Multiple Balloons Carrying Ham Radio Payloads Launched

ARRL News - Wed, 10/14/2020 - 06:10

Eleven schools across the US launched helium-filled balloons carrying amateur radio payloads on October 9. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum live-streamed the multiple launches. The balloons are trackable via ham radio on APRS (either 144.39 MHz FM or 144.34 MHz FM).

The lighter-than-air vehicles were intended to head east around the globe, although there’s no accounting for upper air current...

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AB1OC Wins the October 2020 QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 15:53
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Bob Buus, W2OD, Appointed as Northern New Jersey Section Manager

ARRL News - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 11:54

Bob Buus, W2OD, of Holmdel, has been appointed as Northern New Jersey Section Manager to succeed Steve Ostrove, K2SO (SK), who stepped down on September 22 due to failing health. Buus will serve out the current term of office, which concludes on June 30, 2021. 

An ARRL Life Member, Buus had been serving as an Assistant SM and an Emergency Coordinator.  He is also an ARRL Volunteer Examiner and ...

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Shop AmazonSmile on Prime Day, and Amazon Donates to ARRL

ARRL News - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 14:55

Amazon Prime Day is Back! Deals start on Tuesday, October 13, and continue through Wednesday, October 14. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. As you browse the great deals and promotions available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile, choosing the ARRL as your charity of choice.

With every qualifying purchase you make through AmazonSmil...

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Mark Stillman, KA3JUJ, Appointed as New Delaware Section Manager

ARRL News - Fri, 10/09/2020 - 09:23

Mark Stillman, KA3JUJ, of Newark, Delaware, has been appointed as ARRL Delaware Section Manager. He succeeds Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, who had served since 2014. Duveneck has moved out of the Delaware Section.

ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, appointed Stillman after consulting with ARRL Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. The appointment is effective immed...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 10/09/2020 - 09:16
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Northern New Jersey Section Manager Steve Ostrove, K2SO, SK

ARRL News - Thu, 10/08/2020 - 13:54

ARRL Northern New Jersey Section Manager (SM) Steve Ostrove, K2SO, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, died on October 2. An ARRL Life Member, he was 74. His career was in the pharmaceutical industry, and he was the CEO of Ostrove Associates Inc and author of Aspects in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.

Ostrove served as an Assistant Section Manager in Northern New Jersey since 2009, and was the Section Emer...

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2020 ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention will be Live this Weekend

ARRL News - Thu, 10/08/2020 - 13:10

The ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention, hosted by the 55th annual Melbourne Hamfest, will take place this weekend with COVID-19 precautions in place.

The Melbourne Hamfest, sponsored by the Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS), will take place Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Boulevard. “PCARS is planning all the social distancing ...

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Solar Physicist Predicts a Slightly Better Solar Cycle 25

ARRL News - Wed, 10/07/2020 - 15:16

Solar physicist Leif Svalgaard of the W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University has predicted a maximum sunspot number of 128 ±10, slightly better than Solar Cycle 24.

“The overall average is 132 ±47 (median 124),” he said. “None of these numbers are substantially different, so one could perhaps just go with the ‘wisdom of the crowd.’ All predictions that we consider hav...

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British Columbia Radio Amateur Hears Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

ARRL News - Wed, 10/07/2020 - 14:52

According to a report, Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, in British Columbia, Canada, received a signal from the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), flying just 274 kilometers (about 170 miles) above the red planet’s surface. The signal was an X-band carrier containing no data or telemetry.

“Its purpose is to allow for Doppler tracking,” Tilley explained. “The rapid change in pitch of ...

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Hurricane Delta Prompts Activations of Hurricane Watch Net, WX4NHC, SATERN

ARRL News - Wed, 10/07/2020 - 10:33

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), and The Salvation Army’s SATERN have announced activations for Hurricane Delta, the latest Atlantic storm. The HWN moved to its Alert Level 4 on Wednesday and is now running on 14.325 MHz. WX4NHC monitors the same frequency to gather “ground truth” reports from radio amateurs that may assist NHC forecasters.

As of 120...

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Two More Astronauts Earn Amateur Radio Licenses

ARRL News - Tue, 10/06/2020 - 12:31

Although the lockdown of Johnson Space Center (JSC) postponed amateur radio training and licensing over the past 7 months, NASA ISS Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, was able to work with all of the new astronaut-class graduates, as well as offer some refresher courses with already-licensed astronauts. Licensed astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) may operate the on-...

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ARISS to Celebrate 20 Years of Ham Radio on the International Space Station

ARRL News - Mon, 10/05/2020 - 13:09

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will soon celebrate 20 years of continuous ham radio operations on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA is commemorating the milestone with a newly produced infographic highlighting the educational contacts via amateur radio between astronaut crew members aboard the ISS and students. Over its 20 years, ARISS has supported nearly 1,...

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An ARISS Slow-Scan TV Event from the ISS is Scheduled

ARRL News - Fri, 10/02/2020 - 13:22

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) slow-scan television (SSTV) event from the ISS is set to begin on October 4 at 1400 UTC for setup and operation, continuing until October 8 at 1915 UTC. Dates and times are subject to change, due to ISS operational adjustments. Images will be downlinked at 145.800 MHz ±3 kHz for Doppler shift. The expected SSTV mode is PD 120.

The main ...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 10/02/2020 - 06:52
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