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Registration Opens for 2019 ConTest University in Dayton

ARRL News - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 12:08pm

Registration now is open for 2019 ConTest University (CTU), Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio. This is the day before Hamvention® opens in Xenia.

More than 7,500 students have attended CTU sessions over the last 13 years in eight countries, and more than 100 CTU professors have shared their contesting experiences. The faculty lineup, posted on the CTU website, ...

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The Radio Club of America Appoints John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, as Co-Counsel

ARRL News - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 12:03pm

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announces the appointment of ARRL West Gulf Division Vice Director John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, as Vice President and Co-Counsel. Stratton will coordinate duties with current Vice President and Counsel Chester “Barney” Scholl Jr. A specialist in civil litigation, Stratton holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas and is...

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Neil Carleton, VE3NCE, Named to Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

ARRL News - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 11:59am

Neil Carleton, VE3NCE, of Almonte, Ontario, has been named to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) says the honor recognizes radio amateurs' “outstanding achievement and excellence of the highest degree, for serious and sustained service to Amateur Radio in Canada, or to Amateur Radio at large.”

RAC said Amateur Radio played an important role during Carleton’s ...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 1:09pm

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.

Please note that the December 14th edition of Audio News will be our last for this year. Audio News will resume on January 4, 2019.



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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 9:33am

Our recent reporting week (December 6-12) had sunspots on five of the seven days, with an average daily sunspot number of 9.7, up from 2.3 in the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux rose from 68.9 to 70.7. Geomagnetic indices were moderate, with average daily planetary A index rising from 7 to 8, and mid-latitude A index increasing from 4.9 to 6.4.

Predicted solar flux over the next 45...

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Broadcasters Intruding on Exclusive Amateur Radio Frequencies

ARRL News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 3:15pm

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that Radio Hargeisa in Somaliland has returned to 7,120 kHz after a break of several weeks, while Radio Eritrea has been reported on 7,140 and 7,180 kHz. Radio Sudan has been transmitting on 7,205 kHz with excessive splatter, IARUMS said. German telecommunications authorities have filed official complain...

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IEEE Microwave Society Recognizes Radio Amateurs

ARRL News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 3:06pm

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) has announced its 2019 award recipients. The list includes several radio amateurs.

  • James C. Rautio, AJ3K, will receive the Microwave Career Award for a career of leadership, meritorious achievement, creativity, and outstanding contributions in the field of microwave theory and techniques.
  • Wayne Shiroma, NH7PA, will receive the Distinguishe...
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First FT8 Roundup is a Huge Hit

ARRL News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 1:25pm
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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 8:00am
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Jordan’s First CubeSat, JY1Sat, is Designated as JO-97

ARRL News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:23pm

JY1Sat, launched on December 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of the SpaceX SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch, has been designated as Jordan OSCAR 97 (JO-97). The 1U CubeSat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded around the world since the launch.

The spacecraft’s name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan’s late ...

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SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

ARRL News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:04pm

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924.

The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site YouTube Channel. Listener reports are inv...

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Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Receiver Suffers Apparent Failure

ARRL News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 2:21pm

The receiver on the newly launched Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 CubeSat seems to have suffered a receiver failure that could render the satellite unusable, AMSAT said over the weekend. Efforts continue by AMSAT Engineering to establish the cause of the problem and determine if a fix is possible. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reported over the weekend that the issue cropped up during ...

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News from the ARRL Contest Branch

ARRL News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:37pm

The ARRL Contest Branch reports that preliminary results now are available for the 2018 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW and for the 2018 September VHF Contest. The Contest Branch reminds participants that logs for the 2018 ARRL 10-Meter Contest are due by 2359 UTC on December 16, and the 2018 ARRL EME Contest logs are due by 2359 UTC on December 25.

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WSJT-X 2.0 Full Release Now Available; FT8 Enthusiasts Urged to Upgrade Now

ARRL News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:30pm

The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will become the new standard, because the FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older versions of the program. That includes any version 1.9 releases.

“The new protocols become the worldwide standards starting on De...

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ARRL Bill Leonard Audio Reporting Award Presented in New York City

ARRL News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:17pm

The 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting was presented in New York on December 6 to the producers and staff of the radio program “The Takeaway.” The program, a joint production of Public Radio International (PRI), WGBH, and WNYC, aired a number of stories about Amateur Radio’s role in supporting disaster relief agencies in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Mar...

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Attorney Jane Hinckley Halprin Named as FCC’s Administrative Law Judge

ARRL News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 3:49pm

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that Jane Hinckley Halprin will serve as the agency’s Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). She succeeds Judge Richard Sippel, who retired on December 1.

“Jane has done tremendous work at the FCC, and I congratulate her on this new role,” Pai said. “The good judgment she displayed working on ethics issues at the agency for over a decade will serve her well as our A...

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