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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.

07/21/2014 07:02 PM
India’s VO-52 Satellite Goes Dark

Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft’s failing technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. “Mani” Subramani, VU2...

07/19/2014 10:25 PM
Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR.4969

07/19/2014 01:43 AM
FEMA and ARRL Sign Agreement; FEMA Administrator Calls Ham Radio “Resilient”

The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during the ARRL National Centennial Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center i...

07/18/2014 05:12 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity is suddenly weakening, and yesterday, Thursday, July 17 the daily sunspot number was zero. We had no other zero sunspot days so far this year, none last year or in 2012, and only two in 2011, on January 27 and August 14.

We had 48 days with a sunspot number of zero in 2010 (although reports 51 days, and they may be correct), and 260 days with a daily sunspot numbe...

07/18/2014 02:55 PM
ARRL Dedicates Centennial Terrace to Honor Major Donors

Visitors to ARRL Headquarters will be greeted with something new in the area in front of the main entrance. Complementing the terrace of memorial bricks and benches on the left, a new Centennial Terrace on the right side of the main entrance was dedicated on July 17 at a ribbon-cutting and reception, held in conjunction with the ARRL National Centennial Convention now underway in Hartford, Conn...

07/16/2014 08:35 PM
ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur Radio Parity Act!

In a video, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to all radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014.” HR.4969 would require the FCC to extend PRB-1 coverage to restrictive covenants. It was introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worke...

07/16/2014 08:24 PM
ARRL Board of Directors to Meet July 21-22 in Hartford

The ARRL Board of Directors will meet Monday and Tuesday, July 21-22, in Hartford, Connecticut, The slightly altered scheduling of the July meeting takes advantage of the fact that most Board members will already be in town for the ARRL National Centennial Convention July 17-19.

International guests at the gathering will include IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, and Radio Amateurs of Can...

07/16/2014 01:51 PM
Grassroots Campaign Underway to Promote Co-Sponsorship of “Amateur Radio Parity Act”

A grassroots effort is underway to encourage radio amateurs to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The measure, introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25, would call on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The bill’s primary spo...

07/15/2014 12:19 PM
Centennial Convention Will Be an Event to Remember, ARRL President Says

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, is eagerly anticipating the ARRL National Centennial Convention this week with a sense of history, awe, and honor. The Convention gets underway Thursday, July 17, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Craigie said this week that to be President when the ARRL celebrates its centennial “is an extraordinary good fortune that I am sincerely grateful for...

07/15/2014 11:06 AM
It’s Official: N6MJ and KL9A Take WRTC-2014 Gold, Slovak and German Teams Win Silver and Bronze

After considerable deliberation over which team placed third in the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014), it’s now official. At the awards ceremony July 14 concluding the international Amateur Radio contesting competition, the US team of Dan Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, operating as K1A, took home the gold for their winning team effort. They racked up 7,184,844 points. T...

07/14/2014 07:21 PM
K4ERO Wins July QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the July QST Cover Plaque award is John Stanley, K4ERO, for his article “Using Triangular Waves to Test and Tune Linear Amplifiers.”

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the August issue today.


07/14/2014 01:53 PM
W1AW Centennial Operations Heading to South Carolina

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are on hiatus until July 16 (UTC) W1AW Centennial Operations will resume at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 16 (the evening of July 15 in US time zones), from South Carolina (W1AW/4). There will be only one state this week. During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US...

07/14/2014 01:46 PM
No ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 18

Because of the ARRL National Centennial Convention, there will be no ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 18. The ARRL Letter, which normally distributes on Thursdays, will go out to subscribers on Wednesday, July 16. See you at the Convention!

07/13/2014 01:14 PM
Unofficial Results: N6MJ and KL9A Walk Away With WRTC-2014 Gold; Other Top Standings in Limbo

It’s unofficial at this point, but the US K1A team of Daniel Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, appears to have taken the gold medal at the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC-2014) competition in New England. The top team never seemed in doubt; Craig and Hurlbut led the pack of 59 competing teams literally from the start, managing to work up an insurmountable lead of more than 7.5 mill...

07/12/2014 11:41 AM
ARRL Public Relations Manager Talks Up Ham Radio on WTIC

ARRL Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, was interviewed on the morning of July 12 by WTIC radio's Steve Parker concerning Amateur Radio in general and the upcoming ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford.

WTIC is a 50 kW broadcast station covering much of New England, not to mention its national and global Internet streaming audience.

Click here to download and listen to an MP3 off-air au...

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