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ARES and Red Cross Cooperate to Assist Storm-Affected Residents in Texas

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 14:57

ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) and American Red Cross volunteers joined forces in Texas under the ARRL/Red Cross memorandum of understanding in responding to the situation resulting from unseasonably frigid weather. Kevin McCoy, KF5FUZ, said the Red Cross formally requested an ARES activation in Texas to address the effects of the natural disaster, which included a lack of drinkin...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 09:20

Innovator Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Donates Sophisticated Vector Signal Generator to ARRL

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 06:38

ARRL Life Member Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has donated a Rohde & Schwarz SMBV100A vector signal generator to the ARRL Laboratory. The device offers internal signal generation for all major digital radio standards. “That is absolutely fabulous news and extremely generous,” ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, told Rohde.

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RF, said the instrument will be a valuable addition t...

British Columbia Radio Amateur Copies Signal from Mars-Orbiting Satellite

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 17:09

As reported on Spaceweather.com, Canadian radio amateur Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, has snagged another signal from deep space. His latest conquest has been to copy the signal from China’s Tianwen-1 (pronounced “tee-EN-ven”) probe, which went into orbit around Mars on February 10. Tilley told Spaceweather.com that the probe’s X-band signal was “loud and audible.”

“It was a treasure hunt,” Tilley told ...

ARRL Board Considers Plan to Cover New $35 FCC Fee for Some Young Applicants

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 13:03

At its Annual Meeting in January, the ARRL Board of Directors considered a motion to offer a new service that would pay the new but not-yet-implemented $35 FCC application fee for a limited number of new radio amateurs younger than age 18 who, at the time of testing, belonged to an ARRL Affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and passed their tests through an ARRL VEC-sponsored exam sessio...

ARRL Board Considers Plan to Cover New $35 FCC Fee for Some Young Members

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 13:03

At its Annual Meeting in January, the ARRL Board of Directors considered a motion to offer a new plan that would pay the new but not-yet-implemented $35 FCC application fee for a limited number of new radio amateurs younger than age 18 who, at the time of testing, belonged to an ARRL Affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and passed their tests through an ARRL VEC-sponsored exam session. ...

Former Argentine President Carlos Menem, ex-LU1SM, SK

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 11:33

The former president of Argentina, Carlos Menem, ex-LU1SM, died on February 14. He was 90. Menem took office in 1989, serving for 10 years. Menem was active on the air in the 1980s and 1990s. He had earlier served as regional governor. Menem served as a senator from 2005 until 2019. According to the New York Times, “Menem was hospitalized in December with kidney failure and had been put in a me...

ARES Volunteers Reported Responding to Severe Weather

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 15:38

Weather gone wild might be an apt description of the conditions in many parts of the US, with sub-freezing temperatures in areas not prepared for that sort of thing. Aberrant weather seems to be happening across many US regions. Snow has fallen in Texas and Oklahoma, accompanied by record-setting temperature readings.

The severe weather has caused power and telecommunications outages, and ARRL A...

ITU News Magazine Covers World Radio Day, Includes Articles on Ham Radio

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:58

The latest issue of the free publication ITU News Magazine highlights World Radio Day (observed each year on February 13), featuring two articles on amateur radio. Articles in the magazine include the evolution of radio throughout the ages, ham radio and emergency communications, and remarks by International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam VE6SH, regarding why World Amateur Radio...

Former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, SK

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:52

Former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, of Costa Mesa, California, died on February 13. An ARRL Life Member, he was 78. First licensed in 1956, Goddard was an electrical engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Montana State University. He worked for Collins Radio and later for Boeing, from which he retired as an executive.

After several years working wit...

CAPE-3 CubeSat Launched

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 11:22

The University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette student-built CAPE-3 satellite was launched on January 17. A 1-U CubeSat, CAPE-3 includes a “digipeater and experimental UHF adaptive radio.” An AX-25 telemetry downlink has been coordinated on 145.825 MHz and a 1k2 frequency-shift keying (FSK) downlink has been coordinated on 435.325 MHz, “which may burst to 100 kHz bandwidth,” according to the IAR...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/12/2021 - 08:31

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspots are gone, with none seen since February 3. Spaceweather.com reported on February 10 that a small proto-sunspot was struggling to form, but it was gone by the next day.

According to Spaceweather.com, 57% of the days so far in 2021 have been spotless. This is the same as the percentage of spotless days for all of 2020.

Average daily solar flux was 72.8 ove...

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day.

Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:30

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. Headquarters will re-open on Tuesday, February 16, at 8:30 AM.

ARRL Plans Weekend of Specials for Hams Missing Orlando HamCation® 2021

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 15:30

This weekend, February 13-14, was supposed to be the ARRL National Convention at Orlando HamCation. While members will have to wait until next year for our National Convention, ARRL will be hosting a special “At Home Expo” this weekend. Enjoy a special video from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR; ARRL staff, and the HamCation committee. Look for limited offers including membership premiums, l...