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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 10:41

Geomagnetic disturbances were down this week, but so were sunspot
numbers and solar flux.

Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 92.7 to 68, and average
daily solar flux from 141.3 to 134.3.

On September 22 the sunspot number was 99, well above (by 31 points)
the average for the previous seven days, a promising indication. We
hope it may signal a trend.

But Solar Cycle 25 progresses, a bit better...

Amateur Radio Operators Track Hurricane Fiona

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 18:14

The National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Hurricane Net, and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) all have been engaged in tracking Hurricane Fiona.

Amateur radio operators have been reporting weather conditions since Monday, September 19, 2022, and have received positive feedback on their assistance. The VoIP ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 10:07

Solar activity bounced back this reporting week, September 8-14, when average daily sunspot numbers jumped from 68 to 92.7, and average solar flux from 125.8 to 141.3.

Fewer CMEs and flares were evident, with average planetary A index declining from 24.6 to 10.7, and middle latitude numbers from 17.4 to 10.6.

New sunspot groups appeared, one on September 8, three on September 10, and one more on ...

Amateur Radio Helps Disabled Sailboat to Port

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 18:16
On September 7, 2022, Jeanne (Jan) Socrates, VE0JS/MM / KC2IOV, and her sailboat, the SV Nereida, set sail from Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point of the contiguous US. She was on her way to visit friends in San Francisco, California, but 2 days of 35 knot winds and storms left her sailboat disabled and her onboard radio equipment marginally operational. Amateur operators in New Mexico, ...

Amateur Radio Takes Center Stage at The Big E

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 15:51

by Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R

The Big E, “New England’s Great State Fair,” kicks off on Friday, September 16, 2022, and includes Project Big E, a 17-day amateur radio exhibit that runs through October 2, 2022. The fair, held in West Springfield, Massachusetts, is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the sixth-largest fair in the nation.

Planning for Project Big E began in 2021 by...

ARRL Headquarters is Closing Early on Friday, September 16, 2022

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 15:06

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® will close early on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 12 PM Eastern time (1600 UTC), for a staff event.

The ARRL Headquarters lobby & store, and W1AW will be open to visitors from 8 AM to 12 PM EDT on Friday.

There will be no interruption to W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions. W1AW will follow its regular transmitting schedule on Friday.


The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 19:01

 This week (September 1 to 7) two new sunspot groups emerged on September 1, two more on September 2, one more on September 5, another on September 6 another on September 7 and one more on September 8 when the sunspot number rose to 75, 7 points above the average for the previous seven days.

But average daily sunspot numbers declined from 74.9 to 68, while average daily solar flux rose just two ...

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Returns September 17 - 18

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 18:39

The 5th QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is September 17 - 18, 2022. The fully-interactive and full-featured virtual ham radio convention will provide great interactive presentations, new content, and excellent networking opportunities including 50+ amateur radio presentations on a wide variety of subjects.

Check out the full list of Presentations and get the downloadable schedule.

For the first time...

Richard Tell, K5UJU, Receives IEEE SA Lifetime Achievement Award

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 18:38

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE SA) Awards and Recognition Committee has selected ARRL member Richard A. (Ric) Tell, K5UJU, as the recipient of the IEEE SA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tell has more than 50 years of outstanding contributions to the science and technology of non-ionizing radiation safety, and has developed standards for measurement...

Amateur Radio Makes the Connection to Save Lives in Wisconsin and Idaho

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 18:22

The following two rescue stories are great examples of why amateur radio is important. The first story occurred in Wisconsin and is told by ARRL member Scott Strecker, KG9IV. In his own words, Strecker shares how he was able to help a ham in distress. Thanks to the Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club in Wisconsin, an ARRL Affiliated Club, for this information.

"It was Friday, September 2, 2022, w...

ARRL Board Holds Second Annual Meeting

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 13:50

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 13:52

The past week saw many interesting events. The DRAO observatory at Penticton, British Columbia (the source of 10.7 cm solar flux measurements) was overwhelmed by solar flares, and at 2000 UTC on August 28 reported a solar flux value of 251.9, and the next day at 1700 UTC, a value of 357.1.

The 2000 UTC local noon numbers are the official solar flux number for each day, so for the August 28 value...

Route 66 On the Air Special Event

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 13:14

The annual Route 66 On the Air Special Event will take place September 10 - 18, 2022. The purpose of the event is to commemorate the history of the "Mother Road" connecting the east and west United States.

Now in its 23rd year, the Northern Arizona DX Association (NADXA) started the event, which is now coordinated by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) in San Bernardino, California.

There ...

ARRL Headquarters is Closed on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 12:32

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022, in observance of the Labor Day federal holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, September 6, at 8 AM EDT (1200 UTC).

Visit the ARRL Special Events Stations database to find on-the-air events and commemorations this weekend.

ARRL wi...

ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD, SK

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 17:51

Harry Dannals, W2HD, President Emeritus of ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio®, died on August 30. He lived in Charlottesville, Virginia. In April, Dannals celebrated his 95th birthday and over 80 years of involvement in amateur radio. He served as ARRL President for 10 years, from 1972 - 1982, and his President Emeritus status was conferred in 1984. He was also an ARRL Life Member...

Radio Club of America Announces 2022 Award Recipients and Fellows

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 17:41

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced its 2022 award recipients and Fellows, including amateur radio operator Edward M. Gable, K2MP. The 2022 awards and Fellows ceremonies will be held at the RCA Awards Banquet in the Atlanta, Georgia, Hyatt Regency on November 19, 2022.

ARRL Life Member Edward M. Gable, K2MP, is the Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio Award recipient. This award recognizes si...

ARRL Mourns Loss of Caroline Kenney, QST Assistant Editor

Wed, 08/31/2022 - 14:32

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® mourns the passing of our colleague and friend Caroline Kenney. Kenney died August 18, 2022, after battling cystic fibrosis. She was 28 years old.

Kenney was Assistant Editor for QST, ARRL’s monthly membership journal. “Over the past 6 years, Caroline has been a committed professional member of our editorial team,” said CEO David Minster, NA2AA, ...

ARRL Creates New Online Groups for Members to Communicate with Leadership

Wed, 08/31/2022 - 11:00

ARRL's Operations Department manages several online forums where all radio amateurs - ARRL members and non-members alike - can discuss issues and topics in two-way conversation with ARRL staff and leadership. The groups are aimed at enhancing communication among ARRL leadership, staff, members, and prospective members, in a manner that enables timely updates and collegial discussion.

ARRL has ad...

ARRL Foundation Grants $270,000 to Amateur Radio Clubs

Wed, 08/31/2022 - 10:16

The new ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program, funded by a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), has awarded $270,000 to radio clubs that participated in the first round of applications.

The Club Grant Program, introduced earlier this year, includes $500,000 to be awarded to radio clubs with projects that will have the most impact on amateur radio, the community, and the ...