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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.


07/31/2015 01:38 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

At 0132 UTC on July 30 the Australian Space Forecast Center issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning, saying a high speed solar wind from a recurring coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity levels to minor storms on July 31 and August 1. They predict quiet to minor storm levels on July 31 and minor storm declining to unsettled conditions on August 1.

Solar activity currently remai...


07/29/2015 03:11 PM
ARRL August UHF Contest is August 1-2

The focus will be on the bands 222 MHz and above when the ARRL August UHF Contest gets under way August 1-2. During this time of year in North America, there is a greater chance of enhanced tropospheric propagation that can extend the usable range of UHF+ frequencies from line-of-sight to several hundred miles. William Hepburn’s Worldwide Tropospheric Ducting Forecast website is an excellent re...


07/29/2015 02:15 PM
Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September

The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee components for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General ...


07/29/2015 01:00 PM
The Yasme Foundation Announces Grants

The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation has announced the recipients of grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the development of Amateur Radio. Grants will go to the organizing committee of the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC 2018), which will take place in Germany; the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), for the purchase of equipment necessary to establish a node at th...


07/29/2015 12:44 AM
HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on August 11

07/28/2015 07:02 PM
ARRL Files More “Grow Light” Ballast Complaints with FCC

The ARRL has filed three more complaints with the FCC, urging its Enforcement Bureau to investigate and initiate enforcement proceedings to halt the marketing and retail sale of certain RF lighting devices typically known as “grow light” ballasts, which, it said, violate FCC Part 18 rules. The largely identical complaints zeroed in on three specific products: The Galaxy Legacy Selective Wattage...


07/28/2015 03:37 PM
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Gains Momentum, Cosponsor List Tops 90

Keep those letters coming! To date, according to the ARRL Regulatory Affairs Office, more than 4300 letters have been received from League members since the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 grassroots campaign began in March, all urging their members in both branches of Congress to become cosponsors of the bill. More letters are in the queue, and the correspondence seems to be having the desire...


07/27/2015 11:16 AM
Participants at International Gatherings to Speak with ISS via Amateur Radio

Participants at two international youth gatherings will have opportunities this week to speak via Amateur Radio with a member of the International Space Station crew.

On Tuesday, July 28, attendees at the United Space School in Seabrook, Texas, are scheduled to speak with astronaut Kimiya Yui, KG5BPH. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between NA1SS and W6SRJ in...


07/25/2015 06:27 PM
AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase 3E Opportunity

Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3E space frame into high-Earth orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as well as serve as an Amateur Radio satellite. During the AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting on July 4, the membership approved the concept, agreeing to allow the Phase 3E space frame currently stored in Germany to be shipped to Virginia Tech for further const...


07/24/2015 11:11 PM
Past IARU Region 3 Director, WARC-79 Delegate Fred Johnson, ZL2AMJ, SK

07/24/2015 09:15 PM
SEA-PAC Pioneer Al Berg, W7SIC, SK

One of the founding chairmen of SEA-PAC, Allan J. “Al” Berg, W7SIC, of Hillsboro, Oregon, died on July 22. He was 81 and had been suffering from cancer.

“Al was instrumental in assuring that SEA-PAC would be the premier Northwest ham convention and the ARRL Northwestern Division Convention,” said ARRL Oregon Section Manager Everett Curry, W6ABM. “He is credited with securing the ARRL National Co...


07/24/2015 06:07 PM
Researchers Decode CASSIOPE Satellite Field Day Fly-Over Experiment Results

The University of Calgary’s “Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (ePOP) Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI)” on the CASSIOPE satellite was able to detect several ARRL Field Day stations on June 28. The RRI listened on 80 and 40 meter segments. Virginia Tech graduate researcher Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, said that during the first 25 seconds of 7 MHz reception, he and his team aurally decoded and identifie...


07/24/2015 04:20 PM
FCC Shows No Mercy, Sustains $22,000 Fine for Egregious On-Air Behavior by Michigan Licensee

07/24/2015 11:42 AM
The K7RA Solar Update

All daily sunspot numbers dipped into the double digits last week, with the average declining from 73.7 to 43.4. This compares the latest July 16-22 period against the previous seven days.

Over the same periods, average daily solar flux went from 114.8 to 95.1.

Geomagnetic indices were mostly quiet, with average daily planetary A index going from 13.7 to 6.1 and average mid-latitude A index decli...


07/23/2015 06:31 PM
FCC Proposes Fining Georgia Ham $1000 for Failing to Identify

The FCC has proposed fining a Georgia ham $1000 for alleged failure to properly identify. David J. Tolassi, W4BHV, had been warned last August about not following the Commission’s Part 97 ID rules. The FCC said his “deliberate disregard” of that warning warranted the proposed penalty.

“Mr Tolassi…has a history of failing to comply with the rules governing the Amateur Radio Service,” the FCC said...


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