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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.


02/12/2016 02:23 PM
The K7RA Solar Update

All four of the indices we track rose over the past week, with average daily sunspot number rising from 50.6 to 86.6, average daily solar flux up from 105.4 to 117.4, average daily planetary A index increasing from 7.3 to 9.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index up from 5.6 to 6.4.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 110 and 105 on February 12-13, 105 on February 14-16, 111, 100, 105 an...


02/12/2016 01:19 AM
Amateur Radio Parity Act Gets Favorable Subcommittee Report

On a voice vote, the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has sent the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee with a favorable report for further consideration. The measure was among three bills the Subcommittee considered during a February 11 "markup" session. The Subcommittee is chaired by Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR).

“I’m optim...


02/11/2016 09:08 PM
ARRL Headquarters Closed for Presidents' Day

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Presidents' Day holiday on Monday, February 15. In addition, there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice.

 


02/10/2016 04:57 PM
The March Edition of Digital QST is Now Available

The March Edition of Digital QST is now available at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/arrl/qst_201603/.

 This is our annual antenna issue!
• Build a four-band VHF-UHF “contest” antenna

• Use a satellite TV dish to disguise a 2 meter antenna

• Try a 60-meter dipole antenna that also works on 15 meters

• Build a compact 3-band HF antenna

…and much more!

Enjoy Content You Won’t Find in the Print Edition…

W...


02/10/2016 02:39 PM
Army and Air Force MARS Communications Exercise Set for February 12

The first quarterly Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) US Department of Defense communications exercise of 2016 (COMEX 16-1) is set for February 12. The scenario will be a loss of electrical power, landline telephone and cell service, and Internet. The exercise will get under way at 1200 UTC and run for 12 hours. Individual radio amateurs and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups wi...


02/10/2016 02:05 PM
ARRL 2016 International DX Contest (CW) is February 20-21

No contest season is complete without the running of our annual ARRL International DX Contest. The CW event is February 20-21; the phone event is 2 weeks later on the weekend of March 5-6.

Whether you’re new to DXing, new to HF, or even new to CW, this contest offers an easy way for you to join in and have a lot of fun! The contest exchange is short and simple, and many participants here and abr...


02/10/2016 01:41 PM
Randy Thompson, K5ZD, Stepping down as CQ World Wide Contest Director

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, said February 9 that he will step down as director of the CQ World Wide Contest as soon as his replacement can be found. His announcement includes a job description for prospective applicants. Thompson cited increasing professional responsibilities for his decision. Thompson became director of the CQ WPX Contest in 2008, serving through the 2012 contest. He was appointed a...


02/10/2016 01:49 AM
The March/April Issue of QEX Is on the Way!

02/09/2016 08:51 PM
Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads to Launch on February 12

02/09/2016 04:59 PM
US House Subcommittee to Consider Amateur Radio Parity Act

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, will be among three bills that the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will consider in a Thursday, February 11, “markup” session. The subcommittee will gather on February 10 for opening statements only. When it reconvenes the next day, its members could vote to send the measure to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for further co...


02/09/2016 02:45 PM
Virgin Islands Weather Net Founder, Repeater Network Pioneer George B. Cline, KP2G, SK

George B. Cline, KP2G, of St John, Virgin Islands, died on January 11. He was 79. For many years Cline served as a radio dispatcher for St John Rescue, and he was a member of the St John Amateur Radio Club. In 1994, Cline initiated the Virgin Islands Weather Net to provide weather updates and critical weather information for the greater Virgin Islands community.

He also spearheaded a project to ...


02/08/2016 05:30 PM
Icom Donates IC-9100 Transceiver to ARRL

Icom America recently donated an IC-9100 transceiver for installation at W1HQ, the ARRL Headquarters station used by employees and volunteers. 

The transceiver was provided courtesy of Ray Novak, N9JA, Icom America Senior Sales Manager, and it includes the optional 1200 MHz module. The IC-9100 is an HF through 1200 MHz multimode transceiver that offers two independent receivers. It received an e...


02/08/2016 03:23 PM
New ARRL President Happy to be Part of “Exciting Times for Amateur Radio”

Making his inaugural ARRL National Convention appearance as ARRL President, Rick Roderick, K5UR, said he’s looking forward to meeting many League members in person in Orlando this week. The 2016 ARRL National Convention, February 12-14, is hosted by the Orlando HamCation®, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

“We are embarking on a new era at ARRL as the second century begins,” Presi...


02/08/2016 03:18 PM
IARU President Touts Amateur Radio’s Relevance in Emergency Communication

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, says Amateur Radio is “probably more relevant today than it was 25 years ago.” Ellam made the comment during an interview with Maximilian Jacobson-Gonzalez at the 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016), held in late January in Kuwait and sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). T...


02/07/2016 12:23 PM
School Club Roundup is February 8-12; Some Rule Changes are in Place

Young operators at school clubs across the country will take to the air for the “Winter/Spring Term” School Club Roundup, which gets under way Monday, February 8 at 1300 UTC, and continues through Friday, February 12, at 2359 UTC.

Because of changes in rules for the event, operators should ensure that their logging software is up to date: 

  • Contacts on digital modes such as RTTY and PSK31 now coun...

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