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North Carolina Radio Amateurs Adapt Tailgating Hamfest to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 14:41

With most hamfests canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some radio amateurs in Raleigh, North Carolina, have come up with a way to adapt with a tailgate hamfest in an unused shopping center parking area. The event grew out of the so-called Ham Radio Taco Thursdays, begun many years ago by ARRL Life Member Alan Pitegoff, AB4OZ.

Pitegoff had to put his event on hold when the pandemic erupted. I...

YOTA Region 1 Taking Cautious Approach to COVID-19 and YOTA Camps

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 14:32

The IARU Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group has said no youth events will take place before mid-June, and that it will review those scheduled for later in the year as the pandemic situation evolves. The group said these events make social distancing difficult, and it doesn’t believe it would be possible for them to take place safely. Other 2021 events will remain on the calendar for the tim...

Dayton Hamvention Announces 2021 Award Winners

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 14:24

Dayton Hamvention® has announced its 2021 award winners. Hamvention Awards Committee co-Chairs Michael Kalter, W8CI, and Frank Beafore, WS8B, said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamvention committee elected to go forward in announcing its selection of outstanding radio amateurs and predicted that Hamvention will return in 2022.

Amateur of the Year

Angel M. Vazquez, Jr., WP3R, the head of...

Amateur Radio Anti-Viral Net to Celebrate First Anniversary

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 12:12

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some members of the Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) in suburban Chicago established a nightly health-and-welfare net to keep area hams in contact with one another after sheltering in place became the norm.

The Anti-Viral Net will mark its first anniversary on March 16. The net runs every night of the week, except for the third Monday of the month, ...

January 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 12:43

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

In January 2021, Volunteer Monitors reported 2,277 hours monitoring the HF frequencies and 2,162 hours monitoring VHF frequencies and above.

The Volunteer Monitor Coordinator issued 11 Advisory Notices. An Advisory Notice is an attempt to resolve rule violation iss...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 09:46

ARISS, NASA, and ESA Continue to Probe Amateur Radio Problems on ISS

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 13:02

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, reports that the ARISS team has been working closely with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to identify what may have caused what ARISS is calling a “radio anomaly” on January 27. The net result has been an inability to use the NA1SS ham station gear in the ISS Columbus module. For the time ...

AMSAT-DL Operators Track Mars Probes

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 12:55

Members of Germany’s AMSAT organization, AMSAT-DL, in cooperation with the Sternwarte Bochum Institute in Bochum, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, have been using the institute’s 20-meter (65.6-foot) diameter dish antenna to listen directly to signals from probes in Mars orbit.

Signals have been copied from the Chinese Tianwen-1 and the Hope Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) spacecraft now orbiting Mars ...

MARS Volunteers Recognized with Gold-Level President’s Volunteer Service Award

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 12:26

A dozen US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) volunteers have been honored with gold-level recognition for the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2020.

They are Bob Mims, WA1OEZ; Ron Tomo, KE2UK; Mark Bary, N4EOC; Billy Pearson, KO4XT; Dave Bock, W8OHS; Bob Baker, K5LLF; John Monson, WB0PLW; Gary Geissinger, WA0SPM; Brian Handy, W8JBT; Bliss Wheeler, W7RUG; Jim Hamilton, K4QDF, and...

Spring Red Cross Emergency Communications Drill Set

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 19:03

The spring 2021 Red Cross Nationwide Emergency Communications Winlink Drill will be held on May 8, which is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2021. Details and instructions are available. Sign up for email updates. A

head of the May nationwide exercise, the American Red Cross (ARC) Emergency Communications training group will continue its Winlink Thursdays training sessions on March 11 and Ap...

Video Documents Removal, Preservation of 250 kW Voice of America Transmitter

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 18:54

With the former Voice of America Delano relay site in Central California scheduled for eventual demolition for resale, the Collins Collectors Association (CCA), in association with the Antique Wireless Association (AWA), came up with a plan in 2014 (working, among others, with past ARRL Midwestern Division Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, a former Collins engineer), to retrieve one of the Collins...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 09:13

Wildlife Outnumber Participants in Winter Yellowstone VHF Radio Rally

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 13:19

Wyoming and southern Montana hams belonging to the north Yellowstone Amateur Radio Club and Park County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) took to the wilderness in late January during heavy snow to take part in an emergency preparedness exercise. The groups have about 15 members in all; many more bison and elk roam the roads than do hams.

The critical winter duty for North Yellowstone radi...

ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:19

Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to develop the movie short. In the approximately 6-minute film, a SuitSat returns in the future to haunt International Space Station commander “Diaz,” played by Joey Vieira, who spots SuitSat, the surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit-turned-amateur-radio-s...

Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes”

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 09:58

An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via Winlink HF radio email appeared on February 22 in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) magazine Eos. As the article points out, “Ham radio networks gear up to provide real-time, on-the-ground information about earthquake shaking and damage when ot...

“Whirlwind Boom” Emergency Communications Exercise Set in Northern Florida

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 17:13

The amateur radio communications team of the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief has created a multi-site radio communications exercise dubbed “Whirlwind Boom,” designed to bring together volunteers and local agencies across northern Florida and throughout the southeastern US. The 2-hour drill is set for Friday, March 19. Invitations have gone out to Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups, ...