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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:57

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this reporting week (June 15-21) from 4.9 to 29.4. The previous week had four days with no sunspots, and this week there were no zero sunspot days, hence the dramatic increase in the average.

Average daily solar flux barely budged from 74.4 to 74.6

Average daily planetary A index went from 7.3 to 9.4, and mid-latitude A index from 6.9 to 8.1.

Predicted solar flux...

S/B I-684 South of Ex.2-State Hwy.120-Road Closure-at 4:19AM-T/North Castle-Westchester Co.-for approx.4hrs. due to an accident

Putnam County RSS Feed - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:24
S/B I-684 South of Exit 2 - State Highway 120 - Road Closure - at 4:19 AM - T/North Castle - Westchester Co.- for approximately 4 hours due to an accident

ARRL to Sponsor 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar

ARRL News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:36

The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.

Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, SK

ARRL News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:20

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Lucas had been an OO since 1989 and OOC since 2003.

Licensed in 1964, Lucas was a past president of the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NARCC) and actively lobbied for the revision of California’s distracted driving bill. He was a ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:00

“Generators” is the topic of the new (June 22) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel ...

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Activity Planned for Mid-July

ARRL News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:52

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television (SSTV) images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800 MHz FM around the July 15-16 weekend.

“We are planning for at least a 2-day operation, but are working for a potentially longer operation,” AR...

FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief

ARRL News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:46

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a former journalist.

“This agency has a critical role to play in enforci...

Computer Logging Specifically for ARRL Field Day

ARRL News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:21

ARRL Field Day is upon us! If you’re still in the dark about how to use the logging software that your club or group will employ this weekend, these videos may help. For those logging with the popular N3FJP Amateur Radio Software, developer Scott Davis, N3FJP has posted an 11-minute Quick Start video that should be sufficient to get you going.

If your group is using N1MM Logger+, then check out...

2017 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced:

ARRL News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:24

Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Peter Portanova, W2JV, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, have been nominated to serve on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. Ballots will go out in mid-July to AMSAT-NA members, and candidate statements will accompany them. The top four vote-getters will be elected to the Board, with an alternate chosen based on the next highest number of...

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule

ARRL News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:17

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters has announced its Field Day 2017 bulletin schedule. The Maritime Radio Historical Society station K6KPH will transmit the W1AW Field Day 2017 bulletin for the benefit of West Coast stations.

Friday, June 23

Mode

Pacific

Mountain

Central

Eastern

UTC

CW

5:00 PM

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

8:00 PM

0000 (Sat)

Digital

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

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Severe Weather Statement issued June 19 at 5:04PM EDT until June 19 at 8:00PM EDT by NWS New York City - Upton

Putnam County RSS Feed - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:04
...THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR WESTERN PASSAIC...ORANGE ANDWESTERN PUTNAM COUNTIES IS CANCELLED...The severe thunderstorm which prompted the warning has weakened.Therefore, the warning has been cancelled.A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT fornortheastern New Jersey...and southeastern New York.

Severe Weather Statement issued June 19 at 5:01PM EDT until June 19 at 8:00PM EDT by NWS New York City - Upton

Putnam County RSS Feed - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:01
...THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTH CENTRAL FAIRFIELD ANDEASTERN PUTNAM COUNTIES HAS EXPIRED...The severe thunderstorm which prompted the warning has moved out ofthe warned area. Therefore, the warning has been allowed to expire.A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT forsouthern Connecticut...and southeastern New York.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 19 at 4:22PM EDT until June 19 at 5:00PM EDT by NWS New York City - Upton

Putnam County RSS Feed - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 16:22
The National Weather Service in Upton NY has issued a* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...North central Fairfield County in southern Connecticut...Eastern Putnam County in southeastern New York...* Until 500 PM EDT* At 422 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Lake Carmel,moving north at 45 mph.HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.SOURCE...Radar indicated.IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damageto roofs, siding, and trees.* This severe thunderstorm will be near,New Fairfield around 425 PM EDT.Sherman around 440 PM EDT.HAIL...1.00INWIND...60MPH

(CONTINUATION) Special Weather Statement issued June 19 at 4:10PM EDT until June 20 at 4:00AM EDT by NWS New York City - Upton

Putnam County RSS Feed - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 16:10
...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT NORTH CENTRAL FAIRFIELD ANDPUTNAM COUNTIES...At 410 PM EDT, a strong thunderstorm was located near FahnestockState Park, or near Lake Carmel, moving north at 45 mph.Wind gusts up to 50 mph and pea size hail are possible with thisstorm.This storm will be near...Sherman around 435 PM EDT.Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may causelocalized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through floodedroadways.Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm.Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safeshelter inside a building or vehicle.This storm may intensify, so be certain to monitor local radiostations and available television stations for additional informationand possible warnings from the National Weather Service.

INSPIRE-2 Ground Controllers Turn to Amateur Radio Rescue Stalled Satellite

ARRL News - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:29

Amateur Radio came to the rescue of the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat, built by the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales. According to Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the CubeSat is designed to “explore the lower thermosphere, for re-entry research and in-orbit demonstration of technologies and miniaturized sensors” and ...

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