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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 08:29

No sunspots appeared last week. The previous seven days had only one big sunspot group on one day, with a sunspot number of 35. Over the seven-day period this averaged out to a sunspot number of 5, so average daily sunspot numbers declined from 5 to 0 this week.

Average daily solar flux also declined, by one point from 69.5 to 68.5.

Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average daily planetary ...

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Planning Your ARRL Field Day 2020 Operation

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 17:30

For most of us, ARRL Field Day 2020 is going to look quite different than it did in past years. Considering the impact of social distancing due to the pandemic, many radio clubs and large groups will not gather in their usual Field Day locations this year. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a Field Day first-timer, there are many questions about how to participate in amateur radio’s largest ...

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“ARRL at Home Hamvention” Weekend of Specials Set

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 14:24

For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not take place, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. ARRL understands that many members will miss going to Hamvention, which is always an occasion to catch up with friends, explore new products, and connect with ARRL via our Expo in the exhibit area. While we can’t be together in Dayton in 2020, ARRL has put together ...

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HuskySat-1 (HO-107) Transponder is Open

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:30
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ARRL Announces New Life 70+ Membership

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:01

The ARRL Board of Directors recently voted to create a special Life Membership opportunity for individuals who are at least 70 years old. Starting on June 1, the Life 70+ Membership will be available to individuals who have turned 70 and have a combined 25 years of paid annual ARRL membership.

Life 70+ Members receive all benefits of an annual membership, including their choice of print magazine...

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Amateur Radio Gearing Up for Predicted “Above Average” Atlantic Hurricane Season

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:49

Extended-range forecasts for the 2020 Atlantic Basin hurricane season anticipate above-normal activity, although a low-pressure system now off the coast of Florida could get a jump on things and develop into a subtropical depression or storm this weekend. The Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1 and extends until November 30. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) 2020 outlook call...

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A New On the Air Podcast Now Available

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:49

The latest episode of the On the Air podcast (Episode 5) focuses on the various types of modulation and tips on go kits. The On the Air podcast is a monthly companion to On the Air magazine, ARRL's magazine for beginner-to-intermediate ham radio operators.

Click here to listen online, or use the podcast app in our iOS or Android device.

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ARRL Seeks Clarification of Amended Amateur Service RF Safety Rules

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 14:48

ARRL has filed a Petition for Clarification addressing two issues arising from amended FCC RF safety rules that go into effect on June 1 for the Amateur Service and other FCC-regulated services. Licensees will have 2 years to determine if an RF safety evaluation is now required under the new rules and to perform an evaluation and implement any needed mitigation measures. Current rules already r...

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New WSJT-X Beta Version Offers Significant FT4 and FT8 Upgrades

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 14:10

A new beta version of the WSJT-X software suite has been released that includes the first updates to the popular FT8 and FT4 protocols since last fall. Co-Developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, said the “candidate release” WSJT-X version 2.2.0-rcl represents significant program upgrades to FT8, FT4, and other protocols. The beta version will be valid for a month.

“This candidate release is your first chanc...

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ARISS to Attempt Second Test of New Multipoint Telebridge Contact System

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 09:53

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is hoping to refine its new Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio system for handling scheduled ham radio contacts between International Space Station crew members and schools or organizations on Earth. On May 15 at 1510 UTC, it will conduct a second test of the new protocol by connecting students in Alberta, Canada, with an ast...

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Two New Chinese Ham Satellites Expected to Launch in September

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 09:51

Two new Chinese amateur radio satellites are expected to launch on September 15. CAS-7A and CAS-7C follow in the wake of numerous amateur radio satellites put into space by CAMSAT. CAS-7A, a 27 kilogram microsat, will carry several transponders, including a 15-meter-to-10-meter (H/t) linear transponder, and a 2-meter-to-70-centimeter (H/u) linear transponder. CAS-7A also will include a V/u (2 m...

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May 12 is Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 09:21

Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez has declared May 12 Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico. Vazquez took special note of amateur radio’s role in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, pointing out hams’ ability to help various agencies responding to the emergency and the general public after all telecommunications on the island went down. She also noted that in January, hams promptly ...

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Socially Distanced In-Person Exam Sessions Held in US and Norway

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 14:00

With some states starting to relax restrictions on events and activities, the Grant County, Oregon, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) held an in-person exam session on April 26 in the town of John Day that adhered to social distancing recommendations. Exam organizers held the gathering to within Oregon’s 10-person limit for gatherings, keeping everyone 6 feet apart and requiring all parti...

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The June Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 16:46
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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 16:38

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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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 05:08

We haven’t seen a sunspot since Thursday, April 30 when the daily sunspot number was 35. This is a relatively high sunspot number based on recent activity, although not historically. In fact, the daily sunspot number has not been as high since March 21, 2019 when it was 49, and prior to that we need to look back further to the previous year, when the daily sunspot number was 41 on June 22, 2018...

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IARU Region 2 Online Emergency Communication Workshops Get Under Way

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 12:57

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) virtual emergency communication workshops got under way on April 29, when the first of the programs in English and Spanish, “What is Winlink and its Importance during Emergency Communications,” was presented in Spanish. Workshop presenter Alfonso Tamez, XE2O, of the Mexican Federation of Radio Amateurs, offered insights into the usefulness an...

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First Guatemalan Satellite Deployed from the ISS

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 08:50

Guatemala’s first satellite, a CubeSat called Quetzal-1, was deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on April 28. Its primary mission is to test a sensor for remote data acquisition for natural resource management, which could be used to monitor water quality in inland water bodies.

The satellite is part of the Japanese Kibo CubeSat program, a product of the cooperation between, amon...

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