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American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.


03/28/2015 04:48 PM
ITU Deploys Emergency Communication Equipment in Vanuatu

In an effort to coordinate relief efforts in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to the Pacific Ocean island nation. The category 5 storm devastated parts of Vanuatu on March 13. The ITU has dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 broadband global area network terminals, and 35 solar pane...


03/28/2015 04:10 PM
Two More Radio Amateurs Join International Space Station Crew

03/27/2015 03:55 PM
Oklahoma Amateur Radio Volunteers Activate Net to Track Severe Weather

Amateur Radio SKYWARN volunteers in Oklahoma went on alert March 25 as severe thunderstorms sparked tornadoes. The Southwest Independent Repeater Association (SWIRA) and Tulsa Region SKYWARN nets were active in support of tornado warnings in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metropolitan areas. No Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) activation was required, however.

“March 25 was a busy after...


03/27/2015 11:25 AM
The K7RA Solar Update

Sunspot numbers and solar flux both rose this week. Average daily sunspot numbers on March 19-25 were up 24.8 points to 83.9, compared to the previous seven day period. Average daily solar flux rose from 117.5 to 122.4.

Average planetary A index dropped from 29.4 to 19.4, although conditions continued to be active. March 22-23 had planetary A index numbers at 24 and 21, but there was nothing lik...


03/26/2015 06:28 PM
“Radio DARC” Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German Shortwave Outlet

03/26/2015 06:18 PM
Amateur Radio Television Pioneer Don Miller, W9NTP, SK

Amateur Radio television Pioneer and past ARRL Central Division Director Don C. Miller, W9NTP, of Waldron, Indiana, died March 22. He was 91. An ARRL Life Member, he was licensed in 1943. In the 1960s Miller was instrumental in developing slow-scan TV (SSTV) for ham radio, working with Cop MacDonald, VY2CM, and others. Miller wrote several articles on SSTV for QST. In 1972, Dayton Hamvention® h...


03/25/2015 06:51 PM
ARRL President, Directors and Officers Educate and Advocate on Capitol Hill

03/25/2015 06:04 PM
Two Centenarian Radio Amateurs are Honored by Their States

Two distinguished centenarian radio amateurs recently were honored by their respective states. In Alaska, 102-year-old ARRL member Arlene “Buddy” Clay, KL7OT, was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in rural justice administration among the Yup’ik people. Responding to a 1944 QST advertisement, Buddy Clay and her late husband Earl, KL7EM, went to work as air traffic contr...


03/25/2015 01:00 PM
ARRL Centennial Points Challenge, W1AW WAS Awards Application Window Open

The window to apply for ARRL Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards is now open! The ARRL Centennial operating events were hugely successful, with participation way beyond anyone’s expectations.

“This was the biggest on-the-air operation in the history of Amateur Radio,” ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, said. More than 5.5 million Centennial event contacts...


03/24/2015 05:54 PM
Virginia Test Session Yields Winners from 9 to 90

None of the 34 candidates at a February 28 ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing session in Virginia’s Tidewater region went home empty handed. Among the successful applicants was a nonagenarian former licensee who had been out of ham radio for 60 years, and sisters aged 9 and 12. Every applicant passed at least one of the tests attempted. Turnout at the session, sponsored jointly by the Hampton Publi...


03/24/2015 02:33 PM
Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference Returns to its Roots for 2015

Ten years after its inaugural session in Tampere, Finland, the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) will return to that city on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23-24. The theme of the international event will be, “Cooperating with Authorities.” GAREC 2015 has extended an invitation to all involved in emergency communication around the world.

Hosting GAREC 2015 will be the Finnish Amateu...


03/20/2015 01:41 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

The spring equinox is today, March 20, at 2245 UTC.

On Tuesday, March 17 a CME struck Earth producing the largest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle. Aurora was visible all the way down to the central United States. The planetary A index for the day was 117, an incredibly high number. It looks like the greatest impact was in the second half of the UTC day, when the planetary K index in...


03/20/2015 01:05 PM
National Hurricane Conference Will Include Amateur Radio Sessions

Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference, March 30-April 2 in Austin, Texas. The conference theme is improving hurricane preparedness. All Amateur Radio sessions are free and will take place Tuesday, March 31.

The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation in order to save liv...


03/19/2015 05:02 PM
Vibroplex Purchases Bencher Amateur Radio Product Line

Bencher Inc has announced the sale of its Amateur Radio product line to Vibroplex LLC of Knoxville, Tennessee, owned by Scott Robbins, W4PA.

“This sale ends Bencher’s presence in the Amateur Radio field, thus allowing the principals, Jere Benedict, President, and Bob Locher, W9KNI, to move towards retirement,” the announcement said.

Product lines included in the sale include the Bencher BY series...


03/19/2015 02:49 PM
FCC, Regulatory Issues Dominate ARRL Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

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