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ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program Application Window Opens on September 1

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:21

Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between September 1 and December 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check o...

Young Radio Amateurs from around the World Gather for YOTA Summer Camp

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 15:53

The 9th annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Summer Camp opened over the weekend with pomp, circumstance, and celebratory dancing. This year’s Summer Camp is taking place in Bankya, Bulgaria, under the sponsorship of the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA), Bulgaria’s International Amateur Radio Union member-society. After welcoming words from BFRA and IARU Region 1 representatives, th...

FCC Fines North Carolina Man for Unauthorized and Misleading Public Safety Transmissions

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:32

The FCC this week issued a $39,278 Forfeiture Order against Ocean Hinson of Surry County, North Carolina, for intentional misuse of a local public safety radio communications network, in violation of §301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

“Mr. Hinson impersonated first responders in unauthorized radio communications on Surry County’s licensed public safety frequency,” the FCC said. ...

Radio Wave Propagation Authority Les W. Barclay, G3HTF, SK

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:29

Les W. Barclay, G3HTF, of Chelmsford, England, a radio wave propagation expert and academic who was well known in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) circles, died on July 31. He was 85.

“Les was Chairman of ITU-R Working Party 3L from 2012 until 2016, and provided key input into the technical discussions for World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 that resulted in the international 60-...

Delaware Radio Amateur Earmarks WWROF Contribution for Youth Contesting Initiatives

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:23

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) has announced receipt of a $25,000 donation from contester Charles “Chick” Allen, NW3Y, of Seaford, Delaware. His contribution will be used at the discretion of the WWROF Board of Directors to promote and enhance youth involvement in contesting, WWROF said in announcing the contribution.

“It is truly an honor to work with WWROF by providing suppo...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 09:31

A new sunspot group appeared only briefly this week, on August 7-8. It was sunspot 2747, from current Cycle 24. Sunspot numbers on Monday and Tuesday were 11 and 12.

Average daily solar flux shifted only slightly from last week, from 67 to 67.2. Average planetary A index, a geomagnetic indicator aggregated from magnetometers around the world, more than doubled, from 5 to 10.3. This was due to so...

World Scout Jamboree Ham Radio Balloon Crosses Atlantic

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 14:58

An APRS Amateur Radio balloon, call sign NA1WJ-5, launched from the recent World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, has floated across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Scouting Magazine blog reports: “You can reach practically any corner of the globe via Amateur Radio. That’s the message K2BSA wanted to show Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree. Those in the Amateur Radio association launched four Mylar ball...

Ham Radio Magazine Cofounder, Publisher Skip Tenney, W1NLB, SK

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 13:57

Ham Radio Magazine cofounder and publisher Skip Tenney, W1NLB, of Francestown, New Hampshire, died on August 4 after a period of declining health. He was 89. In 1968, Tenney and Jim Fisk, W1DTY (SK), joined forces to publish Ham Radio Magazine, which was published for 23 years.

Tenney launched the spin-off Ham Radio Report, edited by Joe Schroeder, W9JUV (SK), a weekly Amateur Radio newsletter, ...

Ninth YOTA Summer Camp Gets Under Way on August 11

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:55

Up to 80 young radio amateurs, primarily from IARU Region 1 but including participants from other parts of the world, will gather in Bulgaria on August 11 for the ninth annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Summer Camp. Special call sign LZ19YOTA will be on the air during the weeklong event, hosted by the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA).

The event offers an opportunity for the partic...

So Now What? Podcast

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 09:00

"SATERN’S involvement in the hurricane season using Amateur Radio" is the focus of the new (August 8) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted e...

AMSAT 50th Anniversary Space Symposium Banquet Speakers Announced

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 18:18

Tickets now are available for the AMSAT Symposium Saturday evening banquet on Saturday, October 19. A panel of guest speakers will present “The Foundations of AMSAT” followed by a question-and-answer session.

Guest speakers will include Lance Ginner, K6GSJ (Project OSCAR); George Jacobs, W3ASK (author, diplomat); Perry Klein, W3PK (AMSAT founding president); Owen Mace (Australis-OSCAR 5 builder)...

First ARRL Centurion Award Winner “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO, SK

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:12

ARRL member and honoree Reynold L. “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, died on August 5 following a brief illness. He was 100 years old. Nitsch was the first recipient of the ARRL Board of Directors’ Centurion Award in recognition of his centenarian status and of his almost half-century of continuous activity in the ARRL Field Organization as an Official Observer, an Official...

ARRL Dayton Hamvention Videos Available

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 14:55

Video recordings of presentations made by several ARRL officials at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention® and ARRL National Convention are now available for viewing on the ARRL YouTube channel. Most of the videos were shot and edited by ARRL Great Lakes Division Vice Director Tom Delaney, W8WTD, with assistance from David Vine, WA1EAW, during the ARRL Members Forum and during other ARRL-sponsored forums ...

AMSAT and ARISS Designing Amateur Radio System for Lunar Gateway

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 15:37

Details are still being fleshed out, but AMSAT and ARISS are working on the design of an Amateur Radio system for NASA’s Lunar Gateway. As NASA explains, the Gateway “will be a small spaceship in orbit around the moon that will provide access to more of the lunar surface than ever before with living quarters for astronauts, a lab for science and research, ports for visiting spacecraft, and more...

Arizona ARES Volunteers Support Communication during Arizona Wildland Fire

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 14:39

Members of the Coconino County Amateur Radio Club (CARC) in Arizona activated on July 21 as winds accelerated the Museum Fire beyond 50 acres, triggering the activation of the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Members of the club, many of them ARES volunteers, staffed the EOC. The fire appears to have been named for its proximity to the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Arizona Histo...

ARRL Member Had Role in Promising RF Treatment Device for Alzheimer’s

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 13:55

ARRL member Eric Knight, KB1EHE, played a role in the development of an RF-based Alzheimer’s disease treatment that now shows great promise. A study published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease following a months-long FDA clinical trial of the treatment protocol concluded that memory decline in most patients “appeared to have been reversed to cognitive levels equivalent to 12 months ea...

FCC Seeks Electronics Engineer in Enforcement Bureau

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 11:18

The FCC is seeking to hire an electronics engineer for a full-time, permanent position at the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, Office of Field Director in Columbia, Maryland.

The incumbent resolves RF interference, educates users, enforces regulations, and investigates all services for violations. This individual serves as a point of contact for FCC licensees in matters of fixed and mobile radi...