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Advisory: Requests for Information from the Public and the Press

ARRL - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:16

Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico, and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island.

At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local media representatives have contacted them to request information about Amateur Radio inv...

Yasme Foundation Makes Grant to ARRL Ham Aid Fund

ARRL - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:12

The Yasme Foundation has announced that it has made a grant to ARRL’s Ham Aid fund, in support of the Amateur Radio response to the recent hurricanes in the US and Caribbean. The Ham Aid fund was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Ham Aid equipment is available on loan to Amateur Radio...

Amateur Radio’s Force of Fifty Answers the Red Cross Call in Puerto Rico

ARRL - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:00

Fifty of the nation’s most accomplished Amateur Radio operators responded within 24 hours to the call of the American Red Cross to deploy to Puerto Rico and provide emergency communications. At the behest of Red Cross, ARRL rallied the US Amateur Radio community to provide up to 25 two-person teams of highly qualified hams. The group’s principal mission will be to move health-and-welfare inform...

Belarus Fields World Champion Team to the 2017 High-Speed Telegraphy Competition

ARRL - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:55

Team Belarus topped the field at the 2017 High-Speed Telegraphy Competition (HST) in Hungary over the September 9-10 weekend. In addition, team member Stanislau Haurylenka, EW8GS, set a world record in the male category on RufZ XP, call sign recognition competition, with a speed of 943 characters per minute.

The 14th High-Speed Telegraphy World Championships opened September 8 in Esztergom, Hun...

Radio Amateurs Volunteer to Support 2017 US Air Force Marathon

ARRL - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:35

When about 15,000 runners left the starting line at the US Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K races, more than 65 Amateur Radio volunteers were on hand in the Dayton, Ohio, area on September 16 to help ensure their safety. The event starts and ends at the Air Force Museum, and the course runs through Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and the streets of Fairborn. Net control statio...

FalconSAT-3 Now Open for Amateur Radio Use

ARRL - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:10

The Air Force Academy satellite FalconSAT-3 is now open for Amateur Radio use as a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was launched in 2007.

The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions, and the Academy now is making it available for Am...

SSB Sprint Postponed

ARRL - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:19

The North American SSB Sprint Contest, originally scheduled for October 1 (Saturday, September 30, in US time zones), has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for a later date this fall.

“Our thoughts and wishes for an effective and orderly recovery from the recent weather events in the Caribbean and southern US, and the earthquake activity in Mexico have prompted us to postpone this weekend...

Clubs Active in ARRL Contest Club Competitions Advised to Review Member Eligibility Lists

ARRL - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:55

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, suggests that now would be an opportune occasion to review club membership eligibility lists for the 2017-2018 contest season. See “ARRL Contest Changes for 2017-2018” in September QST (p 91) or on the ARRL website, for background information.

Contest clubs planning to participate in club competitions, with ARRL November Sweepstakes being next up, ...

Past QCWA General Manager, Former ARRL Staffer Jim LaPorta, N1CC, SK

ARRL - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:44

James “Jim” LaPorta, N1CC, of Frankston, Texas, died on September 20. He was 76. He was an ARRL and Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Life Member. LaPorta served as QCWA General Manager from March until December 2012.

First licensed in 1956 as KN6SXX, LaPorta joined the US Army after high school and then went to work for the Army as a civilian in 1968 in Texas. While in Texas, he serve...

American Red Cross Asks ARRL’s Assistance with Puerto Rico Relief Effort

ARRL - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 20:04

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking f...

Amateur Radio Reports: Arecibo Observatory Dish Sustained Serious Damage from Maria

ARRL - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:19

Articles on the National Geographic and Space.com websites report that scientists and Amateur Radio operators have confirmed that Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory came through Hurricane Maria largely intact but “with some significant damage.” Universities Space Research Association (USRA), which helps to operate the Observatory, said it learned via “short wave radio contact” that staff and fam...

W1AW Suspending Transmissions This Evening, Will Pass Health-and-Welfare Traffic from Puerto Rico

ARRL - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:26

As part of the ongoing communications efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW has suspended its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions for the evening of Friday, September 22, to assist in handling outbound health-and-welfare traffic from Puerto Rico.

Radio amateurs are reminded to keep the SATERN frequency of 14.265 MHz clear at this time, to f...

SATERN Seeks Volunteers to Serve as Net Control or Relay Stations

ARRL - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:26

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers who can serve either as net control stations (NCS) or as relay stations. SATERN has been in daily operation (1400 UTC until at least 2300 UTC) since Tuesday, September 19 on 14.265 MHz (Note: SATERN shifted to 14.275 MHz on September 22 to avoid interference.)

“SATERN had initially planned on ter...

Colombian Radio Amateurs Asked to Assist in Reconnecting Family Members in Caribbean

ARRL - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:49

The Colombia Amateur Radio League (LCRA) is asking the Amateur Radio community there to activate the national emergency network to support those seeking information about relatives in the Caribbean islands affected by the recent hurricanes.

To start, the frequencies 7.117 MHz for SSB and 7.085 MHz for digital modes as well as EchoLink COL_LCRA conference and the national VHF repeater system hav...

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