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11/28/2014 01:03 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

It seemed to me that solar activity perked up again over the past week, but the numbers are about the same as last week's. Average daily sunspot numbers went from 98.9 to 97.4, but on Thursday, November 26 (our reporting week runs from Thursday through Wednesday), the sunspot number was 155, and the day before it was 177.

One new sunspot region appeared on November 20, another on November 23, th...

11/25/2014 04:31 PM
Time to Tune Up on Top Band: The ARRL 160 Meter Contest is December 5-7

The beginning of December marks the return of the ARRL 160 Meter Contest. The action gets underway at 2200 UTC on Friday, December 5, and wraps up at 1559 UTC on Sunday, December 7. This is a 42-hour event with no operating time limit. If you have ever yearned to try your hand at Top Band contesting, this is the perfect opportunity!

The ARRL 160 Meter Contest is an all-CW event, with ARRL/RAC Se...

11/25/2014 03:25 PM
Deadline Looms to Apply for ARISS Educational Ham Radio Contacts with the ISS

11/24/2014 04:33 PM
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, Two Others Arrive at ISS

11/24/2014 04:01 PM
W1AW Centennial Operations Moving to Delaware, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Florida and Arkansas. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, November 26 (the evening of November 25 in US time zones), to Delaware (W1AW/3), Louisiana (W1AW/5), and Puerto Rico (W1AW/KP4). So far during 2014, W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week, and by ...

11/24/2014 05:00 AM
ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on November 27-28

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28. The ARRL Letter will not be published on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, November 28.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!


11/21/2014 08:53 PM
ARRL Members Elect Division Director and Two Vice Directors

The ballots have been counted, and ARRL members have determined that the Atlantic Division’s new Director starting January 1 will be current Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. Abernethy outpolled Phil Theis, K3TUF, 1400 to 1168, to succeed outgoing Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who opted not to run for another term. 

Abernethy was Maryland Section Manager from 2001 until 2005, w...

11/21/2014 08:11 PM
Amateur Radio Volunteers on Alert in Mammoth New York Snowfall’s Aftermath

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers are themselves still digging out from several days of unprecedented snowfall in Upstate New York. The severe weather already has been blamed for at least a dozen deaths. Western New York Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Tedesco, KC2DKP, said ARES volunteers have activated a net and are on alert ...

11/21/2014 06:07 PM
IARU Wants Member Societies’ “Engaged” in Seeking Support for 5.275-5.450 MHz Amateur Allocation

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, has called upon IARU member societies to seek the support of their respective governments for an Amateur Radio secondary allocation at 5.275-5.450 MHz, per Agenda Item 1.4 at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Ellam told his colleagues in a letter this week that obtaining the allocation is “one of the mai...

11/21/2014 11:44 AM
The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to 164.4.

Predicted solar flux is 170 on November 21, 175 on November 22-23, then 170, 155 and 150 on November 24-26, then 145, 130 and 120 on November 27-29, 115 on November 30 through December 6, 135 and 155 on December 7-8, 165 on December 9-10, and 160 on December 11...

11/20/2014 08:46 PM
Amateur Radio Volunteers Turn Out En Masse to Support Chicago Marathon

A huge turnout of Amateur Radio volunteers supported communications on October 12 for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and its 2000 volunteer medical teams. For the first time this year, the Amateur Radio volunteers also shadowed the nine triage units that attended to runners within Grant Park, the marathon’s finish line. The hams communicated with the ambulance service, if further med...

11/20/2014 06:55 PM
New “My DX Summit” Website Going Live on November 21

11/20/2014 04:26 PM
Two Japanese Satellites Will Carry Ham Radio Payloads into Deep Space this Month

[UPDATED 2014-11-20 2030 UTC] Two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin’en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATCH, will be heading into deep space this month. The satellites will hitch a ride with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission, which is scheduled to launch on November 29.

A 17 kg, 50 cm diameter polyhedron, Shin’en 2, developed by Kyushu Institute of Technology an...

11/20/2014 02:40 PM
Homeland Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan Incorporates Amateur Radio

The US Department of Homeland Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency. The 2014 NECP is the first update since the original plan was released in 2008. The NECP is “the nation’s over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabil...

11/19/2014 06:18 PM
Working Red Badge Holders Could Be Key to Boosting Your Centennial QSO Party Totals

It’s getting down to crunch time: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party ends in just about 6 weeks! If you’ve been procrastinating about building your point totals to the certificate level, two more major opportunities to put some serious points into your log lie just ahead. Red Badge Days will take place Saturday, November 22, and on Wednesday, December 31.

The final point levels for Centennial QSO Par...

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