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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.


10/22/2014 08:49 PM
KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

“Our experienced team of 15 is complete and is ready for the challenge,” said an October 22 KP1-5 Project news release from President Bo...


10/22/2014 08:03 PM
ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a “Clean Sweep” is Coming Up!

In a few short days, operators across all 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sections will take to the airwaves to compete in the first of two ARRL November Sweepstakes events. Always a fall favorite “Sweeps” is the longest-running “domestic” contest. The CW event is November 1-3, while the SSB event is November 15-17. The action on both weekends gets underway at 2100 UTC Saturday and r...


10/22/2014 03:54 PM
ARRL Regional Centennial Conventions Wrap Up with Pacificon

10/22/2014 01:41 AM
CQ Reconsiders Its Policy on Crimea for CQ-Sponsored Contests

CQ has reversed its just-announced policy that it would no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs and is adopting a new policy that is in harmony with ARRL’s DXCC policy. In announcing the shift, CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, cited concerns raised by “a large number of contesters around the world” that CQ was unfairly de...


10/21/2014 08:50 PM
IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, Presented with IEC 1906 Award

IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE/AD7IY, has been presented with the IEC 1906 Award. Kootz received the award during the plenary session of CISPR (the Special International Committee on Radio Interference) held in Frankfurt on October 20. Kootz represents the IARU at the international standardization organization, overseeing the protection of radio reception. CISPR was founded in 1934 to...


10/21/2014 07:54 PM
ARRL Headquarters Systems Down for Maintenance Wednesday Evening

Beginning at 6 pm tomorrow evening (2200 UTC on Wednesday, October 22nd), ARRL Headquarters systems will be taken down to perform maintenance functions.

This will impact operations of Logbook of The World, Online DXCC, the Centennial websites, and e-mail coming in and out of the building. E-mail sent to ARRL HQ will be queued for delivery once the systems are restored to operational status.

The ...


10/21/2014 07:11 PM
Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Gets Underway on Thursday, October 23!

Bidding for the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction will get underway at 1400 UTC on Thursday, October 23. More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST “Product Review” articles and road tested by the ARRL Laboratory team. In addition to other miscellaneous transceivers and accessories there are more than 100 vintage books.

“We also have a number o...


10/21/2014 06:40 PM
ARRL Board May Seek Member Input on 15 Meter Novice/Tech Digital Privileges

A proposal aired at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting endorsing additional HF digital privileges for Technicians and referred to the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) for study came in for considerable discussion when the EC met on October 4 in Memphis. The original motion by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, had called for a Petition for Rule Making to the FCC seeking d...


10/21/2014 05:25 PM
Indonesia’s New President, Vice President are Radio Amateurs

Indonesia’s new national leaders are both Amateur Radio licensees.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, YD2JKW, holds a General class license. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, YC8HYK, is an Advanced class licensee.

Elected in July, Jokowi, 53, a former furniture exporter, and Kalla, 72, were inaugurated on October 20 in Jakarta. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy, with a population of approxi...


10/21/2014 03:07 PM
Edge of Space Sciences Balloon Flight Carrying Amateur Radio to Launch October 25

10/21/2014 03:01 PM
The 2015 Edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is Now Available!

The 2015 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is now shipping, and, while supplies last, you can get the hard-cover edition for the soft-cover price. The ARRL Handbook provides the theory, practical information, and construction details to expand your knowledge and skill as an Amateur Radio operator and experimenter.

This 92nd edition of The ARRL Handbook is at the forefront of the growing fie...


10/20/2014 09:01 PM
ARRL Headquarters IT Department Working to Resolve Threat to Logbook of The World Server

On Sunday afternoon, it was discovered that the Logbook of The World server at ARRL HQ was involved in a denial of service attack that disrupted operations. The ARRL IT Department identified the source and is continuing work on eliminating the threat. There may be intermittent disruptions of the Logbook service while the ultimate fix is being implemented. We apologize for any inconvenience.


10/20/2014 08:13 PM
IARU Administrative Council Resolution Seeks to Rein in Electromagnetic Interference

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has called upon International Telecommunication Union (ITU) signatory nations to take steps to ensure that the operation of “electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks,” does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations. The Council adopted a reso...


10/20/2014 05:48 PM
4M Moon Orbiter Carrying Ham Radio Payload to Launch on October 23

The Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment, which will carry an Amateur Radio payload, is set to launch from China, attached to the final stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. The launch will take place within a narrow window on October 23, with lunar flyby to occur, nominally, on October 28. Integration of the LX0OHB-4M Amateur Radio payload was completed on October 12. D...


10/20/2014 03:28 PM
Radio Amateurs Play a Role in Separate Storm Responses

Amateur Radio volunteers activated on opposite ends of the US late last week and over the weekend as separate hurricanes struck Bermuda and Hawaii. Both regions were prepared and fared well with no deaths, serious injuries, or major property damage reported.

Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo, the stronger of the two storms, was a Category 3 hurricane when it made a near-direct hit on Bermuda on...


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