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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ARRL News-Features

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

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 19 November 2022, 2000 UTC.

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News & Features

Reminder:  The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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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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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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A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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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A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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ARRL News-Features

Here’s the latest Amateur Radio news, events, and features compiled by HQ ARRL.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 03 November 2022, 0210 UTC.

Content republished with permission of The ARRL.  Copyright ARRL.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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https://hawaiidigestscience.com