FCC Releases Plan in the Event of a Partial Government Shutdown

ARRL News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 15:32

The FCC has released its Plan for Orderly Shutdown in case funds become unavailable to continue operation. "During the partial government shutdown, the FCC will remain open for business as usual through January 2, 2019," the FCC said on its website.

According to the shutdown plan, “If a potential lapse in appropriations is imminent, the FCC will determine whether and for how long prior-year fund...

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ARRL Petitions FCC to Incorporate Parity Act Provisions into its Amateur Radio Rules

ARRL News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:58

The ARRL has filed a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) asking the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Petition has not yet been assigned a rule making (RM) number and is not yet open for public comment. In the past, the FCC has said that it would not take such action without guidance from the US Congress, but, as ARRL’s P...

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Countdown to Third Annual AM Rally Has Begun

ARRL News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 15:12
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New Amateur Radio Packet Gear Awaits Unpacking, Installation on Space Station

ARRL News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:49

New Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet equipment awaits unpacking and installation on board the station after arriving in November as part of the cargo transported via a Russian 71P Progress resupply vehicle. The new packet module for NA1SS will replace the current packet gear, which has been intermittent over the past year.

“With the arrival of Progress complete, th...

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WD9EWK Wins the December QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:58

The winning article for the December 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Making Digital Contacts Through the ISS” by Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the January issue today.


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Registration Opens for 2019 ConTest University in Dayton

ARRL News - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 12:08

Registration now is open for 2019 ConTest University (CTU), Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio. This is the day before Hamvention® opens in Xenia.

More than 7,500 students have attended CTU sessions over the last 13 years in eight countries, and more than 100 CTU professors have shared their contesting experiences. The faculty lineup, posted on the CTU website, ...

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Radio Amateurs in Turkey Gain Access to Two Bands

ARRL News - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 12:06
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The Radio Club of America Appoints John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, as Co-Counsel

ARRL News - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 12:03

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announces the appointment of ARRL West Gulf Division Vice Director John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, as Vice President and Co-Counsel. Stratton will coordinate duties with current Vice President and Counsel Chester “Barney” Scholl Jr. A specialist in civil litigation, Stratton holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas and is...

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Neil Carleton, VE3NCE, Named to Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

ARRL News - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 11:59

Neil Carleton, VE3NCE, of Almonte, Ontario, has been named to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) says the honor recognizes radio amateurs' “outstanding achievement and excellence of the highest degree, for serious and sustained service to Amateur Radio in Canada, or to Amateur Radio at large.”

RAC said Amateur Radio played an important role during Carleton’s ...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:09

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

Please note that the December 14th edition of Audio News will be our last for this year. Audio News will resume on January 4, 2019.



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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:33

Our recent reporting week (December 6-12) had sunspots on five of the seven days, with an average daily sunspot number of 9.7, up from 2.3 in the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux rose from 68.9 to 70.7. Geomagnetic indices were moderate, with average daily planetary A index rising from 7 to 8, and mid-latitude A index increasing from 4.9 to 6.4.

Predicted solar flux over the next 45...

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Broadcasters Intruding on Exclusive Amateur Radio Frequencies

ARRL News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:15

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that Radio Hargeisa in Somaliland has returned to 7,120 kHz after a break of several weeks, while Radio Eritrea has been reported on 7,140 and 7,180 kHz. Radio Sudan has been transmitting on 7,205 kHz with excessive splatter, IARUMS said. German telecommunications authorities have filed official complain...

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IEEE Microwave Society Recognizes Radio Amateurs

ARRL News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:06

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) has announced its 2019 award recipients. The list includes several radio amateurs.

  • James C. Rautio, AJ3K, will receive the Microwave Career Award for a career of leadership, meritorious achievement, creativity, and outstanding contributions in the field of microwave theory and techniques.
  • Wayne Shiroma, NH7PA, will receive the Distinguishe...
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First FT8 Roundup is a Huge Hit

ARRL News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:25
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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:00
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Jordan’s First CubeSat, JY1Sat, is Designated as JO-97

ARRL News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:23

JY1Sat, launched on December 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of the SpaceX SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch, has been designated as Jordan OSCAR 97 (JO-97). The 1U CubeSat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded around the world since the launch.

The spacecraft’s name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan’s late ...

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SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

ARRL News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:04

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924.

The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site YouTube Channel. Listener reports are inv...

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Hamvention® Seeks 2019 Award Nominees

ARRL News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:24
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