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  • 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...

    09/17/2018 06:30 PM

  • 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...

    09/16/2018 12:44 PM

  • 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 ...

    09/16/2018 12:41 PM

  • 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...

    09/16/2018 07:24 AM

  • 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...

    09/14/2018 07:07 PM

  • 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...

    09/14/2018 11:43 AM

  • 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.


    09/14/2018 10:48 AM

  • 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...

    09/14/2018 06:43 AM

  • 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...

    09/13/2018 02:13 PM

  • 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...

    09/13/2018 07:00 AM

  • IARU Administrative Council Meeting Focuses on WRC-19 Preparation

    09/13/2018 06:39 AM

  • 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...

    09/12/2018 01:57 PM

  • 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 ...

    09/11/2018 02:51 PM

  • 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...

    09/11/2018 09:54 AM

  • 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...

    09/11/2018 09:15 AM

  • 17th IARU Region 3 Conference Seoul, Republic of Korea:

    International Amateur Radio Union Region 3

    09/18/2018 10:17 PM

  • CHOMP Other Agencies to Conduct Emergency Preparedness Fair in Monterey:

    With fires, floods and other natural disasters in the news, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and more than 20 local and state emergency agencies, will conduct a free Emergency Preparedness Fair this weekend.

    09/18/2018 10:17 PM

  • Volunteer Group Patrolling Clifton and They've Already Saved a Life:

    A new volunteer patrol group has been launched to help vulnerable people. After just a month of operation, Clifton Suicide Prevention Bristol (CSPB) have already successfully intervened in one incident which took place on Friday night. Michael Everett, 24, from Horfield, made the decision to set up the patrol group after a recent death. He said: "Growing up in Bristol, I knew about the history of the Suspension Bridge and the surrounding area, but reading the news about someone the same age as me was really difficult. I decided there and then that I couldn't just do nothing. "Though there are a lot of Samaritans signs, I hadn't heard of any organised groups of volunteers actually patrolling on a regular basis to keep an eye out for anyone who might be in danger. Amateur radio enthusiast Michael hit the headlines in August last year when he helped save a girl's life after she suffered a severe epileptic fit 70 miles away during a camping trip in Exmoor, all through the power of radio. Licensed for six years, Michael has incorporated his radio knowledge into the CSPB, with each patrol having the equipment to contact a 'control room' volunteer, who tracks the team via GPS. By using the technology, volunteers can call the emergency services for further assistance without having to do so directly in front of the vulnerable person, which could cause them to become even more distressed.

    09/18/2018 10:17 PM

  • Developer Completes 'Proof-of-Life' Off-Grid Crypto for Post-Apocalypse:

    A developer known as "Daniel Jones" on Twitter claims to have completed a solar-powered, off-grid crypto transaction using shortwave radio and blockchain, The Next Web reports Tuesday, September 18. The project was reportedly devised in response to the CallForCode challenge, which challenges tech innovators to improvise with existing tools in order to find relief solutions for natural disasters. The off-grid transaction was completed on the open-source blockchain network 'Burst' and involved just a portable hard drive, a solar battery pack and a shortwave radio, as one of the project devs revealed in a Tweet September 15. As Jones has emphasized, the use of amateur radio requires a license from the FCC, and the developer chose not to disclose the licensed operator that enabled the experiment.

    09/18/2018 10:17 PM

  • Ham Talk Live #133 -- Baker Island Wrap Up:

    This week on Ham Talk Live!, Don Greenbaum, N1DG is back to give us a report on the KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition! Don will take your questions about the trip, the operations, and the QSLs! Be sure to join us for some amazing stories from this journey.

    09/18/2018 10:13 PM

  • Radio Club Helps Florence Victims:

    GERMAN FLATTS -- Members of the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Assoc. say some local people have family members being affected by Tropical Depression Florence, and the association is doing everything to help those in need. A building in German Flatts houses the radio club that helps people in natural disasters. Club members say they started the disaster relief center after experiencing the grief of natural disasters themselves. "We act as a relay point for families that are down south, and that have family up here, as a way of communicating between them because the cell sites are down in a lot of places," said member Don Peterson. "The land lines are down. There's no power, and it's probably, in some cases, the only way they have ways of getting communication." The radio club has helped six victims of the tropical depression so far and plan to help many more. Members are currently working on turning the basement of the community center into a place where disaster relief victims seek shelter.

    09/17/2018 11:44 PM

  • Minnesota's Last Ham Radio Store to Close its Doors as Owners Retire:

    MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. (KMSP) -- It's an end of an era for ham radio enthusiasts as the only store in Minnesota closes in the next few weeks. Radio City in Mounds View has been in business for 36 years, serving generations of loyalists and newcomers to the ham radio community. "It's one of only a handful of ham radio stores left in the country," said Dan Fish. "It's a place where folks can find a router like this one to help their TV antennas or some of the newer technologies like this transmitter that works over Wi-Fi." "It feels like an end of era," Renner said. "This is the last and really the only ham radio station and store in Minnesota."

    09/17/2018 01:02 AM

  • When All Other Forms of Communication Fail, Ham Radio Is There:

    In times of natural disasters, hurricanes, earthquakes or other critical situations, reliable communications are a necessity. And when all other forms of communication fail, amateur radio operators, also known as ham radio, are there. This reliable, alternative form of communication is an enjoyable hobby and also serves as a critical community service in times of need.

    09/17/2018 01:02 AM

  • Villages Amateur Radio Club Boasts 220 Members Who Stand Ready to Help:

    As Hurricane Florence slams into the Carolinas and Virginia this weekend, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) throughout the affected states is tracking the storm, relaying information, communicating with rescue and repair crews, police and other first responders. HWN, set up just a few days ago, is being operated by volunteer ham radio operators under the auspices of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL). Some are using the same equipment that had been used in Puerto Rico just a year ago. There also is an amateur radio net operating from the National Hurricane Center, one with the Salvation Army, and even an amateur radio on the International Space Station, manned by European astronaut Alexander Gerst -- call sign KF5ONO -- who has been monitoring Hurricane Florence for days. "Ham radios are often used in disaster situations," said Ron Adcock, president of The Villages Amateur Radio Club and a resident of the Village of Gilchrist. Ham operators are local and in place, usually have their own generators, and the wide amateur radio band width allows communication when cell phones of other systems are jammed. During Hurricane Irma last year, as with past emergencies, the club members were on the job providing communications services.

    09/16/2018 02:28 AM

  • Ham Radio Operators Doing Different Duties During Storms:

    Here in Georgia, a ham radio mutual assistance team went on standby to help the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. They can set up quickly in a danger zone and transmit messages without a power source. 13WMAZ sat down with a member from Houston County who says ham radio assignments are changing in the field. John Louth is the Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator for Houston County. He got into this over 50 years ago as a young boy. "There was a man next door, and he worked on hearing aids, and I was ten years old, and he gave me some books it was downhill from there," Louth said. Now when the weather goes downhill, guys like Louth are there to help. He's monitoring Florence this weekend. "Where the communication goes out, amateur radios called in to take the place of regular communications," Louth said. "That doesn't happen very much anymore because the communications are getting more and more sophisticated with more fiber optic and more buried cable, etc." When Florence is finished with her wrath, volunteers will move in. Louth says that's where ham operators have really shown their worth. "For example, we had a tornado here two years ago, and we had all these chainsaw crews, well they tried to coordinate with cell phones, but cell phones aren't made for a one to many, many communication," Louth said. "So we took our ham operators and put one operator with each chainsaw team."

    09/16/2018 02:27 AM

  • ARMM, NTC Launch Radio Communications' Summit on Disasters:

    COTABATO CITY -- Pinning their hopes on the use of communication equipment in times of disasters, some 500 members of civic action groups and amateur radio clubs from across the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) gathered here Friday to participate in the first-ever region-wide radio show summit. ARMM's Regional Telecommunications Commission and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) launched the Sept. 14-15 summit at the Shariff Kabunsuan Complex, the provisional seat of the ARMM in this city, amid inclement weather. "We need to update ourselves on the use of communication equipment for coordination or systematic manner to better extend help to affected communities during disasters," said ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia, who is also concurrent head of the region's social welfare department. Representatives of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association lectured on the rules and regulations of using ham radio during emergency operations.

    09/16/2018 02:26 AM

  • Amateurlogic Episode 121 is Here:

    In this episode we cover a few new products and fun at Huntsville Hamfest and Tokyo Hamfair.

    09/16/2018 02:29 AM

  • Radio Club Reflects on Its History After 80th Anniversary:

    BRADFORD, Pa. -- The McKean County Amateur Radio Club has been making waves -- literally -- since 1938. Aug. 10 marked the club's 80th anniversary. McKean County Amateur Radio Club Inc., W3VV (the club's call-sign), was founded by Warren A. Somers, on Aug. 10 of 1938 -- making the club one of the oldest in the nation.

    09/15/2018 03:07 AM

  • Amateur Radio Team Offers 'Hurricane Net' for Florence Welfare Checks:

    The Lincoln County Amateur Radio Team is offering assistance to anyone in Lincoln County who may be attempting to contact anyone affected by Hurricane Florence in or around North Carolina. As power outages and other issues affect traditional means of communications during the hurricane, amateur radio operators have set up a "hurricane net" to maintain contact, according to Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Casey Stevens.

    09/15/2018 03:06 AM

  • Ham Radio Operators Assist with Hurricane Florence Communications:

    Amateur radio, or ham radio, is a lifeline in emergency situations.. Amateur radio operators are assisting with emergency communications in North Carolina. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) -- Hurricane Florence has knocked out power and many communication systems on the east coast, but one system is still up and running. Amateur radio or ham radio is the only communication system that works when all others fail. It's a lifeline during emergency situations. Operators help first responders.

    09/15/2018 03:05 AM

  • VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 16 September:

    In this broadcast - we have news and reminders for the amateur radio community - starting with results from the manager of the 2018 Remembrance Day Contest, and Bob celebrates the result for one of our F-calls. Andrew brings us some recent satellite news - and how you can get involved. Have you played much with NVIS signals - listen out for Onno. And along with other new hams flavours in the pot, Andrew asks "What's next?" now that you've got your licence. Lastly, we'll put it over to Roy with Helpline.

    09/15/2018 03:09 AM

  • Foundations of Amateur Radio #171:

    The term NVIS, or Near Vertical Incidence Skywave is in my short experience as an amateur heaped with scorn and ridicule. Terms like cloud-warmer come to mind when people discuss the principles associated with NVIS, but that does happen in the context of where I live, that is, one of the most isolated cities on the planet, Perth in Western Australia.

    09/15/2018 03:08 AM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #37 de K7RA:

    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.

    09/14/2018 02:00 AM

  • Ham Radio Operators Play Vital Role in Hurricane Response:

    BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -- With winds barreling towards the east coast at 150 miles an hour, Hurricane Florence could knock out lines of communication for days. If she does, amateur radio operators like Vann Martin will be vital. "Amateur radio is a means of communication without reliant on modern technology like cell phones or landlines," Martin explains. "We can use batteries. We can set up an antennae practically anywhere. We're able to get to the site, as quickly as anyone else, barring first responders and we become a helpmate to these organizations."

    09/14/2018 12:14 AM

  • Ham Could Play Important Role in Potential Hurricane Florence Disaster:

    WEST CHESTER, Ohio -- In the era of cell phones and the internet, oftentimes the aftermath of a hurricane can include a catastrophic loss of communication. If that should happen after Hurricane Florence makes landfall, a network of ham radio operators is ready to answer the call. "Right now there is a hurricane net that is running on shortwave frequencies. They brought the net up this morning," said Joe Molter, president of the West Chester Amateur Radio Association. Molter explains that up and down the Eastern seaboard shortwave radio operators are providing and relaying weather information and could soon be doing much more. "Most communication systems that are set up are not set up for disasters. In other words, they get overloaded, power gets knocked out. A lot of communities do not have backup power. And so consequently police, fire and EMS ... a lot of them could lose communications," said Molter. Molter says ham radio operators in the Carolinas and nearby states may have to bridge the gap to keep vital information flowing. "They can provide emergency communications out of the area if communications get knocked down. They could call in to other areas," said Molter.

    09/14/2018 12:14 AM