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The K7RA Solar Update

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 16:57

Solar activity continued to decline this week, with average daily sunspot number dropping from 91.1 to 36.6 and average solar flux at 95.7, down from 107.6 the week prior.

Thursday's sunspot number was above the average for the previous seven days at 52.  Solar flux on Thursday was above the previous seven day average at 108.8.  The 2300 UTC flux was 111.3.

We've not seen lower values since mid-A...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 18:57

Although images of the sun this reporting week, July 21 to 27, showed plenty of sunspots, only two new spots emerged, one on July 21, and another on July 25.

Another new sunspot appeared on July 28, but the sunspot number declined to 50 from 52 the day before.

Average daily sunspot number declined from 137.3 to 91.1, and average daily solar flux softened by 50 points to 107.6.

The headline on spac...

ARRL HQ Late Opening On Friday, July 29, 2022

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 07:37

ARRL Headquarters, including W1AW -- the Maxim Memorial Station, will open at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, July 29, 2022, so our staff can attend an offsite meeting in the morning.

For amateur radio news, information about ARRL benefits and services, or to join or renew your membership, visit

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/22/2022 - 19:07

Solar activity increased over this reporting week, July 14 to 20, with average daily sunspot number rising from 102.1 to 137.3, and average daily solar flux from 147.4 to 157.6.

Peak sunspot number was 166 on July 17, and peak solar flux was 171.4 on July 15.

Geomagnetic activity peaked on July 19 when planetary A index was 26 and middle latitude A index at 19.  Alaska's high latitude college A ...

QST Now Offering a Column for Radio Clubs

Fri, 07/22/2022 - 16:16

ARRL invites you to be part of “Club Station,” the newest column in QST. This column is a space for radio clubs to share the different ways in which they’re successful to help other clubs grow. They do this by offering advice, and practical solutions to common experiences and problems.  

In each issue, a different club will share how they undertook a specific activity or project, how and why it ...

FCC Hiring for High Frequency Direction Finding Center

Tue, 07/19/2022 - 12:46

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started accepting applications for a Telecommunications Specialist at its High Frequency Direction Finding Center (HFDFC) in Columbia, Maryland.

HFDFC supports the FCC Over-the-Air spectrum observation capabilities, and provides direct support to the public safety community and other federal partners by locating interference sources on HF radio sp...

FCC Hiring for Telecommunications Specialist

Mon, 07/18/2022 - 12:46

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started accepting applications for a Telecommunications Specialist. This position is located in Columbia, Maryland, at the FCC, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Operations and Emergency Management Division, High Frequency Direction Finding Center (HFDFC).

The duties for the incumbent are described at and inc...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 19:26

Rising solar activity over the past reporting week (July 7 to 13) was reflected in increased sunspot numbers and solar flux and rising geomagnetic activity as well.

Average daily sunspot numbers increased from 62.6 to 102.1, with the peak value at 134 on Monday, July 11.  Average daily solar flux rose from 103.5 to 147.4, with peak values at 164.9 and 164.8 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A new sunspo...

ARRL Seeking Public Relations & Outreach Manager

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 14:08

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® is seeking a Public Relations & Outreach Manager for employment at its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.

The manager will be responsible for increasing the awareness and value of the Amateur Radio Service to the public at large, for promoting the value of ARRL and the contributions of its member-volunteers, and for developing outreach oppor...

Listen to ARRL Audio News for July 15, 2022

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 14:08

The latest edition of ARRL Audio News podcast for July 15, 2022 is available for listening now. This week's edition includes a story about a donated digital Geochron to ARRL, an announcement that Dr. Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, is the 2022 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, informaton about ARRL's upcoming partic...

The 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award Honors Wojciech Kaczmarski, SP5WWP

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 14:06

The 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award honors Wojciech Kaczmarski, SP5WWP, for developing a new digital radio communication protocol, M17, for the good of amateur radio.

M17 is a new open-source and patent-free digital radio protocol with a goal to provide a fully sustainable option for digital radios in the future.

ARRL member Ed Wilson, N2XDD, the Community Manager of the M17 Project, accept...

Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, to Receive Engineering Achievement Award

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 13:57

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® is pleased to recognize Dr. Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, as the 2022 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award. The award is for outstanding engineering achievement in the field of optoelectronic signal generation and optical measurement equipment for next-generation intell...

Amateur Radio to Be Showcased at 2022 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 13:24

ARRL member-volunteers will ensure amateur radio is well-represented at the annual EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 25 through July 31. More than 10,000 aircraft and a half-million flight enthusiasts make Wittman Regional Airport the busiest airfield in the world during AirVenture.

ARRL has participated at AirVenture since 2018, supporting an exhibit that encourages pilots and aviat...

Geochron Atlas 2 4K Donated to ARRL

Tue, 07/12/2022 - 13:50

ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference Returns in September 2022

Mon, 07/11/2022 - 15:17

The 41st ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) will be held September 16 - 18, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last year’s conference was held virtually due to COVID-19 concerns, but this year's 3-day event will be held at the Hilton Charlotte Airport Hotel.

The DCC is for everyone, beginners and experts alike, with an interest in all forms of digital communication.

The offic...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/08/2022 - 22:08

On July 7 reported a G-1-class geomagnetic storm underway, with possible increase to G-2 class.  They said it was caused by a co-rotating interaction region.  The storm subsided, but then came back early on July 8.

Late on July 7 presented this animation of a large new sunspot AR3053 emerging over the sun's eastern horizon:

Notice that unl...

Hawaii Hurricane Emergency Communications Drill Set for July 16, 2022

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 15:48

Makani 'Ino is Hawaiian for "big wind" and the name of Hawaii's Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) upcoming hurricane emergency communications drill. The drill will assess the ability of amateur radio operators to establish emergency radio communications in the event of a severe infrastructure failure due to hurricane-like conditions.

In addition to testing two-way radio communications, th...

FCC Legacy CORES System to be Retired

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 15:46

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will retire the Legacy version of its COmmission REgistration System (CORES) on July 15, 2022. CORES is the FCC's public-facing database that enables and tracks certain types of FCC and FCC applicant actions, including amateur radio applications and licenses. Its implementation has enabled routine amateur applications and licenses to be issued overnig...