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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.

08/22/2014 04:24 PM
Some ARRL Website Services to Be Down for Maintenance

Because of ARRL website maintenance and upgrading, some website services will be unavailable from 0000 until 1000 UTC on Saturday, August 23 (ie, starting the evening of Friday, August 22, in US time zones) and again from 0400 until 1000 UTC on Monday, August 25.

Outside e-mail to addresses and addresses will be queued for later delivery. Logbook of The World (LoTW)...

08/22/2014 02:48 PM
First Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference Held

ARES and RACES were featured during the National Tribal Emergency Management Conference, August 13-15 in Airway Heights, Washington. The largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the country was organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council (NTEMC) in conjunction with the Northwest Tribal Emergency Mana...

08/22/2014 01:19 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

Solar indices and outlook are stronger this week. Average daily sunspot numbers rose 19.7 points to 114.6, while average daily solar flux increased 25.7 points to 138.8. Average daily estimated planetary A index dropped from 7.4 to 4.3. This compares the August 14-20 period against the previous seven days.

The day with the greatest geomagnetic activity was Tuesday, August 19 when the planetary A...

08/21/2014 03:05 PM
Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference 2014 Takes a Technological Tack

The 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC 2014) held last week (August 14-15) in Huntsville, Alabama, and hosted by the ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest, offered an opportunity for participants to share presentations and perspectives from around the globe. Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, organized this year’s GAREC event, which focused on the application of ad...

08/21/2014 02:57 PM
Pat Barkey, N9RV, Named as New National Contest Journal Editor

Well-known contester Pat Barkey, N9RV, of Bonner, Montana, will become the 15th editor of National Contest Journal (NCJ) effective with the January/February 2015 issue. He takes over from Kirk Pickering, K4RO, who has served as NCJ’s editor since 2012. Pickering said he believes Barkey will bring a fresh perspective to NCJ readers.

“I am delighted that N9RV has stepped up to take the role as the...

08/20/2014 04:30 PM
Southern Florida Section Manager Wins Full Term, New SMs on Deck in Two Other Sections

ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, has won a full term in his own right, after being appointed to the post earlier this year. In the just-completed summer election cycle, Beals, of Loxahatchee, received 570 votes to 270 for his challenger, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach. Ballots were counted on August 19, at ARRL Headquarters.


Beals will begin his 2-year term of ...

08/20/2014 03:02 PM
Webinar Helps to Build Ham Community Cohesion, Momentum for H.R. 4969

08/20/2014 02:40 PM
Balloting Set for this Fall in Two ARRL Divisions

When the ARRL Board of Directors gathers for its Annual Meeting in January 2015, there will be some new faces around the table. ARRL members in the Atlantic Division will elect a new Director and Vice Director, while members in the Great Lakes Division will choose a Vice Director. Two sitting directors have opted not to run for election: Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, who was appointed in 2010 to succeed ...

08/20/2014 02:23 PM
Now Shipping: Arduino for Ham Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP

The Arduino has become widely popular among hobbyists and ham radio operators. Hams are exploring these powerful, inexpensive microcontrollers, creating new projects and amateur station gear. With its Open Source model, the Arduino community freely shares software and hardware designs, making projects easier to build and modify.

Arduino for Ham Radio introduces you to the exciting world of micro...

08/19/2014 05:02 PM
EMF 2014: It Takes an Amateur Radio Village

An Amateur Radio Village and special event station GB2EMF will be among the highlights for hams at the Electromagnetic Field “EMF 2014” event Friday through Sunday, August 29-31, just south of Bletchley in the UK.

“EMF 2014 is a festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D printing, DIYBio, Internet culture or pretty much anything else you can think ...

08/19/2014 04:55 PM
Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat Deployed from ISS

A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenie...

08/18/2014 04:50 PM
Pirate Radio Ship Redux: Radio Caroline Returns, Radio Veronica, Northsea Special Event Set

The renegade Radio Caroline, which entertained rock ‘n’ roll fans in the UK and Europe from the 1960s until the 1990s from offshore shipboard transmitters and studios, is back on the airwaves from the River Blackwater off England’s Essex Coast using a temporary, low-power license. It has plans to obtain a permanent AM broadcasting authorization. Radio Caroline was among the first, and most famo...

08/18/2014 04:40 PM
Venerable LUSAT-1 (OSCAR 19) Takes to the Dark Side

08/18/2014 03:23 PM
W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on August 20 (UTC)

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states and now in Oklahoma will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, August 20 (the evening of August 19 in US time zones), to Ohio (W1AW/8) 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 all states sol...

08/15/2014 01:55 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity showed further signs of weakness this week, with the average daily sunspot number dropping 41.8 points to 94.9, while average daily solar flux declined 36.5 points to 113.1.

In the 45-day forecast for solar flux, it was surprising back on August 3 to see a new solar flux prediction of 150 for August 31 through September 3. I suspected this prediction would come down to a lower lev...

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