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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down

ARRL News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:25

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is leaving the Commission. She announced at the FCC’s April 17 meeting that it would be her last as a commissioner. She plans to leave before the Commission’s next scheduled meeting on May 10. Following her 2013 appointment by President Barack Obama, Clyburn served as acting FCC chair, the first woman to head the agency. A Democrat, she is currently serving a sec...

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Sweden’s SAQ LF Transmitter to be On the Air on May 1

ARRL News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:07

Low-frequency World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station, SAQ, will transmit from Sweden on May 1 as participation in the European Route of Industrial Heritage’s “Work It Out” observance.

“As part of the event, we plan for the first SAQ transmission since 2016,” said Lars Kalland, SM6NM. The transmitter start-up will begin at 0930 UTC, with the transmission to follow on 17.2 kHz CW at 1000 UTC.

A li...

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International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day is April 26

ARRL News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:26

“Girls Can Do ICT!” is the theme of International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies (ICT) Day on April 26. An initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Girls in ICT Day aims to “create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field,” the ITU said. International Girls in...

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ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on April 21

ARRL News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:43

The ARRL Board of Directors’ Executive Committee (EC) will meet on Friday, April 21, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session.

In addition to reports from the President and the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, the EC will hear from General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, who will address FCC and regulatory issues. The EC wi...

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Correction to May QST Article, “A Value-Added Technician License”

ARRL News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:45

The frequency chart accompanying the article “A Value-Added Technician License” in May QST (p 74) depicted incorrect information. The corrected chart is attached.

The text of the article otherwise accurately presents the details of ARRL’s petition to the FCC seeking enhanced privileges for Technician licensees. We regret the error.


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Maritime Radio Historical Society’s K6KPH will be Active for International Marconi Day

ARRL News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:47

K6KPH, the amateur station of the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), will be among those active on International Marconi Day (IMD), Saturday, April 21 (UTC). Organized by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club, IMD takes place each year on the weekend closest to Marconi's birthday, April 25.

K6KPH will operate on CW on 80, 40, 20, 17, and 15 meters. Since K6KPH transmits from the original Marcon...

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Denmark’s EDR Offers Award for World Amateur Radio Day Contacts with 5P0WARD

ARRL News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:39

World Amateur Radio Day is Wednesday, April 18, and EDR, Denmark’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Member-Society, is sponsoring the 5P0WARD Award for working 5P0WARD/xx stations between 0000 and 2400 UTC.

Stations in Europe qualify for a gold award by contacting 12 different 5P0WARD/xx stations on at least four different bands. For silver, work 10 different 5P0WARD/xx stations on at le...

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IARU President Extends Greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018

ARRL News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:36

Wednesday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 93rd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates Amateur Radio’s contribution to society.

“World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for our member-societies to show our capabilities and promote the use of Amateur Radio, both on the air and through ...

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“The Wireman” Press Jones, N8UG, SK:

ARRL News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:30

“The Wireman” Pressley W. “Press” Jones, N8UG, of Landrum, South Carolina, died on April 10. He was 89. The “original” Wireman and his crew have been staples of many hamfests and conventions across the US for more than 45 years, supplying attendees with coaxial cable, wire, insulators, balanced feed line, and more. “He was a great teacher and speaker with his one-of-a kind approach to communica...

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Foundation to Honor Former ARRL Connecticut Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC

ARRL News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:33

Former Connecticut Section Manager and retired professor Betsey Doane, K1EIC, will receive the Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF) Lifetime Achievement Award on April 19, during the college’s 50th anniversary community celebration.

Doane has been on the cutting edge of major industry advancements in teaching techniques for the visually impaired. She has worked toward developing comput...

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Former “Coast to Coast AM” Radio Show Host Art Bell, W6OBB, SK

ARRL News - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:02

Former “Coast to Coast AM” and “Dreamland” radio host Art Bell, W6OBB, of Pahrump, Nevada, died on Friday, April 13, at his home, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced. He was 72. A KSNV news report indicated that Bell’s family was with him when he died. The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy would be performed.

“The cause of Bell’s death was yet to be revealed,” is how International Business ...

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2018-04-13 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 23:34
Date: Friday Apr 13, 2018
Time: 9:13 PM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 13°
Approach: 11° above WSW
Departure: 10° above SSW

2018-04-14 PROGRESS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 23:34
Date: Saturday Apr 14, 2018
Time: 9:05 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above WSW
Departure: 10° above SW

School’s Ham Contact with Space Station Raises Amateur Radio’s Visibility in Alabama

ARRL News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:50

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact with crew member Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, was a huge success on more than one level. Fifteen students at Pinson Valley High School in Alabama had the opportunity to chat via ham radio on April 10 in a direct contact with Arnold, who was at the helm of NA1SS for his inaugural ARISS contact. Witnessing the event was an audien...

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DX Operators Establishing New Logbook of The World Accounts May E-Mail Documentation

ARRL News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:19

Amateur Radio operators from outside the US who are requesting an initial call sign certificate to establish a new Logbook of The World (LoTW) user account now may submit the required documentation via e-mail. Non-US radio amateurs must provide a copy of their Amateur Radio license or authorization, plus a copy of one other government-issued document showing the applicant’s name and address (se...

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Many Post ARISS-Russia Interkosmos Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) Images

ARRL News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:27

The ARISS-Russia Cosmonautics Day (International Day of Human Space Flight) SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station have proven popular among earthbound radio amateurs around the globe. The SSTV images, stored on a computer in the ISS Russian segment, commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Interkosmos Project period of the Soviet space program.

The transmissions from RS0ISS, on ...

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