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Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club Assisting in Restoring Fire-Damaged Repeaters

ARRL News - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:48

The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) Disaster Recovery Program for the 2018 Carr and Camp Fires has made a $1,000 grant to the California Amateur Radio Linking Association (CARLA) toward the cost of rebuilding one of its destroyed sites. The CARLA network of repeaters provides coverage across California and Western Nevada to provide reliable communication during significant local, region...

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Taurus-1 CubeSat with FM-to-Codec-2 Transponder Launched

ARRL News - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:36

The Taurus-1 (Jinniuzuo-1) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio FM-to-Codec-2 transponder was launched on September 12 from China’s Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The CubeSat was developed by Aerospace System Engineering Research Institute of Shanghai for youth education and Amateur Radio. The transponder is similar to that used on the LilacSat-1 (LO-90) CubeSat and can use the same software, on...

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Well-Known Yukon Ham J Allen, VY1JA, is Stepping Away from Amateur Radio

ARRL News - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:58

Well-known Canadian radio amateur J Allen, VY1JA, of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, has announced that he’s retiring from ham radio, citing long-term health issues and hearing loss. The familiar VY1JA call sign also has been retired. Allen will begin dismantling his station and antennas as early as this weekend. His last contact was with KA4UPI on September 14. He has uploaded his logs to Logbook...

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Report: North Korea Testing Digital Broadcasting on 80 Meters

ARRL News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 09:00

Radio World reports that the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) has resumed testing digital radio broadcasting on the 80-meter amateur band after a 2-year absence. North Korea is transmitting with the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) protocol. The latest transmissions on 3.560 MHz began in mid-August.

“It appears unclear at this time, however, whether the current series of transmiss...

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WWV and WWVH to Broadcast Defense Department WWV Centennial Greeting, Special Event Reminder

ARRL News - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 14:31

Starting on Monday, September 16, WWV and WWVH will broadcast a US Department of Defense message to mark the centennial of WWV and to announce the WW0WWV special event from September 28 until October 2 at the WWV transmitter site near Fort Collins, Colorado. The DoD message transmissions will air until October 1.

Kevin Utter, N7GES, a member of the WW0WWV Centennial Committee, recorded the audio...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:55

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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Amateur Radio Digital Communications Announces Grant to ARISS

ARRL News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:28

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), owner and manager of AMPRNet, has announced what’s being called “a very generous grant” to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) to help fund its next-generation Amateur Radio system on the ISS. The dollar figure was not made public. In July, ARDC announced a philanthropic initiative to provide monetary grants to organizations, gro...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:27

No sunspots this week. Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 3.4 to zero. At the same time, average daily solar flux rose from 67.4 to 69.4.

Geomagnetic activity quieted, with average daily planetary A index declining from 19.9 to 8.9, while average daily mid-latitude A index went from 16.7 to 7.7.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on September 13-22, 69 on September 23 through October 5, 68 on Oc...

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FCC Seeks to Streamline its Hearings Process

ARRL News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 08:28

The FCC is asking for public comments on procedural changes that, if adopted, would streamline many administrative hearings under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

“Currently, these hearings typically are conducted like trials in civil litigation and include, among other things, live testimony before an administrative law judge, cross-examination of witnesses, and an initial decision b...

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Nine Schools and Organizations Make the Cut for Ham Contacts with ISS Crew

ARRL News - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:19

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced that nine schools and organizations have been selected to host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station crew members during the first half of 2020. The selected host organizations must now complete equipment plans that demonstrate their ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once a plan is approved, the fin...

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Contester Activities to Remain at Crowne Plaza during 2020 Dayton Hamvention

ARRL News - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:16

Tim Duffy, K3LR, reports that after checking out available facilities in the Dayton/Xenia area to host contest-related activities during the 2020 Dayton Hamvention®, the contester Super Suites will remain at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton.

“Local authorities have given assurances that there will be improvements during our stay for 2020,” Duffy said, noting that hotel security issues have be...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 08:00
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ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA, SK

ARRL News - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 09:23

ARRL and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Emeritus Larry E. Price, W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia, died on September 10. An ARRL Life Member, he was 85.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Price was first licensed as WN5TIA at age 16 and subsequently held several other call signs before becoming W4RA. After earning BSEE, MBA, and PhD degrees, he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenan...

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