Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, Section Manager of the ARRL South Carolina Section (SK)

ARRL News - Thu, 05/18/2023 - 11:19

Section Manager of the ARRL South Carolina Section Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

Tarplee served as the South Carolina Section Technical Coordinator for 7 years before becoming the South Carolina Section Manager in 2010. He was the longest-serving Section Manager of the century within the ARRL Roanoke Division.

He was a member of the York County Amateur Radio Society (Y...

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Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club Receives Commendation

ARRL News - Tue, 05/16/2023 - 09:15

The Virginia General Assembly recently issued a resolution commending the Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club, W4UG (VBARC).

House Joint Resolution 681 was carried in the Virginia General Assembly by Virginia Beach Delegate Karen S. Greenhalgh. The resolution was co-patroned in the Virginia Senate by the 8th District Senator Bill DeSteph and the 14th District Senator John Cosgrove.

The commendation...

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Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Celebrate Día del Radioaficionado

ARRL News - Mon, 05/15/2023 - 14:35

Radio amateurs in Puerto Rico have a day to honor their hobby, held this year on Tuesday, May 9. As set out by Law Number 50 of June 7th, 1996, every second Tuesday of the month of May is known as "Día del Radioaficionado de Puerto Rico," or Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Day. It is part of a larger celebration of National Radio Month held each May on the island.

Amateurs received a special proclama...

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National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station Annual Test

ARRL News - Mon, 05/15/2023 - 11:13

Updated 5/16/2023

The amateur radio station of the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC (NHC), located on the campus of Florida International University in Miami, will conduct their on-the-air Annual Communications Test on Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 9 AM - 5 PM EDT (1300z- 2100z).

This is the NHC's 43rd year of public service. NHC Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R/WX4NHC, repo...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 05/12/2023 - 17:49

We saw a modest increase in solar activity in this reporting week, May 4-10.

Average daily sunspot numbers nudged up from 114 to 119.3, and average daily solar flux from 151.5 to 167.1  

Average daily planetary A index changed from 13.6 to 15.1, and average middle latitude A index remained the same, 11.9.

Predicted solar flux is 160 on May 12-13, then 155, 150 and 150 on May 14-16, 145 on May 17...

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Congresswoman Lesko Reintroduces Bill to Replace Symbol Rate Limit with Bandwidth Limit

ARRL News - Fri, 05/12/2023 - 14:23

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced The Amateur Radio Communications Improvement Act (H.R. 3241) on May 11, 2023, to require that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eliminate the obsolete HF digital symbol rate limit with a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit.

After being petitioned by ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® in 2013 (RM-11708) for the same relief, in 2016 the Co...

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The Rooster Net: For Whom the Rooster QSOs!

ARRL News - Thu, 05/11/2023 - 11:09

On May 26, 2023, The Rooster Net will celebrate 24,000 daily sessions on 3.990 MHz.

Doug Frothingham, K2IZI (SK), founded the Rooster Net on September 10, 1957. The net has met at 6:00 AM Eastern time every day without any interruptions since, possibly making it the longest-running amateur radio net.

Besides its more-than- 65-year existence, the Rooster Net operates without any rules or a traditi...

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Dayton Hamvention® 2023 – ARRL Forums

ARRL News - Thu, 05/11/2023 - 06:58
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Ham Radio Project Seeks Science and Tech-Minded Students

ARRL News - Wed, 05/10/2023 - 11:39

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is looking for up to 20 young adults to join their online amateur radio project, Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum. This is the second running of this pilot program.

The program will run from August 7, 2023 - May 13, 2024, for 3 - 6 hours each week. Students selected for the program will receive hands-on experience and learn how the electromag...

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ARRL Ready to Welcome Attendees at Dayton Hamvention® 2023

ARRL News - Tue, 05/09/2023 - 12:49

Dayton Hamvention 2023, ham radio's largest annual gathering, is just two weeks away. Gates open for the 3-day event on Friday, May 19, at 9 AM, at the Greene County Fair and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. Spokesperson Michael Kalter, W8CI, reports that 700 volunteers are working to get the event ready.

"We like to think of Hamvention as ham radio's people event, and we have a lot to offer," said K...

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ARRL Helps Radio Amateurs Comply with New RF Exposure Evaluation Rules

ARRL News - Fri, 05/05/2023 - 13:29

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® provides free, comprehensive resources to help radio amateurs ensure they are compliant with the new RF exposure rules.

On May 3, 2021, new FCC rules governing RF exposure evaluations went into effect. While the exposure limits were not changed, the requirement to conduct an evaluation was made more broadly applicable to amateur licensees. A 2-yea...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 05/05/2023 - 08:15 posted the following report on May 4:

sunspot exploded today, producing a long-lasting M-class solar flare
and a CME that might hit Earth. Geomagnetic storms are possible this
weekend if/when the CME arrives."

Sunspot activity and solar flux increased over the past reporting
week, April 27 through May 3.

Average daily sunsp...

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International Marconi Day: National Parks Director Makes QSO

ARRL News - Wed, 05/03/2023 - 13:17

International Marconi Day celebrates the accomplishments of radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi on the Saturday closest to his birthday each year. Stations around the world activate a special operating event to celebrate.

On January 18, 1903, the first public two-way wireless communication occurred between the United States and Europe. A message from President Theodore Roosevelt was sent to King Edw...

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New STEM Trailer for All Things Amateur Radio Association

ARRL News - Tue, 05/02/2023 - 14:34

The All Things Amateur Radio Association (ATARA), W8ATR, in Carroll, Ohio, revealed its new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) trailer on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the Rising Park's Seeds of Change Earth Day event.

The trailer, funded by a grant from the ARRL Foundation, offers visitors a hands-on STEM experience, including a CW oscillator, a display about the history of...

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2023 ARRL Field Day Gear is Now Shipping!

ARRL News - Mon, 05/01/2023 - 12:50

ARRL Field Day is June 24 - 25. Get ready for amateur radio's largest on-air operating event with official 2023 ARRL Field Day merchandise available for order now. T-shirts, hats, pins, patches, and stickers are great ways to show off your involvement in this annual event. This year's colorful design features a globe centered on North America and the words, "Tune In The World." The back of the ...

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Regional Phone Service Restored at ARRL Headquarters - April 28, 2023

ARRL News - Fri, 04/28/2023 - 11:48

Update: Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 5:00 PM Eastern Time:

Phone service at ARRL Headquarters has been restored following a regional telephone service outage. Incoming and outgoing phone calls are working. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 1:00 PM Eastern Time:

A telephone service outage has been reported by a regional carrier, and is affecting phone service at ARRL Headquarte...

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Regional Outage Has Disrupted Phone Service at ARRL Headquarters - April 28, 2023

ARRL News - Fri, 04/28/2023 - 11:48

Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 1:00 PM Eastern Time:

A telephone service outage has been reported by a regional carrier, and is affecting phone service at ARRL Headquarters. Incoming and outgoing phone calls have been disrupted. We are expecting an update from the carrier as they determine the root cause of the issue.

Members and prospective members are encouraged to visit the ARRL website to access mo...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 04/28/2023 - 10:33

At 0134 UTC on April 27, The Australian Space Weather Forecasting
Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning:

"An equatorial coronal hole is currently elevating solar wind
speeds. Combined with the anticipated impact from a recent CME on
April 27, geomagnetic activity is expected to be at G0-G1 levels
over April 27-28, with a slight chance of an isolated period of G2."

Solar and geomagnetic indi...

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ARRL Advocates for Radio Amateurs as FCC Proposes Changes to 60-Meter Band

ARRL News - Fri, 04/28/2023 - 08:27

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments about changing the secondary allocation available to radio amateurs on 60 meters. The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on April 21, 2023, that deals with the band. In a prior petition, ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® urged protecting the existing use of the band by amateurs when adding a new alloca...

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Dr. Ulrich Rohde Receives IEEE Award

ARRL News - Wed, 04/26/2023 - 13:57

Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, received the 2023 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award.

The award recognizes an industry executive whose leadership has resulted in major and outstanding advances and new directions in the information and communications business.

According to the IEEE, Dr. Rohde won the award "for contributions ...

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