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Ham Radio Satellites to Launch from India on November 29

ARRL News - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 1:23pm

Satellites with Amateur Radio payloads are set to launch from India on November 29 at approximately 0400 UTC. Among the satellites is the Reaktor Hello World (RHW) CubeSat, OH2RHW, carrying a packet radio digipeater. Following launch, the 437.775 MHz beacon transmitter will start transmitting CW at around 1100 UTC. The RHW CubeSat is aimed at “demonstrating the Hello World platform for future E...

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Extreme High-Altitude Winds Postpone Fox-1Cliff Launch

ARRL News - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 9:26pm

SpaceX has announced that the SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, previously scheduled to launch on Wednesday, November 28, has been postponed due to extreme high-altitude winds at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

A new launch date will be announced once it’s been coordinated with the range.

The SSO-A mission will carry several Amateur Radio satellites in addition to AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff. The others include ...

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California Radio Amateur Receives Notice of Unlicensed Operation from FCC

ARRL News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 1:26pm

The FCC Enforcement Bureau on November 7 issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NoUO) to Technician licensee Daryl Thomas, KE6MWS, of Carmichael, California, for allegedly operating an unlicensed FM radio station.

On October 10, 2018, an Enforcement Bureau agent from the FCC’s San Francisco Office responded to a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on 95.7 MHz in Carmichael. The age...

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Fox-1Cliff Launch Rescheduled for Wednesday, November 28

ARRL News - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 9:49am

The postponed launch of AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 28, at 1832 UTC, SpaceX has announced. The SpaceX SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base, will carry several Amateur Radio payloads. In addition to Fox-1Cliff, they include FUNcube on ESEO, JY1Sat, K2SAT, and ExseedSat.

Fox-1Cliff carries ...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 8:33am

We saw sunspots return recently, but only for a week, November 13-19. From last week’s bulletin, average daily sunspot number rose from 3.1 to 9.4, while average daily solar flux rose from 68.5 to 70.8.

That week-long sunspot appearance was sunspot number 2727, but last weekend another smaller sunspot appeared briefly, so brief that it was not assigned a number, but significant because the polar...

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Broadcaster Jamie Dupree, NS3T, Receives Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association Career Achievement Award

ARRL News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 6:37pm

The Radio & TV Correspondents’ Association (RTCA) has honored Cox Media Group Senior Washington Correspondent Jamie Dupree, NS3T, with its 2018 Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. Dupree received the award during the RTCA annual dinner earlier this month, and the presentation was broadcast nationwide on C-SPAN2.

The Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporti...

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ARRL Headquarters Closed on November 22 and 23

ARRL News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 5:51pm

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23, for Thanksgiving. There will be no W1AW code practice and bulletin transmissions on those days, and The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News are taking a break this week. Headquarters will re-open on Monday, November 26, at 8 AM EST. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday.

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FCC Rejects 2004 AMSAT Petition to Reconsider Applying Orbital Debris Rules to Ham Satellites

ARRL News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:31am

The FCC has rejected a Petition for Reconsideration that AMSAT filed 14 years ago, seeking to exempt Amateur Radio satellites from the FCC’s satellite orbital debris mitigation requirements. The Commission took the opportunity in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order on Reconsideration, released on November 19, that revisits its orbital debris rules for the first time since their adoption i...

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Jack Tiley, AD7FO, Appointed as Eastern Washington Section Manager

ARRL News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 9:36am

Jack Tiley, AD7FO, of Spokane Valley, Washington, has been appointed as the new ARRL Eastern Washington Section Manager (SM) starting on January 1, 2019. Tiley will fulfill the unexpired term of office that Mark Tharp, KB7HDX, will vacate following his election as Northwestern Division Vice Director. Tharp, of Yakima, has served as the Eastern Washington SM since October of 2003.

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W8TEE and AC8GY Win the November QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:37pm

The winning article for the November 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Build an Inexpensive Dummy Load with Wattmeter” by Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and Al Peter, AC8GY. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the Dece...

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Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, Appointed as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director

ARRL News - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:33pm

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has named Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director. Wareham will serve the remaining term of Jeff Ryan, K0RM, who assumed the position of Rocky Mountain Director upon the resignation of Dwayne Allen, WY7FD.

“I have worked side-by-side with Robert for many years addressing issues that could have an effect on...

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Amateur Radio Marketing and Advertising Executive Melissa Reinhardt, KD6BIT, SK

ARRL News - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:01am

Melissa S. Reinhardt, KD6BIT, of Agoura Hills, California, died on November 9. An ARRL member, she was 66. Reinhardt was a marketing and advertising executive with close ties to the Amateur Radio industry and was a familiar face at Hamvention and other regional hamfests. Over the years, she created promotional programs for AOR, Alinco, Kantronics, US Tower, and more, and she won several nationa...

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AMSAT Congratulates Qatar Amateur Radio Society, AMSAT-DL for Successful Es’hail-2 Launch

ARRL News - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 3:35pm

AMSAT-NA has congratulated AMSAT-DL (Germany) and the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) for their roles in the successful launch on November 15 of the Es’hail-2 satellite, which carried AMSAT-DL’s Phase 4-A transponder aloft. Es’hail-2 will be the first geostationary satellite to sport an Amateur Radio transponder. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle, Es’hail wi...

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