Monthly Archives: June 2015

06/29/2015 The annual Independence Day week “13 Colonies Special Event” gets under way June 30 at 1300 UTC and will continue until July 5 at 0400 UTC. The theme for the 2015 event is “Founders and Patriots of the Republic.” The object is for operators to contact 1 × 1 call sign special event stations in each of the 13 British colonies that became the US in 1776. The contact count for last year’s event was nearly 109,000. Certificates and endorsements will be available for working the 13 colonies stations, with a sticker for contacting all 13 and an endorsement […]

“Founders and Patriots of the Republic” is Theme of Annual 13 Colonies Event

06/26/2015 [UPDATED 2015-06-29 1937 UTC] A companion Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 bill has been introduced in the US Senate. Mississippi Republican Sen Roger Wicker introduced S. 1685 on June 25, with Sen Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat of Connecticut, as the initial cosponsor. The Senate bill joins an identical measure in the US House, H.R. 1301, which was introduced in March. Both measures would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions.  “Introduction of the Senate bill is a huge step toward achieving fairness for amateurs affected by private […]

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in the US Senate

06/26/2015 For the first time in its 33-year history, The ARRL Letter — the League’s weekly e-newsletter — has exceeded 100,000 subscribers. The tally for the June 25, 2015, edition was 100,139. The ARRL Letter is distributed free to all ARRL members who opt to receive it via their membership profile. “I am gratified to see The ARRL Letter reach the 100,000-reader mark. It is testimony to the excellent journalistic work of News Editor Rick Lindquist, WW1ME,” said ARRL Publications Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY. “It is astonishing to realize that, in terms of overall circulation, The ARRL Letter’s readership is […]

The ARRL Letter Tops 100,000 Subscribers!

06/26/2015 A Canadian research satellite will listen for Amateur Radio transmissions during ARRL Field Day as it passes over the US early on Sunday (UTC). The University of Calgary’s “Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (ePOP) Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI)” on the CASSIOPE satellite. “The RRI will monitor 30 kHz band segments in the CW portions of the 40 and 80 meter amateur bands during 2-minute segments on 28 June 2015,” said Gareth Perry, a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Calgary’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. “The satellite will be at 375 km altitude — inside the F-region ionosphere — during […]

Canadian Satellite Will Listen for ARRL Field Day Stations

06/26/2015 The 40th anniversary edition of HAM RADIO is now under way in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The event, which takes place near Lake Constance, attracted more than 17,000 visitors in 2014, including contingents from the ARRL and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) is a Ham Radio cosponsor, and its theme for this year’s gathering is “Space stations, satellites, reflections: Amateur Radio contact with space.” “Amateur Radio doesn’t just cover the Earth, but also reaches into the depths of outer space,” said Steffen Schöppe, DL7ATE, chairman of the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC), which co-sponsors […]

HAM RADIO 2015 Gets Under Way in Friedrichshafen, Germany

06/26/2015 This was a very active week for solar flares and aurora. On Monday and Tuesday the planetary A index was 55 and 76, indicating a geomagnetic storm. The planetary A index was high again on Thursday, June 25 at 33, and the high latitude college A index was 42. It turns out that the magnetometer at Fredericksburg, Virginia was knocked out on five of the seven days, so the mid-latitude A index we are reporting for June 18-21 and June 24 are approximations, or actually wild guesses based on other readings from magnetometers that were working. Average daily sunspot […]

The K7RA Solar Update

06/25/2015 The CQ World Wide Contest Committee said this week that it plans to review all past contest logs, after its investigation revealed a pattern of routine QSO padding on the part of one top-scoring CQ World Wide Contest operator. This follows in the wake of the disqualifications of some two dozen 2014 CQ WW SSB contest operators in April, and another 30 contestants in the 2014 CQ WW CW event. Among the latter group of DQs was the TO7A entry of Dmitry V. Stashuk, UT5UGR, of Kiev, Ukraine, for unclaimed use of assistance. TO7A had claimed the top Single-Operator, […]

Pattern of Contact Padding Prompts Disqualifications, CQ Review of All Past Contest Logs

06/25/2015 ARRL representatives are continuing efforts on Capitol Hill to secure sponsorship for a Senate companion bill to the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R. 1301. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said he remains optimistic that Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation will be active in both the US House and Senate sometime this summer. The proposed legislation, which has bipartisan support, would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions.   “Progress has been made on a US Senate version of the bill,” Henderson said […]

League Continues Efforts to Secure US Senate Sponsorship for the Amateur Radio Parity Act

06/24/2015 Summertime is antenna time! To celebrate, ARRL is rolling back prices on some of the hottest antenna publications in Amateur Radio. Save 20 percent on select ARRL antenna-themed publications when you order online through July 31, 2015. No coupon code is necessary to receive the savings, and discounted titles may be combined with one coupon code offer. For a complete list of discounted publications, visit ARRL’s “Antenna Books Price Rollback” page online. ARRL publication are available from the ARRL Store or from your ARRL Publication Dealer, or call 860-594-0355 (toll-free in the US, 888-277-5289) to order. E-mail ARRL Publication […]

ARRL Offering 20 Percent Off on Select Antenna Publications

06/22/2015 Maxim Memorial Station W1AW has announced its Field Day bulletin schedule for W1AW. For the benefit of Field Day operations in the West, the Maritime Historical Society’s K6KPH will also transmit the W1AW Field Day bulletins. All classes of Field Day stations can earn 100 bonus points for copying the special Field Day bulletin transmitted by W1AW (or K6KPH) during its operating schedule during the Field Day weekend. An accurate copy of the message must be included in your Field Day submission. The Field Day bulletin must be copied via Amateur Radio. It will not be included in Internet […]

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule