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Hurricane Lee: Radio Amateurs and Nets Activated

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 14:22

Hurricane Lee is expected to impact portions of New England in the Northeastern United States and Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada. The storm has had the full attention of forecasters and the volunteer organizations that coordinate Amateur Radio response to hurricanes. 

Amateur Radio Emergency Service®(ARES®) volunteer groups are in an elevated state of readiness and alert ahead of the st...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 09:03

Like last week, eight new sunspot groups emerged this reporting
week, September 7-13.

One appeared on September 7, another September 9, four more on
September 10, another on September 11 and one more on September 12.

Solar activity made a nice comeback, with average daily sunspot
numbers rising from 95.4 to 138.1, and solar flux from 137.6 to

The most active geomagnetic day was September 12, wh...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed for Marine Corps Marathon

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 17:00

The 2023 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) will take place on Sunday, October 29 in Washington, D.C., and Arlington County, Virginia at 7:55 AM EDT. The MCM Ham Volunteers team is looking for 150 amateur radio operators to support the event by providing racecourse situation reports. 

The Marine Corps Marathon, also known as the People's Marathon, expects to support more than 29,000 runners at this yea...

Former ARRL Oregon Section Manager John Core, KX7YT, SK

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 16:55

ARRL is sad to announce that John Core, KX7YT, Section Manager of the ARRL Oregon Section from 2016 - 2018, passed away suddenly on August 11, 2023. He was 80 years young.



John first earned his Novice-class license in 1970 with the call sign WN7PQL. He subsequently upgraded to his General-class license in 1971 with the call sign WA7PQL, his Advanced-class license in 1976, and finally, to his A...

ARRL New Jersey Sections Sign Agreement with American Red Cross

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 16:50

On Friday, August 25, 2023, Section Manager of the ARRL Northern New Jersey Section Robert Buus, W2OD, and Section Manager of the ARRL Southern New Jersey Section Tom Preiser, N2XW, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with representatives from the American Red Cross (ARC) New Jersey Region. The MOU focuses on disaster planning and response for communities within New Jersey during and aft...

North Carolina School Contacts the International Space Station

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 16:44

On August 28, 2023, students at Bowman Middle School in Bakersville, North Carolina, talked to NASA Astronaut Stephen Bowen, KI5BKB, who as on board the International Space Station (ISS).

For months, 22 students had been preparing for a 10-minute window to ask Bowen about his time and experiences on the ISS. They were able to ask 13 questions, like, "What is it like to be in space?" and, "Is the...

USA Radio Orienteering Team Brings Home Silver and Bronze Medals

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 16:34

 At the 21st International Amateur Radio Union World Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Championship in Liberec, Czech Republic, held August 27 through September 2, 2023, USA competitors won a silver medal for an individual competition, as well as two bronze team medals.

ARDF, also known as radio orienteering, is a multi-skill sport that involves running and navigation using only a map and c...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 11:00

At 0046 UTC on September 8, the Australian Space Weather Forecasting
Centre issued this alert:

"A solar filament erupted from the north east quadrant of the Sun on
07-Sep. Event modeling shows an edge of the associated north east
directed CME may graze the Earth's magnetosphere on 10-Sep.

Eight new sunspot gr...

Changes in the ARRL Louisiana Section

Thu, 09/07/2023 - 10:57

Section Manager of the ARRL Louisiana Section John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, has stepped down. He has held this role since April 1, 2018. Robertson has been very active in the Section and in Louisiana ARES. He held the Emergency Coordinator and both District and Section Emergency Coordinator positions before he assumed the role of Section Manager.

Matt Anderson, KD5KNZ, has been appointed to fill t...

Dave Coons, WT8W, Former ARRL Great Lakes Division Director, SK

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 15:15

David “Dave” Lee Coons, WT8W, former Director of the ARRL Great Lakes Division, passed away on September 2, 2023, at the age of 92. Coons joined ARRL in 1963 and was a member of the ARRL Diamond Club.

According to the obituary published in the Dayton Daily News, Coons was a disabled veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean War. He retired from his role as postmaster of ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/01/2023 - 18:16

First, this alert from Australia.


A filament eruption and associated coronal mass ejection (CME) were observed on UT day 30-Aug. This CME is expected to impact Earth from 1800 UT +/- 12 hours on 02-Sep, with impacts possibly rolling into UT day 03-Sep. G1-G2 geomagnetic co...

Hurricane Idalia: ARRL Amateur Radio Volunteers Serve

Fri, 09/01/2023 - 16:27

Volunteers of ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® were using their Amateur Radio Service license privileges to serve communities affected by Hurricane Idalia. Idalia made landfall Wednesday, August 30 on Florida's Big Bend region as a Category 3 storm sustaining winds of 125 miles per hour. The storm tracked across Georgia and into South Carolina, and on Thursday morning it had mo...

Changes to the ARRL Oregon Section

Fri, 09/01/2023 - 09:21

Section Manager of the ARRL Oregon Section Jonathan Wanzer, KK6GXG, has decided to step down from the role citing personal reasons. Jonathan assumed the role on July 1, 2023, with the intent of serving for the remainder of the term. ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, has appointed Scott Rosenfeld, N7JI, to complete the term.


Rosenfeld, from Eugene, Oregon, has served as a Volunteer...

ARRL Headquarters Closed Labor Day

Fri, 09/01/2023 - 09:06

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® Headquarters will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023, 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 5, at 8 AM EDT (1200 UTC).

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

Hurricane Idalia: FCC Approves ARRL Petition to Aid Emergency Communications

Wed, 08/30/2023 - 08:00

 ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an emergency waiver to facilitate amateur radio emergency communications for hurricane relief.

The request, filed by the ARRL Washington DC Counsel on August 29, 2023, seeks a waiver of HF symbol rate restrictions.

Trained radio amateurs involved with the Amateur Radio Eme...

Idalia Prompts Amateur Radio Activations

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 18:31

Volunteers of ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® are activating ahead of Tropical Storm Idalia. The storm, which is forecast to intensify into a hurricane, was tracking from the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico, between Cancun and the western tip of Cuba. Models agreed that it could make landfall on the Florida Gulf Coast as a category 3 hurricane on Wednesday.

In a planning call...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/25/2023 - 19:02

Five new sunspot groups emerged this week, one on August 17, another August 18, two more on August 21 and another on August 22.  

 Average daily sunspot numbers rose slightly, while average daily solar flux declined. Average daily sunspot numbers went from 95.7 to 105.9 and average daily solar flux declined from 154.2 to 149.4.

No big geomagnetic events this week, and average daily planetary A i...

Candidates Named for ARRL Director and Vice Director Elections

Mon, 08/21/2023 - 14:15

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® has announced  that the candidates for the 2023 ARRL Division elections are now official. ARRL members will choose between two candidates for Director in the Great Lakes Division, and two candidates for Vice Director in the Atlantic and Dakota Divisions. In the Atlantic, Dakota, Delta and Midwest Divisions, incumbents for Director are unopposed....

Tropical Storm Hilary: Amateur Radio Activates

Sun, 08/20/2023 - 10:44

Amateur Radio operators activated on Sunday, August 20, 2023 to provide communications and information for Tropical Storm Hilary. As of mid-morning Sunday, the system was moving up the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, expected to cross into Southern California. Heavy rains were falling in San Diego, and local media reported that 250 airline flights had been canceled.

Amateur radio operations began Sund...