ARRL Rookie Roundup CW Event is December 19

ARRL News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 11:50
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ARRL and RSGB Announce Winners of Transatlantic Centenary Cups

ARRL News - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 16:00

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) have announced winners of the 160-Meter Transatlantic Centenary QSO Party. The December 12 on-air event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the successful second Transatlantic Tests which contributed to the dawn of international amateur radio communication. Participating stations operating on CW at...

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Polish Radio Amateur Ordered to Stop Using Falkland Islands Identifier from Antarctica

ARRL News - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 15:18

The Falkland Islands Communications Regulator has directed Polish radio amateur Sebastian Gleich, SQ1SGB, to cease his ham radio operation from Antarctica’s Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, OpenFalklands reported. Apparently following up on a complaint, the Falkland Islands regulator ordered Gleich to stop all operations as “VP8SGB.” He has been identifying as VP8/SQ1SGB, in a...

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Sweden’s SAQ VLF Alexanderson Alternator Station Schedules Christmas Eve Transmission

ARRL News - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 15:15

On December 24, SAQ in Grimeton, Sweden, is scheduled to transmit a Christmas message to the world, using the 97-year-old 200 kW Alexanderson alternator on 17.2 kHz CW. At 0730 UTC, a livestream will begin on YouTube. Start-up and tuning of the Alexanderson alternator will begin at 0800 UTC. Transmissions will begin at 0800 UTC. Some test transmissions will take place on December 23 between 120...

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Clubs in Newfoundland and England to Re-Enact Marconi’s 1901 Experiment

ARRL News - Sun, 12/12/2021 - 05:08

The Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland (MRCN) and the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club in England will conduct a modern-day re-enactment of Marconi’s first transatlantic radio experiment in 1901.

December 12, 2021,marks the 120th anniversary of that accomplishment.

On December 12, preparations will begin at 1555 UTC for receiving the letter “s” in Morse code at 1600 UTC. The letter “s” was transmitted f...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 12/10/2021 - 08:20

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: One new sunspot group appeared on December 4, but 4 days later it was gone, and on Thursday, December 9, we saw a second day with no sunspots.

Average daily sunspot number declined from 46.1 to 24.6. Average daily solar flux went from 90.9 to 82.6.

Predicted solar flux over the next month does not seem promising. The December 9 forecast shows 77 on December 10; 8...

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World’s Smallest Moon Lander from Japan will Put Ham Radio Transmitter on the Moon

ARRL News - Thu, 12/09/2021 - 15:44

Japan’s OMOTENASHI, the world’s smallest moon lander, will have an X-band and UHF communication system, although it will not carry an amateur band transponder. OMOTENASHI is a 6U CubeSat set for launch via a NASA SLS rocket as early as February 2022. It will have a mission period of from 4 to 5 days. The name is an acronym for Outstanding Moon Exploration Technologies demonstrated by Nano Semi-...

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ARDC Grant Will Expand RMHAM’s 5 GHz Microwave Network in Rockies

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:15


A grant of $374,233 from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to Rocky Mountain Ham Radio (RMHAM) will go toward expanding a multistate 5 GHz microwave network and help to outfit communications trailers.

The microwave network enables partnering amateur radio clubs and groups to access, enable, or expand their repeater and other FCC Part 97-appropriate applications. The network provides ...

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ARRL Virginia Section Manager Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, SK

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:09

Virginia Section Manager Joe Palsa, K3WRY, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, died on December 7. An ARRL Life Member, he was 80.

Palsa was appointed Virginia Section Manager in February 2015, and had since won elections in his own right. A radio amateur for more than 50 years, he also served as the Virginia State Government Liaison.

Palsa held a PhD in electronics technology and was a Life Member ...

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November 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 13:49

This is the November 2021 report of Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program activity. The VM program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service.

  • Operators in Ardmore, Tennessee; Lithonia, Georgia; Coconut Creek and Miramar, Florida, and East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, were issued Advisory Notices regarding excessive bandwidth, contrary to FCC rules....
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ARRL Executive Committee Meets

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 12:48

The ARRL Executive Committee met on October 25 in virtual session, with President Rick Roderick, K5UR, presiding.

In his report, CEO David Minster, NA2AA, noted that the revised ARRL Articles of Incorporation approved during the July 2021 Board meeting had been filed with the State of Connecticut. He also discussed the delayed timing of the delivery of the December issue of QST. He advised that ...

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Transmissions Set to Mark Transatlantic Test Success

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 09:19

ARRL and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) have assembled a list of stations and groups that are organizing events and activities to celebrate 100 years of amateur radio transatlantic communication. Visit and The sites also include links to many previously published articles and presentations covering the historic t...

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ARISS Named Amateur Radio Newsline Newsmaker of the Year

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 08:01

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has been named Amateur Radio Newsline Newsmaker of the Year.

“This group, based across 15 countries around the world, has been supporting amateur radio from the space station and performing school links around the world to astronauts for over 20 years,” the announcement pointed out. “As well as enthusing youngsters in the magic of space an...

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Senate Confirms FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel for a New Term

ARRL News - Tue, 12/07/2021 - 15:59

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the US Senate confirmed FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel for a new term at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on a vote of 68-31. President Joe Biden appointed Rosenworcel as Chair of the FCC in late October. The FCC will continue with two Democrats and two Republicans led by Chairwoman Rosenworcel.

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Ham Radio University Going Virtual Again

ARRL News - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 13:46
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ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, SK

ARRL News - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 13:24

ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, of Beaverton, Oregon, died on November 24. An ARRL Life Member, he was 84.

An FCC engineer, Kane rose to the post of FCC San Francisco District Director and administered many ham radio and commercial license exams during his nearly 30 years there. He was a registered professional engineer in several jurisdictions.

Active as an Amateu...

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

ARRL News - Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:28

On December 1, Intrepid-DX Group President Paul Ewing, N6PSE, announced the prize recipients of the second annual Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest. Ewing said all essays received “were all unique in thought and very well articulated.” Extra points were given for correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling, he said.

“Most of the essays gave unique perspectives on how to reach out and connect with t...

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Senator Blumenthal Supports Amateur Radio at Senate Confirmation Hearing

ARRL News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 16:49

Updated 12/7/2021

Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) received an affirmative reply from FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel when he asked her to commit to providing his office “an update on the steps that the FCC is taking to support amateur radio operators.” The Senator posed the written question as part of Rosenworcel’s renomination hearing conducted by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transporta...

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ARRL Seeks News Editor

ARRL News - Fri, 12/03/2021 - 16:30

ARRL is seeking a ham with a professional journalism background to handle ARRL’s news function on a contract, remote basis. Candidates for ARRL News Editor should be plugged into the ham radio community, with a broad awareness of the major players (past and present) and the main issues (past, present, and potentially future) in the world of ham radio. Ideally, candidates will have professional ...

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