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2024 ARRL Field Day is Next Week!

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 10:34

The amateur radio event of the year is just a few short days away, June 22-23. Hundreds of thousands of hams around North America and beyond will participate in the beloved operating event. If you’re still looking for a place to go, use the Field Day locator tool at

As clubs and individual operators make their last-minute checks on gear (have you checked all of yo...

Amateur Radio Connects Family Members During Utah Boating Emergency

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 10:25

On June 5, Isaac Stiles, KJ7FAY, and his 3-year-old son were involved in a boating accident. Their canoe had tipped over at the Lost Dog Confluence to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The initial emergency call was made by Stiles’ wife, Kendal. She had to drive to nearby campsites until she found someone with a phone and then made the call to the Green River Fire Department (GRFD). She told them th...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 09:49


"A weak halo CME may impact Earth either on late UTC day 15-Jun or
else early UTC day 16-Jun.


Solar activity was lower over the past reporting week, June 6-12.

Ten new sunspot groups emer...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/07/2024 - 11:42

This reporting week (May 30 to June 5) our Sun was active, with nine
new sunspot groups.

One emerged on May 30, another on May 31, two more on June 1,
another on June 2, three more on June 3, and one more on June 4.

Average daily sunspot number rose from 124.6 to 183.4, and average
daily solar flux from 164.8 to 184.8.

Predicted solar flux is 190 on June 7-9, 170 on June 10-19, 180 on
June 20, 190 on ...

ARRL Member Bulletin for June 6, 2024

Fri, 06/07/2024 - 10:44


June 6, 2024   

Dear ARRL member,   

We are writing to inform you of a serious incident that has impacted ARRL’s operations. On or around May 12, 2024, ARRL was the victim of a sophisticated network attack by a malicious international cyber group. We immediately involved the FBI and engaged with third party experts to investigate.   

On May 16, on the eve of the ARRL National Conven...

ARRL Affiliated Club in MS Donates 3D Printer, Books, to Local Library

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 15:48

An ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® Affiliated Club, The Jackson Amateur Radio Club (JARC), serving the metropolitan area of Jackson, Mississippi, recently donated two 3D printers with a retail value of $3,000 to the Library System in Madison County (MCLS).

“Thank you, Jackson Amateur Radio Club, for all you have done for our library system. We so appreciate you,” said MCLS Dire...

2024 ARRL Field Day 2 Weeks Away, Free Shipping on FD Merch

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 15:30

2024 ARRL Field Day is June 22 -23, just 2 weeks away! There is still time to get your official merchandise in time for the event. ARRL is even offering free US shipping on Field Day orders of $30 or more with code FD2024. Plus, if you use that code, you’ll get a bonus 2024 ARRL Field Day pin automatically included in your order. This offer ends Monday, June 10.

The theme for 2024 ARRL Field Day...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/31/2024 - 14:26

ARLP020 Propagation de K7RA  

QST de W1AW  
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 20  ARLP020
From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  May 31, 2024
To all radio amateurs   

ARLP020 Propagation de K7RA  
Solar activity was quiet this week. Average daily sunspot number slipped from 155.1 to 124.6, and average solar flux from 198.9 to 164.8.  

Geomagnetic conditio...

International Amateur Radio Union 2024 Election Results

Thu, 05/30/2024 - 14:23

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has re-elected Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, as President and elected Thomas Wrede, DF2OO, as Vice President. Both will serve 5-year terms that began May 9, 2024.

Ellam begins his fourth term as President. Wrede has been active in IARU matters for several years and has managed the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) international affairs team since 2009...

Solar Activity Significantly Affecting Ionosphere, FCC Opens Docket for Comments on Impact

Thu, 05/30/2024 - 11:54

Aurora Propagation, Northern Lights

The sun has been busy, and it’s been a mixed bag for radio amateurs. Earlier this month, millions of people got a chance to see the aurora borealis for the first time, as the northern lights were active farther south than they had been in decades. The brilliant displays, visible as far south as Mexico, were a result of a series of coronal mass ejections. The e...

Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, Former ARRL Midwest Division Director, Silent Key

Thu, 05/30/2024 - 10:12

Hon. Clifford Ahrens, K0CA, passed away on May 22, 2024. He served as Vice Director and Director of the ARRL Midwest Division. He was a Life Member of ARRL and the Hannibal Amateur Radio Club, and held an Extra-class amateur radio license.

In 1991 Ahrens was appointed by then-Missouri Governor John Ashcroft to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District, where he also served one term ...

ARRL VEC Services Update During Systems Disruption

Wed, 05/29/2024 - 18:58

ARRL previously reported that we are responding to a serious incident involving access to our network and headquarters-based systems. Several services have been affected, including those administered by the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC).

Exam Registrations and Materials. ARRL Volunteer Examiners (VEs) should continue to submit exam registrations and material requests. While we a...

2024 ARRL National Convention Kicks off at Dayton Hamvention

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 23:42

By: Sam Shaner, KE1SAM

A massive turnout of hams of all ages are flocking to numerous attractions at the 2024 ARRL National Convention, hosted at Dayton Hamvention®. Local scattered showers don’t seem to be raining on this parade; outside Tesla Building 2, seemingly miles-long lines of attendees wait for their orders of pork tenderloin sandwiches, hand-sliced gyros, burgers, and corn dogs. Insid...

ARRL Systems Service Disruption

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 15:05

We are in the process of responding to a serious incident involving access to our network and headquarters-based systems. Several services, such as Logbook of The World® and the ARRL Learning Center, are affected. Please know that restoring access is our highest priority, and we are expeditiously working with outside industry experts to address the issue. We appreciate your patience.

This story...

2024 ARRL Field Day gear is now shipping!

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 12:36

ARRL Field Day is June 22-23. Get ready for amateur radio's largest on-air operating event with official 2024 ARRL Field Day merchandise, now available. T-shirts, hats, mugs, pins, patches, and more are a great way to show off your involvement in this annual event. This year's design features the theme "Be Radio Active." The back of the t-shirt includes a check-off list of ARRL and RAC Sections...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 12:36


"Four halo CMEs first observed over 08-09 May are expected to arrive
at Earth on 10-May, starting at 1000 UTC +/- 10 hours. G4
geomagnetic conditions are expected on 10-May, reducing to G3 with a
chance of G4 on 11-May.


ARRL Learning Center Features Two New Emergency Communication Training Courses

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 12:33

ARRL has released two new courses to train emergency communications (EmComm) operators for volunteering within the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®). Both courses are within the ARRL Learning Center.

The Basic EmComm course is designed to get a new volunteer started. It provides basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer and contains three modules and 11 topics, ...