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Hurricane Watch Net Goes Back on Duty as Another Storm Heads for the Gulf Coast

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 17:46

As the Gulf Coast braces for yet another hurricane, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced plans to activate on Wednesday morning at 1500 UTC on 14.325 MHz for Hurricane Zeta. Simultaneous operation on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz will begin at 2100 UTC. Once activated, the net will remain in operation on 14.325 MHz for as long as propagation permits and will remain on 7.268 MHz until Zeta has...

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center will Activate, Other Resources on Alert

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 18:49

In response to Tropical Storm Zeta, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami will activate at 0000 UTC on October 27 (the evening of October 26 in North American time zones) to monitor 14.325 and 7.268 MHZ as well as the VoIP Hurricane Net and other resources. WX4NHC requests surface reports from stations or vessels in the affected area, with or without weather data for use by NHC Forec...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:31

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports:

Sunspots appeared every day of the past reporting week. Compared to the previous 7 days, the average daily sunspot number increased from 13.1 to 15. Average daily solar flux rose from 73.1 to 74.5. Geomagnetic indicators were up slightly, with average daily planetary A index rising from 2.7 to 5, and middle latitude A index going from 1.9 to...

Guidelines Issued for ARRL DX Contest Multioperator Stations

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 19:29

ARRL has issued guidelines for multioperator stations competing in the ARRL DX Contest (CW and phone). With the global pandemic continuing to impose restrictions on social gatherings, multioperator contest stations may not be able to operate normally while still adhering to local social distancing guidelines. ARRL has taken the decision to make temporary accommodations for a multioperator stati...

Nominations Open for Golden Antenna Award

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:51

The German town of Bad Bentheim will receive nominations for the Golden Antenna Award. For 50 years, the town has hosted Deutsch-Niederländische Amateurfunker Tage (DNAT), or German-Dutch Amateur Radio Days, during which the town stresses the importance of amateur radio as a public service.

Nominations (in PDF) are open until April 1, 2021.

A committee headed by the mayor of Bad Bentheim will cho...

IARU Official Challenges Member-Societies to Focus on “Tomorrow” Issues

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:43

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, urged member-societies attending the virtual Region 1 General Conference on October 16 to keep an eye on future issues affecting amateur radio and IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, and the Mideast). In closing the 6-day meeting, Beattie said he looked forward to the planned in-person workshop on the future of amateur ra...

2021 Hamvention® Award Nominations Open on November 1

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 14:35

Nominations for the 2021 Hamvention Awards will open on November 1. Hamvention will grant awards in the categories of technical achievement, special achievement, amateur radio operator of the year, and amateur radio club of the year.

The Technical Achievement Award recognizes important contributions toward technical excellence in the world of radio. Examples are inventions, processes, discoveri...

Robert Bankston, KE4AL, is New AMSAT President

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 18:59

Robert Bankston, KE4AL, of Dothan, Alabama, is the new president of AMSAT. The AMSAT Board of Directors elected Bankston at its annual meeting on October 18, to succeed Clayton Coleman, W5PFG. Bankston has served as treasurer and Vice President of User Services. He is a life member of both ARRL and AMSAT. He volunteered to develop and launch AMSAT’s online member portal and chaired the 2018 AMS...

ARRL Logbook of The World Harmonizes Designation of FST4 Protocol

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 18:50

The Logbook of The World (LoTW) Committee worked with WSJT-X developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, to harmonize the designation of FST4 among WSJT-X, the ADIF standard, and LoTW. At present, FST4 is only supported in a recently released beta version of WSJT-X. The committee’s action was to avoid the sort of confusion that cropped up among LoTW users logging contacts in FT4 when that protocol was first in...

FCC Headquarters Relocates

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 18:39

FCC Headquarters has moved. The new address is 45 L St. NE, Washington, DC 20554. The change is effective immediately. The FCC announced plans to move last spring, but the transition was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FCC, like many federal agencies, has its own zip code, so there will be no disruption in mail delivery sent by USPS to the former address. The FCC still prohibits the delive...

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on October 22

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 18:36

The ARRL Executive Committee will meet at 1800 UTC on October 22 in closed virtual session. The panel’s primary agenda item is arrangements for the Board of Directors’ January 2021 meeting. The panel also will hear from Chief Executive Officer David Minster, NA2AA, and Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ.

Florida ARES Group Publishes After-Action Book

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:05

A new paperback aimed at the Amateur Radio Emergency Service Community, Power Out! After-Action Report and Improvement Plan by Susan Halbert, KG4VWI; Leland Gallup, AA3YB, and Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, is available on Amazon. The $5.99 paperback chronicles the after-action report of a fun and whimsical deployment exercise conducted by the Alachua County (Florida) ARES® group.

“We have actually publish...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:30

Jamboree on the Air Takes Place this Weekend

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 15:39

Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and concurrent Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) will be held Friday, October 16, through Sunday, October 18. A new US JOTA-JOTI website has details. Participants can register as individuals or as a group on the World JOTA-JOTI website. The page includes a directory of all who have already registered.

“We would love to receive pictures and videos of you and yo...

Multiple Balloons Carrying Ham Radio Payloads Launched

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 07:10

Eleven schools across the US launched helium-filled balloons carrying amateur radio payloads on October 9. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum live-streamed the multiple launches. The balloons are trackable via ham radio on APRS (either 144.39 MHz FM or 144.34 MHz FM).

The lighter-than-air vehicles were intended to head east around the globe, although there’s no accounting for upper air current...