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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.


07/31/2014 08:10 PM
Party Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Circles the Northern Hemisphere

A simple party-style balloon carrying a 434 MHz solar-powered Amateur Radio transmitter is nearing the end of its trip around the Northern Hemisphere. Launched on July 12 from the UK by Leo Bodnar, M0XER, the so-called B-64 balloon is expected to complete its final transatlantic crossing over Cornwall in the UK on July 31 or August 1. It then is expected to continue east into Europe. So far the...


07/31/2014 05:13 PM
ARRL Board Lauds “Unforgettable Milestone,” Formalizes LoTW Policy, Honors Award Recipients

Reflecting the afterglow of the ARRL National Centennial Convention that concluded a couple of days earlier, the ARRL Board of Directors commended and thanked the ARRL Headquarters staff and the National Centennial Convention volunteers for “their devotion and service, contributing to a truly memorable celebration of this unforgettable milestone in the life of the ARRL.” The resolution, offered...


07/30/2014 06:14 PM
Special Event Planned this Fall on 630 Meters

Experimental operators on 600/630 meters will conduct a special event operation October 31-November 2. The Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), which maintains the KPH/KSM commercial coast stations, will take part in the event.

“This event marks the 106th anniversary of the Berlin Treaty that created the international distress frequency at 500 kHz,” said ARRL 600 Meter Experimental Group Co...


07/29/2014 07:46 PM
California Hams Activate to Support Shelter Communications Following Wildfire

Amateur Radio volunteers in California’s Tuolumne County assisted local emergency managers and the American Red Cross by supporting communication at a shelter in Groveland, set up in the wake of the El Portal Fire in Yosemite National Park. The National Park Service reported that the fire got its start in the community of El Portal on July 26, and evacuations were put into effect for Foresta an...


07/29/2014 07:07 PM
SpaceJam 8 Will Feature ARISS Contact

07/29/2014 06:38 PM
SKYWARN Volunteers Muster as Severe Weather, Tornado Hit Southern New England

When severe weather erupted in Southern New England on July 27 and 28, SKYWARN volunteers went on alert to help forecasters track conditions and, afterward, to assist authorities with assessing the damage. A super-cell storm system organized over northern Norfolk County, Massachusetts, on the morning of July 28 and raced through portions of northeastern Massachusetts, causing wind damage in sec...


07/29/2014 12:55 AM
FCC Alleges Deliberate Interference, Failure to Identify in Proposing Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs

07/28/2014 06:08 PM
Army MARS Demonstrates ALE, Courts Young Volunteers at ARRL National Centennial Convention

The “test range” was a plain-vanilla office table inside the big exhibition hall. At one end sat a PRC-150, one of some 10,000 or so back-pack HF radios carried by US soldiers, its whip antenna extended and ready for action. At the other end was an innovative commercial radio that had the look and feel of a late-model Amateur Radio. This odd pairing was Army MARS’s high-tech contribution to the...


07/28/2014 05:11 PM
Maritime Mobile Service Network Aids in Separate Land-Based Emergencies

While best known for its efforts to aid voyagers on the high seas, the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) occasionally helps out in land-based emergencies too. That was the case recently when MMSN net control stations received distress calls regarding motor vehicle incidents in Nevada and Texas. On July 24, MMSN Net Control Station Ken Porter, AC0ML, was notified by HF mobile operator Georg...


07/28/2014 04:05 AM
W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on July 30 (UTC)

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 30 (the evening of July 29 in US time zones), to South Dakota (W1AW/0) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). 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 solely by contacting W1AW po...


07/27/2014 05:03 PM
No Editions of The ARRL Letter, ARRL Audio News this Week

There will be no editions of The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News this Thursday and Friday, July 31 and August 1. The ARRL Letter will return on August 7, and ARRL Audio News will return on August 8.

 

 

 


07/27/2014 02:53 PM
Registration Remains Open for Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) 2014 Conference in Huntsville

Online registration ends July 31 open for the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference. GAREC-2014 will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communication when it returns to Huntsville, Alabama, August 14-15. The conference is being held in conjunction with the Huntsville Hamfest (the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention) on August 16 and ...


07/27/2014 02:35 PM
ISS Astronaut Activates ARISS During ARRL National Centennial Convention

Satellite enthusiast Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, and a crowd of onlookers got an unexpected treat July 19 at the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. Stoddard was outside the Connecticut Convention Center, hoping to perhaps demonstrate the digipeater aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during some favorable passes and, if he really got lucky, to actually speak to...


07/26/2014 10:25 PM
Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR.4969

07/25/2014 02:08 PM
AMSAT Announces Fox-1C Launch Opportunity and Fund Drive

AMSAT-NA has announced a third-quarter 2015 launch opportunity for its Fox-1C CubeSat and has kicked off a fun drive to cover the costs of putting the Amateur Radio satellite into space. AMSAT reports that it has teamed with Spaceflight Inc for integration and launch services utilizing Spaceflight’s SHERPA system to put Fox-1C into a sun-synchronous orbit. Spaceflight describes SHERPA as an “in...


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