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President Biden Taps Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting FCC Chair

ARRL News - 1 hour 24 min ago

President Joseph Biden this week designated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the FCC. She succeeds, at least temporarily, former FCC chair Ajit Pai, who resigned effective on January 20.

“I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden,” Rosenworcel said in a statement. “I thank the President for the oppor...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - 8 hours 57 min ago

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We just witnessed 12 consecutive days with no sunspots, which many of us found a bit unsettling. Fortunately, Solar Cycle 25 activity returned with new sunspot 2796 on January 15. Instead of moving from the east across the solar horizon, it emerged in the southern hemisphere, just west of center.

Currently we are seeing sunspot regions 2797 and 2798, which emerg...

NOAA researchers and partners find new record-sized coral colony in American Samoa

NOAA News Releases - 18 hours 19 min ago
NOAA-funded researchers have identified a new record size coral colony at Ta’u Island in American Samoa, even larger than the island’s Big Momma colony, one of the largest in the world.

Eastern Iowans Rely On Ham Radio When Severe Weather Strikes

ARRL News - Thu, 2021-01-21 09:44

A derecho with winds of 80 to 100 MPH struck eastern Iowa last August, disrupting power and telecommunications for some 400,000 residents. But, as ARRL member and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteer Scott Haney, N0GUD, recently explained to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, that’s when amateur radio shines.

Haney, the president of the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC), was the foc...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Thu, 2021-01-21 08:59

We just witnessed 12 consecutive days with no sunspots, which many of us found a bit unsettling. But fortunately Solar Cycle 25 activity returned with a new sunspot on January 15.

Average daily sunspot number increased from zero last week, to 14.7 in the January 14-20 reporting period.

Average daily solar flux rose from 73.8 to 76.1, and geomagnetic indicators sank to very quiet levels. Average d...

Contest University to Host Propagation Summit on January 23

ARRL News - Wed, 2021-01-20 10:30

Contest University (CTU) is holding a Virtual Propagation Summit on Saturday, January 23. The Zoom-platform event will get under way with introductory remarks from Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Ray Novak, N9JA, at 1600 UTC.

At 1605 UTC, Scott Jones, N3RA, and George Fremin, K5TR, will moderate a session “Update on the Personal Space Weather Station Project & HamSCI activities for 2021” with Nathaniel Fri...

NOAA finalizes strategy to enhance growth of American Blue Economy

NOAA News Releases - Tue, 2021-01-19 00:00
NOAA today released its Blue Economy Strategic Plan for 2021-2025, laying out a roadmap for new ways to advance America’s Blue Economy and enhance a global ocean economyoffsite link expected to double in value to $3 trillion over the next decade.   

NOAA expands Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA News Releases - Tue, 2021-01-19 00:00
NOAA is expanding Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from approximately 56 square miles to approximately 160 square miles to protect additional important Gulf of Mexico habitat. The move builds upon the sanctuary’s rich 30-year history of scientific studies and public review of the preservation of this special place.

HamCation QSO Party Set

ARRL News - Mon, 2021-01-18 12:00

FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory: Radio Users Reminded Not to Use Radios in Crimes

ARRL News - Sun, 2021-01-17 11:44

The FCC has released an Enforcement Advisory for licensees and operators across radio services.

[Complete text of FCC Enforcement Advisory follows.]

FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY

DA 21-73

Released:  January 17, 2021

WARNING:  AMATEUR AND PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES LICENSEES AND OPERATORS MAY NOT USE RADIO EQUIPMENT TO COMMIT OR FACILITATE CRIMINAL ACTS

The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communic...

VoIP Hurricane Net Organizational Announcement - Appointment of WX9VOR-Debby Gray to Assistant Director of VoIP Hurricane Net Operations

VoIP SKYWARN Hurricane Net - Sat, 2018-07-28 12:47

Hello to all...

As Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net, I am pleased to announce that WX9VOR-Debby Gray, has accepted the position of Assistant Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net. Debby will take the place of N0UAM, Jim Sellars, who became a silent key in May of this year. She joins K2DCD-Dennis Dura as a second assistant within the VoIP Hurricane Net Management team.

Debby joined the VoIP Hurricane Net as a net control operator in 2016. In 2017, not only did she do multiple long net control shifts during that historic Atlantic hurricane season, she also recruited several new and experienced net controls from within her local area that supported the net tirelessly during both Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Debby worked professionally for 22 years as an IT Consultant, Educator and Mission Critical Support Specialist. It was during this time that she was involved in disaster planning and recovery through many natural and man-made disasters. Debby has been involved in recent years with amateur radio as the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Kane County Illinois (IL) and the ARES DEC for Districts 3 & 4 in Northeast IL. She also volunteers as a Sergeant for the Naperville EMA Communications and Weather units, and is one of the senior members of the WX9LOT Ham Team supporting NWS Chicago and the NWS Chicago SKYWARN program.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team is proud to have Debby within our team. She brings additional valuable experience into our team from a different part of the United States and has brought a set of resources to the net and will continue to support recruitment. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:58:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Mon, 2016-09-26 14:58
FLUS44 KFWD 261958 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 258 PM CDT MON SEP 26 2016 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-271200- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 258 PM CDT MON SEP 26 2016 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT. NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$ JLDUNN

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:14:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Mon, 2016-09-26 12:14
FLUS44 KFWD 261714 AAA HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 1214 PM CDT MON SEP 26 2016 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-271130- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 1214 PM CDT MON SEP 26 2016 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:24:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Sun, 2016-09-25 15:24
FLUS44 KFWD 252024 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 324 PM CDT SUN SEP 25 2016 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-261200- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 324 PM CDT SUN SEP 25 2016 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT. THE MAIN THREATS FROM ANY STRONGER THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE LIGHTNING...HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WINDS TO 35 MPH. MINOR FLOODING MAY OCCUR WHERE THUNDERSTORMS IMPACT ANY PARTICULAR AREA FOR ABOUT AN HOUR OR MORE. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ON MONDAY ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM GRAHAM TO DFW TO SULPHUR SPRINGS. PRIMARY HAZARDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHTNING STRIKES AND BRIEF HEAVY RAIN. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME...HOWEVER REPORTS OF HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING ARE APPRECIATED. $$ JLDUNN
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