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ARRL Systems Service Disruption
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 16:40:00 -0500

Updated 07/09/2024

As previously reported, ARRL® Logbook of The World® (LoTW®) returned to service on Monday, July 1, 2024. As anticipated, there was a significant rise in use to catch up on processing logs following the outage. It took 4 days for normal processing times to return.

The ARRL Radiosport Department has resumed processing applications for most awards. The systems for Worked All State...

Hurricane Beryl: Hurricane Watch Net Active
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 10:45:00 -0500

Amateur Radio is active to provide critical communications for those in the path of Hurricane Beryl. This page will be updated with the latest information as it comes in. 

By: John Ross, KD8IDJ, and Sierra Harrop, W5DX

Monday, July 8, 2024, Noon EDT update: 

The following information is from Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Net Manager for the Hurricane Watch Net:

The Hurricane Watch Net concluded operations ...

The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 05 Jul 2024 17:34:00 -0500

Solar activity increased this week, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 149.6 to 181.6. For some reason average daily solar flux decreased from 178 to 175.

Seven new sunspot groups emerged this week, one on June 27, two on June 28, three on June 29, and one more on July 3.

Average daily planetary index rose from 10.3 to 15.6 while average middle latitude A index rose from 10.1 to 11....

New ARRL Section Managers
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 14:32:00 -0500

Nominations for 2024 ARRL Section Managers have been made. All nominees listed ran unopposed and returned their nomination forms by the June 7, 2024, deadline. They have been notified by mail and elected for new terms beginning October 1, 2024.


Douglas Sharafanowich, WA1SFH (new)


Dan Marler, K7REX


Bill Mitchell, AEØEE

North Dakota: 

Ralph Fettig, NØRDF


Thomas Sly,...
ARRL Logbook of The World Returns to Service
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 12:40:00 -0500

ARRL Logbook of The World® (LoTW®) returned to service July 1, 2024. It had been offline as part of a systems service disruption.

As work progressed on the network, some users encountered LoTW opening briefly during which some 6600 logs were uploaded. The logs were not processed until this weekend as we tested that the interfaces to LoTW were functioning properly.

We are taking steps to help mana...

ARRL Headquarters is Closed on Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 08:03:00 -0500

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® will be closed on Thursday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Friday, July 5, at 8 a.m. EDT.

ARRL VEC Services Update During Systems Disruption
Tue, 02 Jul 2024 12:35:00 -0500

ARRL previously reported that we are responding to a serious incident involving access to our network and headquarters-based systems. Several services have been affected, including those administered by the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC).

Exam Registrations and Materials. ARRL Volunteer Examiners (VEs) should continue to submit exam registrations and material requests. While we a...

Call for Nominations for ARRL Director and Vice Director
Mon, 01 Jul 2024 13:58:00 -0500

Attention: Full ARRL members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern, and Roanoke Divisions. You have the opportunity to choose a Director and Vice Director to represent you for a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2025.

ARRL is governed by its Board of Directors. A voting Director is chosen by ballot by the full (licensed) ARRL members in each of its 15 Divisions. Vice Directors who ser...

2024 ARRL Field Day Wrap Up
Fri, 28 Jun 2024 13:37:00 -0500

It was a successful 2024 ARRL Field Day, despite severe weather and extreme temperatures impacting much of the country. Social media has hundreds of photos and stories from the United States. By Wednesday morning, nearly 2200 log entries had been received, with more arriving hourly. Just a reminder, the deadline for entries is July 23, 2024. Check out the ARRL Field Day website for the latest u...

ARRL and Momobeam Introduce Dual-band Beam Antenna for 6- and 10-Meters
Fri, 28 Jun 2024 13:31:00 -0500

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® has a new product to help radio amateurs get active and on the air.

As Solar Cycle 25 continues to increase HF radio propagation on the upper bands, ARRL has partnered with the Italian antenna manufacturer Momobeam to design a dualband beam antenna to help take full advantage of the exciting opportunities for distant contacts. The ARRL Dual-band ...

The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 28 Jun 2024 07:41:00 -0500


"A glancing blow from a recent CME is expected to arrive late on UT
day 28-Jun. Additional to this, solar wind parameter Bz has been
oriented southward for approximately 15 hours. Combined this may
induce G1 geomagnetic conditions. A second CME is expected to arrive
late on UT day...

Gaming the Amateur Radio Digital Modes
Fri, 21 Jun 2024 11:04:00 -0500

Ever played poker over FT8? YouTuber Steve McGrane, KM9G (@temporarilyoffline), and his friends at the YouTube channel Coffee and Ham Radios (@coffeeandhamradios) do. They even livestream it monthly on the channel Frequency Frenzy (@FreqFrenzy). They?ve devised a system of automatically assigning values to QSO data from amateur radio digital mode contacts that corresponds with playing cards. Th...

Colorado Teacher and Ham Accepted to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program
Fri, 21 Jun 2024 10:53:00 -0500

Dara Gardner, KFØNIX, a member of the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association (PPRAA), has been accepted to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program. The AEF program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena.

?It's pretty exciting,? said G...

2024 ARRL Field Day is Here!
Fri, 21 Jun 2024 10:53:00 -0500
New Hampshire ARES Serves Mount Washington Road Race
Fri, 21 Jun 2024 10:18:00 -0500

On June 15, 2024, a dozen New Hampshire Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) operators from the Mount Washington Valley ARES group and the Central New Hampshire ARES group, as well as a number of out-of-state ARES volunteers, again provided emergency radio communications at the Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

Fourteen hundred participants ran up the mountain into a region of infamous ...