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Elsa to Make Landfall along North Florida Coast, ARES Net Activated

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 07:35

Briefly a hurricane, Tropical Storm Elsa is moving northward, nearly parallel to Florida’s western coast, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds, which continue spreading inland across the western Florida peninsula. As of 0900 UTC, the storm was 50 miles south-southwest of Cedar Key, and 70 miles west-northwest of Tampa with maximum sustained winds of 65 MPH. It’s moving to the north at 14 MPH. El...

Hurricane Watch Net Planning to Reactivate for Elsa

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 15:53

The National Hurricane Center in Miami has forecast that Elsa will reach hurricane strength later this afternoon or early this evening (Tuesday, July 7). Given the storm’s very close proximity to land, with any slight jog to the right, Elsa would make landfall much sooner than forecast. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced plans to activate at 2200 UTC today on 14.325 MHz and remain acti...

ARRL Monitoring as Tropical Storm Elsa Nears Florida Peninsula

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 10:00

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are preparing to act, if needed, as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches the Florida Keys. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Hurricane Watch for the west-central and Big Bend coasts of Florida, from Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River, although Elsa has not regained hurricane status. The NWS has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Ge...

ARRL Headquarters is Closed on Monday, July 5, for Independence Day

Sun, 07/04/2021 - 20:16

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, July 5, for the Independence Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions. ARRL HQ will reopen on Tuesday, July 6, at 8 AM EDT. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday! 

Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down, Likely Activating Again on July 3

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 15:31

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated this morning at 1300 UTC for Hurricane Elsa, which became a Category 1 storm earlier today. As of 1800 UTC, Hurricane Elsa was about 95 miles west-northwest of St. Vincent, and 580 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH and is moving to the west-northwest at a brisk 29 MPH.

“Because...

Youth on the Air Camp 2021 to Activate W8Y and Stream Selected Events Online

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 10:30

The first Youth on the Air (YOTA) camp for young radio amateurs in North, Central, and South America gets under way on July 11 in West Chester, Ohio. Among other activities, campers will be operating special event station W8Y from both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township and from the camp hotel. The camp will run until July 16.

“We are at 23 campers,” s...

Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hurricane Elsa

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 10:17

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is currently active on 14.325 MHz for Hurricane Elsa.

“Elsa surprised us all by strengthening overnight into a Category 1 hurricane,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. The storm is currently in between Barbados and St. Lucia with maximum sustained winds of 75 MPH. The storm is moving to the west-northwest at 28 MPH. At this clip, the storm should be past the W...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 10:13

FCC Reaffirms Nearly $3 Million Fine for Marketing Unauthorized Drone Transmitters

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 14:18

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released June 17, the FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by HobbyKing of a $2,861,128 fine for marketing noncompliant RF equipment and for failing to respond to FCC orders in its investigation of the company’s practices. In the same step, the FCC enforced its equipment marketing rules. The fine resulted from an FCC investigation initiated by...

New Section Managers Appointed in Orange and Eastern Washington

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 14:15

Carl Gardenias, WU6D, of Perris, California, is retiring as ARRL Orange Section Manager after serving in the position since 2003. His term of office had expired at the end of March, but he agreed to continue serving as SM until a successor was chosen.

A re-solicitation for Section Manager nominations in the Orange Section was issued this past spring. The only nominee responding by the June 4 de...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 10:22

Youngsters On The Air First-Round Contest Claimed Results Posted, Next Round is July 18

Thu, 06/24/2021 - 15:50

The Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) Contest’s first round is complete and the claimed results have been posted on the YOTA website, with final results coming soon. Worldwide participation was very good. In the YOTA-class categories, more than 100 were from contesters as young as 7 years old, and three entered as shortwave listeners (listen only). There were more than 600 entries of participants ab...

May 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

Thu, 06/24/2021 - 14:45

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 May 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report.

  • Technician operators in Palm Bay and Hollywood, Florida, received Advisory Notices after making more than a dozen FT8 contacts on 40 and 20 meters. Technicians are not permitted to operate on 20 meters and hav...

ARRL Announces Partnership with Maglite

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 15:11

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® and Mag Instrument, the US manufacturer of the MAGLITE® Flashlight have announced they have formed a partnership based on common interests in equipping people to be prepared for emergencies and to serve their communities in extreme situations such as natural disasters. ARRL members expand the reservoir of trained operators and technicians in rad...

3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition Team Hasn’t Given Up the Ship

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 13:34

The Daily DX has reported that the 3Y0J DXpedition team is still hoping to have a go at the island in 2023. The DXpedition team had planned to travel to Bouvet via the RV Braveheart, owned by Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ.

“Since the cancellation of 3Y0J, we have been working closely with Nigel Jolly to form a new plan, with a new owner of Braveheart and a revised payment plan that enables Nigel Jolly to c...