Month: November 2019

ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now Available On Demand

ARRL’s EC-001-S online “Introduction to Emergency Communication” course is now available to students in an on-demand format, allowing students to register for the course and begin work at any time. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools…

Winter Field Day 2020

Winter Field Day is just about here! From the Winter Field day website… (https://www.winterfieldday.com/) Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian…

2019 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

Incumbent Director John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, defeated challenger Madison Jones, W5MJ, to be re-elected as Director of the West Gulf Division, based on results from ballot tabulations on Friday, November 15, in the 2019 ARRL Board of Director elections. The…

Russian OTH Radar Now Reported to be “Everywhere”

[UPDATED and CORRECTED @ 1625 UTC on November 2019] The latest International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports the Russian “Contayner” over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) has been active in the 7, 10, 14, and 18 MHz amateur…

HuskySat-1 Successfully Lifted into Space

AMSAT reports that on November 2, a Cygnus cargo spacecraft carrying the University of Washington’s student-built HuskySat-1 CubeSat was successfully launched atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket. The Cygnus will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) today, November 4.Cygnus…

FCC Asked to Clarify Amateur Rules Governing Encrypted or Encoded Messages

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is soliciting comments on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed on behalf of New York University (NYU) seeking to clarify that Section 97.113(a)(4) of the Amateur Service rules prohibits the transmission of “effectively encrypted or…

Maine Radio Amateurs Helping to Deploy AM Band Public Information Radio Service

Waldo County, Maine, is implementing the nation’s first county-wide emergency AM radio station with the help of radio amateurs.“We realized that the last option [in emergencies] most people have for getting information is by broadcast radio,” said Waldo County Emergency…

IARU and Amateur Radio are Reaching “an Inflection Point”

Participants at the 45th meeting of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) in late September discussed the organization’s role in advancing amateur radio going forward. The IARU released a summary record of the meeting this week. IARU…

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club to Operate Special Event Station N9V on Veterans Day, 11/11

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club to Operate Special Event Station N9V on Veterans Day, November 11. The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) headquarters station, K9TAL, will anchor Veterans Day operations for special event N9V on Monday, November 11….

W1AW to Commemorate 98th Anniversary of First Amateur Radio Signals to Span the Atlantic

December 11 marks the 98th anniversary of the success of ARRL’s Transatlantic Tests in 1921, organized to see if low-power amateur radio stations could be heard across the Atlantic using shortwave frequencies (i.e., above 200 meters). On that day, a…