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Virginia Radio Amateur will Commemorate 1906 Fessenden Christmas Eve Broadcast

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 15:41

As he has done each December for the past few years, Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, of Forest, Virginia, will transmit a program on 486 kHz, under authority of his FCC Part 5 Experimental License WI2XLQ to commemorate the accomplishments of wireless pioneer Reginald Fessenden. The Canadian-born inventor, experimenter, and entrepreneur has been credited as the inventor of radiotelephony. He claimed to ha...

FCC Posts Email Address Reminder On ULS Landing Page

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 14:43

The FCC is encouraging users of the Universal Licensing Service (ULS) to have an email address on file with the FCC.

“Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide an email address on their license application(s), which will trigger the electronic issuance of an official copy of their license(s) to the email provided upon application grant. Per the timing specified in Rulemaking FCC 20-126, the ...

Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, Awarded National Science Foundation CAREER Grant

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 14:41

Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, an assistant professor of physics and electrical engineering at Scranton University, has won a highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant. The $616,054 award will fund a 5-year initiative that integrates original ionospheric research into undergraduate course curricula and undergraduate and graduate research projects at the university. NSF CAREE...

Tom Sly, WB8LCD, Appointed as Ohio Section Manager

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 14:37

Tom Sly, WB8LCD, of Kent, has been appointed as the Ohio Section Manager, effective January 1, 2021. Sly will assume the seat that incumbent Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, is vacating to become Great Lakes Division Vice Director, after serving as Ohio Section Manager since 2014.

Sly was appointed by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, after consulting with Great L...

Netherlands Radio Amateurs Face Fee Increases

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 06:17

While US radio amateurs face the possibility of a $50 application fee, some countries have been imposing license fees for some time now. Netherlands International Amateur Radio Union member-society, VERON, reports that the Dutch regulator Agentschap Telecom (AT) is imposing higher annual amateur radio fees, including higher exam and repeater fees. The new rates go into effect in 2021. VERON sai...

SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Christmas Eve Transmission Cancelled

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 06:10

There will be no Christmas Eve transmission from SAQ, the Alexanderson Alternator transmitting station in Sweden. The Grimeton World Heritage Foundation and Alexander GVV Friends Association cited “prevailing circumstances in our society” for the event cancellation.

“We find it sad to have to make this decision, but see it as a necessary measure to protect everyone involved,” the announcement c...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 07:13

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity has declined, with the weekly average daily sunspot number slipping from 57.6 last reporting week to 17.4 over the past week.

Solar flux averages also slipped over the past 2 weeks from 108.1 to 91.9 and to 82.1 over the most recent week. The latest solar flux prediction also appears soft. Solar flux is expected to peak at 86 on December 26-28, hi...

SSTV Event to Help ARISS Mark 20 Years of Continuous Ham Radio Operation in Space

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 15:33

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will continue its year-long 20th anniversary celebration of continuous ham radio operation from the ISS this month, with a slow-scan television (SSTV) event over the holidays. The first ARISS school contact took place in December 2000, not long after the first ISS crew arrived on station a month earlier and had made test contacts. The com...

Oregon ARRL VEC Testing Group Offers Testing from the Comfort of Your Car

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 15:12

The coronavirus pandemic has made life difficult for everyone. On the plus side, however, it’s prompted creative solutions to work around the various roadblocks the pandemic has imposed. Volunteer Examiners in Grant County, Oregon, affiliated with the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) put their heads together to overcome the adversity and hold a safe and secure exam session. Current hea...

Logbook of The World to be Offline for Approximately 6 Hours

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 07:04

Logbook of The World (LoTW), ARRL’s online QSO confirmation system, will undergo scheduled maintenance beginning Monday, December 21, at 2300 UTC (6 PM EST) for approximately 6 hours. LoTW will be offline and unavailable while the system’s server is upgraded to new hardware. Thank you for your understanding.

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Thursday, December 17

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 15:40

Due to anticipated severe winter weather, ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Thursday, December 17 for the safety of our staff. Headquarters management expects that things will be back to normal on Friday, December 18. 

Contest University to Host Propagation Summit

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 13:15

Several radio propagation experts will share their knowledge during a Propagation Summit via Zoom, sponsored by Contest University (CTU). The event is scheduled for January 23, 2021. The presentation schedule includes:

  • “Update on the Personal Space Weather Station Project and HamSCI Activities for 2021” with Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, at 11 AM EST (1600 UTC)
  • “Solar Cycle 25 Predictions and Progr...

ARRL Releases a New Edition of Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 15:27

The third edition of Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio is now available from ARRL. Storm spotting gives radio amateurs another way to offer a public service by using their skills as communicators.

In an average year, the US experiences more than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, and more than 1,000 tornadoes. During these weather events, ham radio volunteers provide real-time information...

You Shop, Amazon Gives!

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 15:07

Thank you for shopping Because of you, Amazon has donated more than $45,870 to ARRL since 2014, helping ARRL to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. With just a few shopping days left, as you shop for those final gifts, we invite you to continue to choose ARRL as your charity of choice.

Bookmark ARRL’s link and support amateur rad...

Nominations Invited for 2021 CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 13:39

CWops is now accepting nominations for its 2021 Award for Advancing the Art of CW. The award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse code.

Candidates for the award may be authors of publications related to CW; CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors; public...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 08:08

Transatlantic Tests Mark 99th Anniversary

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 16:03

On December 11, 1921, radio history was made when the signal from amateur station 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was heard in Ardrossan, Scotland, marking the first successful transatlantic radio transmission using shortwave frequencies. Between 1921 and 1924, radio amateurs experimented with transmitting across the Atlantic. Sponsored by ARRL, these Transatlantic Tests aimed to prove that sho...

Low-Noise H-Mode Receiver Mixer Developer Colin Horrabin, G3SBI, SK

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 14:18

Prominent British radio amateur Colin Horrabin, G3SBI, died over the last weekend in November, a month after a cancer diagnosis. Horrabin invented a type of low-noise receive mixer called the H-Mode mixer, which has been incorporated into many modern radios and was featured in The ARRL Handbook for a number of years.

“It is some very significant work with regard to mixer design,” said former ARR...