Radio Amateurs


10/27/2017 CWops has announced the recipients of its 2017 awards for advancing the art of CW. The Boy Scouts of America was recognized for its programs over the years that have advanced the art of communicating with Morse code. “Many radio amateurs can trace their interest in CW to have begun with achievement programs and activities in the Boy Scouts,” the CWops announcement said. Roger Cooke, G3LDI, was recognized for his many years of successful efforts in advancing the art of CW as the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) GB2CW coordinator, as well as for his on-the-air code practice, […]

CWops Announces Awards for Advancing the Art of CW


08/09/2017 Atlantic Canada authorities called on Amateur Radio operators in parts of Nova Scotia on August 4, in the wake of a telephone service outage. According to CBC, Bell Aliant landline and cell services were down, starting at approximately 11:20 AM. Telus, Virgin, and Koodo users were also affected. Jeremy Fowler, VE1JHF, a member of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club, said he and other members of his group were put on standby to help the municipality cope with any communication problems. “[A] bunch of us pulled out our gear and were on the air, ready to go, cars loaded up,” […]

Radio Amateurs in Atlantic Canada Go on Standby During Telephone Outage


07/08/2017 Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) reports that it’s monitoring the wildfire situation in British Columbia. RAC reports that acting British Columbia/Yukon Section Manager Bill Gipps, VE7XS, has advised that Amateur Radio Emergency Service teams have not yet been called out, and that the wildfire situation “has not become a communications event.” A state of emergency has been declared in Canada’s westernmost province. More than 180 wildfires are reported active in British Columbia. “There are amateurs on the ground helping other organizations such as the Red Cross,” RAC reported. It’s been estimated that more than 7,000 people have been evacuated […]

Amateur Radio Volunteers in British Columbia Reported Assisting Relief Agencies



06/14/2017 Hundreds of Amateur Radio stations have reported receiving the WSPR signal being transmitted by CG3EXP on 20, 30, and 40 meters from the Canada C3 expedition. The expedition, which got under way on June 1 and will continue until October 28, is part of Canada’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Canada C3 vessel Polar Prince is sailing from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It’s currently in Cornwall, Ontario, before proceeding to Montreal for the final stop on the first of 15 planned legs of its journey. The 220-foot long Polar Prince, a former Canadian Coast Guard vessel, is a […]

Hundreds of Stations Report Hearing WSPR Signal from Canada C3 Expedition


02/22/2017 The winter 2017 issue of Radio Waves — News you can use for license instruction and radio science education, is now available. In this issue: How to Start a High School Amateur Radio Club in Six Easy Steps; Rhode Island School ARISS Contact Takes Off with the Public; Citizen Scientist Opportunities for Radio Amateurs, and Science Lessons for Solar Week. Plus the Instructor Corner, Update on the Instructor Reporting and Recognition Program, Licensing Updates, Education & Technology Program News, and more. The current issue and all past issues are available on the ARRL website.     Source link

Winter 2017 Edition of Radio Waves is Now Available!


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



The FCC has turned down two petitions filed in 2016, each seeking similar changes in the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. James Edwin Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, Missouri, had asked the Commission to amend the rules to reduce the number of Amateur Radio operator classes to Technician, General, and Amateur Extra by merging remaining Novice class licensees into the Technician class and all Advanced class licensees into the Amateur Extra class. In a somewhat related petition, Jeffrey H. Siegell, WB2YRL, of Burke, Virginia, had requested that the FCC grant Advanced class license holders Morse code operating privileges equivalent to those […]

FCC dismisses two petitions from Radio Amateurs


A strong 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand at 1103 GMT November 13 causing damage and local tsunami alerts, mainly for the East coast of the country The report by IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator Greg Mossop G0DUB continues: The local emergency communications group AREC part of NZART are believed to have been operating on their normal frequency of 3.900MHz USB. Initial media reports are of property damage over a wide area but the situation will not become clear until daybreak and the end of the possible Tsunami threat. Radio Amateurs in the area with […]

New Zealand Earthquake Nov 13


Tropical Storm Earl is currently heading across Central America affecting the countries of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico The IARU Region 1 site reports: IARU Region 2 has requested that attention is drawn to the following frequencies used by nets in North and Central America to track and deal with the consequences of these severe weather events. Radio Amateurs in Region 2 play their part in gathering and distributing information for the weather and emergency services as they do every year. Radio Amateurs in Region 1 are reminded it is possible to cause unintentional QRM to these nets so please […]

Carribean Tropical Storm Earl – Emergency activities



03/21/2016 ARRL has introduced three new e-books to its growing digital library. The newest titles available in the popular Amazon Kindle format include Work the World with JT65 and JT9 by ARRL author Steve Ford, WB8IMY, ARRL’s Small Antennas for Small Spaces, 2nd edition, and Antenna Physics: An Introduction, by Robert J. Zavrel, Jr, W7SX. Work the World with JT65 and JT9 shows you how to assemble an effective digital communication station and configure the software for best performance. Some operators use these popular digital modes with as little as 5 watts RF output and an indoor antenna. The book […]

ARRL Introduces 3 New E-Books for Radio Amateurs