ARRL NEWS

Sunday, 28th May 2017

Strong (G3) Geomagnetic Storm Conditions Reported

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) said strong (G3) geomagnetic storm conditions occurred overnight. The SWPC issued a G3 alert at 0419 UTC on May 28, due to activity associated with a coronal mass ejection (CME) on May 23.

“Although the solar wind speed is relatively slow, the embedded magnetic field had a prolonged period of southward Bz (a magnetic field component) that is causing ...

Friday, 26th May 2017

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QB-50 Constellation Satellites Deployed from ISS

More than 2 dozen QB50 constellation CubeSats have been deployed from the International Space Station (ISS), including three carrying Amateur Radio transponders. Built by student groups from 23 countries, the string-of-pearls QB50 constellation aims to study the lower thermosphere 200-380 kilometers above Earth. The satellites were launched to the ISS onboard an Atlas V rocket in March.

In all 2...

WX4NHC Announces Communications Test in Advance of 2017 Hurricane Season

Now in its 37th year, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will take to the airwaves on Saturday, May 27, for the annual NHC Station Test. The event will begin at 1300 UTC and wrap up at 2100 UTC. The exercise, which involves several bands and modes, serves to test Amateur Radio Station equipment, antennas, and computer systems prior to this year’s Hurricane Season, which sta...

The K7RA Solar Update

At 2344 UTC on May 23, the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for May 26-27. On May 26, they predict a minor to major storm warning and on May 27 a minor storm. These are due to a “partial halo coronal mass ejection.”

Dr. Skov has a new space weather video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlTZTcplsQU


Average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (May 1...

Thursday, 25th May 2017

Red Cross Recognizes ARRL Sacramento Valley SEC

The American Red Cross has honored ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, with an Award for Excellence in Service to the ARC’s Gold Country Region. The award  recognizes Kruckewitt’s “outstanding contributions for your many hours of effort developing Red Cross disaster forms templates suitable for transmission over digital radio circuits.”

Kruckewitt has b...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Monday, May 29

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions on that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen for business on Tuesday, May 30, at 8 AM EDT. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Consent Decree, Forfeiture Terminate FCC Interference Investigation

The FCC has again used a consent decree to resolve an enforcement matter. The FCC Enforcement Bureau recently concluded a radio interference investigation with “a negotiated settlement” and $90,000 civil penalty. The case against AFX Inc. involved the marketing of unauthorized RF devices that interfered with AM/FM radio reception.

After the company’s NLL Series LED lighting fixtures were reporte...

Amateur Radio Panel Set during IEEE International Microwave Symposium

Aloha! Amateur Radio-related activities will be part of the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) June 4-9 in Honolulu, Hawaii. IMS is sponsored by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and is part of Microwave Week, when the IEEE RFIC Symposium and ARFTG Conference meet at the same location.

Rick Campbell, KK7B, will moderate an Amateur Radio panel, “Using Amateur Radio to Enh...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Flea Market Tips” is the topic of the latest 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 H...

Thursday, 25th May 2017

Federal Court Complaint Filed to Recover Unpaid $11,500 FCC Fine in Amateur Case

The US Government has filed a civil complaint in Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to recover an unpaid $11,500 fine that the FCC imposed in a Forfeiture Order 2 years ago on Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The complaint was filed in Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on the basis of Crow’s residence. FCC records li...

Wednesday, 24th May 2017

Spring Section Manager Election Results Announced

Northern New Jersey Section ARRL members have elected a new Section Manager, while members in Utah have re-elected their Section Manager for another 2-year term. Ballots for contested seats in the spring election cycle were counted on May 23 at ARRL Headquarters.

 

In Northern New Jersey, Rob Roschewsk, KA2PBT, of Washington, outpolled incumbent SM Steve Ostrove, K2SO, 399 to 307 votes.

Roschewsk ...

Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

Case Western Honors David Kazdan, AD8Y, for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

At its May 21 commencement ceremonies, Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) honored ARRL member David Kazdan, AD8Y, with the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. A retired anesthesiologist and virtual renaissance man, Kazdan has leveraged his passion for Amateur Radio in his Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) course. SAGES classes st...

ISS Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, K2FSH, Conclude Spacewalk

International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, K2FSH (ex-KG5FYH), undertook a nearly 3-hour spacewalk to replace a faulty computer relay box and install a set of antennas to enhance radio communication on future spacewalks. This 10th spacewalk for Whitson moves her into 3rd place all-time for cumulative spacewalking time. Th...

FCC Issues Notice of Unlicensed Operation in Public Safety Interference Complaint:

The FCC has issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NUO) to a Texas man for causing interference to a VHF public safety communications system in Dallas County. The FCC Enforcement Bureau issued the Notice to Bradley C. Pike of Dallas on May 17.

On April 3, agents from the FCC’s Dallas Enforcement Bureau Office responded to a complaint from Dallas County Consolidated Services regarding interfer...

Monday, 22nd May 2017

K1IG Wins the May 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the May 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Increase Your CW Speed with Wordsworth” by George Allison, K1IG. 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 June issue today.

Resting Place of Keel from Marconi’s Floating Lab Elettra to be “Museum Ships” Event Site

Low-Power Broadcasting Proponent Nick Leggett, N3NL, SK

ARRL has learned that Nickolaus Leggett, N3NL, an early low-power FM (LPFM) broadcasting proponent, civil libertarian, and inveterate commenter in a variety of FCC proceedings over the years, died on April 26 after a long illness. An ARRL member, he was 72. Hardly any FCC petition or proceeding escaped his attention, and Leggett often was listed among those who had expressed their opinions. A r...

Sunday, 21st May 2017

Dayton Hamvention Update - Sunday

Sunday, the third and final day of the 2017 Hamvention, was overcast and cool, with an easy ride into the fairgrounds.

As is often the case on the final day, the crowd was smaller. It was clear that the people who were there, were happy to be there.

One of the things that pleased attendees was Hamvention food. Over the course of the weekend, many Hamvention attendees commented on the variety of f...

CQ Announces Hall of Fame Honorees for 2017

CQ magazine has announced the induction of new members to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, and the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame nominees are traditionally announced each spring in conjunction with Hamvention®.

CQ DX Hall of Fame

Bill Moore, NC1L (SK): ARRL DXCC Manager for more than 20 years, Bill Moore provided a public face for the program at hamfests around t...

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

2017 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Second Call for Papers

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 36th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), set for September 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri at the Holiday Inn Airport West in Earth City. Papers will also be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their papers included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline is Ju...

Maritime Mobile Service Net Relays Distress Call; Crew and Vessel Safe

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

Registration is Open for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet

Online registration is now available and the program is shaping up for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet September 15-16 in suburban Chicago. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the keynote speaker for this 65th annual W9DXCC event. Discounted hotel rooms can also be booked now.

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, W9DXCC will also offer Contest University (CTU) and...

Updated ARRL “US Amateur Radio Bands” Charts Now Available

ARRL has revised and updated its “US Amateur Radio Bands” charts, and these now are available for download. These are PDF documents, available in color or grayscale presentations.

The revised charts reflect the new 630- and 2,200-meter bands, but also emphasize that these bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use. The effective date of the recent FCC Report & Order granting these allocat...

Mike Foale, KB5UAC, and Ellen Ochoa, ex-KB5TZZ, to Join Astronaut Hall of Fame

Moderate Geomagnetic Storming Forecast

NOAA forecasters have issued a watch for minor-to-moderate geomagnetic storms May 16-17. Forecasters say there is a 40% chance of minor (G1) geomagnetic storming on May 16, as Earth enters a stream of solar wind flowing from a hole in the Sun’s atmosphere. The storm could intensify to moderate (G2) on May 17, due to a combination of coronal hole activity on the Sun’s surface and the impending a...

Monday, 15th May 2017

Glenn Baxter, ex-K1MAN, SK; Engaged in Protracted Enforcement Battle with FCC

Glenn Baxter, ex-K1MAN, of Belgrade, Maine, died on May 5. He was 75. In 2014, Baxter ultimately lost his battle to retain his Amateur Extra class license when the FCC dismissed his long-standing renewal application, citing an unpaid $10,000 forfeiture stemming from violations over a period extending back several years. The K1MAN call sign now is held by an individual living in New York.

“Anyone...

Driving to Hamvention? Take a 2-Meter Radio Along; Car Pool, if Possible

Saturday, 13th May 2017

Hamvention® Promoting Use of Off-Site Parking Areas

Hamvention® General Chairman Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, is suggesting that visitors to the May 19-21 event at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, use off-site parking in order to avoid traffic problems. Hamvention will offer free on-site and off-site parking during the event. 

“We are now promoting using off-site parking as a means to avoid traffic congestion around the Fairgr...

Friday, 12th May 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers this week (May 4-10) were 17.1, down from 25.1 last week. Average daily solar flux declined from 76.9 to 71.5.

There were three consecutive days with zero sunspots this week, May 9-11. Spaceweather.com noted that Thursday was the thirty-third day with zero sunspots in 2017, and through all of 2016 there were 32 days with no sunspots. Being early May, this indicates ...

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