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K2BSA will be On the Air during National Scout Jamboree

ARRL - Tue, 07/04/2017 - 08:06

The Boy Scouts of America station K2BSA will be on the air during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, July 18 to July 28, from the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The K2BSA operation will demonstrate Amateur Radio to several thousand Scouts and fulfill the Radio merit badge requirement for QSOs.

“We need you on the other end of the contact,” the BSA announcement said.

All information...

Canada C3 Expedition Award for Hams, SWLs, Announced

ARRL - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 13:57

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced an award for radio amateurs and short-wave listeners (SWLs) that involves using HF radio to track the 150-day Canada C3 voyage of the Polar Prince from Toronto, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia, via the Northwest Passage. Part of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration, Canada C3 is aimed at raising awareness of Canada’s coastline and inspiring ...

Ham Radio Aviator WB6RQN Reaches Approximate Half-Way Point of Round-the-World Flight

ARRL - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:56

Texas radio amateur and pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, is right on schedule on his commemorative Amelia Earhart round-the-world flight. He reached Darwin, Australia, on July 1, in time to enjoy the local hospitality as well as some Territory Day celebration events, including a fireworks display. Greeting Lloyd upon his arrival in Australia was Stuie Birkin, VK8NSB, who had been in contact with Lloy...

IARU Revises Satellite Coordination Guidelines to Align with WRC-15 Decisions

ARRL - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 09:59

Starting on August 1, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will follow revised guidelines for satellite frequency coordination. Educational satellite projects have grown in popularity as launch opportunities have increased. These satellites, constructed by students at universities and other institutions, generally have been licensed to operate in the Amateur-Satellite Service, which the...

New ARRL Section Manager Appointed in Eastern New York:

ARRL - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 09:03

John Fritze, K2QY, of Delmar, New York, has been appointed ARRL Eastern New York Section Manager, effective on June 29. He takes the reins of the Eastern New York field organization team following the retirement of Pete Cecere, N2YJZ, of Woodstock, who had served as the ENY SM since March 2001.

Fritze will complete the remaining term of office, which ends on March 31, 2018.

Fritze is the long tim...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:35

A coronal mass ejection (CME) left the sun on June 28th and it is expected to reach Earth on July 2nd. Otherwise, there hasn't been much change in solar activity since last week, but all indicators were lower. Average daily sunspot number moved from 29.4 last week to 20.3 this week, and average daily solar flux went from 74.6 to 73.6.

Average daily planetary A index went from 9.4 to 6.9, and mid...

ARRL CEO, Technical Relations Specialist Represent US at Pre-WRC-19 Session

ARRL - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 18:11

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, served on the US delegation to the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Permanent Consultative Committee II (PCC.II) hosted by the US in Orlando, June 26-29. Approximately 170 delegates from 16 countries throughout the Americas attended the meeting. PCC II serves as an advisory committee...

President Names FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr to Fill Vacant Republican Seat

ARRL - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:31

President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr, a Republican, to fill one of the two vacancies on the Commission. One FCC vacancy, to be filled by a Democratic candidate, remains in order for the Commission to be back to its full five-member complement. The president on June 14 named former Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, to fill one vacanc...

Boy Scouts’ Jamboree on the Air Announces Theme for 60th Annual Event

ARRL - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:23

“60 Years Connecting Scouts” is the theme for the Boy Scouts’ 2017 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), set for October 20-22. JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said the theme “recognizes the start of the event in 1957 and commemorates its growth in participation and in the expanding communication channels that are activated on the third weekend in October.” The official JOTA patch will be available by...

ARRL and IARU Headquarters Stations to be Active during IARU HF Championship

ARRL - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:39

The IARU HF Championship is the weekend of July 8-9. International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society headquarters (HQ) stations count as multipliers for the event.

The ARRL Headquarters station will be W1AW/2, with all operations taking place in New York and coordinated by Jeff Ach, W2FU.

The IARU Headquarters station will be NU1AW/5, with all operations in Louisiana and coordinated by ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 09:00

“Generators” is the topic of the current (June 22) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, J...

ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships

ARRL - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:46

Starting in 2018, the ARRL Foundation will offer two new scholarships for radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. They have been established by the Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) and by the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club (SVARC).

The MARCO scholarship will provide financial assistance for the educational expenses of a radio amateur pursuing higher education in the healing ...

W8CDX Takes Field Day Back to its Roots

ARRL - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:32

Some younger radio amateurs may not realize that ARRL Field Day has been a staple operating event for more than 80 years. Former ARRL Communications Manager F. E. Handy, W1BDI, is credited with conceiving “International Field Day” in 1933, although it wasn’t until the following year that he described it as the “test of the emergency availability of portable stations and equipment” we know today...

ARRL Headquarters to be Closed on July 3 and 4

ARRL - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:38

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. There will be no ARRL bulletin or code practice transmissions on those days.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Wednesday, July 5, at 8 AM ET. We wish everyone a festive and safe holiday!

"Germany Welcomes the World" to Friedrichshafen's Ham Radio 2017

ARRL - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:43

“Germany Welcomes the World” is the theme of the 2017 edition of Europe’s major annual Amateur Radio gathering, known simply as Ham Radio but more commonly called “Friedrichshafen,” the city on the shores of Lake Constance where it takes place each summer. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will head a League contingent to the event, which this year runs from Friday, July 14, until Sunday, Ju...

ARRL Still Seeking Vintage DXpedition Logs for Archive

ARRL - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:57

ARRL continues to solicit paper logs of prominent DXpeditions that took place predominantly in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, for inclusion in The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK. The DX Log Archive program was created, thanks to an endowment established by Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to obtain, preserve and utilize paper logs from rare and significant DXpeditions. The archive can include pre-1950 pape...

Amateur Radio Poised to Retain Full 76-81 GHz Band, Sharing with Vehicular Radars

ARRL - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:14

In a draft Report and Order (ET Docket No. 15-26) to be considered at its July 13 open meeting, the FCC is proposing to lift a nearly 2-decade-old suspension of Amateur Radio access to 76-77 GHz, giving the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services access to the full 76-81 GHz band on a secondary basis. The FCC also reduced Amateur Radio’s status from primary to secondary in the 77-77.5 GHz segmen...

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Registrations Top 200 and Rising

ARRL - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:21

Registrations for the 2017 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) have topped the 200 mark for the August 19-20 event. The ILLW is 20 years old this year, and with some 8 weeks to go, 220 planned operations have registered throughout the world, including 26 in the US (Germany is leading registrations with 45. Australia has 30 so far). During the annual event, Amateur Radio stations w...

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