Monthly Archives: January 2017


01/25/2017 Newly designated FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (see below) praised the House action on H.R. 555 and other telecommunications-related legislation that cleared the chamber on Monday. “I want to commend the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a number of important, bipartisan telecom bills yesterday,” Pai said on January 24. “These bills will help bring greater efficiency to the Commission, provide consumers with greater protections, improve rural call completion, help Amateur Radio operators, and take several steps to promote public safety,” he continued, adding, “I look forward to working with Congress on these and other important issues as Chairman of […]

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Offers Praise for H.R. 555, Other Telecoms Bills


01/23/2017 [UPDATED to correct event times and dates 2017-01-30 @ 1350 UTC] US and Canadian radio amateurs and Part 5 Experimental stations will take part in the second annual Midwinter 630-Meter Activity Night, which will get under way on February 5 at 0000 UTC (Saturday, February 4, in US time zones) and continue through 2359 UTC. Radio amateurs in the US will be able to make cross-band contacts with Canadian participants. “This event is being undertaken because of the continuing, worldwide interest in 630 meter activities,” said ARRL 630 Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, in announcing the event. He […]

Second Annual Midwinter 630-Meter Activity Night Set for February 4-5


01/20/2017 Last week’s bulletin featured zero sunspots for the entire seven days. This week (January 12-18) the average daily sunspot number rose to 22.6. Average daily solar flux rose from 72.5 to 77.1. Average planetary A index declined from 14.3 to 6. Predicted solar flux is 80 on January 20-23, then 78, 77 and 75 on January 24-26, 77 on January 27 through February 1, 76 on February 2, 75 on February 3-8, 76 on February 9, 77 on February 10—14, 78 on February 15, 80 on February 16-21, 78 on January 22, and 77 on January 23-28. Predicted planetary A […]

The K7RA Solar Update



01/20/2017 Participation appears to be growing in the monthly Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X HF interoperability exercises, which take place on 60 meters (center channels 5,332 and 5,348 kHz) on the third Wednesday of each month. Check-ins include state, tribal, federal, and Amateur Radio stations, to test HF interoperability in an emergency or disaster response. FEMA Region X is made up of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, but all stations are welcome. Laura Goudreau, KG7BQR, Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator for FEMA Region X, said the January 18 exercise attracted 56 check-ins, 47 of them Amateur Radio stations. Also […]

FEMA Region X Reports Another Successful HF Interoperability Exercise


01/19/2017 Progress was made regarding World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) agenda items of interest to Amateur Radio when European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Conference Preparatory Group Project Team D (PTD) held its second meeting January 10-12 in Helsinki, Finland. According to International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, experts discussed WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1, which proposes a 50-54 MHz allocation in Region 1 in order to create a global 6-meter band. Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, is the CEPT coordinator for this agenda item. A preliminary CEPT position was agreed upon for Agenda Item […]

CEPT Meeting Makes Progress on WRC-19 Agenda Items Affecting Amateur Radio


01/19/2017 The winning article for the January 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Small, Lightweight Switch-Mode Power Supply” by Ralph J. Crumrine, N0KC. 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 February issue today. Source link

N0KC Wins the January 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award



01/19/2017 The ARRL Board of Directors will convene January 20-21 in Windsor, Connecticut. The full Board gathering will be preceded by new Director and Vice Director orientation and meetings of the Programs and Services and Administration and Finance committees. The prime topic on the agenda will be the new Amateur Radio Parity Act bill, H.R. 555, just introduced in the US House. In addition to discussing a wide range of FCC and regulatory issues, the Board will vote on the 2017 financial plan, elect members to the Executive Committee and to the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors, and designate new […]

ARRL Board of Directors Scheduled to Meet in Connecticut


01/19/2017 Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, of Morro Bay, California, has died. Just a couple of weeks short of his 108th birthday, Wolf may have been the oldest active radio amateur in the US, if not in the world, although no official records are maintained. Licensed since 1936, Wolf was an ARRL member and a Life Member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). Wolf was on the air daily, mostly on 40-meter CW. Born in Paso Robles, California, Wolf said in his QRZ.com profile that he built his first radio as a young teenager in 1922. He got his ham […]

Harry K. Wolf, W6NKT, SK at 107; May Have Been World’s Oldest Active Radio Amateur


01/18/2017 Nobel Laureate and Amateur Radio software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, will be an honored guest January 27-29 at the 5th annual ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention in Hatillo. Taylor was the 2016 Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year. Special event station W1AW/KP4 will be on the air as part of the festivities. Admission is free. The event is organized by the Caribbean Amateur Radio Group and the Puerto Rico Amateur Radio League, with the Municipality of Hatillo. — Thanks to Angel Santana, WP3GW Source link

Nobel Laurate Joe Taylor, K1JT, W1AW/KP4, to Attend ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention



01/17/2017 Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, of Synergy Microwave Corp was invited to deliver the sixth Sir J.C. Bose Memorial Lecture at the IEEE Hyderabad Section on December 2 during a joint session of the IEEE MTT, AP, and EMC Societies in Hyderabad, India. Rohde’s talk was “Next Generation Networks: Software Defined Radio — Emerging Trends.” Click here to view a collection of slides used in the lecture. While working under a US Department of Defense contract at RCA in 1982, Rohde’s department developed the first SDR, which used the COSMAC (Complementary Symmetry Monolithic Array Computer) chip. Introduced by RCA in […]

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Recognized for Pioneering Work on SDR