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The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.


09/03/2015 03:49 PM
Nominations Open for the George Hart Distinguished Service Award

The ARRL is accepting nominations for the George Hart Distinguished Service Award. The deadline to receive nominations and supporting materials is November 1. The award honors long-time ARRL Communications Manager George Hart, W1NJM (SK), the chief developer of the National Traffic System (NTS). Hart died in 2013 at the age of 99.

Established by the ARRL Board of Directors in 2009, the George Ha...


09/03/2015 03:35 PM
FO-29 Satellite Contact Claims Distance Record

Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Christophe Lucas, F4CQA, in Trouy, France, appear to have set a new contact distance record on the FO-29 satellite. The contact occurred on August 27 at 1732 UTC.

“This was not a scheduled contact,” Swanson explained. “I simply answered Christophe’s CQ. I knew it was a good contact at the time, but as I was portable up on Arkansas’ Shinall Moun...


09/03/2015 03:19 PM
Participants at Oklahoma Conference Get “Healthy Exposure” to Amateur Radio

ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, said participants in two programs during the annual Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference in Norman came away with “a health exposure to Amateur Radio.” The conference took place August 17-20.

James Spann, WO4W, kicked off the conference with a live-audience presentation of the popular “WeatherBrains” webcast. An award-winning television met...


09/02/2015 05:46 PM
QCWA Recognizes 105-Year-Old Radio Amateur’s 90 Years of Hamming

[UPDATED 2015-09-02 - 2050 UTC] The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) has honored 105-year-old Charlie Hellman, W2RP, of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, for his 90 years in Amateur Radio. The QCWA’s announcement also served to flush out another active ham who, while 1 year older than Hellman, has not been licensed quite as long. On August 31 the QCWA presented a “90 Year Continuous Lice...


09/02/2015 03:01 PM
The ARRL September VHF Contest Beckons!

09/02/2015 01:56 PM
$50SAT Goes Silent

09/02/2015 01:05 PM
Jamboree On The Air 2015 Station Registration is Open

Worldwide station registration is open for the 2015 Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air/Jamboree On The Internet (JOTA/JOTI), which will take place over the October 16-18 weekend. Registration requires a scout.org user name, which gives full access to the registration system as well as to many of the JOTA/JOTI activities that will be under way during the weekend. JOTA is aimed at fostering Scout-to-...


09/02/2015 12:50 PM
Trio Launched to ISS Includes Two Radio Amateurs

09/01/2015 05:01 PM
A Reminder — FCC Universal Licensing System Down for Maintenance September 2-8

[UPDATED 2015-09-01 2125 UTC] The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and other FCC website public applications are down for maintenance and will be unavailable from 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, until 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8. The outage also will affect the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS). During the ULS outage, it w...


09/01/2015 03:44 PM
New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

09/01/2015 03:26 PM
ARRL Supports Maximum Flexibility for Amateur Use of New 2200 and 630 Meter Bands

The ARRL has told the FCC that Amateur Radio operation in the new 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters) and 472-479 kHz (630 meters) bands should be as unfettered as possible from a regulatory standpoint. The League spelled out its case August 31 in detailed comments (also attached below) that argue in favor of flexible FCC Part 97 regulations in light of the exceptionally low interference potential to...


08/31/2015 04:52 PM
ARISS Issues Invitation to Schools, Educational Organizations, Groups

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is inviting proposals from schools, educational organizations, and groups that are willing and able to host an Amateur Radio contact with an International Space Station crew member. The window for formal and informal proposals will be open from September 1 until November 1, 2015. ARISS anticipates that the contacts will be scheduled betwe...


08/31/2015 03:50 PM
Ham-Cyclist Completes US Leg of His Trip Around the Globe

08/31/2015 02:45 PM
WRTC 2018 Organizers Meet Near Berlin to Map Event Strategy

World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers have picked the Jessen/Wittenberg area near Berlin, Germany, to stage the international Amateur Radio competition. On August 15, the WRTC 2018 Organizing Committee met in Jessen for a workshop, and the town’s mayor, Michael Jahn, expressed his pleasure that his community was picked to host the “Olympic games of Amateur Radio.”

Organi...


08/31/2015 02:37 PM
World DATV QSO Party Gets Plenty of Visibility

The 5th World Digital Amateur Television QSO Party is being called “a huge success,” with stations participating from, Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Sponsored by Amateur Radio Victoria and the Melbourne ATV Group, the August 21-22 event was also streamed on high-definition YouTube from the Melbourne-Geelong VK3RTV repeater.

Participants included viewers in Antigua, Argentina, Austri...


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