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ARRL News - Fri, 12/17/2021 - 10:05

Past ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, SK

ARRL News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 16:20

Former ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, died on December 12. An ARRL member, she was 78.

From the time she arrived at ARRL Headquarters, Mary served enthusiastically as ARRL’s Chief Development Officer, developing relationships that helped to grow the ARRL Endowment. One individual she invited into the ARRL fold of regular supporters was Joe Walsh, WB...

World Radio TV Handbook to Cease Publication

ARRL News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 15:48

The EI7GL blog reports that publication of the World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH) will cease with the current 76th edition. For many years, the WRTH provided information about shortwave broadcast times and frequencies, but the number of listeners has dwindled as broadcasting has shifted to the internet. In addition, information on international broadcasting schedules and frequencies is also availab...

Interim SM Appointment Made in Virginia; Georgia SM Post Becomes Vacant

ARRL News - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 12:29

The vacancy created by the untimely and unfortunate death of ARRL Virginia Section Manager (SM) Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, will be filled in the Virginia SM election scheduled to occur in January and February 2022. The winner of the SM election will assume office on April 1, 2022. Former Virginia SM Carl Clements, W4CAC, has been appointed by ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY to temporar...

ARRL and RSGB Announce Winners of Transatlantic Centenary Cups

ARRL News - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 16:00

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) have announced winners of the 160-Meter Transatlantic Centenary QSO Party. The December 12 on-air event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the successful second Transatlantic Tests which contributed to the dawn of international amateur radio communication. Participating stations operating on CW at...

Polish Radio Amateur Ordered to Stop Using Falkland Islands Identifier from Antarctica

ARRL News - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 15:18

The Falkland Islands Communications Regulator has directed Polish radio amateur Sebastian Gleich, SQ1SGB, to cease his ham radio operation from Antarctica’s Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, OpenFalklands reported. Apparently following up on a complaint, the Falkland Islands regulator ordered Gleich to stop all operations as “VP8SGB.” He has been identifying as VP8/SQ1SGB, in a...

Sweden’s SAQ VLF Alexanderson Alternator Station Schedules Christmas Eve Transmission

ARRL News - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 15:15

On December 24, SAQ in Grimeton, Sweden, is scheduled to transmit a Christmas message to the world, using the 97-year-old 200 kW Alexanderson alternator on 17.2 kHz CW. At 0730 UTC, a livestream will begin on YouTube. Start-up and tuning of the Alexanderson alternator will begin at 0800 UTC. Transmissions will begin at 0800 UTC. Some test transmissions will take place on December 23 between 120...

Clubs in Newfoundland and England to Re-Enact Marconi’s 1901 Experiment

ARRL News - Sun, 12/12/2021 - 05:08

The Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland (MRCN) and the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club in England will conduct a modern-day re-enactment of Marconi’s first transatlantic radio experiment in 1901.

December 12, 2021,marks the 120th anniversary of that accomplishment.

On December 12, preparations will begin at 1555 UTC for receiving the letter “s” in Morse code at 1600 UTC. The letter “s” was transmitted f...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 12/10/2021 - 08:20

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: One new sunspot group appeared on December 4, but 4 days later it was gone, and on Thursday, December 9, we saw a second day with no sunspots.

Average daily sunspot number declined from 46.1 to 24.6. Average daily solar flux went from 90.9 to 82.6.

Predicted solar flux over the next month does not seem promising. The December 9 forecast shows 77 on December 10; 8...

World’s Smallest Moon Lander from Japan will Put Ham Radio Transmitter on the Moon

ARRL News - Thu, 12/09/2021 - 15:44

Japan’s OMOTENASHI, the world’s smallest moon lander, will have an X-band and UHF communication system, although it will not carry an amateur band transponder. OMOTENASHI is a 6U CubeSat set for launch via a NASA SLS rocket as early as February 2022. It will have a mission period of from 4 to 5 days. The name is an acronym for Outstanding Moon Exploration Technologies demonstrated by Nano Semi-...

ARDC Grant Will Expand RMHAM’s 5 GHz Microwave Network in Rockies

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:15


A grant of $374,233 from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to Rocky Mountain Ham Radio (RMHAM) will go toward expanding a multistate 5 GHz microwave network and help to outfit communications trailers.

The microwave network enables partnering amateur radio clubs and groups to access, enable, or expand their repeater and other FCC Part 97-appropriate applications. The network provides ...

ARRL Virginia Section Manager Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, SK

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:09

Virginia Section Manager Joe Palsa, K3WRY, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, died on December 7. An ARRL Life Member, he was 80.

Palsa was appointed Virginia Section Manager in February 2015, and had since won elections in his own right. A radio amateur for more than 50 years, he also served as the Virginia State Government Liaison.

Palsa held a PhD in electronics technology and was a Life Member ...

November 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 13:49

This is the November 2021 report of Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program activity. The VM program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service.

  • Operators in Ardmore, Tennessee; Lithonia, Georgia; Coconut Creek and Miramar, Florida, and East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, were issued Advisory Notices regarding excessive bandwidth, contrary to FCC rules....

ARRL Executive Committee Meets

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 12:48

The ARRL Executive Committee met on October 25 in virtual session, with President Rick Roderick, K5UR, presiding.

In his report, CEO David Minster, NA2AA, noted that the revised ARRL Articles of Incorporation approved during the July 2021 Board meeting had been filed with the State of Connecticut. He also discussed the delayed timing of the delivery of the December issue of QST. He advised that ...

Transmissions Set to Mark Transatlantic Test Success

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 09:19

A replica 1BCG transmitter will operate as W2AN/1BCG on ±1.820 MHz on CW, from The Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut. “We’re using type 204-A tubes,” said Mark Erdle, AE2EA, of the Antique Wireless Association. “The original transmitter used type 204 tubes. The primary difference is that the 204-A tubes had a thoriated filament that reduced the filament current. Transmissio...

ARISS Named Amateur Radio Newsline Newsmaker of the Year

ARRL News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 08:01

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has been named Amateur Radio Newsline Newsmaker of the Year.

“This group, based across 15 countries around the world, has been supporting amateur radio from the space station and performing school links around the world to astronauts for over 20 years,” the announcement pointed out. “As well as enthusing youngsters in the magic of space an...