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ARRL Board of Directors Elects Officers, Executive Committee

Thu, 02/24/2022 - 10:35

One new face will be among the Officers at the next ARRL Board of Directors meeting in July. During their twice-yearly meeting, the Board met in Windsor, Connecticut, January 21-22, 2022, and elected John R. Sager, WJ7S of Saratoga Springs, Utah to succeed Treasurer, Rick Niswander, K7GM, on May 1.

Niswander had previously shared his decision to step down, having completed more than 10 years of ...

FCC: Amateur Service Licensees May Not Use Radio Equipment to Commit Criminal Acts

Thu, 02/24/2022 - 07:53

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has re-issued an earlier reminder that licensees in the Amateur Radio Service, as well as licensees and operators in the Personal Radio Services are prohibited from using radios in those services to commit or facilitate criminal acts. The FCC did not indicate what, if anything, prompted the renewed Enforcement Advisory or if it was just a routine announcement.

“The Bur...

The 5 MHz Newsletter Marks 10 Years

Wed, 02/23/2022 - 17:47

The first edition of The 5 MHz Newsletterappeared in the autumn of 2011, heralding the growth of the new 60-meter band to serve as a propagation bridge between 40 and 80 meters. The newsletter, edited by Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, offers official news of new allocations and regulations as well as feedback from operators. As a band, the US authorized a group of Experimental License operators to use 60...

Section Manager Election Results Announced

Wed, 02/23/2022 - 16:48

Two Section Manager elections were held during the winter season, and the ballots were counted at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 22.

In Virginia, Jack R. Smith, KE4LWT, of Ruckersville received 889 votes, and Terry Buzzard, KA8TNF, of Virginia Beach, received 412 votes. Smith was declared elected and will begin his first 2-year term on April 1. Smith has served as an Assistant Section Em...

ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew Members

Tue, 02/22/2022 - 15:25

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is accepting applications until March 31 from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) interested in hosting contacts with International Space Station (ISS) crew members. Contacts will be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2023. Proposal information and additional det...

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Monday, February 21

Sun, 02/20/2022 - 08:55

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, February 21 in observance of Presidents Day, and there will be no W1AW bulletin or CW practice transmissions on that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 8 AM EST (1300 UTC). 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/18/2022 - 09:06

Meredith W. Hillier, KG7EUM, Wins the January 2022 QST Cover Plaque Award

Mon, 02/14/2022 - 06:00

The winning article for the January 2022 QST Cover Plaque award is “Effects of Common Building Materials on Radio Wave Propagation,” by Meredith W. Hillier, KG7EUM.

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!

HamCation 2022 Roars Back to Life

Sat, 02/12/2022 - 00:02

 Thwarted in 2021 by the pandemic, HamCation roared back to life Friday. Attendee traffic was heavy all around the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, despite Friday being historically a “slow” day, with hams visiting vendors, shopping the flea market, socializing, and enjoying other hamfest activities.

The ARRL floor area was busy throughout the day, with staff, officers, and volunteers ser...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/11/2022 - 08:45

ARRL National Convention 2022 Orlando Gets Hams Radio-Active

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 16:31

 The ARRL National Convention kicked off this morning with more than 1,000 hams gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. There, they attended any of four simultaneous Training Tracks running morning and afternoon, bisected by the mid-day convention luncheon.

The four Training Tracks were Contest University, Emergency Communications Academy, Hands-On Handbook, and Technolog...

Geomagnetic Storm Leads to Loss of up to 40 Starlink Satellites

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 15:53

A geomagnetic storm on February 4 “significantly impacted” the launch of some 49 Starlink satellites. The company said the satellites were intended to achieve low-Earth orbits after being sent aloft on a Falcon 9 launcher. Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX to provide satellite internet access. SpaceX said it initially deploys its satellites into low-Earth orbit s...

APRS Developer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, SK

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 13:43

The creator of the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, died on February 7. An ARRL Life Member, Bruninga was 73. According to his daughter, Bruninga succumbed to cancer and the effects of COVID-19. Bruninga had announced his cancer diagnosis in 2020. Over the years, he readily shared his broad knowledge of and experience with APRS, among oth...

Heil Sound Changes Hands

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 12:35

Heil Sound has changed hands. Founded by Bob Heil, K9EID, and based in Fairview Heights, Illinois, Heil Sound is a manufacturer of microphones, microphone accessories, and audio accessories for both professionals and amateurs. The new owners are Heil Sound President and CEO Ash Levitt and Director of Operations Steve Warford. Sarah Heil, who was co-owner of Heil Sound, has retired, but Bob Heil...

Some New Rules Going into Effect this Year for ARRL Field Day

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 07:28

After taking a few detours over the past couple of years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARRL Field Day rules are being updated on a permanent basis starting this summer. ARRL conducted a Field Day community survey with invitations propagated far and wide, and direct emails sent to more than 15,000 individuals and ARRL-affiliated clubs. After sorting through, reviewing, and discussing the survey ...