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ARRL to Extend Field Day Rule Waivers from 2020, Add Class D and E Power Limit

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:12

The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 2...

RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 109 as Troubleshooting Continues

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 18:10

The RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E CubeSat has been designated as AMSAT-OSCAR 109 (AO-109). The satellite, which carries a telemetry beacon and a linear transponder, along with radiation effects experiments, is a joint mission of AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University. While the telemetry beacon on 435.750 MHz has not yet been heard, the transponder is partially o...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 10:20

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We just witnessed 5 days in a row with zero sunspots, but on February 2 a small sunspot group (2801) appeared on our sun’s northwest limb. It soon rotated off the sun’s visible area, and on February 4, the sunspot number was back to zero.

We will probably see a few more days with no sunspots, but a return after February 11 is possible, when increased solar flux ...

IARU Receives Gift of Domain

Thu, 02/04/2021 - 13:05

Andrew J. Wolfram, KI7RYC, has donated the domain to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for non-profit educational use to promote the amateur and amateur satellite services.

In accepting this gift, IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, said, “The domain offers a unique opportunity for which we are deeply grateful to Andrew. It is our intention to develop a website ...

ARISS is Seeking Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with the Space Station

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 15:35

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host amateur radio contacts with an International Space Station (ISS) crew member. Contacts would likely be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2022.

These voice radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long and in a ques...

MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter Interoperability

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 12:25

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in 2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for interoperability with the amateur radio community. Some dates coincide with quarterly Department of Defense Communications Exercises (COMEX).

All exercises will begin on channel 1 as the initial calling channel and move to other 60-meter working channels as may be approp...

A New Version of WSJT-X is Now Available

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 16:06

The WSJT Development Group has announced the general availability release of WSJT-X Version 2.3.0. A summary of new features can be found in the WSJT-X 2.3 User Guide. The Release Notes offer additional information, including a list of important program changes since the WSJT-X 2.2. Upgrading from earlier versions of WSJT-X should be seamless, and it’s not necessary to uninstall a previous vers...

Plans to Retrieve Titanic Wireless Equipment Put on Indefinite Hold

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 15:57

RMS Titanic, Inc., (RMST) the company that owns salvage rights to the Titanic shipwreck, has indefinitely put off its plans to retrieve the vessel’s radio equipment for exhibit. The company cited the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, according to a court filing the company made on January 29. The Atlanta-based company said its plans have faced “increasing difficulty associated with internatio...

ARRL Headquarters Opening at 11 AM EST Today, February 2

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 07:45

ARRL Headquarters will re-open today, Tuesday, February 2, at 11 AM EST (1600 UTC). W1AW will operate on its normal weekday schedule.

Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH, has won the 2019 Single-Operator Cass Award

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 15:29

Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH, has won the 2019 Single-Operator Cass Award. Sponsored by Club Log, DXLab, and the Northern California DX Club, the Cass Awards encourage DXpedition operating excellence by recognizing DXpeditions that work the most unique call signs. This marks Wegrzyn’s third year as the Single-Operator Cass Award winner. As E44WE, he is credited with working 7,518 unique stations duri...

European Union DX Contest to Debut

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 15:19

ARRL Board of Directors to Reconsider the Use of Electronic Balloting

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 13:32

The ARRL Board of Directors will look into the use of electronic balloting systems “to augment paper balloting for ARRL elections.” The Board instituted a hybrid paper and electronic balloting process in the fall of 2012, which was popular among those who took advantage of it, but overall voter participation declined significantly, and the Board’s Ethics and Elections Committee decided in 2015 ...

ARRL Board of Directors Confers Awards

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 13:16

Upcoming NCJ CW and RTTY North American Sprints to Start 1 Hour Earlier

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 10:04

The February 6 NCJ-sponsored North American Sprint (CW) and the March 13 RTTY Sprint will begin 1 hour earlier, at 2300 UTC instead of 0000 UTC. Both contests will end at 0259 UTC. An earlier start time will give participants in the north and east a larger window for 20-meter activity. The new start time in February and March are provisional and will be evaluated after the contests. The Septemb...

ARRL Headquarters is Closed Today, February 1

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 07:06

Due to anticipated severe winter weather, ARRL Headquarters is closed today, Monday, February 1. This includes customer telephone service lines. W1AW will operate on its normal weekday schedule.

ARISS and Partners Are Investigating Space Station Ham Radio Failure

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 14:56

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and its partners are troubleshooting a failure within the on-board NA1SS amateur station in the ISS Columbus module. The problem does not appear to be with the radio equipment in Columbus, however. ARISS realized the problem when a contact with a school in Wyoming, between ON4ISS on Earth and astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, at NA1SS, had ...