The ARRL Letter

Here are the latest Amateur Radio news, features, events, and commentary compiled by “The ARRL Letter.

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November 23, 2022

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Please enjoy this early issue of the weekly ARRL Letter.

On behalf of ARRL, Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful to our members and member-volunteers, and all radio amateurs who help us advance the art, science, and enjoyment of amateur radio.

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 – 25, 2022, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on those days. ARRL HQ will reopen on Monday, November 28, at 8 AM EST.

2022 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

Mickey Baker, N4MB, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was re-elected as ARRL Southeastern Division Director for a second term that begins January 1, 2023.

ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, overcame challengers for his position in the 2023 – 2025 election cycle. Ballots counted on November 18 showed Baker (2,785 votes) defeating challengers Vice Director James Schilling, KG4JSZ (1,000 votes), and John Willis, KB4DU (673 votes).

For the position of Vice Director, Jeff Beals, WA4AW (1,516 votes), of Loxahatchee, Florida, defeated challengers Andrew Milluzzi, KK4LWR (1,287 votes); Neal Sulmeyer, K4EA (859 votes), and Joseph Tiritilli, N4ZUW (763 votes).

Baker and Beals have been declared elected for terms beginning January 1, 2023. Baker is finishing his first term as an ARRL Director. He currently serves on the Administration and Finance Committee, and Logbook of The World Committee.

Read the complete ARRL News story.

SKYWARN Recognition Day Set for December 3, 2022

The annual SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) on-the-air activity will take place Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 0000 to 2400 UTC. For US time zones, activity begins on the evening of Friday, December 2, 2022.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® to honor the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission — the protection of life and property during threatening weather. During the SKYWARN special event, hams will operate from several NWS offices, as well as from their mobile, home, and club stations. “The relationship between amateur radio operators and the NWS is extremely important for relaying information during storms of any type,” said ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV. “SKYWARN is a perfect example of the value of hams working together with government partners during times of disaster.”

The SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program has been a mechanism used by the NWS for years to educate people on what to watch for during weather events and to provide a source for information to the NWS offices. Program courses provide information on reportable criteria for cloud formations, and even what to look for during the formation of supercells that may cause tornadoes or other potentially dangerous weather events.

For information about SKYWARN spotter courses, which are available to anyone around the country or online, visit https://www.weather.gov/skywarn/.

If you would like more information on becoming an amateur radio operator, go to http://arrl.org/getting-licensed. ARRL also offers a book, Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio, that is available from ARRL and its publication dealers.

Individuals and NWS office amateur radio stations who are planning on operating for 2022 SKYWARN Recognition Day should register to participate. All amateur radio stations and SKYWARN spotters that register will receive an SRD number to their email address once registered. Information about participating, registration, and a Spotter Recognition Map is available at https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition.

In-person amateur radio operations will be determined by each local National Weather Service Forecast Office. Amateur radio operators must make all necessary inquiries with the appropriate NWS staff at your respective National Weather Forecast Office ahead of SRD.

Look for station WX1AW, operated by ARRL Emergency Management Assistant Ken Bailey, K1FUG, during SRD. WX1AW will be active on 40 thru 10 meters using SSB and FT8 Modes and will monitor local VHF and UHF repeaters. Contacts will be uploaded to LoTW after the event. QSL via the station license address with a SASE (self-addressed-stamped-envelope).

More information is available at www.arrl.org/skywarn-recognition-day.

Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, to Be Inducted to the Indian National Academy of Engineering

The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) will induct Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, as a fellow during ceremonies in mid-December. Dr. Rohde is only the third foreign fellow elected by the INAE, preceded by Dr. Jeffrey Wineland, who won a Nobel Prize in Physics, and Dr. Philip H. Knight.

In the formal announcement issued November 19, 2022, the INAE thanked Dr. Rohde for “outstanding contributions to engineering and also your dynamic leadership in engineering domain, which have immensely contributed for the faster development of the country.”

Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL.

The INAE was founded in 1987 and describes itself as including “India’s most distinguished engineers, engineer-scientists, and technologists covering the entire spectrum of engineering disciplines.”

Dr. Rohde has been an avid amateur radio operator holding several licenses in the United States and Germany. He has been licensed since 1956 and involved mostly in technology and systems. In 2015, he won first place in the ARRL International DX Contest in the Northern New Jersey Section. He also operates N1UL/MM on his yacht, the Dragonfly, and is Trustee of the Marco Island Radio Club, K5MI.

“It is great to see Ulrich get this award,” said Ed Hare, W1RFI, ARRL Laboratory Manager. “His contributions to technology have clearly been global in scope and even though his accomplishments have clearly been professional, amateur radio has also played a role in his being a world-class engineer. The ARRL Lab has appreciated his help and support over decades of time, and we join in offering our congratulations for another important achievement.

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® recognized Dr. Rohde as the 2022 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award. The award is for outstanding engineering achievement in the field of optoelectronic signal generation and optical measurement equipment for next-generation intelligent optical networks. Dr. Rohde is an ARRL Maxim Society and Life Member.

Dodge County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Receives ServeNebraska Award

The Dodge County Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) has received the 2022 Disaster Volunteer Award at the ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards Luncheon on November 4, 2022.

Presenting the 2022 Disaster Volunteer Award is Nebraska First Lady Susanne Stone, Steve Narans, WB0VNF, Wesley Payne, KE0WHA, and Wes Chrisman, KD0PGV. [Dave Theophilus, W0NRW, photo]

Presented by Nebraska First Lady Susanne Shore, the award recognizes Dodge County ARES for a critical role in responding to the 2019 flooding in Fremont, Nebraska, and the surrounding areas. Dodge County ARES took significant steps to ensure that the Fremont community is always prepared. Amateur radio operator Steve Narans, WB0VNF, was cited for his role in retrofitting a county communications trailer for setup and use by first responders.

The group participated in a full-scale disaster drill with the Nebraska Army National Guard, Fremont Police, and Fremont Fire Department to test their skills and demonstrate how their services fit in among other disaster response efforts. During severe weather, they monitor weather conditions and report to the National Weather Service for its use in issuing severe weather warnings for Dodge County.

The group was nominated for the award by Dodge County Emergency Manager Tom Smith. Selection for the award was made by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

The ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards recognize exemplary volunteers across the state for their time and service aimed at making their communities better. The awards are the most prestigious awards given for volunteerism in the state of Nebraska. Dodge County ARES was among eleven 2022 honorees.

For more information about the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), visit http://www.arrl.org/ares.

Support Young Hams on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is November 29, 2022 – a growing annual movement where individuals and organizations, like ARRL, come together to unleash the power of radical generosity. This year, ARRL’s theme for #GivingTuesday is young hams. From now to #GivingTuesday, ARRL wants to raise $25,000 to help support and expand its programs and initiatives for young radio amateurs. Donate to ARRL now at www.arrl.org/give.

Watch and share the video: https://youtu.be/ns6VR8h-8T8

“The next generation of radio amateurs is already here,” says ARRL staff member Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who co-advises the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Program. “There is a vibrant, well-networked community of students and campus radio clubs at colleges and universities throughout the nation. School teachers and local radio clubs work together to bring amateur radio into classrooms. Youth programs, including Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and outreach to scouts bring together our unique partnerships to introduce ham radio to more kids.”

#GivingTuesday donations will help fund ARRL programs and services not covered by membership fees alone. Gifts will help subsidize ARRL Student Membership and ARRL Youth Licensing Grants, as well as resources and programs that attract and keep young hams active, involved, and engaged in amateur radio.

A short video on ARRL’s YouTube channel includes young hams describing why they “love ham radio.” Read more about ARRL’s ongoing work to support young hams, and give now at www.arrl.org/give.

 


Amateur Radio in the News

ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.

Santa Claus will once again be on Longmont’s airwaves” / LongmontLeader (Colorado), November 12, 2022. — The Longmont Amateur Radio Club and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club are ARRL Affiliated Clubs.

Amateur radio-aided rescue highlights useful hobby” / Buffalo Bulletin (Wyoming), November 17, 2022. — The Buffalo Amateur Radio Klub is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

Dodge County Amateur Radio Emergency Services receives ServeNebraska Award” / Fremont Tribune (Nebraska), November 19, 2022. — Thanks to the Dodge County Amateur Radio Emergency Service®.

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ARRL Podcasts

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast features details from avid satellite operator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, about how to get started on the amateur satellites — an activity that’s available to hams of all license classes.

Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

The On the Air podcast is available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android). The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are also on Blubrry — On the Air | ARRL Audio News.


Announcements

Amateur radio operators who like to track balloons now have multiple targets. Earlier this week, three pico balloons were launched from Neumayer Station III in Antarctica, a German Antarctic research station of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut. Todd J. McKinney, KN4TPG, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is at the facility and will be launching a series of 20- and 10-meter Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) balloons. Look for them on https://aprs.fi and https://amateur.sondehub.org under the call signs: K4UAH-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, and -7, as well as W5KUB-114 and -115. Actual WSPR call signs on 20 meters are: KN4TPG, KW5GP, KM4LVC, WB8ELK, KM4YHI, KM4ZIA, and KD9UQB. On 10 meters, the WSPR call sign will be WB4VHF. Amateur radio operators with WSPR stations that have directional antennas, or Beverage-style antennas, are needed to monitor the 20-meter WSPR band and turn their antennas toward Antarctica. KN4TPG and KW5GP are approaching McMurdo Station to the south of Australia and New Zealand.

Thanksgiving on the Beach! 
Chip Margelli, K7JA, reports that he’ll be on the air with friends from Bolsa Chica State Beach in Orange County, California, on Thursday, November 24, from 1900 UTC until late afternoon, Pacific Time. “The Thanksgiving on the Beach tradition goes back many years for us, and we always bring a rig and antennas along so as to share our 75-degree weather with the rest of the (jealous) nation,” says Margelli. Look for Chip Margelli, K7JA; Janet Margelli, KL7MF; Gordon West, WB6NOA, and Suzie West, N6GLF. They’ll be on 10 meters, 28.410 MHz USB and 28.025 MHz CW, plus or minus QRM, using 100 W and a three-element Yagi.

ARRL Black Friday Deals All Weekend! Shop the ARRL online store for Black Friday deals, including a MYSTERY BOX. Each MYSTERY BOX ($79.95 plus s/h) includes a commemorative, hardcover edition of the 100th edition ARRL Handbook for Radio AmateursHandbook 100. We’ve stuffed other bonus items into each MYSTERY BOX! Check out all of the ARRL Black Friday deals at https://tinyurl.com/3fww5cte.


In Brief…

ARRL reports the passing of George Lillenstein, AB1GL (SK), who died November 18, 2022. Lillenstein was a member of the volunteer team at ARRL Headquarters, contributing his time to help visitors and guests get on the air from W1AW, the Maxim Memorial Station. Lillenstein, an ARRL Life Member and donor, was also President of the Newington Amateur Radio League (NARL) from 2017 to 2022, and an active member of the BEARS of Manchester. He held previous appointments, including ARRL Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) and District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for the Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®).


The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL thanks Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, for the weekly ARRL Propagation Bulletin. Due to this week’s early Thanksgiving issue of the ARRL Letter, the next K7RA Solar Update will be posted to ARRL News on Monday, November 28.

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.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

Share your reports, observations, tips, questions, or comments to k7ra@arrl.net.


Just Ahead in Radiosport
    • November 24 — RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series (CW)
    • November 27 — CQ Worldwide DX Contest (CW)
    • November 28 — RSGB FT4 Contest (FT4)
    • November 29 — Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest (phone)
    • November 30 — UKEICC 80-Meter Contest (CW)

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The ARRL Letter

Here are the latest Amateur Radio news, events, and features compiled by HQ ARRL and “The ARRL Letter.”

Views expressed in this Amateur Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 18 November 2022, 0445 UTC.

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Dayton Hamvention Announces Theme for 2023

Dayton Hamvention® 2023 is just over 6 months away, and next year’s Hamvention team has selected “Innovation!” as the event theme.

The team reports that, in just one word, the theme encompasses the world of amateur radio today. “There are so many exciting ‘Innovations!’ worldwide in amateur radio. We want to capture the spirit, and we expect to see many of these throughout the coming year and presented at [Hamvention 2023],” said Hamvention 2023 spokesperson Michael Kalter, W8CI.

Dayton Hamvention is the largest annual amateur radio gathering in the US, and among the largest in the world. With nearly 700 volunteers, next year’s event boasts more than 500 indoor exhibits and more than 2,500 outdoor exhibits. They will showcase the latest in amateur radio equipment, technology, and computer software and hardware, along with hard-to-find radio and computer accessories and equipment.

In a message to the 2022 exhibitors, Inside Exhibits Chairman Mike Berger, WD8OMX, announced on November 14 that the Hamvention online vendor portal is open to accept credit card orders for the 2023 show. There will be no price increase for vendor booths, and early bird pricing is available through March 15, 2023. Inside Exhibit vendors who had booths for the 2022 show will have until March 15 to pay for their booths in full. All booths not paid by March 15 will be made available to the public at the full rate.

ARRL is planning its large exhibit area and overall participation for the event. Hamvention is an ARRL-sanctioned event.

Hamvention 2023 runs from May 19 – 21 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at https://hamvention.org/purchase-tickets.

More information about Hamvention 2023 is available on their website.

Eastern Massachusetts Section to Welcome New Section Manager; Incumbent Section Managers were Reelected

Jon McCombie, N1ILZ, will become Section Manager (SM) of the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section on January 1, 2023. McCombie, of Eastham, was the only nominee to submit a petition to run for office when the nomination period closed in early September. As the sole nominee, he has been declared elected.

This past year, McCombie has been Assistant SM to Tom Walsh, K1TW, who has been the SM of the Eastern Massachusetts Section for the last 8 years. Walsh, of Bedford, decided not to run for a fifth 2-year term of office.

There were no balloted elections during this fall season’s SM election cycle. The following incumbent SMs ran unopposed, and they were declared reelected, beginning their new 2-year terms of office on January 1: Cecil Higgins, AC0HA (Missouri); Matt Anderson, KA0BOJ (Nebraska); Jim Mezey, W2KFV (New York City-Long Island); Rocco Conte, WU2M (Northern New York); Marc Tarplee, N4UFP (South Carolina); Tom Preiser, N2XW (Southern New Jersey); Michael Douglas, W4MDD (West Central Florida), and Joe Shupienis, W3BC (Western Pennsylvania).

Thanks to ARRL Field Organization Supervisor Steve Ewald, WV1X, for information contained in this story.

2022 ARRL November Sweepstakes Phone Begins Saturday, November 19

The 2022 ARRL November Sweepstakes Phone will run from 2100 UTC on Saturday, November 19 to 0259 UTC on Monday, November 21. This is the phone/SSB version of the contest, as the CW Sweepstakes counterpart ran during the weekend of November 5 – 7 — so get your microphones ready!

The annual ARRL November Sweepstakes is the premier domestic contest in the US and Canada, and the oldest domestic radiosport event (the first was in 1930). The SS contest exchange has deep roots in message-handling protocol and replicates a radiogram preamble. In SS, stations exchange:

  • A consecutive serial number. Operators do not have to add leading zeros on contact numbers less than 100.
  • Precedence — Q for Single Op QRP; A for Single Op, Low Power (up to 150 W output); B for Single Op, High Power (greater than 150 W output); U for Single Op, Unlimited, regardless of power; M for Multioperator, regardless of power, and S for School Club.
  • Your call sign.
  • Check — the last two digits of the year of first license for either operator or station.
  • Section — ARRL/RAC Section.

Each year, thousands of amateur radio operators, at all skill levels, attempt to beat their personal contact records, win awards in various categories, and achieve the coveted Clean Sweep by contacting all 84 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Sections in a single weekend. Overall and Division winners will be awarded a plaque recognizing their efforts. Plaques are sponsored by individuals, groups, clubs, or by the principal awards sponsor, Icom America. Certificates will be awarded to those who have the top scores for CW and phone operations in each category and each ARRL/RAC Section and Division. Printable certificates will be available for download at ARRL Certificates. More information about the 2022 ARRL November Sweepstakes is available at arrl.org/sweepstakes.

CW Operators’ Club Accepting Nominations for Advancing the Art of CW Award

The CW Operators’ Club (CWops) is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Advancing the Art of CW Award. This award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code.

Award candidates must be one or more of the following: authors of publications related to CW; CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, or instructors; public advocates of CW; organizers of CW activities; designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW, and other contributors to the art or practice of CW.

The award is not limited to amateur radio operators or their organizations, and nominations may be made by anyone, not just CWops members.

Nominations must be emailed to awards@cwops.org and secretary@cwops.org by March 10, 2023. Those submitting nominations will receive an email confirmation acknowledging receipt. Nominations must include: a detailed explanation supporting nominee qualifications according to the above criteria; nominee(s) name(s), call sign(s) if applicable, and contact information, including their postal address(es), email address(es), and telephone number(s); as well as the name, telephone number, email address, and call sign (if applicable) of the person submitting the nomination(s).

The winners will be announced and presented with a plaque at Dayton Hamvention® 2023. If a recipient is not present, their plaque will be sent to them.

Information about past recipients, dating back to 2016, can be found at https://cwops.org/cwops-award-winners. For more information about the award criteria, visit https://cwops.org/the-cwops-award-for-advancing-the-art-of-cw.

 


Amateur Radio in the News

ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.

“Free amateur radio program offered” / Altoona Mirror (Pennsylvania)November 15, 2022. — The Bedford County Amateur Radio Society is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

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ARRL Podcasts

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast features details from avid satellite operator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, about how to get started on the amateur satellites — an activity that’s available to hams of all license classes.

Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

The On the Air podcast is available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android). The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are also on Blubrry — On the Air | ARRL Audio News.


Announcements

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has released a new online study course and exam, titled, Preparing the Nation for Space Weather EventsThe course identifier is IS-66. ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, took the course and passed the exam. “This course provides some interesting insight into the federal government’s role and response to space-weather events,” Johnston said. He went on to say that the course “explains the levels of response the government uses in regard to [these] events. [It] would be a good training course for any ham to gain a better understanding of how space weather affects communications here on Earth.” Johnston deemed the course useful and shared that it only takes about 2 hours to complete online. A FEMA student ID is required, and is free from the EMI website. — Thanks to ARES Letter Editor Rick Palm, K1CE, for the information contained in this story.


The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week’s ARRL Propagation Bulletin:

Solar disk image taken November 17, 2022, courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI.

Sunspot numbers and solar flux did not seem to correlate this week. Flux rose, and spots fell.

The average daily sunspot number declined from 79.8 to 72.3, but average solar flux numbers rose from 129.9 to 137.2. This tells me that the number and area of sunspots was less, but the 10.7-centimeter radiation from those spots increased.

A new sunspot emerged on November 10, another on November 13, and two more on November 16, the last day of our reporting week, which runs Thursday through the following Wednesday.

In our bulletin from 1 year ago, the average daily sunspot number was only 36.4, and solar flux was 89.1, so if the latest activity seems a bit lackluster, we can see that the sunspot cycle is making progress and is expected to peak around July 2025.

We get better HF propagation at higher frequencies when X-rays from the sun are more intense, and they correlate with sunspot numbers and the 10.7-centimeter radiation. This radiation charges the ionosphere, increasing density.

Back in 1957 – 1959, at the peak of Solar Cycle 19, the radiation was so intense that (I’ve been told) 10 meters was open worldwide, around the clock. Cycle 19, had, by far, the highest recorded sunspot count in history, with nothing like it before or since.

Here is the prediction for solar flux: 133, 125, and 122 on November 17 – 19; 120 on November 20 – 21; 122 on November 22; 125 on November 23 – 24; 115 on November 25 – 26; 120 and 125 on November 27 – 28; 130 on November 29 – 30; 135 on December 1 – 12; 120 and 110 on December 13 – 14, and 105 on December 15 – 18.

Predicted planetary A index, which gives us a clue into possible geomagnetic unrest, is 5, 8, 16, 20, and 12 on November 17 – 21; 8, 5, 8, 15, and 18 on November 22 – 26; 12, 8, 5, 5, 12, 18, and 8 on November 27 through December 3; 5 on December 4 – 7; 8 on December 8 – 9; 5 on December 10 – 11; 10 on December 12 – 13; 5 on December 14 – 16; 15 on December 17, and 18 on December 18 – 19.

The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is coming up, and will take place during the weekend of December 10 – 11. Expect better propagation than we saw in 2020 and 2021. Although predicted solar flux is not high, the prediction above shows the highest solar flux (135) over that weekend, and planetary A index at a low value of 5, indicating predicted geomagnetic stability. But of course, things may change.

Sunspot numbers for November 10 through 16 were 79, 57, 65, 74, 77, 69, and 85, with a mean of 72.3. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 138.7, 137.6, 138.2, 137, 141.5, 134.2, and 132.9, with a mean of 137.2. Estimated planetary A indices were 2, 9, 5, 7, 4, 2, and 2, with a mean of 4.4. Middle latitude A index was 2, 9, 3, 6, 3, 2, and 2, with a mean of 3.9.

Send your tips, questions, or comments to k7ra@arrl.net.

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.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

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A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.

 


Just Ahead in Radiosport
    • November 16 — VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest (FT8)
    • November 16 — RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series SSB (phone)
    • November 17 – 18 — Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)
    • November 17 — NAQCC CW Sprint (CW)
    • November 17 — NTC QSO Party (CW)
    • November 19 – 20 — LZ DX Contest (CW, phone)
    • November 19 — All Austrian 160-Meter Contest (CW)
    • November 19 – 20 — REF 160-Meter Contest (CW)
    • November 19 — Feld Hell Sprint (digital)
    • November 19 — RSGB 1.8 MHz Contest (CW)
    • November 19 – 21 — ARRL Sweepstakes Contest SSB (phone)
    • November 20 — Homebrew and Old-time Equipment Party (CW)
    • November 20 — FISTS Sunday Sprint (CW)
    • November 20 – 21 — Run for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)
    • November 22 — Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest (phone)
    • November 23 — SKCC Sprint (CW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the ARRL Contest Calendar for more events and information.

 


Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
    • December 9 – 10 | Tampa Bay Hamfest, hosting the ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention, Plant City, Florida
    • January 7 | Ham Radio University, hosting the ARRL New York City-Long Island Section Convention, an Online Event
    • January 20 – 21 | Southwest Florida Regional Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention, Fort Myers, Florida
    • January 27 – 28 | Capital City Hamfest 2023, hosting the ARRL Mississippi State Convention, Jackson, Mississippi
    • January 28 | Winterfest, hosting the ARRL Midwest Division Convention, Collinsville, Illinois
    • February 10 – 12 | Orlando HamCation, hosting the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention, Orlando, Florida
    • February 25 | HAM-CON, hosting the ARRL Vermont State Convention, Colchester, Vermont
    • March 3 – 4 | Greater Houston HamFest, hosting the ARRL Texas State Convention, Rosenberg, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database to find events in your area.


Getting it Right…

In last week’s edition of The ARRL Letter, the news story “Ellen White, W1YL, Silent Key, Devoted Lifetime to Amateur Radio and ARRL” included an incorrect date for White’s passing. Ellen White, W1YL, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022 — not November 6. ARRL thanks George Wagner, K5KG, for confirming the information with a family member.

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Here are the latest Amateur Radio news, events, features, and commentary compiled by “The ARRL Letter.”

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Ellen White, W1YL, Silent Key, Devoted Lifetime to Amateur Radio and ARRL

Ellen White, W1YL, of Brandon, Florida, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022. She was 95. White became a radio amateur in 1946 and devoted over 75 years of her life to ham radio, including more than 25 years on the headquarters staff for ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio®. She retired in 1978 as Deputy Communications Manager and became editor of the “How’s DX?” column for ARRL’s membership journal, QST. White was an ARRL Life Member and donor.

Ellen White, W1YL, SK | 1926 – 2022

At its meeting in January 1978, the ARRL Board of Directors adopted a resolution recognizing White and her husband Robert (Bob) L. White, W1CW (SK), after having “completed a quarter-century of faithful service to the American Radio Relay League.” The resolution cites that Ellen White had “built a reputation for thoroughness and objectivity on a mountain of contest logs,” and celebrated her “intelligent and creative work as Deputy Communications Manager.”

White was admired by the worldwide amateur radio community. In 2019, she was the sole US radio amateur to be awarded the Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious award granted to individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions to amateur radio.

Director of ARRL’s Publications and Editorial Department Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, reflected on the news of White’s passing. “Ellen was a trailblazing woman in amateur radio. She and I corresponded over the years [before] finally meeting up at Orlando HamCation® in 2020. Ellen often marveled at how much farther women had come in the ham radio hobby, service, and community since she got her start. Every time I talked to her, I thanked her for paving the way,” said Schoenfeld.

The cover photo from the Facebook page of Ellen White, W1YL (SK).

White had learned Morse code in high school, and only rarely operated any other mode. “Ellen loved CW, contesting, and DXing,” said former ARRL Field & Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO (no relation) who was hired by Ellen White to work for ARRL in 1973. Rosalie White is now an ARISS-International US Delegate representing ARRL. She recounted that in the 1940s, Ellen and Bob White earned First Class Radiotelephone and Second Class Radiotelegraph commercial licenses. “She [Ellen White], being a maverick, also took the Class B FCC amateur radio test to become W2RBU, and promptly joined ARRL. Radio broadcast station KPOA based in [Hawaii], hired her (then KH6QI) as Station Engineer in the days when it was unheard of for a woman.”

 

Read the full story and remembrances on ARRL News.

ARRL Programs to Benefit from Auction Proceeds

The 17th Annual ARRL Online Auction, sponsored by RT Systems Inc., took place on October 21 – 27, 2022. There were over 200 participants who submitted bids, vying for QST “Product Review” equipment, new ham radio gear, vintage books, and the popular ARRL Lab mystery junque boxes. Plenty of spectators also contributed additional traffic to the auction site by browsing items and watching the bids climb.

ARRL Auction Manager Lisa Tardette, KB1MOI, reported that “695 bids were recorded, and a number of items went into overtime bidding.” After all was tallied, this year’s auction grossed more than $32,000. Tardette said the items that drew the highest interest from bidders had been previously tested for the popular “Product Review” column in QST. The Elecraft K4D HF/6M SDR transceiver, reviewed in the September 2022 issue of QST, had a winning bid of $5,850. The Four State QRP Group Bayou Jumper 40-meter CW transceiver, reviewed in the March 2022 issue of QST, went for $675, while it currently retails for $105. Bidders like to support a good cause and know that these “Product Review” items have been rigorously tested in the ARRL Lab.

Comments from bidders included, “Thank you, I’m excited about my new radio,” and, “Happy to participate in an event for a great cause.”

The ARRL Online Auction is an important fundraiser and a critical means of support for many of the association’s programs, which rely on funding sources beyond basic membership dues. ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, said that the auction raises funds to further projects that otherwise would go unsupported. “Following the launch of the ARRL Learning Center (learn.arrl.org) late last year, we are developing more content to help amateur radio operators increase their knowledge and skills,” said Goodgame. “The Learning Center provides ARRL members with instruction and training for getting on the air, emergency communications, and electronics and technology.”

Goodgame said that several full courses are under development. ARRL Emergency Communications Training courses are being updated and modernized. ARRL has also partnered with Dave Casler, KE0OG, to offer his supplemental amateur radio license instruction on the ARRL Learning Center. These efforts are made possible in part through the proceeds of the ARRL Online Auction.

“We would like to express our appreciation to all of the winning bidders, RT Systems — this year’s auction sponsor — and to all of our donors who provided such a diverse mix of items,” said Tardette. “We look forward to our 18th Annual ARRL Online Auction in 2023.”

Calvert Amateur Radio Association Conducts Simulated Emergency Test

On October 15, 2022, the Calvert County Auxiliary Communications Services of Maryland, associated with the Calvert Amateur Radio Association (CARA), conducted a Simulated Emergency Test (SET).

The test was designed to evaluate the capability of a county-provided, amateur-band radio system that uses Kenwood TM-V71A transceivers and Remoterig RRC-1258 hardware over the county-secure intranet to a tower site in Barstow, Maryland.

Remoterig gear allows for the separation of the front panel from the radio’s RF deck, similar to a mobile installation. But with Remoterig, the separation cable is a TCP/IP network, allowing an arbitrarily long distance between the front panel and the RF deck. For the SET, the radio’s front panels were in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and the RF decks were at a tower site about 3 miles away, near the geographic center of the county.

The planning and implementation of this system was guided by Calvert RACES Officer Bill Hackett, N3XMZ, and Calvert ARES® Emergency Coordinator Shawn Donley, N3AE, using county funding.

The first part of the test was to determine if MT63-2000L digital mode would work over the Remoterig system to augment existing Winlink capability.

The second part of the test was to have CARA members transmit on simplex from mobile transceivers from various locations in the county to the Barstow tower. Transmissions from low-lying areas were preferred, such as the many waterways and other locations that may need to be accessed during disasters. The tests were on 2 meters and 70 centimeters.

The results showed that additional work is needed to send MT63-2000L over Remoterig terminals, and some changes to the audio quality settings are necessary (sampling rate and word size). As the Diamond X300NA antenna on the tower is 350 feet above the ground and the terrain of the county is flat, nearly all locations were successful in contacting the ham radio operators at the EOC, including those using low power at the tower site.

Due to unforeseen problems with scheduling a Section-wide October SET, CARA took the opportunity to evaluate its new system. Overall, the test was successful.

Radio Amateurs at the Ready for Tropical Storm Nicole

Tropical Storm Nicole on November 9, 2022 at 22:06 UTC. [Photo courtesy of NOAA/NESDIS/STAR – GOES-East; credit CIRA/NOAA]

Amateur radio emergency communications volunteers have been busy throughout preparations for, and in response to, Tropical Storm Nicole as the storm crossed the Atlantic and made landfall in Florida as a hurricane on Thursday, November 10, 2022, around 3:00 AM EST.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) had upgraded the tropical storm to a hurricane on Wednesday night when Nicole made landfall on Grand Bahama Island. The storm soon returned to tropical-storm status, after moving over east-central Florida.

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) activated Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM EST on their primary frequency of 14.325 MHz. The net disseminates the latest NHC advisories and will obtain real-time ground-level weather conditions and initial damage assessments from amateur radio operators in the affected area, and relay that information to the NHC by way of their station, WX4NHC.

The VoIP Hurricane Net began monitoring conditions at 8:00 AM EST on Wednesday morning, and activated at 12:00 PM EST. The net will remain active potentially through 12:00 PM EST on Thursday. Read the Wednesday post from Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net Rob Macedo, KD1CY.

Amateur Radio Liaison to the State of Florida Arc Thames, W4CPD, reported that the radio room in the Florida State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was staffed for any emergency traffic. The center has been monitoring HF nets and the Statewide Amateur Radio Network (SARnet), a network of linked repeaters that serves Florida. Additionally, the Statewide Emergency NET was activated on Wednesday at 11:00 PM EST/10:00 PM CST, with plans to run the operation for approximately 24 hours. More information is available at https://floridaemergency.net.

ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager Barry Porter, KB1PA, reported activations of Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) groups and counties that had activated shelters. Northern Florida ARES was operating at “Level 3 MONITORING.”

Reaching Youth Through Amateur Radio in the Classroom

ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, attended the Georgia Educational Technology Conference, held November 2 – 4, 2022. The conference was the first part in a series of planned ARRL exhibits to meet with teachers and promote amateur radio in the classroom. Assisted by ARRL Teachers Institute Instructor Wayne Greene, KB4DSF, along with volunteers Cyndi Goodgame, K5CYN, and Betsey Greene, they spoke to hundreds of teachers, school administrators, and technology directors about the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology.

ARRL’s participation at this conference, as well as future events, is meant to inform and network with educators looking to incorporate amateur radio into their curriculum.

“The level of interest among teachers was incredible!” said Goodgame. “Our booth enjoyed heavy traffic for the duration of the conference, much of the time with all four of us engaged in discussions with multiple people simultaneously. Except for a couple of teachers we met who were already hams, few teachers had heard of amateur radio before this conference. These teachers were absolutely amazed at the possibilities that exist when including amateur radio and related educational experiences in their schools.”

“Teachers were especially excited at the connections between amateur radio and space. We shared information about the ARISS program — Amateur Radio on the International Space Station — as well as communicating via amateur satellites. Enough teachers were interested in learning more about the relationship between amateur radio and satellites communications that we put together an impromptu live demonstration using two handhelds and an Arrow antenna we had for display in the booth. We gathered a crowd of teachers, along with a few students who were presenting their Student Showcase projects and headed outside. We enjoyed a good satellite pass and made contacts through AO-27. One of the students even got on the air!”

 

“Overall, it was a great conference and a great opportunity for ARRL to network with educators and work with them to help get more youth engaged in amateur radio.”


Amateur Radio in the News

ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.

‘When all else fails, ham radio doesn’t’: Radio club connects Burlington to the world and beyond” / The Burlington Post (Canada), August 24, 2022 — Thanks to the Burlington Amateur Radio Club.

“Physics Major Awarded National Scholarship” / Royal News, The University of Scranton (Pennsylvania), October 11, 2022 — Veronica Romanek, KD2UHN, is a 2022 ARRL Foundation Scholarship recipient.

Loften HS teaches amateur radio skills” / Mainstreet Daily News (Florida), October 31, 2022. — Thanks to W. Travis Loften High School Amateur Radio Club, K4WTL, of Gainesville.

“Amateur Radio Club Host Presentation by Rob Sherwood” / WRWH (Georgia), November 3, 2022 — The Gateway Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated ClubThanks to Rob Sherwood, NC0B.

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ARRL Podcasts

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast features details from avid satellite operator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, about how to get started on the amateur satellites – an activity that’s available to hams of all license classes.

Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

The On the Air podcast is available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android). The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are also on Blubrry — On the Air | ARRL Audio News.


Announcements

WXWarn 2.0, software that uses the National Weather Service (NWS) real-time weather data feed, is now available. The application constantly monitors NWS weather updates and displays user-selected alerts as they’re issued. WXWarn 2.0 can be configured to display a simple heads-up, unfolding weather conditions at the county, statewide, or regional level, or severe weather alerts for the entire US. WXWarn 2.0 is useful for individual use, but also for volunteers supporting amateur radio emergency communications as part of the complement of resources they utilize. Developers and ARRL members Scott Davis, N3FJP; Kimberly Davis, KA3SEQ, and their son, Chris Davis, KB3KCN, report that the updated software is a complete recreation from the previous 1.8 version. They also state that it is operating-system agnostic and will run entirely in a browser. There is nothing to install, and it will even work on a phone, but Chrome or Firefox should be used for the best results. The latest version of WXWarn is available at https://wxwarn.affirmatech.com.

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. ARRL HQ will reopen on Monday, November 14, at 8 AM EST. The FCC will also be closed on Veterans Day. Amateur license applications will not be processed by the FCC from close of business Thursday, November 10, until Monday, November 14, at 8 AM EST.

Get ready for ARRL November Sweepstakes Phone (SSB), November 19-21, 2022. In this popular annual contest, stations in the US and Canada (including territories and possessions) exchange information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible. November Sweepstakes is the oldest domestic radiosport event (the first was in 1930). Read the contest rules at http://arrl.org/sweepstakes.


In Brief…

Bruce Draper, AA5B (SK), died on October 25, 2022. He was 68. Draper was a past editor of NCJ, as well as a past contributing editor for QSTRead the ARRL News story.


The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week’s ARRL Propagation Bulletin:

Solar disk image taken November 10, 2022, courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI.

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this week from 70.3 to 78.9, yet somehow, the solar flux averages stayed the same as 129.9 and 129.9.

Average daily planetary A index went from 13.7 to 13.4, but the middle latitude numbers changed from 14.3 to 9.6.

Predicted solar flux is 135 on November 10 – 11; 140 on November 12 – 13; 130, 125, 120, and 114 on November 14 – 17; 116 on November 18 – 19; 114 on November 20 – 21; 112 and 114 on November 22 – 23; 116 on November 24 – 26; 118 on November 27 – 28; 120, 122, 125, 124, and 122 on November 29 through December 3; 130 on December 4 – 5; 125 and 120 on December 6 – 7; 115 on December 8 – 9, and 120, 118, and 116 on December 10 – 12.

Predicted planetary A index is 10, 10, and 8 on November 10 – 12; 5 on November 13 – 17; 25, 15, and 8 on November 18 – 20; 5 on November 21 – 22; 8, 16, 26, 15, and 12 on November 23 – 27; 8, 15, 26, 16, and 12 on November 28 through December 2; 8 on December 3 – 4; 12 on December 5 – 8; 8 on December 9, and 5 on December 10 – 14.

Angel Santana, WP3GW, wrote:

“Ten meters is getting so [much] better that today, on November 9 at 1319 UTC, [I] had a contact with 3B9FR on 28.522 MHz up 5. He even answered me in Spanish.”

3B9FR was operating from Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, which is more than 9,000 miles from Puerto Rico.

More on Rodrigues:

https://bbc.in/3El5MGS

Solar flares and radio blackouts:

https://bit.ly/3EkBFzu

https://bit.ly/3hkvke8

Because ARRL is closed this Friday for Veterans Day, the regular Friday bulletin will not come out until Monday, November 14.

 

Sunspot numbers for November 3 through 9, 2022, were 65, 81, 82, 78, 80, 85, and 81, with a mean of 78.8. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 125.3, 117.7, 131.1, 130.8, 134.6, 132.3, and 137.6, with a mean of 129.9. Estimated planetary A indices were 26, 16, 10, 4, 19, 12, and 7, with a mean of 13.4. Middle latitude A index was 16, 12, 8, 3, 12, 8, and 8, with a mean of 9.6.

Send your tips, questions, or comments to k7ra@arrl.net.

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.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

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Just Ahead in Radiosport
    • November 12 – 13 — ARRL EME Contest (CW, phone, digital)
    • November 12 – 13 — WAE DX Contest, RTTY (digital)
    • November 12 – 14 — PODXS 070 Club Triple Play Low Band Sprint (digital)
    • November 12 – 13 — 10-10 International Fall Contest (digital)
    • November 12 – 13 — SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest (CW)
    • November 12 – 13 — JIDX Phone Contest (phone)
    • November 12 – 13 — OK/OM DX Contest, (CW)
    • November 12 – 13 — SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (CW)
    • November 12 — FISTS Saturday Sprint (CW)
    • November 12 – 14 — CQ-WE Contest (CW, phone, digital)
    • November 12 — AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party (CW)
    • November 13 — FIRAC HF Contest (phone)
    • November 13 — Classic Exchange Phone (phone)
    • November 14 — 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)
    • November 15 — Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest (phone)
    • November 16 — VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest (FT8)
    • November 16 — RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series, SSB (phone)

 

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Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
    • November 12 | Montgomery ARC Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Alabama State Convention, Montgomery, Alabama
    • November 12 | Rock Hill Hamfest, hosting the ARRL South Carolina Section Convention, Rock Hill, South Carolina
    • December 9 – 10 | Tampa Bay Hamfest, hosting the ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention, Plant City, Florida
    • January 7 | Ham Radio University, hosting the ARRL New York City-Long Island Section Convention, an Online Event
    • January 20 – 21 | Southwest Florida Regional Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention, Fort Myers, Florida
    • January 27 – 28 | Capital City Hamfest 2023, hosting the ARRL Mississippi State Convention, Jackson, Mississippi
    • January 28 | Winterfest, hosting the ARRL Midwest Division Convention, Collinsville, Illinois
    • February 10 – 12 | Orlando HamCation, hosting the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention, Orlando, Florida
    • February 25 | HAM-CON, hosting the ARRL Vermont State Convention, Colchester, Vermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting it Right…

In last week’s edition of The ARRL Letter, the Announcements about the 3rd Annual Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest included an incorrect age reference for entrants. The correct age is 19 or younger. The ARRL Letter regrets the error.

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The Big Island Amateur Radio Club Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center.

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ARRL Delegates Attend IARU Region 2 General Assembly

An ARRL delegation led by President Rick Roderick, K5UR (Head of Delegation), and including Chief Executive Officer David Minster, NA2AA, have attended the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 General Assembly this week. This year’s meeting will conclude on Friday, November 4, 2022. ARRL International Affairs Vice President Rod Stafford, W6ROD, is also participating, serving as the Area B Director for Region 2.

The triennial General Assembly is the formal decision-making body of IARU Region 2, comprising The Americas, and delegates are the representatives of each member society. The President of IARU Region 2 is Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK.

The meetings began on October 31, 2022, with five evening sessions, held virtually, of approximately three hours each. The virtual meetings were necessary because of COVID and travel concerns.

At the meetings, the delegates have reviewed challenges to amateur radio, debated proposals from member societies, and received reports from coordinators and elected volunteers. A selection will also be made for the host society of the next General Assembly in 2025.

“Having a virtual conference has allowed many of our societies with limited means to participate in the triennial governance process of IARU Region 2 for the first time,” said IARU Region 2 Secretary George Gorsline, VE3YV / K8HI. “26 member societies are represented with 117 registered attendees from across Region 2 as well as representatives from Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia), 3 (Asia-Pacific), and the IARU Officers. The Wednesday evening committee reports were especially well received and stimulated much discussion. A full summary will be published after the General Assembly including videos of each Plenary session.”

 

The IARU is the worldwide federation of national amateur radio organizations. ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® in the US is a member society and IARU International Secretariat, participating in matters that promote and protect the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide.

Australian Radio Amateurs May Move to a Class Licensing Structure

Australia’s radiocommunications regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), is proposing to move the country’s radio amateurs to a class license, which is intended to simplify administration of the Amateur Radio Service.

Currently, Australia’s radio amateurs are regulated under an apparatus license, with privileges and conditions set out in a Radiocommunications License Conditions Determination. Australian hams pay an annual license fee of A$55.00 (US$35.68), but under the proposed class license, annual license renewal payments would end.

The ACMA reports that the current consultation follows extensive public feedback on the review of the non-assigned licensing arrangements conducted between February and April 2021. The review’s principal objective was to identify the most appropriate licensing mechanism that would reduce regulatory burden and minimize costs for amateur radio operators, while preserving the operational utility for amateurs.

The ACMA says they will carefully consider responses received to the current consultation. As stated in the consultation paper, subject to the outcomes of the current consultation and the implementation of supporting operational and administrative arrangements, the ACMA intends to implement the proposed class-licensing arrangements on July 1, 2023.

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is the national member organization representing the interests of Australian radio amateurs and is a member of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The WIA has a well-credentialed working group developing their response to the ACMA’s proposals. The ACMA’s deadline for receiving responses is November 29, 2022.

The WIA’s working group intends to open a survey in early November to gauge the views of the Australian radio amateur community.

“As this is going to be a quantum step in the evolution of amateur licensing in Australia, such as we have not seen previously, the details need close and careful consideration,” said working group leader Peter Young, VK3MV. Peter has been licensed since 1964 and has a background in maritime communications engineering. He is a former Regional Manager with the ACMA and, since retiring, held positions with the WIA as a Director on the WIA Board, and Director with IARU Region 3.

Thanks to Peter Young, VK3MV, Media Advisor Naazbano Schonberger, ACMA, and WIA for their help and contributions to this story.

Veterans Day 2022 Special Events

Veterans Day is Friday, November 11, 2022, and will feature many opportunities for amateur radio operators to celebrate and honor Veterans throughout the holiday weekend.

Special event stations will be on the air across the county, including the Redding Veterans Amateur Radio Club, W6VET, in Redding, California, and the Veterans Day commemoration onboard the USS Kidd (DD-661), a World War II Fletcher-class destroyer, with the USS KIDD Amateur Radio Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, has a full day of activities planned on November 11, including an amateur radio demonstration by the Strategic Air Command Memorial Amateur Radio Club (SACMARC) using the historic call signs of General Curtis Emerson LeMay, K0GRL, and the Offutt Air Force Base, K0AIR.

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, K9TAL, is located at their national headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Any station that contacts K9TAL on Veterans Day will receive a special QSL card.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, will celebrate Veterans Day on November 12 – 13, 2022The USS Cobia Amateur Radio Club will be onboard and on the air from the USS Cobia World War II submarine. A commemorative QSL card will be issued for contacts made during the 2-day event.

A complete list of special event stations, including Veterans Day stations, is available at www.arrl.org/special-event-stations. Use “Veterans” in the keyword search.

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. There won’t be a W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. ARRL HQ will reopen on Monday, November 14, at 8:00 AM EST.

ARDC is Looking for Volunteers for its Advisory Committees

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is looking for volunteers for its 2023 Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The GAC reviews proposals submitted by organizations seeking ARDC grants. The committee usually meets twice a month for at least an hour, with additional time spent reviewing proposals and email correspondence that happen between meetings. The estimated time commitment from a volunteer on this committee is about 2 – 5 hours per week.

The TAC advises ARDC’s staff and Board on 44Net technology, architecture, and policy. The TAC usually meets once or twice a month for at least an hour. Additional time may be spent working on or attending meetings related to projects, such as refining 44Net use-cases and standards, developing a new 44Net portal, and developing a proposal for Points of Presence (PoPs).

If you’re interested in joining either committee, please send a resume and brief cover letter to contact@ardc.net by November 12, 2022.

For more information on the GAC, go to www.ampr.org/now-accepting-applications-for-grants-advisory-committee. For more information on the TAC, go to www.ampr.org/now-accepting-applications-for-the-2023-technical-advisory-committee.

OPDX Bulletin Editor Retires after 42 Years

Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, has retired from his role as the editor of the Ohio/Penn DX (OPDX) Bulletin.

Mirgliotta has written the internet publication for 32 years. He started on a local Radioteletype (RTTY) bulletin board system (BBS) and moved to a packet BBS (an online dial-up BBS voice and data system), before adding the internet.

“The last 42 years has been fun,” said Mirgliotta. He’s retiring because of age and health considerations. “I am happy to say that the OPDX Bulletin has been totally free for all those years, with no ads, no games, no hype or boasting, and no requests for donations, but there have been very few unsolicited donations. Thanks to those donors,” said Mirgliotta.

Mirgliotta wished all of his friends and supporters good luck and good DX. For additional information, visit the OPDX Bulletin website.

Hurricanes Lisa and Martin Kept Amateur Radio Operators Busy

Amateur radio operators were closely monitoring hurricane and weather nets, as two tropical storms in the eastern and southwest Atlantic were upgraded to hurricane status late Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Hurricane Lisa made landfall late Wednesday in the Central American nation of Belize, near Belize City and the town of Dangriga, with 60 MPH winds and heavy rain. The hurricane has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, but a state of emergency has been issued and remains in effect.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Martin, in the eastern Atlantic, has also been downgraded to a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is predicting that Martin will become a large and powerful post-tropical cyclone by late Thursday, November 3, 2022.

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) was activated late Wednesday morning on 14.325.00 MHz, and later on 7.268.00 MHz. The VoIP Hurricane Net was also activated, and as of early Thursday morning, both nets are in standby mode.

Amateur radio operators will continue to monitor the hurricane and weather nets to be ready if help is needed.


Amateur Radio in the News

ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.

“St. Stephen’s Episcopal School students make contact with space in unique, STEM-based programming” / Community Impact Newspaper (Texas), October 3, 2022. — Thanks to ARISS and the Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club, an ARRL Affiliated Club.

Boy Scouts use amateur radios for worldwide conversations” / Murfreesboro Post (Tennessee), October 27, 2022. — The Stones River Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

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ARRL Podcasts

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast includes Arc Thames, W4CPD, the ARRL Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES Emergency Coordinator of Santa Rosa County, Florida. Thames shares some of his experiences from supporting emergency communications during Hurricane Ian.

Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

The On the Air podcast is available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android). The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are also on Blubrry — On the Air | ARRL Audio News.


Announcements

The 3rd Annual Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest is now under way. The contest is sponsored by the Intrepid-DX Group, a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes amateur radio activities around the world for youth. The contest is open to US and Canadian amateur radio operators aged 19 or older. The first-place winner will receive a new HF transceiver. Second- and third-place winners will receive a handheld transceiver. To enter, contestants must write a two-page essay answering the question, “How does amateur radio factor into your career plans?” The submission needs to be in plain text, PDF, or a Microsoft Word attachment. Additionally, contestants must promise to use the radios on the air for 1 year and not trade, sell, or “flip” the equipment. The entry deadline is November 30, 2022, and winners will be announced on December 15, 2022. More information about the Intrepid-DX Group is available at their website.


In Brief…

ARRL Northwestern Division Director Mike Ritz, W7VO, presented the 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to Steve Haynal, KF7O, creator of the Hermes-Lite software-defined radio (SDR). “This long-overdue presentation was made during the October 27, 2022, meeting of the Willamette Valley DX Club,” said Ritz. The ARRL Board of Directors bestowed the 2021 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to Haynal during its September 2021 meeting. Haynal was cited as the instrumental and driving force behind the Hermes-Lite 5 W HF SDR transceiver being a fully open-source hardware and software project. More information about Hermes-Lite is available on their website.


The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week’s ARRL Propagation Bulletin:

Solar activity perked up this week. The average daily sunspot number rose from 58.4 to 70.3, and solar flux averages increased from 113.3 to 129.9.

There are still problems with the Fredericksburg magnetometer, so I did my own rough estimate of middle-latitude numbers. I wish I could substitute the Boulder numbers, but I cannot find a source for the data outside of purely graphic representations.

https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/station-k-and-indices

Planetary A index averages went from 19.4 to 13.7, and middle latitude estimated numbers changed from 9.1 to 12.6.

Solar disk image taken November 3, 2022, courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI.

The solar flux prediction shows the highest values over the next week, starting with 130 on November 3 – 4; 135, 130, 135, 130, and 135 on November 5 – 9; 115 on November 10 – 12; 112 on November 13 – 14; 110 on November 15; 108 on November 16 – 18; 104 on November 19; 100 on November 20 – 23; 98 on November 24 – 25; 100, 105, 105, and 110 on November 26 – 29; 112 on November 30 through December 2, and 118 on December 3 – 6.

Predicted planetary A index is 12 on November 3 – 4; 20, 15, and 8 on November 5 – 7; 5 on November 8 – 9; 18, 18, and 15 on November 10 – 12; 5 on November 13 – 17; 25, 15, and 8 on November 18 – 20; 5 on November 21 – 22; 8, 15, and 25 on November 23 – 25; 15 on November 26 – 27; 18, 12, 10, 12, 20, and 15 on November 28 through December 3, and 5 on December 4 – 6.

New videos from Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW:
https://youtu.be/gO0wP6eiS8I

Part 3 of her mini-course:

https://youtu.be/-X-zE44x5Fk

Sunspot numbers for October 27 through November 2, 2022, were 72, 87, 97, 68, 56, 63, and 49, with a mean of 70.3. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 129.7, 129.3, 133.9, 130.5, 127.9, 128.1, and 129.7, with a mean of 129.9. Estimated planetary A indices were 9, 16, 26, 12, 11, 8, and 14, with a mean of 13.7. Middle latitude A index was 6, 15, 24, 14, 12, 6, and 11, with a mean of 12.6

Send your tips, questions, or comments to k7ra@arrl.net.

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.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

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Just Ahead in Radiosport
    • November 3 – 4 — Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)
    • November 5 — IPARC Contest (CW)
    • November 5 – 7 — ARRL Sweepstakes Contest (CW)
    • November 6 — IPARC Contest, SSB (phone)
    • November 6 — High Speed Club CW Contest (CW)
    • November 7 — RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series, Data (digital)
    • November 8 — Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest (phone))
    • November 8 — ARS Spartan Sprint (CW)
    • November 9 — VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest (FT8)
    • November 10 — EACW Meeting (CW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the ARRL Contest Calendar for more events and information.


Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
    • November 5 – 6 | Stone Mountain Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Georgia Section Convention, Lawrenceville, Georgia
    • November 12 | Montgomery ARC Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Alabama State Convention, Montgomery, Alabama
    • November 12 | Rock Hill Hamfest, hosting the ARRL South Carolina Section Convention, Rock Hill, South Carolina
    • December 9 – 10 | Tampa Bay Hamfest, hosting the ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention, Plant City, Florida
    • January 7 | Ham Radio University, hosting the ARRL New York City-Long Island Section Convention, an Online Event
    • January 20 – 21 | Southwest Florida Regional Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention, Fort Myers, Florida
    • January 27 – 28 | Capital City Hamfest 2023, hosting the ARRL Mississippi State Convention, Jackson, Mississippi
    • January 28 | Winterfest, hosting the ARRL Midwest Division Convention, Collinsville, Illinois
    • February 10 – 12 | Orlando HamCation, hosting the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention, Orlando, Florida
    • February 25 | HAM-CON, hosting the ARRL Vermont State Convention, Colchester, Vermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The ARRL Letter

Here are the latest Amateur Radio news, events, and commentary compiled by HQ ARRL.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 28 October 2022, 0614 UTC.

Content republished with permission of The ARRL.  Copyright ARRL.

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October 27, 2022

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Radio Amateurs Support the Great ShakeOut 2022 in Puerto Rico

Students from the Crop Protection Student Association at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez participated in a communications practice session as part of the yearly Great Puerto Rico ShakeOut Drill on October 20, 2022. International ShakeOut Day draws millions of people worldwide to participate in earthquake drills at work, school, or home.

ARRL Puerto Rico Section Assistant Section Manager Leyda Rios, WP4RBK, presented a conference entitled, “Radio Services and the Great ShakeOut,” which provided advice and hands-on activities about how to use different personal radio services in the event of an earthquake. Staff members and students learned about the Amateur Radio Service and several other radio services.

ARRL Puerto Rico Section Assistant Section Manager Leyda Rios, WP4RBK (left), assisted University of Puerto Rico Crop Protection Student Association President Moraima Colón, make radio contact with several amateurs. [Luis E. Collazo, WP4RAQ, photo]

Participants had the opportunity to talk with several amateurs using simplex frequencies and repeaters. Many were interested in learning more about radio communications, and the event answered questions about how amateur radio can assist during emergencies when other means of communications fail. The drill was attended by students and staff members. Information on how to obtain an amateur radio license and where to obtain radio equipment was also available.

Student Radio Contact with the International Space Station Inspires Hurricane-hit Community

Students from Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida, were able to spend a few minutes on Monday, October 24, 2022, talking with Astronaut Josh Cassada, KI5CRH, onboard the International Space Station (ISS) using ham radio.

The radio contact, arranged by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, provided hope for a community devastated by Hurricane Ian. School officials estimated that 30% of the school’s faculty, staff, and families were left homeless after the hurricane passed through their area.

NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, KA5CRH, completed a ham radio contact from the ISS with students from Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida. [NASA photo]

The contact was made just after 1:30 PM EDT, and students were able ask Astronaut Cassada questions ranging from, “Is the sun brighter in outer space?” to “What’s your favorite meal?” The contact lasted just over 10 minutes, when the ISS was over the Caribbean Sea.

Members of the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club, an ARRL Special Service Club, supported the school by providing students with technical instruction and radio equipment. The club’s call sign, W4LX, was used to operate the ground station that established and maintained the contact with the ISS. The school used a Kenwood TS-2000 transceiver for the event. Several students built a satellite tracking antenna system capable of locking onto and tracking a satellite while in range to receive the ISS signal.

An ARISS news release described that as the students were preparing for the big day, “they saw the first pictures of Hurricane Ian, as seen from the ISS, bearing down on the coast of Florida. Evacuations were ordered in advance of the catastrophic winds and storm surges, which eventually affected many of the homes of students, faculty, and staff. In the wake of this destruction, it was uncertain whether the ARISS contact could occur. However, if only for a moment of reprieve from their loss and destruction, the entire Canterbury school community, including the school’s staff/faculty, amateur radio operators, students and students’ families, decided to pull together to support the ARISS contact and thereby renew their sense of hope and inspiration in human space exploration.”

The Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club website has a link to a video of their entire contact with the ISS.

ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® is an ARISS sponsor.

New Wyoming Section Manager Appointed

Garth Crowe, WY7GC, was appointed as the new ARRL Wyoming Section Manager on October 12, 2022. He replaced Rick Breininger, N1TEK, who announced he was stepping down following the Rocky Mountain Division Convention held in early October. Breininger served as the Wyoming Section Manager since April 2019.

ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, officially appointed Crowe after consultation with Rocky Mountain Division Director Jeff Ryan, K0RM. Crowe previously served as Wyoming Section Manager from 2009 until 2015. He will now serve for the remaining portion of Breininger’s term, which runs through March 31, 2023.

Nominating petitions for the next Wyoming Section Manager term of office, beginning April 1, 2023, are due at ARRL Headquarters no later than December 9, 2022.

Visit Section Manager Terms & Nomination Information on the ARRL website for more details.

The Wyoming Section is part of the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division, which includes Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.

Activity and Awards Increase at 222 and 1296 MHz

Interest in ARRL VHF and above Worked All States Awards (WAS) continues its flurry of activity, now on the 1296 MHz band.

As we reported in ARRL News in January, there have been several new-generation additions to the Worked All States Awards, now at 222 MHz (1.25 Meters) and at 1296 MHz (23 cm).

The original rush to 1.25 Meters WAS began in the early ’80s with the first 10 WAS Awards. More recently, the 1.25 Meters WAS ranks have grown to 16, with recent achievers including: #13 John Swiniarski, K1OR, of Pelham, NH; #14 David Kerl, N9HF, Ormond Beach, FL; #15 Ray Rector, Jr., WA4NJP, Gillsville, GA; and #16 Charles Betz, N0AKC, Eau Claire, WI.

Frank Potts, NC1I, of Southwick, Massachusetts, visited ARRL headquarters in September, receiving his #4 1296 MHz WAS Award certificate.

An energized pool of rovers activating rare states at both 222 and 1296 MHz have recently contributed to the chase – with the addition of four new 1296 MHz WAS Award recipients: in early September, 1296 MHz WAS Award #4 was awarded to Frank Potts, NC1I, of Southwick, MA; in late September, WAS Award #5 was awarded to Vlada Masek, OK1KIR, of the Czech Republic; and also in late September, WAS Award #6 was issued to HB9Q (DX Group HB9CRQ) in Switzerland. In late October, Zdeneck Samek, OK1DFC (also in the Czech Republic) was awarded WAS Award #7.

Recent award efforts accentuated a 14-year history of increased activity on the band, starting in the summer of 2007, when 1296 MHz WAS Award #1 was achieved by Al Ward, W5LUA, followed by Jay Liebmann, K5JL, who achieved 1296 MHz WAS Award #2. In August 2021, Al Katz, K2UYH, earned WAS Award #3 (Katz is known worldwide for supporting the EME — Earth-Moon-Earth — community with his 432 and Above EME Newsletter from 1995 to present, as well as earning the first 432 MHz Worked All Continents [WAC] Award in 1976).

Many 23-centimeter operators have benefitted from the flurry of portable and rare state activations during the past 2 decades, by Gary Perryman, WA5WCP, and Pete Van Horne, KA6U (activating rare States Nationwide); Gene Shea, KB7Q, and Gary Lauterbach, K6MG (activating Western States); and the NC1I team (activating States throughout New England).

“These rover operations substantially benefitted DX Stations, including the likes of OK1KIR, HB9Q (known for many things VHF+, including their EME scheduling/logger page); and OK1DFC (well known for his Septum Parabolic Dish Feeds and other Microwave-Band support hardware, detailed on QRZ),” said ARRL Radiosport Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ. “It is important to realize that these DX-location 1296 MHz WAS Award winners had to contact all 50 states via Moonbounce.”

“The new class of 222 and 1296 MHz WAS Award recipients sought these awards often during efforts of several decades, and as such they deserve recognition. Congratulations to all of the newest 222 and 1296 MHz WAS Award recipients on their extraordinary accomplishments,” said Jahnke. “Heartfelt thanks to those rovers and support groups who continue to help make these EME and beyond-line-of-sight contacts happen!”

For more information on the Worked All States Awards, visit www.arrl.org/was.

Thanks to ARRL Radiosport Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ for information included in this story.

The Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club Receives Two Grants

The Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club (AJARC) in Greeneville, Tennessee, recently received two grants to help promote growth and understanding of amateur radio.

AJARC Secretary/Treasurer Larry Whiteside, KN4MVH, said the club received a $500 grant from their local Walmart Distribution Center. Dennis Holt, N4DWH, works for the center and is involved with Walmart’s Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program. Walmart provides grants to eligible organizations where their employees volunteer.

The grant was used to purchase amateur radio books for the Greeneville/Greene County Public Library.

“We were able update the library with current and used books about amateur radio, including licensing and equipment,” said Whiteside.

The second AJARC grant of $5,570 was from the ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program, funded by Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC).

“That grant,” said Whiteside, “will help create a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) class for Greene County youth from 8 to 18 years old.” The “Youth STEM through Amateur Radio Project” is designed to help students expand their knowledge of amateur radio and get their Technician-class licenses.

The program will be administered with the Greene County Makers and Free Wildlings Homeschool Playgroup. The AJARC will furnish all materials and equipment, including a radio, which will be installed at the Greene County Makers location.

“We actually had a trial program before writing the submission for the grant,” said Whiteside. “Not only did the youth participate, but so did many of the parents!”

The AJARC is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

FCC Seeks Electronic Engineers for Honors Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced this week that it is opening a new window for applications under its Honors Engineer Program. The one-year developmental program may lead to a term or permanent appointment. The Commission is accepting applications from recent graduates with an engineering degree and current students graduating in December 2022.

Among the duties included in the job description is training to perform “propagation analysis of terrestrial, satellite and/or airborne systems or evaluating the emission characteristics of various transmitters to validate the co-existence with neighboring systems. Projects may also involve various computer software engineering and scientific applications.”

“Engineers are deployed throughout the FCC, and from space innovation to new broadcast standards to 6G and beyond, the FCC’s policy portfolio is filled with interesting and challenging engineering work,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Our Honors Engineer program is a unique opportunity for the newest engineers to work closely with experienced professionals in this field to ensure that the FCC is best prepared to face the challenges of next-generation communications networks.”

The announcement will close once 175 applications have been received or on December 2, 2022; whichever occurs first. Visit USAJOBS for the complete position summary and to apply, at www.usajobs.gov/job/685101100.

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Amateur Radio in the News

ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.

“A trusty ‘last resort’ of emergency communications | North State Voices” / Enterprise – Record (California), October 20, 2022. — Ron Angle, K6KYJ, is an ARRL member.

“Young amateur radio operator selected for expedition to Antarctica” / Telangana Today (India), October 25, 2022. — Sarabjeet Singh Chhabra, VU2CUW, received his amateur radio license in 2015.

If China declares war, these ham radio enthusiasts could be crucial” / Los Angeles Times (California), October 27, 2022. — Thanks to the Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League [CTARL].

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ARRL Podcasts

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast includes Arc Thames, W4CPD, the Section Emergency Coordinator of ARRL’s Northern Florida Section and Emergency Coordinator of Santa Rosa County Florida. Thames shares some of his experiences from supporting emergency communications during Hurricane Ian.

Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

The On the Air podcast is available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android). The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are also on Blubrry — On the Air | ARRL Audio News.


Announcements

Registration is now open for Nashua Area Radio Society’s Fall 2022 Ham Bootcamp. The online event is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT. There is no charge to attend the Ham Bootcamp which entails a variety of informative presentations and activities related to amateur radio, and is geared toward new operators of any license class that wish to learn more about getting on the air. Additionally, Ham Bootcamp allows those thinking of becoming hams to see what the hobby is all about. The sessions usually have 100 – 400 attendees and over the past several years, more than 800 have attended. More information is available at the Nashua Area Radio Society’s website. The Nashua Area Radio Society of New Hampshire is an ARRL Special Service Club.


In Brief…

Fraser Wenseth, MM0EFI, of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has become a Summits on the Air (SOTA) Mountain Goat. Wenseth amassed 1,000 activator points, and his qualifying activation was on Ben More Summit (GM/SI-003) on the Isle of Mull off Scotland’s west coast. He is well-known within the SOTA community for producing high-quality films of his SOTA exploits. These can be found on his YouTube channel. Wenseth also appeared on BBC One’s Countryfile program when SOTA was featured on the show. More information about SOTA is on their website.


The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week’s ARRL Propagation Bulletin:

Sunspot activity seems listless. Average daily sunspot numbers went from 57.3 to 58.4 (see note at the end of the bulletin concerning last week’s averages) while solar flux went from 119.6 to 113.2.

The middle latitude geomagnetic numbers this week seem wrong. See what I mean.

The middle latitude numbers presented here are my own estimates,

Solar disk image taken October 27, 2022, courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI.

trying to correlate with the high latitude and planetary numbers.

Average daily planetary A index went from 18.6 to 10.4, and middle latitude numbers from 8.1 to 9.1.

Predicted solar flux is 120 on October 27; 118 on October 28 – 30; 114 from October 31 through November 2; 112 on November 3 – 5; 118 on November 6 – 9; 115 on November 10 – 12; 112 on November 13 – 14; 110 on November 15; 108 on November 16 – 18; 104 on November 19; 100 on November 20 – 23; 98 on November 24 – 25; 100 on November 26, and 105 on November 27 – 28.

So, the rise in solar flux to 160 in the first week of November presented in the previous two bulletins seems to be gone from the current prediction.

Predicted planetary A index is 10, 14, 18, 22, and 16 on October 27 – 31; 12, 12, and 8 on November 1 – 3; 5 on November 4 – 9; 18, 18, and 15 on November 10 – 12; 5 on November 13 – 17; 25, 18, 17, and 12 on November 18 – 21; 5 on November 22 – 23, and 8, 15, and 20 on November 24 – 26.

Forbes on doomsday flares.

Tabloid news on flares.

In last week’s bulletin, ARLP042, the averages were wrong.

The correct averages for the numbers at the end of the bulletin in ARLP042 were 57.3, 119.6, 10.6, and 8.1 for sunspot number, solar flux, planetary A index, and middle latitude A index, respectively. The wrong numbers were actually from the previous week.

Sunspot numbers for October 20 through 26, 2022, were 33, 60, 55, 65, 46, 72, and 78, with a mean of 58.4. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 115.8, 109.4, 105, 108.4, 114.8, 116.3, and 122.4, with a mean of 113.2. Estimated planetary A indices were 7, 5, 27, 16, 8, 5, and 5, with a mean of 10.4. Middle latitude A index was 5, 4, 24, 15, 7, 5, and 4, with a mean of 9.1.

Send your tips, questions, or comments to k7ra@arrl.net.

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.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

Share your reports and observations.

A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.


Just Ahead in Radiosport
    • October 27 — RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series SSB (phone)
    • October 28 — Zombie Shuffle (CW )
    • October 29 — CQ Worldwide DX Contest SSB (phone)
    • November 1 — Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest (phone)
    • November 1 — QCX Challenge (CW)
    • November 1 — Silent Key Memorial Contest (CW)
    • November 2 — VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest (FT8)
    • November 2 — UKEICC 80-Meter Contest (phone)
    • November 3 – 4 — Walk for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)
    • November 3 — NRAU 10-Meter Activity Contest (CW, phone, digital)
    • November 3 — SKCC Sprint Europe (CW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the ARRL Contest Calendar for more events and information.


Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
    • October 29 | CopaFest, hosting the ARRL Arizona State Convention, Maricopa, Arizona
    • November 5 – 6 | Stone Mountain Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Georgia Section Convention, Lawrenceville, Georgia
    • November 12 | Montgomery ARC Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Alabama State Convention, Montgomery, Alabama
    • November 12 | Rock Hill Hamfest, hosting the ARRL South Carolina Section Convention, Rock Hill, South Carolina
    • December 9 – 10 | Tampa Bay Hamfest, hosting the ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention, Plant City, Florida

 

 

 

 

Search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database to find events in your area.


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The ARRL Letter

Here are the latest Amateur Radio news, events, an commentary compiled by HQ ARRL.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 21 October 2022, 0118 UTC.

Content republished with permission of The ARRL.  Copyright ARRL.

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October 20, 2022

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ARRL Foundation Accepting Applications for Grants and 2023 Scholarships

The ARRL Foundation is now accepting applications for grants to amateur radio organizations and for its 2023 Scholarship Program.

The grants program awards limited funding to organizations for eligible amateur radio related projects and initiatives, particularly those with a focus on educating, licensing, and supporting amateur radio activities. Youth-based projects and initiatives are especially encouraged. The ARRL Foundation grants program accepts proposals on a cyclical model three times a year, in February, June, and October. Proposals for the October grant period are being accepted through October 31. Awardees will be notified approximately one month after the closing of each cycle.

Additional information and a link to the grant application can be found at www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-grants.

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will award more than 100 scholarships to deserving radio amateurs pursuing higher education. Individual scholarships range from $500 – $25,000. All applicants must be active, FCC-licensed amateur radio operators and submit a completed online application by noon on January 4, 2023. Active foreign amateur radio operators are eligible for the Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) scholarships.

For the 2023 scholarships, the ARRL Foundation will be utilizing the same Scholarship Management Platform that was used for the 2022 scholarships. Transcripts and additional required documents must be submitted with the application and not emailed separately. A number of scholarships require additional documents, such as a letter of recommendation from a sitting Officer of an ARRL Affiliated Club. Applications without accompanying transcripts and additional required documents (if applicable) will not be considered.

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Committee will review all applicants for eligibility and award decisions. Scholarship recipients will be notified in May 2023 via USPS and email. Awards are mailed directly to recipients’ schools.

Additional information and a link to the application can be found at www.arrl.org/scholarship-program.

The ARRL Foundation administers programs to support the amateur radio community, and was established in 1973 by ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio®.

2022 ARRL Online Auction is Oct. 21 – 27

The 17th annual ARRL Online Auction preview is now open. Bidding begins at 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, October 21, and runs through 10 PM on Thursday, October 27. RT Systems, Inc. is sponsoring this year’s ARRL Online Auction, which benefits ARRL education and technology initiatives and programs.

The 2022 auction includes a large assortment of ham radio gear that was previously tested by the ARRL Lab for the regular “Product Review” column in QST magazine. Among the more than 30 products are these:

    • Elecraft K4D HF/6M SDR Transceiver
    • RF-Kit RF2K Solid-State Linear Amplifier
    • Yaesu FTdx10 MF/HF and 6-Meter Transceiver
    • Icom ID-52A Dual-Band FM/Digital Handheld Transceiver

 

 

 

Visit the auction website, register to bid, and check out details on the items available so you will be ready to place a bid on your favorites. Plus, keep an eye on the ARRL Facebook page and Instagram for featured products and auction highlights throughout the event. Registration is not necessary to register to browse the items for sale, and you can register any time during the auction.

Prospective bidders must register and create an account. Your www.arrl.org user ID and password will not work on the auction site. Registration is a one-time action. If you have previously registered for the ARRL Online Auction, you can use the same username and password to sign in to this year’s auction (if you have forgotten your username or password, click on the “Help” tab on the ARRL Online Auction website for assistance).

ARRL’s annual Online Auction is an important fundraiser and a critical means of support for ARRL educational programming. Auction proceeds ensure the continuation of programs that support the licensing of new hams, as well as Amateur Radio Emergency Service® training, and enhancements to technical and operating education for all ARRL members and the greater amateur radio community.

If you don’t want to bid but still would like to contribute to the ARRL Education & Technology Fund, visit www.arrl.org/donate.

For more information about the ARRL Online Auction, contact Lisa Tardette, KB1MOI.

Amateur Radio Operators Invited to Participate in Scientific Experiments

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will be conducting their largest experiment and research campaign from October 19 – 28, 2022. Amateur radio operators are invited to listen and participate.

The research will last for 10 days and include 13 experiments, with transmissions taking place between 1400 – 0600 UTC daily. The transmission experiments include moon bounce, Jupiter bounce, HF ocean scatter, and ionosphere satellite interactions. Amateur radio operators are being asked to monitor the times of the transmissions and signal quality. Reports can be filed electronically, and a special QSL card will be sent for participation.

This will be the most scientifically diverse campaign ever conducted at HAARP. Particularly notable experiments include a first-of-its-kind attempt to bounce a signal off of Jupiter, investigation into possible causes of the airglow phenomenon known as STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement), and testing the feasibility of using radio transmissions to measure the interiors of near-Earth asteroids.

“The October research campaign is our largest and most diverse to date, with researchers and citizen scientists collaborating from across the globe,” said HAARP Program Manager Jessica Matthews.

The number of experiments is the highest so far under the 5-year, $9.3 million grant awarded last year by the National Science Foundation to establish the Subauroral Geophysical Observatory at HAARP. The observatory’s purpose is to explore of Earth’s upper atmosphere and geospace environment.

An overview of all of the experiments can be found at the HAARP website.

See the following document (PDF) for a more detailed listing of the experiments and technical data.

Participating amateur radio operators can request a QSL card and send reception reports to HAARP, P.O. Box 271, Gakona, AK 99586.

HAARP is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere. Operation of the research facility was transferred from the US Air Force to the University of Alaska Fairbanks on August 11, 2015, allowing HAARP to continue with exploration of ionospheric phenomenology via a land-use cooperative research and development agreement.

Cleveland Amateur Radio Club Celebrates 60 Years

The Cleveland Amateur Radio Club (CARC), in Cleveland, Tennessee, celebrated their 60th anniversary on August 27, 2022.

Founded in 1962, CARC is one of the oldest continually operating clubs in the southeastern US. The club was officially recognized as an ARRL Affiliated Club in 1965, and again in 2015 as a contesting club.

Currently, the club has more than 125 members and operates its own clubhouse. They have a radio room outfitted with four multi-operator HF operating stations (KA4J) and a separate VHF room serving as the emergency communications room, complete with multiple VHF and UHF operating stations (W4GZX). They also have an on-site repeater facility hosting multiple repeaters for VHF and UHF, Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio (D-STAR), and Digital Mobile Radio (DMR). Two off-site mountaintop repeater sites allow for wide-area coverage from Atlanta, Georgia, to Knoxville, Tennessee.

As part of their on-going celebration, the CARC celebrated their anniversary with the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club at Hamfest Chattanooga 2022 on October 14 – 15.

 

Complete information about the Cleveland Amateur Radio Club can be found at their website, www.carc.cc.

Central States VHF Society Celebrates 54 Years

The Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS), the oldest group in the country devoted to weak signal VHF, held their 54th annual conference on July 21 – 23, 2022. Over 130 amateurs attended the event, which was held in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

This year’s conference highlighted the recent activity with 222 MHz Worked All States (WAS), as well as the Fred Fish Memorial Award (FFMA), the VHF Spring Sprints, and the year-long competition, States Above 50 MHz.

The Wilson Award recognizes service to CSVHFS or VHF in general, and was presented to Peter Van Horne, KA6U. For the past two summers, Van Horne has been traveling the country, activating states via EME (Earth-moon-Earth) on 144, 222, 432, and 1296 MHz. His efforts resulted in six stations completing WAS on 222 MHz in the past year.

The John T. Chambers Award for Technical Achievement was presented to Dave Olean, K1WHS, for his many years at Directive Systems and Engineering in Haymarket, Virginia. Olean has been active in the chase for 222 MHz WAS and has been instrumental in promoting activity on the band.

222 MHz WAS award recipients in attendance for the award presentation were: Charlie Betz, N0AKC; Dave Kerl, N9HF; Joel Harrison, W5ZN; John Swiniarski, K1OR; Ed Gray, W0SD; Marc Thorson, WB0TEM; Dave Olean, K1WHS, and Marshall Williams, K5QE.

FFMA recipients attending the conference were Ralph Smith, W4UDH; Jim Spence, KO9A; John Feltz, W9JN, and Greg Clausen, W0LGQ.

More information about CSVHFS is available on their website, www.csvhfs.org.

Amateur Radio Club Members Assist Law Enforcement

The Wayne Amateur Radio Club (WARC) manned a 30-foot-tall mobile observational Infrastructure Protection Unit, or SkyWatch tower, at Ohio’s Wayne County Fair in September again this year.

Staffed by specially trained amateur radio volunteers, the tower provided 24-hour surveillance, monitoring, and a record of activity on the fairgrounds, including medical emergencies, lost children, and other situations where help may have been needed.

Captain Doug Hunter, KE8JNH, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, stands next to the SkyWatch tower at the Wayne County fair.

Captain Doug Hunter, KE8JNH, of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, was impressed with its performance. “Last year, I put in a request for the tower from the Ohio Department of Homeland Security,” Hunter said. “After seeing the benefit of having it, I immediately requested the unit for this year’s fair.”

Positioned near the grandstand, the tower gave volunteers a bird’s-eye view of the midway that allows one person to see from the air what four or five people can see from the ground. The observation deck is equipped with state-of-the-art video equipment that provides situational awareness in places where there are large crowds in attendance.

With an array of pan, tilt, and zoom cameras, the unit provides a 360-degree view of the fair’s most vulnerable areas. It is climate controlled and is capable of being self-powered to ensure continuous operation.

Eric Mast, W8ELM, a member of WARC, said that club members who have additional training, apart from their amateur radio licensing exams, take shifts monitoring the crowd. “Through our training, we understand how to communicate with law enforcement,” said Mast. “We know what they need to hear. If we see a situation that needs their attention, our radio is connected directly to dispatch inside their command center on the fairgrounds. Once we report it, we are out of the loop and law enforcement manages everything from that point.”

Captain Hunter added, “As long as this is available to us, we will take advantage of it. If we can utilize something that increases the safety of fairgoers, we will take advantage of that. WARC members donated more than 60 hours of their time, and we are very thankful for them.”

— Thanks to Dan Starcher, Public Communications Specialist for
 the Wayne County Commissioners Office in Wooster, Ohio, for information contained in this story.

 

 

 


Amateur Radio in the News

ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.

Thundering Herd Amateur Radio Club Holds its First Meeting.” / The Parthenon (Marshall University Student Newspaper; West Virginia), October 11, 2022.

Some mountain middle school students talk with International Space Station crew” / WLOS (North Carolina), October 12, 2022.

Amateur Radio Operators receive much-deserved recognition.” / The Tomahawk (Tennessee), October 18, 2022 — The Johnson County Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

Detroit high school students speak with an astronaut that is currently orbiting earth” / ClickOnDetroit.com (Michigan), October 18, 2022. — Thanks to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), and members of the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club, an ARRL Affiliated Club.

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ARRL Podcasts

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast includes Arc Thames, W4CPD, the Section Emergency Coordinator of ARRL’s Northern Florida Section and Emergency Coordinator of Santa Rosa County Florida. Thames shares some of his experiences from supporting emergency communications during Hurricane Ian.

Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

The On the Air podcast is available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android). The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are also on Blubrry — On the Air | ARRL Audio News.


Announcements

The 2022 Massillon Amateur Radio Club (MARC) Hamfest will be held on October 30 at the Military Air Preservation Hangar at the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum, near the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio. The Hamfest includes a display of World War II-era planes and aviation gear inside the MAPS hangar. On display will be fighter and bomber aircraft, as well as displays featuring the Tuskegee Airmen, a Pearl Harbor memorial, and Rosie the Riveter memorabilia. MAPS is an internationally recognized museum of aviation and the center of aviation history for northeast Ohio. The MARC Hamfest will be open from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, and admission is $5.00.


In Brief…

The San Angelo, Texas, City Council issued a proclamation on October 18, 2022, recognizing the San Angelo Amateur Radio Club’s (SAARC) 100th Anniversary. More than 60 current and former members attended a special event and celebration on October 15, 2022, including six past presidents and visitors from the Midland Amateur Radio Club. The Boy Scouts Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) was part of the celebration, and SAARC members made over 40 QSO’s honoring the anniversary. SAARC was founded in June 1922 and is an ARRL Affiliated Club. Read more about their anniversary on ARRL News.


The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week’s ARRL Propagation Bulletin:

Sunspot activity took quite a plunge over this reporting week (October 13 – 19). Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 114.9 to 57.3, while equivalent solar flux values went from 155.3 to 119.6.

Solar disk image taken October 20, 2022, courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI.

Geomagnetic indicators were slightly lower, with the average planetary A index going from 13.3 to 10.6, and middle latitude A index from 10.4 to 8.1.

I should note that the middle latitude A index for October 18 – 19 are my own estimates. The Fredericksburg, Virginia, magnetometer was offline for a 24-hour period spanning both days.

The Wednesday forecast of solar flux shows a peak at 160 during the first week in November.

Predicted daily flux values are 110 on October 20 – 26; 115 and 150 on October 27 – 28; 155 on October 29 – 30; 152 on October 31; 160 on November 1 – 8; 150, 140, and 135 on November 9 – 11; 130 on November 12 – 13; 135 on November 14; 138 on November 15 – 17, and 140 on November 18 – 21.

Predicted planetary A index is 12 and 10 on October 20 – 21; 5 on October 22 – 23; 10, 5, 8, and 12 on October 24 – 27; 15, 12, and 20 on October 28 – 30; 15 on October 31 through November 1; 18, 15, 12, 20, and 8 on November 2 – 6; 5 on November 7 – 9; 18 on November 10 – 11; 15 and 8 on November 12 – 13; 5 on November 14 – 15; 12 on November 16 – 17; 8 on November 18, and 5 on November 19 – 21.

Despite the lower solar activity, worldwide 10-meter propagation has been very good this week, probably helped by seasonal variations as we head deeper into the fall season.

In Friday’s bulletin, expect reports from readers.

Sunspot numbers for October 13 through 19 were 57, 51, 50, 59, 84, 50, and 50, with a mean of 114.9. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 130, 120.5, 115.1, 119.2, 125.6, 113.9, and 113.2, with a mean of 155.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 18, 18, 16, 6, 6, and 5, with a mean of 13.3. Middle latitude A index was 4, 16, 15, 11, 4, 4, and 3, with a mean of 10.4.

Send your tips, questions, or comments to k7ra@arrl.net.

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.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

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A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.

 


Just Ahead in Radiosport
    • October 20 — NTC QSO Party (CW)
    • October 21 – 23 — V/U Telephone Pioneers QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
    • October 22 – 23 — YBDXPI FT8 Contest (FT8)
    • October 22 – 23 — UK/EI DX Contest, SSB (phone)
    • October 22 – 24 — YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest (CW, phone, digital)
    • October 22 – 23 — Stew Perry Topband Challenge (CW)
    • October 23 — North American SSB Sprint Contest (phone)
    • October 23 – 26 — Classic Exchange, CW
    • October 26 — SKCC Sprint (CW)
    • October 26 — UKEICC 80-Meter Contest (CW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the ARRL Contest Calendar for more events and information.

 


Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
    • October 29 | CopaFest, hosting the ARRL Arizona State Convention, Maricopa, Arizona
    • November 5 – 6 | Stone Mountain Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Georgia Section Convention, Lawrenceville, Georgia
    • November 12 | Montgomery ARC Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Alabama State Convention, Montgomery, Alabama
    • November 12 | Rock Hill Hamfest, hosting the ARRL South Carolina Section Convention, Rock Hill, South Carolina
    • December 9 – 10 | Tampa Bay Hamfest, hosting the ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention

 

 

 

 

Search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database to find events in your area.


Have News for ARRL?

Submissions for The ARRL Letter and ARRL News can be sent to news@arrl.org. — John E. Ross, KD8IDJ, ARRL News Editor


ARRL — Your One-Stop Resource for
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    • Join or Renew Today! Eligible US-based members can elect to receive QST or On the Air magazine in print when they join ARRL or when they renew their membership. All members can access digital editions of all four ARRL magazines: QSTOn the Air, QEX, and NCJ.
    • Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday.
    • The ARRL Letter is available in an accessible format, posted weekly to the Blind-hams Groups.io email group. The group is dedicated to discussions about amateur radio as it concerns blind hams, plus related topics including ham radio use of adaptive technology.

 

 

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Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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