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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 07:31

ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew Members

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 13:53

Starting on April 1, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will accept applications from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) interested in hosting contacts with orbiting crew members on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts will be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2020.

Each year, ARISS pr...

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition “Postponed, Not Canceled”

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:12

The 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is off, at least for now. The skipper of the MV Atlantic Tuna determined it was not safe to continue its voyage to the remote Antarctic island after the vessel suffered some damage from severe storm conditions. The DXpedition had expected to arrive on the island on March 26 and be on the air by month’s end.

“The captain of the MV Atlantic Tuna had...

Colorado ARES Volunteers Muster for “Bomb Cyclone” Winter Storm

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 14:53

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in Colorado stepped up as a mid-month “bomb cyclone” winter storm struck the state, with heavy rain shifting to heavy snowfall. The storm affected several states and led to significant flooding in Nebraska. Parts of Colorado recorded winds of nearly 100 MPH and record-low barometric pressure readings. ARES teams in Colorado began preparations ...

ARES Helps Iowa Water Utility to Resolve RFI Issue

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 13:53

Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works (DMWW) uses secure radiotelemetry to monitor various remote-site parameters to alert staff to problems. Earlier this year, DMWW experienced periodic and sometimes total failure of the radio system. After no solution could be found, staff reached out to various resources, including the FCC. Polk County ARES also was brought in, and eight operators assembled to track...

Modified Digital QST App Now Available for Apple iOS Users

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 09:23

Apple has released a new app for digital QST (version 5.1) readers that use that platform. A long-standing problem involved the inability of some Apple iOS app users to download digital QST issues to their devices. When they attempted to do so, the app crashed. The new app is now available on the Apple iTunes store. Apple also required ARRL to create a new version of the app that allows non-mem...

The 2018 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is Now Available

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 08:53

The 2018 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2018 Annual List, as well as the 20187 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers. DXCC is Amateur Radio's premier award that hams can earn by confirming on the air contacts with 100 countries. You can begin with the basic DXCC award and work your way up to the DXCC Honor Roll.

 

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 17:05

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

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 09:34

Following a month of no sunspots in February, solar activity returned on March 5-12, then disappeared over five days, returning last week on March 18-20.

But our reporting week (Always Thursday through the following Wednesday) ended with a bang when the daily sunspot number rose to 28 on March 20, the first day of spring. Sunspot numbers have not been as high since last August, when the sunspot ...

Ohio ARES Provides “Situational Awareness” During January Blizzard

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:53

Ohio ARES members stared down “Snowmageddon” 2019, the mid-January blizzard that blanketed the lower Great Lakes region. Based on ominous forecasts and discussion with Assistant SECs across the state, Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, and the Ohio Watch Office, SEC Stan Broadway, N8BHL, asked ARES operators to provide observations and reports to assist decision makers at the Ohio Emergency O...

XR0ZRC Update from Robinson Crusoe Island

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:34

The XR0ZRC DXpedition team on Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez Islands) reports that a very slow internet connection has hampered its ability to upload logs. Operators report that severe local noise on the low bands is making reception difficult.

“The team is looking for another QTH for the low-band position,” an announcement on the group’s website said. “Some of the equipment that came fr...

So Now What?

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:40

“The New Ham Radio Starter Pack” is the focus of the inaugural (March 21) episode of the “So Now What?“ podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! “So Now What?” offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, al...

FCC Adopts New Rules for Spectrum above 95 GHz in Branded “Spectrum Horizons” Initiative

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:44

The FCC has adopted new rules to encourage development of new communication technologies and expedite the deployment of new services above 95 GHz. The action was the latest move in the Commission’s “Spectrum Horizons” branded initiative.

“This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands esp...

Canadian Amateur Radio Interference Case Adjudicated

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:25

Interference from what ISED, Canada’s telecommunications regulator, called an individual “operating an Amateur Radio station without proper authorization and was known to insult, threaten and impersonate other Amateur operators” has been adjudicated. The case resulted in a petition, which attracted 1,135 signatures, being presented to the House of Commons on January 30, and the Government of Ca...

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