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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.

01/27/2015 01:30 AM
ARRL Headquarters Closed Due to Storm

ARRL offices in Newington, Connecticut have closed due to the severe snowstorm that has struck the area. We will evaluate conditions on Wednesday morning and will be open if possible, although most likely with reduced staff. Monitor this page and the ARRL Facebook page for updates.


01/26/2015 08:39 PM
Unlicensed Religious Broadcaster Who Used Amateur Frequencies Ordered Off the Air

The FCC has ordered an unlicensed California religious broadcaster, who sometimes broadcast on a frequency in the 40 meter phone band, to shut down his station. The FCC’s Los Angeles District Office on December 31 issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to Martin K. Elliott of Inyokern, California. The FCC said it issued the Notice in response to a complaint of unlicensed operation on multiple ...

01/26/2015 05:08 PM
Eastern Seaboard ARES, SKYWARN Volunteers Prepare for Potentially Historic Storm

[Updated 2015-01-26 @ 2005 UTC] Snowfall that started early this morning in the Mid-Atlantic States was just the first hint of what weather forecasters are calling a potentially historic and dangerous winter storm that is predicted to affect the entire Eastern Seaboard of the US. In addition, the gathering storm carries the threat of high winds, blowing and drifting snow, “whiteout conditions,”...

01/24/2015 05:22 PM
Hudson Division Delivers Inaugural Donation to New Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund

01/23/2015 12:18 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers for January 15-21 dropped 50.7 points relative to the previous seven days, to 61.9. Average daily solar flux declined from 151.3 to 126.2. For the past ten days sunspot numbers have remained below 100. This benchmark has no special significance, but the last time there were this many consecutive days with double-digit sunspot numbers was October 5-20, 2014.


01/22/2015 09:05 PM
K2OP Wins January QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the January 2015 QST Cover Plaque award is Andrew Buckler, K2OP, for his article “A Solid State 1.25 kW Linear Amplifier.”

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 February issue today.


01/22/2015 07:27 PM
QRZ Logbook Now Offering Reciprocal Confirmation Credit and LoTW Download

QRZ Logbook now recognizes contact confirmations from ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW). QRZ Logbook users now can download their contacts from LoTW directly into their QRZ Logbook. Contacts that exist in LoTW but not in QRZ Logbook will be added to your QRZ Logbook. LoTW automatically puts contacts made under a previous call sign into a user’s current call sign account. QRZ will automatically...

01/21/2015 08:25 PM
ARRL Board Okays Changes to DXCC Program, VHF and Above Contesting Rules

The ARRL Board of Directors has tweaked the DX Century Club (DXCC) rules to clarify and expand their recognition of remotely controlled station technology. It also has added a rule that puts greater ethical responsibility on operators with respect to remotely controlled operation. In addition, the Board adopted changes to the ARRL VHF/UHF contest rules that are aimed at encouraging greater part...

01/21/2015 08:18 PM
ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, Retires

ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, has stepped down, and Vice Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, has succeeded him. Bodson announced his retirement on January 16 -- before the official end of his term next January 1 -- at the Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting in Windsor, Connecticut.

Fellow Board members gave Bodson a standing ovation in recognition of years of service to the Leag...

01/21/2015 07:40 PM
ARRL Comments to FCC on WRC-15 Draft Recommendations

The ARRL has commented on two draft recommendations of the FCC’s 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) Advisory Committee (WAC) as well as on a draft proposal provided to the FCC by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The ARRL expressed support for the status quo regarding an allocation to the Mobile Service for broadband applications at 3400-4200 M...

01/21/2015 05:41 PM
VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference Seeks Speakers and Papers

The 41st Eastern VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference has issued a call for speakers and papers for the gathering or for the conference Proceedings. The conference, sponsored by the ARRL-affiliated North East Weak Signal Group, will take place April 17-19 in Manchester, Connecticut. The conference sponsors are looking for presentations, papers, and talks, both long and short. Topics can include, but ar...

01/21/2015 05:29 PM
EP6T Team Pleads for “More Respect” from Operators

The EP6T DXpedition team now on Iran’s Kish Island (IOTA AS-166) has implored operators hoping to work the rare DXCC entity to show more respect and exhibit better operating manners. The EP6T team said it’s aware that the balance of contacts have been with Europe, North America, Oceania, and Asia, and the operators are doing their best to work other regions, but that 10 days may not be long eno...

01/21/2015 02:48 PM
Navassa DXpedition Team Poised to Offer “Once in 32 Years” Opportunity

The K1N Navassa DXpedition team hopes to be on the air with up to eight stations in less than 2 weeks, offering a “once in 32 years” opportunity to work the most-wanted DXCC entity. It’s been 22 years since the last Navassa operation, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which is responsible for the island, will not permit another operation for at least more 10 years. The team said its...

01/20/2015 07:33 PM
NASA Opens Application Window for Paid CubeSat, PICetSat Internships

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) seeks applicants to fill paid CubeSat and PICetSat-related internships for a 10-week Summer 2015 term. These positions may be of interest to Amateur Radio licensees pursuing degrees in electrical or computer engineering and now in their junior or senior years. Applications are being taken on the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) recruiting webs...

01/20/2015 03:08 PM
Australian “Pico Balloon” Piques Ham Radio Interest

A foil “party balloon” released in late December from Melbourne, Australia, carrying an HF Amateur Radio payload, ended its journey on January 16 off the east coast of Africa near Madagascar. Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, of Kensington, Victoria, Australia, released his PS-30 “pico balloon” on December 27, hoping that it might circle the globe. Its 13 gram Amateur Radio payload included a solar-powered 2...

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