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  • FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding
    on August 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called “small satellite” rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT. Both organizations filed comments on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding last year, seeking changes in the FCCs interpretations and procedures affecting satellites operating on Amateur Satell...

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on August 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, August 8 through 14.According to, 67% of the days so far in 2019 have been spotless, and for all of 2018 it was 61%. In the previous solar minimum in 2008 and 2009 the spotless days ran 73% and 71%, respectively.Solar flux has been minimal and unremarkable, with average daily solar flux changin...

  • 2 Meter Sharing Proposal is on CEPT Conference Preparatory Group Agenda
    on August 16, 2019 at 1:07 pm
  • FCC Staff Recommends Designating 988 as National Suicide, Mental Health Crisis Hotline
    on August 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and its Office of Economics and Analytics have sent a report to Congress that recommends that the Commission considers designating 988 as a three-digit emergency code for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The report, mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, finds that such a three-digit number “would ...

  • Chinese Satellite Profiles Earth’s RF Spectrum as Seen from Lunar Orbit
    on August 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    The Chinese DSLWP-B (LO-94) satellite that had been in lunar orbit provided a profile of Earth’s HF spectrum as seen from the moon. The microsatellite subsequently was crashed into the moon’s surface after having completed its mission. DSLWP stands for “Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder.” Among other things, DSLWP-B was designed to test low-frequency radio astronomy and spac...

  • Questions Raised About Current Process for Awarding the E.T. Krenkel Medal
    on August 15, 2019 at 7:14 pm
  • Australian Radio Amateur Reports First FT8 Contact on 122 GHz
    on August 15, 2019 at 6:12 pm
  • Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, Named as Honorary Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
    on August 15, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    The Governing Council of India's Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) has conferred its Honorary Fellowship on noted researcher Ulrich Rohde, N1UL. The IETE is a prominent professional society in the field of electronics, telecommunication computer science/engineering, broadcasting, information technology, and related areas.The Honorary Fellowship is accorded to an ...

  • 22nd International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Set for August 17 – 18
    on August 15, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Amateur Radio operations at some 400 lighthouses and lightships will commence on August 17 as the 22nd International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) activity gets under way. Germany and the US lead the field in registered operations.New this year is the US Virgin Islands’ Buck Island Lighthouse, built by the Danish government shortly Denmark sold the islands to the US in 1917, and they beca...

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!
    on August 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Dayton Hamvention Radio Club of the Year to Hold Ham Bootcamp at New England Convention
    on August 14, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    The Nashua (New Hampshire) Area Radio Society (NARS) will conduct a free Ham Bootcamp at the ARRL New England Division Convention next month to encourage and assist new and inexperienced radio amateurs in becoming more active and engaged in the various facets of ham radio. NARS, the Dayton Hamvention® Club of the Year for 2019, operated a guest exhibit for ARRL at this year’s show. It will also...

  • ARRL Board Pledges to Oppose French Proposal for 2 Meters
    on August 14, 2019 at 2:51 pm
  • Results Posted for USA, IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships in North Carolina
    on August 13, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    The results of the 19th USA ARDF Championships and 10th IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships in Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) are now in the record books. The joint event was held earlier this month in North Carolina. Results from these championships will factor into the equation to determine the makeup of ARDF Team USA at the 20th ARDF World Championships, set for September 2020 in Serbia...

  • ARRL Board Confers Awards
    on August 13, 2019 at 4:31 pm
  • ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program Application Window Opens on September 1
    on August 13, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between September 1 and December 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check o...