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ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Issues Field Day 2020 Statement

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 07:22

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has released a statement in advance of ARRL Field Day 2020.

Dear ARRL Members,

For the first time since the event was introduced in 1933, ARRL Field Day will indeed be significantly different this year. Continuing public safety restrictions due to COVID-19 will force many of you to operate from home, while some radio clubs, where permitted, will venture outside...

Radio Amateur’s Call for Help Relayed from across the Atlantic

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 07:19

When Richard Tashner, N2EO, of Massapequa, New York, suffered a medical emergency on May 18, his DMR radio was closer than his phone. His call for help was answered by Maxis Johnston, GM0MRJ, who put out a call for “anyone in the states.”

Kent County Amateur Radio Club member Ken Dix, KB2KBD, in Delaware heard the call on the local 146.91 MHz repeater, which was linked to the North American talk...

SAQ Announces Annual Alexanderson Day Transmission

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:51

The vintage SAQ Alexanderson alternator in Grimeton, Sweden, will conduct its annual Alexanderson Day transmissions on 17.2 kHz on Sunday, July 5. Startup and tuning will begin at 0830 UTC, with the transmission commencing at 0900 UTC. Startup and tuning for the second transmission will begin at 1130 UTC, with the message transmission at 1200 UTC. Both events will be broadcast live via the Alex...

ARISS Volunteer Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, Named Member of the Order of Australia

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:08

Veteran Amateur Radio on the International Radio Station (ARISS) volunteer Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, has been honored as a Member of the Order of Australia in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours List. Hutchison was recognized “For significant service to amateur radio, particularly to satellite and space communication.” The Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet noted ...

Video Explains the Mission and Purpose of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:00

The video “What is IARU?” is now available on the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 website.

“This video explains the mission and roles of IARU to represent, develop, and defend frequencies for amateur radio around the world,” IARU Region 2 explains. “It also describes the regional organizations and the critical roles of its more than 160 member-societies.”

The English-language pr...

DARC to Offer HAM RADIOnline June 26 – 29

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:23

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen, Germany, was canceled. The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) will instead offer HAM RADIOnline, which will feature many interesting topics related to our hobby, said Thomas Wrede, DF2OO, of the DARC International Affairs Team. The Software Defined Radio Academy team and the Fascination HAM RADIO crew will produce the virt...

CAMSAT CAS-6 Satellite Antenna Deployed, Transponder Activated

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 14:36

CAMSAT reports that the VHF-UHF antenna on the CAS-6 satellite, launched last December 20, has been deployed and its linear amateur radio transponder activated. CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, reports that the CW beacon and GMSK telemetry are not working properly at this time, with only carriers being transmitted.

“We will try to diagnose and then determine whether the CW and telemetry data stream tr...

ARRL Seeks Vintage DX Logs for Archive

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 14:33

ARRL continues to solicit paper logs of prominent DXpeditions or logs from stations and operators active from more rare locations from the 1950s through the 1980s, for inclusion in The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK. The DX Log Archive program was created, thanks to an endowment established by Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to obtain, preserve, and utilize paper logs from rare and significant DXpeditio...

WSJT-X Update Released

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 14:21

The digital modes suite WSJT-X version 2.2.2 has been released. The update is a bug-fix release. The primary change is to incorporate the new Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Prince Edward Island (PE) Section PE into the FT8/FT4/MSK144 contest mode for ARRL Field Day. Operators planning to be on the air for Field Day should upgrade to this version to enable accurate logging.

Another change: the FT...

ARRL Foundation Awards Grant to ORI

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 11:39

The ARRL Foundation has awarded $3,000 to the Open Research Institute (ORI). The grant will be applied to Phase 1 of the Digital Multiplex Transponder research and development program. ORI is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to open-source research and development in amateur radio. This grant will allow hardware prototypes for broadband microwave digital satellite payloads to proceed mor...

Vanuatu Special Event will Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Independence

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:21

Forty years ago, on July 30, 1980, the Republic of Vanuatu gained its independence. France and the UK claimed parts of the archipelago, and in 1906, they agreed on a framework for jointly managing it as the New Hebrides. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of independence, all three members of the Vanuatu Amateur Radio Society (VARS) will operate special event station YJ40IND during the mont...

Rescued Radio Amateur Says, “Ham Radio Saved My Life”

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 13:47

ARRL member Alden Sumner Jones IV, KC1JWR, of Bennington, Vermont, is thankful for amateur radio, after he suffered a medical incident and lost consciousness on June 15 while hiking with others along a remote section of the Long Trail, not far from his home. An EMT from Appalachian Mountain Rescue (AMR), who was hiking nearby, saw Jones pass out but was unable to connect with 911 via his cell p...

Yasme Foundation Announces Grant to Establish Reverse Beacon Network Nodes In Africa

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 13:42

The Yasme Foundation has announced a supporting grant to establish Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) nodes in Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. The project will be carried out by youth members of Amateurs Radio Algeriens and the Association des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens radio clubs. Build-out of these nodes will increase RBN presence in Africa for both the amateur and scientific communities. The RBN is a ...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 14:00

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

 

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