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Fall ARRL Section Manager Election Results

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 13:31

The only contested seat for Section Manager (SM) in the fall election cycle was in Kansas, where incumbent Ron Cowan, KB0DTI, of La Cygne, came out on top in the two-person race. Cowan outpolled challenger Lloyd Colston, of Arkansas City, 260 to 225. Ballots were counted on November 23 at ARRL Headquarters. Cowan has served as Kansas Section Manager since 2003. His new 2-year term will begin on...

ARRL Headquarters will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 12:01

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The ARRL Letter will not be published on Thursday, November 25, and ARRL Audio News will not be produced on Friday, November 26. There will be no W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions on either day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Monday, November 29 at 8 AM EST.

ARRL wishes ...

ARDC Grants Will Expand Emergency Capabilities in Haiti and the US Virgin Islands

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 08:33

Grants from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) will benefit amateur radio emergency communication networks in Haiti and the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

The $14,864 grant to the Haiti International Friendship Amateur Radio Club (HIFARC) will enable the club to set up a network of HF stations to provide emergency communications to remote areas cut off by the August 2021 earthquake. The 7.2-...

Past ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Claude Maer, W0IC, SK

Wed, 11/24/2021 - 08:32

Past ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Claude Maer, Jr, W0IC, of Denver, Colorado, died on November 16. An ARRL member, he was 102.

Maer grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and attended Rice University in Houston, graduating in 1940 with distinction and enlisting in the US Army Air Corps (USAAC) during World War II. Maer served at various postings, including Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, as wel...

ARRL Announces Director Election Results

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 14:55

The ARRL New England and Roanoke Divisions will have new Directors on January 1. The results of these three-way contested elections for Director were announced on November 19, after ballots were tallied at ARRL Headquarters.

In the New England Division, incumbent Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, received 1,054 votes, past Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, received 1,026 votes, and challenger Fred Kemmerer, AB1...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 08:52

CWops is Inviting Nominees for its Award for Advancing the Art of CW

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 10:49

CWops is now accepting nominations for its 2022 Award for Advancing the Art of CW. This prestigious award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code (CW).

Candidates may be:

  • authors of publications related to CW
  • CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors
  • pub...

Russia’s Destruction of an Orbiting Satellite Raises Space Debris Concerns

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 15:15

Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon on November 15, destroying one of its own old and defunct satellites, Kosmos 1408. Launched in 1982, Kosmos 1408 was some 300 miles above Earth. Its destruction generated a debris field in Earth orbit that prompted the seven International Space Station crew members, including one Russian cosmonaut, to take cover in their crew capsules for several hours, in...

IARU Administrative Council Addresses Wide-Ranging Agenda in Virtual Meeting

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 09:00

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting in early October. The AC, which is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU, consists of three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations. Due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place in many parts of the world, a virtual...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/12/2021 - 10:33

October 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

Thu, 11/11/2021 - 07:40

The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the October VM Program report.

  • Technician operators in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, and Richmond, Texas, received Advisory Notices after making numerous FT8 contacts on 40 and 20 meters. Technician licensees are not allowed to transmit data on 40 meters a...

Veterans Day 2021 Special Events Announced

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 15:49

Amateur radio special events have been announced to commemorate Veterans Day.

In Cleburne, Texas, N5VET has been on the air since November 1 for a 15-day event. Announced frequencies include 7.235, 7,240, 14.045, and 14.255 MHz, although the sponsoring Club KC5NX says it will operate on most bands and modes. QSL to KC5NX.

The K1USN Radio Club will be on the air on November 11 to mark Veterans Day...

AMSAT-NA Elects Officers, Discusses Ongoing and Future Satellite Projects

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 15:06

AMSAT-NA President Robert Bankston, KE4AL, told the 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium on October 30 that the organization is looking ahead to future satellite missions but will “go commercial” in order to keep enough satellites in space. Bankston, who was re-elected at a virtual Board meeting on October 29, said AMSAT is in solid financial position and donations are “heal...

December 2021 Issue of QST to Mail Mid-Month, Arrive Thanksgiving Week

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 13:17

Due to the widespread paper shortage and related supply chain issues, the December 2021 issue of QST will mail approximately one week later than usual, arriving in homes the week of November 22.

ARRL members can read the digital edition of the December issue now, at http://www.arrl.org/qst.

 

ARRL will be Closed on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 06:58

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Thursday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will both publish on Friday, November 12. ARRL HQ will reopen on Friday at 8 AM EST.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/05/2021 - 07:48