The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 08:51

Sunspots reemerged for 8 days on March 5-12. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 4.4 in last week’s bulletin to 9.9 this week (March 7-13). Average daily solar flux barely changed, from 70.6 to 70.9. Average planetary A index declined from 12.6 to 5.1, and average middle latitude A index from 9.7 to 3.9.

The vernal equinox will occur next Wednesday, March 20 when the southern and northern he...

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Commenting Electronically on FCC Proceedings

ARRL News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 08:46

Those interested posting brief comments on Petitions for Rulemaking (PRMs) to the FCC, such as the ARRL Technician Enhancement proposal (RM-11828) using the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) should access FCC Electronic Comment Filing System Express.

In the “Proceeding(s)” field, enter the number of the PRM, e.g. RM-11828 (using this format), complete all required fields, and enter brief ...

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Hamvention® Announces 2019 Award Winners

ARRL News - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 09:21
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ARRL Supports No Change to Table of Allocations for 45.5 – 47 and 47 – 47.2 GHz Bands

ARRL News - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 09:16

The FCC has opened a brief window for public comment on recommendations approved by the World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC). Comments are due March 18 on International Bureau Docket 16-185. The FCC said the short comment period was necessary to allow time to finalize the US position for submission to the upcoming meeting of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commissio...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 07:30
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“Tyro” License Proposal Now Open for Public Comment

ARRL News - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 16:08

The same day that the FCC put ARRL’s Technician Enhancement petition on public notice, it also invited comments on another proposal, designated RM-11829, asking the FCC to create a “Tyro” license class that would require a minimal online examination as well as mentoring by an Amateur Radio licensee of Technician class or higher. A “tyro” is a novice or a beginner. The petition was filed in Augu...

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Effort Under Way to Revive Boston College Amateur Radio Club

ARRL News - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 15:58

Some alumni, faculty, and staff of Boston College are in the process of trying to restart the Boston College Amateur Radio Club. They would appreciate hearing from current BC students and alumni who are interested in participating. Contact Jim Repetti, WJ1R.

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Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, Appointed as New ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager

ARRL News - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:15

Headquarters veteran Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, has been appointed as ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager. Jahnke, who has served as ARRL Contest Branch Manager for the past 3 years, succeeds Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, who was recently promoted to Director of Operations at ARRL Headquarters.

“This new role now offers me the exciting opportunity not only to be on the front lines of our radiosport communit...

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ARRL Field Day Web Content Updated for 2019

ARRL News - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 09:14
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ARRL Announces 2019 Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology Sessions

ARRL News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 14:24

As part of its educational outreach through the Education & Technology Program (ETP), ARRL will offer three sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology in July. These week-long workshops will be held at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, and hosted by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) in Dayton, Ohio. The Teachers Institute (TI) is an expenses-paid professional...

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Survey: FT8 Growing as DX Mode in an Era of Waning Propagation

ARRL News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:08

In the 2018 update of his survey of modes used on the air, Club Log’s Michael Wells, G7VJR, says the number of Club Log users uploading at least one FT8 contact to the site grew from 8,000 in 2017 to 14,200 in 2018. Wells worked with data from Club Log users who, he reports, uploaded 41.3 million contacts in 2018, up by 12% from last year.

“I think that fact is more significant given the ongoin...

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ITU Strengthening Emergency Telecommunications in the Americas

ARRL News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:58

In the aftermath of disasters, alternative telecommunication systems are often needed to fill in for systems that have been damaged or destroyed. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says its members consider emergency communication as a priority in the Americas and are working to upgrade capabilities in the region.

Last year, the ITU teamed up with the International Amateur Radio Uni...

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Important Notice to ARRL Members Using the Apple Digital QST App

ARRL News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:00

A known bug with the Apple version of the digital QST app may prevent some users from downloading issues of the magazine. ARRL has confirmed with the developer that version 5.0 of the app, introduced in early February, may produce instances where the app crashes on some devices when the user tries to download an issue of QST for offline reading. We apologize for this inconvenience, and we are w...

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More Mentors Needed for New ARRL Emergency Communications Course Sessions

ARRL News - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:44

High interest in the recently announced updated ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001) course is prompting a call for additional class mentors to help meet the demand, which ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, says “exceeded our projections.” As Bickell explains, the course is designed to be interactive, with volunteer mentors guiding each session.

“We appreciate ...

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GQRP Club Founder the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, SK

ARRL News - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:42

The founder of the GQRP Club and Amateur Radio author the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, of Littleborough, England, died on March 11. He was 75. Dobbs was reported to have been in ill health for some time and had been living in a care facility, where his condition deteriorated quite rapidly over the past few days. He was the honorary secretary of the GQRP Club (G5LOW), which he founded in 1974 to ca...

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Reminder: Daylight Saving Time Begins in Most of the US on March 10

ARRL News - Sat, 03/09/2019 - 14:12

In most of the US, Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on Sunday, March 10, at 2 AM local time. Set clocks ahead by 1 hour. The start of DST does not affect Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or simply Zulu (Z), although some transceiver clocks generate UTC based on a specified difference from the local time setting. UTC is the generally recognized “standard...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 15:24

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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The April Edition of Digital QST is Now Available!

ARRL News - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:42
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