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Texas Flood Zone ARES Volunteers Advised to Stay Home, Family Safety Comes First

ARRL - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:53

As Tropical Storm Harvey heads southeastward, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) team members are being advised that the impact to the region’s communications infrastructure has been relatively minimal so far, considering the strength of the storm and the magnitude of the flooding. South Texas ARES remains on standby as the response phase continues and sheltering becomes a growing need.



Top-Level Domain Name “.radio” Now Available

ARRL - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 13:22

The top-level domain (TLD) name “.radio” is now available to the radio industry and Amateur Radio enthusiasts, and is reserved for individuals and companies with active interest in the radio sector. The .radio TLD can be used for web and e-mail addresses and will be managed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with support from other world broadcasting unions. Visit the .radio domains regis...

Hurricane Watch Net Suspends Operations for Hurricane Harvey

ARRL - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 15:09

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) suspended operations for Hurricane Harvey at 1830 UTC after 51.5 continuous hours of activation.

“As always, our sincere thanks to everyone who use 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz for various nets and rag-chews to allow us use of the frequency,” said HWN Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “Having a clear frequency certainly makes our job easier, and we know those in the aff...

Heavy Rainfall from Hurricane Harvey Could Extend for Days, Catastrophic Flooding Forecast

ARRL - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 13:46

Although Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane and is weakening, forecasters are predicting that rainfall generated by the storm system could continue for several more days. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reported that the storm made landfall on Saturday at around 0300 UTC between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH. Winds have subside...

Amateur Radio Preparations Continue for Category 4 Hurricane Harvey; Flooding Most Significant Fear

ARRL - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 19:18

[UPDATE: 2017-08-26@1200 UTC] Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane and is weakening. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reports the storm made landfall around 0300 UTC on the middle Texas coast, between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH, moving to the northwest at 7 mph. Harvey is the first major hurricane to make US landfall since Wilm...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:05

All solar indicators rose over the past week (August 17-23), with average daily sunspot number increasing from 15.3 to 39.9, and average daily solar flux from 72 to 84.6, compared to the previous seven days.

Predicted solar flux is 79 on August 25, 80 on August 26, 78 on August 27-30, 75 on August 31, 78 on September 1-2, 75 on September 3-7, 80 on September 8, 85 on September 9-14, 88 on Septem...

Array of Amateur Radio Resources Readying for Hurricane Harvey Response

ARRL - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:54

Amateur Radio resources are marshaling to assist in the response to Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast on Friday (August 25) as a Category 3 storm. It would be the first storm to hit the US coast in more than a decade. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) already has swung into action, as the storm, which bears the threat not only of high winds but extensive and...

Director, Vice Director Elections Set in Three ARRL Divisions

ARRL - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 17:14

ARRL members will choose between two candidates for the Vice Director’s seat in the Atlantic Division, now headed by Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, who qualified for re-election. Running for Atlantic Division Vice Director are Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Lloyd Roach, K3QNT, of Bedford, Pennsylvania. Hollingsworth served as FCC special counsel overseeing Amateur ...

Harvey Gains Hurricane Strength, Hurricane Watch and VoIP WX Nets Activate

ARRL - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:06

Once downgraded to a tropical depression, Harvey has regained strength in the Gulf of Mexico and been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated at 1500 UTC on 14.325 MHz, and planned remain there until 0100 UTC. The HWN will activate on its nighttime frequency of 7.268 MHz at 0000 UTC.

“This will allow us a 1-hour overlap between bands,” said HWN Net Manager Bob...

A Successful YOTA 2017 UK Will Pass Along the “YOTA KEY” to a New Team

ARRL - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:57

From talking with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station to talking around the world on HF from GB17YOTA, the 80 participants at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) 2017 UK event had a blast. Held at Gilwell Park, located outside of London, the IARU summer camp allowed the young participants to become international friends in a way that only radio amateurs can appreciate. Next year, t...

Solar Eclipse QSO Party a Hit, Science Conclusions Await Additional Analysis

ARRL - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 09:48

The 2017 Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is history, and, while logs are still coming in, the preliminary participation numbers look good, according to Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, of HamSCI.

“Although the final numbers are not yet in, preliminary reports show that over 670,000 spots were detected by the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), and over 542,000 spots were reported to PSKReporter [PSK Automati...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 09:00

“S-Units” is the topic of the current (August 17) latest 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 hims...

Hurricane Watch Net Still Eyeing Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Harvey

ARRL - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:52

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said today the net is not letting down its guard with respect to Tropical Cyclone Harvey, the remnants of which remain in the Gulf of Mexico. 

“As we begin to move into the heart of Hurricane Season, Mother Nature looks as though she doesn’t want to disappoint!,” Graves said. “The Hurricane Watch Net continues to monitor the remnants of Har...

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ARRL - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:35
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