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ARRL Files Interim Report with FCC in “Symbol Rate” Proceeding

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 19:23

ARRL has filed an interim report with the FCC in order to report on its efforts to find common ground regarding issues surrounding the “symbol” or “baud” rate proceeding, FCC Docket WT 16-239 (the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WT 16-239, which stemmed from ARRL’s rulemaking petition RM-11708). ARRL highlighted that the public benefits from the FCC’s “fairly flexible” regulat...

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Ham Radio Satellites to Deploy from ISS

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:55

Three BIRDS-3 satellites with Amateur Radio payloads are scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station on Monday, June 17. The BIRDS-3 constellation includes CubeSats from three countries: They are Nepal’s first satellite, NepaliSat-1; Uguisu from Japan, and Sri Lanka’s first satellite, Raavana-1.

The primary mission of the BIRDS constellation is to provide ciphered short message...

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Reminder: Saturday, June 15, is Kids Day

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:26
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ARRL Executive Committee Establishes Ad Hoc Committee on Communications

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:23

Meeting right after Dayton Hamvention® at the University of Dayton on May 20, the ARRL Board’s Executive Committee (EC) adopted a motion to establish an Ad Hoc Committee on Communications with ARRL Members. The panel would review ARRL communications with members and members’ perceptions to “consider areas needing enhancement, [and] ways in which such communications might be enhanced,” and it wo...

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Tuning Electrically Short Antennas for Field Operation is Research Topic

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:58

An article by two well-known radio amateurs, “Tuning Electrically Short Antennas for Field Operation,” appeared in Microwave Journal. Authored by QEX Editor Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and award-winning researcher Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, the article points out that both Amateur Radio and military applications exist for 20-W battery-powered radios equipped with whip antennas. “In general, the whip antenna wh...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:30

The long string of days with no sunspots continues, with spots last observed nearly a month ago, on May 18. According to spaceweather.com on June 12, there have been no sunspots for 24 days in a row.

 

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 68 on June 14 through July 28. That’s right, the prediction updated on June 13 is nothing but 68 on every day for the near future.

Predicted planetary A ...

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Rick Murphy, K1MU, to Receive ARRL President’s Award

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 13:07

At its May 20 meeting in Dayton, Ohio, the ARRL Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Board of Directors, conferred the prestigious ARRL President’s Award on Rick Murphy, K1MU, one of the unsung heroes of Logbook of The World (LoTW). The President’s Award recognizes individuals showing long-term dedication in support of ARRL programs. Murphy was credited for his work to upgrade and impro...

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On-the-Air Activity to Mark 50th Anniversary of First Market Reef DXpedition

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:01

The Aland Islands Postal Administration is issuing a postcard this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first DXpedition to Market Reef, OJ0MR, in late December 1969 and its attainment of DXCC status. Soon after that initial operation, the permanent lighthouse keeper, Karl-Erik, OJ0MA, also hit the airwaves, and a stream of DXpeditions followed, establishing Market Reef as a dream lo...

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Ham Radio Newscast Producer Hap Holly, KC9RP, and The RAIN Report Retiring

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:59

Hap Holly, KC9RP, who’s been producing the The RAIN Report Amateur Radio newscast every week for 30 years, has announced that he’s retiring and closing down The RAIN Report (Radio Amateur Information Network). “The archives will remain online for those who want to download and/or broadcast them,” Holly told ARRL.

“My thought is to expand the archive from RAIN Reports that have never been archive...

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So Now What? Podcast

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 07:07

“Highlights from Hamvention” is the focus of the new June 13) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. It will feature segments from Tony, KD8RTT, and Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, of The Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative, (CARI), Teachers Institute instructor Tommy Gober, N5DUX, who was at the ARRL Lifelong Learning booth this year, Jet Jurgensmeyer, KE0UWZ, of Last Man Stan...

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Paul Bourque, N1SFE, Joins ARRL Headquarters Staff as Contest Program Manager

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:18

Paul Bourque, N1SFE, of Middletown, Connecticut, has joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as Contest Program Manager. He succeeds Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, who recently was promoted to the post of ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager. Licensed since 1994, Bourque’s interest in radio began when, as a youngster, he listened for distant AM stations, and he later developed a career involving various a...

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FCC Settles with Massachusetts Pirate Broadcaster

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 13:14

After filing a civil action and seeking an injunction to stop a church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester, Massachusetts, the US Attorney’s Office this week reached a settlement with the station’s operators, Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church. US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold announced the settlement on Jun...

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QRZ.com Institutes Password Security, Seller Verification Programs

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 13:10

In an effort to combat fraudsters and password phishers, the popular QRZ.com Amateur Radio website is offering the option of establishing two-factor authentication (2FA) for its registered users. The site’s founder and president, Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, explains that 2FA secures a user’s password on the site.

“With 2FA, your actual password becomes nearly moot, and revealing it to a crook has no det...

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New FT4 Beta Release “Leaps and Bounds” Better than Earlier Iterations

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:44
User reports have been favorable in the wake of the release of another new beta version of the FT4 protocol by the WSJT-X Developoment Group this week. WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7, which is now available for testing, is not compatible with any previous FT4 releases. A short mock contest session to wring out the contesting features of FT4 took place on June 4.

“Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s ...

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AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, Awarded Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:40

AMSAT President and ARRL Life Member Joe Spier, K6WAO, has been awarded Russia’s E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious honor bestowed on individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio. A longtime supporter of Amateur Radio in space and of international cooperation, Spier has also served AMSAT as Executive Vice President, and Vice President, Educational Relations...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 06:00
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Saturday, June 15, is Kids Day

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 14:37

The next Kids Day is Saturday, June 15. That’s the day to get youngsters on the air to share in the joy and fun that Amateur Radio has to offer. Kids Day gets under way on Saturday, June 15 at 1800 UTC and concludes at 2359 UTC. Sponsored by the Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, this event has a simple exchange, suitable for younger operators: first name, age, location, and favorite color. Af...

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New Beta Version of FT4 Now Available, Mock Contest Session Just Ahead

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 16:47


[UPDATED 2019-06-03 @ 1915 UTC] The WSJT-X Development Group has released yet another new beta version of the FT4 protocol now available for testing in WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7. The FT4 included in this “release candidate 7” version is not compatible with any previous release. Over the weekend, the developers had made WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc6 available for downloading and testing but “because of a serious bug,...

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