FCC Seeking World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee Members

ARRL News - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 11:49

The FCC has announced that it’s looking for individuals or entities to serve on its World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice, technical support, and recommended proposals in the run-up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). In particular, the committee will focus on international frequency spectrum issues identified on the WRC-23 a...

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ARRL/TAPR DCC Going Virtual

ARRL News - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 11:47
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COVID-19 Net Now Running Wednesdays on 40 Meters

ARRL News - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 11:39

The Medical Net, a special COVID-19 net, is running Wednesdays, 0130 UTC, on 7.222 MHz. The net deals with correct data on COVID-19 epidemiology care, care issues, and more. Net control will be Dr. Harry Przekop, WB9EDP, a past president of the Medical Amateur Radio Council Organization (MARCO) and now a director at large.

Przekop is a specialist in infectious diseases and biomedical physics and...

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The May/June Digital Issues of QEX and NCJ are Now Available!

ARRL News - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 14:29

The May/June digital editions of QEX and the National Contest Journal (NCJ) are now available for reading on your iOS or Android mobile device through the ARRL Magazines app, or with your desktop or laptop computer from the ARRL Magazines page on the web at

App users please note that you may need to clear the cache in the app’s Settings menu to fully update.

The digit...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

ARRL News - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:38

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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ITU Interviews IARU President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, on World Amateur Radio Day

ARRL News - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:38

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has posted an interview with International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, “Why World Amateur Radio Day is key to highlight crucial services.” World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is observed every year on April 18. In the interview, Ellam shares his views on why World Amateur Radio Day is important and how amateur radio...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 07:52

Sunspots are gone again. We are at the bottom of the solar cycle, so conditions should only get better. There is an increase in on-air activity due to the large number of people staying at home because of Covid-19, and this week we seem to be overwhelmed with reports of sporadic E openings.

The last observed sunspot disappeared on April 5, so weekly average daily sunspot numbers declined from 5....

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ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Edition Considers Social Distancing

ARRL News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:21

The SSB edition of the ARRL Rookie Roundup returns on Sunday, April 19 at 1800 UTC and continues through 2359 UTC. For the purposes of this operating event, a “Rookie” is any radio amateur licensed within the current calendar year or in the previous 2 calendar years. You can also be a Rookie if you haven’t made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contes...

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ARRL, AMSAT Seek “Relatively Minor Changes” In FCC Orbital Debris Mitigation Proposals

ARRL News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:18

On April 8, ARRL Washington Counsel Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, and AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, discussed with senior FCC International Bureau staff by telephone the FCC’s draft Report & Order (R&O) on mitigation of orbital debris (IB Docket No. 18-313). The amateur representatives told the FCC staff that “two aspects of the draft regulations are of particular concern…. and w...

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ARRL Announces New Benefits for Members

ARRL News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:10
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Greater LoTW Database Accuracy is the Goal of TQSL Update(s)

ARRL News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:16

The recently released TQSL version 2.5.2 application for uploading logs to Logbook of The World (LoTW) tightens requirements for data consistency, with the goal of improving the integrity of the LoTW database. Starting with TQSL version 2.5.2, discrepancies in submitted logs now are flagged, especially when it comes to the Amateur Data Interchange Format (ADIF) files frequently uploaded to LoTW...

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ARISS Altering its Approach in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

ARRL News - Tue, 04/14/2020 - 09:28

In a message to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team members, sponsors, and educational institutions, ARISS International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, outlined how ARISS is transforming its activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our primary objective in these challenging times is to protect all students, faculty, astronauts, and our volunteer team in all we...

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Youth Team Postpones its Planned CQ WPX CW Operation from K3LR

ARRL News - Tue, 04/14/2020 - 06:09

The youthful Team Exuberance has announced that it’s postponing its planned CQ WPX CW contest operation from K3LR until May 2021. Team Exuberance will compete in the multi-two category.

“While this decision was not taken lightly, it was clearly the appropriate action in light of the coronavirus pandemic,” team member Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, said in an announcement. “Thank you to all individuals ...

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New 144 MHz Transatlantic Record Reported

ARRL News - Mon, 04/13/2020 - 16:10

The claimed transatlantic record on 2 meters has been extended to nearly 4,760 kilometers (2,951 miles).

“The incredible tropo conditions between Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean continue to amaze with transatlantic contacts on 144 MHz and 432 MHz being made,” John Desmond, EI7GL, said in a blog post. The April 8 FT8 contact was between D4VHF in the Cape Verde Islands and PJ2BR on Curacao. T...

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ARRL VEC Issues Statement on Video-Supervised Online Exam Sessions

ARRL News - Mon, 04/13/2020 - 16:03

Very few ARRL Volunteer Examiner teams have successfully conducted in-person exam sessions (following social distancing guidelines) and video-supervised exam sessions using fillable PDF exams and documents. So far, we have found that both types of sessions take volunteer teams two to three times longer to conduct and accommodate fewer candidates than sessions conducted prior to the COVID-19 pan...

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Fresh Crew Arrives on ISS

ARRL News - Mon, 04/13/2020 - 15:55

Astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, and two Russian cosmonauts arrived on April 9 as the Expedition 63 crew on the International Space Station, temporarily restoring the orbiting laboratory’s population to six people. A Soyuz spacecraft transported Cassidy, Anatoly Ivanishin, and Ivan Vagner on a four-orbit, 6-hour flight after launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Expedition 63 cre...

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