ARRL NEWS

Saturday, 18th November 2017

Michigan Section Manager Appointment Begins on January 1

Jim Kvochick, K8JK, of Brighton, Michigan, has been appointed as Michigan Section Manager for the first half of next year. His appointment will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue through June 30. Kvochick was appointed by ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, in consultation with ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and outgoing Michigan Section Manager Larry ...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched Successfully, Designated AO-91

Ballots Counted in 2017 Director, Vice Director Elections

The votes are in, and the ballots have been tallied at ARRL Headquarters in contested Director and Vice Director elections.

In a two-way race to fill the Dakota Division Director’s chair being vacated by Kent Olson, KA0LDG, the Division’s members have elected Matt Holden, K0BBC, of Bloomington, Minnesota. Holden, the current Vice Director, received 698 votes, while Dean Summers, N0ND, of Dickins...

Friday, 17th November 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday.

In this week’s bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from 0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8 to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.

Predicted solar flux ...

IARU Participation in ITU-Radiocommunication Consultations Called “Mutually Beneficial”

Thursday, 16th November 2017

2017 RCA Technical Symposium on Friday, November 17, will be Streamed Live

The 2017 Radio Club of America (RCA) Technical Symposium will be streamed live on Friday, November, 17, starting at 1300 UTC and concluding at 2130 UTC, compliments of Icom America. Flash Player is required. Videos will be made available on the RCA website. RCA has posted the complete schedule.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18; More Foxes are on the Way!

The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, “due to a ra...

DXpedition to Macao Set for March 2018

A DXpedition to Macao (XX9) is planned for March 9-17, 2018. Team members will include Bom, XX9LT; Leo, PP1CZ; Junior, PR7AB; Claudio, PY2MC; Alex, PY2SEX; Alex, PY2WAS; Miguel, PY3MM; Fernando, PY4BZ; Herminio, PY5HSD; Beto, PY6RT, and Jim, PY7XC.

The call sign to be used has not yet been issued.

The team anticipates operation on 80 through 10 meters, with 160 a possibility as “a non-priority ba...

Radio Amateurs in Colombia, Germany Get New or Expanded Bands

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave” is the topic of the current (November 9) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smart...

Wednesday, 15th November 2017

Radio Club of America Announces New Board Members and Officers

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced newly elected board members and officers for 2-year terms starting on January 1.

New officers are Barney Scholl, K3LA, VP/Counsel; Margaret Lyons, Secretary, and Ron Jakubowski, K2RJ, Treasurer.

New Directors are Ernie Blair, WA4BPS; Karen Clark; Michael Clarson, WV2ZOW; Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW; Ray Novak, N9JA; Carole Perry, WB2MGP, and Elaine Walsh.

Foun...

Software Defined Radio (SDR) Pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose is Dead at 52

Software Defined Radio (SDR) pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose died on November 11 after suffering a sudden pulmonary embolism. He was 52. Bose was the son of Bose Corp founder Amar G. Bose, who died 4 years ago at 83.

Vanu Bose in 1998 founded Vanu Inc., which pioneered the commercialization of software defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of an SDR in 2004.The firm’s tech...

International SATERN SSB Net QSY

International SATERN SSB Net Manager Ken Gilliland, AG6SV, has announced that starting immediately, the net will meet at the normal times on or near 14.312 MHz.

The net’s usual frequency is 14.265, but an Islands on the Air (IOTA) DXpedition to Guinea-Bisseau November 13-25 is transmitting on 14.260 MHz and listening up 5 to 10 kHz, making 14.265 MHz unusable.

In addition, the Buckeye Net on 14.2...

Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz

Microwave enthusiast Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, has reported several successful 78-GHz contacts between the US and Canada on November 9.

“We believe these contacts may be the first W/VE on 78 GHz,” Seguin said in a post to several VHF/UHF/microwave-oriented reflectors. “We hope to extend distances before winter sets in here in the Northeast and mountaintop access is limited.”

On the Canadian side were...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are on the Way!

The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff.

“The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today, due to a r...

US Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames v ARRL Case

A lawsuit filed by former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joseph Ames, W3JY, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, against ARRL and several of its officers and Board members was dismissed with prejudice by the United States District Court in Philadelphia in December 2016.

Ames filed an appeal of that decision, and on November 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the ...

Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Section Managers to Begin New Terms of Office on January 1

One ARRL Section will welcome a new Section Manager when the New Year begins, while incumbent SMs will continue to head five others. In Western Massachusetts, Raymond Lajoie, KB1LRL, of Lunenburg, will become the new Section Manager in January. He was the only candidate nominated for the position by the time the September 8 deadline arrived. He will succeed Ed Emco, W1KT, the current SM, who ha...

Monday, 13th November 2017

AMSAT Poses RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Telemetry Reception Challenge

AMSAT is urging satellite enthusiasts to get their FoxTelem telemetry software up and running, in anticipation of the launch on November 14 of RadFxSat (Fox-1B). It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decode...

Saturday, 11th November 2017

Lower International Shipping Rates for Ham Radio Books

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio in the US, has negotiated lower pricing for international express shipping methods for packages up to 10 pounds.

“In some instances, our international members and customers will now enjoy a 70 to 75% discount from published rates for express shipping methods,” explained ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “It will cost less to get popula...

Friday, 10th November 2017

IARU Presents Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, with its Diamond Award

Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, received the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Diamond Award on November 9 in Geneva, Switzerland. The award was given “in grateful appreciation for many years of outstanding support for the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services.”

IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, presentedthe award to Matas, who served for many years as the president of the International Am...

Wednesday, 8th November 2017

Emergency HF Net Convened in Colombia in Wake of Landslide, Flooding

Radio amateurs in Colombia have been put on an Orange Alert and an HF net activated on 7.117 kHz in the wake of an avalanche of mud and rocks November 7 on the La Paila River on the town of Corinto. The incident at dusk has caused between 26 and 30 injuries in the resulting flood of water and debris in the small town some 60 kilometers southeast of Cali.

“The Emergency Network of radio amateurs ...

FCC Chairman Recognizes Amateur Radio in Praising those Assisting Puerto Rico

Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers in praising those who turned out to help the stricken Commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

“[T]he worst of tragedies can also bring out the best in people. I saw that firsthand during my 2 days in Puerto Rico,” Pai said. “Everyone is pitching in: The people of Puerto Rico helpi...

Tuesday, 7th November 2017

ARI President Mario Ambrosi, I2MQP, SK

Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (ARI) President Pietro “Mario” Ambrosi, I2MQP, of Rodano, Millepini, Italy, died November 6 after serving for several decades at the head of Italy’s national Amateur Radio organization and IARU member society.

A long-time ARRL member, DXCC card checker, and 2005 CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Ambrosi was credited with growing ARI and with bringing youn...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Delayed; AMSAT Asks for Patience During Commissioning

The launch of the Delta II vehicle carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) and other payloads has been delayed, due to a faulty battery on the booster, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on November 6. The launch now is scheduled for no earlier than Tuesday, November 14. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite S...

Donate to ARRL from your IRA Tax Free

It’s now possible for anyone over age 70-1/2 to contribute up to $100,000 per year from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without having first to declare the IRA distribution as income. Depending on your personal tax situation, donating directly from your IRA to ARRL could have more tax advantages for you than a direct personal donation.

Contact the custodi...

New Book: ARRL’s Best of The Doctor is In Now Shipping

For more than a decade, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, has been offering ideas and advice to radio amateurs in QST’s “The Doctor is In” column. Each month he educates, dispenses cures for troublesome problems, and indulges in more than a little technical myth-busting. Now the Doctor’s advice is available in Volume 1 of ARRL's Best of The Doctor is In.

In this series, ARRL has gathered the most frequently a...

Yasme Foundation Announces Excellence Awards and Supporting Grant

The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced five Excellence Awards and one supporting grant for 2017. The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort, and dedication, have made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio. Their contribution may recognize technical, operating, or organizational achievement. The Yasme ...

Monday, 6th November 2017

SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2

A heads up: SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will excha...

World Radiosport Championship 2018 Participants Represent Wide Range of Ages

World Radiosport Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers are counting down the days until WRTC 2018 gets under way on July 12 in the Jessen/Wittenberg area of Germany. The competition among two-person teams takes place in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship event but follows its own rules.

Competitors have been announced, and they range in age from 14 (Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO) to 77 (Marvi...

Friday, 3rd November 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot number increased from 13.4 to 17.7 for the October 26 to November 1 period, compared to the previous seven days. The main reason for the difference was that the previous seven days started out with two days with no sunspots, and the latter period ended with one day of zero sunspots, on November 1.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on November 3-4, 73 on November 5-9, 71 on Novembe...

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