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FCC Reaffirms Nearly $3 Million Fine for Marketing Unauthorized Drone Transmitters

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 14:18

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released June 17, the FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by HobbyKing of a $2,861,128 fine for marketing noncompliant RF equipment and for failing to respond to FCC orders in its investigation of the company’s practices. In the same step, the FCC enforced its equipment marketing rules. The fine resulted from an FCC investigation initiated by...

New Section Managers Appointed in Orange and Eastern Washington

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 14:15

Carl Gardenias, WU6D, of Perris, California, is retiring as ARRL Orange Section Manager after serving in the position since 2003. His term of office had expired at the end of March, but he agreed to continue serving as SM until a successor was chosen.

A re-solicitation for Section Manager nominations in the Orange Section was issued this past spring. The only nominee responding by the June 4 de...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 10:22

Youngsters On The Air First-Round Contest Claimed Results Posted, Next Round is July 18

Thu, 06/24/2021 - 15:50

The Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) Contest’s first round is complete and the claimed results have been posted on the YOTA website, with final results coming soon. Worldwide participation was very good. In the YOTA-class categories, more than 100 were from contesters as young as 7 years old, and three entered as shortwave listeners (listen only). There were more than 600 entries of participants ab...

May 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

Thu, 06/24/2021 - 14:45

The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the May 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report.

  • Technician operators in Palm Bay and Hollywood, Florida, received Advisory Notices after making more than a dozen FT8 contacts on 40 and 20 meters. Technicians are not permitted to operate on 20 meters and hav...

ARRL Announces Partnership with Maglite

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 15:11

3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition Team Hasn’t Given Up the Ship

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 13:34

The Daily DX has reported that the 3Y0J DXpedition team is still hoping to have a go at the island in 2023. The DXpedition team had planned to travel to Bouvet via the RV Braveheart, owned by Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ.

“Since the cancellation of 3Y0J, we have been working closely with Nigel Jolly to form a new plan, with a new owner of Braveheart and a revised payment plan that enables Nigel Jolly to c...

Complete W1AW 2021 Field Day Bulletin Transmission Schedule

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 11:45

 

Day

 

Mode

 

Pacific

 

Mountain

 

Central

 

Eastern

 

UTC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY

 

CW

 

5:00 PM

 

6:00 PM

 

7:00 PM

 

8:00 PM

 

0000 (Sat)

 

 

 

Digital

 

6:00 PM

 

7:00 PM

 

8:00 PM

 

9:00 PM

 

0100

 

 

 

Phone

 

6:45 PM

 

7:45 PM

 

8:45 PM

 

9:45 PM

 

0145

 

 

 

CW

 

8:00 PM

 

9:00 PM

 

10:00 PM

 

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SAQ in Sweden to Conduct Annual Alexanderson Day Transmission

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:31

SAQ, the call sign of the vintage Alexanderson alternator transmitter in Grimeton, Sweden, will conduct its annual Alexanderson Day transmission on Sunday, July 4. The CW transmission will be on 17.2 kHz, CW. The Alexanderson Grimeton Association is planning for two broadcasts from the circa 1924 Alexanderson alternator.

Startup and tuning for the first SAQ transmission will take place at 0830 U...

CHESS CubeSats Will Not Carry Amateur Radio Payloads

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:26

It was announced in January that two CHESS CubeSats set for launch in 2022 would carry amateur radio linear transponders. The project sponsors announced on June 10, however, that neither CHESS satellite would include an amateur radio payload.

CHESS project management, citing funding constraints, had to move the project toward a purely scientific program using a commercial CubeSat platform, which...

ARRL Email Asking Life Members to Verify their Mailing Address is Legitimate

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:12

In an effort to keep member records up to date, ARRL emailed Life Members on June 16, asking them to verify their mailing address. Several recipients of the email have called asking if the email was legitimate and from ARRL.

Be assured that it is legitimate and was sent from ARRL.

Thank you to all those who responded. If you need to update your address information, call (860) 594-0200, email me...

MIR-SAT1 CubeSat Expected to Deploy from the ISS on June 22

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:07

MIR-SAT1 (Mauritius Imagery and Radiotelecommunication Satellite 1), the first amateur radio CubeSat from the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, is expected to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on June 22.

MIR-SAT1 will carry an amateur radio V/U digipeater (a downlink of 436.925 MHz has been coordinated). MIR-SAT1 will collect images of the Republic of Mauritius and i...

K9JM to transmit CW and Digital Versions of 2021 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:01

West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM will transmit the CW and digital versions of the 2021 W1AW Field Day Bulletin.

On Saturday, June 26, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT / 1430 UTC. On Saturday evening, the CW version will be transmitted at 5:30 PM PDT / 0030 UTC (Sunday, June 27 in US time zones).

On Sunday, June 27, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT / ...

FCC Closed for New Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 12:24

The FCC is closed today (Friday, June 18) in observance of the new Juneteenth federal holiday. Juneteenth, officially observed on June 19, celebrates the end of slavery in the US. Amateur radio applications and exam sessions filed after Thursday, June 17, night will not be processed until Monday, June 21.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 08:32

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity was lower this week, with the average daily sunspot number declining from 34.9 last week to 13.9 this week. This average was affected by the single day with no sunspots, Saturday, June 12.

Average daily solar flux dropped from 77.7 to 75.2. The Penticton observatory in British Columbia (the source for the 10.7-centimeter solar flux) did not report...

Family Comes First during Hurricane Preparation for Home and Station

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 12:50

The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30, and two named storms have already shown up, although neither threatened the US. There’s still time to consider making sure you, your family, and your ham station are prepared. Remember, your family’s safety comes first.

Your first stop should be a visit to the National Weather Service (NWS) page for personal and fam...

Nominees for ARRL Director, Vice Director Solicited in Five Divisions

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 12:50

Full ARRL members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern, and Roanoke Divisions will have the opportunity this year to choose a Director and Vice Director for 3-year terms beginning on January 1, 2022. ARRL is now seeking eligible nominees for these positions. These could include incumbents or new candidates. It takes 10 full members in a Division to nominate a candidate for either o...

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