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  • The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available
    on April 3, 2020 at 2:17 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.

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on April 3, 2020 at 11:18 am

    A new sunspot appeared on the last day in March and the first days of April, with daily sunspot numbers of 12, 13 and 12. Total sunspot area increased on each day from 10 to 20 to 30 millionths of a solar hemisphere.Fortunately, this was a Cycle 25 spot, according to the magnetic signature.Prior to this no sunspots were seen since earlier in March, when daily sunspot numbers were 13 and 12 on M...

  • Some Countries Permitting “STAYHOME”-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19 Pandemic
    on April 2, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Some countries around the world are allowing radio amateurs to use special “STAYHOME” call sign suffixes. For example, listen for 8A1STAYHOME from Indonesia, and A60STAYHOME/# call signs from the United Arab Emirates.In Canada, Michael Shamash, VE2MXU, is using VC2STAYHOM “to raise awareness for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Canada limits call sign suffixes to seven character...

  • Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown
    on April 2, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Spain’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society URE has obtained temporary permission from the country’s telecommunications regulator for unlicensed people to use amateur stations during the coronavirus lockdown.“The main objective of the request is to disseminate and promote amateur radio among schoolchildren who must be confined at home,” the announcement from the Ministry of ...

  • To All ARRL Members and ARRL VEC Accredited Volunteer Examiners
    on April 2, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    We know many examiners have canceled amateur radio license exam sessions to meet the requirements and recommendations of national and local government and of health officials. The health and safety of examinees and our Volunteer Examiners (VEs) is first and foremost in any decision-making process. The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) does not offer video-supervised online amateur radio...

  • WB2REM Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award
    on April 2, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    The winning article for the April 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “HD8M DXpedition to the Galapagos Islands” by Jim Millner, WB2REM.The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today. 

  • Contest Entry Features Multiple Operator Locations and Remote Transmitter-Receiver Site
    on April 1, 2020 at 7:27 pm
  • Western Pennsylvania ARES Group Conducts District-Wide Simplex Drill
    on April 1, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Western Pennsylvania Southwest District, which includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland counties, conducted a district-wide simplex practice drill on March 21. The exercise lasted about 4 hours, with all participants meeting on their local ARES county repeaters.Each county Emergency Coordinator s...

  • Circuit Board for Bare-Bones Ventilator Moves Toward Production with Radio Amateurs’ Help
    on April 1, 2020 at 6:59 pm
  • Problem Resolved: Digital Editions of QST and On the Air Now are Available
    on April 1, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    The digital editions of QST and On the Air magazine once again are available online as well as via the iOS, Android, and Kindle apps.