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American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.


Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Now Open for Bidding!

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:31:00 -0400

The 11th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction now is under way. Bidding on nearly 300 items will continue through Thursday, October 27. Participants must register. Those who have participated in past ARRL On-Line Auction events may use their previous log-in information.

This year’s auction booty includes some vintage ham radio items, including a Collins S Line. Premier items from the QST “Product Review”...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:27:00 -0400

Over the past reporting week (October 13-19) compared to the previous seven-day average daily sunspot number declined from 55 to 31, while average daily solar flux dropped from 101.9 to 83.4.

Planetary A index increased from 6.6 to 19.1, and average mid-latitude A index jumped from 5 to 14.

This is the opposite of what happened two weeks ago compared to last week, when A indices decreased but sol...

Apparent ARISS Radio Failure Prompts Shift to Russian Service Module Ham Gear

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:51:00 -0400

The VHF handheld transceiver that the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has used to connect students worldwide with astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) for more than 16 years has begun to display an error message and is unusable at this time.

While the ARISS technical team evaluates the best path to restore operation from the ISS Columbus modu...

Georgia Section Manager Changing on November 1

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:08:00 -0400

Georgia Section Manager Gene Clark, W4AYK, of Albany, has announced that he’s stepping down at the end of October, after serving since October 2009. David Benoist, AG4ZR, of Senoia, has been appointed as Georgia Section Manager, effective November 1, to complete the current term of office, which extends until September 30, 2017.

When a Section Manager vacancy occurs between elections, the positi...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:01:00 -0400

“HF Mobile Antennas” is the topic of the latest (October 20) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor ...

ARES/RACES Featured at Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:32:00 -0400

For the third year in a row, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) were a featured component of the largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the US. The annual conference, held in mid-September, was organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council a...

Time to File Your JOTA Station Report

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:20:00 -0400

Now that Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) 2016 is history, the Boy Scouts are urging participants to file a JOTA Station Report, in order to determine how things went.

“It's your perfect opportunity to share your stories, photos, and some numbers,” JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said. “The reports I've seen so far show some good turnout, particularly from Cub Scouts. We feel this is due to the new...

ARRL Members with AOL Accounts Report Problems Receiving ARRL E-Mailings

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:47:00 -0400

Since late September, ARRL has experienced intermittent problems delivering bulk e-mail products, such as The ARRL Letter and Section News, to member subscribers with AOL e-mail addresses. The problem is that AOL is not accepting all messages ARRL is sending; some make it through to subscribers, and some do not.

The League has open trouble tickets with AOL regarding this issue but has not yet re...

MARS-Amateur Radio Interoperability Exercise to Test “Very Bad Day” Scenario

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:04:00 -0400

From October 30 through November 1, members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will conduct a quarterly US Department of Defense (DOD) Contingency Communications Exercise (COMMEX). The quarterly exercise will offer training on the ability to provide communications following a “very bad day” scenario, when traditional forms of communications will likely be unavailable. The exercise wi...

Antenna Fire Puts SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Station Off the Air

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:12:00 -0400

An early October fire in the SAQ Alexanderson alternator long-wave antenna is under investigation by the Grimeton World Heritage Foundation, which owns and manages the station in Grimeton, Sweden. The fire, attributed to arcing, was quickly extinguished, and no injuries occurred. The Foundation said that determining the extent of damage and completing repairs could take a while.

“There is a risk...

VHF/UHF Enthusiast, Former Assistant USAF Secretary Owen Wormser, K3CB (ex-K6LEW), SK

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:43:00 -0400

Well-known VHF/UHF enthusiast and former owner of C3i Antennas Owen Wormser, K3CB (ex-K6LEW), of Royal Oak, Maryland, died on October 16, after being diagnosed with brain cancer a few months ago. He was 78. Wormser was an ARRL Life Member, a regular League patron, and on the 2015 list of ARRL Leadership donors. A former Assistant Secretary of the US Air Force, he was a 26-year USAF veteran, ret...

Report: Radio Amateurs in India Monitoring “Highly Suspicious” VHF Communications

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:11:00 -0400

Authorities in India have asked radio amateurs along the Bengal-Bangladesh border to monitor strange VHF radio transmissions that one of them has called “highly suspicious.” According to an article in the Hindustan Times, the signals were being heard in the dead of night, with participants reported to be in motion and speaking in some sort of code.

“After we wrote a letter highlighting the stran...

IARU Region 2 Emergency Communications Workshop Covers Wide Range of Topics

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:54:00 -0400

The second IARU Region 2 (IARU-R2) Emergency Communications Workshop on October 11 focused on international issues facing Amateur Radio in emergencies and disasters. ARRL and IARU Region 2 sponsored the workshop, held in Viña del Mar, Chile, in conjunction with the IARU Region 2 General Assembly. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager and IARU Area B Emergency Coordinator Mike Corey, KI1U, and IAR...