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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.



 



Contribute to ARRL through Your IRA

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:14:00 -0500

Time is running short to contribute to ARRL from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The federal government has now made permanent the ability for those age 70-1/2 or older to contribute up to $100,000 per year from an IRA directly to qualifying charities without having first to declare the donation as income. This means, for example, that you can donate your annual required minimum distr...




The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:54:00 -0500

SWS Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning 16/53 issued at 2301 UTC/01 December 2016 by the Australian Space Forecast Centre.

A small coronal hole will move into a geoeffective position around 4-Dec. This could result in brief active to minor storm periods from late 3-Dec or early 4-Dec.

Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 03-04 December 2016


GEOMAGNETI...




Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI, to Chair Powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:39:00 -0500

US Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who championed the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) as the chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, will chair the US House Energy and Commerce Committee when the 115th Congress convenes in January. Energy and Commerce is considered one of the most powerful congressional panels on Capitol Hill.

Walden defeated the more senior Rep. John Sh...




Battleship Iowa Special Event to Commemorate Pearl Harbor Attack

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:48:00 -0500

Members of the Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) will mark the 75th anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Wednesday, December 7, 1600-2359 UTC, operating shipboard from the Iowa as NI6BB.

The primary BIARA team will staff SSB and CW stations on 20 through 10 meters, commensurate with conditions. Suggested frequencies are 14.041, 18.078, 21.041, 24.896, and/or...




A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:39:00 -0500




WX4NHC to Be on the Air for SKYWARN Recognition Day

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:24:00 -0500

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami will participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) on Saturday, December 3. The station will be active from 1400 until 2300 UTC. SKYWARN Recognition Day is a day-long event.

“This will be our 18th year of participation in the SRD and our 35th year of public service at NHC,” said the Center’s Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R. T...




ARRL Issues Urgent Last Call to Press for Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:25:00 -0500

It’s now down to the wire: ARRL has issued a last call for members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in a couple of weeks. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, and the Senate must follow suit if the bill is to succeed. If it fails in the Senate, the entir...




ARRL Expands Initiative to Fire Up Collegiate Amateur Radio Clubs

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:19:00 -0500

A growing number of campus radio clubs and student radio amateurs have begun to share ideas and suggestions on the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) Facebook page, which is aimed at sparking renewed participation, activity, and idea-sharing among this special sector of the Amateur Radio community. The now-expanded initiative stemmed from two well-attended ARRL New England Division...




Sign Up for ARRL’s 12 Days of Deals!

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:07:00 -0500

We’re making a list and checking it twice. Beginning Thursday, December 1, 2016, ARRL will be offering 12 days of deals.

Subscribe by entering your name, call sign, and e-mail address in the fields provided. You’ll receive an e-mail a day for 12 days with a special online deal. Each deal is valid for 1 day only at www.arrl.org/shop, and concludes Friday, December 16, 2016.

Sign up now and unwrap ...




FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith Says Amateur Enforcement Will Be Aggressive

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:51:00 -0500

FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith told a standing-room-only audience at the ARRL Pacific Division Convention (Pacificon) in October that, despite FCC cutbacks, Amateur Radio enforcement will not be compromised. Smith spoke for nearly an hour and a half on a variety of FCC issues related to Amateur Radio, and the entire presentation is available on YouTube, thanks to Bob Miller, WB6KWT, and his so...




Amateur Radio Volunteers Providing Shelter Communication Support in Tennessee

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:41:00 -0500

Amateur Radio volunteers are providing communication support to American Red Cross shelters in Sevier County, Tennessee. Wind-driven flames and embers from the Chimney Top Fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, now closed, spread on Monday to threaten the communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in East Tennessee. Authorities have closed Highway 441 into Gatlinburg, although it remains ...




Tennessee ARES on Standby in Wildfire Emergency, Local Amateur Radio Volunteers Assisting

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:09:00 -0500

Tennessee Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) remains on standby if needed to assist in the response to more than a dozen wildfires blazing in East Tennessee. Radio amateurs in individual communities have been volunteering to support the fire response, however. The fires are threatening the resort communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Force, and thousands already have evacuated. Spurred on by...




UK Radio Amateur Receives Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Astro Pi Work on “Principia” Mission

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:37:00 -0500

News site Cornwall Live in the UK reports that radio amateur David Honess, M6DNT, of Penzance, Cornwall, is the recipient of a Sir Arthur Clarke Award in recognition of this Astro Pi work with the recent Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS “Principia” mission on the International Space Station. Clarke, who died in 2008, was a science and science fiction writer and futurist.

The award was presented on behalf...




“Giving Tuesday” an Opportunity to Support ARRL

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:30:00 -0500




Hamvention® Solicits Nominations for 2017 Awards

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:47:00 -0500

The 2017 Hamvention® Awards Committee, chaired by Frank J. Beafore, WS8B, has announced that nominations are open for 2017 awards, sometimes considered the Academy Awards of Amateur Radio. The program will bestow awards for Amateur of the Year, Technical Achievement, Special Achievement, and Club of the Year.

“The Hamvention Awards event has been held since 1955,” a Hamvention news release said....