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Solar Physicist Predicts a Slightly Better Solar Cycle 25

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 16:16

Solar physicist Leif Svalgaard of the W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University has predicted a maximum sunspot number of 128 ±10, slightly better than Solar Cycle 24.

“The overall average is 132 ±47 (median 124),” he said. “None of these numbers are substantially different, so one could perhaps just go with the ‘wisdom of the crowd.’ All predictions that we consider hav...

British Columbia Radio Amateur Hears Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 15:52

According to a Spaceweather.com report, Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, in British Columbia, Canada, received a signal from the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), flying just 274 kilometers (about 170 miles) above the red planet’s surface. The signal was an X-band carrier containing no data or telemetry.

“Its purpose is to allow for Doppler tracking,” Tilley explained. “The rapid change in pitch of ...

Hurricane Delta Prompts Activations of Hurricane Watch Net, WX4NHC, SATERN

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 11:33

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), and The Salvation Army’s SATERN have announced activations for Hurricane Delta, the latest Atlantic storm. The HWN moved to its Alert Level 4 on Wednesday and is now running on 14.325 MHz. WX4NHC monitors the same frequency to gather “ground truth” reports from radio amateurs that may assist NHC forecasters.

As of 120...

Two More Astronauts Earn Amateur Radio Licenses

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 13:31

Although the lockdown of Johnson Space Center (JSC) postponed amateur radio training and licensing over the past 7 months, NASA ISS Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, was able to work with all of the new astronaut-class graduates, as well as offer some refresher courses with already-licensed astronauts. Licensed astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) may operate the on-...

ARISS to Celebrate 20 Years of Ham Radio on the International Space Station

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 14:09

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will soon celebrate 20 years of continuous ham radio operations on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA is commemorating the milestone with a newly produced infographic highlighting the educational contacts via amateur radio between astronaut crew members aboard the ISS and students. Over its 20 years, ARISS has supported nearly 1,...

An ARISS Slow-Scan TV Event from the ISS is Scheduled

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 14:22

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) slow-scan television (SSTV) event from the ISS is set to begin on October 4 at 1400 UTC for setup and operation, continuing until October 8 at 1915 UTC. Dates and times are subject to change, due to ISS operational adjustments. Images will be downlinked at 145.800 MHz ±3 kHz for Doppler shift. The expected SSTV mode is PD 120.

The main ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 07:52

“Just Ahead in Radiosport” Calendar in The ARRL Letter is Incorrect

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 17:47

The “Just Ahead in Radiosport” contest calendar for early October that appears in the e-mail edition of The ARRL Letter for October 1, 2020, is incorrect. The list has been updated in the edition of The ARRL Letter that appears on the ARRL website, or visit the Contest Calendar for October.

We apologize for the error.

 

White House Pulls Renomination of Michael O’Rielly to FCC

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 14:30

The White House has withdrawn the nomination of Republican FCC member Michael O’Rielly for a second term on the Commission. President Donald Trump had nominated O’Rielly for another 5-year term on the Commission last March. No reason was given for withdrawing the O’Rielly nomination, who was initially appointed to the FCC in 2013 by President Barack Obama. The White House has nominated veteran ...

Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, Appointed South Texas Section Manager

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 12:29

Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, has been appointed ARRL South Texas Section Manager. He succeeds Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, of Cedar Park, who has stepped down as Section Manager to become ARRL Director of Emergency Management.

Wolfe, of Rockdale, Texas, will complete the remainder of Gilbert’s term. Wolfe’s appointment as Section Manager begins on October 1 and extends until September 30, 2021. ARRL Radiosport...

Pandemic-Delayed ARRL 2019 Annual Report Released

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:26

The 2019 ARRL Annual Report is now available in print and online. The publication’s release was delayed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Print copies for members who are interested will be available soon. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, called 2019 “an exciting year for ARRL,” with several new initiatives moving through planning and development for rollout in 2020.

“Two of them ...

Special Pricing on ARRL 5Band WAS and Triple Play WAS Award-Plaque Applications

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:20

Beginning October 1, ARRL will offer a 10% discount on all applications for 5Band Worked All States (5B WAS) wall plaques and Triple Play (TPA) wall plaques. The discount will be deducted from the total charge (i.e., application fee, plaque fee, and shipping).

This special is good for first-time applicants, as well as for those who have been awarded TPA or 5B WAS and want to display their achie...

ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 18:23

Applications for the 2021 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between October 1 and December 31, 2020. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section, or state, and license class.

Applicants should review the scholarship descriptions a...

HF Station Grounding and Microcontroller Projects are Next ARRL Webinar Topics

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 12:29

Two well-known ham radio authors and speakers will share their expertise with members in October during ARRL Learning Network webinars.

  • ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, will present “Grounding & Bonding for Home HF Stations” on Tuesday, October 6, at 10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT/0500 UTC.
  • Popular ARRL author Glen Popiel, KW5GP, will present “Welcome to the World of Arduino” on Thursday, October...

Slow-Scan Television Transmissions from ISS Planned

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 09:16

A Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 slow-scan television (SSTV) experiment event is planned for Wednesday, September 30, from 1305 UTC to 1845 UTC, and Thursday, October 1, from 1230 UTC to 1745 UTC. SSTV signals will be transmitted on 145.800 MHz, ± Doppler shift. The expected mode will be PD 120, and the call sign will be RS0ISS. Received images of reasonable quality may be posted on the ARISS...

Sterling Mann, N0SSC, Named IARU Region 2 Liaison for Youth

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 16:27

Sterling Mann, N0SSC, has been named as the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Liaison for Youth, the IARU Region 2 Executive Committee (EC) has announced. With the support of IARU Region 2, the Liaison for Youth will reach out to young hams throughout the Americas and their member-societies to develop and promote interest in amateur radio on the part of young hams through self-s...