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International Postal Service Disrupted

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 13:25

The US Postal Service (USPS) has temporarily suspended international mail acceptance for items addressed to certain destinations due to service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation could result in the return or loss of mail, such as QSL cards, addressed to affected parts of the world. The USPS has posted a list of affected countries, which is updated regularly. The Postal Se...

New Section Manager Appointed in North Dakota in Wake of Resignation

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 09:35

Richard Budd, W0TF, has been appointed as North Dakota ARRL Section Manager, succeeding Nancy Yoshida, K0YL, who resigned on June 2 after serving since January 2018. Yoshida will become the vice president of the YL International Single Sideband System this year and felt she could not do justice to both leadership roles.

Budd, who lives in York, will complete the remainder of Yoshida’s term, whic...

ARISS Establishes Itself as an Independent Organization

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 14:02

Going forward, the US arm of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station International working group will be known as ARISS-USA, an independent organization. ARISS serves as the intermediary to arrange contacts between schools and organizations on Earth and ISS crew members. ARISS-USA incorporated as a non-profit entity in Maryland in late May. The move will allow ARISS-USA to work ind...

The Yasme Foundation Announces Supporting Grant to Open Research Institute

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 13:59

The Yasme Foundation has made a supporting grant to the Open Research Institute (ORI) to enable completion of ORI’s Phase 4 Ground Station Project. ORI is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) research and development organization that provides all of its work to the general public under the principles of open source and open access to research. The Phase 4 Ground Station Project is an open-source satelli...

KN6EQU Balloon Wins Cross-Country Educational Challenge Race

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 11:53

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) partner ISS Above inventor Liam Kennedy, KN6EQU, of Pasadena, California, has been declared the winner of a mid-altitude cross-continent educational challenge balloon race. His balloon was one of four launched on June 1 from the west coast with the goal of reaching the Eastern Time Zone first. Coming in second was the balloon of Ted Tagam...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 08:37

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.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 08:05

Two new sunspots emerged this week, with a one-day gap on Tuesday with no sunspot. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 0 last week to 3.3 in this week, May 28 through June 3.

It seems odd, but average daily solar flux was 69.6, unchanged from the previous seven days. Average daily planetary A index rose from 4 to 6, but average middle latitude A index was 5.7, same as last week.

Predicted sol...

FCC Seeking World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee Members

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 12:49

The FCC has announced that it’s looking for individuals or entities to serve on its World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice, technical support, and recommended proposals in the run-up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). In particular, the committee will focus on international frequency spectrum issues identified on the WRC-23 a...

ARRL/TAPR DCC Going Virtual

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 12:47

COVID-19 Net Now Running Wednesdays on 40 Meters

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 12:39

The Medical Net, a special COVID-19 net, is running Wednesdays on 7.222 MHz. The net deals with correct data on COVID-19 epidemiology care, care issues, and more. Net control will be Dr. Harry Przekop, WB9EDP, a past president of the Medical Amateur Radio Council Organization (MARCO) and now a director at large.

Przekop is a specialist in infectious diseases and biomedical physics and is board-c...

The May/June Digital Issues of QEX and NCJ are Now Available!

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 15:29

The May/June digital editions of QEX and the National Contest Journal (NCJ) are now available for reading on your iOS or Android mobile device through the ARRL Magazines app, or with your desktop or laptop computer from the ARRL Magazines page on the web at www.arrl.org/arrl-magazines.

App users please note that you may need to clear the cache in the app’s Settings menu to fully update.

The digit...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:38

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.

ITU Interviews IARU President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, on World Amateur Radio Day

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:38

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has posted an interview with International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, “Why World Amateur Radio Day is key to highlight crucial services.” World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is observed every year on April 18. In the interview, Ellam shares his views on why World Amateur Radio Day is important and how amateur radio...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 08:52

Sunspots are gone again. We are at the bottom of the solar cycle, so conditions should only get better. There is an increase in on-air activity due to the large number of people staying at home because of Covid-19, and this week we seem to be overwhelmed with reports of sporadic E openings.

The last observed sunspot disappeared on April 5, so weekly average daily sunspot numbers declined from 5....

ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Edition Considers Social Distancing

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:21

The SSB edition of the ARRL Rookie Roundup returns on Sunday, April 19 at 1800 UTC and continues through 2359 UTC. For the purposes of this operating event, a “Rookie” is any radio amateur licensed within the current calendar year or in the previous 2 calendar years. You can also be a Rookie if you haven’t made any contacts on the contest mode (SSB, CW, or RTTY) before the Rookie Roundup contes...

ARRL, AMSAT Seek “Relatively Minor Changes” In FCC Orbital Debris Mitigation Proposals

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:18

On April 8, ARRL Washington Counsel Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, and AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, discussed with senior FCC International Bureau staff by telephone the FCC’s draft Report & Order (R&O) on mitigation of orbital debris (IB Docket No. 18-313). The amateur representatives told the FCC staff that “two aspects of the draft regulations are of particular concern…. and w...

ARRL Announces New Benefits for Members

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:10

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