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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:05:00 -0400

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 30 (the evening of July 29 in US time zones), to South Dakota (W1AW/0) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW po...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:53:00 -0400

Online registration ends July 31 open for the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference. GAREC-2014 will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communication when it returns to Huntsville, Alabama, August 14-15. The conference is being held in conjunction with the Huntsville Hamfest (the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention) on August 16 and ...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:35:00 -0400

Satellite enthusiast Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, and a crowd of onlookers got an unexpected treat July 19 at the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. Stoddard was outside the Connecticut Convention Center, hoping to perhaps demonstrate the digipeater aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during some favorable passes and, if he really got lucky, to actually speak to...

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:25:00 -0400

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:08:00 -0400

AMSAT-NA has announced a third-quarter 2015 launch opportunity for its Fox-1C CubeSat and has kicked off a fun drive to cover the costs of putting the Amateur Radio satellite into space. AMSAT reports that it has teamed with Spaceflight Inc for integration and launch services utilizing Spaceflight’s SHERPA system to put Fox-1C into a sun-synchronous orbit. Spaceflight describes SHERPA as an “in...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:31:00 -0400

Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, Washington, reports: Last Thursday, July 17, there were no sunspots at all, a sobering reminder of how weak this solar cycle is. We have to go way back to August 14, 2011, to find the last “spotless” day; the Sun exhibited no spots on January 27, 2011, as well.

On July 18 two new sunspot regions emerged, but the sunspot number was only 26. Two days later, on Sunday, J...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:49:00 -0400

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:33:00 -0400

Two radio amateurs were among those recently named to the Order of Canada. The list of recipients included telecommunications researcher Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ.

Rawat was honored as a “Companion of the Order of Canada” for contributions to telecommunications engineering and for her leadership in establishing a global regulatory framework for rad...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:59:00 -0400

A Cincinnati, Ohio, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet service provider is throwing in the towel and yielding to more modern technology. Cincinnati Communications will pull the plug on its BPL system on August 1, according to a report on The Enquirer newspaper’s Cincinnati.com website.

“The failure of the Cincinnati system will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with BPL technology,” sa...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:58:00 -0400

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:46:00 -0400

The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 23 (the evening of July 22 in US time zones), to Indiana (W1AW/9) and Rhode Island (W1AW/1). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:02:00 -0400

Despite efforts to keep the flagging VUSat OSCAR-52 (VO-52) Amateur Radio satellite in operation for a while longer, ground controllers have yielded to the nearly decade-old spacecraft’s failing technology and have permanently taken it out of service. Launched into low Earth orbit in 2005, the VO-52 microsatellite carried two Amateur Radio transponders for SSB and CW. B.A. “Mani” Subramani, VU2...

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:43:00 -0400

The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement July 18 during the ARRL National Centennial Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center i...