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Radio Club of Chile Supporting Communications During Pope’s Visit

ARRL News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:00

The Radio Club of Chile (CE3AA) and its Emergency Service are supporting communications for the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security during Pope Francis’ visit to Chile. Commemorative call sign XR18PAX will be on the air on SSB; XR3PAX on digital modes.

A special QSL card will be available for HF contacts. QSL to Radio Club de Chile, CE3AA, Papa Francisc...

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Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, SK

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:31

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention® and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

During his time on The ARRL Board of Directors, Weaver served on the Administratio...

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A Note to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:15

In the last few weeks, the ARRL’s Board of Directors has been the subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of mischaracterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board’s censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL’s Art...

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ARRL Board of Directors to Meet

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:56

The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut.

The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice Presidents, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Fi...

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Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:42

Uncharacteristically cold weather in east-central Florida in early January prompted members of the North Brevard Amateur Radio Club (K4NBR) to assist the area’s homeless. The New Year began with a bitter cold front descending upon Central Florida, bringing temperatures that hovered around freezing. Such conditions can be especially concerning for those lacking regular shelter from the elements....

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VFlorida Weak Signal Society 3.4 GHz Beacon Back on the Air

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:13

The Florida Weak Signal Society (FLWSS) reports that its beacon on 3,456.075 MHz is back on the air and invites reports. The FLWSS said all of its beacons, located in EL98 in the Orlando area, are subject to some drift with temperature; each operates independently with its own crystal reference. “We can’t provide individual frequency accuracy, but we strive to keep them all reasonably close to ...

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Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:54

Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 ser...

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North American Collegiate Championship Set for January 20-21 in Conjunction with NAQP SSB

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:53

The Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) invites college and university club stations to compete in the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC), which will take place from 1800 on Saturday, January 20, until 0600 UTC on Sunday, January 21, in conjunction with the North American QSO Party SSB (NAQP), sponsored byNCJ (National Contest Journal). This is a chance for collegiate club stations t...

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Heavy Sea Ice Alters 3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team’s Itinerary

ARRL News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:47

Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has slowed navigation between King George Island and Bouvet Island increased the travel risk for the 3Y0Z DXpedition team. As a result, the 3Y0Z DXpedition team will depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet.

“Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days,” team leaders Bob Allphin, K4UEE; Erling Wiig, LA6VM, and Ralph Fedor,...

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WSPR Beacon on its Way to Antarctica

ARRL News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 09:58

Hardware for a planned permanent WSPR beacon system in the Antarctic is currently on its way. The installation -- a joint project of the Technical University of Munich, the University of Bremen, and the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) -- consists of 5-W beacon transmitters for 160 through 6 meters, and a multiband WSPR receiver that will simultaneously monitor all bands from 160 to 15 meter...

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Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day

ARRL News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:49

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will host a group that will take part in Winter Field Day later this month. Sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), Winter Field Day will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be an opportune time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June.

“Assuming the weather holds out, a group of hams will be here the last weekend of January to operate W1AW ...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:11

Average daily sunspot number was 11.9 over the past reporting week (January 4-10, 2018) compared to zero (no sunspots) over the previous seven days. But average daily solar flux declined slightly, 70.4 to 69.9.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5.1 to 5.4, and average mid-latitude A index changed from 3.4 to 4.6.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on January 12-21, 72 on January 22-27, 70 on Janu...

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Nominations Sought for Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award

ARRL News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:02

Nominations are open for ARRL’s annual Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award, which recognizes and honors the efforts of individuals who create greater awareness and understanding the services and benefits that Amateur Radio provides to the general public. The deadline to submit a nomination is May 19, 2018.

Every day Public Information Coordinators, Public Information Officers, and othe...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 09:00
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ARRL Invites Nominations for Six Awards

ARRL News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:31
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“Amateur Radio…Serving the Community” is Hamvention 2018 Theme

ARRL News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:12

The theme for Hamvention® 2018 is “Amateur Radio...Serving the Community.” Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman, said the theme acknowledges the role that ham radio operators play in their communities, especially in times of emergencies.

“During recent disasters, hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico and wildfires in the West, Amateur Radio operators were once again called upon...

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