Plans to Retrieve Titanic Wireless Equipment Put on Indefinite Hold

ARRL News - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 15:57

RMS Titanic, Inc., (RMST) the company that owns salvage rights to the Titanic shipwreck, has indefinitely put off its plans to retrieve the vessel’s radio equipment for exhibit. The company cited the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, according to a court filing the company made on January 29. The Atlanta-based company said its plans have faced “increasing difficulty associated with internatio...

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ARRL Headquarters Opening at 11 AM EST Today, February 2

ARRL News - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 07:45

ARRL Headquarters will re-open today, Tuesday, February 2, at 11 AM EST (1600 UTC). W1AW will operate on its normal weekday schedule.

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Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH, has won the 2019 Single-Operator Cass Award

ARRL News - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 15:29

Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH, has won the 2019 Single-Operator Cass Award. Sponsored by Club Log, DXLab, and the Northern California DX Club, the Cass Awards encourage DXpedition operating excellence by recognizing DXpeditions that work the most unique call signs. This marks Wegrzyn’s third year as the Single-Operator Cass Award winner. As E44WE, he is credited with working 7,518 unique stations duri...

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European Union DX Contest to Debut

ARRL News - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 15:19
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ARRL Board of Directors to Reconsider the Use of Electronic Balloting

ARRL News - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 13:32

The ARRL Board of Directors will look into the use of electronic balloting systems “to augment paper balloting for ARRL elections.” The Board instituted a hybrid paper and electronic balloting process in the fall of 2012, which was popular among those who took advantage of it, but overall voter participation declined significantly, and the Board’s Ethics and Elections Committee decided in 2015 ...

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ARRL Board of Directors Confers Awards

ARRL News - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 13:16
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Upcoming NCJ CW and RTTY North American Sprints to Start 1 Hour Earlier

ARRL News - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 10:04

The February 6 NCJ-sponsored North American Sprint (CW) and the March 13 RTTY Sprint will begin 1 hour earlier, at 2300 UTC instead of 0000 UTC. Both contests will end at 0259 UTC. An earlier start time will give participants in the north and east a larger window for 20-meter activity. The new start time in February and March are provisional and will be evaluated after the contests. The Septemb...

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ARRL Headquarters is Closed Today, February 1

ARRL News - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 07:06

Due to anticipated severe winter weather, ARRL Headquarters is closed today, Monday, February 1. This includes customer telephone service lines. W1AW will operate on its normal weekday schedule.

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ARISS and Partners Are Investigating Space Station Ham Radio Failure

ARRL News - Fri, 01/29/2021 - 14:56

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and its partners are troubleshooting a failure within the on-board NA1SS amateur station in the ISS Columbus module. The problem does not appear to be with the radio equipment in Columbus, however. ARISS realized the problem when a contact with a school in Wyoming, between ON4ISS on Earth and astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, at NA1SS, had ...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 01/29/2021 - 09:56

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity increased this week. We saw no spotless days, and the average daily sunspot number rose from 14.7 to 28.1. Average daily solar flux was up from 76.1 to 77.2.

Average daily planetary A index rose from 4 to 9.4, due to a minor geomagnetic storm on Monday. On that day Alaska’s High Latitude College A Index was 33.

Predicted solar flux for the next 30 ...

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RadFxSat-2 Satellite Signals Detected, AMSAT Engineering Continues to Assess Status

ARRL News - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 18:27

AMSAT reports that it’s continuing to assess the status of the RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E amateur radio CubeSat after a ham in Nevada reported hearing his CW signal weakly via the spacecraft’s transponder on January 27. AMSAT Engineering and Operations was able to confirm the reports from Brad Schumacher, W5SAT, and determined that RadFxSat-2 is partially functioning, although signals are extremely we...

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Intrepid-DX Group Invites Nominations for Intrepid Spirit Award

ARRL News - Tue, 01/26/2021 - 13:49

The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their “Intrepid spirit” in 2020. For the purposes of this award, “an Intrepid spirit is bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous, resolute, and visionary in their approach to amateur radio,” the organization says. “We want to recognize those individuals or groups that activated the ra...

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Ham Radio’s SuitSat Returns in Short Horror Film

ARRL News - Mon, 01/25/2021 - 13:34

SuitSat loses its innocence in a new video short sci-fi thriller Decommissioned. “Inspired by true events,” the video short resurrects the 2006 spacesuit/satellite that transmitted messages on 2 meters as it circled Earth. The original SuitSat-1 project, conceived by an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team, repurposed a decommissioned Russian Orlan spacesuit to function...

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President Biden Taps Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting FCC Chair

ARRL News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:55

President Joseph Biden this week designated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the FCC. She succeeds, at least temporarily, former FCC chair Ajit Pai, who resigned effective on January 20.

“I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden,” Rosenworcel said in a statement. “I thank the President for the oppor...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 09:22

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We just witnessed 12 consecutive days with no sunspots, which many of us found a bit unsettling. Fortunately, Solar Cycle 25 activity returned with new sunspot 2796 on January 15. Instead of moving from the east across the solar horizon, it emerged in the southern hemisphere, just west of center.

Currently we are seeing sunspot regions 2797 and 2798, which emerg...

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