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FCC Grants 60-Day Waiver of Part 97 Data Rate Rules for Hurricane Relief Traffic

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 13:10

In an August 30 Order, the FCC granted a temporary waiver sought by ARRL to facilitate relief communications related to Hurricane Ida. The waiver also applies to relief communications directly related to any future hurricane within the next 60 days. The waiver permits radio amateurs handling hurricane relief communications on HF to use any protocol that would comply with the FCC’s rules but for...

ARRL Responds to Story of Radio Amateur Told to Remove His Antenna

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 10:20

ARRL has responded to an Orlando, Florida, news story on August 23, 2021 by WFTV Channel 9 alleging a radio amateur was told to remove his antenna by the management of his subdivision following a complaint made by a neighbor.

“The news story appears to stem from a 2-year-old complaint from a neighbor who believed her insulin pump had malfunctioned due to the radio amateur’s operations ‘a few doo...

Katherine Forson, KT5KMF, is the Recipient of the 2021 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 08:41

Increasing the interest and participation in Amateur Radio of those younger than 21 remains a primary effort of ARRL. Underscoring that focus is ARRL’s annual bestowing of its premier award, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, on a young Member whose contributions to both Amateur Radio and her local community embody the ideals of the Amateur Radio Service.

The recipient of the 2021 Hiram Percy...

ARRL Board Establishes Program to Cover Initial FCC License Fee for Young Applicants

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 16:06

The ARRL Board of Directors has formally endorsed a proposed program calling on ARRL to cover the $35 application fee for license candidates younger than 18 years old. The FCC is not expected to implement the $35 application fee schedule until sometime in 2022. The Board approved the “Youth Licensing Grant Program” at its July meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. The program concept, first raised ...

Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net Funnel Ham Radio Reports to Forecasters During Ida

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 14:02

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and the VoIP Hurricane Net (VoIP WX) were busy gathering “ground-truth” weather observations from radio amateurs as Hurricane Ida slammed into the Louisiana Gulf Coast on August 29 as a powerful Category 4 storm. ARES teams in Mississippi activated. Ida wrought extensive damage, especially in Louisiana and Mississippi, and left some 1-million customers in New Orlea...

Job Openings at ARRL Headquarters

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 08:34

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® has the following employment opportunities at ARRL headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. Qualified candidates are invited to email a cover letter and resume to ARRL Human Resources. Visit the ARRL Employment Opportunities page for more information.

  • Acquisitions Editor

  • Assistant Marketing Manager

  • Director of Emergency Management

  • Director of Infor...

FEMA Announces HF Interoperability Activity on 60-Meter Channels 1 and 2

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 17:14

Channels 1 and 2 on 60 meters will be available starting on August 30 for interoperability between US government and US amateur radio stations involved in Hurricane Ida emergency communications. This situation will remain in place until the storm has passed and the need for these channels no longer exists, or on September 6, whichever comes first.

These frequencies will be used: Channel 1 Primar...

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions for Hurricane Ida Traffic

Sun, 08/29/2021 - 20:51

The FCC has granted an ARRL emergency request for a temporary waiver intended to facilitate relief communications in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The waiver was orally granted on Saturday, August 28, and immediately permitted amateur data transmissions related to Hurricane Ida traffic to employ a higher symbol rate for data transmissions than the current limit of 300 baud.

ARRL pointed out in its ...

Hurricane Watch Net Calls for “All Hands on Deck” on Sunday

Sat, 08/28/2021 - 09:32

As Hurricane Ida moves into the Gulf of Mexico drawing a bead on New Orleans, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is ramping up preparations to track the storm during its approach.

“Sunday will be an “all hands on deck” situation for members of the HWN,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said on Friday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says a hurricane warning is in effect for Intracoastal City, Lo...

Radio Amateurs Prepare for Potentially Catastrophic Storm this Weekend

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 17:27

The National Weather Service has forecast that Hurricane Ida is expected to be a dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the US Gulf Coast on Sunday. ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio®, urges radio amateurs in, and just outside of, affected areas to prepare themselves and their property for a potential emergency.

At 1710 UTC on Friday, August 27, messages from the NWS National Hu...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 08:28

Three-Way Races for Director Set in New England and Roanoke Divisions

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 16:17

ARRL members in the New England and Roanoke Divisions will choose among three candidates running for Director in each Division. The candidates include two incumbents. Those are the only contested races in this year’s election cycle for Director and Vice Director.

 

In the New England Division, the candidates for Director are the incumbent, Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, of Lincoln, Massachusetts; past N...

Hurricane Watch Net Turns Attention to Henri as Storm Hits New England

Sun, 08/22/2021 - 13:08

Now a tropical storm with sustained winds of about 60 MPH, Henri came ashore along the Rhode Island Coast with its sights set on Southern New England. The National Hurricane Center has warned of dangerous storm surge, strong, gusty winds, and flooding rainfall expected across portions of the Northeast. Heavy rain already has been reported in New York City, where flash flooding resulting from mo...

Hurricane Watch Net has Eyes on Hurricane Grace and Tropical Storm Henri

Fri, 08/20/2021 - 15:39

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is mustering as Hurricane Grace, a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH, is expected to make landfall between Túxpam and Veracruz, Mexico. The storm swept over the Yucatan Peninsula yesterday.

“We plan to activate this afternoon at 2100 UTC on 14.325 MHz and continue on this frequency until we lose propagation,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, s...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/20/2021 - 07:25

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Weak solar activity persists, but Friday, August 13, was the sole spotless day in the current August 12-18 reporting week. Last week we reported 4 days with no sunspots in the previous 7 days. Average daily sunspot number increased from 9.9 last week to 17.7 during this week. Solar flux was the same, with the average inching from 73.7 to 73.8.

Geomagnetic indica...