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ARRL Programs to Benefit from Auction Proceeds

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 16:38

The 17th Annual ARRL Online Auction, sponsored by RT Systems Inc., took place on October 21 - 27, 2022. There were over 200 participants who submitted bids, vying for QST "Product Review" equipment, new ham radio gear, vintage books, and the popular ARRL Lab mystery junque boxes. Plenty of spectators also contributed additional traffic to the auction site by browsing items and watching the bids...

Reaching Youth Through Amateur Radio in the Classroom

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 16:33

ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, attended the Georgia Educational Technology Conference, held November 2 - 4, 2022. The conference was the first part in a series of planned ARRL exhibits to meet with teachers and promote amateur radio in the classroom. Assisted by ARRL Teachers Institute Instructor Wayne Greene, KB4DSF, along with volunteers Cyndi Goodgame, K5CYN, and ...

Radio Amateurs at the Ready for Forecast Hurricane Nicole

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 17:19

Amateur radio emergency communications volunteers have been busy preparing for another potential hurricane as Tropical Storm Nicole crosses the Atlantic.

As of 4 PM EST (2100 UTC) on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the NWS National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking Tropical Storm Nicole about 55 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and 135 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. With maxim...

Bruce Draper, AA5B, Silent Key

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 11:06

Bruce Draper, AA5B, died on October 25, 2022. He was 68. Bruce was a past editor of NCJ, published by ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®, as well as a past contributing editor for ARRL’s membership journal, QST.

Avid amateur radio DXer and contester Ray Sokola, K9RS, noted, “Bruce was a great friend of mine for over 50 years. We met in high school in Delaware and then were both El...

Ellen White, W1YL, Silent Key, Devoted Lifetime to Amateur Radio and ARRL

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 16:19

Ellen White, W1YL, of Brandon, Florida, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022. She was 95. White became a radio amateur in 1946 and devoted over 75 years of her life to ham radio, including more than 25 years on the headquarters staff for ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®. She retired in 1978 as Deputy Communications Manager and became the editor of the column “How’s DX?” for ...

Veterans Day 2022 Special Events

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 12:36

Veterans Day is Friday, November 11, 2022, and will feature many opportunities for amateur radio operators to celebrate and honor Veterans throughout the holiday weekend.

Special event stations will be on the air across the county, including the Redding Veterans Amateur Radio Club, W6VET, in Redding, California, and the Veterans Day commemoration onboard the USS Kidd (DD-661), a World War II Fle...

2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award Presented to Steve Haynal

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 12:22

ARRL Northwestern Division Director Mike Ritz, W7VO, presented the 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to Steve Haynal, KF7O, creator of the Hermes-Lite software-defined radio (SDR). "This long-overdue presentation was made during the October 27, 2022, meeting of the Willamette Valley DX Club," said Ritz. The ARRL Board of Directors bestowed the 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to Haynal d...

Hurricanes Lisa and Martin Kept Amateur Radio Operators Busy

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 11:45

Amateur radio operators were closely monitoring hurricane and weather nets, as two tropical storms in the eastern and southwest Atlantic were upgraded to hurricane status late Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Hurricane Lisa made landfall late Wednesday in the Central American nation of Belize, near Belize City and the town of Dangriga, with 60 MPH winds and heavy rain. The hurricane has now been dow...

ARRL Delegates Attend IARU Region 2 General Assembly

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 11:30

An ARRL delegation, led by President Rick Roderick, K5UR (Head of Delegation), and including Chief Executive Officer David Minster, NA2AA, attended the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 General Assembly that began Monday, October 31, 2022 and concluded Friday, November 4, 2022. ARRL International Affairs Vice President Rod Stafford, W6ROD, also participated, serving as the Area ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/04/2022 - 10:18

Solar activity perked up this week. Average daily sunspot number
rose from 58.4 to 70.3, and solar flux averages increased from 113.3
to 129.9.

There are still problems with the Fredericksburg magnetometer, so I
used numbers from the Boulder, Colorado magnetometer for the middle
latitude A index.

At 2318 UTC on November 3, 2022 the Australian Space Weather
Forecasting Centre issued a geomagnetic distu...

Radio Amateurs Support the Great ShakeOut 2022 in Puerto Rico

Tue, 11/01/2022 - 15:14

Students from the Crop Protection Student Association at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez participated in a communications practice session as part of the yearly Great Puerto Rico ShakeOut Drill on October 20, 2022. International ShakeOut Day draws millions of people worldwide to participate in earthquake drills at work, school, or home.

ARRL Puerto Rico Section Assistant Section Manage...

Registration is now open for Nashua Area Radio Society's Fall 2022 Ham Bootcamp

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 13:36

The online event is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT. There is no charge to attend the Ham Bootcamp which entails a variety of informative presentations and activities related to amateur radio, and is geared toward new operators of any license class that wish to learn more about getting on the air. Additionally, Ham Bootcamp allows those thinking of becoming...

Activity and Awards Increase at 222 and 1296 MHz

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 13:20

Interest in ARRL VHF and above Worked All States Awards (WAS) continues its flurry of activity, now on the 1296 MHz band.

As we reported in ARRL News in January, there have been several new-generation additions to the Worked All States Awards, now at 222 MHz (1.25 Meters) and at 1296 MHz (23 cm).

The original rush to 1.25 Meters WAS began in the early '80s with the first 10 WAS Awards. More recen...

New Wyoming Section Manager Appointed

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 13:19

Garth Crowe, WY7GC, was appointed as the new ARRL Wyoming Section Manager on October 12, 2022. He replaced Rick Breininger, N1TEK, who announced he was stepping down following the Rocky Mountain Division Convention held in early October. Breininger served as the Wyoming Section Manager since April 2019.

ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, officially appointed Crowe after consultation...

Student Radio Contact with the International Space Station Inspires Hurricane-hit Community

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 13:06

Students from Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida, were able to spend a few minutes on Monday, October 24, 2022, talking with Astronaut Josh Cassada, KI5CRH, onboard the International Space Station (ISS) using ham radio.

The radio contact, arranged by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, provided hope for a community devastated by Hurricane Ian. School offic...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 12:18

Sunspot activity seems listless. Average daily sunspot numbers went
from 57.3 to 58.4 (see note at the end of the bulletin concerning
last week's averages) while solar flux went from 119.6 to 113.2.

On Thursday, the day after the reporting week ended, the sunspot
number was 72, over 13 points above the previous 7 day average.
Perhaps this is a promising sign.

The middle latitude geomagnetic numbers t...

FCC Seeks Electronic Engineers for Honors Program

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 21:29

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced this week that it is opening a new window for applications under its Honors Engineer Program. The one-year developmental program may lead to a term or permanent appointment. The Commission is accepting applications from recent graduates with an engineering degree and current students graduating in December 2022.

Among the duties included in ...

Amateur Radio Club Members Assist Law Enforcement

Tue, 10/25/2022 - 09:11

The Wayne Amateur Radio Club (WARC) manned a 30-foot-tall mobile observational Infrastructure Protection Unit, or SkyWatch tower, at Ohio's Wayne County Fair in September again this year.

Staffed by specially trained amateur radio volunteers, the tower provided 24-hour surveillance, monitoring, and a record of activity on the fairgrounds, including medical emergencies, lost children, and other s...

Central States VHF Society Celebrates 54 Years

Mon, 10/24/2022 - 16:11

The Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS), the oldest group in the country devoted to weak signal VHF, held their 54th annual conference on July 21 - 23, 2022. Over 130 amateurs attended the event, which was held in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

This year's conference highlighted the recent activity with 222 MHz Worked All States (WAS), as well as the Fred Fish Memorial Award (FFMA), the VHF Spring Sprint...