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Carole Perry, WB2MGP, Set to Host Her 30th Hamvention Youth Forum

ARRL - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 19:24

Carole Perry, WB2MGP, who may be Amateur Radio’s premier supporter of youth, will moderate her 30th Hamvention Youth Forum later this month, when Hamvention® convenes for the first time at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio, May 19-21. And she is showing no signs of slowing down. The Youth Forum is set for Saturday, May 20, 9:15 AM until noon, in Room 2. She’s lined up nine young presenters who will ...

Hamvention Organizers “Counting Down the Hours,” Anticipating up to 35,000 Visitors

ARRL - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 17:36

Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Treasurer and Hamvention® spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, said this week that everything is falling into place for “a five-star event” at Hamvention’s new venue at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, May 19-21.

“We’re counting down the hours,” Kalter told DX Engineering’s Tim Duffy, K3LR, in a May 2 video, produced by DX Engineeri...

Special Event in Mars (Pennsylvania) to Celebrate Martian New Year

ARRL - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 14:00

The North Hills Amateur Radio Club (NHARC) will sponsoring special event station K3M to mark the Mars New Year Celebration, Friday and Saturday, May 5 6, at the Mars Area History and Landmarks Museum in Mars, Pennsylvania.

The Martian Solar Year is 1 year 322 days, and this is the second Mars New Year Celebration in Mars, Pennsylvania. Representatives from NASA will be on hand with displays and ...

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, and ARISS-UK Team Awarded the Louis Varney Cup

ARRL - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 13:36

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) UK Team were awarded the Louis Varney Cup on April 22 at the RSGB 90th Annual General Meeting in Cardiff, Wales. RSGB recognized Morgan and the ARISS-UK team for advances in space communications. Accepting the trophy were Graham Shirville, G3VZV; Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, and John Cariss, G7ACD.

The award’s namesa...

Taiwan to Drop Amateur Radio Morse Code Requirement

ARRL - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 13:32

According to an article in Taipei Times, the National Communications Commission (NCC) in Taiwan (the Republic of China) has proposed to abolish the Amateur Radio Morse code requirement and to permit operation on 432-440 MHz on a secondary basis, among other changes to the Amateur Radio rules there.

The NCC has said that a Morse requirement “should not hinder the development of Amateur Radio.”

Al...

W5KUB Again to Offer Next Best Thing to Being at Hamvention

ARRL - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:57

Tom Medlin, W5KUB, of Amateur Radio Roundtable webcast fame, will offer more than 48 hours of live webcasting for Hamvention®, starting on May 17 and continuing through May 22 (to include the road trips out and back). This will mark his 15th year of live streaming the show, and this year’s webcast will be called “Hamvention 2017 Marathon by Medlin.” Astronaut Douglas Wheelock, KF5BOC, will join...

More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP, Now Available

ARRL - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 18:32

The new book More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio by popular author and experimenter Glen Popiel, KW5GP, builds on the success of his Arduino for Ham Radio. The new volume includes 15 completely new practical and functional Arduino projects for your station.

This time, Popiel branches out to use some of the newer Arduino variants and devices. Each project is complete and functional as-is, but the...

Ward Silver, N0AX, receives Bill Orr, W6SAI, Award Plaque

ARRL - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:28

The 2016 winner of the Bill Orr Technical Writing Award winner, ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, received the award plaque in April while attending the International DX Convention in Visalia, California. The award is sponsored by the ARRL Foundation, and Foundation President (and ARRL New England Division Director) Tom Frenaye, K1KI, presented the plaque to Silver.

This marked the sec...

Broadcast Industry Radio Amateurs Gather at Annual NAB Convention in Vegas

ARRL - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 15:56

A few thousand of the more than 103,000 broadcasting industry professionals from around the world in Las Vegas April 22-27 for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention were radio amateurs. Nevada Section ARRL volunteers, under the guidance of Section Manager John Bigley, N7UR, and assisted by Section Public Information Coordinator Chuck Farnham, WD6CHC, were on hand to greet vi...

Harvard Wireless Club Sponsors Inaugural Amateur Radio Symposium

ARRL - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 15:14

The Harvard Wireless Club (W1AF) sponsored its first Amateur Radio Symposium on April 29 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The symposium featured speakers from the University and elsewhere, including appearances by W1AF’s incoming president Ben Lee, K7JS, and the club’s outgoing president Douglas Maggs, KK4UHK. They were joined by Yale University Amateur Radio Club (W1YU) President Scott Matheson, N...

Support ARRL as You Shop for Mom

ARRL - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:23

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Make Mom smile...

ARRL Field Day Site Locator is Live for 2017, Public Service Announcements Available

ARRL - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:56

ARRL Field Day is June 24-25. The Field Day site locator is now up and running, and, to date, around 400 sites already are in the database. To find a Field Day site near you, type in your town and state in the “Location or Call Sign” box at the upper left. Listings also are available by state or Canadian province. To add a site, visit the Add Field Day Station page.

The 2017 Field Day public ser...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Passes Mission Readiness Review

ARRL - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 13:35

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has successfully cleared another hurdle. A Mission Readiness Review was held April 29, at the Cal Poly campus before a board representing Tyvak, Cal Poly, and NASA, to verify that all requirements have been met for a safe and successful launch and deployment.

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, presented 81 PowerPoint slides covering all Interface Control D...

Yasme Foundation Grants will Support Youth Involvement in Amateur Radio

ARRL - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 13:27

The Yasme Foundation has announced several grants aimed at encouraging and promoting youth participation in Amateur Radio and advancing activities that result in new licensees around the world.

Yasme has designated grants that will allow young radio amateurs to attend the 7th Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) UK 2017 conference this August in England. More than 100 young radio amateurs from all three...

Storm-Related Mishap Claims Life of Volunteer Fire Chief Doug Deckard, KC5PLA

ARRL - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 23:28

Volunteer firefighter Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard, KC5PLA, of Quitman, Arkansas, died on April 30 after being struck by a car during torrential rainfall while checking water lines in his community. Deckard, an ARRL member, was 51. He served as Cove Creek/Pearson Volunteer Fire Chief.

Arkansas State Police say Deckard had pulled off the roadway along Highway 25 near Quitman and was working outs...

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