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Nets Activate for Tropical Storm Otto, Hurricane Watch Net in Monitoring Mode

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 4:51pm

Amateur Radio emergency nets on 40 and 75 meters have activated in anticipation that Tropical Storm Otto may make landfall in Central America.

In Costa Rica a net is operational on 7080 kHz. In Nicaragua, National Emergency Net frequencies in use are 7098 kHz (7105 kHz alternate) and 3798 kHz (3805 kHz alternate).

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) continues to keep an eye on the progress of Tropical ...

“The Origins of Silicon Valley: Roots in Ham Radio” Video Now Available

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 2:22pm

The ARRL Centennial National Convention presentation, “The Origins of Silicon Valley: Roots in Ham Radio,” by Paul Wesling, KM6LH, has been edited into a video and is now available on YouTube.

“It tells of the interesting events in the maritime port of San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century, as early radio was being developed, and follows the hams who designed new devices and equipment to...

Indian Radio Amateurs Report More Mystery Signals

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 1:21pm

According to a Mumbai Mirror report, radio amateurs who have been hearing mysterious signals on 2 meters for the past 5 months have tracked them down to a source somewhere off the Maharashtra-Gujarat coast in the Arabian Sea. Ankur Puranik, VU2AXN, a spokesperson for a local Amateur Radio club, said the group had advised the Ministry of Telecommunications as well as defense and law enforcement ...

Hurricane Watch Net Monitoring Progress of Tropical Storm Otto

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 8:35pm

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is currently monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Otto.

“While November Hurricanes do occur, those that make landfall are rare,” said HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “Over the past few days, the National Hurricane Center has been expecting a tropical system to form in the southwestern Caribbean. Early this morning, Tropical Depression 16 developed about 300 m...

Ham Astronaut Peggy Whitson, KC5ZTD, Poised to Set Time-in-Space Record

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 4:59pm

New ISS crew members Peggy Whitson, KC5ZTD, Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, and Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy are settling in on board the International Space Station this week. The trio headed into space on November 17 for a 6-month stay. Welcoming the Expedition 50/51 crew members were Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and crew members Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, who have been abo...

JOTA 2016 Report Shows Participation was Up

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 2:13pm

The Boy Scouts of America has released the final report on the 2016 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), and the news is good. Participation was up from 2015 despite what the report called “terrible propagation.”

According to the report, 10,761 Scouts took part, an increase of more than 50% from a year earlier, and the number of stations filing reports, at 267, jumped by 28% from 2015 (the record was 271...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on November 24-25

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 1:00am

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 24-25. The ARRL Letter will not publish on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, November 25. In addition there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice on those days. We wish all our members a safe and enjoyable holiday! 

Rocky Mountain Division Director Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, Overcomes Challenge to Win Election

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 6:23pm

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, has won election to a 3-year term. As Vice Director, Allen assumed the Director’s seat last January, after the Board of Directors elected former Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, as Second Vice President. Allen outpolled challenger Garth Crowe, WY7GC (ex-N7XKT) 1112 to 528 votes, to win the seat in his own right.

Ballots were counted Nov...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:41am

Solar flux and sunspot numbers moved in opposite directions over the past week, and differences were more extreme than usual. Normally we expect daily sunspot numbers and solar flux to track together, and geomagnetic indices to track with each other as well, at least approximately.

 Average daily sunspot numbers over the past reporting week (November 10-16) rose ten points from 18.7 to 28.7, whi...

FCC Approves New Emergency Alert System “Event Codes” for 2017 Hurricane Season

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:09pm

The FCC has added three new “event codes” to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for the 2017 hurricane season. The new rules apply to EAS and NOAA Weather Radio (NWR). Two of the EAS codes correspond to a potential Storm Surge Watch/Warning. The National Weather Service (NWS) is still developing and seeking comments on a Storm Surge Watch/Warning for operational use in 2017. The new codes are:


Work Continues to Strengthen Relationship between Amateur Auxiliary, FCC

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:05pm

Work continues to promote the visibility of Amateur Radio enforcement within the FCC, the ARRL Executive Committee was told recently. The EC met on October 22 in Rosemont, Illinois. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the session.

ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, reported that meetings have been held with the FCC concerning more effective FCC use of the volunteer resources of the ...

NCVEC Question Pool Committee Seeks Comments on the Technician Question Pool

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:51pm

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) is reviewing the 2014-2018 Technician question pool for revisions and updates. The QPC will accept comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community via e-mail through March 31, 2017.

The NCVEC QPC will take all comments and suggestions into consideration as it updates the Technician question...