) and has been scaled back to a Category 1 storm. The Nationa...

The K7RA Solar Update

We observed a return of sunspot activity during the past reporting week (September 6-12), with spots on four days, but not consecutive. Sunspots were visible on September 8-9 and 11-12. Average daily sunspot numbers increased to 7.6, compared to zero over the previous seven days.

Average daily solar flux increased from 67.8 to 68.6, and planetary A index doubled from 6.3 to 12.6, while mid-latit...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Tools for the Amateur Station” is the topic of the new (September 13) 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 t...

Thursday, 13th September 2018

W1AW Suspending Scheduled Transmissions on Friday, September 14

As part of the ongoing communication efforts with Hurricane Florence, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will suspend its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions on Friday, September 14. The station will resume its normal operating schedule on Monday, September 17. Radio amateurs are reminded to avoid the various Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and SATERN frequencies, as well as any sta...

Thursday, 13th September 2018

IARU Administrative Council Meeting Focuses on WRC-19 Preparation

Wednesday, 12th September 2018

IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Reports Disappearance of Two 40-Meter Broadcast Intruders

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that two long-time broadcast intruders on 40 meters are gone. IARUMS Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, said in the August IARUMS newsletter that Radio Hargeisa in the Republic of Somaliland on 7.120 MHz, and Radio Ethiopia on 7.140 MHz, departed the band during the last week of August.

“We did not miss them,” he commented.

IARUMS did report increa...

ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team to Activate on September 12

[UPDATED: 2018-09-12 @ 1435 UTC] The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team will activate today (September 12), ARRL Emergency Response Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced, as what the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is calling “dangerous Hurricane Florence” heads toward the southeastern US coast, where it’s “expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the ...

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the September QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the September 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Small Gap-Resonated HF Loop Antennas” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the October is...

US ARDF Team Tops its Own World Championships Medal Count in Korea

Ducie Island VP6D DXpedition, Other Pacific Operations on Target

The VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition is set to get under way October 20 and continue until November 3. According to Jacky Calvo, ZL3CW, the equipment, already en route, has been loaded aboard the M/V Braveheart in New Zealand. The Braveheart sets sail for Tahiti in late September, and the team of operators will catch up with the gear in Tahiti to begin their voyage to Ducie Island.

Elsewhere, from S...

NOAA Issues Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for September 11

Just as Hurricane Florence approaches the US mainland and Hurricane Olivia is poised to affect Hawaii, NOAA has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for September 11. The G2 storm could exacerbate already modest propagation on HF bands as the planetary K index rises to an estimated value of 6. The G2 forecast stems from a fast-moving stream of coronal hole solar wind that’s expected t...

Monday, 10th September 2018

ARLHS Founder Jim Weidner, K2JXW, SK

Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) founder Jim Weidner, K2JXW, of Merchantville, New Jersey, died on September 1. He was 77. A radio amateur since 1954, Weidner was a retired high school and post-secondary English instructor, as well as an active member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and did graduate-level work at Rowan University, Burlin...

AMSAT in Spain to Sponsor Satellite Special Event from IberRadio 2018

ARRL Headquarters, Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN Monitoring Active Storms

With active storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins, ARRL Headquarters, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are all on alert. The most imminent storm is Hurricane Florence, now a major Category 3 storm, which is set to strike the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said over the weekend that the net is ...

Wednesday, 5th September 2018

Reverse-Polarity Sunspot Group Does Not Belong to Cycle 25, Observatory Says

Gordon Now Likely to Remain a Tropical Storm; Hurricane Watch Net Secures

At 0000 UTC on September 5 the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) formally secured operations initiated ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon, which had been forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane. The HWN had activated at 1500 UTC on September 4, as it typically does whenever a hurricane is within 300 miles of landfall.

“The net rarely activates for tropical storms, unless they are forecast to become hurric...

Tuesday, 4th September 2018

Hurricane Watch Net Set to Activate as Gordon Courts Hurricane Status

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, says the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been relatively quiet up until now, but September typically is the peak month for storms. The quick-developing Tropical Storm Gordon now is forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 hurricane. In preparation, the Hurricane Watch Net will activate at 1500 UTC on September 4...

Monday, 3rd September 2018

September’s US Route 66 On the Air Special Event Marks 19th Year

Friday, 31st August 2018

Islands on the Air Seeking Proposed Additions to List of Valid Island Groups

The Island on the Air (IOTA) program is reviewing its list of valid island groups, as it typically does every 5 years.

“This time, IOTA management has decided to bring forward the review to give a chance for any new groups announced to be activated in 2019, the target year,” said Roger Balister, G3KMA, in an August 31 announcement. He continued, “The review process is scheduled to start with an ...

ARRL Headquarters Closed on Labor Day, September 3

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, September 4, at 1200 UTC. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Goonhilly 32-Meter Dish to be Active on Moonbounce on September 1 – 2

A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

The K7RA Solar Update

We just saw 15 straight days with visible sunspots, but it ended on Wednesday, August 29 with a sunspot number of zero. There were also no sunspots seen on Thursday, the following day.

According to Spaceweather.com, in 2018 so far, we’ve seen 134 days (55 percent) with no sunspots. For all last year, in 2017 there were 104 days (28 percent overall) with no sunspots. During the last solar minimum...

Korean Postage Stamp Recognizes Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships

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