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VK5SFA Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:27

The winning article for the April 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A High-Power 160- and 80-Meter Transmitting Loop Antenna” by Steve Adler, VK5SFA.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.


Solar Cycle 25 Predicted to be Similar to Cycle 24

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:57

Scientists charged with predicting the Sun’s activity for Cycle 25 say it’s likely to be much like that of current Cycle 24, which is declining and predicted to bottom out in 2019 or 2020. Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel experts said Cycle 25 may get off to a slow start but is anticipated to peak between 2023 and 2026 with a sunspot range of 95 to 130. This is well below the typical average of ...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 13:02

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.



FCC Agrees to 90-Day Pause in Consideration of WT Docket 16-239

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:49

It has been almost six years since the ARRL requested the FCC to
consider changes to the Amateur digital rules in 11-708 and almost three years since the ARRL filed comments in the resultant proceeding, identified by the FCC as 16-239.

The Commission's proposed changes differed from the ARRL's initial filing and caused the ARRL to be concerned about possible interference to current users resultin...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:42

Sunspots have been coming and going, and now this week they returned. The spots that returned didn't last long, though.

No sunspots were seen from January 31 through March 4, then from March 13-17, and again March 25-30. They returned on Sunday, March 31 but only lasted four days, through Wednesday, April 3. Sunspot numbers over that period were 14, 17, 18 and 17.

Average daily sunspot numbers de...

ARRL Seeks Contest Program Manager

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 16:55

ARRL is inviting qualified candidates to apply for the position of Contest Program Manager. This is a permanent, full-time position at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.

The Contest Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of ARRL’s Contest Program, including receipt and processing of entries, quality of results, awards fulfillment, public outreach, program development and promot...

So Now What?

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 08:00

“Covering the Rules on Calling CQ” is the focus of the new (April 4) 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 every other Thursday, alterna...

Petition for Rule Making Calls for “Amateur Digital Mode Transparency”

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 07:25

The FCC is accepting comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11831) seeking to amend FCC Part 97 rules that require all ham radio digital transmissions to use techniques “whose technical characteristics have been documented publicly.” The Petition, filed by Ron Kolarik, K0IDT, of Lincoln, Nebraska, expresses concerns that some currently used digital modes are not readily and freely able to b...

Florida ARES, State of Florida Considering Memorandum of Understanding

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 07:11

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES®) Section Emergency Coordinators (SEC) from the ARRL Northern, West Central, and Southern Florida sections met recently with state Emergency Management Communication leaders to discuss improved integration of Amateur Radio during emergencies.

A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ARES and the State of Florida was presented for further considerat...

ARRL Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group has New Chair

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:00

ARRL Roanoke Division Director George “Bud” Hippisley, W2RU, is the new chairman of the ARRL Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG). He succeeds Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who stepped away as PSEWG chair after being named to lead the ARRL Programs and Services Committee, to which the PSEWG reports. Hippisley thanked Williams for his work in leading th...

Additional Amateur Radio-Related Petitions Now Open for Comment

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:43

The FCC has placed three Amateur Radio-related Petitions for Rule Making (PRMs) on public notice and has invited comments.

Jerry Oxendine, K4KWH, of Gastonia, North Carolina, wants the FCC to clarify that state and localities should have no authority to regulate Amateur Radio with respect to enacting “distracted driving” statutes. In his Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11833, Oxen...

Bob Famiglio, K3RF, Appointed to Fill Atlantic Division Vice Director Vacancy

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 16:42

Robert B. “Bob” Famiglio, K3RF, of Media, Pennsylvania, once again is the ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director. Famiglio, an attorney, was appointed by ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH. He will serve with Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM.

Famiglio, who was initially Atlantic Division Vice Director from 2015...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:55

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.


2019 QST Key Design Competition Deadline is June 1

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 12:24

The deadline is June 1 to submit Morse key and paddle designs in the QST Key Competition. Hams have been building their own Morse keys since the dawn of Amateur Radio, and some creations have become legend. Design styles can include straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, or sideswiper. The winner in each category will receive $250. Only one entry may be accepted per person or team.


Department of Defense to Transmit Interoperability Exercise Info via WWV/WWVH

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:02

The US Department of Defense (DOD) plans to start making use of a provisional time slot on WWV and WWVH to announce upcoming HF military communication exercises and how the Amateur Radio community can become involved in them. The announcements will occur at 10 minutes past on WWV and at 50 minutes past on WWVH. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz.

“DOD’s use of the broadcast time...