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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.


07/03/2015 03:43 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

Conditions over Field Day weekend turned out to be not bad at all. The expected geomagnetic upset never happened. On June 25-26, the Thursday and Friday before Field Day, the predicted planetary A index for the June 27-28 was 45 and 60, really bad conditions. The actual planetary A index on those dates was 9 and 13, and the mid-latitude A index was 8 and 12, nice moderate numbers.

Average solar ...


07/02/2015 05:46 PM
FCC Invites Comments on Proposed Rules for New LF and MF Amateur Allocations

The FCC is inviting comments on its recent proposals to authorize Amateur Radio operation on two new bands -- an LF allocation at 135.7 to 137.8 kHz (2200 meters), and an MF allocation at 472-479 kHz (630 meters). Amateur Radio would be secondary on both bands. Comments are due August 31. Reply comments -- ie, comments on comments filed -- are due by September 30. The FCC allocated 135.7 to 137...


07/01/2015 06:34 PM
FCC Speedily Dismisses Petitions to Alter Amateur Service Rules

Acting with near lightning speed, the FCC has dismissed two petitions for rule making calling for separate amendments to the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. Willison H. Gormly, WD0BCS, of Des Moines, New Mexico, filed both petitions on June 16, and the FCC turned them away on July 1. Gormly had requested that the FCC amend §97.301(e) of the rules by dividing it into separate sub-paragraphs for t...


07/01/2015 02:10 PM
CEDAR Conference Participants Dig Into Science of Interest to Radio Amateurs

06/30/2015 08:58 PM
Phillip Groves, N8SFO, Named as West Virginia Section Manager

Phillip Groves, N8SFO, has been appointed as ARRL West Virginia Section Manager. Groves, of Beckley, succeeds the late Charles Hardy, WV8CH, of Fayetteville, who died on June 14, apparently as the result of accidental electrocution while working on an antenna at his home.

“This position will present me with new opportunities to further promote Amateur Radio participation and membership for radio...


06/29/2015 08:21 PM
Museum Donates Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Homebrew Equipment

06/29/2015 07:55 PM
Senate Sponsor of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” said Bill Promotes Regulatory Transparency, Equality

US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), who sponsored “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” in the Senate, had said the bill he introduced, with original cosponsor Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would allow for transparency and equality in the regulatory process. S. 1685 and its identically worded US House version H.R. 1301 direct the FCC to provide “regulatory parity” for Amateur radio operators. Wicker ...


06/29/2015 05:04 PM
ARRL Website Has New Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Page

Now that there is Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 legislation in both chambers of the US Congress, the League has a combined web page to accommodate activities on behalf of the two bills. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 is H.R. 1301 in the US House of Representatives and S. 1685 in the US Senate. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page provides a clearing house for all information on th...


06/29/2015 04:30 PM
“Founders and Patriots of the Republic” is Theme of Annual 13 Colonies Event

06/28/2015 12:38 AM
States, Counties, Communities Recognize the Value of Amateur Radio, Field Day

Several US states, counties, and communities this month took the opportunity to formally recognize the value of Amateur Radio and the occasion of ARRL Field Day.

Connecticut Gov Dannel Malloy has proclaimed June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week. His proclamation noted that the ARRL is headquartered in Connecticut and has been “promoting and advancing the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio” ...


06/26/2015 06:00 PM
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in the US Senate

[UPDATED 2015-06-29 1937 UTC] A companion Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 bill has been introduced in the US Senate. Mississippi Republican Sen Roger Wicker introduced S. 1685 on June 25, with Sen Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat of Connecticut, as the initial cosponsor. The Senate bill joins an identical measure in the US House, H.R. 1301, which was introduced in March. Both measures would dire...


06/26/2015 05:56 PM
The ARRL Letter Tops 100,000 Subscribers!

06/26/2015 05:47 PM
Canadian Satellite Will Listen for ARRL Field Day Stations

A Canadian research satellite will listen for Amateur Radio transmissions during ARRL Field Day as it passes over the US early on Sunday (UTC). The University of Calgary’s “Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (ePOP) Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI)” on the CASSIOPE satellite.

“The RRI will monitor 30 kHz band segments in the CW portions of the 40 and 80 meter amateur bands during 2-minute segments on 28...


06/26/2015 05:43 PM
HAM RADIO 2015 Gets Under Way in Friedrichshafen, Germany

The 40th anniversary edition of HAM RADIO is now under way in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The event, which takes place near Lake Constance, attracted more than 17,000 visitors in 2014, including contingents from the ARRL and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) is a Ham Radio cosponsor, and its theme for this year’s gathering is “Space stations, sa...


06/26/2015 12:09 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

This was a very active week for solar flares and aurora. On Monday and Tuesday the planetary A index was 55 and 76, indicating a geomagnetic storm. The planetary A index was high again on Thursday, June 25 at 33, and the high latitude college A index was 42.

It turns out that the magnetometer at Fredericksburg, Virginia was knocked out on five of the seven days, so the mid-latitude A index we ar...


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