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  • Board Re-Elects Rick Roderick, K5UR, as ARRL President; Barry Shelley, N1VXY, is CEO-Elect

    Incumbent ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has been re-elected by the League’s Board of Directors for a second term. The Board convened for its Annual Meeting on January 19-and 20. President Roderick, the League’s 16th President, received 9 votes, while the only other nominee, New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, received 6 votes.

    Current ARRL Chief Financial Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, ...

    01/21/2018 08:00 AM

  • Grid Chasers: Make Sure TQSL Includes Your Grid Square

    ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) participants are encouraged to make sure that that each Logbook of The World (LoTW) station location in TQSL includes your grid square. To check, open TQSL, click on Station Locations, then on Display Station Location Properties. If no grid square is indicated, click on Edit a Station Location and insert the grid square for that location.

    If TQSL does not cont...

    01/21/2018 07:52 AM

  • FCC Announces Plans for Partial Government Shutdown

    The FCC has issued a brief statement regarding its plans in the event of a partial government shutdown, which could start on January 20.

    “In the event of a partial government shutdown, because of available funding, the Federal Communications Commission plans to remain open and pay staff at least through the close of business on Friday, January 26,” the FCC said.

    This means the FCC will continue t...

    01/19/2018 01:40 PM

  • The K7RA Solar Update

    It was a quiet week in space weather (January 11-17) with zero sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only slightly.

    Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7. Seems counter-intuitive that sunspot and solar flux would move in opposite directions, but these are all very low numbers anyway,...

    01/19/2018 12:26 PM

  • AX Prefix will be on the Air for Australia Day

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allows all radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, Friday, January 26, the Wireless Institute of Australia reminds.

    Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur ...

    01/18/2018 03:23 PM

  • Dugger Amateur Radio Club Hamfest Date Changed to February 17

    The Dugger Amateur Radio Club in Dugger, Indiana, has announced that the date of its hamfest has been moved to February 17 at the City Park Community Building, 840 Hicum Street, in Dugger. Talk-in will be on 147.775 MHz (136.5 Hz). Contact Jonathan Olvey, KD9AMN, for more information.

    01/18/2018 03:05 PM

  • New Chinese Zhou Enlai Student Satellite Set to Launch

    The 2U Zhou Enlai CubeSat, developed with primary and middle school students in China, is expected to launch on January 19. The satellite is named after the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, who held office from 1949 until 1976. A report on the official Xinhua Net website said the CubeSat, constructed at Huai’an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in Jiangsu Province, has been t...

    01/18/2018 12:45 PM

  • Two More US Educational Organizations Move into Phase 2 of ARISS Selections

    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced the addition of two more educational organizations to the Phase 2 list to host an ARISS ham radio contact with an ISS crew member. The selected schools submitted proposals before the deadline last November and join the 13 schools and groups announced in mid-December. The two extra scheduling opportunities are special events,...

    01/18/2018 12:26 PM

  • Permanent WSPR Beacon in Antarctica Now on the Air

    The DP0GVN WSPR beacon now is in operation from the German Neumayer III Research Station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Antarctica. The installation is part of a scientific project of the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC).

    “The beacon is still under test and will be shut down occa...

    01/18/2018 12:21 PM

  • 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Team Still at the Dock

    The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team's vessel remains at the dock in Punta Arenas, Chile. Their vessel, MV Betanzos did leave the harbor yesterday and then returned. “This was for some kind of inspection, which they passed,” The Daily DX reported.

    The Bouvet MapShare website appears to show that the vessel remains docked. On January 16, the team reported that preparations to depart were contin...

    01/18/2018 12:04 PM

  • ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire

    ARRL’s chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help gui...

    01/18/2018 09:14 AM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    “Antenna Wireis the topic of the latest (January 18) 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 smartphone -- whenever and wher...

    01/18/2018 08:00 AM

  • Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success

    A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received recently from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Ama...

    01/17/2018 04:52 PM

  • Camera Aboard Fox-1D Satellite Returns Photos of Earth

    The Virginia Tech experimental camera payload on the Fox-1D satellite (AO-92), launched on January 12, has returned some very clear photos of our planet as seen from low-Earth orbit.

    Earthbound followers of the newly launched satellite can use the FoxTelem software (v 1.05), with the source set to “Auto” to receive either high-speed frames carrying camera payloads or data under voice (DUV) frame...

    01/17/2018 04:19 PM

  • Radio Club of Chile Supporting Communications During Pope’s Visit

    The Radio Club of Chile (CE3AA) and its Emergency Service are supporting communications for the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security during Pope Francis’ visit to Chile. Commemorative call sign XR18PAX will be on the air on SSB; XR3PAX on digital modes.

    A special QSL card will be available for HF contacts. QSL to Radio Club de Chile, CE3AA, Papa Francisc...

    01/16/2018 11:00 AM

  • Vancouver Island Ham Radio Ops Now Better Equipped to Help in an Emergency:

    Amateur radio operators helping with emergency communication all over the Island are now better equipped to do so -- and will soon also have additional infrastructure in place to also make the best use of it. Shaun Koopman, protective services coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District, says the installation of a "digital node" up on Mount Washington will add a huge amount of capacity and integration within the communications system should there be an emergency in our region. Paul Peters, chair of the Mid-Island Emergency Radio Coordination Team, which has been overseeing the implementation of this and other communications initiatives, agrees with Koopman, saying the key to amateur radio operators being able to best be of help in an emergency response situation is two-fold: interoperability and standardization.

    01/20/2018 06:01 PM

  • 24-Hour Field Event is Next Weekend:

    Radio waves will be crackling for 24 hours Jan. 27-28 as amateur radio enthusiasts couple with area agencies for the Emergency Management Winter Field Day. Gary Young, Copperas Cove deputy fire chief and emergency management coordinator, outlined the event as a simulated disaster, where there is a communication failure. "The ham radio operators will be tasked with establishing a communication medium and maintaining it for 24 hours."

    01/20/2018 06:01 PM

  • Schofield Radio Club Hits New High:

    Schofield Middle School's Amateur Radio Club upped it frequency again. The club, which has placed first in national ham radio competitions against much larger schools, reached a new milestone Thursday. Four members of the club, called the Ram Ham Radio Club after the school's mascot, passed their FCC test and earned their FCC Tech Licenses. For their hard work, Andrew Guerry, Anna Matson, Lance Rolka and Piper Woodward received a new radio and a certificate from the club's sponsor, the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club. "It's quite an accomplishment because this is the largest number of students that we've had to pass and have gotten their technology licenses," said Richard Nelson, the club's faculty sponsor who teaches keyboarding and computer applications. "Without the help, too, of the North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club and their volunteers, who are called our Elmers, we would not be able to do this. So I'm very proud of our students and their hard work."

    01/19/2018 06:02 PM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #03 de K7RA:

    It was a quiet week in space weather (January 11-17) with 0 sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only slightly. Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7. Seems counter-intuitive that sunspot and solar flux would move in opposite directions, but these are all very low numbers anyway, and any change is slight. Also, there are no sunspot numbers between 0 and 10 due to the arcane and somewhat confusing way they are counted. The number gets 10 points for each sunspot group, and one point for each sunspot in those groups. Therefore the minimum possible sunspot number if there is any sunspot activity is 11.

    01/19/2018 08:17 AM

  • Candidates Complete Their Amateur Radio Training in Leigh:

    THREE candidates traveled from Brighton and East London to complete their amateur radio training in Leigh. Sarah, Chris and Alkesh joined local amateur radio group Essex Ham at the Leigh Community Center in Elm Road, to complete the tests required to allow them to get an amateur radio license and be able to send messages around the world.

    01/18/2018 06:19 PM

  • Preserving a 45-Year Record of Sunspots:

    In 1964, the late solar researcher Patrick McIntosh launched an ambitious effort to track sunspots -- relatively cool, dark blotches on the Sun caused by disturbances in the star's magnetic field. He traced sunspots and other solar surface features from daily photographs, creating a map of the full Sun approximately every 27 days. This led to important advances in the prediction of solar flares and helped to reveal the large-scale organization of the Sun's magnetic field. Now scientists are working to preserve and digitize McIntosh's project, a uniquely consistent record of solar activity over 45 years. The Sun's magnetic field is driven by the interior flow of hot plasma, or electrified gas, which creates a magnetic generator called a dynamo. McIntosh's records showed that the location and number of sunspots and filaments -- huge arcs of dense plasma that appear as dark lines on the Sun's surface -- are indicators of just how this dynamo works. By carefully documenting the position and number of sunspots over time, for example, McIntosh's record illustrated how the Sun's entire magnetic field flips polarity every 11 years. The number of visible sunspots helps researchers predict this flip: When the Sun emits more X-ray and ultraviolet radiation, a period called the solar maximum, the number of sunspots peaks. When solar activity dwindles during the solar minimum, sunspots dwindle. McIntosh's maps were unique for also tracking the position of filaments and other features that also change as the magnetic field evolves, drifting poleward or toward the Sun's equator at different stages of the solar cycle.

    01/18/2018 06:19 PM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #03:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

    01/18/2018 10:48 AM

  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    01/18/2018 08:51 AM

  • ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire:

    ARRL's chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to President Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help guide the organization.

    01/18/2018 08:51 AM

  • ARRL Board Of Directors to Meet:

    The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut. The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice President, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as to the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, has announced that he will retire on March 2. The Board will evaluate and determine the next steps to take in a search for his replacement when it meets this week.

    01/18/2018 08:50 AM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    "Antenna Wire" is the topic of the latest (January 18) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

    01/18/2018 08:50 AM

  • A Message to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR:

    In the last few weeks, the ARRL's Board of Directors has been the subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of mis-characterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board's censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL's Articles of Association and Bylaws that are likely to be considered at the upcoming ARRL Board meeting and which were circulated by a member of the Board. None of the proposed Article and Bylaw changes has yet been addressed by the Board of Directors. More recently, other equally erroneous and false statements have been made with respect to completely unrelated issues, in an effort to draw into question ARRL's decision-making processes. The principal suggestion is that ARRL operates under some "cloak of secrecy." The criticism is unfair and undeserved.

    01/18/2018 08:49 AM

  • Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day:

    Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will host a group that will take part in Winter Field Day later this month. Sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), Winter Field Day will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be an opportune time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June.

    01/18/2018 08:50 AM

  • Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

    Right on schedule on January 12, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched, taking AMSAT-NA's Fox-1D CubeSat and 30 other satellites on board toward a sun-synchronous orbit. By 27 minutes into the flight, confirmation came that all nanosatellites had been deployed. Fox-1D was in orbit!

    01/18/2018 08:49 AM

  • Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap:

    Uncharacteristically cold weather in central Florida in early January prompted members of the North Brevard Amateur Radio Club (K4NBR) to assist the area's homeless population. The New Year began with a bitter cold front descending upon central Florida, bringing below-freezing temperatures, especially concerning for those lacking regular shelter from the elements. NBARC members Ricky Deluco, K4JTT; Robert Ortiz, KJ4VEH; William Klosowski, K4SVT, and Michael Ellixson, KE4MWZ, set out in their own vehicles, searching the city of Titusville for homeless residents. For the next two evenings, and using Amateur Radio as communications, the group worked in the cold, wet weather for more than 12 hours, logging some 120 miles on the roads around Titusville.

    01/18/2018 08:48 AM

  • DoD Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success:

    A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Amateur Radio community, simulated a coronal mass ejection (CME) event. Army and Air Force MARS organizations worked in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

    01/18/2018 08:48 AM

  • Registration Now Open for HamSCI Workshop:

    Registration now is open for a 2-day HamSCI -- the Amateur Radio citizen science initiative -- workshop February 23-24 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. The 2018 HamSCI Workshop will be held in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom. Complimentary parking is available.

    01/18/2018 08:48 AM

  • Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, (SK):

    Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

    01/18/2018 08:47 AM

  • In Brief...

    In Brief...

    01/18/2018 08:47 AM

  • Western Nevada College Offering Class to Certify Ham Radio Technicians:

    If you work or play in the backcountry or are involved in emergency communications, you may want to take a new class offered through Western Nevada College Community Education. Starting Jan. 31, an 11-session class will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Carson City campus. Instructor Jeff Cauhape, of K7BCV, will lead students through the ARRL licensing manual with hands-on activities. The text is ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, third edition, and is available through amazon.com. There is no Morse code requirement, no electrical engineering experience, or higher math involved in the class. Additionally, students have the chance to walk away from the class with their Technician's Class license. For the final session, students can take their licensing exam in lieu of a final.

    01/17/2018 11:13 AM