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FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) is Currently Inaccessible

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:24pm

 The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) online filing system currently is experiencing problems and is inaccessible. This includes application and license searches, as well as License Manager, Tower Construction Notification System, E-106 System, ASR Online Filing, ASR Application Search, ASR Registration Search, TOWAIR, and all ULS Specialized Searches). “We are actively researching the issu...

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Selected Sessions of the 2019 Contest University (CTU) will be Livestreamed

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:22am

Compliments of Icom America, some sessions of the 2019 Contest University in Dayton (CTU) will be livestreamed via the CTU website. Streaming will begin on May 16 at 1200 UTC. Topics include Radiosport Contesting with Integrity; 2BSIQ & SO3R: Riding the Edge of Human Capabilities, and No-Compromise Remote Contesting. 

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First Ham Satellite — OSCAR 1 — will Join AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Dayton

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:19am

A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio’s first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT’s Dayton Hamvention® booth. AMSAT’s exhibit will be in Building 1 (Maxim Hall) at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. OSCAR 1 (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) was launched into orbit in 1961, at the dawn of the Space Age. Built by a group of California-based radio am...

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The FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 7:36am

An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application (regulatory) fee of $70 for the 10-year term. This incorrect conclusion resulted from an incomplete reading of the May 7 FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the matter of the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal year 2019.

Although the Schedule of ...

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Puerto Rico Declares May 14 as “Radio Amateur Day”

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 8:06pm

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has declared Tuesday, May 14, as “Radio Amateur Day,” recognizing ham radio’s “mission of transcendental service for the safeguard of life and property of the people.” The proclamation, issued over the signature of Lieutenant Governor Luis Rivera Marin, notes that some 4,000 radio amateurs live in Puerto Rico.

“Especially during the emergencies by the passing of H...

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Arizona Homeowners Association and Hams Agree on Outdoor Antenna Guidelines

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 7:59pm

The Board of Directors of an antenna-restricted community in Arizona voted overwhelmingly in April to allow radio amateurs to erect certain outdoor antennas on their properties. Some 75 hams live in the 10,000-home Sun City Grand, a self-contained residential community for older adults. An article in the Grand Ham Newsletter by Gordon Bousman, NW7D, called it “a big win” and said the Sun City G...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:59pm

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

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:16am

We saw zero sunspots from April 21 through May 2, but on May 3 sunspots returned. Average daily sunspot number rose from zero last week to 16.1 this week, and average daily solar flux increased as well, from 67.5 to 73.5.

Both the average middle latitude and planetary A index this week were 6.6, and last week those numbers were 4.7 and 5.9 respectively.

Predicted solar flux is 75 on May 10-11, 73...

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PVRC Members to Activate NSS for Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 4:25pm

Twenty members of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) will activate the historic NSS call sign during theArmed Forces Day Crossband Test on Saturday, May 11. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this exercise, during which military stations will transmit on military frequencies and listen for radio amateurs on adjacent Amateur Radio bands.

NSS operation will ...

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May 14 FT4 Mock Contest Session Canceled, New WSJT-X Beta Version Pending

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 1:28pm

A second hour-long FT4 “practice contest” set for May 14 UTC has been cancelled, following the success of an initial mock contest held on May 9 UTC (the evening of Wednesday, May 8, in continental US time zones). The event followed ARRL RTTY Roundup rules, with everyone working everyone. WSJT-X program suite developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, was among those jumping into the fray. He called the exerci...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 8:00am
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Hams Help Trace “Mystery” Signal Disrupting Keyless Entry Devices in Ohio

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 2:59pm

A recent article in The New York Times reported that many garage door openers and keyless vehicle entry fobs in an Ohio town near Cleveland mysteriously stopped working. While the article invoked The X-Files and hinted initially that a NASA research center somehow could be involved, the cause was not so much mystifying as arcane.

“Garage door repair people, local ham radio enthusiasts, and othe...

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Former ARRL Headquarters Staffer Ellen White, W1YL, is Krenkel Medalist

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 2:54pm

[UPDATED 2019-05-07 @ 2318 UTC] ARRL Headquarters staff alumna and Life Member Ellen White, W1YL, is the sole US radio amateur to in 2019 to be awarded the Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious award granted to individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio. In 2018, QST was awarded a Krenkel Medal.

First licensed in 1946, White had already learned Morse ...

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