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Ajit Pai is President’s Choice for FCC Chairman

ARRL News - 34 min 47 sec ago

Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the FCC, has been designated by President Donald Trump to succeed chairman Tom Wheeler, who stepped down on Inauguration Day, January 20.

“I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States for designating me the 34th Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,” Pai said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the new Administration, my col...

Second Annual Midwinter 630-Meter Activity Night Set for February 4-5

ARRL News - 3 hours 35 min ago

US and Canadian radio amateurs and Part 5 Experimental stations will take part in the second annual Midwinter 630-Meter Activity Night, which will get under way on February 4 at 0000 UTC and continue through February 5 at 2359 UTC. Radio amateurs in the US will be able to make cross-band contacts with Canadian participants.

“This event is being undertaken because of the continuing, worldwide int...

Time to Order ARRL November Sweepstakes Clean Sweep Mugs, Participation Pins!

ARRL News - Mon, 2017-01-23 13:03

Anyone who managed to make a “Clean Sweep” by working all 83 ARRL/RAC sections during the 2016 ARRL November Sweepstakes may commemorate their accomplishment by purchasing a 2016 November Sweepstakes “Clean Sweep” mug. Awards are based on claimed scores. Keepsake mugs are $15 each, (including postage and handling). In addition, participation pins are available to operators who completed at leas...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 2017-01-20 16:56

Last week’s bulletin featured zero sunspots for the entire seven days. This week (January 12-18) the average daily sunspot number rose to 22.6.

Average daily solar flux rose from 72.5 to 77.1. Average planetary A index declined from 14.3 to 6.

Predicted solar flux is 80 on January 20-23, then 78, 77 and 75 on January 24-26, 77 on January 27 through February 1, 76 on February 2, 75 on February 3-8...

FEMA Region X Reports Another Successful HF Interoperability Exercise

ARRL News - Fri, 2017-01-20 15:09

Participation appears to be growing in the monthly Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X HF interoperability exercises, which take place on 60 meters (center channels 5,332 and 5,348 kHz) on the third Wednesday of each month. Check-ins include state, tribal, federal, and Amateur Radio stations, to test HF interoperability in an emergency or disaster response. FEMA Region X is made...

ARRL’s New Book, Ham Radio from Indoors, Tells How to Optimize your Indoor Station

ARRL News - Fri, 2017-01-20 14:28

Don’t let outdoor antenna restrictions keep you from enjoying Amateur Radio. It is possible to operate on the HF bands with an antenna system that is entirely inside your house, apartment, or condominium. All it takes is some creative thinking, and that’s where Ham Radio from Indoors by Steve Ford, WB8IMY, can come to the rescue.

“Without question, indoor operating on the HF bands presents serio...

CEPT Meeting Makes Progress on WRC-19 Agenda Items Affecting Amateur Radio

ARRL News - Thu, 2017-01-19 21:33

Progress was made regarding World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) agenda items of interest to Amateur Radio when European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Conference Preparatory Group Project Team D (PTD) held its second meeting January 10-12 in Helsinki, Finland. According to International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 President Don Beattie, ...

N0KC Wins the January 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Thu, 2017-01-19 15:49

The winning article for the January 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Small, Lightweight Switch-Mode Power Supply” by Ralph J. Crumrine, N0KC. 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 February issue today.

ARRL Board of Directors Scheduled to Meet in Connecticut

ARRL News - Thu, 2017-01-19 14:57

The ARRL Board of Directors will convene January 20-21 in Windsor, Connecticut. The full Board gathering will be preceded by new Director and Vice Director orientation and meetings of the Programs and Services and Administration and Finance committees.

The prime topic on the agenda will be the new Amateur Radio Parity Act bill, H.R. 555, just introduced in the US House.

In addition to discussing ...

Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, SK at 107; May Have Been World’s Oldest Active Radio Amateur

ARRL News - Thu, 2017-01-19 14:52

Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, of Morro Bay, California, has died. Just a couple of weeks short of his 108th birthday, Wolf may have been the oldest active radio amateur in the US, if not in the world, although no official records are maintained. Licensed since 1936, Wolf was an ARRL member and a Life Member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). Wolf was on the air daily, mostly on 40-mete...

Nobel Laurate Joe Taylor, K1JT, W1AW/KP4, to Attend ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention

ARRL News - Wed, 2017-01-18 19:42

Nobel Laureate and Amateur Radio software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, will be an honored guest January 27-29 at the 5th annual ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention in Hatillo. Taylor was the 2016 Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year.

Special event station W1AW/KP4 will be on the air as part of the festivities.

Admission is free. The event is organized by the Caribbean Amateur Radio Group and the P...

NOAA designates 29th National Estuarine Research Reserve

NOAA News Releases - Wed, 2017-01-18 19:00
NOAA announced today a new National Estuarine Research Reserve, the 29th in the system, and the first in more than six years. Estuarine reserves protect a section of an estuary and provide a living laboratory to explore and understand the important areas where rivers meet the sea. The reserve will be managed in partnership with the State of Hawai‘i through the University of Hawaii’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB).

New regional sea level scenarios help communities prepare for risks

NOAA News Releases - Wed, 2017-01-18 19:00
New U.S. regional sea level scenarios developed by NOAA and its partners will give coastal communities better, more localized data to help them plan for and adapt to the risk of rising sea levels to their economies and infrastructure.

Several CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS

ARRL News - Wed, 2017-01-18 15:43

Several CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads were placed into orbit on January 16 from the International Space Station (ISS). Six CubeSats delivered to the ISS in December were deployed from the Kibo airlock using the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD).

Satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads included ITF-2, Waseda-Sat-3, AOBA-Velox-3, and TuPOD (including Tancredo-1). Univ...

Huntsville Hamfest Association President Charles Emerson, N4OKL, SK

ARRL News - Wed, 2017-01-18 15:41

Huntsville Hamfest Association President Charles “Charlie” Emerson, N4OKL, of Huntsville, Alabama, died on January 14. An ARRL member, he was 71.

“Charlie had come to be the face and voice of Huntsville Hamfest,” said a statement issued by the Huntsville Hamfest Board of Directors. “Huntsville Hamfest was Charlie's pride and joy, and he never missed an opportunity to promote the show or ham radi...

Commerce Secretary Pritzker declares fisheries disasters for nine West Coast species

NOAA News Releases - Tue, 2017-01-17 19:00
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today determined there are commercial fishery failures for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington.
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