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AMSAT Congratulates Qatar Amateur Radio Society, AMSAT-DL for Successful Es?hail-2 Launch
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:35:00 -0600

AMSAT-NA has congratulated AMSAT-DL (Germany) and the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) for their roles in the successful launch on November 15 of the Es?hail-2 satellite, which carried AMSAT-DL?s Phase 4-A transponder aloft. Es?hail-2 will be the first geostationary satellite to sport an Amateur Radio transponder. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle, Es?hail wi...

Repeaters, Amateur TV Play Communication Role in California Fire Emergency
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:07:00 -0600

Amateur Radio repeaters and TV (ATV) have helped to keep the broader community informed on the local status of widespread fires in Southern California, radio amateurs say. Benjamin Kuo, KI6YR, who had to evacuate but now is back home, said remote Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) mesh cameras captured video from fires across Southern California earlier this month, including the early...

AMSAT?s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Launch Delayed
Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:54:00 -0600

AMSAT has announced that the SpaceX Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express launch carrying the Fox-1Cliff Amateur Radio CubeSat and several other Amateur Radio payloads has been delayed. SpaceX tweeted, ?Standing down from Monday?s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional pre-flight inspections. Once complete, we will confirm a new launch date.?

Fox-1Cliff and othe...

ARRL Director, Vice Director Election Results Announced
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:40:00 -0600

ARRL has announced the results of contested elections for Director and Vice Director. Ballots were opened and counted on November 16 in seven contests within five ARRL Divisions.

Here are the final tabulations:

Central Division Director

Kermit Carlson, W9XA 1,898

Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L 1,755

Mr. Carlson was declared elected.

Hudson Division Director

Ria Jairam, N2RJ 1,292

Mike Lisenco, N2YBB 1,239

Ms. J...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:49:00 -0600

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


FCC Approves Use of Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System in the US
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:27:00 -0600

The FCC has granted, in part, the European Commission?s request for a waiver of Commission rules so that non-federal devices in the US may access specific signals transmitted from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) known as Galileo.

The action means that consumers and industry in the US may access certain satellite signals from the Galileo system to augment the US Global Positioning S...

Effort Under Way to Fund W0AIH Memorial Scholarship
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:08:00 -0600

Scott Neader, KA9FOX, is spearheading a GoFundMe effort to establish a scholarship to honor the memory of Paul Bittner, W0AIH (SK), who died as the result of a tower climbing mishap on October 31. He was 84. The memorial scholarship would be administered by the ARRL Foundation.

The GoFundMe solicitation says, ?Licensed for nearly 70 years, Paul built one of the largest ham radio stations in the...

Former ARRL Headquarters Book Team Supervisor Jan Carman, K5MA, SK
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:01:00 -0600

R. Jan Carman, K5MA (ex-W5SBX, W3JXS), who was a member of the ARRL Headquarters staff from 2001 until 2003 died on November 13. An ARRL Life Member, he was 76.

Carman?s career spanned the fields of aerospace, oil-field equipment, industrial control and instrumentation, underwater acoustics, communication systems, manufacturing automation and consulting. Carman held bachelor?s and master?s degre...

The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:51:00 -0600

A single sunspot appeared on November 13-14, yielding a daily sunspot number of 11 over both days. The sunspot number increased to 13 on the following day, November 15. The average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (November 8-14) was 3.1, after no sunspots during the previous seven days.

Average daily solar flux rose from 67.7 to 68.5.  Average daily planetary A index declined from 12...

Es?hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:22:00 -0600

A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle lifted off flawlessly at 2046 UTC on November 15 from Cape Canaveral, carrying the first Amateur Radio payload destined for geostationary orbit. About 32 minutes after launch, SpaceX reports the spacecraft was successfully deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur Radio S-band and X-band payload capab...

ARRL November Sweepstakes CW 2018 Log Count Tops Last Year?s
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:10:00 -0600

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, says the 1,273 electronic logs plus 17 paper logs received by November 15 for this year?s ARRL November Sweepstakes CW weekend surpass last year?s log count by more than a dozen (the 7-day deadline for electronic logs ended November 12, but paper logs postmarked by the deadline are still arriving).

  Now it?s time for SS Phone. Jahnke stresses that ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:00:00 -0600
New Beta Version of WSJT-X is Now Available, Mock FT8 Contest Set
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:34:00 -0600

A new WSJT-X ?release candidate,? version 2.0.0-rc4, now is available, and the version 2.0 Quick Start Guide has been revised and extended. The developers urge anyone upgrading to the new version to read the release notes thoroughly, since the upgrade requires users to change operator settings, so the software may not work ?out of the box? when upgrading from previous versions.

The latest versi...

Southern New Jersey ARES Team Assists in Missing-Person Search
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:36:00 -0600

Ocean County, New Jersey, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARESŪ) volunteers recently assisted search groups looking for a man with dementia who was reported missing on November 2 from a nursing home in Stafford Township. Searches concentrating on neighborhoods around the nursing home had been unsuccessful. The missing man?s family organized a search for November 10, and Ocean County ARES was i...

Noted Contester, AR-Cluster Developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K, SK
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:18:00 -0600

Well-known contester and AR-Cluster developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K (ex-KX6OI), formerly of Texas, died on November 13 in Belize, where he had recently relocated and married. He was 69. An Arkansas native who was initially licensed as WB5SFA, Gerdes held a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas. In the 1980s, he operated from the Marshall Islands as KX6OI while tracking m...


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