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Cooperative Effort Under Way to Resolve Potential 70-Centimeter Interference Issue

Tue, 03/23/2021 - 17:18

ARRL, the FCC, and the US Department of Defense are cooperating in an effort to eliminate the possibility of amateur radio interference on 70 centimeters to critical systems at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. The Defense Department’s Regional Spectrum Coordinator contacted the FCC in March, seeking information on whom to contact regarding detected amateur transmissions it believ...

Utah Amateur Radio Club Marks its Centennial

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 14:34

The Ogden Amateur Radio Club (OARC) in Utah is celebrating its 100th anniversary as an organized club. In May of 1921, Dr. W.G. Garner, W7EW, and five others gathered to establish the club, and Garner was elected president. OARC now uses the last call sign he held, W7SU, as an in memoriam club station call sign. OARC has been an ARRL-affiliated club since 1937. Its current president is Dave Mam...

France Announces Ham Radio Exam Changes

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 14:29

After an 8-year wait, a new amateur radio decree has been published in the French government’s Official Journal. The most significant change involves the way amateur radio exams are graded. France has one amateur radio exam, which is equivalent to the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) HAREC (Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate) or all three...

The New ARRL Repeater Directory is Now Shipping

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 13:42

The 2021 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping. It includes “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings that are updated more often. With 24,000 listings, it’s the most complete printed directory of on-the-air repeaters, covering repeater systems throughout the US and Canada.

Repeater systems are listed by state...

FCC Not Yet Collecting $35 Application Fee

Mon, 03/22/2021 - 13:32

The FCC Part 97 rules establishing a new $35 amateur radio application fee go on the books on April 19, but the FCC won’t start collecting the fee “until the requisite notice has been provided to Congress, the FCC’s information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated, and the Commission publishes notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such rules....

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 07:31

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Average daily sunspot numbers this week rose just a little, from 18.4 to 19, and average daily solar flux edged up from 78.9 to 78.1. Solar activity remains low.

The vernal equinox, (the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere) occurs at 0937 UTC on Saturday, March 20. That’s when the southern and northern hemispheres will be bathed in approximately equal...

Incumbent Section Managers Begin New Terms in April

Tue, 03/16/2021 - 12:04

Eight incumbent ARRL Section Managers who were unopposed for re-election in the winter election cycle will begin new terms on April 1. They are Rick Paquette, W7RAP (Arizona); James Ferguson, N5LKE (Arkansas); Lelia Garner, WA0UIG (Iowa); Steve Morgan, W4NHO (Kentucky); Malcolm Keown, W5XX (Mississippi); Paul Stiles, KF7SOJ (Montana); Steven Lott Smith, KG5VK (North Texas), and Rick Breininger,...

ARISS Ham Station in Columbus Module Is Once Again Operational

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 09:50

Some 6 weeks after going silent following a spacewalk that installed new antenna cabling, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) ham station in the Columbus module is once again operational. The Columbus station, which typically uses the call sign NA1SS, is the primary ARISS amateur radio station used for school contacts and other activities. A January 27 spacewalk replace...

February 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 07:45

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

To date, Volunteer Monitors during February reported 1,762 hours monitoring the HF frequencies and 2,158 hours monitoring VHF frequencies and above. The Volunteer Monitor Coordinator issued 10 Advisory Notices. An Advisory Notice is an attempt to resolve rule viol...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 06:49

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Although solar activity remains low, in recent days, as a sunspot rotates to the west off the visible solar disc a new one emerges in the east. Sunspot group 2807 recently moved over the sun’s western horizon, but on March 9 new sunspot group 2808 moved across the eastern horizon, and a newer group (2809) has now emerged just south of the center of the solar di...

Results Available for ARRL Contests

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 06:20

The full results of the 2020 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes have been published on the ARRL Contests web page. The full results article, a searchable database of all scores, line scores, certificates and Log Checking Reports are available there.

Also available on the ARRL Contests web page:

  • Raw scores for the 2021 ARRL International DX CW Contest. Raw scores are the scores before any log checking h...

ARRL to Have Two Exhibits at this Weekend’s QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 06:12

ARRL will have two exhibits at the the QSO Today Ham Expo. One will offer opportunities to meet ARRL Lab engineers, who will answer questions and share tips on an array of topics. ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, will deliver the Expo’s keynote address at 2000 UTC on Saturday, March 13.

The Expo has a packed line-up of 87 speakers and workshops spread across 10 different virtual theatres. March 13...

Spacewalk Could Return ARISS Ham Station in ISS Columbus Module to the Air

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 11:42

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) reports that efforts to determine what’s keeping the ham station in the ISS Columbus module off the air have been unsuccessful thus far. The radio equipment works, but no signal appears to be reaching the external ARISS antenna. The station, typically operated as NA1SS, has not been usable since new RF cables were installed during a Janua...

Maritime Radio Day is Set for April

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 14:44

The 10th anniversary of Maritime Radio Day (MRD) will take place from 1200 UTC on April 14 to 2200 UTC on April 15. The annual event commemorates nearly 90 years of wireless service for seafarers. Radio amateurs and shortwave listeners are welcome and should register in advance by April 1.

Stations such as coastal radio stations and ships may participate only if operated by former commercial or ...