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Friedrichshafen HAM RADIO 2022 Will Welcome Worldwide Visitors

Mon, 03/21/2022 - 14:03
With the recent relaxation of COVID-19 regulations, the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) and Messe Friedrichshafen, partners of the HAM RADIO 2022 exhibition in Germany, are optimistically looking forward toward holding the 45th HAM RADIO from June 24 - 26 in Friedrichshafen, subject to the final official approval by the local authorities.

Appropriate hygienic and distancing measures will be ...
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Hamvention 2022 Announces Award Winners

Mon, 03/21/2022 - 13:43

Chairman of the Hamvention Awards Committee Michael Kalter, W8CI, has announced the 2022 Dayton Hamvention® award winners.

Special Achievement Award

Kerry Banke, N6IZW, of La Mesa, California, received the Special Achievement Award. Banke, first licensed in 1961 and now retired, spent most of his career in the research and development of electronics systems as a microwave RF electrical engineer. ...

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AMSAT Receives a Grant From ARDC

Mon, 03/21/2022 - 13:42

AMSAT has received a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) for the development of a 3U spaceframe with deployable solar panels. This standardized 3U CubeSat spaceframe will serve as the mechanical platform for AMSAT's Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint (GOLF) series of satellites, as well as for a new generation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) FM satellites.

Central to the develo...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Mon, 03/21/2022 - 11:26

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports: We saw plenty of sunspot activity this week, along with numerous solar flares. A confounding indicator was a higher average solar flux but lower average sunspot numbers. We expect to see these parameters track together, but that isn’t always the case.

The average daily sunspot number went from 87.4 last week to 74.6 in the latest reporting period,...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/11/2022 - 11:01

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: On March 11 at 0431 UTC, Australia’s Space Forecast Centre issued this warning: “A slow coronal mass ejection has been observed late on 10 March, and event modeling suggests arrival at the Earth late on 13 March. Increased geomagnetic activity is expected for 14 March 2022.”

We observed an active sun this week. Geomagnetic indicators peaked ...

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AMSAT Pioneer Ray Soifer, W2RS, SK

Thu, 03/10/2022 - 14:39

Satellite pioneer Raphael “Ray” Soifer, W2RS, of Green Valley, Arizona, died on March 1. An ARRL Life member, he was 79.

Licensed in 1955, Soifer was among those involved in founding the AMSAT organization. A native of New York City, he studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and then obtained an MBA at Harvard Business School. His career was in finance, serving a...

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ARRL Teachers Institute to Offer Four Sessions this Summer

Thu, 03/10/2022 - 10:51

ARRL will offer four sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology in June and July as part of its educational outreach to schools through the Education & Technology Program. The Teachers Institute (TI) is an expenses-paid professional development program intended to provide teachers with tools and strategies to introduce their students to basic electronics, the science of radio, sp...

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Study: Rapid Development of Satellite Mega-Constellations Risks Tragedies of the Commons

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 15:11

A study reported in Nature, “Satellite mega-constellations create risks in Low Earth Orbit, the atmosphere and on Earth,” in Scientific Reports (May 2021) by Aaron C. Boley and Michael Byers, says the rapid development of mega-constellations risks multiple tragedies of the commons. That could include tragedies to ground-based astronomy, Earth orbit, and Earth’s upper atmosphere. The study asser...

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