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AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Launch Window Opens on December 19

The launch that will carry AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E CubeSat into orbit will take place later this month. Virgin Orbit has announced that the launch window for their LauncherOne Launch Demo 2 mission, which will carry the AMSAT spacecraft into orbit, opens on...

The 305-Meter Radio Telescope at the Arecibo Observatory has Collapsed

A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed after previously being deemed unrepairable. Before the Collapse Collapsed “At around 7:55 AM, the platform collapsed due to the extra stress on the existing cables because of the main cable failure in November....

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman Announces His Departure from Commission

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to leave the Commission on January 20, 2021, as the Biden Administration comes into office. The FCC chairman is appointed by the president. An Honour “It has been the honour of a lifetime to serve at the Federal...

The ARRL Joins Giving Tuesday

ARRL is taking part in #GivingTuesday on December 1. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in their communities and their world. Not Covered Many ARRL programs and services are not covered by...

Hy-Gain AV-6160 HF Vertical Antenna Survives High Winds Without Guide Wires

This is my new Hy-Gain AV-6160 HF Vertical antenna which was out to the ultimate test this past week. 1 Block Away from the Atlantic Ocean As my shack is located within 1 block of the Atlantic Ocean winds can really be high! Using a 10FT steel pole I pounded in the...

Universal Radio is Closing in Worthington, Ohio

On November 30th Universal Radio, located in Worthington, Ohio is closing it's location. Existing Orders Ham Radio retailer Universal Radio, headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, is closing its store on November 30, although all existing orders will be filled, and the...

ARRL Asks FCC to Allow 3.4-GHz Operation until Spectrum is Occupied

In comments to the FCC, ARRL has argued that radio amateurs should be allowed to continue shared operation in the 3.4 GHz band until 5G licensees who purchase the spectrum when the FCC puts it up for auction initiate incompatible operations. In its Further Notice of...

Former West Virginia Section Manager Ann Rinehart Passes Away

Former West Virginia Section Manager Ann Rinehart, KA8ZGY, of South Charleston died on November 20 of COVID-19 complications. Ann was an ARRL member and was sadly only 85. Gracious ARRL Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, said, “She was one of our...

Dayton Hamventions Released It’s Theme For 2021

“The Gathering” will be the theme for the 2021 Dayton Hamvention®. What we've been missing Hamvention General Chair Rick Allnutt, WS8G, said the theme reflects what has been missing from our lives most of this year. “We have spent the last 6 months being bound to our...

The ARRL Announces New Director For Four Divisions

The ARRL Dakota Division will have a new Director, and the Great Lakes and Midwest Divisions will have new Vice Directors on January 1. 4 Elections The results of four contested elections for Director and Vice Director in three ARRL Divisions were announced on...

Four Radio Amateurs take SpaceX Dragon Capsule Resilience to the ISS

SpaceX Dragon capsule Resilience, carrying four radio amateurs, autonomously docked on November 17 at 0401 UTC with the International Space Station (ISS). A SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher carrying the precious payload went into space on Sunday, November 15, from NASA’s...

Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko Introduces National Amateur Radio Operators Day Resolution

Arizona US Representative Debbie Lesko, has introduced a resolution designating April 18, 2021, as National Amateur Radio Operators Day, to recognize the important contributions of amateur radio operators. “Amateur radio operators are critical in times of crisis and...

Arecibo Observatory’s 305-Meter Radio Telescope has been deemed Beyond Repair

On November 19, 2020, The NSF, aka The National Science Foundation, announced that the damaged 305-meter radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will be decommissioned due to safety concerns. Science Fiction Movies The iconic dish has served as a...

IARU Region 2 Appoints New Emergency Coordinator

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 2, a.k.a IARU-R2, Executive Committee has appointed Carlos A. Santamaria, CO2JC, as the new Region 2 Emergency Coordinator (EMCOR). He takes the place of Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P, who retired after 12 years of service. Carlos...

Hurricane Iota: Hurricane Watch Net Activates

The Hurricane Watch Net will activate today, Monday, November 16, at 1300 UTC, for Hurricane Iota, now a strong Category 1 storm. The Hurricane Watch Net will begin operation on 14.325 MHz, remaining there for as long as propagation holds, then moving to 7.268...

Low-Band Titan John Devoldere Has Passed Away

John Devoldere, of Merelbelke, Belgium, ON4UN/AA4OIhas sadly passed away on November 9. John was an ARRL Life member, he was 79 and had been in failing health. In addition to his enthusiasm for operating, Devoldere may be best known as the author of the popular book...

Tropical Storm Eta is Still a Threat: Florida ARES Group Are Asked to Staff Shelters

Tropical storm Eta, lingering off the west coast of Florida, was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane at 1235 UTC on November 11th, before weakening to a tropical storm by 1800 UTC. Heavy Rains & Gusts of Wind The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported heavy rains...

American Legion’s K9TAL Celebrate Veterans Day

The American Legion national headquarters station K9TAL along with several other American Legion Radio Club (TALARC) stations around the country were on air with special event call sign N9V for the Legion’s annual Veterans Day. 40 Meters N9V opperated on 40 meters at...

Ham Radio VEC Testing Accomplished Skillfully

The Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club (aka WRARC) of Danville, Ky, routinely has FCC amateur radio exams utilizing VE examiners from within/outside of the club in Boyle American Legion Post 46. COVID-19 had forced relapse in the execution of that Legion testing...

Meet Kristen McIntyre: The new ARRL Pacific Division Director

Kristen McIntyre, a.k.a K6WX, of San Jose, California, has assumed the office of ARRL Pacific Division Director following the recent vacancy in the office. - You can find the blog about the passing of former pacific division director Jim here- Serve as a Director The...

ARRL Makes a Comment on FCC Draft World Radiocommunication Conference Recommendations

The ARRL has submitted comments on two draft recommendations approved in October by the FCC’s World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC). 10.5 The comments focus on draft recommendations for World Radio communication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) Agenda...

The Threat of Category 4 Hurricane Eta Queues Activation

As Hurricane Eta increased to a major Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 MPH on track to landfall along the Nicaraguan coast, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) activated, monitoring 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, the frequencies used by the...

New Zealand Radio Amateurs Lose Access to 60 Meters

On October 24, 2020 radio amateurs from New Zealand lost their access to 60 meters. Trial As of October 24th, New Zealand radio amateurs no longer have access to 60 meters. Use of the band by radio amateurs in New Zealand is provisional, allowing hams there to use two...

The Neutron-1 CubeSat is Scheduled for Deployment

The 3-U Neutron-1 CubeSat is scheduled for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) on November 5 at 10:40 UTC. Every 60 Seconds For the satellite’s first month and during its commissioning phase, the Neutron-1 beacon will transmit 1,200 bps BPSK...

ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra has Passed Away at the Age of 65

On October 30th, ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, of Oakland, California, passed away at the age of 65. Jim was an ARRL Life Member. 2009- 2017 Jim was ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director from 2009 through 2017, sitting on the Administration and...

Western Pennsylvania Radio Amateurs Celebrate a Centennial of KDKA Broadcasting

Pittsburgh radio station KDKA are going to celebrate 100 years of radio broadcasting in November, and Pennsylvania radio amateurs will honour the big milestone in a multi-station special event. Harding Cox KDKA dates its broadcasting history to the airing of the...

The Radio Society of Great Britain Files For Records of Complaints about On-Air Behavior

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has filed a freedom-of-information request to UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom in an attempt to find out how many complaints they have received regarding the on-air behaviour of radio amateurs. January 2015- December 2019...

Charles Clifford Kayhart: The Oldest Known US Radio Amateur Has Passed Sadly Away

Charles Clifford (Known as Cliff) Kayhart, W4KKP, of White Rock, South Carolina, sadly passed away on October 26, a few days past his 109th birthday. Charles was an ARRL member and was the oldest known US radio amateur and possibly the oldest ham in the world. Photo...

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center has Activated

Because of the upcoming threat of Tropical Storm Zeta, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami has responded immediately and has activated at 0000 UTC on October 27 (the evening of October 26 in North American time zones) to monitor 14.325 and 7.268 MHZ as...

The FCC Relocates

The FCC Headquarters Relocates The FCC Headquarters have moved. It’s new address is 45 L St. NE, Washington, DC 20554. This change is effective immediately. Last spring, the FCC had announced plans to move but it was temporarily postponed due to the global pandemic...

SOURCED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARRL: ARRL Logbook of The World Harmonizes Designation of FST4 Protocol

The Logbook of The World (LoTW) Committee worked with WSJT-X developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, to coordinate the creation of FST4 among WSJT-X, the ADIF standard, and LoTW. Currently, the FST4 is only supported in a newly released beta version of the WSJT-X. WSJT-X The new...

DARC Cancels Emergency Amateur Radio Exercise Until 2021

Germany's DARC reports an amateur radio emergency exercise planned for November 13-15 has unfortunately been postponed due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic  A translation of the DARC post reads:  In February, the Emergency and Disaster Radio Department,...

Amateur Radio Operators Assist With Earthquake Drills Worldwide

On October 15th, over 20 Mendocino County amateur radio operators — a.k.a ham radio operators — participated in the Great ShakeOut exercise. Photo by Kate Maxwell. Worldwide Event This is a worldwide event which mimics actual conditions if there was an actual large...

The Worlds Largest Amateur Radio Competition Starts Soon: Here are the details

The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. There are over 35,000 participants who take on the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the main goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and...

Boy Scouts From Crystal Lake Try Out Amateur Radio

Nine members from Troop 165 in Crystal Lake tuned into radio frequencies on Sunday, October 18th, to connect with fellow scouts and amateur radio operators from across the planet as part of the annual Boy Scouts of America Jamboree-on-the-Air event. Morse Code The...

Meet Robert Bankston: The New President of AMSAT

The new president of AMSAT is Robert Bankston, KE4AL, from Dothan, Alabama. Elected Him The AMSAT Board of Directors elected Robert Bankston at its annual meeting on October 18, to succeed Clayton Coleman, W5PFG. Bankston has served as treasurer and Vice President of...

RASA Writes to the President of the IARU

On October 1st over the chronic interference to the 40m band in Region 3, The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) wrote to the President of the IARU. The great majority of the intruder stations speak Indonesian and do not identify. They operate in the bottom...

IARU Administrative Council Addresses Their Wide-Ranging Agenda Via Virtual Meeting

The International Amateur Radio Union Administrative Council (AC) met in a virtual session on October 8 – 10. Serbia --> Internet It consisted of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations, the...

11 Schools Launched Balloons Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads

On October 9th, eleven schools across the US launched helium-filled balloons carrying amateur radio payloads. Live-Streamed The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum live-streamed the multiple launches of the balloons. The balloons are trackable via ham radio on APRS...

The 15th Annual ARRL Auction is Open!

The 15th Annual ARRL Online Auction is now open for registration and bidding. The 2020 ARRL Auction will be held October 15th - 22nd, 2020 and the early bird preview will start October 8th - 14th, 2020.   SOURCE: ARRL Assortment The 2020 ARRL Online Auction includes a...

Ham Radio & Canada: Marconi in Newfoundland and Canada: Marine Radio in the Atlantic Part 4

Marconi rapidly progressed in technology in 1901. The contract he had with Lloyd's, his close association with Britain during a time where imperial sentiment was strong in Canada, and it all without a doubt made a positive impression on the Canadian government who...

Ham Radio & Canda: USESCO, Lee De Forest & Von Arco: Marine Radio in the Atlantic Part 3

German Inventors Ferdinand Braun, Adolf Slaby and George von Arco, three German inventors, were working with two separate companies both of which were pursuing the same goal. A commercially successful radio system-in competition with one another as well as with...

Ham Radio & Canada: The Early Years (Part 2)

The history of ham radio officially began in 1901. It began when the federal department of Public works established two radio stations at Chateau Bay (Near the northern tip of Newfoundland). The stations were built to be an extra option instead of the cable connecting...

Ham Radio & Canada: The History Part 1

The beginning of Amateur Radio dates back to the early 1900s. It was used to benefit Canada in many ways. Centuries later, Amateur Radio is still a big advantage to Canada. 1901: The Beginning The history of communication via amateur radio began in Canada in 1901,...

Ham Radio & Sunspot Cycle 24

Sunspot cycle 24 began slowly diminishing back in 2014. Although, it's slowly subsiding, it will still produce some good DX opportunities for a few years. The three-month sunspot moving average hit its lowest count in August 2008. No groundbreaking sunspot activity...

Klamath County Library Offers A Course in Amateur Radio Basics: Get Registration Details Here

Before there were Zoom meetings, emails, or instant messenger services, amateur radio connected with their friends and loved ones across long distances. Even in today's modern age of cell phones, emails, and other high-tech gadgets, when the grid goes down it's often...

FCC Orders Amateur Access to the 3.5 GHz Band

Despite continuous opposition from the ARRL and others, the FCC has ordered the “sunsetting” of the 3.3 – 3.5-GHz amateur radio secondary spectrum allocation. This decision allows current amateur activity on the band to continue, exempting the amateur operations...

HamCation & the ARRL Convention has been postponed until February 2022

ARRL and the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC) have announced that the ARRL National Convention and Orlando HamCation® — who was supposed to host the convention — have been postponed until February 10 – 13, 2022. Health and Safety “The joint decision came after...

ARISS Will Celebrate 20 Years of Ham Radio at Space Station

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (a.k.a ARISS) will soon celebrate 20 years of regular ham radio operations on the International Space Station (a.k.a ISS). Commemorating NASA is commemorating this important milestone with a newly produced presentation...

How the ICOM 7300 Has Impacted Ham Radio

ICOM has released the ICOM 7300 and many ham's have agreed that it's made an impact on Ham Radio. Here's what we think: Fostered Hope in SDR- Software-Defined Radio Hope that SDR was really going to make a difference in the hobby. SDR has been around for quite some...

October 7th, 2020: Amateur Newsline Report

FCC Meeting Hams have been waiting on the outcome of the FCC meeting that discussed whether to eliminate amateur radio access on the 3.4 GHz band. The ARRC has used the FFC to preserve hams secondary status on the 3.4 GHz band rather than proceed with the proposal to...

The Road to Radio Broadcasting

At the end of the 20th century's second decade, there were three key elements to fuel radio broadcasting: resonant circuitry, methodology for impressing speech and music on the carrier, and a practical means for generating a carrier wave. Combine The most important...

Meet Jeff Hanscom & Chuck Liebow: Ham Radio Operators that let their fingers do the talking

Jeff Hanscom, a resident from Bar Harbor, still gets excited when he hears someone on the other end of the line of his Ham Radio. Engineering Technician Jeff is an engineering technician at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. Jeff first began experimenting...

Santa visits kids at a Tampa hospital — via ham radio

Radio drivers can listen on the 20- and also 40-meter HF radio bands across the country. TAMPA FLORIDA, Fla.-- Being in a healthcare facility bed is a challenging method to spend the holidays, specifically if you're a child. So on Wednesday, the individuals at St....

Neighbors must wait in Framingham ham radio tower fight

Residents opposed to the building and construction of an 80-foot ham radio tower in a property community loaded the Zoning Board of Appeals listening to area on Wednesday. But the attorney for the ham radio driver that intends to develop the tower really did not show,...