Cuban Radio Amateurs Respond to Severe Tornado

ARRL News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:58

From the early morning of January 27, radio amateurs in Cuba’s capital of Havana were keeping an eye on the weather. An extratropical low-pressure system in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico associated with a cold front approaching from the west was preceded by a line of pre-frontal storms, generating severe weather conditions that deteriorated considerably during the evening and night hours. Com...

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Fourth Annual RST Special Event Continues through February

ARRL News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:22

Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) once again are on site and active from different locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Greenland until February 28. RST call signs being used include KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST, and OX7RST. Also look for N1RAC/KL7 which will be active from Fairbanks, Alaska. QSL all call signs direct via K7ICE. Additiona...

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ARISS Announces Slow-Scan Television Event

ARRL News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:12

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced another slow-scan television (SSTV) transmission event, using images from the NASA on the Air (NOTA) program that celebrated NASA’s 60th anniversary and key events in NASA’s early history during 2018.

Transmissions are scheduled to start on Friday, February 8, at 1400 UTC and run through Sunday, February 10, at 1830 UTC. SSTV...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:03

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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A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

ARRL News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:43
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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:06

The past week saw increased solar activity, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 5.3 to 19.6 and average daily solar flux from 69.8 to 74.5. We haven’t seen such strong activity since the beginning of last summer, when ARLP016 in 2018 reported average daily sunspot number at 22.6 and average daily solar flux at 75.3.

But sunspots only persisted from January 22 through January 30, and o...

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ARRL Board of Directors Tackles Ambitious Agenda

ARRL News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:54
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Geoffrey Starks Sworn in as FCC Commissioner

ARRL News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 13:11

The FCC now officially has its full complement of five members. Democrat Geoffrey Starks, who succeeds Mignon Clyburn on the Commission, was sworn in January 30. He formerly served as assistant bureau chief in the FCC Enforcement Bureau and in the US Department of Justice.

“I am deeply honored to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, and I thank the President and the...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:00
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FCC Now Processing Amateur Radio Applications

ARRL News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:27

The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator said today that the FCC has begun processing Amateur Radio applications for the first time since early January, when it shut down because of the lapse in funding.

“The FCC worked through its backlog very quickly, and started processing our files about noon today,” Assistant ARRL VEC Manager Amanda Grimaldi, N1NHL, said on Wednesday. “We’re slowly submittin...

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Very Limited ISS Slow-Scan TV Transmissions Set

ARRL News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:25
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Amendment Aims to Promote CITEL/CEPT Amateur Radio Operating Reciprocity

ARRL News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:22

Chile recently became the third country to sign the Amendment of the Inter-American Convention on the use of an International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP). Once the Amendment is in effect, Chile and other Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) signatories may offer reciprocal Amateur Radio privileges to Amateur Radio licensees from European Conference of Postal and Telecommunication...

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FCC Resets Filing Deadlines, Receipt Dates in Wake of Government Shutdown

ARRL News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 14:51

As it attempts to dig out from beneath a blizzard of applications from all services, the FCC has reset some filing deadlines and established new receipt dates. Certain electronic filing and database systems, including the Universal Licensing System (ULS) that Amateur Radio licensees use, were unavailable or not supported from January 3 until January 28, 2019. As the shutdown began, the FCC had ...

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National Weather Service Dropping High Seas and Storm Warnings on WWV/WWVH

ARRL News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:41

The National Weather Service (NWS) is discontinuing its high seas and storm warnings transmitted via National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) WWV/WWVH time and frequency-standard HF transmissions, starting January 31 at 1800 UTC. The NWS warnings are aimed at the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific.

“This service is being terminated because weather information in the current...

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The FCC is Back in Business

ARRL News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:06

[UPDATED: 2019-01-29 @ 2115 UTC] In the wake of the more-than-month-long partial government shutdown, the FCC said today that it would be tackling the backlog of applications already in the queue over the course of a couple days. The FCC had earlier indicated that it would resume processing Amateur Radio applications starting today. Subsequently, the Commission requested that Volunteer Examiner...

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Europe’s Youngsters on the Air Enthusiasm Breeds Contesting Exuberance in US

ARRL News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:59

Some of the enthusiasm engendered by Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 (Europe and Africa) has spilled over into IARU Region 2 (the Americas). A group of a half-dozen young radio operators calling itself “Team Exuberance” will visit the contest superstation of Tim Duffy, K3LR, in late March for the CQ World Wide WPX SSB event. The team was inspire...

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