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Special Event Stations OF9X, OH9SCL on the Air from the Land of Santa Claus

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pThe Santa Claus stations, OH9SCL (“Santa Claus Land”) and OF9X (“Old Father Nine Xmas”) are on the air! As Santa is busy loading up his sleigh preparing for his journey around the world, his elves will be at the controls of Santa Radio and can tell you Santa's whereabouts. Stop by and say hello. Santa’s journey starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspa.../p

Russian ARISS Team Transmitting Slow-Scan TV from the ISS

Vie, 19/12/2014 - 23:05
pSeveral stations around the globe reported receiving slow-scan television (SSTV) strongimages/strong from the International Space Station on December 18. The Russian ARISS announced earlier that it would activate the Amateur Radio SSTV “experiment” from the ISS on 145.800 MHz FM (PD180 mode). Additional transmissions are planned for December 20. All of the images commemorate the birth 80 years ago of Soviet.../p

Annual Christmas Eve Fessenden Commemorative Transmission Set

Vie, 19/12/2014 - 22:28
pBrian Justin, WA1ZMS, will put his 600 meter Experimental Station WG2XFQ on the air for his annual Christmas Eve transmission. WG2XFQ will transmit on 486 kHz from Forest, Virginia, to mark the 108th anniversary of Reginald Fessenden’s first audio transmission. Historic accounts say Fessenden played the violin and read a brief Bible verse. It’s been reported that other radio experimenters and s.../p

ARRL RTTY Roundup is Always a Mid-Contest Season Favorite

Vie, 19/12/2014 - 22:02
pDust off those keyboards! strongspanThe ARRL RTTY Roundup/span/strong takes place January 3-4, 2015. It’s very easy to get on RTTY and other digital modes, and some late-model transceivers even have RTTY and other digital capabilities built right into the radio. Participation in this annual operating event has grown along with the enthusiasm for digital modes. In addition to conventional Baudot, RTTY Roundup ops may.../p

The K7RA Solar Update

Vie, 19/12/2014 - 19:49
p/pp/ppSolar activity made a strong comeback this week, with the average daily sunspot number on December 11-17 rising 57 points to 145.4 from the previous seven days, while average daily solar flux was up 28.1 points to /br /But then toward the end of the week, activity made a large jump, with solar flux at 213.2 on /br /Predicted solar flux is 220, 225, 220 and 210 on December 19-22, then 200, .../p

ARRL Website Search Function Temporarily Off Line

Vie, 19/12/2014 - 03:52
p/pp/ppThe search function on the ARRL website is temporarily unavailable. However, until it is fixed, there is an alternative approach using Google./ppSimply go to the Google search engine at and enter the following:/ (keyword/search term)/strong/ppFor example, entering . . ./ transmitter/strong/pp...will search the site and return results for anything with the word transmitter in t.../p

New Element 3 (General Class) Question Pool Released

Jue, 18/12/2014 - 04:22
pspanThe Question Pool Committee of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (strongNCVEC/strong) has released the 2015-2019 Element 3 (General Class) question pool. The new question pool becomes effective for all Element 3 examinations administered on or after July 1, 2015, and it remains valid until June 30, 2019. /span/ppspanThe question pool files are available in strongPDF/strong, Microsoft strongiWord/i/strong (.doc), and ASCII .../span/p

Advisory Board to Guide IARU’s Approach to ITU Smart Sustainable Development Model

Mar, 16/12/2014 - 22:54
pspanThrough its president, Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA, the International Amateur Radio Union (strongIARU/strong) is a founding Advisory Board member of the International Telecommunication Union (strongITU/strong) Smart Sustainable Development Model (strongSSDM/strong) initiative. /spanThe initiative is aimed at developing an action plan to deploy necessary crucial telecommunication infrastructure to offer prompt assistance in the event of natural.../p

Past Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. Mackey, N4ADI, SK

Mar, 16/12/2014 - 22:41
pPast ARRL Northern Florida Section Manager Royal V. “Roy” Mackey, N4ADI, of Winter Park, Florida, died December 5. He was 96 and had not been active as a radio amateur for several years. Mackey served as Northern Florida Section Manager from 1986 until 1990. After two terms as Section Manager, he served as a Northern Florida Assistant Section Manager from 1990 until 1997./pp/ppMackey was instrumental.../p

Cross-Borders ARES Exercise Tests Northeast Communication Capabilities

Mar, 16/12/2014 - 22:33
pMaine ARES® Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Phil Duggan, N1EP, wants to expand Amateur Radio’s reach during emergencies in the Northeast. To that end, he convened a 40 meter “cross-borders” net on Saturday morning, December 13, on 7262 kHz to test the communication paths for that band and time for operators in Maine, New Hampshire, and the bordering Canadian provinces. The exercise was spur.../p

Contesting Hall of Famer Carl D. Cook, AI6V/P49V, SK

Mar, 16/12/2014 - 03:55
pWell-known Contester, DXer, and DXpeditioner Carl Cook, AI6V/P49V (ex-WA6JUD), of Las Vegas, Nevada, died December 15. An ARRL Life Member, he was 74. Despite getting a rather late start, Cook went on to enjoy considerable success in Amateur Radio, and even casual DX contesters had P49V in their logs./pp/ppspan“Carl passed away at 3:30 this morning, in his sleep, per his wishes, just two days shy of his .../span/p

“Amateur Radio Parity Act” Campaign Will Resume in New Congress

Mar, 16/12/2014 - 02:25
pLargely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” (strongspanH.R. 4969/span/strong) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the soon-to-adjourn 113th Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of the legislation will resume anew when the 114th Congress convenes in .../p

ARTSAT2: DESPATCH Satellite is Now FO-81

Mar, 16/12/2014 - 00:37
pAMSAT-NA has designated tspanhe strongARTSAT2: DESPATCH/strong /span(DEep SPace Amateur Troubadour’s CHallenge) spansatellite as Fuji OSCAR 81 or FO-81. OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, said the Japanese deep-space satellite “appears to have met all of the requirements for an OSCAR span /spannumber, including IARU coordination.” Tynan said he applied the “Fuji” designation “in recognition of the long history of contr.../span/p

Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) Invites Scholarship Applications

Lun, 15/12/2014 - 23:11
pThe non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (strongFAR/strong) invites strongapplications/strong for the Amateur Radio-related strongscholarships/strong it administers. These academic awards are sponsored by individuals and by Amateur Radio clubs across the US. The FAR scholarship application process is open to Amateur Radio licensees worldwide. For 2015 FAR is administering 67 scholarships worth an aggregate $125,500. The list incl.../p

W1AW Centennial Operations Up Next in Maryland, Hawaii, and Georgia

Lun, 15/12/2014 - 22:11
pThe ARRL Centennial strongW1AW/strong portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Indiana and Montana. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, December 17 (the evening of December 16 in US time zones), to Maryland (W1AW/3), Hawaii (W1AW/KH6), and Georgia (W1AW/4). By December 31 W1AW will have been on the air from every state at least twice./pp/ppThe strongspanARRL Centenni.../span/strong/p

Cuban HF Emergency Net Stands Down

Dom, 14/12/2014 - 22:54
pA net on  7115 kHz that activated after torrential rainfall over Eastern Cuba has terminated operation. More than 15 inches of rain in a 24-hour period on December 11 and 12 over Baracoa in prompted activation of the Guantanamo FRC Provincial Emergency Net on December 12. IARU Region 2 Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, has reported that the net closed down on December 13, after ispant.../span/p

Emergency Net Activated in Cuba on 7115 kHz

Dom, 14/12/2014 - 18:54
pMore than 15 inches of rain in a 24-hour period over the city of Baracoa in eastern Cuba prompted activation of the Guantanamo FRC Provincial Emergency Net on 7115 kHz on Friday, December 12. IARU Region 2 Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, asked that the frequency be kept clear./ppCoro reported on Saturday that rain was continuing to fall and that the net was expected to remain activ.../p