Russia’s Destruction of an Orbiting Satellite Raises Space Debris Concerns

ARRL News - Wed, 11/17/2021 - 15:15

Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon on November 15, destroying one of its own old and defunct satellites, Kosmos 1408. Launched in 1982, Kosmos 1408 was some 300 miles above Earth. Its destruction generated a debris field in Earth orbit that prompted the seven International Space Station crew members, including one Russian cosmonaut, to take cover in their crew capsules for several hours, in...

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IARU Administrative Council Addresses Wide-Ranging Agenda in Virtual Meeting

ARRL News - Wed, 11/17/2021 - 09:00

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting in early October. The AC, which is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU, consists of three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations. Due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place in many parts of the world, a virtual...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 11/12/2021 - 10:33
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October 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

ARRL News - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 07:40

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

  • Technician operators in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, and Richmond, Texas, received Advisory Notices after making numerous FT8 contacts on 40 and 20 meters. Technician licensees are not allowed to transmit data on 40 meters a...
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Veterans Day 2021 Special Events Announced

ARRL News - Wed, 11/10/2021 - 15:49

Amateur radio special events have been announced to commemorate Veterans Day.

In Cleburne, Texas, N5VET has been on the air since November 1 for a 15-day event. Announced frequencies include 7.235, 7,240, 14.045, and 14.255 MHz, although the sponsoring Club KC5NX says it will operate on most bands and modes. QSL to KC5NX.

The K1USN Radio Club will be on the air on November 11 to mark Veterans Day...

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AMSAT-NA Elects Officers, Discusses Ongoing and Future Satellite Projects

ARRL News - Wed, 11/10/2021 - 15:06

AMSAT-NA President Robert Bankston, KE4AL, told the 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium on October 30 that the organization is looking ahead to future satellite missions but will “go commercial” in order to keep enough satellites in space. Bankston, who was re-elected at a virtual Board meeting on October 29, said AMSAT is in solid financial position and donations are “heal...

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ARRL will be Closed on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11

ARRL News - Wed, 11/10/2021 - 06:58

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Thursday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will both publish on Friday, November 12. ARRL HQ will reopen on Friday at 8 AM EST.

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 06:48
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ASRTU-1 CubeSat with V/u FM Transponder Submitted for IARU Coordination

ARRL News - Wed, 11/03/2021 - 16:44

China’s Harbin Institute of Technology has applied for IARU Coordination of the ASRTU-1 CubeSat. Among other capabilities, the satellite will provide a V/u FM amateur radio transponder. ASRTU-1 is a 12U CubeSat mission designed by Russian and Chinese university students for education and amateur radio.

Harbin Institute of Technology has successfully developed several amateur radio satellites, i...

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Microsoft Reverses its Decision to Omit Hot Reload in .NET 6

ARRL News - Wed, 11/03/2021 - 16:34

The Verge reports that Microsoft has reversed its decision to remove a key feature from its upcoming .NET 6 release, after a public outcry from the open-source software community. Microsoft had piqued the .NET open-source community by removing a key part of Hot Reload in the upcoming release of .NET 6. This is a feature that allows developers to modify source code while an application is runnin...

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ARISS Receives Generous ARDC Grant for ARISS STEREO Education Project

ARRL News - Wed, 11/03/2021 - 14:35

Best known for arranging amateur radio contacts between students and astronauts, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced that it’s received a generous grant to fund its “Student and Teacher Education via Radio Experimentation and Operations” (STEREO) project. The 5-year Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) grant totaling nearly $1.3 million will fund three ...

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ARRL November Sweepstakes VY1AAA Operation is On for 2021

ARRL News - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 11:05

Gerry Hull, W1VE/VE1RM, reports that he is still hoping to be able to operate remotely as VY1AAA from Northern Territories (NT), a rare multiplier in the ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) event.

Hull said that a family health emergency had kept “J” Allen, VY1JA, from working on getting his station up and running again, but the situation has brightened somewhat, and Allen is back at it.

Hull has op...

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3M Issues a “Stop Use and Inspection Notice” for Self-Retracting Lifeline with Anchor Hook

ARRL News - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 11:03

3M has issued a “Stop Use and Inspection Notice” for the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self-Retracting Lifeline with Anchor Hook.

The company advises owners to remove the anchor hook product from service until an inspection is performed. The notice pertains to “specific versions” of the anchor hook. “3M Fall Protection has identified a very low potential for the DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self-Retracting Lif...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 10/29/2021 - 06:16

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity was up this week, with the average daily sunspot number increasing by nearly five-fold from 11.3 to 54.9. Average daily solar flux rose from 78.6 to 95.7. Currently our sun is peppered with spots.

A new sunspot group appeared on October 22, another on October 24, two more on October 25, and another on October 26. The sunspot number peaked on Thu...

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Russia-Ukraine “Radio War” Trying Patience of IARU Region 1 Monitoring System

ARRL News - Thu, 10/28/2021 - 13:25

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports in the September issue of the IARUMS newsletter that the Russian-Ukrainian “radio war” on and around 7055 kHz continues to be a major source of frustration. IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Peter Jost, HB9CET, said the on-the-air conflict “has been bothering us to an unbearable extent for a very long time and is still ...

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ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program to Accept Applications Starting on November 1

ARRL News - Thu, 10/28/2021 - 13:03

The ARRL Foundation will start accepting applications for its 2022 scholarship program on November 1. The submission deadline is December 31. More than 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000 will be awarded in 2022.

All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs (active non-US radio amateurs are eligible for scholarships sponsored by ARDC), and many scholarships have specific require...

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