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Survey: FT8 Growing as DX Mode in an Era of Waning Propagation

ARRL News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:08

In the 2018 update of his survey of modes used on the air, Club Log’s Michael Wells, G7VJR, says the number of Club Log users uploading at least one FT8 contact to the site grew from 8,000 in 2017 to 14,200 in 2018. Wells worked with data from Club Log users who, he reports, uploaded 41.3 million contacts in 2018, up by 12% from last year.

“I think that fact is more significant given the ongoin...

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ITU Strengthening Emergency Telecommunications in the Americas

ARRL News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:58

In the aftermath of disasters, alternative telecommunication systems are often needed to fill in for systems that have been damaged or destroyed. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says its members consider emergency communication as a priority in the Americas and are working to upgrade capabilities in the region.

Last year, the ITU teamed up with the International Amateur Radio Uni...

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Important Notice to ARRL Members Using the Apple Digital QST App

ARRL News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:00

A known bug with the Apple version of the digital QST app may prevent some users from downloading issues of the magazine. ARRL has confirmed with the developer that version 5.0 of the app, introduced in early February, may produce instances where the app crashes on some devices when the user tries to download an issue of QST for offline reading. We apologize for this inconvenience, and we are w...

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More Mentors Needed for New ARRL Emergency Communications Course Sessions

ARRL News - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:44

High interest in the recently announced updated ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001) course is prompting a call for additional class mentors to help meet the demand, which ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, says “exceeded our projections.” As Bickell explains, the course is designed to be interactive, with volunteer mentors guiding each session.

“We appreciate ...

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GQRP Club Founder the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, SK

ARRL News - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:42

The founder of the GQRP Club and Amateur Radio author the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, of Littleborough, England, died on March 11. He was 75. Dobbs was reported to have been in ill health for some time and had been living in a care facility, where his condition deteriorated quite rapidly over the past few days. He was the honorary secretary of the GQRP Club (G5LOW), which he founded in 1974 to ca...

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Reminder: Daylight Saving Time Begins in Most of the US on March 10

ARRL News - Sat, 03/09/2019 - 14:12

In most of the US, Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on Sunday, March 10, at 2 AM local time. Set clocks ahead by 1 hour. The start of DST does not affect Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or simply Zulu (Z), although some transceiver clocks generate UTC based on a specified difference from the local time setting. UTC is the generally recognized “standard...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 15:24

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. 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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The April Edition of Digital QST is Now Available!

ARRL News - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:42
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New Book, Energy Choices for the Radio Amateur, Now Shipping

ARRL News - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:11

Revolutionary changes are taking place in the way we produce and consume power for our homes, transportation, and the technology that we use every day. A new book, Energy Choices for the Radio Amateur by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, who developed the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), explores ongoing changes in the world of power and energy and takes a careful look at the choices we can make. ...

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Activate Following California Flooding

ARRL News - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:06

Amateur Radio volunteers with the Sonoma County, California, Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) rallied to assist in February after heavy rain led to flooding in the region. San Francisco Section Manager Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, told ARRL that while no actual communication emergencies occurred during the weather event, Sonoma County ACS volunteers provided “needed eyes” and were available i...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:19

After no sunspots over the entire month of February, sunspot group 2734 appeared on March 5. So far, the new sunspot numbers are 14, 17, and 14 on March 5-7. I believe this was the longest consecutive period (33 days) with no sunspots on this declining side of Cycle 24. The polarity of the new sunspot group identifies it as being from Cycle 24, not the upcoming Cycle 25.

Frank Donovan, W3LPL sen...

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Highest-Ever Summits on the Air Activation Reported

ARRL News - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 15:26

Tom Rudzinski, SQ9FVE, made Summits on the Air (SOTA) history on February 16 by activating Aconcagua in Mendoza, Argentina. At 6,962 meters (22,841 feet) above sea level, the mountain is the highest peak in both the Southern and Western hemispheres.

An experienced and skilled mountaineer, Rudzinski planned the expedition carefully, including all necessary support. He began his ascent to the summ...

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FCC Takes a New Tack in Combatting Unlicensed Radio Broadcasting

ARRL News - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 15:24

In what may be a first in the effort to crack down on unlicensed broadcasters, the United States has filed a civil action to stop a church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts US Attorney's Office is seeking an injunction to shut down the station, operating on 97.1 MHz.

“This groundbreaking step, for an injunction to stop a pirate radio oper...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 08:00
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New ARRL Podcast Geared Toward Newcomers to Amateur Radio Debuts on March 7

ARRL News - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 14:10

A new ARRL podcast aimed newcomers to Amateur Radio will launch on Thursday, March 7. “So Now What?” will alternate new-episode weeks with the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast.

“So Now What?” will focus on answering questions and providing support and encouragement for new licensees to get the most out of the hobby. Co-hosting “So Now What?” will be ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle P...

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