10/11/2017 The ARRL Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, October 14. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session, which will hear reports from officers and the general counsel. Topping the agenda are FCC regulatory matters, including a review of enforcement issues and concerns, as well as open items with no FCC action since the July 2017 Board meeting. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 (HR 555) will be the focus, when the discussion turns to legislative matters. The Executive Committee will hear a status report. The Committee will review pending action items […]

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet October 14 in Connecticut


10/10/2017 Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) / Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) reports that more than 2,500 have signed up to take part in the 2017 event over the October 20-22 weekend. This is the 60th JOTA, and there is still time to register. For those getting on the air, a Scout Station Scheduling site is available, as is a Scout Camps on the Air (SCOTA) page to register your own station and arrange contacts. Two Echolink conference nodes have been designated for Scout contacts — *JOTA-365* (node 480809) and *JAMBO* (node 832996). More Scout frequency information, including D-STAR, […]

JOTA-JOTI Reports More Than 2,500 Registered for October 20-22 Event


10/10/2017 The FCC has granted an experimental license for “Project Loon,” led by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to help provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico. “More than 2 weeks after Hurricane Maria struck, millions of Puerto Ricans are still without access to much-needed communications services,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. He explained that Project Loon is aimed to provide the people of Puerto Rico with access to cellular service to connect with family and friends and to access life-saving information. “I’m glad the FCC was able to grant this experimental license with dispatch, and I urge […]

FCC Grants Experimental License for Project to Help Provide Cell Service in Puerto Rico


10/07/2017 The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate at 1800 UTC today on 14.325 MHz and will remain in operation on 20 meters until the band closes. The HWN will commence 40-meter operations on 7.268 MHz at 2200 UTC and will remain operational overnight. Operations on 7.268 MHz will pause at 1130 UTC, and, if required, resume at approximately 1230 UTC, to allow the Waterway Net to conduct its daily net. “By all indications, Nate should weaken to Tropical Storm status by this time,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. HWN requests observed ground-truth data from those in the affected […]

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate



10/06/2017 International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) has pledged to donate $5,000 as well as two Ham Aid kits to the Puerto Rico-Caribbean relief effort.  The IARU is an organization consisting of over 160 national Amateur Radio societies around the world. The organization, which has been the spokesman and watchdog for the world Amateur Radio community since 1925, is divided into three Regional Organizations. IARU Region 2 represents the Americas. Ham Aid was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes in the US and Caribbean. ARRL […]

IARU Region 2 Announces Ham Aid Donation of Funds and Equipment


10/06/2017 Many things fall apart. Over the past week, the 45-day outlook for solar flux and planetary A index at ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/forecasts/45DF/ has been in a failure mode (probably at the US Air Force end, based on experience) with no new predictions for three days, October 2-4. This is the longest outage that I recall for this resource. Thanks to AD0IU, Space Scientist at the Space Weather Prediction Center for straightening this out. Two weeks ago, my e-mail account (at Gmail, although forwarded from [email protected]) could not successfully pass e-mail to any addresses in the arrl.org domain, which meant that ARLP038 […]

The K7RA Solar Update


10/05/2017 The FCC has granted an ARRL request to waive current Amateur Radio rules to permit data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently permitted, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications between the continental US and Puerto Rico. The temporary waiver is limited to Amateur Radio operators in Puerto Rico using PACTOR 3 and PACTOR 4 emissions, and to those radio amateurs in the continental US who are directly involved with HF hurricane relief communications involving Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands, the Commission said. “We conclude that granting the requested waiver is in the public interest,” […]

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions


10/05/2017 The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program is now accepting applications from eligible applicants. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018. More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligible. More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.  This year, the Foundation Board of Directors is offering several new scholarships. These include The […]

ARRL Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications



10/05/2017 “Soldering and Unsoldering” is the topic of the current episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen…and learn! Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like! Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to [email protected], and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast. Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” […]

The Doctor Will See You Now!


10/03/2017 The BBC’s Korean-language service, launched on September 25, is being “aggressively targeted” by North Korean jamming, according to a report in The Telegraph of London. The service broadcasts global news, sports, and features to the entire Korean Peninsula for 3 hours starting at 1530 UTC (12:30 AM in North Korea) 7 days a week on 1,431, 5,810, and 9,940 kHz. The HF broadcasts are transmitted from Taiwan and Uzbekistan, while the MF broadcast comes from Mongolia, according to a report on the 38 North website operated by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The two HF channels are […]

North Korea Said to be “Aggressively” Jamming BBC Korean Language Service