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Hurricane Watch Net Turns Attention to Henri as Storm Hits New England

Sun, 08/22/2021 - 13:08

Now a tropical storm with sustained winds of about 60 MPH, Henri came ashore along the Rhode Island Coast with its sights set on Southern New England. The National Hurricane Center has warned of dangerous storm surge, strong, gusty winds, and flooding rainfall expected across portions of the Northeast. Heavy rain already has been reported in New York City, where flash flooding resulting from mo...

Hurricane Watch Net has Eyes on Hurricane Grace and Tropical Storm Henri

Fri, 08/20/2021 - 15:39

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is mustering as Hurricane Grace, a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH, is expected to make landfall between Túxpam and Veracruz, Mexico. The storm swept over the Yucatan Peninsula yesterday.

“We plan to activate this afternoon at 2100 UTC on 14.325 MHz and continue on this frequency until we lose propagation,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, s...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/20/2021 - 07:25

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Weak solar activity persists, but Friday, August 13, was the sole spotless day in the current August 12-18 reporting week. Last week we reported 4 days with no sunspots in the previous 7 days. Average daily sunspot number increased from 9.9 last week to 17.7 during this week. Solar flux was the same, with the average inching from 73.7 to 73.8.

Geomagnetic indica...

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...