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Sailing Vessel with Ham Radio History Marks 100 Years

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 15:44

The schooner Bowdoin is a century old this year. Now owned by the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) as a training vessel, the ham radio history of the 88-foot (LOA) Bowdoin is often neglected. Constructed in Maine specifically for Arctic exploration, the vessel relied on amateur radio for communication during explorer Donald B. MacMillan’s Arctic Expedition of 1923 and on the MacMillan-McDonald-Byrd...

OMIK Amateur Radio Association President Cliff Peoples, KE8QR, SK

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 15:31

The president of OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Cliff Peoples, KE8QR, of Clayton, Ohio, died on August 5. An ARRL member, he was 81. Peoples got licensed in 1969 after returning from service in Viet Nam. He served 4 years in the US Navy and more than 18 years in the US Air Force, where he was a master sergeant. Peoples held a degree in avionics systems (aircraft electronics) and taught electro...

Hurricane Watch Net Plans Two Activations as Grace Reaches Hurricane Status

Wed, 08/18/2021 - 13:22

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) plans to activate today (Wednesday, August 18) and Friday as Grace attains Category 1 hurricane status. Air Force Reserve and NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft determined that Grace became a hurricane just west of Grand Cayman Island.

As of 1100 UTC, Grace was 65 miles west of Grand Cayman and 350 miles east of Tulum, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 75 MPH. The...

Hurricane Watch Net Ramps Up Alert Level for Tropical Storm Grace

Tue, 08/17/2021 - 15:52

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Grace and has bumped up to Level 3, “Standby Alert.” The net designation indicates that a tropical cyclone has become, or is forecast to become, a hurricane and threaten land within the HWN area of interest within the next 48 hours. The net will announce activation plans on its website. The HWN operates on 14.325 MHz during ...

Radio Club of Haiti President Reports Significant Structural Damage from Earthquake

Tue, 08/17/2021 - 12:17

In the immediate aftermath of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on August 14, Radio Club of Haiti President Jean-Robert Gaillard, HH2JR, reported significant structural damage in the region. At this time, it is not known if amateur radio volunteers have been part of the recovery.

A request has been posted to keep primary International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 emergency frequencies clear. ...

FCC Application Fees Unlikely to Go into Effect Until 2022

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 15:42

The schedule of FCC amateur radio application fees likely will not go into effect before 2022. FCC staff confirmed during a recent virtual meeting with Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) that the agency is still working on the necessary changes to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) software and other processes and procedures that must be in place before it starts collecting fees from amat...

Following Earthquake in Haiti, Radio Amateurs Asked to Keep Frequencies Clear

Sat, 08/14/2021 - 13:51

In a statement received by ARRL on August 14, 2021, Region 2 of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU-R2) has requested that radio amateurs in the Americas keep the following frequencies clear to support emergency communications in Haiti following an earthquake this morning: 3750 kHz, 7150 kHz and 14330 kHz. The statement came from IARU-R2 Emergency Coordinator (EMCOR) Carlos Alberto Sant...

Intrepid-DX Group Takes Itself Out of the Running to Activate Bouvet Island

Fri, 08/13/2021 - 11:45

In a brief statement this week, Intrepid-DX Group President Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said his team is pulling out of the race to activate Bouvet Island and looking elsewhere.

“We now find ourselves the number three team in line to go to Bouvet,” the announcement said. “This recent development is not comfortable for us, so we are now re-examining the top 10 most-wanted DXCC entities, with a plan to red...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/13/2021 - 09:21

July Volunteer Monitor Program Report Released

Thu, 08/12/2021 - 14:39

The July 2021 activity report of the Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program has been released. This program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service.

  • Technician-class licensees in Spring Valley, Smith River, and Nipomo, California; Oneonta, New York; Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Center, Texas, received Advisory Notices concerning FT8 operation on frequ...

Potential Tropical Cyclone Six is Now Tropical Storm Fred

Wed, 08/11/2021 - 13:10

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has upped its alert level slightly as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued some weather advisories and continues tracking Tropical Storm Fred, identified until late Tuesday as Potential Tropical Cyclone Six. The NHC said the storm’s center is just south of the eastern Dominican Republic, heading west-northwest at 16 MPH. With maximum sustained winds at 45...

Bouvet Island DXpeditions Are in Planning Stages for 2021, 2022, and 2023

Tue, 08/10/2021 - 15:08

Parallel planning is under way by three entities for DXpeditions to Bouvet Island in 2021, 2022, and 2023. The remote volcanic, glacial sub-Antarctic island in the South Atlantic is the second-most-wanted DXCC entity, according to Club Log. In June, the Intrepid-DX Group canceled its 3Y0J DXpedition, planned for 2023, after the RV Bravehart was put up for sale. Not long after, the Intrepid-DX G...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/06/2021 - 08:48

ARRL Now Provides Free RF Exposure Calculator

Thu, 08/05/2021 - 15:07

The FCC has adopted guidelines and procedures for evaluating environmental effects of RF emissions. Under the new FCC rules, some amateurs need to perform routine station evaluations to ensure that their stations comply with the RF exposure rules. This can be as simple as running an online calculator to determine the minimum safe distance between any part of your antenna and areas where people ...

Boston Marathon Amateur Radio Volunteer Registration Extended

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 13:15

Amateur radio volunteer registration for the annual Boston Marathon has again been extended until Friday, August 6, at 5 PM EDT. This year will mark the 125th anniversary of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) Amateur Radio Communications Committee oversees marathon volunteers. New volunteers should visit the Volunteer Registration Page and follow the instructions. Return...

Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, is Amateur Radio Newsline 2021 Young Ham of the Year

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 10:38

Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, of Palm Coast, Florida, has been selected as the 2021 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Faith Hannah comes from an all-ham family. She is the daughter of James Lea, WX4TV, and Michelle Lea, N8ZQZ. Her brother and two sisters are also hams. She credited her parents with being the biggest influences in her entry into amateur radio...

Bouvet Island DXpedition Negotiating with New Charter Vessel, Planning Begins Anew

Tue, 08/03/2021 - 18:38

The Intrepid-DX Group’s plans for a 2023 DXpedition to Bouvet Island are back on the front burner. In a brief announcement to the “global DX community,” DXpedition co-leader Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said a new charter vessel contract is in the offing. The 3Y0J DXpedition has refunded all donations to its earlier announced plan, advanced before losing its contract with the charter vessel Braveheart, a...

Just Released: More Arduino for Ham Radio

Tue, 08/03/2021 - 16:06

The new book More Arduino for Ham Radio by popular author and experimenter Glen Popiel, KW5GP, builds on the success of his two previous titles, Arduino for Ham Radio and More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio.

More Arduino for Ham Radio introduces many of the new Arduino boards and add-on modules, followed by an overview of the software, tools, and techniques needed to bring projects to life. Thes...