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Former West Virginia Section Manager Karl Thompson, K8KT, SK

ARRL News - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 18:29

Former West Virginia Section Manager Karl Thompson, K8KT, of Charleston, West Virginia, died on July 28. He was 80. Thompson served as West Virginia Section Communications Manager (SCM) from 1979 until 1983, and, after the position was renamed, as Section Manager from 1984 until 1994. He continued serving the Section as an Assistant Section Manager and Technical Coordinator.

Current West Virgini...

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AMSAT Announces Board of Directors Elections Results

ARRL News - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 18:27

After counting the ballots, AMSAT has announced its Board of Directors. In order of votes received, Mark Hammond, N8MH (707); Paul Stoetzer, N8HM (703), and Bruce Paige, KK5DO (667), were elected as AMSAT Directors for terms ending in 2022. Stoetzer, a former Board member and current Executive Vice President, fills the seat being vacated by AMSAT veteran Tom Clark, W3IO. Howie DeFelice, AB2S (5...

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Venerable AO-7 Satellite Approaching a Return to Full Solar Illumination

ARRL News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:20

AMSAT-OSCAR 7 (AO-7), the oldest amateur radio satellite still in operation, is nearing a return to full illumination by the sun, which should take place around September 25 and continue until around December 26. AMSAT’s vice president of operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, says that during this period, AO-7 likely will switch between modes A (2 meters up/10 meters down) and B (70 centimeters u...

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MARS Communications Exercise will Involve Amateur Radio Community

ARRL News - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 13:41

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) volunteers will take part in the Department of Defense (DOD) Communications Exercise 20-4, starting on October 3 and concluding on October 26.

The MARS focus is interoperability with ARRL and the amateur radio community. “Throughout the month of October, MARS members will interoperate with various amateur radio organizations that will be conducting their an...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 08:18

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Lots of news lately about the solar cycle, but no sunspots. Today, September 18, is the 29th consecutive day with no sunspots.

The news this week was about the Solar Cycle 24 minimum, announced recently as having occurred during December 2019 and indicating the start of Solar Cycle 25. The reason that announcement is just coming out now has to do with the nature...

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Northern Florida ARES Requests Clear Frequencies for HF Nets

ARRL News - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 12:47

Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Karl Martin, K4HBN, is requesting that stations not directly involved in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) response to Hurricane Sally please avoid 3.950 MHz (primary) and 7.242 MHz (backup). ARES has activated in four Northern Florida counties. Shelters are open, and power and telecommunications outages are widespread, Martin reports.

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5-MHz Interoperability Channels Designated for Wildfires and Hurricane Sally Response

ARRL News - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:55

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that two 60-meter channels have been made available, as necessary, for interoperability between US Government stations and US amateur radio stations involved in emergency communications related to the wildland firefighting response in California, Oregon, and Washington, and to Hurricane Sally. These interoperability channels will rema...

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Attention Turns to Tropical Storm Sally after Hurricane Paulette Hits Bermuda

ARRL News - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 12:52

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) said this morning that it will continue to gather any reports from Bermuda in the wake of Hurricane Paulette, which made landfall on the resort island today (Monday, September 14). Paulette is slowly moving away from Bermuda, a British overseas territory. The HWN is currently active on 14.325 MHz, seeking damage and storm surge reports.

“The Atlantic Basin is very b...

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Hurricane Watch Net to Activate as Paulette Bears Down on Bermuda

ARRL News - Sun, 09/13/2020 - 09:59

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced plans to activate today (Sunday, September 13) at 2100 UTC on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz as Hurricane Paulette is predicted to make landfall on Bermuda early on September 14 as a Category 2 storm. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, noted that activation plans are subject to change as weather forecasts unfold.

As of 1500 UTC on Sunday, Hurricane Paule...

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ARRL Technical Service Award Conferred

ARRL News - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 09:29
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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 09:16

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: An extended lull in solar activity persists. The smoothed sunspot minimum occurred last December, but the flurry of moderate sunspot activity in August has not continued.

An event to look forward to is the autumnal equinox, which occurs at 1330 UTC on Tuesday, September 22. We should see a seasonal improvement in HF propagation around that date because the north...

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US Mail is the Only Way to Vote in ARRL Division Elections

ARRL News - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 16:29

The candidates for the 2020 ARRL Division elections are now official. Unfortunately, incorrect information regarding electronic balloting in ARRL Division elections was disseminated in the Midwest Division. ARRL does not use electronic voting. The only way to cast a vote is by US Postal Service mail.

We urge you to participate by casting and mailing your ballot. Ballots, accompanied by a photogr...

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Brazil Proposes to End Amateur Radio Exams

ARRL News - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 08:40

The Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) has proposed to end amateur radio certificate exams for all classes, replacing the current system with free access to the initial Class C license, access to Class B for those presenting a technical course certificate in telecommunications (or similar) or who have 3 years of experience as a Class C licensee, and to Class A for those who p...

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North American CW Sprint is Great Practice for Fall Contesting

ARRL News - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 15:55

The September edition of the North American CW Sprint, sponsored by National Contest Journal (NCJ), is this weekend. The often-frantic 4-hour event gets under way on Sunday, September 13, at 0000 UTC (Saturday, September 12 in North American time zones). CW Sprints take place twice a year, in September and February; RTTY Sprints are in March and September.

“The CW Sprint can seem intimidating, p...

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