As Marco Weakens, Attention Turns to Laura, Which May Become a Category 2 Hurricane

ARRL News - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 09:34

With now-Tropical Storm Marco continuing to weaken, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) canceled plans to reactivate on Monday morning. Although no longer a hurricane, Marco is producing heavy rainfall and gusty winds along portions of the northern Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported at 1200 UTC. Marco was some 85 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with m...

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Hurricane Watch Net to Activate as Louisiana Braces for Marco and Laura

ARRL News - Sun, 08/23/2020 - 13:47

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate for Hurricane Marco today (Sunday, August 23) at 2100 UTC on 14.325 MHz, switching to 7.268 MHz at 2300 UTC, where operation will continue until 0100 UTC. Just barely a category 1 hurricane, Marco is forecast to make landfall on Monday afternoon.

“The purpose of this activation is to line up reporting stations for Marco as well as for Laura, which is ...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 08/21/2020 - 09:11
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Technology and Technique Making Ham Radio Testing Possible During Pandemic

ARRL News - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 13:35

Amateur radio license testing continues during the pandemic, with a combination of remote Volunteer Examiner (VE) test sessions and careful in-person session planning. In Hawaii, VE Team leader and Section Manager Joe Speroni, AH0A, said he and his team passed the 100-candidate mark on August 10 for video-supervised remote test sessions. Speroni said the most recent session administered exams t...

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Shorter Call Signs Popular with Australian Foundation Licensees

ARRL News - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 13:08

Australian Foundation-class licensees attempting to swap call signs under a new plan are encountering delays. Foundation licensees may now shed their seven-character call signs (VK#Fxxx) for standard six-character call signs. Australian regulator ACMA announced the change in July. Its contractor, the Australian Maritime College (AMC), has been unable to meet the overwhelming demand, so processi...

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James Armstrong, NV6W, Named Santa Clara Valley SM

ARRL News - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 13:03

James Armstrong, NV6W, of San Jose, California, has been appointed to the post of Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section Manager (SM), following the untimely death on July 28 of incumbent Bill Ashby, AA6FC, just 4 weeks after he took office. An ARRL Life Member, Ashby, also of San Jose, was 66 and the only nominee for the position when nominations closed in March. Ashby had earlier served as the Affi...

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Enthusiasm Undimmed for International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

ARRL News - Thu, 08/20/2020 - 12:53

The 23rd International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) takes place this weekend. The 2-day event begins at 0001 UTC on August 22 and continues until 2400 UTC on August 23. Each year, participants set up portable stations at, or as close as possible to, lighthouses and lightships around the world. This year’s event is a week later than usual to avoid on-the-air activities marking the 75th an...

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Rene Fonseca, NP3O, Elected as Puerto Rico Section Manager

ARRL News - Wed, 08/19/2020 - 14:12

Challenger Rene Fonseca, NP3O, has been elected as ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager, defeating two other candidates including incumbent Oscar Resto, KP4RF. Fonseca, of Fajardo, received 85 votes, Juan Sepulveda Mercado, KP3CR, garnered 48 votes, and incumbent Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, got 31 votes. Resto has been Puerto Rico’s Section Manager since 2016. An ARRL Life Member, Fonseca i...

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Past Puerto Rico Section Manager Victor Madera, KP4PQ, SK

ARRL News - Mon, 08/17/2020 - 16:06

Victor Madera, KP4PQ, who served as Puerto Rico’s Section Manager from 2000 until 2007, died on July 23. An ARRL Life Member, he was 90 years old. Madera was instrumental in translating amateur radio study guides and test materials into Spanish. Upon his retirement as Section Manager, Madera was awarded the Knight Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his outstanding service as a Secti...

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IARU Announces HF Digital Mode Band Plan Review

ARRL News - Fri, 08/14/2020 - 11:03

An International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) working group has been formed to develop solutions to reduce congestion within very popular mode segments while preventing mutual interference between “incompatible modes” as much as possible. The working group includes representatives of the three regional band-planning committees, marking the first time the IARU three regions have joined together to...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 08/14/2020 - 05:58

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: New Sunspot Cycle 25 continues to make a strong showing. Sunspots have appeared on every day for more than 3 weeks. Average daily sunspot numbers for the week slipped a bit from 19.6 to 14.3 this week, but average daily solar flux increased from 72.8 to 73.8. Geomagnetic indicators remain quiet. Both the average daily planetary and mid-latitude A index were 3.7...

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Intrepid-DX Group Announces Winners of Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest

ARRL News - Thu, 08/13/2020 - 14:03

The Intrepid-DX Group has announced the winners of its first annual Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest. “We received over 60 essays from young amateurs from all over the world,” said Intrepid-DX Group President Paul Ewing, N6PSE. “The essays were unique in thought and very well-articulated. Extra points were given for proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Most of the essays gave unique perspe...

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Arecibo Observatory Reflector Dish Damaged after Cable Snaps

ARRL News - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 14:50

An auxiliary cable that helps to support a metal platform above the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope’s reflector dish in Puerto Rico snapped in the early morning hours of August 10, causing a 100-foot gash in the reflector dish. Operations at the world-famous observatory, managed by the University of Central Florida (UCF) have been halted until repairs can be made. When the 3-inch cable fell...

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ARRL Hires Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW, as Director of Emergency Management

ARRL News - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 14:38

As another step in ARRL’s increased focus on strengthening its emergency communications capabilities and long-standing working relationships with federal and state agencies and private emergency response organizations, ARRL has hired Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW, of Cedar Park, Texas, as its first Director of Emergency Management.

Gilbert brings more than 30 years of experience in public service in b...

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Grid and Prefix Award Program Announces Digital Awards Program

ARRL News - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:35

The Grid and Prefix Award Program (GAPA) has announced the establishment of a comprehensive Digital Awards Program. Awards are available for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners (SWLs) for confirmed grids and prefixes worked or heard using digital modes.

“This is not an award based on the station you are using, but rather the operating prowess of the operator,” explained Alan Sorum, WL7CG.


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Outages Affect Receipt of Applications, FCC License Processing

ARRL News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 15:16

The Newington, Connecticut, US Post Office, which serves ARRL Headquarters, is without power, so ARRL is receiving little or no mail, affecting the receipt of amateur radio exam session paperwork as well as other mail and parcels. The outage is a result from damage due to Tropical Storm Isaias. In addition, the FCC electronic batch filing system was down for about 24 hours and did not process a...

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