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Radio Amateur to Lose License as Part of Enforcement Case Settlement
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:48:00 -0500

A New Jersey radio amateur, David S. Larsen Sr., WS2L, of Highland Park, will surrender his Amateur Extra-class license and pay a $7,500 civil penalty as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle an enforcement action. An FCC Enforcement Bureau Order released June 18 said Larsen violated the Communications Act of 1934 and Part 90 rules by operating on frequencies licensed to the Borough o...

Historic 2-Meter Transatlantic Contact Reported
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:51:00 -0500

D41CV on Cape Verde Islands and FG8OJ in Guadeloupe spanned the Atlantic Ocean on 2 meters for the first time on June 16, according to reports. The distance was 3,867 kilometers (2,397.5 miles). The historic contact was made on 144.174 MHz using FT8 mode.

?The mode of propagation was most likely marine ducting, with the signal traveling in a layer near the ocean surface,? said John Desmond, EI7G...

Radio Amateurs in India Support Emergency Communication during Cyclone Vayu
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 05:43:00 -0500

At the request of authorities in India?s Gujarat Province, Rajesh Vagadia, VU2EXP, and his niece Shyama Vagadia, VU3WHG, deployed on June 12 to Porbandar to offer emergency communication support in the event the Category 3 Cyclone Vayu struck Gujarat.

On short notice, they installed HF and VHF stations, equipped with digital communication. Rajesh Vagadia said a lot of hams checked in and remain...

ARRL Offers ?What is Amateur Radio?? Video and PowerPoint Presentation
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:17:00 -0500
Montana to Get New Section Manager
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:15:00 -0500

Paul Stiles, KF7SOJ, will become ARRL Montana Section Manager on October 1. Stiles, of Billings, was the only candidate after nominations for the position were re-solicited this spring, and will serve an 18-month term. He will take over the position following George Forsyth, AA7GS, of Great Falls, who decided not to run for a new term after serving since 2013. There are no contested seats in th...

W1AW Announces ARRL Field Day Bulletin Schedule
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:09:00 -0500

ARRL has announced its Field Day 2019 W1AW bulletin schedule.

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ARRL Foundation Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:10:00 -0500


The ARRL Foundation has announced the 2019 recipients the scholarships it administers.

The ARRL Foundation General Fund Scholarship, $2,000 each

Marisa K. Allyn, KF7NER, Sammamish, WA

Jonathan L. Doorn, KG5CUK, White Rock, NM

Ian J. Hofbeck, KG7GDZ, Lynnwood, WA

Shefali K. Janorkar, KD2FIW, Staten Island, NY

Jonathan D. Williams, K5DVT, Huntsville, AR

John T. Wirt, KD8SWT, Howell, MI

The ARRL Rocky Mo...

ARRL Files Interim Report with FCC in ?Symbol Rate? Proceeding
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 20:23:00 -0500

ARRL has filed an interim report with the FCC in order to report on its efforts to find common ground regarding issues surrounding the ?symbol? or ?baud? rate proceeding, FCC Docket WT 16-239 (the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WT 16-239, which stemmed from ARRL?s rulemaking petition RM-11708). ARRL highlighted that the public benefits from the FCC?s ?fairly flexible? regulat...

Ham Radio Satellites to Deploy from ISS
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:55:00 -0500

Three BIRDS-3 satellites with Amateur Radio payloads are scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station on Monday, June 17. The BIRDS-3 constellation includes CubeSats from three countries: They are Nepal?s first satellite, NepaliSat-1; Uguisu from Japan, and Sri Lanka?s first satellite, Raavana-1.

The primary mission of the BIRDS constellation is to provide ciphered short message...

Reminder: Saturday, June 15, is Kids Day
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:26:00 -0500
ARRL Executive Committee Establishes Ad Hoc Committee on Communications
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:23:00 -0500

Meeting right after Dayton Hamvention® at the University of Dayton on May 20, the ARRL Board?s Executive Committee (EC) adopted a motion to establish an Ad Hoc Committee on Communications with ARRL Members. The panel would review ARRL communications with members and members? perceptions to ?consider areas needing enhancement, [and] ways in which such communications might be enhanced,? and it wo...

Over-the-Horizon Radars Continue to Plague Amateur Bands
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:07:00 -0500
Tuning Electrically Short Antennas for Field Operation is Research Topic
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:58:00 -0500

An article by two well-known radio amateurs, ?Tuning Electrically Short Antennas for Field Operation,? appeared in Microwave Journal. Authored by QEX Editor Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and award-winning researcher Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, the article points out that both Amateur Radio and military applications exist for 20-W battery-powered radios equipped with whip antennas. ?In general, the whip antenna wh...

Proposed WRC-23 Agenda Items Causing Concern
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:53:00 -0500
The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:30:00 -0500

The long string of days with no sunspots continues, with spots last observed nearly a month ago, on May 18. According to on June 12, there have been no sunspots for 24 days in a row.


Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 68 on June 14 through July 28. That?s right, the prediction updated on June 13 is nothing but 68 on every day for the near future.

Predicted planetary A ...