Here are the latest Amateur Radio news, events, features, and commentary compiled by HQ ARRL.
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June 8, 2023
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Proclaiming Field Day!
With 2023 Field Day fast approaching, many amateur radio operators are busy scouting their locations and getting their equipment ready for the big event.
State Sections and individual clubs are also working on publicizing Field Day and obtaining proclamations from local and state governments. It’s a great way to help get clubs noticed and to draw attention to amateur radio.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a proclamation naming June 24 – 25 2023, as Amateur Radio Operators’ Appreciation Days.
In Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation making June 24 – 25 2023, Amateur Radio Field Days, while Assistant Section Manager of the ARRL Kansas Section Kenneth A. Kopp, AKØA, and others stood at her side.
Many other states, such as Illinois and Virginia, have issued proclamations, and more are pending. See the proclamations, as ARRL receives them, at this link. It’s not too late to request a proclamation or resolution.
The ARRL 2023 Field Day Overview is a great place to start and has information on every aspect of getting ready for Field Day. Visit the ARRL Field Day web page for all of the event’s rules and regulations. The information is also available in Spanish at: Reglas del Día de Campo de la ARRL 2023.
ARRL will host a livestream on YouTube and other social media platforms during Field Day. The social media team will be sharing images and photos posted with the hashtag #ARRLFD. Remember to post content with the hashtag for a chance to be featured and help spread the message of the event. Also, tag us! Find our social media channels on this page.
AMSAT Field Day to Activate Satellites
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites. It’s held during the same hours as ARRL Field Day. Making contacts should be as easy as it was last year, as more than 10 transponders and repeaters will be available.
AMSAT’s Bruce Paige, KK5DO, gives a full report of AMSAT Field Day on this week’s ARRL Audio News. You can hear his report on Friday morning, June 9, 2023.
ARRL Field Day Public Relations Tools
Those interested in helpful tips and tricks to get the message out about their Field Day event have a new training tool. The ARRL Public Relations Committee (PRC) has published a video webinar with pointers on media and public relations techniques for the event. There’s also helpful information on outreach and social media strategy that can be useful throughout the year. The session is 37 minutes long and may be found at this link.
The PRC is a national-level committee appointed annually by the President of ARRL. Comprised of people with extensive experience in different areas of public relations, media work, news, and social issues experience, this committee is the “go-to-” group for making national- level events happen. They provide support, advice, and skilled help.
2023 SEA-PAC: Successful ARRL Northwestern Division Convention
“Surf a Radio Wave” was the headline for the Pacific Northwest’s largest amateur radio convention, SEA-PAC, which held its 41st event, June 2 – 4, 2023, in Seaside, Oregon. The convention hosted the 2023 ARRL Northwestern Division Convention.
ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, delivered an inspiring keynote address at Saturday’s banquet. Goodgame spoke about current and future ARRL initiatives to increase the adoption of amateur radio by more schools as part of a STEM education curriculum. His spouse, Cyndi Goodgame, K5CYN, spoke at the YL Luncheon, on the topic of developing the next generation of young women in amateur radio. She was joined by Katherine Campbell, KE8LQR, of Columbiana, Ohio, and ARDC Executive Director Rosy Schechter, KJ7RYV, of Portland, Oregon. Both offered personal perspectives on being active hams. At age 15, Campbell holds an Amateur Extra Class license, and participates in many hamfests to recruit and encourage other young hams.
A large student presence at SEA-PAC was organized by Scott Rosenfeld, N7JI, Technical Advisor for the ham radio club at the University of Oregon (UO), Ducks on the Air. Students from three schools supported a booth for the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Program including UO, Portland State University (PSU), and Oregon State University. “It was great to see such enthusiastic participation from the students, such great support from ARRL and the SEA-PAC organizers, and so much personal interaction between attendees and our students supporting collegiate amateur radio,” said Rosenfeld. PSU students used the opportunity to present their student-led aerospace project, OreSat, Oregon’s first satellite. OreSat0 is a CubeSat that launched In March 2022. Additional OreSats are in various stages of development and launch planning.
Students track and receive data from the satellites with amateur radio. “The students enjoyed the experience so much that they’ve already discussed doing it again next year, and how to make the experience even better,” added Rosenfeld, who thanked show attendees for spending time talking with the students.
See ARRL’s photo album from SEA-PAC on Facebook.
SEA-PAC is sponsored by the Oregon Tualatin Valley Amateur Radio Club, and co-sponsored by the Clark County Amateur Radio Club. The next SEA-PAC will be held May 30 – June 2, 2024. Visit www.arrl.org/hamfests to find a hamfest near you.
Australian Government to Resume Amateur Licensure, Deed Delegation Ends
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said they will resume responsibility for amateur radio licensing in the country. As first reported by the Wireless Institute of Australia, the “new, more effective arrangements” come as ACMA reported that the Australian Maritime College (AMC) has decided not to extend a deeded arrangement that delegated licensing of radio amateurs to the school beyond February 2024. AMC has been responsible for operator exams, issuing qualifications, and recommending that ACMA issue a call sign to an applicant.
Australia issues three license classes: Foundation, Standard, and Advanced. Currently, tests are administered by volunteer assessors, often associated with radio clubs, who are accredited through the AMC. ACMA proposes to keep that same corps of volunteers, but to have them directly administer testing on behalf of the government. Those interested in being ACMA-accredited assessors may apply to the agency.
ACMA plans to introduce the new accreditation scheme and class licensing arrangements in August 2023.
Amateur Radio in the News
ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.
“Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club Donates” / The Weirton Daily Times (Ohio), June 2, 2023 — The Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club.
“Hamvention 2023 breaks attendance record” / WHIO-TV (Ohio), June 5, 2023 —The Dayton Amateur Radio Association is an ARRL Affiliated Club.
“Amateur Radio Field Day” / paNOW (Canada), June 5, 2023 — The Melfort Repeater Group.
“McKinney Amateur Radio Club to host annual Field Day event” The McKinney Courier- Gazette (Texas), June 5, 2023 — The McKinney Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Club.
“Ham radio clubs to test emergency capabilities in June 24-25 event” / Observer (Florida), June 6, 2023 — The Flagler-Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Club.
On the Air
With this year’s ARRL June VHF Contest fast approaching on the weekend of June 10, seasoned VHF operator Bob Witte, KØNR, joins the podcast to talk about how to prepare yourself and your station to join in the fun of this beginner-friendly event.
ARRL Audio News
On June 10, 2023, a CubeSat (miniature satellite) that contains a nanobook with messages from Pope Francis will be launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The pope’s messages will be transmitted on 427.5 MHz in English, Italian, and Spanish and can be heard on any amateur radio receiver. The new space mission, called Spei Satelles (which can be translated to mean guardian of hope), is promoted by the Dicastery for Communication and coordinated by the Italian Space Agency. The project was unveiled at the Vatican on March 27, 2023, which was the anniversary of the prayer service that Pope Francis led in an empty St. Peter’s Square during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The message on the nanobook is from that event. The nanobook was created by the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy. “The lab converted the 150-page book — about 86 square feet of printed material — into binary code that fits on a tiny chip,” said Andrea Notargiacomo, head researcher in nanotechnology at CNR. The 2 x 2-millimeter chip is about the size of the tip of a crayon. Two dozen students at the Polytechnic University of Turin built the miniature satellite.
The final numbers are in for the 2023 Dayton Hamvention®. Hamvention General Chairman Jim Storms, AB8YK, reported that there were 33,861 attendees at this year’s event, which is 2,000 more than last year. This year’s number even surpassed the pre-pandemic attendance record of 32,472. “Things went very smoothly due to the dedication and hard work of close to 700 volunteers,” said Storms. Preparations for next year’s event on May 17 – 19, 2024, have already begun.
A visit to ARRL. On Thursday, June 8, 2023, ARRL headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, enjoyed a visit from Abdullah Altaleb, HZ1EK from Saudi Arabia.
Altaleb met ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, (see photo) during his visit, and toured W1AW, the Maxim Memorial Station.
For more information about visiting ARRL HQ and guest operating W1AW, visit our www.arrl.org/visit-us
The K7RA Solar Update
Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week’s ARRL Propagation Bulletin, ARLP023:
Solar activity was up this week, with the average daily sunspot number increasing from 133.7 to 139, and the average daily solar flux increasing from 155.3 to 166.8.
Average daily planetary A index stayed the same at 7.3, and average middle latitude A index went from 7.9 to 8.6.
Predicted solar flux doesn’t show any improvement, with peaks at 170 on June 8 and again on June 23 – 25.
The forecast shows 170 on June 8; 165 on June 9 – 11; 160, 155, and 155 on June 12 – 14, then 145 and 150 on June 15 – 16; 155 on June 17 – 20, then 160 and 165 on June 21 – 22; 170 on June 23 – 25, then 168, 165, and 162 on June 26 – 28; 160 on June 29 through July 4, then 155, 150, and 145 on July 5 – 7.
Predicted planetary A index is 12, 8, 5, 10, and 8 on June 8 – 12; 5 on June 13 – 17, then 22, 15, 12, and 10 on June 18 – 21; 5 on June 22 – 26, then 10, 12, 5, and 5 on June 27 – 30, then 8, 12, and 8 on July 1 – 3, and 5 on July 4 – 7.
In some previous bulletins, I observed 10-meter propagation with FT8 into Florida from my QTH in Seattle, and into Mexico at a similar distance.
Recently on 10 meters, propagation has been into VK/ZL and North America, and mostly into southern California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. There is some seasonal variation.
Sunspot numbers for June 1 through 7, 2023, were 143, 147, 112, 110, 151, 133, and 177, with a mean of 139. 10.7-centimeter flux was 163.9, 162.3, 164.6, 168.3, 169.2, 171.8, and 167.2, with a mean of 166.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 13, 5, 5, 11, 5, 7, and 5, with a mean of 7.3. Middle latitude A index was 14, 8, 5, 11, 6, 10, and 6, with a mean of 8.6.
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A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read “What the Numbers Mean…,” and check out the Propagation Page of Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA.
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