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Dayton Amateur Radio Leader Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Silent Key

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 15:48

Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2023. He was Vice President of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) and previously served as its President.

Cramer was General Chairman of Dayton Hamvention®, the world's largest annual gathering of radio amateurs, from 2017 to 2018. In 2017, he was among the Hamvention leadership and team who helped successfully relo...

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Tuesday, March 14

Mon, 03/13/2023 - 12:47

Due to anticipated severe winter weather, ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, March 14 for the safety of our staff. We expect things will be back to normal on Wednesday, March 15.

2023 Ulrich L. Rohde Award Call for Papers

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 13:41

The Software Defined Radio Academy (SDRA) has issued a call for papers for the 2023 Ulrich L. Rohde Award. This award, named after Dr. Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, was created in 2022 and is presented to those who have completed innovative research in the field of software-defined radio (SDR). It's a paper award that requires a written submission by applicants. There are first - second - and third -p...

ARRL International DX Contest a Success

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 13:27

Last weekend (March 4 - 5, 2023) was the phone segment of the ARRL International DX Contest.

Although the deadline to submit logs is 2359Z on March 12, preliminary numbers already show an increase in submissions compared to the same period last year. Conditions were favorable for much of the world, and many operators took to social media to talk about their wins.

Italian ham Chris Diemoz, IX1CKN,...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 11:11

So far this month, two new sunspot groups appeared on March 1,
another one on March 2, three more on March 3, one more on March 5,
two more on March 6, and another on March 7, then two more on March

Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 126.3 to 143.6.

Average daily solar flux changed from 158.2 to 181.6

Average daily planetary A index declined from 27.7 to 14.6, and
average middle latitude numbe...

Schools Set to Talk with Astronauts via Amateur Radio

Tue, 03/07/2023 - 09:54

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced that several schools are planning to communicate with orbiting astronauts in the coming weeks.

Lana'i High & Elementary School in Lana'i City, Hawaii, will attempt the contact between March 20 and 24, 2023. Students attending the high school already study amateur radio and the research being done on the ISS, among other scien...

2023 Hamvention Awards Announced

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 14:11

The 2023 Hamvention Awards committee, chaired by Michael Kalter, W8CI, has announced the 2023 Hamvention award winners.

The Special Achievement Award recipient is Dr. Jason McDonald, MD, N2TPA. He is an active, well-known Amateur Extra-class operator who earned his license in 2003. Dr. McDonald began as a radio frequency engineer before changing careers to become a trauma surgeon. Dr. McDonald’...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 13:52

This was a busy week for geomagnetic storms. A solar wind stream
from an equatorial hole and a CME blew geomagnetic numbers seemingly
off the scale, with the planetary A index on Monday hitting 94.
Aurora was visible as far south as 40 degrees latitude. Imagine a
line running from Reno, Nevada through Provo, Utah then Denver, then
the Kansas-Nebraska state line, Quincy, Illinois, Dayton, Ohio and

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Tuesday, February 28

Mon, 02/27/2023 - 14:33

Due to anticipated severe winter weather, ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, February 28 for the safety of our staff. We expect things will be back to normal on Wednesday, March 1.

W8LT - A History of Amateur Radio at Ohio State University

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 15:55

W8LT is the call sign for the Amateur Radio and RF Club at The Ohio State University (OSU).

The university club has a long history, and archive records indicate that 1926 was the year it officially became a club, likely making it the oldest one on campus. W8LT is just 3 years shy of celebrating its 100th anniversary.

In the early 1920s, the call sign started out as 8LT, until the Radio Act of 192...

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Seeking Contact Proposals

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 15:53

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, either individually or working together, to host an amateur radio contact with a crew member on board the International Space Station (ISS).

ARISS anticipates the contact will be held between January 1, 2024, and June 30, 2024. Crew scheduling and ISS or...

2022 Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award Recipient Selected

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 15:52

John Gendron, NJ4Z, has been named the recipient of the 2022 Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award. This award is the highest and most prestigious recognition of an ARRL member operator within the Division's four states who has shown consistent and extensive leadership.

First licensed as a Technician in 2016, Gendron quickly advanced to the General- and Amateur Extra-class licenses. At the same ti...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/24/2023 - 11:29

Solar activity plunged this reporting week, although there was great
the excitement when the solar flux on February 17 was reported as a
record breaking 343.1.

Because it was the noon reading, it is still reported by NOAA as the
solar flux, but this was a false reading when the observatory at
Penticton, British Columbia was swamped by energy from a solar

So, in this report, I have chosen the 18...

ARRL Welcomes Kevin Beal, K8EAL, as the Director of Development

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 10:09

Kevin Beal, K8EAL, has joined ARRL staff as the Director of Development. He has a significant background in nonprofit administration, and for the last 17 years, has managed large-scale projects and teams, requiring coordination among various internal stakeholders and managing external constituent requirements. His previous experience includes various roles supporting nonprofit organizations and...

ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Monday, February 20, 2023

Mon, 02/20/2023 - 12:18

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023, for Presidents’ Day. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. ARRL HQ will reopen on Tuesday, February 21, at 8 AM EST.

The Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club of Alexandria, Virginia will celebrate the 291st birthday of George Washington at Mount Vernon, the former plantation of George Washington and h...

IARU Holds First 2023 Meeting

Fri, 02/17/2023 - 14:37

The 56th meeting of the Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was held via Zoom on January 16, with President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, presiding.

The council received reports from the officers of each of the three regions. The meeting's focus was on the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) later this year in...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/17/2023 - 13:49

At 0725 UTC on February 15 the Australian Space Weather Forecasting
Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning: "A CME impact
occurred around 2200 UTC on February 14. Bz has been southward for
the majority of time since impact and there is a chance of G1
geomagnetic conditions."

Bz is the north-south direction of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field

They predicted a disturbance for February 1...

Amateur Radio Digital Communications Releases 2022 Annual Report

Fri, 02/17/2023 - 12:34

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has released it's 2022 Annual Report detailing grants made for amateur radio projects.

In 2022, overall, ARDC approved nearly $6.7 million in grants, and distributed nearly $7.7 million.

ARDC's 2022 grants were distributed in four categories: Amateur Radio, Education, Scholarships, and Research & Development. Below is a list of the total grant amounts d...

Bouvet Island DXpedition Wraps Up

Fri, 02/17/2023 - 10:54

The 3Y0J activation of Bouvet Island has finished. The team concluded operations at 3:00 UTC on February 14, 2023, with around 19,000 contacts logged.

The team has boarded the S/V Marama and began their journey to Cape Town, South Africa. They expect to arrive by February 23.

Photos uploaded to social media by Steve Haas, N2AJ, the team's Media Officer, show the harsh reality of the operating env...