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Major Northeast Winter Storm Prompts ARES, SKYWARN Activations

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 12:27

Volunteer radio amateurs across New England got down to business over the final weekend in January, as a major winter storm and blizzard dropped up to several feet of snow in the face of hurricane-force wind gusts along the coast. The combination of wet snow and damaging winds felled trees and power lines in coastal portions of eastern Massachusetts, particularly in Cape Cod and the Islands, an...

March 2022 Issue of QST to Mail Mid-February

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 12:21

Due to the widespread paper shortage and related supply chain issues, the March 2022 issue of QST will mail approximately 10 days later than usual, arriving in homes the week of February 22. ARRL members can read the digital edition of the March issue now.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 06:34

ARRL Seeks Candidates to Serve on its Investment Management Committee

Wed, 02/02/2022 - 14:06

ARRL is seeking three qualified candidates to serve on its Investment Management Committee. Selected individuals will be part of a six-member team to provide oversight of ARRL’s external investment manager and to advise ARRL’s Administration & Finance Committee and the Board of Directors on investment policies and portfolio management. It is expected that committee members will meet quarterly, ...

Research on Ancient Massive Solar Storms Suggests a Need to Prepare for the Next Ones

Wed, 02/02/2022 - 14:05

Numerous powerful X-class solar flares occurred last fall as Solar Cycle 25 activity picked up. Jon Jones, N0JK, covered the event in his QST column, “The World Above 50 MHz,” in the February issue, and he pointed out, “More powerful flares than these have taken place, such as the Carrington Event of 1859, during which aurora was seen in the South Pacific and in Cuba, and it sparked electrical ...

AMSAT Withdraws GOLF-TEE CubeSat from NASA Educational Launch

Wed, 02/02/2022 - 14:01

At AMSAT’s request, NASA has “de-manifested” the GOLF-TEE CubeSat from the ELaNa-46 mission. ELaNa is NASA’s Educational Launch of Satellites program. ELaNa-46 was expected to launch no earlier than 2022. AMSAT said COVID-related restrictions and supply chain disruptions affecting both AMSAT’s vendors and team have put AMSAT’s ability to meet the mission integration timeline at high risk. Puns ...

ARRL Foundation Grant Program Accepting Proposals

Tue, 02/01/2022 - 16:37

The ARRL Foundation Grant Program is accepting proposals until February 28. Interested organizations can find more information including eligibility criteria and guidelines on the grant program web page. (This is not the Club Grant Program that was recently announced). All proposals will be reviewed by the Foundation Grant Committee at the close of the cycle. Once the Committee agrees on the pr...

Webinar Set to Discuss Amateur Radio and AUXCOM Support to Department of Defense

Tue, 02/01/2022 - 16:24

On Thursday, February 18, at 0100 (the evening of February 17 in North American time zones), the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) will host a Zoom call to discuss amateur radio and AUXCOM support to the US Department of Defense.

During this presentation, the NETCOM representative will discuss:

  • the authorities for these operations
  • upcoming DOD exercise opportunities for 2022,...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/28/2022 - 11:25

Centralia, Washington, ARES Team Activates in the Wake of Bombing

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 14:45

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) team of Centralia, Washington, activated following an early morning bombing on December 19. Authorities say two men planted the bomb, which blew up the ATM at a local bank. The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad and the FBI responded to assist the Centralia Police Department (CPD) in the investigation. The Centralia ARES team staged its communication...

Packet Pioneer Brian Rogers, N1URO, SK

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 14:34

Packet Radio Pioneer Brian Rogers, N1URO, of Unionville, Connecticut, died on January 4. An ARRL member, he was 58. Rogers was considered a core contributor to amateur packet radio dating to the 1990s. Licensed in 1995, he focused on classic packet and 802.11/high-speed protocols, developed the URONode packet radio software, and was an avid packet user and contributor to various software packag...

Weak Signals Heard from Spanish Satellites EASAT-2 and HADES

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 07:30

AMSAT-EA (Spain) has said it appears that EASAT-2 and HADES are transmitting, and that weak signals have been heard, but the satellites’ antennas may not have deployed.

“We confirm the reception of both EASAT-2 and HADES, as well as the decoding of telemetry and the FM recorded voice beacon with the call sign AM5SAT of the first one. EASAT-2 appears to be working well, except for the deployment ...