Monthly Archives: January 2016


01/29/2016  ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, says he is hoping to expand his section’s “NVIS Antenna Day” on April 23 by encouraging participation by stations in neighboring states. This year’s activity also will offer the concept of establishing “anchor stations” around Ohio to provide consistent signal reports to other participants. The Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave or NVIS antenna has gained traction among emergency communication groups and others desiring a close-in radiation pattern for regional work on HF. “Working with antennas has been an integral part of Amateur Radio since the first hams took to the airwaves,” Broadway said. […]

Ohio SEC Hoping to Expand “NVIS Antenna Day” Activity this Year


01/29/2016 Applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) are currently open. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, March 1. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects. The YPC offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. During their 2-year terms, leaders will have the opportunity to complete a national-level group project and to share their […]

FEMA Issues Call for Youth Council Members


01/28/2016 Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has been honored with the 2016 Microwave Application Award by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He was credited with “Significant contributions to the development of low-noise oscillators.” The Microwave Application Award recognizes an individual, or a team, for an outstanding application of microwave theory and techniques that have been put into practice within the past decade. Rohde will receive the award at the annual IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Awards banquet this May in San Francisco. In 2015 Rohde was named by the IEEE to receive the prestigious I. I. Rabi Award, recognizing outstanding contributions […]

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Honors Ulrich Rohde, N1UL



01/27/2016 Monday, February 1, is the deadline for Dayton Hamvention® 2016 nominations for Amateur of the Year, Special Achievement, Technical Excellence, and Club of the Year awards. All Amateur Radio operators/clubs are eligible. Winners will be recognized at Hamvention® 2016, May 20-22 at Hara Arena. Additional details and nomination forms are available on the Dayton Hamvention® website. Send nominations via e-mail or to Dayton Hamvention Awards, PO Box 1446, Dayton, OH45401-1446.  Source link

Deadline is February 1 to Submit Nominations for Dayton Hamvention 2016 Awards


01/27/2016 The ARRL IT Department will conduct overnight maintenance on its network on Saturday, January 30, to improve reliability and security. The work will occur between 8 PM EST on Saturday, January 30, and 6 AM EST on Sunday, January 31. (January 31, from 0100 UTC until 1100 UTC). During this period some or all systems may be temporarily unavailable. The website will remain up but online purchasing will not be available. E-mail also will be offline, but all messages will be queued for later delivery. We apologize for any inconvenience. Source link

ARRL Network Maintenance Set for January 30


01/26/2016 Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach, Florida, will succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ, as the chief executive officer of ARRL, effective April 18. In that role, he will oversee all activities at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. Meeting in a special webinar session on January 25, all 15 ARRL Directors voted to elect Gallagher as CEO and Secretary, positions that Sumner will relinquish on April 18. Gallagher will join the ARRL staff as CEO-Elect on February 29, and a transition period will follow. “I am excited by the prospects of ARRL’s Second Century, but I am equally mindful of […]

Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Will Succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ as ARRL CEO



01/26/2016 The “RST” stations will take to the airwaves in February and March from several locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, with members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) at the helm. All call signs will have “RST” suffixes: KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, and VY0RST. The idea is to further promote Amateur Radio in that part of the world. The joint KL7, VY1, VE8, and VY0 is a first. The event gets under way on February 15 at 0001 UTC, and it continues through March 27 at 2359 UTC. Exchange signal report and state/province. (The NCDXA RST […]

North American “RST” Stations on the Air Activity Set for February and March


01/25/2016 [UPDATE: 2016-01-27 1350 UTC] The Braveheart crew has been able to remove all of the VP8STI equipment from  Southern Thule on January 26. Nothing was left behind. The DXpedition team now is headed for South Georgia where it plans to operate for 8 days as VP8SGI.  ========== After managing to recover from the effects of a fierce South Atlantic storm, an emergency resulting from the storm has forced the VP8STI team back to their transport vessel, the R/V Braveheart. Chief Pilot Station Toni Gonzalez, EA5RM, said the Braveheart’s skipper, Nigel Jolly, declared an emergency on January 25 at 2120 UTC, ordering the […]

VP8STI Shuts Down, Operators Return to Ship


01/22/2016 New York Congressman Peter King has asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to put some Enforcement Bureau heat on those interfering with various radio communication services, including Amateur Radio, in the New York City Metropolitan Area. While visiting Capitol Hill to promote the Amateur Radio Parity Act, ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, and General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, recently met with King, a Republican representing New York’s 2nd District, to discuss the interference issue. King is among the original of the 118 cosponsors of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) in the US House. “Rep King, a […]

Congressman Intercedes with FCC Chairman on Amateur Radio Interference Concerns



01/20/2016 There really is a Winter Field Day, and this year, it takes place over the January 30-31 weekend, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA). The annual event’s stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it’s also a great opportunity to operate in the great outdoors. The WFDA describes itself as a dedicated group of Amateur Radio operators who believe that getting ready for emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that take place at ARRL Field Day each June, all while taking some additional […]

Winter Field Day Set for January 30-31