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The K7RA Solar Update

March 21, 2014 - 3:52pm

Average daily sunspot numbers decreased from 138.7 to 129 on March 13-19, compared to the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux went from 149.7 to 141.4.

The latest 45 day forecast shows solar flux at 150 on March 21-22, 145 on March 23, 140 on March 24-26, then 135, 145 and 160 on March 27-29, 165 on March 30-31, 160 on April 1-2, 155 on April 3, 150 on April 4-7, 145 on April 8-9, 140 ...

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FCC Consent Decree Requires Radio Amateur to Relinquish His License

March 19, 2014 - 6:42pm

As part of a Consent Decree released March 19, a Cocoa, Florida, radio amateur has agreed to give up his Advanced class Amateur Radio license. Terry L. Van Volkenburg, KC5RF, also has agreed to make a $1000 “voluntary donation” to the US Treasury, in installments, and waive all rights to contest the validity of the Consent Decree. In turn, the FCC is terminating a 2012 enforcement proceeding in...

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Special Event Stations to Mark International Marconi Day

March 18, 2014 - 4:24pm

A few dozen special event stations will take to the air April 26, 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC, to commemorate International Marconi Day (IMD). Among them will be GB4IMD, in Cornwall, England, OE14M, in Vienna, Austria, IY0IMD in Italy, VO1AA, on Signal Hill in St Johns, Newfoundland, VK2IMD in Australia, and WA1WCC on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. All stations planning to participate are urged to register....

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National Hurricane Conference Announces Amateur Radio Sessions for 2014

March 17, 2014 - 11:33pm

Amateur Radio’s role in responding to weather emergencies will be prominent during the National Hurricane Conference April 14-17 in Orlando, Florida. The conference theme is “Improving hurricane preparedness.” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, will represent League Headquarters at the event. All ham radio sessions are free. ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4...

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Former NASA Astronaut Visits Missouri School as Kids Talk via Ham Radio with the ISS

March 17, 2014 - 7:34pm

Former NASA astronaut Linda Godwin, N5RAX, was on hand March 5 as youngsters at Rock Bridge Elementary School in Columbia, Missouri, spoke with NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program sponsored the contact. Hopkins, a native of Missouri who returned to Earth on March 10, was at the he...

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Malaysian ARES Calls on Hams to Help in Missing Aircraft Search

March 17, 2014 - 5:17pm

The Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society (MARES / 9M4CME) has called on hams in and around India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Thailand to participate in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER aircraft (registration 9M-MRO ) Flight MH370. The airliner with 239 passengers aboard has been missing since March 8. Investigators believe the ...

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W1AW Centennial Operations Shift to Tennessee, New Mexico, and Guam on March 19

March 17, 2014 - 2:06pm

The ARRL Centennial “W1AW WAS” operations that are taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on March 19 (the evening of March 18 in US time zones), from Arizona and Ohio to Tennessee (W1AW/4), New Mexico (W1AW/5), and Guam (W1AW/KH2). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to wor...

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ARRL to FCC: “Grow Light” Ballast Causes HF Interference, Violates Rules

March 14, 2014 - 8:19pm

The ARRL has formally complained to the FCC, contending that a “grow light” ballast being widely marketed and sold is responsible for severe interference to the MF and HF bands. The League urged Commission action to halt sales of the Lumatek LK-1000 electronic ballast and to recall devices already on store shelves or in the hands of consumers. In a March 12 letter to the Commission’s Enforcemen...

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FCC Invites Public Comment on Petition Affecting 10-10.5 GHz Band

March 14, 2014 - 3:49pm

The FCC has invited public comment on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11715) that would make a significant portion of the 10.0 to 10.5 GHz band available for wireless broadband services. The Petition by Mimosa Networks Inc proposes a band plan for 10.0 to 10.5 GHz that, it says, would protect frequencies most often used by radio amateurs. The petition hinges on FCC adoption of rule changes that ...

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The K7RA Solar Update

March 14, 2014 - 2:31pm

This week saw sunspot numbers and solar flux decline. Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 199.3 to 138.7, while solar flux dropped from 162.9 to 149.7.

Sharp eyed readers may notice that we reported average daily sunspot numbers last week at 202.4, not 199.3, but we just noticed a discrepancy between what last week’s bulletin reported for March 4-5 and what we see now from NOAA. I don’t ...

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N3FJP Wins March QST Cover Plaque Award

March 14, 2014 - 1:22am

The winner of the March QST Cover Plaque award is G. Scott Davis, N3FJP, for his article “Nested Loop Antennas.”

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the April issue today.

 

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The Old Man: Rotten Reasons

March 12, 2014 - 5:52pm

In the early years of the ARRL, co-founder and first President Hiram Percy Maxim occasionally penned editorials in QST magazine using the pseudonym "The Old Man." These "rants" became legendary. As part of the ARRL Centennial celebration, we'll be re-publishing a number of The Old Man's observations throughout the year.

In this “letter” to ARRL Headquarters, The Old Man recounts a raucous club m...

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New SATERN Emergency Disaster Services Ham Station May Be Remotely Controlled

March 12, 2014 - 5:18pm

WB5ALM, the new Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) ham station for the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division of the organization’s Emergency Disaster Services Center (EDS) may be remotely controlled via the Internet.

“The goal is to allow for a select group of qualified, trained net control operators to operate a state-of-the art SATERN station that is centrally located ...

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ARES Group Joins Forces with Delaware State Police

March 12, 2014 - 4:53pm

The Delaware State Police are teaming up with the Sussex County (Delaware) Amateur Radio Emergency Service to ensure reliable back-up communication, should primary law enforcement communication systems fail.

 

“Delaware must always be aware of the threats of hurricanes, nor’easters, severe snow, and other disasters,” Delaware State Police Sussex County Operations Officer Maj Robert Hawkins said i...

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ARES Group Joins Forces with Delaware State PolicePicture

March 12, 2014 - 4:53pm

The Delaware State Police are teaming up with the Sussex County (Delaware) Amateur Radio Emergency Service to ensure reliable back-up communication, should primary law enforcement communication systems fail.

“Delaware must always be aware of the threats of hurricanes, nor’easters, severe snow, and other disasters,” Delaware State Police Sussex County Operations Officer Maj Robert Hawkins said in...

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“Ham Video” Transmits Live Images of Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, From the ISS

March 12, 2014 - 2:18pm

As one of his final actions during his duty tour aboard the International Space Station, NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, installed and commissioned the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) “Ham Video” system over the March 8-9 weekend. Hopkins returned safely to Earth March 10 aboard a Soyuz lander with crew members, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky. T...

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Amateur Radio Played Role in Missing Airliner Response

March 11, 2014 - 9:50pm

Following the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian Airline Boeing 777-200ER jetliner with 239 passengers aboard, the airline’s Emergency Management Centre (EMC) at Kuala Lumpur Airport provided hotel accommodations for next of kin. The Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) President, Mohd Aris Bernawi, 9M2IR, said his organization was asked to provide a link between the air...

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FCC Cites Ham’s “History of Compliance” in Reducing Fine for Unlicensed Broadcasting

March 11, 2014 - 5:10pm

The FCC has cited the otherwise clean record of an Amateur Radio licensee in deciding to reduce his fine for “willfully and repeatedly” violating the Communications Act and FCC rules. Brian R. Ragan, KF6EGI, of Suisun City, California, was found liable for operating an unlicensed FM broadcasting station for 6 months and for failing to allow FCC personnel to inspect his station. In a Forfeiture ...

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NPR’s “All Things Considered” Segment to Include Spark Gap Morse from ARRL

March 11, 2014 - 3:14pm

As part of its series of vignettes exploring a "counterfactual" history, “What if World War I had never happened?” NPR afternoon news magazine All Things Considered” will air a segment, to explore "What if the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was not successful?"

“They needed a sound of a telegraph relaying the message of the failed assassination attempt,” said ARRL Media and Public Re...

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