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IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Program Wants to Enlist More “Big-Gun” Stations

ARRL News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:15am

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said young operators (age 26 or younger) in Region 1 (Europe and Africa) have been invited to participate in the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Youth Contesting Program (YCP).

“Youth members from IARU Region 1 member-societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called ‘Top Gun’ stations,...

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ISS Packet Radio System is Back in Operation with New Equipment

ARRL News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:12am

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system is back on the air with new equipment. The replacement gear arrived last November and had been awaiting unpacking and installation. ARISS hardware team members on the ground were able to locate a functional duplicate of the old ISS packet TNC module that had been in operation for 17 years and had become intermittent. Cre...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 9:55am

Solar wind pushed geomagnetic indicators higher last week (on February 1-2), and average planetary A index rose from 7 (for the seven days ending January 30) to 11.6 on January 31 through February 6.

When geomagnetic conditions are active, we usually see higher indices at high latitudes. Alaska’s college A index (measured at a magnetometer near Fairbanks) was 40 on February 1, indicating disturb...

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ARRL Board Gives the Go-Ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative

ARRL News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:28am

ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs. The Lifelong Learning Initiative will seek to provide a series of learning tracks that will serve the needs of the various interest groups within the Amateur Radio community.

While designed for everyone with an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio, the Lifelong Learning I...

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New Campaign Exploiting Linux Servers to Insert Backdoor “SpeakUp” Trojan

ARRL News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:05am

A new backdoor Linux-based operating system trojan dubbed “SpeakUp” is on the loose, although so far it does not appear to have propagated to North America or Europe. Research team Check Point Research recently reported the discovery and said SpeakUp exploits known vulnerabilities in six separate Linux distributions and is able to evade all security vendors. A community of radio amateurs use va...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 8:00am
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MarconISSta Offering One Last Chance to Test UHF Antennas

ARRL News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 1:57pm

The MarconISSta experiment at the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Columbus module ham station will be decommissioned on February 9, about 3 weeks earlier than anticipated. MarconISSta is a radio spectrum analyzer on the ISS that monitors parts of the RF spectrum in VHF, UHF, L, and S bands in order to analyze current use and availability for satellite communication.


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World Scout Jamboree is Possible ARISS Amateur Radio Contact Host

ARRL News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 1:45pm

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station US team (ARISS-US) has announced the list of schools or organizations that may host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station (ISS) crew members from July through December. The list includes the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is set for this summer at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Schools and organizations...

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ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down

ARRL News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 8:07am

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will departing ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010.

“Mike has accomplished much during his nine years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, and, most recently, the rollout of ...

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Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Shifts toward Siberia

ARRL News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 6:02pm

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) scientists have updated the world magnetic model (WMM) mid-cycle, as Earth’s northern magnetic pole has begun shifting quickly away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia, an NCEI report said this week. The new WMM more accurately represents the change of the magnetic field since 2015. The alteration could have an impact on government, ...

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Brunei V84SAA DXpedition to Focus on Low Bands

ARRL News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 2:57pm

Setup is under way in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Brunei, located on the Island of Borneo and surrounded by Malaysia, for the V84SAA DXpedition. Eighteen operators under the leadership of Krassy Petkov, K1LZ, will fire up on February 7 and continue until February 18. Operation will concentrate on the low bands.

“Many of the team have already landed in Brunei, and the tent is set up on the...

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Hundreds Report Hearing SAQ Alexanderson Alternator on Christmas Eve

ARRL News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 2:48pm

Alexanderson Alternator transmissions on Christmas Eve 2018 from Sweden's SAQ drew more than 340 listener reports from 28 countries, including seven reports from the US.

“Many visitors had come to the transmission hall to enjoy coffee, cake, and Swedish ginger snaps as they were watching the activities with starting and running the old radio transmitter SAQ,” the report from Sweden said this wee...

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Cuban Radio Amateurs Respond to Severe Tornado

ARRL News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 3:58pm

From the early morning of January 27, radio amateurs in Cuba’s capital of Havana were keeping an eye on the weather. An extratropical low-pressure system in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico associated with a cold front approaching from the west was preceded by a line of pre-frontal storms, generating severe weather conditions that deteriorated considerably during the evening and night hours. Com...

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Fourth Annual RST Special Event Continues through February

ARRL News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:22pm

Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) once again are on site and active from different locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Greenland until February 28. RST call signs being used include KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST, and OX7RST. Also look for N1RAC/KL7 which will be active from Fairbanks, Alaska. QSL all call signs direct via K7ICE. Additiona...

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ARISS Announces Slow-Scan Television Event

ARRL News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:12pm


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced another slow-scan television (SSTV) transmission event, using images from the NASA on the Air (NOTA) program that celebrated NASA’s 60th anniversary and key events in NASA’s early history during 2018.

Transmissions are scheduled to start on Friday, February 8, at 1825 UTC and run through Sunday, February 10, at 1830 UTC. SST...

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