New Jersey Club Hosts 2019 Thinking Day On The Air Event

ARRL News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:05

The Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Society (JSARS) on February 16 hosted the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Council in support of the 2019 Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA) event. This event is devoted to connecting Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. The February event marked the first time either group took part. Some 50 Girl Scouts signed up to attend.

Interest within JSARS was strong wa...

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FT8 Contest Set for April 13 – 14

ARRL News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:59

The European FT8 Club is sponsoring an FT8 DX Contest starting at 1200 UTC on April 13 and running through 1200 UTC on April 14. Everyone works everyone in this contest, and the maximum power is 100 W. The exchange is the same as the ARRL RTTY Roundup, with state/province for US/Canada stations, and serial number for DX participants. 

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Bidding Under Way for the “Out of This World” ARISS Auction

ARRL News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:58

The bidding has begun in the Out of This World ARISS Auction, which wraps up on April 14 at 2200 UTC. A new JVC Kenwood TS-890S is attracting many bidders. Bids are also coming in for a six-volume boxed set of the 2019 edition of The ARRL Handbook. Both prizes, donated by JVC Kenwood and ARRL, are signed by an astronaut.

Proceeds from the online auction will benefit the ARISS initiative to launc...

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VK5SFA Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:27

The winning article for the April 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A High-Power 160- and 80-Meter Transmitting Loop Antenna” by Steve Adler, VK5SFA.

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 May issue today.


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Solar Cycle 25 Predicted to be Similar to Cycle 24

ARRL News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:57

Scientists charged with predicting the Sun’s activity for Cycle 25 say it’s likely to be much like that of current Cycle 24, which is declining and predicted to bottom out in 2019 or 2020. Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel experts said Cycle 25 may get off to a slow start but is anticipated to peak between 2023 and 2026 with a sunspot range of 95 to 130. This is well below the typical average of ...

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The May Edition of Digital QST is Now Available!

ARRL News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 09:23
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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:02

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.



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FCC Agrees to 90-Day Pause in Consideration of WT Docket 16-239

ARRL News - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 08:49

It has been almost six years since the ARRL requested the FCC to
consider changes to the Amateur digital rules in 11-708 and almost three years since the ARRL filed comments in the resultant proceeding, identified by the FCC as 16-239.

The Commission's proposed changes differed from the ARRL's initial filing and caused the ARRL to be concerned about possible interference to current users resultin...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 08:42

Sunspots have been coming and going, and now this week they returned. The spots that returned didn't last long, though.

No sunspots were seen from January 31 through March 4, then from March 13-17, and again March 25-30. They returned on Sunday, March 31 but only lasted four days, through Wednesday, April 3. Sunspot numbers over that period were 14, 17, 18 and 17.

Average daily sunspot numbers de...

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ARRL Seeks Contest Program Manager

ARRL News - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:55

ARRL is inviting qualified candidates to apply for the position of Contest Program Manager. This is a permanent, full-time position at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.

The Contest Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of ARRL’s Contest Program, including receipt and processing of entries, quality of results, awards fulfillment, public outreach, program development and promot...

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So Now What?

ARRL News - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:00

“Covering the Rules on Calling CQ” is the focus of the new (April 4) episode of the “So Now What?“ podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! “So Now What?” offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alterna...

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Petition for Rule Making Calls for “Amateur Digital Mode Transparency”

ARRL News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 06:25

The FCC is accepting comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11831) seeking to amend FCC Part 97 rules that require all ham radio digital transmissions to use techniques “whose technical characteristics have been documented publicly.” The Petition, filed by Ron Kolarik, K0IDT, of Lincoln, Nebraska, expresses concerns that some currently used digital modes are not readily and freely able to b...

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Florida ARES, State of Florida Considering Memorandum of Understanding

ARRL News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 06:11

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES®) Section Emergency Coordinators (SEC) from the ARRL Northern, West Central, and Southern Florida sections met recently with state Emergency Management Communication leaders to discuss improved integration of Amateur Radio during emergencies.

A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ARES and the State of Florida was presented for further considerat...

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ARRL Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group has New Chair

ARRL News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:00

ARRL Roanoke Division Director George “Bud” Hippisley, W2RU, is the new chairman of the ARRL Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG). He succeeds Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who stepped away as PSEWG chair after being named to lead the ARRL Programs and Services Committee, to which the PSEWG reports. Hippisley thanked Williams for his work in leading th...

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Additional Amateur Radio-Related Petitions Now Open for Comment

ARRL News - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 14:43

The FCC has placed three Amateur Radio-related Petitions for Rule Making (PRMs) on public notice and has invited comments.

Jerry Oxendine, K4KWH, of Gastonia, North Carolina, wants the FCC to clarify that state and localities should have no authority to regulate Amateur Radio with respect to enacting “distracted driving” statutes. In his Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11833, Oxen...

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Bob Famiglio, K3RF, Appointed to Fill Atlantic Division Vice Director Vacancy

ARRL News - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:42

Robert B. “Bob” Famiglio, K3RF, of Media, Pennsylvania, once again is the ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director. Famiglio, an attorney, was appointed by ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH. He will serve with Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM.

Famiglio, who was initially Atlantic Division Vice Director from 2015...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 14:55

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.


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