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  • Robert Bankston, KE4AL, is New AMSAT President
    on October 19, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Robert Bankston, KE4AL, of Dothan, Alabama, is the new president of AMSAT. The AMSAT Board of Directors elected Bankston at its annual meeting on October 18, to succeed Clayton Coleman, W5PFG. Bankston has served as treasurer and Vice President of User Services. He is a life member of both ARRL and AMSAT. He volunteered to develop and launch AMSAT’s online member portal and chaired the 2018 AMS...

  • ARRL Logbook of The World Harmonizes Designation of FST4 Protocol
    on October 19, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    The Logbook of The World (LoTW) Committee worked with WSJT-X developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, to harmonize the designation of FST4 among WSJT-X, the ADIF standard, and LoTW. At present, FST4 is only supported in a recently released beta version of WSJT-X. The committee’s action was to avoid the sort of confusion that cropped up among LoTW users logging contacts in FT4 when that protocol was first in...

  • FCC Headquarters Relocates
    on October 19, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    FCC Headquarters has moved. The new address is 45 L St. NE, Washington, DC 20554. The change is effective immediately. The FCC announced plans to move last spring, but the transition was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.The FCC, like many federal agencies, has its own zip code, so there will be no disruption in mail delivery sent by USPS to the former address. The FCC still prohibits the delive...

  • ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on October 22
    on October 19, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    The ARRL Executive Committee will meet at 1800 UTC on October 22 in closed virtual session. The panel’s primary agenda item is arrangements for the Board of Directors’ January 2021 meeting. The panel also will hear from Chief Executive Officer David Minster, NA2AA, and Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ.

  • Florida ARES Group Publishes After-Action Book
    on October 16, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    A new paperback aimed at the Amateur Radio Emergency Service Community, Power Out! After-Action Report and Improvement Plan by Susan Halbert, KG4VWI; Leland Gallup, AA3YB, and Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, is available on Amazon. The $5.99 paperback chronicles the after-action report of a fun and whimsical deployment exercise conducted by the Alachua County (Florida) ARES® group.“We have actually publish...

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on October 16, 2020 at 9:30 am
  • Now Open! The 15th Annual ARRL Online Auction
    on October 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm
  • Jamboree on the Air Takes Place this Weekend
    on October 14, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and concurrent Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) will be held Friday, October 16, through Sunday, October 18. A new US JOTA-JOTI website has details. Participants can register as individuals or as a group on the World JOTA-JOTI website. The page includes a directory of all who have already registered.“We would love to receive pictures and videos of you and yo...

  • 2021 Edition of The ARRL Handbook and New Microcontroller Projects Book Available
    on October 14, 2020 at 12:44 pm
  • Multiple Balloons Carrying Ham Radio Payloads Launched
    on October 14, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Eleven schools across the US launched helium-filled balloons carrying amateur radio payloads on October 9. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum live-streamed the multiple launches. The balloons are trackable via ham radio on APRS (either 144.39 MHz FM or 144.34 MHz FM).The lighter-than-air vehicles were intended to head east around the globe, although there’s no accounting for upper air current...