Month: August 2020

Board of Directors Elects New ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA

The ARRL Board of Directors has elected David Minster, NA2AA, of Wayne, New Jersey, as ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer, starting on September 28. Minster is currently Managing Partner at Talentrian Partners, a management consulting firm serving the consumer goods…

Hurricane Watch Net Frequencies and Procedures

The Hurricane Watch Net and the operation of WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are manned entirely by volunteers.  We generally activate whenever a system has achieved hurricane status and is within 300 statute miles of populated land…

New Contest for Portable Stations to Debut in October

A new amateur radio contest for portable operators — the Fox Mike Hotel Portable Operations Challenge (POC) — will debut October 3 – 4. The event is aimed at leveling the competitive playing field between fixed stations and portable stations. Scoring for…

Grid and Prefix Award Program Announces Digital Awards Program

The Grid and Prefix Award Program (GAPA) has announced the establishment of a comprehensive Digital Awards Program. Awards are available for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners (SWLs) for confirmed grids and prefixes worked or heard using digital modes. “This is…

ARRL Hires Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW, as Director of Emergency Management

As another step in ARRL’s increased focus on strengthening its emergency communications capabilities and long-standing working relationships with federal and state agencies and private emergency response organizations, ARRL has hired Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW, of Cedar Park, Texas, as its…

Outages Affect Receipt of Applications, FCC License Processing

The Newington, Connecticut, US Post Office, which serves ARRL Headquarters, is without power, so ARRL is receiving little or no mail, affecting the receipt of amateur radio exam session paperwork as well as other mail and parcels. The outage is…

Developing a “Sun Clock” to Predict Solar Storms

Some of the same researchers who are predicting a higher-than-average Sunspot Cycle 25 have also developed a “sun clock” to help predict periods of high solar activity, including solar flares and other events that can impact communications here on Earth….

ARRL Board Confers Awards and Recognitions

Meeting in virtual session July 17 – 18, the ARRL Board of Directors conferred three major awards. The Hiram Percy Maxim Award The ARRL Board conferred the 2020 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Award on Jacob M. Nagel, AD0JA, of Wright…

New Hope for Cycle 25?

A group of scientists is challenging the current consensus among solar researchers that Sunspot Cycle 25 will similar to the now-ending Cycle 24, and predicting a cycle “of major proportions.” According to the ARRL Letter, the scientists, associated with a variety of…

Meet Up with ARRL Virtually August 7 – 9 at QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

ARRL will be a virtual exhibitor at the all-online QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, Friday – Sunday, August 7 – 9. ARRL staffer Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R — a familiar face at many in-person hamfests and conventions for nearly 30 years —…