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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:53:00 -0500

The ballots have been counted, and ARRL members have determined that the Atlantic Division’s new Director starting January 1 will be current Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. Abernethy outpolled Phil Theis, K3TUF, 1400 to 1168, to succeed outgoing Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who opted not to run for another term.


Abernethy was Maryland Section Manager from 2001 until 2005, w...

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:11:00 -0500

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers are themselves still digging out from several days of unprecedented snowfall in Upstate New York. The severe weather already has been blamed for at least a dozen deaths. Western New York Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Tedesco, KC2DKP, said ARES volunteers have activated a net and are on alert ...

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:07:00 -0500

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, has called upon IARU member societies to seek the support of their respective governments for an Amateur Radio secondary allocation at 5.275-5.450 MHz, per Agenda Item 1.4 at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Ellam told his colleagues in a letter this week that obtaining the allocation is “one of the mai...

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:44:00 -0500

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this past week nearly 14 points to 98.9, while average daily solar flux increased 25 points to 164.4.

Predicted solar flux is 170 on November 21, 175 on November 22-23, then 170, 155 and 150 on November 24-26, then 145, 130 and 120 on November 27-29, 115 on November 30 through December 6, 135 and 155 on December 7-8, 165 on December 9-10, and 160 on December 11...

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:46:00 -0500

A huge turnout of Amateur Radio volunteers supported communications on October 12 for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and its 2000 volunteer medical teams. For the first time this year, the Amateur Radio volunteers also shadowed the nine triage units that attended to runners within Grant Park, the marathon’s finish line. The hams communicated with the ambulance service, if further med...

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:55:00 -0500

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:26:00 -0500

[UPDATED 2014-11-20 2030 UTC] Two Amateur Radio satellites, Shin’en 2 (Abyss 2) and ARTSAT2: DESPATCH, will be heading into deep space this month. The satellites will hitch a ride with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission, which is scheduled to launch on November 29.

A 17 kg, 50 cm diameter polyhedron, Shin’en 2, developed by Kyushu Institute of Technology an...

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:40:00 -0500

The US Department of Homeland Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and sustain communications in a disaster or emergency. The 2014 NECP is the first update since the original plan was released in 2008. The NECP is “the nation’s over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabil...

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:18:00 -0500

It’s getting down to crunch time: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party ends in just about 6 weeks! If you’ve been procrastinating about building your point totals to the certificate level, two more major opportunities to put some serious points into your log lie just ahead. Red Badge Days will take place Saturday, November 22, and on Wednesday, December 31.

The final point levels for Centennial QSO Par...

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:19:00 -0500

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:43:00 -0500

The winner of the November QST Cover Plaque award is David Martin, K5DCM, for his article, “Add USB Connectivity to Your Kantronics KPC-3.”

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the December issue today.


Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:44:00 -0500

ARRL members in the Western Pennsylvania Section have elected elite contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, as their new Section Manager. In a three-way race, Duffy polled 545 votes, Cynthia L. Rushton, WB3CNJ, received 83 votes, and Paul Plants,W3PLP, 62 votes. Ballots were counted Tuesday, November 18, at ARRL Headquarters. Western Pennsylvania Section Manager John Rodgers, N3MSE, of Butler decided to not...

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:36:00 -0500

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:17:00 -0500

CQ has tapped John Bergman, KC5LK, of Brandon, Mississippi, as the new CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award Manager. The appointment, effective on January 1, was announced on November 18 by CQ magazine Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. Bergman will succeed fellow Mississippian Floyd Gerald, N5FG, who has served the DXing community in the position for the past 11 years.

“I am very appreciative of Rich and CQ...