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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.


09/01/2014 01:27 PM
73 on 73 Award Period Now Underway

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, is sponsoring a new award for contacts made via the UK Amateur Radio Educational Satellite FUNcube-1 (AO-73) to promote activity on the satellite. The award period began on September 1.

Requirements are simple: Work 73 different stations on AO-73 (SSB or CW). There are no geographic restrictions on operating location, no QSLs are required, and the award is free, although St...


09/01/2014 12:39 PM
W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate to Tennessee, Oregon on September 3

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Arizona and Maine. They will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, September 3 (the evening of September 2 in US time zones), to Tennessee (W1AW/4), and Oregon (W1AW/7). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to ...


08/31/2014 02:00 PM
ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Labor Day, September 1

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, and there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice. ARRL Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 2. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

 


08/31/2014 01:38 PM
FCC Ups the Ante in Proposing Huge Fine on CB Operator

Right on the heels of a whopping $14,000 proposed forfeiture for a Florida CBer for failing to allow a station inspection, the FCC Enforcement Bureau is recommending a $22,000 fine for a New York CBer. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case of James Engle of Lewiston, New York, on August 28, alleging that he interfered with the communications of other CBers, operated wi...


08/29/2014 02:41 PM
ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to Keynote W9DXCC 2014.

ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the banquet speaker for the 62nd annual W9DXCC, September 19-20, 2014, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Registration remains open. The special hotel rate is valid through August 28; banquet orders must be received by September 13. DXers, anyone interested in learning more about DXing, and their guests are welcome. There is a full program of forums ...


08/29/2014 02:35 PM
“Ham Video” Transmitter May Be Tested During ARISS Contact with German School

According to ARISS-Europe (ARISS-EU) Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, the digital Amateur Radio TV “Ham Video” transmitter may be tested during an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with a high school in Siegburg, Germany, on September 1. If so, this would mark the first time the Ham Video system is used for an ARISS educational event. The direct, 2 meter FM contact...


08/29/2014 01:20 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers this week moved from 101.7 to 113.4, while average daily solar flux changed from 111.8 to 130.5. The active day according to geomagnetic indicators was Wednesday, August 27, when the planetary A index reached 20. This was the result of a CME which created aurora at both north and south poles.

Predicted solar flux is 115 on August 29-31, 120 on September 1-2, then 11...


08/28/2014 07:12 PM
Operations Approved for DXCC Credit

The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved these operations for DX Century Club credit: A52JR, 4W/HB9FLX, 4W/N1YC, and 4W/PE7T. If a request for DXCC credit for any of these operations has been rejected in a prior application, contact the ARRL DXCC Desk to be placed on the list for an update to your record. Please note the submission date and/or reference number of your application in order to expedite th...


08/28/2014 05:27 PM
UKube-1 Satellite Using FUNcube-2 For Downlink Workaround

The online industry publication SatelliteToday reports that the UKube-1 CubeSat is “experiencing an anomaly with its primary communications link.” To work around the problem, the United Kingdom Space Agency (USKA) has commanded the small spacecraft to use an alternate configuration of what it called “the FUNcube-2 transceiver,” using it as the satellite’s temporary downlink. The Amateur Radio t...


08/28/2014 12:12 PM
W1AW/8 to Take the Snowball’s Chance This Fall

08/27/2014 05:58 PM
Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, Will Keynote 2014 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Banquet

Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, will be the banquet speaker at the 2014 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), September 5-7 at the Austin Marriott South in Austin, Texas. His presentation will be, “Accidental Company, the Making of FlexRadio.”

The 33rd annual DCC will offer 2 days of technical forums on Friday and Saturday and a concurrent introductory forum on Saturday (the Proceedings w...


08/27/2014 02:36 PM
NASA Astronaut Steven R. Nagel, N5RAW, SK

08/26/2014 07:11 PM
US-to-VK Transpacific Reception on 630 Meters Reported

A radio amateur and medium-frequency (MF) experimenter in Australia has received a 630 meter (475.62 kHz) transmission from a radio amateur and Part 5 Experimental operator in Texas. While the approximately 8710 miles covered is not a distance record nor a “first” for that part of the spectrum, it does represent the sorts of accomplishments that the Amateur Radio community in the US might come ...


08/26/2014 03:52 PM
2014 ARRL Field Day Logs Received List Available for Review

The ARRL “Logs Received” page now contains all 2014 ARRL Field Day logs received to date (scroll to bottom of page), including logs submitted via e-mail, web applet or on paper. The ARRL Contest Branch requests that Field Day participants review the list and contact ARRL Contest Branch Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, (860-594-0232) no later than September 12, if anything appears to be incorrect wi...


08/26/2014 03:46 PM
World DATV QSO Party is August 29-30

Greater participation is expected this year in the only global on-the-air gathering of digital Amateur Radio television (DATV) enthusiasts. The annual event, which originated in Australia and now is in its fourth year, begins Friday, August 29, at 1000 UTC in Australia and internationally on Saturday, August 30, at 0001 UTC. According to the event’s primary organizer, Peter Cossins, VK3BFG, to ...


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