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Transatlantic Tests Mark 99th Anniversary

ARRL News - Wed, 12/09/2020 - 16:03

On December 11, 1921, radio history was made when the signal from amateur station 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was heard in Ardrossan, Scotland, marking the first successful transatlantic radio transmission using shortwave frequencies. Between 1921 and 1924, radio amateurs experimented with transmitting across the Atlantic. Sponsored by ARRL, these Transatlantic Tests aimed to prove that sho...

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Low-Noise H-Mode Receiver Mixer Developer Colin Horrabin, G3SBI, SK

ARRL News - Wed, 12/09/2020 - 14:18

Prominent British radio amateur Colin Horrabin, G3SBI, died over the last weekend in November, a month after a cancer diagnosis. Horrabin invented a type of low-noise receive mixer called the H-Mode mixer, which has been incorporated into many modern radios and was featured in The ARRL Handbook for a number of years.

“It is some very significant work with regard to mixer design,” said former ARR...

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First Solar Image from Hawaii Observatory Shows Close-Up of a Sunspot

ARRL News - Wed, 12/09/2020 - 14:12

The world’s largest solar observatory, National Science Foundation (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii, has released its first image of a sunspot, capturing the phenomenon in striking detail. The image, taken last January, is among the first solar images of the new Solar Cycle 25. The telescope’s 4-meter primary mirror will give the best views of the sun from Earth throughout the n...

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Nathan Simington Confirmed as Newest FCC Member

ARRL News - Wed, 12/09/2020 - 13:12
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Lee Finkel, KY7M, Announced as New Editor of National Contest Journal

ARRL News - Wed, 12/09/2020 - 13:06

Lee Finkel, KY7M, of Phoenix, Arizona, will begin his tenure as Editor of National Contest Journal (NCJ) with the magazine’s January/February issue. Now an ARRL publication, NCJ is in its 48th year. Finkel, the 17th Editor, takes over the reins from Scott Wright, KØMD, a noted and regular amateur radio contester, who has helmed NCJ since January 2017.

“My hope is that I will be able to build on ...

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Geomagnetic Storm Watches Are in Effect through December 11

ARRL News - Wed, 12/09/2020 - 07:12

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports that geomagnetic storm watches are in effect through December 11, due to the effects of a direct coronal mass ejection (CME) collision with the Earth’s magnetosphere from December 9 until December 11. The CME eruption was associated with a C7 solar flare erupting from Sunspot Region 2790 on December 7.

Arrival of a shock wave associated with...

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New Antenna Physics Book from ARRL!

ARRL News - Mon, 12/07/2020 - 11:16

Written to bridge the gap between basic theory and graduate-level engineering texts, the second edition of Antenna Physics: An Introduction includes new material to help you better understand the complexities of antenna theory.

World-recognized antenna technology authority Robert J. Zavrel, Jr., W7SX, is your guide to grasping a deeper understanding of how antenna systems function. In this book,...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 07:47

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot Cycle 25 is 1 year old, and increasing solar activity continues to surprise and amaze.

Average daily sunspot numbers more than doubled every week over the past few weeks. Two weeks ago, we reported average daily sunspot numbers of 12. Last week, the average was 27.9. This week the average daily sunspot number at sits at 57.6.

In the past week the highest ...

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Launch Window for AMSAT's RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Opens on December 19

ARRL News - Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:59

The launch that will carry AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E CubeSat into orbit will likely take place later this month. Virgin Orbit has announced that the launch window for their LauncherOne Launch Demo 2 mission, which will carry the AMSAT spacecraft into orbit, opens on December 19. RadFxSat-2 is the fifth and final Fox-1 satellite built by AMSAT.

Like RadFxSat / Fox-1B (now AMSAT-OSCAR 91RadFxSat...

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FCC to Require Email Addresses on Applications

ARRL News - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:51

Amateur radio licensees and candidates will have to provide the FCC with an email address on applications, effective sometime in mid-2021. If no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as defective.

The FCC is fully transitioning to electronic correspondence and will no longer print or provide wireless licensees with hard-copy authorizations or registrations by mail.

A Repo...

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December is YOTA Month

ARRL News - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 07:49

The month of December has been designated as YOTA month. The annual initiative sponsored by Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) initially focused on International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 (Europe, the Mideast, and Africa), with young radio amateurs taking to the air with YOTA-suffix call signs. YOTA (Youth on the Air) in Region 2 (the Americas) is following step, and K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A ...

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Arecibo Observatory Instrument Platform Falls into Iconic Dish

ARRL News - Tue, 12/01/2020 - 19:29

[UPDATED 2020-12-02 @1609 UTC] The 900-ton instrument platform of the 305-meter radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell some 400 feet Tuesday morning, crashing into the huge, already-damaged dish below, the National Science Foundation (NSF) reported in a December 1 Tweet. “No injuries were reported,” NSF said, adding that it is still assessing the situation. “Our top priority...

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Departing Commission

ARRL News - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:55

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to leave the Commission on January 20, 2021, as the Biden Administration comes into office. The FCC chairman is appointed by the president.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve at the Federal Communications Commission, including as Chairman of the FCC over the past 4 years,” Pai said. “I am grateful to President Trump for giving me the...

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RadioShack Purchased by Online Retailer

ARRL News - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:47

RadioShack® is back as an online retailer of electronics, offering some parts in its inventory that largely consists of radios, batteries, telephone gear, drones, computer accessories, and even cameras. The iconic company was recently purchased from General Wireless by Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV).

No plans are in place to reopen RadioShack-owned stores, although some 400 brick-and-mortar out...

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Powerful Solar Flare, Coronal Mass Ejection Occur on November 29

ARRL News - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:45

A solar flare from massive solar region 2786 at 1311 UTC on Sunday, November, 29, was the most powerful solar flare and coronal mass ejection (CME) so far during the new Solar Cycle 25.

The sun’s activity is now rapidly increasing after a slow increase in activity this year following solar minimum a year ago.

While the flare and CME, which erupted from just behind the southeast solar limb, was no...

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ARRL Invites Members to Participate in #GivingTuesday on December 1

ARRL News - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 14:00

ARRL is taking part in #GivingTuesday on December 1. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in their communities and their world. Many ARRL programs and services are not covered by membership fees alone. Your contributions have a tremendous impact on ARRL’s ability to promote amateur radio and better serve its members.

Onl...

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ARRL Urges Members to Join in Strongly Opposing FCC’s Application Fees Proposal

ARRL News - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 19:21

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ARRL will file comments in firm opposition to an FCC proposal to impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and application fees. With the November 16 comment deadline fast approaching, ARRL urges members to add their voices to ARRL’s by filing opposition comments of their own. The FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) MD Docket 20-270 appeared in the October 15 edition of The Feder...

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