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Interactive LightCube Satellite Set to Launch in Late 2022

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 06:33

NASA has selected LightCube along with 13 other small research satellites to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets launching between 2022 and 2025. The launch opportunity is provided through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). Being designed, built, and tested by an interdisciplinary team of students, advisors, and engineers across multiple organizations, LightCube is a microsatellite e...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 06:11

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar Cycle 25 activity continues this week, with no spotless days since May 6. The average daily sunspot number rose modestly this week from 24.9 to 28 while the average daily solar flux held steady at 77.8.

Predicted solar flux over the next month is 75 on June 4 - 6; 72 on June 7 - 11; 76 on June 11; 78 on June 12 - 15; 80 on June 16 - 18; 78 on June 19 - 22;...

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 15:49

The ARRL Executive Committee will meet in virtual session (Zoom) on Tuesday, June 8, at 11:00 AM EDT (1500 UTC). The session will include updates from the CEO and the Secretary, the FCC Counsel’s update, and a discussion of FCC-related matters, including non-amateur/non-Part 90 imported handheld radios; a progress report from the Legal Structure Review Committee; and updates from the EMC and Em...

Former AMSAT Director Andy MacAllister, W5ACM, SK

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 08:04

Former AMSAT Board of Directors member Andy MacAllister, W5ACM, of  Houston, Texas, died on May 19 after a brief illness. An ARRL and AMSAT Life Member, he was 68. MacAllister had worked at NASA and was a member of the Johnson Space Center and Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Clubs. More recently, he was the Chief Engineer for Rice University’s radio station KTRU.

“Andy and I had a great time at many...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/28/2021 - 10:22

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: The 10.7-centimeter solar flux rose this week, and on Wednesday May 26 it reached 88, the highest it’s been since December 7, 2020, when it was 89.5. The next day at 2300 UTC, the flux value was 94.2.

The official flux value is always the local noon reading at Canada’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Research Facility in Penticton, British Columbia, 177 miles north...

Radio Amateur’s Vintage Home Movie Film Sheds Light on Hindenburg Disaster

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 14:33

Vintage home movie film provided by New Jersey radio amateur Bob Schenck, N2OO, was the highlight of a PBS documentary about the Hindenburg disaster. The film, shot by his uncle Harold Schenck, may provide clues as to what initiated the disastrous 1937 fire that destroyed the airship Hindenburg and claimed 35 lives as the German zeppelin was landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Harold Schenck trie...

FCC Seeks Comment on Potential Impact of Global Semiconductor Shortage

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 14:33

The FCC is seeking comment on the impact of the continuing global shortage of semiconductors. The FCC’s May 11 Public Notice stated its concern is focused on the impact the shortage could have on the communications industry, agency initiatives, and the nation’s continued advancement in next-generation technologies.

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel commented: “The communications sector i...

East Bay SM Jim Siemons, W6LK, Stepping Down; Mike Patterson, N6JGA, Appointed

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 13:40

ARRL East Bay Section Manager Jim Siemons, W6LK, is stepping down because he is relocating to Wyoming. Siemons has served as East Bay SM since July 2018. Mike Patterson, N6JGA, has been appointed to succeed him, effective June 1.

Siemons said, “There really is not a greater honor for a ham like me than to watch so many people get their licenses, learn the code, program a radio for the first time...

June 2021 Eclipse Festival Seeks Ham Participants

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 11:55

HamSCI is looking for ham radio operators to make recordings of time-standard stations during the June 2021 annular solar eclipse across the Arctic Circle as part of a citizen science experiment. Researchers will use the crowd-sourced data to investigate the superimposed effects of auroral particle precipitation and the eclipse on HF Doppler shift.

Participants would collect data using an HF rad...

CQ Announces 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 11:44

CQ has announced six new members to its Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, and two new members each to the DX Hall of Fame and the Contest Hall of Fame. This year’s inductions were conducted online due to event cancellations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to amateur radio and radio amateurs who have made...

Amateur Radio Gearing Up for Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 11:34

The Atlantic Hurricane Season, which starts on June 1, promises to be a busy time for radio amateurs who volunteer on the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) to report ground-level storm conditions in real time for use by weather forecasters, and for SKYWARN volunteers. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecast a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 MPH o...

Weekend Solar Flare Frenzy Could Spark Geomagnetic Storms

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 11:15

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm watch for May 25 and a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for May 26. These are the result of multiple solar flares on May 22. According to, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded 10 C-class and two M-class flares, sending multiple overlapping coronal mass ejections (CMEs) into space. Ac...

Spring ARRL Section Manager Election Results Announced

Sat, 05/22/2021 - 07:53
In the only contested election this spring, Utah ARRL members elected Pat Malan, N7PAT, as their new Section Manager (SM) for a 2-year term commencing July 1. Malan, of South Jordan, received 419 votes, while incumbent Mel Parkes, NM7P, garnered 339 votes. Parkes had served as Utah Section Manager for 22 years. ARRL Headquarters counted and verified the ballots on May 18.

In New Hampshire, Pete ...