Month: September 2020

ARRL Seeks Changes in FCC Proposal to Delete 3.4 GHz Amateur Band

  ARRL met via telephone with FCC staff members this week to emphasize its opposition to the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in Docket 19-348 to delete amateur radio from the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band.The FCC will take…

Hurricane Watch Net

Hurricane Watch Net Wraps Up Marathon Activation for Two Storms

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) just stood down from another extended session — 71 hours of continuous operation — for Hurricane Paulette and Hurricane Sally. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said it seems like long activations such as these are…

Venerable AO-7 Satellite Approaching a Return to Full Solar Illumination

AMSAT-OSCAR 7 (AO-7), the oldest amateur radio satellite still in operation, is nearing a return to full illumination by the sun, which should take place around September 25 and continue until around December 26. AMSAT’s vice president of operations Drew…

Hurricane Watch Net

Hurricane Watch Net is Tracking New Weather Systems

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is keeping a close eye on three systems — Hurricane Teddy, Tropical Depression 22 (TD 22), and newly formed Tropical Storm Wilfred. For the remainder of 2020, named storms will come from the Greek alphabet,…

Ham radio is dying! No it’s not, it’s evolving

K0LWC I’ve heard ham radio is dying since as far back as I can remember. It’s one of those common sayings you always hear. Like, “get off my lawn,” and “kids these days.” But is it true? Is there any…

Northern Florida ARES Requests Clear Frequencies for HF Nets

Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Karl Martin, K4HBN, is requesting that stations not directly involved in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) response to Hurricane Sally please avoid 3.950 MHz (primary) and 7.242 MHz (backup). ARES has activated in four…

ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference to Stream Live

The 2020 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) on September 11 – 12 will be streamed live on YouTube. No registration is needed; the URL will be announced via the TAPR website. A preliminary schedule has been posted. The 39th Annual ARRL/TAPR DCC will employ…

Maine Radio Amateur Dies after Fall from Tower

James Larner, N1ATO, of Bangor, Maine, died on Wednesday, September 2, after apparently falling a reported 80 feet from an amateur radio tower in the rural Knox County town of Union. The incident happened just before 1 PM local time. Said…

2020 Route 66 On The Air Special Event

This is a week long event, not a contest, the primary objective of W6O operators is to have fun meet new and old friends around the world.  0001Z 12 September 2020 to 2359Z 20 September 2020 Operating Frequency Guidelines  The Route 66 On The Air Special…

K1USN Radio Club Announces New Weekly Slow-Speed CW Contest

The K1USN Radio Club in Massachusetts is launching a new weekly, hour-long, slow-speed contest, the K1USN SST. The inaugural session will be on Monday, September 14, from 0000 – 0100 UTC (Sunday, September 13, in North American time zones). (7:00pm to…