IARU Reports Early Progress, Contention on Difficult Issues Mark First Week of WRC

ARRL News - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 15:03

The first week of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) saw agreement reached on several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus. Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more difficult, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) said. The conference is under way in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The IARU said the early agreements were only possible b...

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Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition Logs More Than 80,000 Contacts

ARRL News - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 15:01

The VP6R DXpedition to Pitcairn Island shut down at 1800 UTC on November 1, reporting 82,700 contacts. They reported excellent weather for the teardown and got everything packed and aboard the Braveheart, which is taking them to Mangareva. According to their update, the oldest resident of Pitcairn Island died on November 1, and the VP6R team attended the funeral the next day. The individual was...

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FCC Asked to Clarify Amateur Rules Governing Encrypted or Encoded Messages

ARRL News - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 14:52

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is soliciting comments on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed on behalf of New York University (NYU) seeking to clarify that Section 97.113(a)(4) of the Amateur Service rules prohibits the transmission of “effectively encrypted or encoded messages, including messages that cannot be readily decoded over-the-air for true meaning.” Comments are due ...

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HuskySat-1 Successfully Lifted into Space

ARRL News - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 12:40

AMSAT reports that on November 2, a Cygnus cargo spacecraft carrying the University of Washington’s student-built HuskySat-1 CubeSat was successfully launched atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket. The Cygnus will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) today, November 4.

Cygnus is then scheduled to depart the ISS on January 13, 2020, and raise its orbit to approximately 500 kilometers ...

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CDXC: The UK DX Foundation Makes Significant Donation to Club Log

ARRL News - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 08:12

CDXC, the UK DX Foundation, has announced a donation of $2,600 to Club Log for significant hardware upgrades. The grant is in addition to the $650 CDXC donates each year to support the site. Established in 2008, Club Log has become an essential tool for DXers and DXpeditions. The hardware upgrade will improve resiliency, enhance performance, and facilitate further innovation.

“Wow, amazing! Tota...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

ARRL News - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 13:17

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at 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 K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 06:56

There are still no sunspots, but average daily solar flux rose this week from 65.3 to 68.5. Yet there have been surprising reports of HF stations heard and worked over long distances. However, the second-hand report in last week’s bulletin about a local station in my area working Belarus and Lithuania on 10 meters in the middle of the night turned out to be a misunderstanding, and I am sorry I ...

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ARRL Headquarters Telephone System Temporarily Off Line

ARRL News - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 15:11

The ARRL Headquarters telephone system is undergoing maintenance this evening between 6:30 and 7:30 PM EST (2230 to 2330 UTC). All phone services for Headquarters, including voice mail, will be off line for approximately 20 minutes sometime during this period.


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So Now What? Podcast

ARRL News - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 13:41

“A Halloween and Throwback Special with QST Senior Editor, Jen Glifort, KC1KNL,” will be the focus of the new (October 31) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New epi...

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A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

ARRL News - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 14:48
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VP6R Pitcairn Island DXpedition Winding Down

ARRL News - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 14:43
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FCC Seeks Telecommunications Specialist

ARRL News - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 14:40

The FCC is looking for a telecommunications specialist to work at the HF Direction Finding Center in Columbia, Maryland. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary.

The incumbent would perform “watch duty” and serve as a technical authority, providing technical assistance and guidance to communication systems users to resolve radio interference complaints and problems.

The telecommuni...

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Yasme Foundation Approves Supporting Grant to Club Log

ARRL News - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 13:34

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has approved a supporting grant of $4,000 to Club Log and Club Log Author Michael Wells, G7VJR. The grant will support capital improvements, needed to take the system into the future with improved resiliency, enhanced performance, and the hardware needed for continued innovation.

Club Log caters to DXers and DXpedition hosting. Yasme’s association w...

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World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Opens in Egypt

ARRL News - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 13:28

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) is under way in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. More than 3,500 delegates from 193 member-states around the world are attending the month-long gathering, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which opened today (October 28). WRC-19 delegates will discuss changes to the ITU Radio Regulations. Amateur radio issues are but a small p...

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Revised AMSAT-NA Website in the Offing

ARRL News - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 13:19

AMSAT Treasurer and Vice President of User Services Robert Bankston, KE4AL, has announced that the AMSAT Board has approved his recommendations for an internet-based membership management system, the transition to a digital full-color edition of AMSAT Journal, and a complete overhaul of the AMSAT-NA website.

“I have been putting together these proposals for several months and thank the Board of...

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