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Amateur Radio Stands Ready to Support Eclipse Operations

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 14:19

The upcoming April 8, 2024, solar eclipse has many excited about the opportunity to witness the darkness of totality. Spectators from across the country are traveling to the path of total darkness that will stretch from South Texas to Northeastern Maine.

Some states are anticipating more than a million travelers for the event. In the impacted areas, schools will be letting students out early for...

Dayton Hamvention® 2024 Award Winners Announced

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 13:50

The recipients of the 2024 Hamvention Awards were announced on March 8, 2024.

Special Achievement Award: Anthony Luscre, K8ZT   Luscre is from near Akron, Ohio, and he was first licensed in 1981. He has been a low-power operator, contester, and teacher throughout his amateur radio career. He received his Amateur Extra-class license in 2000. Luscre is active on HF and VHF/UHF, and he operates on ...

ARRL: Credit Card Processing Available Again

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 11:13

Updated 3/15/2024 at 7:58 PM EDT

An update was completed for ARRL by its merchant services provider today. Credit card processing for all services has resumed. Thank you for your patience as we completed the system update. Members and prospective members can again access the following online services:

Updated 3/15/2024 at 2:37 PM EDT 

ARRL is wo...

ARRL: Credit Card Processing Temporarily Unavailable

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 11:13
ARRL is working with its merchant services provider to perform an update involving credit card processing for transactions. At this time, transactions via the ARRL website and phone cannot be completed for such functions as membership (including renewals), subscriptions, and ARRL Store purchases.This news item will be revised once the update is completed. Thank you for your understanding.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/15/2024 - 09:37

Six new sunspot groups appeared over the past reporting week, March
7-13, and one more on March 14.

The first group emerged on March 7, two more appeared on March 12,
and three more on March 13.

Solar activity was down. Average daily sunspot number went from
106.7 to 82.3, and solar flux from 147.4 to 130.4. Geomagnetic
indicators were somewhat quieter, with average daily planetary A
index dropping fr...

ARRL Headquarters Closed Morning of Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Tue, 03/12/2024 - 16:10
ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be closed from 8 AM to 12 PM EDT on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, for an employee communications meeting. There will not be a morning W1AW bulletin that day. During the short closure, members are encouraged to use the ARRL website,, for membership renewals, publication purchases, and to access most benefits, services, and programs.

Solar Eclipse One Month Away

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 13:10

A total solar eclipse that will be seen across North America will occur on Monday, April 8th. It will be the last of its kind in the US for the next 20 years.

Hams across North America are asked to participate in a study about how the ionosphere functions by getting on the air to help scientists in a series of ionospheric experiments.  

Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) has present...

Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Named ARRL Honorary Vice President

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 12:51

Robert B. "Bob" Vallio, W6RGG, has been honored by the ARRL Board of Directors as an Honorary Vice President.

In a motion that passed with an extended standing ovation, the Board awarded the honor at their Annual Meeting in January 2024.  

The motion honored Vallio's lifetime of service to ARRL and amateur radio. He was first licensed as a Novice with the call sign WN6RGG in July 1952, and he lat...

FCC Job Opportunity for Recent Engineering Graduates

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 12:46

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a job opening that might be a good opportunity for recently graduated amateur radio operators who have knowledge of the spectrum and RF.

This is a Recent Graduates position in the FCC's Pathways Program, and it will be located in the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) in Washington, DC. Applications are being accepted for engineering gr...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 11:56

Until March 6, new sunspot groups emerged daily over the past
reporting week, February 29 through March 6.

One new sunspot group appeared every day on February 29 through
March 3, then two new groups on March 4 and another on March 5.

It seems odd, but average daily sunspot number was about the same
(changing from 106.4 to 106.7), but the average daily solar flux had
a substantial drop, from 175 to 1...

HAARP Needs Ham Help

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 15:04

 Amateur radio operators and radio astronomers are being asked to help monitor a new research project by the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).

The project officially began on February 28, but it will run until March 3, 2024.

Some examples of experiments planned for the project are the production of extremely low frequency (ELF) and very low frequency (VLF) emissions and stud...

Bob Heil, K9EID, Silent Key

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 15:03

The man who defined the sound of live rock ‘n’ roll music and brought audio engineering principals into mainstream amateur radio use, Dr. Bob Heil, K9EID, has passed away at the age of 83. He was an ARRL Life Member and in the ARRL Maxim Society. A Facebook post from Heil Ham Radio paid tribute to their founder: “Bob fought a valiant, yearlong battle with cancer, and passed peacefully surrounde...

YLRL Celebrates International Women's Day with Special Event

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 14:54

The Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL) is hosting an International Women's Day YL Parks on the Air® (POTA) Party from 0000Z - 2359Z on March 8.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year's theme is Inspire Inclusion.

To celebrate the day, the goal of this special event is to activate any POTA park during the 2...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 13:53


"A filament eruption was observed at 28/0855UT from the solar
southeast quadrant. The associated CME has been determined to
contain an Earth-directed component, with an arrival to Earth's
magnetosphere at 02/1100 UTC +/- 12 hours. G1 geomagnetic conditions
are expected.


Winter Season Section Manager Election Results

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 15:03

On Tuesday, February 20, at ARRL Headquarters, ballots were counted for two Section Manager elections that were conducted this winter.

ARRL members in Louisiana elected Houston Polson, N5YS, of Winnfield, to become the next Section Manager of the ARRL Louisiana Section starting on April 1, 2024. Polson received 200 votes, and incumbent Section Manager Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ, received 169 votes.  ...

Amateur Radio Operators Needed for Help with Solar Eclipse Project

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 15:00

The Case Amateur Radio Club, W8EDU, the club station at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is asking for amateur radio operators to help with a research project centered around the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse.

W8EDU club member Adam Goodman, W7OKE, said the project centers around studying the effects of the eclipse on propagation to better understand the recombination time of t...

Former Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson Division, Bill Hudzik, W2UDT, Silent Key

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 14:30

Former Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson Division and ARRL Maxim Society Member William "Bill" Hudzik, W2UDT, has passed away at the age of 77.

Hudzik served as Vice Director from 2011 to 2022, and he had previously been Section Manager of the ARRL Northern New Jersey Section.  

Hudzik was first licensed in 1961 as WV2UDT, and he was active in VHF contesting at the time.  

He quickly gained a reput...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 09:58


"A solar filament has erupted from the northwest solar quadrant and
a component of the predominately westward associated CME is expected
to arrive at the Earth during the second half of 24-Feb. G1 conditions, with the chance of G2 periods are possible during the second hal...

Highlights from 2024 Orlando HamCation

Fri, 02/16/2024 - 15:36

Warm weather greeted the crowds of radio amateurs who attended the 2024 Orlando HamCation® from February 9 - 11. The convention hosted the ARRL Florida State Convention, but drew attendees from across the country, and some from even farther, renewing HamCation's place as the second largest US ham radio convention.

HamCation is sponsored by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC). The convention wa...

Amateur Radio as Educational Tool Represented to Policymakers in Washington DC

Fri, 02/16/2024 - 15:35

ARRL and Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) represented Amateur Radio at a symposium in Washington on February 1 at which the top domestic spectrum policymakers from across the federal government considered implementation of the National Spectrum Strategy (NSS) [PDF].

ARRL ensures that Amateur Radio is represented at sessions such as this so that decisionmakers understand amateur radio'...