ARRL Systems Service Disruption

ARRL News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 16:10

Updated 6/21/2024

ARRL staff continue to work with outside industry experts to ensure that all servers have been remediated, tested, and all data has been confirmed. We have also been working to ensure that the network is secure.

As noted in previous updates, Logbook of The World® servers and data are fine and working. LoTW® has dependencies on other servers, for example membership data, which ha...

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Gaming the Amateur Radio Digital Modes

ARRL News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 11:04

Ever played poker over FT8? YouTuber Steve McGrane, KM9G (@temporarilyoffline), and his friends at the YouTube channel Coffee and Ham Radios (@coffeeandhamradios) do. They even livestream it monthly on the channel Frequency Frenzy (@FreqFrenzy). They’ve devised a system of automatically assigning values to QSO data from amateur radio digital mode contacts that corresponds with playing cards. Th...

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Colorado Teacher and Ham Accepted to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

ARRL News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 10:53

Dara Gardner, KFØNIX, a member of the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association (PPRAA), has been accepted to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program. The AEF program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena.

“It's pretty exciting,” said G...

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2024 ARRL Field Day is Here!

ARRL News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 10:53
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New Hampshire ARES Serves Mount Washington Road Race

ARRL News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 10:18

On June 15, 2024, a dozen New Hampshire Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) operators from the Mount Washington Valley ARES group and the Central New Hampshire ARES group, as well as a number of out-of-state ARES volunteers, again provided emergency radio communications at the Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

Fourteen hundred participants ran up the mountain into a region of infamous ...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 10:02

Sunspot numbers rose this week, with the average changing from 139.4
to 149.6, but average daily solar flux only shifted from 179.2 to

Only four sunspot groups emerged this week. There was one on June 15
and three on June 19.

Average daily planetary A index only changed from 11.6 to 10.3.

Predicted solar flux is 205 and 210 on June 21-22, then 200 June
23-27, then 190, 185, and 190, on June 28-30...

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ARRL Teachers Institute Kicks Off Summer Cohorts

ARRL News - Fri, 06/14/2024 - 09:57

Teachers are gathered from around the United States to learn about amateur radio, and how to use it in their classrooms as part of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The 2024 cohorts of the ARRL Teachers Institute (TI) on Wireless Technology have begun.  

The first group members for the year are each returning teachers participating in the second round of learnin...

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2024 ARRL Field Day is Next Week!

ARRL News - Fri, 06/14/2024 - 09:34

The amateur radio event of the year is just a few short days away, June 22-23. Hundreds of thousands of hams around North America and beyond will participate in the beloved operating event. If you’re still looking for a place to go, use the Field Day locator tool at

As clubs and individual operators make their last-minute checks on gear (have you checked all of yo...

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Amateur Radio Connects Family Members During Utah Boating Emergency

ARRL News - Fri, 06/14/2024 - 09:25

On June 5, Isaac Stiles, KJ7FAY, and his 3-year-old son were involved in a boating accident. Their canoe had tipped over at the Lost Dog Confluence to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The initial emergency call was made by Stiles’ wife, Kendal. She had to drive to nearby campsites until she found someone with a phone and then made the call to the Green River Fire Department (GRFD). She told them th...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/14/2024 - 08:49


"A weak halo CME may impact Earth either on late UTC day 15-Jun or
else early UTC day 16-Jun.


Solar activity was lower over the past reporting week, June 6-12.

Ten new sunspot groups emer...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/07/2024 - 10:42

This reporting week (May 30 to June 5) our Sun was active, with nine
new sunspot groups.

One emerged on May 30, another on May 31, two more on June 1,
another on June 2, three more on June 3, and one more on June 4.

Average daily sunspot number rose from 124.6 to 183.4, and average
daily solar flux from 164.8 to 184.8.

Predicted solar flux is 190 on June 7-9, 170 on June 10-19, 180 on
June 20, 190 on ...

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ARRL Member Bulletin for June 6, 2024

ARRL News - Fri, 06/07/2024 - 09:44


June 6, 2024   

Dear ARRL member,   

We are writing to inform you of a serious incident that has impacted ARRL’s operations. On or around May 12, 2024, ARRL was the victim of a sophisticated network attack by a malicious international cyber group. We immediately involved the FBI and engaged with third party experts to investigate.   

On May 16, on the eve of the ARRL National Conven...

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ARRL Affiliated Club in MS Donates 3D Printer, Books, to Local Library

ARRL News - Thu, 06/06/2024 - 14:48

An ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® Affiliated Club, The Jackson Amateur Radio Club (JARC), serving the metropolitan area of Jackson, Mississippi, recently donated two 3D printers with a retail value of $3,000 to the Library System in Madison County (MCLS).

“Thank you, Jackson Amateur Radio Club, for all you have done for our library system. We so appreciate you,” said MCLS Dire...

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2024 ARRL Field Day 2 Weeks Away, Free Shipping on FD Merch

ARRL News - Thu, 06/06/2024 - 14:30

2024 ARRL Field Day is June 22 -23, just 2 weeks away! There is still time to get your official merchandise in time for the event. ARRL is even offering free US shipping on Field Day orders of $30 or more with code FD2024. Plus, if you use that code, you’ll get a bonus 2024 ARRL Field Day pin automatically included in your order. This offer ends Monday, June 10.

The theme for 2024 ARRL Field Day...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 05/31/2024 - 13:26

ARLP020 Propagation de K7RA  

QST de W1AW  
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 20  ARLP020
From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  May 31, 2024
To all radio amateurs   

ARLP020 Propagation de K7RA  
Solar activity was quiet this week. Average daily sunspot number slipped from 155.1 to 124.6, and average solar flux from 198.9 to 164.8.  

Geomagnetic conditio...

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International Amateur Radio Union 2024 Election Results

ARRL News - Thu, 05/30/2024 - 13:23

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has re-elected Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, as President and elected Thomas Wrede, DF2OO, as Vice President. Both will serve 5-year terms that began May 9, 2024.

Ellam begins his fourth term as President. Wrede has been active in IARU matters for several years and has managed the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) international affairs team since 2009...

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Get Ready for 2024 ARRL Field Day, June 22 - 23

ARRL News - Thu, 05/30/2024 - 11:07
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Solar Activity Significantly Affecting Ionosphere, FCC Opens Docket for Comments on Impact

ARRL News - Thu, 05/30/2024 - 10:54

Aurora Propagation, Northern Lights

The sun has been busy, and it’s been a mixed bag for radio amateurs. Earlier this month, millions of people got a chance to see the aurora borealis for the first time, as the northern lights were active farther south than they had been in decades. The brilliant displays, visible as far south as Mexico, were a result of a series of coronal mass ejections. The e...

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Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, Former ARRL Midwest Division Director, Silent Key

ARRL News - Thu, 05/30/2024 - 09:12

Hon. Clifford Ahrens, K0CA, passed away on May 22, 2024. He served as Vice Director and Director of the ARRL Midwest Division. He was a Life Member of ARRL and the Hannibal Amateur Radio Club, and held an Extra-class amateur radio license.

In 1991 Ahrens was appointed by then-Missouri Governor John Ashcroft to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District, where he also served one term ...

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ARRL VEC Services Update During Systems Disruption

ARRL News - Wed, 05/29/2024 - 17:58

ARRL previously reported that we are responding to a serious incident involving access to our network and headquarters-based systems. Several services have been affected, including those administered by the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC).

Exam Registrations and Materials. ARRL Volunteer Examiners (VEs) should continue to submit exam registrations and material requests. While we a...

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