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UN International Center in Vienna Joins Stay-at-Home Movement

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 22:30
The Vienna International Center in Austria has authorized the call sign 4U2STAYHOME for use by the Vienna International Amateur Radio Club, which normally identifies as 4U1VIC. United Nations Amateur Radio Club President, James Sarte, K2QI, approved the call sign to promote amateur radio goodwill and over-the-air social networking. QSL cards go to UA3DX. Contacts with 4U2STAYHOME count for both...

The new RSGB Board

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 22:30
As a result of voting by the Society’s members, Dr Stewart Bryant, G3YSX was endorsed as a Nominated Director. Andy Mace, M0MUX and Len Paget, GM0ONX were elected as Board Directors. During the first meeting of the new Board, Ian Shepherd, G4EVK was elected as the Board Chair until the AGM in 2021.

Hams in India Provide Communication Assistance during COVID-19 Pandemic

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 00:30
According to a report in The New Indian Express, amateur radio operators in Kerala state have joined the fight against COVID-19. The newspaper said the district administration has enlisted radio amateurs to improve important communication between departments and offices. Upward of 20 hams are involved, organized into teams.

NOAA Updates Solar Cycle 25 Prediction

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 00:30
Frank Donovan, W3LPL, notes that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has published its official updated prediction of Solar Cycle 25 in new, interactive Solar Cycle Progression graphs. The updated prediction is based on the results of NOAA’s Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel. “SWPC forecasts a solar maximum between 105 and 125, with the...

COVID-19 Net Now Running Wednesdays on 40 Meters

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 00:30
The Medical Net, a special COVID-19 net, is running Wednesdays on 7.222 MHz. The net deals with correct data on COVID-19 epidemiology care, care issues, and more. Net control will be Dr. Harry Przekop, WB9EDP, a past president of the Medical Amateur Radio Council Organization (MARCO) and now a director at large.

ARRL Suggests Taking a Creative Approach to Field Day 2020

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 00:30
This year, ARRL Field Day promises to be a unique iteration of this annual event, with many individuals and groups coming up with new and interesting ways to adjust their approach. As an event, Field Day is structured to be versatile and can be adapted for any situation. Many groups have asked how they can adjust their Field Day planning to address social-distancing guidelines that may be in eff...

Japan’s Radio Amateurs Gain Expanded Access to 160 and 80 Meters

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 00:30
Effective on April 21, Japan radio amateurs have new privileges on 160 and 80 meters. The new allocations are 1800 – 1810, 1825 – 1875, 3575 – 3580, and 3662 – 3680 kHz. ARRL Life Member Kenji Rikitake, JJ1BDX/N6BDX, said the new regime allows Japanese radio amateurs to operate FT8 on 80 meters (3574 ~ 3577 kHz), and on 160 meters (1840 ~ 1843 kHz) as well as WSPR (1836.6 kHz).