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  • The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available
    on May 22, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list. 

  • Director, Vice Director Nominations Invited in Five ARRL Divisions
    on May 22, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Nominations are being invited in five ARRL Divisions for the volunteer positions of Director and Vice Director, for 3-year terms that start January 1, 2021. Affected Divisions are Atlantic, Dakota, Delta, Great Lakes, and Midwest. A nominee must be at least 21 years old, hold a valid amateur radio licensee, and have been a full ARRL member for a continuous term of at least 4 years immediately p...

  • Venerable AO-7 Satellite Continues to Deliver
    on May 22, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    The nearly 46-year-old AO-7 amateur satellite made a remarkable contact possible on May 4 between Diego Feil, LW2DAF, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (GF05rk), and Tom Ambrose, ZS1TA, in Cape Town, South Africa (JF95fx). The contact spanned 4,329 miles across the South Atlantic, with both stations aiming at only 2 or 3 degrees above the horizon.Both stations had been watching orbital predictions for...

  • Federal Judge Okays Retrieval of Titanic Marconi Wireless Equipment
    on May 22, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    A US federal judge in Virginia has given permission to retrieve the ill-fated RMS Titanic’s Marconi wireless gear, which transmitted distress calls from the sinking ocean liner during its maiden voyage. Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the US District Court in Norfolk ruled that the radio gear is historically and culturally important and could soon be lost within the rapidly decaying wreck. The Tit...

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on May 22, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Still no sunspots to report. Spaceweather.com reported on May 20 that the current stretch of days with no sunspots has now reached 18. And with that the 2020 percentage of days with no sunspots has risen to 77%, equal to 2019. Until May 15 that statistic stood at 76%.Average daily solar flux for the week rose to 69, marginally higher than last week’s average of 68.5. Average planetary A index d...

  • ARISS Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio Concept Proving Successful
    on May 21, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Judging by the outcome of two tests so far, the new Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio concept appears to be a winner. ARISS completed the second test of the new-style radio contact called Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio on May 15, when Airdrie Space Science Club members in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada, interviewe...

  • K0BAK Wins the May QST Cover Plaque Award
    on May 21, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Peter Kobak, K0BAK’s, article “Canadian NPOTA Maritimes Rove” detailed his adventures while operating in several parks in the Canadian Maritime provinces.QST Cover Plaque Awards are given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue. You choose the winners by casting your vote online at www.arrl.org/cover-plaque-poll. Log in now and pick your favorite article in the June i...

  • CQ Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees
    on May 21, 2020 at 11:35 am

    CQ has announced the 2020 inductees to its three halls of fame. The magazine named three new members to its Contest Hall of Fame, seven new members to its Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, and two new members to its DX Hall of Fame. CQ Contest Hall of FameGeoffrey Howard, W0CG/PJ2DX. In 2000, Howard purchased and restored the former PJ9JT contest station owned by CQ Contest Hall of Famer John Thompso...

  • Islands On The Air Users May Obtain Award Credits via Logbook of The World
    on May 20, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Islands On The Air (IOTA) users may now obtain contact credits via ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW). A similar arrangement is already in place with Club Log. “Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd. is delighted to announce the implementation of the ARRL application which allows the use of QSO-matching via LoTW,” IOTA’s Roger Balister, G3KMA, said. “We wish to thank ARRL for having made their applicat...

  • ARRL Invites Applications for Awards and Programs Assistant
    on May 19, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    ARRL is inviting applications to fill the position of Awards and Programs Assistant at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This is a full-time, non-exempt opening in the Radiosport and Field Services Department. The pay range is from $16.08 to 19.30 per hour.The Awards and Programs Assistant will help with all Radiosport and Field Services Department activities, with an initial priorit...