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ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Good Friday, April 18

Mié, 16/04/2014 - 01:20
pARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, April 18. There will be no strongspanW1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions/span/strong and no biARRL Audio News/i/b on April 18. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 21, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!/pp/p

W1AW/x Portable Operations, W100AW, and W1HQ Can QSL via Bureau

Mié, 16/04/2014 - 01:13
pYou may request that QSL cards be delivered via the strongARRL QSL Bureau system/strong for contacts with the W1AW/x portable operations, W100AW, and W1HQ, now underway during the ARRL Centennial. You must first have an account with the QSL Bureau that handles your cards and have sufficient postage or envelopes on file with that bureau. Any cards that cannot be delivered will not be held or stored./pp/ppPlease do.../p

World Amateur Radio Day is Friday, April 18

Mar, 15/04/2014 - 23:30
p“Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication” is the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2014, Friday, April 18. Radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day each year on April 18 to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (strongspanIARU/span/strong) in Paris in 1925. ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, was its first president. The primary purpose of World .../p

Deadline is May 1 to Apply for ARRL Teachers Institute

Mar, 15/04/2014 - 23:22
pThe ARRL Education amp; Technology Program (bETP/b) is still accepting applications for all sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institute this summer. iThe bapplication/b deadline is May 1. /iAdmission decisions will be made by May 9./ppLearn how to ispanntegrate science and mathematics with engineering and technology by exploring wireless technology! /span/ppNow in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, exp.../p

Gear Up Now for ARRL Field Day 2014!

Mar, 15/04/2014 - 19:45

Today’s National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshops Being Streamed Live

Mar, 15/04/2014 - 19:39
pAmateur Radio workshop sessions at the National Hurricane Conference taking place today in Miami will be streamed live to the Web via the strongVoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net Support/strong and strongNorth Shore Radio Association/strong sites. The session schedule is listed on these links and below. Times are in Eastern Daylight Time:/pp/pp10:30 Opening Remarks (John McHugh, K4AG)/pp10:35 Importance of Amateur Radio/Spotter Surface .../p

KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition

Lun, 14/04/2014 - 23:44
p[Update: 2014-04-15 1905 UTC] The Spacex ISS resupply mission launch has been postponed due to a problem with the vehicle. Another attempt has been scheduled for April 18.]/ppZac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and from the “Sprite” satellites./pp“I’ll be offering prizes to the first several people who receive telemetr.../p

FUNcube/AO-73 Transponder Will Be Active Each Weekend

Lun, 14/04/2014 - 23:02
pThe strongFUNcube/AO-73/strong Amateur Radio transponder will be active full time (with low-power beacon) on weekends. FUNcube’s controllers will switch to full-time transponder mode during the first suitable pass over the UK on Friday, typically between 1930 and 22:30 UTC. (If this is not possible, the switch will be made on the first suitable pass on Saturday, typically between 0930 and 1200 UTC. Controll.../p

K4ZLE Wins April QST Cover Plaque Award

Lun, 14/04/2014 - 21:56
p/pp/ppThe winner of the April QiST/i Cover Plaque award is Jay Slough, K4ZLE, for his article “bA 10 Meter Moxon Antenna/b.”/ppThe emQST /emCover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the strongiQST/i Cover Plaque Poll web page/strong. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today./pp /p

W1AW Centennial Operations Shift States on April 16

Lun, 14/04/2014 - 18:06
pThe ARRL Centennial “strongspanW1AW WAS/span/strong“ operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 2 (the evening of April 1 in US time zones), from Massachusetts and Virginia to Mississippi (W1AW/5) 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 al.../p

Live Amateur Radio Digital TV Test Transmits Astronaut’s Image from the ISS

Lun, 14/04/2014 - 01:43
pJapanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, served as the host for a successful final commissioning pass April 13 for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (strongARISS/strong) “strongHam Video/strong” transmitter and camera. Operating as OR4ISS from the ISS iColumbus/i module, Wakata transmitted digital video and audio, as ground stations in France and Italy tracked the station. The Earth stations received cl.../p

No ARRL Audio News for April 18

Sáb, 12/04/2014 - 18:31
pThere will be no ARRL Audio News this Friday, April 18, due to the fact that Headquarters will be closed for the Good Friday holiday. Audio News will resume April 25./p

ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss “Fatally Flawed” Petition for Rule Making Affecting 10 GHz

Sáb, 12/04/2014 - 02:37
pThe ARRL has strongtold the FCC/strong that a iPetition for Rule Making/i (bspanRM-11715/span/b) from Mimosa Networks to permit unlicensed Part 15 wireless broadband services in the 10.0-10.5 GHz band is “fatally flawed” and should be dismissed. Mimosa filed the iPetition/i in May 2013, and the FCC invited public comments last month. The iPetition/i includes a band plan for 10.0 to 10.5 GHz that would cede Amateur Radio and Ama.../p

ARRL Website, E-Mail, LoTW, Online Store Will Be Down Monday Evening, April 14!

Vie, 11/04/2014 - 21:39
pInternet service at ARRL Headquarters will go dark on Monday, April 14, from around 5 PM ET (2100 UTC) until around 10 PM ET (0200 April 15) in order to complete necessary maintenance./ppServices affected will include e-mail to and from ARRL Headquarters (all incoming e-mail will be queued), access to the ARRL website, reflector traffic to and from ARRL Headquarters (all incoming reflector mail wi.../p

HAARP Facility in Danger of Being Dismantled

Vie, 11/04/2014 - 19:42
pAccording to an April 9 strongreport/strong in iAlaska Dispatch/i, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility near Gakona, Alaska, could be decommissioned and dismantled altogether, unless the US Air Force can find a new prime contractor to take over the sprawling, 35-acre facility. According to the report, the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks is hoping to pu.../p

The K7RA Solar Update

Vie, 11/04/2014 - 19:26
p/ppspanAverage daily solar flux weakened over the past seven days, and so did the outlook for the near term, at least until Thursday, April 10. Average daily solar flux declined from 149 to 142.2, while average daily sunspot numbers remained about the same, moving from 130.4 to 129.3br /br /From the NOAA/USAF 45 day forecast, predicted solar flux is 140 on April 11-12, 145 on April 13-15, 150 on April 16-18, .../span/p

Crimea is Not a New DXCC Entity

Jue, 10/04/2014 - 22:43
pThe ARRL Awards Committee has evaluated the current situation in Crimea in light of the DXCC rules and has determined that Crimea is inot/i a DXCC entity. Neither Russia nor Ukraine is a rare entity and the vast majority of confirmations used for DXCC credit for either entity do inot/i involve Crimea./ppDXCC Rule 4 reads: “Confirmation data for two-way communications must include the call signs of both .../p

The 2014 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention Changes Venue

Jue, 10/04/2014 - 02:33
pDue to extenuating circumstances, the 2014 strongARRL Rocky Mountain Division/strong Convention, originally scheduled to be held July 11-13 in Laramie, Wyoming, will take place instead August 8-10 in conjunction with the strongDuke City Hamfest/strong, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Laramie event has been cancelled./ppLed by the same individuals who organized the 2011 Division Convention in Taos, the annual Duke City Hamf.../p

Nobel Prize Winner Joe Taylor, K1JT, Helps Reopen Dutch Radio Telescope

Mié, 09/04/2014 - 17:39
pspanNobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, was the guest of honor April 5, pushing the ceremonial button to reopen the restored 25 meter Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands. The dish will see some Amateur Radio use on 23 centimeters. /span/ppspanThe strongCAMRAS/strong Foundation manages the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope, which had remained largely idle since 1997. Its owner is the Dutch Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRO.../span/p