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ARRL Members to Lead New 30-Minute Amateur Radio Webinar Series

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 16:34

ARRL is launching a new webinar series to help introduce more members to the variety of activities and opportunities that radio amateurs enjoy. The ARRL Learning Network will offer live presentations by member-volunteers, for members. Like hamfest forums and radio club presentations, the webinars are intended to help participants get more active, involved, and engaged in amateur radio.


ARRL Foundation Announces 2020 Scholarship Awards

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 15:49

The ARRL Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2020 scholarship awards. There were 103 awards this year, totaling $144,450. The non-profit Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has generously awarded a grant to the ARRL Foundation to match each scholarship award on a dollar-for-dollar basis, lifting the grand total of scholarships awarded to $288,900.

The ARRL Foundation General F...

Unauthorized Transmissions Reported in 144 MHz Satellite Allocation

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 08:02

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) reported unauthorized transmissions in the 144 MHz satellite segment of the 2-meter amateur radio primary allocation. DARC said that signals from illegal transmitters in the 144.010 to 144.020 MHz range are coming from “water vitalizers” or “water energizers.” The manufacturer specifies 144.015 MHz as the transmit frequency in its product description. The...

Radio Amateurs Help Air Ambulance

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 07:55

Peru’s Radio Club Peruano (RCP) reports that Guillermo Guerra, OA4DTU/XQ3SA, and the Peruvian Relief Net assisted an air ambulance en route to Easter Island on July 9 after its satellite communication equipment failed. The aircraft was about 1,000 nautical miles from the continent, so the pilot tuned to the Peruvian Relief Net on 7100 kHz.

Net control station OA4DTU and Giancarlo Passalacqua, OA...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 14:18

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.


Radio Club of America Announces 2020 Award Recipients and Fellows

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 12:18

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced its 2020 award recipients and fellows, several of whom are radio amateurs. Recipients and fellows will be celebrated at RCA’s 111th Banquet & Awards Presentation on Friday, November 20, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • Barry Goldwater Award: Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, for unique contributions to the field of amateur radio.

  • Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation ...

Nature Communications Article Features LO-94, First Lunar-Orbiting Ham Radio Spacecraft.

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 12:10

Nature Communications Article Features LO-94, First Lunar-Orbiting Ham Radio Spacecraft A July 9 Nature Communications article, “Design and flight results of the VHF/UHF communication system of Longjiang lunar microsatellites,” describes the Longjiang-2/Lunar-OSCAR 94 (LO-94) spacecraft, which carried the first amateur radio communication system into lunar orbit.

As a part of China’s Chang’e-4 l...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 07:02

It turns out last week’s bulletin ARLP028 did not get posted to the ARRL web site and did not go out via the usual channels. If you need a copy, check the bulletin archive link given at the end of this bulletin (perhaps tomorrow), or email a request to the author at [email protected].

Over the past week, July 9-15, just one day had sunspot activity, and that was July 10 when the daily sunspot number...

NQN Filters Designer, Manufacturer Ed Wetherhold, W3NQN, SK

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:53

Edward E. “Ed” Wetherhold, W3NQN, of Annapolis, Maryland, died on July 9. He was 93.

Licensed in 1947, Wetherhold was an electrical engineer who served in the US Air Force Reserve before spending 30 years at the Annapolis Signal Analysis Center of Alliant Techsystems (formerly the defense division of Honeywell).

Wetherhold was best known within the amateur radio community for designing and manufa...

EME SSTV Party Could Become an Annual Event

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:32

Many stations are reported to have made Earth-moon-Earth (EME) SSTV transmissions on last year’s 50th anniversary celebration of the moon landing.

“We could only do it on the exact date 50 years later, and EME conditions were not very good last year,” said Jan van Muijlwijk, PA3FXB, of the PI9CAM team at Dwingeloo Astronomic Observatory. “[W]e saw many stations joining the SSTV party, and we we...

AMSAT Says Husky-1 CubeSat Project Helped Pave the Way for Future Missions

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:07

AMSAT Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, said that while it was disappointing that the amateur transponder on HuskySat-1 (HO-107) was not available any longer, following the satellite’s science missions, the overall HuskySat-1 project and mission “were quite beneficial for our partner and for AMSAT.” The linear transponder module (LTM) on HuskySat-1 was operational for more than ...

Yasme Foundation Supporting Grant will Expand Reverse Beacon Network

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 11:05

The Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) will gain 15 new nodes, thanks to the Yasme Foundation. These new nodes will be added in regions where there is a need for reception reports to support amateur radio operation and where those reports will also have scientific value for geophysical research. Yasme was assisted in this effort by supporting grants from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) an...

Former North Texas Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, SK

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:59

Former North Texas Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, of Dallas, Texas, died on May 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 65. Blackwell served as North Texas SM from 2005 until 2009.

Blackwell graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in the College of Business Administration. He attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was an original petitioner in the Petition for ...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 09:26

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.


Russian-Ukrainian "Radio War" Remains at a High Level

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 09:14

The June newsletter of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that what’s being called “the Russian-Ukrainian radio war” continues apace.

“The Russian-Ukrainian radio war remained on a high escalation level also in June,” IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Peter Jost, HB9CET, said. “Almost every day, we heard the massive spiteful and provocative broadcasts. In...