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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/18/2022 - 12:26

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports: We saw plenty of sunspot activity this week, along with numerous solar flares. A confounding indicator was a higher average solar flux but lower average sunspot numbers. We expect to see these parameters track together, but that isn’t always the case.

The average daily sunspot number went from 87.4 last week to 74.6 in the latest reporting period,...

Hamvention 2022 Announces Award Winners

Thu, 03/17/2022 - 13:24

Chairman of the Hamvention Awards Committee Michael Kalter, W8CI, has announced the 2022 Dayton Hamvention® award winners.

Special Achievement Award

Kerry Banke, N6IZW, of La Mesa, California, received the Special Achievement Award. Banke, first licensed in 1961 and now retired, spent most of his career in the research and development of electronics systems as a microwave RF electrical engineer. ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/11/2022 - 11:01

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: On March 11 at 0431 UTC, Australia’s Space Forecast Centre issued this warning: “A slow coronal mass ejection has been observed late on 10 March, and event modeling suggests arrival at the Earth late on 13 March. Increased geomagnetic activity is expected for 14 March 2022.”

We observed an active sun this week. Geomagnetic indicators peaked ...

AMSAT Pioneer Ray Soifer, W2RS, SK

Thu, 03/10/2022 - 14:39

Satellite pioneer Raphael “Ray” Soifer, W2RS, of Green Valley, Arizona, died on March 1. An ARRL Life member, he was 79.

Licensed in 1955, Soifer was among those involved in founding the AMSAT organization. A native of New York City, he studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and then obtained an MBA at Harvard Business School. His career was in finance, serving a...

ARRL Teachers Institute to Offer Four Sessions this Summer

Thu, 03/10/2022 - 10:51

ARRL will offer four sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology in June and July as part of its educational outreach to schools through the Education & Technology Program. The Teachers Institute (TI) is an expenses-paid professional development program intended to provide teachers with tools and strategies to introduce their students to basic electronics, the science of radio, sp...

Study: Rapid Development of Satellite Mega-Constellations Risks Tragedies of the Commons

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 15:11

A study reported in Nature, “Satellite mega-constellations create risks in Low Earth Orbit, the atmosphere and on Earth,” in Scientific Reports (May 2021) by Aaron C. Boley and Michael Byers, says the rapid development of mega-constellations risks multiple tragedies of the commons. That could include tragedies to ground-based astronomy, Earth orbit, and Earth’s upper atmosphere. The study asser...

Former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania SM, Traffic Handler Joe Ames, W3JY, SK

Tue, 03/08/2022 - 16:37

Former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joseph A. “Joe” Ames, W3JY, of Paoli, Pennsylvania, died on March 5. An ARRL Life Member, he was 57. Ames served as EPA SM from 2014 until 2016. He was one of the founders of Radio Relay International, an independent traffic-handling organization.

A ham since 1977, Ames devoted many years to amateur radio public service organizations including Del...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 14:05

Ukraine Maintains Ham Radio Silence in State of Emergency

Thu, 03/03/2022 - 16:47

Radio amateurs in Ukraine appear to be diligently maintaining radio silence as the state of emergency declared there just prior to the Russian military invasion remains in effect. A February 24 decree from President Volodymyr Zelensky included “a ban on the operation of amateur radio transmitters for personal and collective use.” The Ukraine Amateur Radio League (UARL/LRU) reported this past we...

Joe Reisert, W1JR, Wins the February 2022 QST Cover Plaque Award

Mon, 02/28/2022 - 10:18

The winning article for the February 2022 QST Cover Plaque award is “12- and 17-Meter Antenna Design,” by Joe Reisert, W1JR.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article today!

ARRL Seeks Exemption from Proposed US Forest Service Communication Facility Fees; Comment Period to be Re-Opened Through March 31

Mon, 02/28/2022 - 10:07

ARRL has filed comments with the US Forest Service (USFS) seeking an exemption for amateur radio facilities to a proposed new $1,400 annual administrative fee. The USFS proposal resulted from requirements in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka “the Farm Bill”), which directs the Forest Service to collect fees for issuing communications use authorizations based on the cost to the agency...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/25/2022 - 06:12

New sunspot groups appeared on February 17, 19, 20 and 21, but solar activity declined, even though sunspots were seen covering the sun every day.

Average daily sunspot number declined 21 points from 75.3 last week to 54.3 in the current reporting week, February 17-23. Average daily solar flux was down nearly 15 points from 110.1 to 95.4. On Thursday, February 24 the decline in sunspot numbers c...

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Friday, February 25, Due to Inclement Weather

Thu, 02/24/2022 - 16:03

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Friday, February 25, due to inclement weather. There will be no W1AW bulletin or CW practice transmissions. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Monday, February 28, 2022, at 8 AM EST (1300 UTC).

Amateur Radio in Ukraine Ordered Off the Air in State of Emergency

Thu, 02/24/2022 - 15:41

A state of emergency was declared in Ukraine just prior to the Russian military invasion. Among other things, the February 24 decree from President Volodymyr Zelensky will remain in effect at least for 30 days and may be extended. As published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s unicameral legislative body, the state of emergency includes regulation of TV and radio activities and “a...

Crozet Island DXpedition Preparations are Moving Forward

Thu, 02/24/2022 - 14:46

The upcoming solo Crozet Island DXpedition spearheaded by Thierry Mazel, F6CUK, will likely arrive on the island around Christmas. While traveling aboard the Marion Dufresne, Mazel will make stopovers at other remote islands that are also rare DXCC entities, including Tromelin Island. The Crozet and Tromelin islands are administered as part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (abbreviate...