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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:00

FCC Now Processing Amateur Radio Applications

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:27

The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator said today that the FCC has begun processing Amateur Radio applications for the first time since early January, when it shut down because of the lapse in funding.

“The FCC worked through its backlog very quickly, and started processing our files about noon today,” Assistant ARRL VEC Manager Amanda Grimaldi, N1NHL, said on Wednesday. “We’re slowly submittin...

Amendment Aims to Promote CITEL/CEPT Amateur Radio Operating Reciprocity

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:22

Chile recently became the third country to sign the Amendment of the Inter-American Convention on the use of an International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP). Once the Amendment is in effect, Chile and other Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) signatories may offer reciprocal Amateur Radio privileges to Amateur Radio licensees from European Conference of Postal and Telecommunication...

FCC Resets Filing Deadlines, Receipt Dates in Wake of Government Shutdown

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 14:51

As it attempts to dig out from beneath a blizzard of applications from all services, the FCC has reset some filing deadlines and established new receipt dates. Certain electronic filing and database systems, including the Universal Licensing System (ULS) that Amateur Radio licensees use, were unavailable or not supported from January 3 until January 28, 2019. As the shutdown began, the FCC had ...

National Weather Service Dropping High Seas and Storm Warnings on WWV/WWVH

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:41

The National Weather Service (NWS) is discontinuing its high seas and storm warnings transmitted via National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) WWV/WWVH time and frequency-standard HF transmissions, starting January 31 at 1800 UTC. The NWS warnings are aimed at the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific.

“This service is being terminated because weather information in the current...

The FCC is Back in Business

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:06

In the wake of the more-than-month-long partial government shutdown, the FCC has said it would begin processing the Amateur Radio application backlogs starting today, January 29, in addition to the other applications that have built up. Information released before the shutdown said the FCC would take the first day it was open, Monday, January 28, to get idle systems up and running again.

“The FC...

Europe’s Youngsters on the Air Enthusiasm Breeds Contesting Exuberance in US

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:59

Some of the enthusiasm engendered by Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 (Europe and Africa) has spilled over into IARU Region 2 (the Americas). A group of a half-dozen young radio operators calling itself “Team Exuberance” will visit the contest superstation of Tim Duffy, K3LR, in late March for the CQ World Wide WPX SSB event. The team was inspire...

W1AW Continues Search for West Coast Qualifying Run Station

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:00

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW is seeking a volunteer station on the US West Coast that can serve as another ARRL Qualifying Run CW transmitting station. The west-coast station shares in the transmission of a monthly Qualifying Run for the benefit of those on the west coast. Minimum requirements include the ability to transmit a good, high-quality, stable, high-power (at least 1 kW) CW signal on 8...

Nominations Invited for CQ Contest Hall of Fame

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:52

CQ Magazine has announced that nominations for the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are being accepted until March 1. Individuals, clubs, and national organizations may submit nominations. Nominations should clearly indicate that they are for the Contest Hall of Fame and detail the reasons and basis for the nomination. Email submission is preferred, with a subject line of Contest Hall of Fame. Nominatio...

ARRL Launching New Podcast Geared Toward New Radio Amateurs

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:40

For those just getting started on their Amateur Radio journey, ARRL is launching a new podcast aimed at answering your questions, providing support and encouragement for newcomers to get the most out of the hobby. The podcast “So Now What?” will launch on Thursday, 
March 7, and new episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podca...

Third AM Rally is this Weekend

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:37

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 16:49

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

Ailing ARISS “HamTV” Transmitter Back on Earth for Inspection, Possible Repair

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:43

The malfunctioning Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) “HamTV” transmitter now is back on Earth for repair or replacement, and it likely won’t be until sometime in 2020 at the earliest that Amateur Radio TV (DATV) capability will be restored to the orbiting laboratory. Onboard repair was not possible.

Also known as “Ham Video,” the DATV system transmissions were not seen by...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:33

Sunspot group 2733 appeared on Tuesday with a sunspot number of 18, and on Wednesday it increased in size with a sunspot number of 19, which was also the sunspot number on Thursday, January 24. See images of this sunspot group at This sunspot is a remnant of old Solar Cycle 24. Average daily sunspot numbers increased to 5.3, from zero the previous week....

FCC January 30 Meeting Format Dependent upon Shutdown’s Status

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:56

Partial shutdown or no shutdown, the FCC has announced it will hold its scheduled Open Meeting on Wednesday, January 30. The five commissioners remain on the job, despite the partial federal government shutdown. “Due to the current partial lapse in appropriations, the items previously set forth in the January 3, 2019 Tentative Agenda will not be considered at the meeting,” the FCC said in a Pub...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 08:00