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AMSAT Invites Nominations for 2021 Board of Directors Election

Sat, 05/22/2021 - 07:52

AMSAT has put out a call for nominations for the 2021 AMSAT Board of Directors election, which will be held in the third quarter of the year. The seats of four incumbent Directors expire in 2021: Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV. Up to two Alternate Directors may be elected for 1-year terms.

A valid nomination for Director must b...

ARRL Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Awards

Fri, 05/21/2021 - 15:11

The ARRL Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2021 scholarship awards. There were 122 awards this year, totaling $564,250. Congratulations to all scholarship recipients! 

The ARRL Foundation General Fund Scholarship, $2,000 each 

Samuel Berry, AE0KH, of Iowa City, Iowa 

James C. Creamer, KN4TEXASF, of Crescent Springs, Kentucky 

Christopher J. Mentele, W0LSB, of Mitchell, South Dakota 


The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/21/2021 - 09:23

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity continues this week, although the average daily sunspot numbers and solar flux have not really changed since last week’s report. This was not expected, because on the first day of the reporting week in last week’s bulletin ARLP020, there was no sunspot activity.

Average daily sunspot number hardly changed, from 21.1 to 20.3, and average daily so...

Amateurs’ Email Addresses Will Continue to Be Kept Private, FCC Says

Wed, 05/19/2021 - 15:32

Starting on June 29, all applications filed with the FCC must include an email address for FCC correspondence. After receipt of the initial announcement that all future applications would require an email address, ARRL was concerned for the privacy of its members and requested that amateurs’ email addresses not be made public. This week, the FCC agreed, stating in an email to ARRL counsel that ...

IARU Member-Societies in Haiti and the Dominican Republic Working toward Closer Ties

Wed, 05/19/2021 - 09:44

The first virtual rapprochement between the Radio Club Dominicano and the Radio Club d’Haiti took place on May 9. The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. The primary language in the Dominican Republic is Spanish, while the primary language in Haiti is French.

During this meeting, a protocol for presentation to members was developed, followed by a few wor...

Johannes Hafkenscheid, 5T5PA, is the 2020 Recipient of the Intrepid Spirit Award

Wed, 05/19/2021 - 09:43

The Intrepid-DX Group has announced that DXer Johannes Hafkenscheid, 5T5PA, is the recipient of the 2020 Intrepid Spirit Award. Hafkenscheid was very active while living and working in Mauritania throughout 2020.

“This award is to recognize Johannes’s outstanding efforts to activate Mauritania during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the announcement said. We recognize Johannes’s unselfish act to activat...

Radio Frequency Interference Seminar Set for May 19 via Zoom

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 09:18

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, hold a Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) seminar via Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, at 2000 UTC. His 30-minute slide presentation offers an overview of politics, personalities, and technical issues involved in electromagnetic interference (EMI) control as well as causes and cures. A question-and-answer session will follow the slide presentation. The IEEE EMC...

Wooden Satellite to Launch by Year’s End

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 09:14

The WISA Woodsat project, being sponsored by plywood supplier WISA in an unconventional PR initiative, is poised to place a wooden satellite into orbit by the end of the year. The idea is to test the suitability of treated wood as a low-cost and widely available material for space applications. The IARU posting for Woodsat indicates that several amateur radio experiments will be on board as wel...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 08:55

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity returned last Friday, May 7, and has held steady since. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 11.9 to 21.1, and average daily solar flux was up 2.1 points to 74.3 for the reporting week ending May 12.

Geomagnetic activity was quiet until Wednesday, May 12, when the planetary A index went to 41 as the result of a coronal mass ejection (CME) tha...

April 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report Released

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 12:45

The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service.

A General class renewal applicant withdrew his application after FCC notice that the renewal application would be held up pending review of Volunteer Monitor complaints. As a consequence, the Quakertown, Pennsylvania, applicant has no operating privileges.

Twenty-one ...

“Geomagnetic Storm Season” is Over

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 12:54

June and July bring frequent 6-meter DX openings via long-distance sporadic-E propagation and persistent quiet geomagnetic conditions. These 2 months are well known to North American 6-meter DXers as the most productive time of year for DX up to 8,700 miles.

“The quiet geomagnetic season during June and July typically has only about half as many geomagnetic storms compared to March and April,” s...

The VP2VB Danny Weil Memorial DXpedition is JIDXM 2020 DXpedition of the Year

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 12:53

The Japan International DX Meeting (JIDXM) has designated the 2020 VP2VB Danny Weil Memorial DXpedition as the recipient of the 2020 DXpedition of the Year Award. The DXpedition was organized to bring story of amateur radio DXpedition pioneer Danny Weil, VP2VB, to today’s amateur radio community.

The VP2VB Yasme Memorial Expedition Team consisted of Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA; Martti Laine, OH2BH; ...

SEDCO W4DXCC Co-Founder, Noted DXer Lynn Lamb, W4NL, SK

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 15:19

ARRL Life Member Lynn Lamb, W4NL, of Maryville, Tennessee, died on May 10 following a lengthy illness. He was 83. Lamb co-founded SEDCO W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention in 2005.

Licensed in 1954, Lamb retired from a career with the US Department of Defense (US Navy and Air Force). He was a founding member of the National Capitol DX Association (NCDXA) and belonged to Potomac Valley Radio Club, t...

Tuesday, May 11, is Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Operator Day

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 15:12

Tuesday, May 11, is Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Operator Day, which falls within National Radio Month on the island. The operator of Puerto Rico’s first radio broadcasting station in 1922, WKAQ, was Joaquín Agusty, who held the ham radio call sign 4JE. A proclamation signed by Governor Pedro Pierluisi highlights the value of amateur radio in times of emergency and gives special mention to ARRL. T...

Workshop for Attorneys Under Consideration for 2022 ARRL National Convention in Orlando

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 10:13

The Amateur Radio Legal Defense and Assistance Committee (ARLDAC) is considering hosting a half-day workshop for attorneys at the ARRL 2022 National Convention in Orlando. This would be for attorneys only, and attendees would be eligible to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit in their respective states. It would be held on the afternoon of February 10, as part of the Thursday training ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 08:09

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Our sun seems to have fallen back into a very quiet phase, far different from the way it looked in November 2020. That was 6 months ago, and we assumed that since we were emerging from a solar minimum, by now we would be seeing much more solar activity. It hasn’t happened. More recently, sunspots disappeared after May 1, and solar flux naturally declined as wel...

IEEE Committee Webinar “RF Exposure in the Time of Conspiracies” Set for May 12

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:33

The IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) has issued an invitation to its webinar, “RF Exposure in the Time of Conspiracies.” The 1-hour event is set to get under way at 1800 UTC on Wednesday, May 12. COMAR is a group of experts on health and safety issues related to electromagnetic fields, from power line through microwave frequency ranges. Its primary focus is on biological effects of n...