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AMSAT Announces 2019 Board of Directors Election Results

ARRL News - Fri, 2019-09-20 16:09

As a result of the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election, Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK; and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, were elected by the AMSAT membership to serve for 2 years. The First Alternate is Brennan Price, N4QX. The Second Alternate is Howie Defelice, AB2S. Both will serve 1-year terms.

Total number of votes cast was 1,052 (892 electronic plus 1...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 2019-09-20 11:43

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.

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 2019-09-20 08:27

No sunspots this week, and as of Wednesday we’ve seen 15 spotless days in a row. This is the solar minimum. The current Solar Cycle (24) is expected to end by the end of this calendar year.

Average daily solar flux declined from 69.4 to 68.1. Average daily planetary A index declined slightly from 8.9 to 8.3, but average daily mid-latitude A index rose from 7.7 to 8.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on ...

Ad Hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee to Meet with Lawmakers

ARRL News - Thu, 2019-09-19 15:10

ARRL’s Ad Hoc Legislative Advisory Committee will meet with several members of Congress later this month in Washington to introduce new Committee members, reacquaint the lawmakers with Amateur Radio’s most-pressing issues, seek their input on the best ways to achieve ARRL’s objectives in Congress, and request their continuing support. Committee members have completed a comprehensive analysis of...

ARRL Seeking Emergency Management Director

ARRL News - Thu, 2019-09-19 14:28

ARRL is seeking an emergency management director to oversee a team responsible for supporting ARRL emergency communication programs and services, including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) and National Traffic System (NTS), and to work with staff to develop standards, protocols, and processes designed to support the Field Organization. This is a full-time, exempt position at ARRL Hea...

ARRL Headquarters Temporarily Closed

ARRL News - Thu, 2019-09-19 10:04

ARRL Headquarters will be temporarily closed today from 1530 UTC (11:30 AM EDST) to 1800 UTC (2 PM EDST) for a staff appreciation picnic and Headquarters FM Sprint contest. No online services will be affected by this closure.

 

Brian Machesney K1LI/J75Y Wins the September QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Thu, 2019-09-19 09:25

The winning article for the September 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Slightly Off-Center-Fed Dipole” by Brian Machesney K1LI/J75Y.

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 October issue today.

 

So Now What? Podcast

ARRL News - Thu, 2019-09-19 07:00

“Demystifying the Language of Morse Code” will be the focus of the new (September 19) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thur...

ARRL Renews Request for FCC to Replace Symbol Rate with Bandwidth Limit

ARRL News - Wed, 2019-09-18 13:41

In ex parte comments filed on September 17 in WT Docket 16-239, ARRL renewed its request that the FCC delete symbol-rate limits for data transmissions in the Amateur Service rules. As it did in its initial filing, ARRL asked the FCC to couple the removal of the symbol rate limits with the adoption of a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit. In response to a 2013 ARRL Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11708), the F...

Festival of Frequency Measurement Set to Honor WWV Centennial

ARRL News - Wed, 2019-09-18 10:16

HamSCI and the Case Amateur Radio Club of Case Western Reserve University (W8EDU) will sponsor a “Festival of Frequency Measurement” on WWV’s centennial, October 1, from 0000 to 2359 UTC (starting on Monday evening, September 30, in the Americas). The event invites radio amateurs, short-wave listeners, and others capable of making high-quality frequency measurements on HF to participate and pub...

NOAA, Energy Department announce competition to power ocean-observing platforms with renewable energy

NOAA News Releases - Tue, 2019-09-17 23:00
Today, NOAA, along with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced a $3 million prize competition to generate innovation in marine renewable energy-powered ocean observing platforms. The Powering the Blue Economy™ Ocean Observing Prize will draw upon American innovators to accelerate technology development through a series of contests to demonstrate renewable energy-powered ocean observing platforms.

Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club Assisting in Restoring Fire-Damaged Repeaters

ARRL News - Tue, 2019-09-17 13:48

The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) Disaster Recovery Program for the 2018 Carr and Camp Fires has made a $1,000 grant to the California Amateur Radio Linking Association (CARLA) toward the cost of rebuilding one of its destroyed sites. The CARLA network of repeaters provides coverage across California and Western Nevada to provide reliable communication during significant local, region...

Taurus-1 CubeSat with FM-to-Codec-2 Transponder Launched

ARRL News - Tue, 2019-09-17 13:36

The Taurus-1 (Jinniuzuo-1) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio FM-to-Codec-2 transponder was launched on September 12 from China’s Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The CubeSat was developed by Aerospace System Engineering Research Institute of Shanghai for youth education and Amateur Radio. The transponder is similar to that used on the LilacSat-1 (LO-90) CubeSat and can use the same software, on...

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