ITU News Magazine Covers World Radio Day, Includes Articles on Ham Radio

ARRL News - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:58

The latest issue of the free publication ITU News Magazine highlights World Radio Day (observed each year on February 13), featuring two articles on amateur radio. Articles in the magazine include the evolution of radio throughout the ages, ham radio and emergency communications, and remarks by International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam VE6SH, regarding why World Amateur Radio...

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Former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, SK

ARRL News - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:52

Former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, of Costa Mesa, California, died on February 13. An ARRL Life Member, he was 78. First licensed in 1956, Goddard was an electrical engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Montana State University. He worked for Collins Radio and later for Boeing, from which he retired as an executive.

After several years working wit...

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CAPE-3 CubeSat Launched

ARRL News - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 11:22

The University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette student-built CAPE-3 satellite was launched on January 17. A 1-U CubeSat, CAPE-3 includes a “digipeater and experimental UHF adaptive radio.” An AX-25 telemetry downlink has been coordinated on 145.825 MHz and a 1k2 frequency-shift keying (FSK) downlink has been coordinated on 435.325 MHz, “which may burst to 100 kHz bandwidth,” according to the IAR...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 08:31

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspots are gone, with none seen since February 3. reported on February 10 that a small proto-sunspot was struggling to form, but it was gone by the next day.

According to, 57% of the days so far in 2021 have been spotless. This is the same as the percentage of spotless days for all of 2020.

Average daily solar flux was 72.8 ove...

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ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day.

ARRL News - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:30

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. Headquarters will re-open on Tuesday, February 16, at 8:30 AM.

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ARRL Plans Weekend of Specials for Hams Missing Orlando HamCation® 2021

ARRL News - Thu, 02/11/2021 - 15:30

This weekend, February 13-14, was supposed to be the ARRL National Convention at Orlando HamCation. While members will have to wait until next year for our National Convention, ARRL will be hosting a special “At Home Expo” this weekend. Enjoy a special video from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR; ARRL staff, and the HamCation committee. Look for limited offers including membership premiums, l...

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ARRL to Extend Field Day Rule Waivers from 2020, Add Class D and E Power Limit

ARRL News - Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:12

The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 2...

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RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 109 as Troubleshooting Continues

ARRL News - Mon, 02/08/2021 - 18:10

The RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E CubeSat has been designated as AMSAT-OSCAR 109 (AO-109). The satellite, which carries a telemetry beacon and a linear transponder, along with radiation effects experiments, is a joint mission of AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University. While the telemetry beacon on 435.750 MHz has not yet been heard, the transponder is partially o...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 02/05/2021 - 10:20

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We just witnessed 5 days in a row with zero sunspots, but on February 2 a small sunspot group (2801) appeared on our sun’s northwest limb. It soon rotated off the sun’s visible area, and on February 4, the sunspot number was back to zero.

We will probably see a few more days with no sunspots, but a return after February 11 is possible, when increased solar flux ...

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IARU Receives Gift of Domain

ARRL News - Thu, 02/04/2021 - 13:05

Andrew J. Wolfram, KI7RYC, has donated the domain to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for non-profit educational use to promote the amateur and amateur satellite services.

In accepting this gift, IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, said, “The domain offers a unique opportunity for which we are deeply grateful to Andrew. It is our intention to develop a website ...

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ARISS is Seeking Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with the Space Station

ARRL News - Wed, 02/03/2021 - 15:35

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host amateur radio contacts with an International Space Station (ISS) crew member. Contacts would likely be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2022.

These voice radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long and in a ques...

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MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter Interoperability

ARRL News - Wed, 02/03/2021 - 12:25

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in 2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for interoperability with the amateur radio community. Some dates coincide with quarterly Department of Defense Communications Exercises (COMEX).

All exercises will begin on channel 1 as the initial calling channel and move to other 60-meter working channels as may be approp...

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A New Version of WSJT-X is Now Available

ARRL News - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 16:06

The WSJT Development Group has announced the general availability release of WSJT-X Version 2.3.0. A summary of new features can be found in the WSJT-X 2.3 User Guide. The Release Notes offer additional information, including a list of important program changes since the WSJT-X 2.2. Upgrading from earlier versions of WSJT-X should be seamless, and it’s not necessary to uninstall a previous vers...

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