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Tue, 26 May 2015 19:07:00 -0400

Logbook of The World (LoTW) will be offline for maintenance on Thursday, May 28, from 1200 to 1300 UTC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tue, 26 May 2015 18:59:00 -0400

Alberta, Canada, ARES volunteers are responding to assist with communication during a wildfire emergency that has caused the evacuation of thousands of residents. Radio Amateurs of Canada is requesting that Canadian and US amateurs avoid 14.135, 7.135, and 3.675 MHz and give priority access to Alberta ARES as it supports the Alberta government during the emergency.

According to Alberta Wildfire ...

Tue, 26 May 2015 18:27:00 -0400

CAMSAT has announced that the CAS-3 amateur satellite system is nearing completion, and six Chinese amateur satellites will be launched in mid-July.

“All six satellites are equipped with substantially the same Amateur Radio payloads, a U/V mode linear transponder, a CW telemetry beacon and an AX.25 19.2k/9.6k baud GMSK telemetry downlink,” the CAMSAT announcement said. CAMSAT said that each Amat...

Sat, 23 May 2015 00:28:00 -0400

Fri, 22 May 2015 22:34:00 -0400

The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.


Fri, 22 May 2015 20:03:00 -0400

Effective May 26, 2015, the ARRL will be changing the program administrator for its sponsored Equipment and Club Liability insurance plans. Beginning on that date, all program administration including policy application, issuance and claims administration will be handled by Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage firm. The ARRL programs will be administered from their of...

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:43:00 -0400

A VHF repeater that had been held up in customs in Nepal during the response to the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake now has been installed at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. The new system will be put to use during the current earthquake recovery effort and available for any future emergencies, if needed. Initially disrupted by a magnitude 7.3 aftershock earlier this month, the installatio...

Fri, 22 May 2015 15:06:00 -0400

Sunspot numbers drifted below 100 over the past week (May 14-20), and so the average daily sunspot number declined from 146.9 over the previous seven days to 92.1 in the recent period. Average daily solar flux dropped from 156.3 to 123.3.

You can see the decline in solar flux in addition to the decline in predicted numbers by downloading the spreadsheet at http://bit.ly/1KQGbRm, which shows us t...

Thu, 21 May 2015 22:10:00 -0400

Another Dayton Hamvention® is in the log, and the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) already has begun counting down to the 2016 event (May 20-22, 2016). While Hamvention traditionally provides an ideal occasion for Amateur Radio manufacturers to introduce their latest offerings, new gear was in somewhat shorter-than-usual supply at the 2015 event. On the other hand, this may ha...

Thu, 21 May 2015 21:58:00 -0400

The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) Manual now is online.

This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.

ARES consists of Amateur Radio...

Wed, 20 May 2015 22:27:00 -0400

Don Lynch, W4ZYT,has issued an invitation to “all CW operators, Morse mavens, [and] code aficionados” to gather June 5-7 in the Washington, DC, area for the “annual North American CW Weekend.” This is a month later than previous events.


According to Lynch, the event “is primarily aimed at Amateur Radio operators with an interest in CW operation, but is open to any person with an interest in M...

Wed, 20 May 2015 22:24:00 -0400

AMSAT-NA is soliciting nominations for its Board of Directors. Four directors’ terms expire this year: Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Alan Biddle, WA4SCA; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Jerry Buxton, N0JY. In addition, up to two alternates may be elected for 1-year terms.

A valid nomination requires either one Member Society or five current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member for ...

Tue, 19 May 2015 20:39:00 -0400

One incumbent Section Manger overcame a challenge to win his bid for a new term of office, while two SM candidates who ran unopposed will assume office this summer. All new 2-year terms of office begin on July 1.

Ballots in the two-person race in the ARRL Utah Section were counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters. Incumbent Section Manager Mel Parkes, NM7P, received 342 votes, while Pat Malan, N7P...

Tue, 19 May 2015 19:05:00 -0400

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dava Newman, KB1HIK, has been sworn in as the deputy administrator of NASA. President Barack Obama appointed Newman last October, and the US Senate confirmed her appointment on April 27. The swearing-in took place on May 15 in her MIT office in Cambridge. Newman is Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems and the director of ...

Mon, 18 May 2015 18:29:00 -0400

Amateur Radio emergency operations on 20 meters, resumed in the aftermath of the second Nepal earthquake, now have been suspended, according to Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, the Amateur Radio Society of India National Coordinator for Disaster Communication. Bhide said he discussed the situation on May 17 with Satish Kharel, 9N1AA, and that the decision was based on the fact that all systems in the affect...