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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.


04/17/2014 11:22 AM
The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL Headquarters is closed for Good Friday on April 18, so the bulletin comes to you a day early.

After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and 245. Sunspot numbers have reached this level several times in the past 12 months. On February 28,...


04/16/2014 05:46 PM
Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Support for 30th Challenge Cup Relay

Amateur Radio volunteers were key to maintaining safety and security for the thousands of law enforcement personnel who took part in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V) race on March 22. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the event, sometimes called “The world’s longest police foot pursuit.” The relay event covers some 120 miles of remote territory, from the Mojave Desert near Ba...


04/15/2014 07:20 PM
ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Good Friday, April 18

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, April 18. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions and no ARRL Audio News on April 18. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 21, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!


04/15/2014 07:13 PM
W1AW/x Portable Operations, W100AW, and W1HQ Can QSL via Bureau

You may request that QSL cards be delivered via the ARRL QSL Bureau system for contacts with the W1AW/x portable operations, W100AW, and W1HQ, now underway during the ARRL Centennial. You must first have an account with the QSL Bureau that handles your cards and have sufficient postage or envelopes on file with that bureau. Any cards that cannot be delivered will not be held or stored.

Please do...


04/15/2014 05:30 PM
World Amateur Radio Day is Friday, April 18

“Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication” is the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2014, Friday, April 18. Radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day each year on April 18 to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was its first president. The primary purpose of World ...


04/15/2014 05:22 PM
Deadline is May 1 to Apply for ARRL Teachers Institute

The ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) is still accepting applications for all sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this summer. The application deadline is May 1. Admission decisions will be made by May 9.

Learn how to integrate science and mathematics with engineering and technology by exploring wireless technology!

Now in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, exp...


04/15/2014 01:45 PM
Gear Up Now for ARRL Field Day 2014!

04/15/2014 01:39 PM
Today’s National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshops Being Streamed Live

Amateur Radio workshop sessions at the National Hurricane Conference taking place today in Miami will be streamed live to the Web via the VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net Support and North Shore Radio Association sites. The session schedule is listed on these links and below. Times are in Eastern Daylight Time:

10:30 Opening Remarks (John McHugh, K4AG)

10:35 Importance of Amateur Radio/Spotter Surface ...


04/14/2014 05:44 PM
KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition

[Update: 2014-04-15 1905 UTC] The Spacex ISS resupply mission launch has been postponed due to a problem with the vehicle. Another attempt has been scheduled for April 18.]

Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and from the “Sprite” satellites.

“I’ll be offering prizes to the first several people who receive telemetr...


04/14/2014 05:02 PM
FUNcube/AO-73 Transponder Will Be Active Each Weekend

The FUNcube/AO-73 Amateur Radio transponder will be active full time (with low-power beacon) on weekends. FUNcube’s controllers will switch to full-time transponder mode during the first suitable pass over the UK on Friday, typically between 1930 and 22:30 UTC. (If this is not possible, the switch will be made on the first suitable pass on Saturday, typically between 0930 and 1200 UTC. Controll...


04/14/2014 03:56 PM
K4ZLE Wins April QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the April QST Cover Plaque award is Jay Slough, K4ZLE, for his article “A 10 Meter Moxon Antenna.”

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 May issue today.

 


04/14/2014 12:06 PM
W1AW Centennial Operations Shift States on April 16

The ARRL Centennial “W1AW WAS“ operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 16 (the evening of April 15 in US time zones), from Massachusetts and Virginia to Mississippi (W1AW/5) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work ...


04/13/2014 07:43 PM
Live Amateur Radio Digital TV Test Transmits Astronaut’s Image from the ISS

Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, served as the host for a successful final commissioning pass April 13 for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) “Ham Video” transmitter and camera. Operating as OR4ISS from the ISS Columbus module, Wakata transmitted digital video and audio, as ground stations in France and Italy tracked the station. The Earth stations received cl...


04/12/2014 12:31 PM
No ARRL Audio News for April 18

There will be no ARRL Audio News this Friday, April 18, due to the fact that Headquarters will be closed for the Good Friday holiday. Audio News will resume April 25.


04/11/2014 08:37 PM
ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss “Fatally Flawed” Petition for Rule Making Affecting 10 GHz

The ARRL has told the FCC that a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11715) from Mimosa Networks to permit unlicensed Part 15 wireless broadband services in the 10.0-10.5 GHz band is “fatally flawed” and should be dismissed. Mimosa filed the Petition in May 2013, and the FCC invited public comments last month. The Petition includes a band plan for 10.0 to 10.5 GHz that would cede Amateur Radio and Ama...


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