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Taiwan to Drop Amateur Radio Morse Code Requirement

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 13:32

According to an article in Taipei Times, the National Communications Commission (NCC) in Taiwan (the Republic of China) has proposed to abolish the Amateur Radio Morse code requirement and to permit operation on 432-440 MHz on a secondary basis, among other changes to the Amateur Radio rules there.

The NCC has said that a Morse requirement “should not hinder the development of Amateur Radio.”

Al...

W5KUB Again to Offer Next Best Thing to Being at Hamvention

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:57

Tom Medlin, W5KUB, of Amateur Radio Roundtable webcast fame, will offer more than 48 hours of live webcasting for Hamvention®, starting on May 17 and continuing through May 22 (to include the road trips out and back). This will mark his 15th year of live streaming the show, and this year’s webcast will be called “Hamvention 2017 Marathon by Medlin.” Astronaut Douglas Wheelock, KF5BOC, will join...

More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP, Now Available

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 18:32

The new book More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio by popular author and experimenter Glen Popiel, KW5GP, builds on the success of his Arduino for Ham Radio. The new volume includes 15 completely new practical and functional Arduino projects for your station.

This time, Popiel branches out to use some of the newer Arduino variants and devices. Each project is complete and functional as-is, but the...

Ward Silver, N0AX, receives Bill Orr, W6SAI, Award Plaque

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:28

The 2016 winner of the Bill Orr Technical Writing Award winner, ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, received the award plaque in April while attending the International DX Convention in Visalia, California. The award is sponsored by the ARRL Foundation, and Foundation President (and ARRL New England Division Director) Tom Frenaye, K1KI, presented the plaque to Silver.

This marked the sec...

Broadcast Industry Radio Amateurs Gather at Annual NAB Convention in Vegas

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 15:56

A few thousand of the more than 103,000 broadcasting industry professionals from around the world in Las Vegas April 22-27 for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention were radio amateurs. Nevada Section ARRL volunteers, under the guidance of Section Manager John Bigley, N7UR, and assisted by Section Public Information Coordinator Chuck Farnham, WD6CHC, were on hand to greet vi...

Harvard Wireless Club Sponsors Inaugural Amateur Radio Symposium

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 15:14

The Harvard Wireless Club (W1AF) sponsored its first Amateur Radio Symposium on April 29 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The symposium featured speakers from the University and elsewhere, including appearances by W1AF’s incoming president Ben Lee, K7JS, and the club’s outgoing president Douglas Maggs, KK4UHK. They were joined by Yale University Amateur Radio Club (W1YU) President Scott Matheson, N...

Support ARRL as You Shop for Mom

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:23

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Make Mom smile...

ARRL Field Day Site Locator is Live for 2017, Public Service Announcements Available

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:56

ARRL Field Day is June 24-25. The Field Day site locator is now up and running, and, to date, around 400 sites already are in the database. To find a Field Day site near you, type in your town and state in the “Location or Call Sign” box at the upper left. Listings also are available by state or Canadian province. To add a site, visit the Add Field Day Station page.

The 2017 Field Day public ser...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Passes Mission Readiness Review

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 13:35

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has successfully cleared another hurdle. A Mission Readiness Review was held April 29, at the Cal Poly campus before a board representing Tyvak, Cal Poly, and NASA, to verify that all requirements have been met for a safe and successful launch and deployment.

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, presented 81 PowerPoint slides covering all Interface Control D...

Yasme Foundation Grants will Support Youth Involvement in Amateur Radio

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 13:27

The Yasme Foundation has announced several grants aimed at encouraging and promoting youth participation in Amateur Radio and advancing activities that result in new licensees around the world.

Yasme has designated grants that will allow young radio amateurs to attend the 7th Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) UK 2017 conference this August in England. More than 100 young radio amateurs from all three...

Storm-Related Mishap Claims Life of Volunteer Fire Chief Doug Deckard, KC5PLA

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 23:28

Volunteer firefighter Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard, KC5PLA, of Quitman, Arkansas, died on April 30 after being struck by a car during torrential rainfall while checking water lines in his community. Deckard, an ARRL member, was 51. He served as Cove Creek/Pearson Volunteer Fire Chief.

Arkansas State Police say Deckard had pulled off the roadway along Highway 25 near Quitman and was working outs...

NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 18:20

NOAA is considering ending the North Atlantic and North Pacific marine storm warning announcements at minutes 8, 9, and 10 for WWV, and at minutes 48, 49, 50, and 51 for WWVH. Termination would be on October 1, 2017. NOAA wants to hear from as many interested parties as possible. Comments need to be received by NOAA by May 31.

Send all comments or issues concerning this proposed action via e-mai...

Outer Banks Repeater Association Receives 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 18:09

The Outer Banks Repeater Association (OBRA) in North Carolina has been presented with the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. OBRA President Andrew Darling, AA3YQ, accepted the citation at the April 17 Dare County Commissioners meeting in Manteo. The citation, signed by Governor Roy Cooper, said that OBRA members set themselves apart from other volunteer organizations “by always being avai...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Support 2017 Boston Marathon

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 15:34

Nearly 280 Amateur Radio communication volunteers on April 17 participated the 2017 Boston Marathon, the 121st running of the event organized by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Warmer-than-typical temperatures for the Patriots' Day race raised concern for increased medical issues, but lower humidity and some cloud cover later in the afternoon mitigated the potential for problems.

Amateur ...

More 60-Meter News

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 15:08

Radio amateurs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are among the latest to gain access to a 60-meter band. The allocation is 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP.

Malta also has opened a 60-meter band for its Amateur Radio licensees. The island’s telecoms regulator, the Malta Communications Authority, published an updated National Frequency Plan in April that includes the WRC-15 se...

FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB, Other Part 95 Devices

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:50

In a lengthy Report and Order (R&O) in a proceeding (WT Docket No. 10-119) dating back 7 years, the FCC has announced rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS), the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS or “CB”), as well as other applications that fall under the FCC’s Part 95 Personal Radio Services (PRS) rules and regulations. Part 95 devices ty...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:00

Each of the average solar and geomagnetic indices rose last week (April 20-26) over the previous seven days.

Average daily sunspot number rose from 8.6 to 35.7, and solar flux rose from 76.5 to 81.4.

Average daily planetary A index went from 8 to 26.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index from 6.3 to 18.4.

The day with the most geomagnetic activity was April 22 when the planetary A index was 54....

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