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American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources

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

02/27/2015 06:45 PM
There’s a Place for You in the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, March 7-8

Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears. It’s time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 (UTC), and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be looking for stations in the US and Canada. There are entry categories for single ops and ...

02/27/2015 05:27 PM
International DX Convention (Visalia) Advance Registration Available Until April 8

Advance registration for those planning to attend the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, April 16-19, ends on April 8. An updated list of those already registered to attend is on the convention website!

The Visalia program includes DX University and Contest Academy sessions, ARRL, DX, and Contest forums, and a long list of DX and technical presentations, as well as an entire exh...

02/27/2015 02:13 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same (59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined, from 121.4 to 116.3.

Average daily planetary A index increased from 9 to 11.3, and average daily mid-latitude A index also was higher, from 7 to 9.3.

These numbers compare the seven day period from February 19-25 with the previous seven days.

The latest NOAA/USAF so...

02/26/2015 07:42 PM
US Southeast ARES Teams on the Job as Severe Winter Weather Strikes

02/25/2015 10:52 PM
ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals

02/25/2015 08:27 PM
German Radio Amateurs Breathe New Life into “Orphaned” Shortwave Channel

02/25/2015 07:52 PM
Nominations Sought for 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award

Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year (YOTY) Award. To be considered, a nominee must have used Amateur Radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development directly or indirectly related to communications.

Nominees must be no older than 19 and reside in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico. The individua...

02/25/2015 02:33 PM
Two New ARRL Section Managers Will Take Office on April 1

Wyoming and Kentucky will be getting new ARRL Section Managers on April 1, while incumbents in several other sections have been re-elected for new terms. Ballots in contested elections in the winter Section Manager election cycle were counted on February 24 at ARRL Headquarters; some candidates ran unopposed.

In Wyoming, challenger Jack Mitchell, N7MJ, of Cheyenne, will be the new Section Manage...

02/24/2015 07:56 PM
ARRL Partners with Liberty Mutual to Offer Home, Auto Insurance Discounts

The ARRL and Liberty Mutual Insurance have reached an agreement to provide League members with home and automobile insurance discounts. In the past this membership benefit was provided by MetLife. Under the affinity arrangement, a portion of each premium comes back to ARRL.

“Liberty Mutual is an undisputed group-insurance affinity leader with excellent rates,” said ARRL Membership Manager Diane ...

02/24/2015 06:36 PM
NASA Announces University CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

02/24/2015 04:19 PM
No One in the Shack as Station Logs 4200+ Contacts in ARRL DX CW Contest

The group of six operators operating as K3TN in the recent ARRL International DX Contest (CW) may have made Amateur Radio history by mounting the first completely remote-controlled multioperator contest effort. The scattered K3TN team worked via the Internet through the station of Jack Hammett, K4VV, on Catoctin Ridge in Northern Virginia. All of K4VV’s operating positions were vacant over the ...

02/24/2015 04:08 PM
Astronaut-Ham John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, Named to Astronaut Hall of Fame

NASA astronaut and Amateur Radio operator John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, is among those to be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this spring. The others are Margaret Rhea Seddon, Steven Lindsey, and Kent Rominger. They will join previous honorees, including Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, and John Young in a ceremony on May 30 at Kennedy Space Center. The 2015 inductees are the 14th class. All tol...

02/21/2015 01:01 AM
Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, Appointed as Virginia Section Manager

Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, has been appointed Virginia Section Manager. An ARRL Life Member from Richmond, Palsa succeeds Carl Clements, W4CAC, of Portsmouth, who has stepped down due to increased work commitments. Palsa’s appointment is effective immediately, and he will complete the current term of office, which continues until March 31, 2016.

ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Dave Patton,...

02/20/2015 06:26 PM
Spacewalks Will Interrupt ISS Amateur Radio SSTV, School Contact Schedules

Three spacewalks from the International Space Station this month and next will affect Amateur Radio activity from the ISS. ISS crew members Barry Wilmore, Terry Virts, and Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, will be working outside the ISS on February 21, February 25, and March 1. During these excursions, Amateur Radio gear on the ISS will be shut down for safety reasons.


The February 21 spacewalk ...

02/20/2015 05:37 PM
Australian Hams Respond Following Severe Weather

Amateur Radio volunteers with Australia’s Central Queensland Amateur Radio Association (CQARA) has initiated nets on HF and VHF in the wake of a tropical cyclone (hurricane). After making landfall, Cyclone Marcia caused major damage, ripping roofs from structures, downing trees, downing power lines, and damaging other infrastructure. According to Jim Linton VK3PC, the chairman of IARU Region 3’...

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