President’s review of 2018

I hope you had a great Christmas and let us all look forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. Sitting here contemplating the last 12 months and looking forward to the next year, a few things struck me. Firstly, what a great year 2018 has been – thanks essentially to our volunteers. With only […]
16-Jan-2019, 11:15:51 (rsgb.org)

New 2019 Repeater Directory is Now Shipping

The new 2019 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping. It includes “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings that are and updated more often. With 28,000 listings, the ARRL Repeater Directory® is the most complete printed directory of on-the-air repeaters, covering repeater systems throughout the US and Canada.

R...

15-Jan-2019, 19:54:00 (www.arrl.org)

Japanese Ham Receives License to Operate in Myanmar

Akio Taguchi, JE2QIZ/AC7XZ, reports that he has received a license from the Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) Ministry of Transportation and Communication. His call sign there will be XZ2B. Taguchi explained that Myanmar only permits Amateur Radio operation from 20 MHz to 300 MHz at a power of just 25 W, and he plans to operate a "fishing rod antenna" from his hotel.

Because license fees in Myan...

15-Jan-2019, 19:39:00 (www.arrl.org)

Court Rules Excessive Antenna Application Fees Violated Reasonable Accommodation

Long-pending Amateur Radio antenna litigation that ARRL helped to fund has finally borne fruit. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department has ruled in the case of Myles Landstein, N2EHG, that the Town of LaGrange, New York, not only overstepped its state-granted authority by assessing excessive fees, but violated the limited federal preemption PR...

15-Jan-2019, 17:45:00 (www.arrl.org)

AMSAT Announces 50th Anniversary Awards Program

AMSAT has announced its 50th Anniversary Awards Program, to help celebrate 50 years of keeping Amateur Radio in space. Satellite and HF contacts can help participants to earn one of these awards:

  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award
  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
  • AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

The 50th anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite ...

15-Jan-2019, 14:32:00 (www.arrl.org)

US Islands Awards Program Announces 25th Anniversary Award, Recent Rule Changes

The US Islands (USI) Awards Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is offering a commemorative award for both chasers and activators for contacts made between January 1 and December 31.

To qualify, chasers must confirm 25 islands during 2019, as a club or individual, and activators must qualify or activate 25 islands in any combination, making at least 15 contacts for both new isl...

14-Jan-2019, 19:29:00 (www.arrl.org)

Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, is Radio Amateurs of Canada 2018 Amateur of the Year

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced that Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, is the recipient of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2018.

“Gabor has demonstrated an intense commitment to diverse aspects of Amateur Radio, and in 2010 he was recognized as the Pacific Northwest VHFer of the Year for consistently promoting and encouraging VHF/UHF/microwave activity in the Pacific Northwest,” RAC Pres...

14-Jan-2019, 16:27:00 (www.arrl.org)

A New Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

 

11-Jan-2019, 21:52:00 (www.arrl.org)

The K7RA Solar Update

In this reporting week, January 3-9, average daily sunspot number increased from 4.1 to 7.7. Average daily solar flux increased from 70.4 to 71.6.

Average daily planetary A index went from 9.3 to 7.4, and average mid-latitude A index went from 7.6 to 6.1.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days appears to mostly toggle between two values, 70 and 71, with one exception. Predicted solar flux is 6...

11-Jan-2019, 21:14:00 (www.arrl.org)

W1AW Seeking West Coast Qualifying Run Volunteer Station

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW is seeking a volunteer station located on the US West Coast that can serve as another ARRL Qualifying Run CW transmitting station. The west-coast station shares in the transmission of a monthly Qualifying Run for the benefit of those on the west coast.

The minimum requirements are:

  • Ability to transmit a good, high-quality, stable, high-power (at least 1 kW) CW signal o...
11-Jan-2019, 16:50:00 (www.arrl.org)