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Intrepid-DX Group Invites Nominations for Intrepid Spirit Award

ARRL News - 7 hours 2 min ago

The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their “Intrepid spirit” in 2020. For the purposes of this award, “an Intrepid spirit is bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous, resolute, and visionary in their approach to amateur radio,” the organization says. “We want to recognize those individuals or groups that activated the ra...

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Ham Radio’s SuitSat Returns in Short Horror Film

ARRL News - Mon, 01/25/2021 - 13:34

SuitSat loses its innocence in a new video short sci-fi thriller Decommissioned. “Inspired by true events,” the video short resurrects the 2006 spacesuit/satellite that transmitted messages on 2 meters as it circled Earth. The original SuitSat-1 project, conceived by an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team, repurposed a decommissioned Russian Orlan spacesuit to function...

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President Biden Taps Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting FCC Chair

ARRL News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:55

President Joseph Biden this week designated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the FCC. She succeeds, at least temporarily, former FCC chair Ajit Pai, who resigned effective on January 20.

“I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden,” Rosenworcel said in a statement. “I thank the President for the oppor...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 09:22

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We just witnessed 12 consecutive days with no sunspots, which many of us found a bit unsettling. Fortunately, Solar Cycle 25 activity returned with new sunspot 2796 on January 15. Instead of moving from the east across the solar horizon, it emerged in the southern hemisphere, just west of center.

Currently we are seeing sunspot regions 2797 and 2798, which emerg...

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Eastern Iowans Rely On Ham Radio When Severe Weather Strikes

ARRL News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 09:44

A derecho with winds of 80 to 100 MPH struck eastern Iowa last August, disrupting power and telecommunications for some 400,000 residents. But, as ARRL member and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteer Scott Haney, N0GUD, recently explained to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, that’s when amateur radio shines.

Haney, the president of the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC), was the foc...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 08:59

We just witnessed 12 consecutive days with no sunspots, which many of us found a bit unsettling. But fortunately Solar Cycle 25 activity returned with a new sunspot on January 15.

Average daily sunspot number increased from zero last week, to 14.7 in the January 14-20 reporting period.

Average daily solar flux rose from 73.8 to 76.1, and geomagnetic indicators sank to very quiet levels. Average d...

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Contest University to Host Propagation Summit on January 23

ARRL News - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:30

Contest University (CTU) is holding a Virtual Propagation Summit on Saturday, January 23. The Zoom-platform event will get under way with introductory remarks from Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Ray Novak, N9JA, at 1600 UTC.

At 1605 UTC, Scott Jones, N3RA, and George Fremin, K5TR, will moderate a session “Update on the Personal Space Weather Station Project & HamSCI activities for 2021” with Nathaniel Fri...

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Orlando HamCation Online Event and QSO Party Set

ARRL News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 12:00
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HamCation QSO Party Set

ARRL News - Mon, 01/18/2021 - 12:00
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ARRL on the Purpose of Amateur Radio

ARRL News - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 12:24
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FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory: Radio Users Reminded Not to Use Radios in Crimes

ARRL News - Sun, 01/17/2021 - 11:44

The FCC has released an Enforcement Advisory for licensees and operators across radio services.

[Complete text of FCC Enforcement Advisory follows.]

FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY

DA 21-73

Released:  January 17, 2021

WARNING:  AMATEUR AND PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES LICENSEES AND OPERATORS MAY NOT USE RADIO EQUIPMENT TO COMMIT OR FACILITATE CRIMINAL ACTS

The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communic...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 09:30

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: What happened? Solar Cycle 25 seemed well under way, but no new sunspots have emerged since December 23. The last time any sunspot was visible was January 2. On January 14, Spaceweather.com posted, “Welcome back, solar minimum.”

Average daily solar flux declined from 78.6 to 73.8. Geomagnetic A index remained quiet. Predicted solar flux for the next 30 days is 7...

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International Amateur Radio Union Preparing for WRC-23

ARRL News - Tue, 01/12/2021 - 11:55

Preparations continue on the part of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to represent the interests of the amateur and amateur-satellite services at World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) sponsors WRCs, typically every 4 years, to consider revisions to the international Radio Regulations that define frequency allocations for v...

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New Amateur VLF Transatlantic Record Set

ARRL News - Mon, 01/11/2021 - 18:03

Very low frequency (VLF) enthusiast Joe Craig, VO1NA, reports that Stefan Schaefer, DK7FC, copied his 50-character message transmitted from Newfoundland on 8.271 kHz, with a radiated power of 10 mW.

“This is a new record for amateur transatlantic VLF,” Craig told ARRL. “The mode used was EbNaut by Paul Nicholson. EbNaut is a synchronous coherent BPSK mode for use at VLF and low LF. Craig’s tower...

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AMSAT/Vanderbilt RadFXSat-2/Fox 1E Set to Launch

ARRL News - Mon, 01/11/2021 - 17:49
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Dayton Hamvention Cancels 2021 Show

ARRL News - Mon, 01/11/2021 - 15:44
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Former RAC President John "Hoppy" Hopwood, VE7RD, SK

ARRL News - Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:20

Former Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President John Farrell “Hoppy” Hopwood, VE7RD, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, died on December 8. He was 91. Hopwood was instrumental in the founding of RAC and was inducted in 2015 as a member of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Hopwood spent his career in telecommunications, once working as a telegraph lineman. In 1971, he formed a Systems C...

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