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Clear Frequencies Requested for Caribbean Hurricane Emergency Traffic

ARRL News - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 16:28

Stations handling emergency traffic during the response to Category 5 Hurricane Iota, just off the eastern coast of Nicaragua, are requesting clear frequencies.

Radio amateurs not involved in the emergency response are asked to avoid (± 5KHz) the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC (National Hurricane Center) frequencies of 14.325 and 7.268 MHz, as well as a Honduran emergency net operation on ...

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Hurricane Watch Net to Activate for Hurricane Iota

ARRL News - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 13:42

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate on Monday, November 16, at 1300 UTC, for Hurricane Iota, now a strong Category 1 storm. The HWN will begin operation on 14.325 MHz, remaining there for as long as propagation holds, then moving to 7.268 MHz.

Iota is expected to be a major hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the eastern coast of Central America, where it’s expected to bring poten...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 11/13/2020 - 08:26
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Red Cross Fall Emergency Communication Drill Set for November 14

ARRL News - Thu, 11/12/2020 - 16:02

The fall 2020 nationwide Red Cross Emergency Communication Drill will take place on Saturday, November 14, in conjunction with ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups. The focus of the exercise is sending messages from local sites to a group of divisional clearing houses to simulate and demonstrate amateur radio’s capability to relay information in emergencies and disasters. The dri...

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Low-Band Titan John Devoldere, ON4UN, SK

ARRL News - Thu, 11/12/2020 - 09:51

A giant in the field of low-band DXing and contesting, John Devoldere, ON4UN/AA4OI, of Merelbeke, Belgium, died on November 9. An ARRL Life member, he was 79 and had been in failing health. In addition to his enthusiasm for operating, Devoldere may be best known as the author of the popular book ON4UN’s Low-Band DXing, published by ARRL, as well as other books, including Ethics and Operating Pr...

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American Legion’s K9TAL and Others Marking Veterans Day with Special Events

ARRL News - Wed, 11/11/2020 - 10:40

The American Legion national headquarters station K9TAL and several other American Legion Radio Club (TALARC) stations around the country will be on the air with special event call sign N9V for the Legion’s annual Veterans Day. N9V will operate on Wednesday, November 11, 1800 UTC to 2400 UTC. A certificate is available to all who contact one of the N9V stations.

N9V will be operating on 40 meter...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 11/06/2020 - 09:30

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: The 10.7-centimeter solar flux density was 88.1 on Wednesday, November 4, the highest since October 14, 2016, when it was 92.8. The average daily solar flux for that week as reported in this bulletin was 76.9, and average daily sunspot number was 18.7, so activity 4 years ago was similar to recent activity; in fact those numbers closely match the flux and SSN i...

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Category 4 Hurricane Eta Threat Prompts Activation

ARRL News - Tue, 11/03/2020 - 18:38

As Hurricane Eta increased to a major Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 MPH on track to landfall along the Nicaraguan coast, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) activated, monitoring 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, the frequencies used by the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), as well as the VoIP Hurricane Net, Winlink, APRS, and other modes. As of Tuesday evening, Eta was not threat...

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Neutron-1 CubeSat Scheduled for Deployment on November 5; Other Sats Pending

ARRL News - Tue, 11/03/2020 - 12:47

The 3-U Neutron-1 CubeSat is scheduled for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) on November 5 at 10:40 UTC. For the satellite’s first month and during its commissioning phase, the Neutron-1 beacon will transmit 1,200 bps BPSK telemetry every 60 seconds on 435.300 MHz. Developed by the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), the satellit...

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Neutron-1 CubeSat Scheduled for Deployment on November 5; Other Sats Pendin

ARRL News - Tue, 11/03/2020 - 12:47

The 3-U Neutron-1 CubeSat is scheduled for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) on November 5 at 10:40 UTC. For the satellite’s first month and during its commissioning phase, the Neutron-1 beacon will transmit 1,200 bps BPSK telemetry every 60 seconds on 435.300 MHz. Developed by the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), the satellit...

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ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, SK

ARRL News - Sat, 10/31/2020 - 16:05

ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, of Oakland, California, died October 30. An ARRL Life Member, he was 65.

Tiemstra was ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director from 2009 through 2017, sitting on the Administration and Finance, and Programs and Services Committees of the Board. He became ARRL Pacific Division Director in January 2018. Currently, he was a member of the Administration...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 10/30/2020 - 08:47

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Our sun is finally waking up. The average daily sunspot number rose this week from 15 to 17, which is nothing remarkable, but the reporting week ended on Wednesday with a daily sunspot number of 36. Average daily solar flux rose from 74.5 to 76.9.

The two sunspot regions currently visible, 2778 and 2779, have been growing rapidly. The total sunspot areas in mill...

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It’s a Wrap for Hurricane Watch Net, ARES Teams Stand Down

ARRL News - Thu, 10/29/2020 - 14:04

After an activation that lasted more than 9 hours, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) suspended operations on October 28 at around 0130 UTC.

“Although Zeta was still a hurricane just east of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, moving to the northeast at about 30 MPH, we hated to close operations, but propagation on 20 and 40 meters was totally gone,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “The turnout of repo...

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Oldest Known US Radio Amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, SK at 109

ARRL News - Thu, 10/29/2020 - 07:23

Charles Clifford “Cliff” Kayhart, W4KKP, of White Rock, South Carolina, died on October 26, a few days past his 109th birthday. An ARRL member, he was the oldest known US radio amateur and possibly the oldest ham in the world.

Last November, Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU; Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, and South Carolina Section Manager Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, jointly presented K...

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