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FCC to Suspend Most Operations on January 3, if Government Shutdown Continues

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 2:27pm

If the partial lapse in federal government funding continues, the FCC will suspend most operations on Thursday, January 3, at mid-day. At that time, employees will have up to 4 hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. Work required for the protection of life and property will continue, however, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds. In ad...

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Reminder: Straight Key Night Gets Under Way on New Year’s Eve

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 2:22pm

Break out the brass and set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to take part in Straight Key Night (SKN). The annual event begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). Not a contest, SKN is dedicated to celebrating Amateur Radio’s Morse code heritage.

The idea is simple: Get on the air and enjoy casual CW contacts, preferably using a straight key (han...

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January 31 is the Deadline to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship Applications

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 5:43pm

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program will accept applications from eligible applicants until January 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligibl...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 8:50am
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Radio Amateurs Position to Support Emergency Communication in Tsunami’s Wake

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:53pm

Radio amateurs in Indonesia’s Banten Province are in position to support emergency any necessary emergency communication in the wake of a “stealth tsunami” on December 22, that struck without warning. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency concluded that a volcanic eruption triggered a landslide underwater at Anak Krakatau.

The tsunami struck in the Sunda Strait between the i...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 9:41am

On Wednesday, December 19 displayed this headline: “Solar minimum conditions are in effect”, followed by "The Sun has been without sunspots for 209 days in 2018--that is, 59% of the time. To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the Sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century."

Looking at my own records, I show the average daily s...

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Holiday Serenade on Sideband Set from Antarctica

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 3:48pm

Each year, volunteers at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, celebrate the holidays by serenading those at the remote, Antarctic field camps via HF radio. This year, ham radio operators and SWLs around the world are invited to listen in and email listener reports. The broadcast will be on Sunday, December 23, 2300 UTC (December 24, 1200 New Zealand Time), on 7,995 kHz USB.

Email reports to Nathaniel Fr...

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US Radio Amateurs Help to Make YOTA Month Happen in Ethiopia

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 3:46pm

Two US radio amateurs helped to make Youngsters on the Air Month (YOTA Month) a success in Ethiopia. YOTA month takes place each December, and several participating stations obtain permission to use YOTA suffix call signs for the occasion. Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, and Bob Johnson, W9XY, traveled to Addis Ababa to assist the young members of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (EARS) as they’ve tran...

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New Section Manager in Southern New Jersey, Eight Incumbents to Continue in Office

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 1:56pm

Southern New Jersey will have a new Section Manager starting on January 1. No balloting was necessary in the latest Section Manager election cycle, and eight incumbent SMs will begin new 2-year terms on New Year’s Day.

In Southern New Jersey, current Section Emergency Coordinator Tom Preiser, N2XW, of Manahawkin, was the only candidate by the September 7nomination deadline. Incumbent Skip Arey, ...

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“Hunt for Santa Claus” Event Gets Under Way on December 21

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:14pm

The “Hunt for Santa Claus” (HSC) event will start on Friday, December 21, at 1800 UTC and will end at 2400 UTC on Monday, December 31. Stations should listen for OF9X from north of the Arctic Circle.

This year, radio operations will be led by “the younger elves,” said Martti Laine, OH2BH, who helps spearhead the annual Santa Radio event. Teenagers Niko, OH5CZ; Otava, OH3OT, and Arttu, OH2FB, are...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 8:00am
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ARRL’s Logbook of The World Tops 1 Billion QSO Records

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 8:06pm

As of December 19, more than 1 billion contact records have been entered into ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW) system. And, while 1 billion QSO records represents a significant milestone, a more important statistic may be the nearly 187 million contacts confirmed via LoTW over its 15-year history.

The one billionth record was uploaded by 7X3WPL, the Sahara DX Radio Club, at 23:32 UTC for a 20-...

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FCC Releases Plan in the Event of a Partial Government Shutdown

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 3:32pm

The FCC has released its Plan for Orderly Shutdown in case funds become unavailable to continue operation.

“If a potential lapse in appropriations is imminent, the FCC will determine whether and for how long prior-year funds are available to continue agency operations during a lapse,” the FCC said in its plan.

According to the plan, if prior-year funds are available, the FCC will remain open be...

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ARRL Petitions FCC to Incorporate Parity Act Provisions into its Amateur Radio Rules

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:58am

The ARRL has filed a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) asking the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Petition has not yet been assigned a rule making (RM) number and is not yet open for public comment. In the past, the FCC has said that it would not take such action without guidance from the US Congress, but, as ARRL’s P...

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New Amateur Radio Packet Gear Awaits Unpacking, Installation on Space Station

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:49am

New Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet equipment awaits unpacking and installation on board the station after arriving in November as part of the cargo transported via a Russian 71P Progress resupply vehicle. The new packet module for NA1SS will replace the current packet gear, which has been intermittent over the past year.

“With the arrival of Progress complete, th...

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WD9EWK Wins the December QST Cover Plaque Award

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:58am

The winning article for the December 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Making Digital Contacts Through the ISS” by Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK. 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 January issue today.


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Registration Opens for 2019 ConTest University in Dayton

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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